Elizabeth Frankel, four, poses with her companion, Lucky. . and
her litter of 12 little Danes.
have invaded the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Frankel, 90
South Yukon Street in South Lakewood, in a big way.
"Lucky" their pride and pet, has 12 pups. Lucky is a
highly bred, two-year old blue ribbon dog, too busy now to be
concerned about anything except keeping a dozen hungry mouths
satisfied with the limited natural accommodations.
Lucky formerly know on the pedigree books as Grid of Anadane,
daughter of Champion Damocles of Hazelcrest, set something
approaching a record for a first litter with her dozen off spring.
And Elizabeth Frankel, four, her playmate and charge, is delighted
Lucky is the big "girl" dog who has been a familiar
sight to the neighborhood as she would shepherd Elizabeth along
the street on exercise walks. Once in a while Elizabeth even would
ride the big Dane. Now she likes to sit on the floor of the living
room, by the grand piano, where Lucky has her nook and study the
squirming cuties around their mother.
The Frankels have lived in this area for two years, coming here
from Oklahoma. He is owner of the Frontier Home Conditioning
company at 7895 West Colfax avenue. They point to Lucky's family
tree--Brae Tarn, Saalburg, Hexengold and Steinbecker's--as boding
well for the value of those 12 offspring.
"We'll keep two for show purposes," said Mrs. Frankel.
Lucky won a blue ribbon for best in her class at the Denver dog
NOTES: There is one error in this article as Lucky was not by a
"grand Piano" but by our 13 piece dining room set. Mama
had planned to keep two of the pups but they sold so well and
quickly that they were all sold before they were weaned and ready
for shipping. We had a large oversized two car garage on our house
and my Dad had a huge "play pen" on rollers built of
pine with a gate so that the puppies would be safe when they were
fed and while giving Lucky a rest from them. The sides were about
2 1/2 to 3 feet high and at least 10 to 12 feet square in size. I
put my play stove/oven, doll baby buggy and small cupboard in the
pen and played house with the pups. I thought it was great fun
playing with them and even cleaning up after them! Lucky and her
puppies had it made!
I did ride Lucky on occasion as I was very small for my age. By
the time I was four years old and just before she had her puppies,
I quit the practice of riding her. That was hard to do because my
sister Jan and Mama both had horses and I wanted something to ride
too. Even I showed Lucky in a children's dog show and won a
ribbon! What I didn't know until I was older is that when I walked
around showing Lucky for all my worth, the only thing that the
people judging the contest from the middle of the circle could see
was Lucky and my legs showing from beneath her.
We were fortunate in that our next door neighbor and very dear
friend was Stuart Burkhardt, a noted veterinarian in Jefferson
County, Colorado. He attended the
puppies birth and gave Mama her feeding formula for when she
started them on solid food. Mama cooked fresh meat and baby pabulum
on the stove for the pups every day when they started eating solid
foods. Dr. Burkhardt and his wife had no children, but they had
two Pekinese dogs that I was crazy about and being childless they
spoiled me something awful. I spent many days
during the warm months curling up in their hammock with them
enjoying fresh lemonade, and homemade cookies and cakes.
by Elizabeth Louise (Frankel) Gunderson,
Louise Frankel in the tree . . .
Last Updated ~ August 28, 2013