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We got some terrible news this week. Cleme died as a result of a space heater malfunctioning. Her owner was simply devastated. It wasn't their fault, the thermostat failed, but of course they feel responsible. It was just an accident. Hindsight and grief always makes us feel we could have/should have done something differently. And of course we could have, but our not having done so does not imply wrongdoing. This could just as easily happen to anyone who uses a space heater to heat an area they are not actually in, including us. We grieve for Cleme and her owner, but this is just one of those terrible things that life sometimes throws at us. To take some sort of lesson from this, we will be replacing our space heaters every year from now on, whether they seem to be working well or not.  Cleme had 4 1/2 wonderful years with her owners, and she wouldn't have traded that for anything. She was loved, cared for and happy. That's all we can ask of our adopters. The rest is just life.
Rest well sweet Clementine

Adopted 7/22/07

Hey Marc! Josie and Clementine here. I finally got around to resizing pictures of Cleme for your viewing pleasure. She is the dog I have been waiting my whole life for. She is the most amazing trail dog and has been hanging out a lot on a few different farms that I am working at. Everyone who meets her falls in love. Thank you for everything you do.. without you, Cleme and I never would have found each other.
Thank you a million times over. Talk to you soon! - Josie and Clementine

  • Gender - Female
  • Age/DOB - ~ 11/05
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - ~115
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 5/4/07
  • Available as of - 8/4/07
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Working on it
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Unk
    • with kids -  Yes
    • with the elderly -Yes
  • Temperament - Sweet girl, can be timid sometimes. Starved for attention.
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Clementine was found stray (most likely abandoned) by our local animal control. They placed her with a nice young couple and gave the couple our contact info in case they needed any help. A couple days later I got a call from them. Turns out Clementine had pretty severe separation anxiety and was starting to get destructive. After talking it over we all felt it would be best if they surrendered Cleme to us. Cleme had a microchip when she was found, we called and got the owner contact info as well as the info for the shelter that implanted the chip.The owner contact info was out of date, the phone number belonged to someone else now. And the shelter did not seem to care one way or another. So we gave up on trying to find out how a dog from a shelter in Lafayette, LA ended up abandoned on the streets of Eugene, OR. Clearly no one was looking for her and no one cared what had happened to her. So we decided it was best to just move on and focus on her new life.

So far Cleme has not shown any of the separation issues here, but then she is with 9 other Danes 24/7 so she is never really alone. She was very timid with the new dogs at first. I have never seen an adult Dane put on such a show of submission before. It took her a good 2-3 days to get where she would sleep and eat with the other dogs, and she is still a bit ill at ease sometimes. She is doing very well but still does not like to pose for the camera. Hopefully in a few more days we can get some better photos of her. We will continue to update her page as time goes by, so check back every so often. I believe that with time Cleme will get over her separation issues and will make someone a wonderful companion.

We will post additional photos of Cleme as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Cleme or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
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