Hi my name is Chris Mucalo,
I live in Hastings which is situated on the East coast of
the North Island of New Zealand.
My first contact with Danes came
as a 15 year old boy when my older brother Peter told me to
come and have a look at his new puppy. Pablo at 6 months old
seemed huge to me back then. He was a beautiful shining full
black boy and it was love at first sight without a doubt!! I hounded my brother
into letting me exercise him occasionally once he was old
enough to do so. I just fell in love with the gentleness and
soft nature of these dogs and it was at that time that I
swore one day I would have a dane of my own. Little did I
know exactly where that was going to lead me in the future
I had always wanted to travel so after doing the big
Oversea’s trip as you do, I returned home to settle back
into the New Zealand way of life. It was some six years
later that my girlfriend at that time started the search for
me for my beloved Blue Great dane and as they say the rest
I obtained my first Great Dane in 1984……. a Blue male I
named “Taj”. Taj taken from the Taj Mahal and Taj meaning
magestic which I certainly thought he was. This was the
beginning of my love of coloured Danes and was to become a
life long dedication to this wonderful breed. Two years
later after realising that “Taj” as much as I loved him
wasn't really the show dog I’d hoped for I obtained my
foundation bitch “Nazere” from the Jaymar kennels of Peter
and Pauline Kirby. She was to become my first Blue champion
and my “Heart” dog, constant companion and my second shadow.
The day I lost her part of me died too and it’s something
I’ll never ever forget.
Showing Blues was a hard but rewarding task back then
because Blues were a far more difficult colour to compete
with in the show ring! They still are today perhaps to some
degree but with love and dedication the coloured breeders of
this world are slowly educating the judges into this lovely
variety of our breed.
I think it is all part of the challenge of breeding this
beautiful colour? To be able to produce a specimen that can
compete with the best of the best that is out there and
still take the wins? It’s is always a satisfying thing and
makes all the hard yards that we’ve done well worth it.
Through this wonderful breed and various Great Dane forums
I’m associated with I have been lucky enough to forge some
awesome friendships that span the world!!
Lastly I’d like to welcome you to my webpages and hope you
enjoy looking at the photo’s of my Danes. Come back from
time to time as we will update pictures etc at future times.
Diet and Care