Lincoln The Great Dane
With four legs planted firmly on the ground, he stands tall and sturdy. His muscles resemble the brawn of an Olympian and the proud display of his low hanging manhood dares to challenge all who pass by. “Is that a horse?” A question often heard when Lincoln, the 140-pound Great Dane hits the streets of South Park with his parents Mike Stephany and Heather Eierman. For Downtowners, it’s not often a dog his size is seen cruising the streets — he’s a sidewalk showstopper, turning routine potty breaks into an impromptu meet n’ greet. “We’re stopped all the time; people make comments about him being as big as a horse, they ask how much food he goes through — and the best one yet, someone asked if he’s a dog.” says Mike and Heather.
But a question many of us ask is — how can a dog that big live in an apartment in Downtown? Great Danes are mild mannered and inactive at home so they don’t require a lot of space. All they need is someone to sleep next to and walk with — at least 15-20 times a day. Lincoln lives comfortably in his studio apartment home, taking in 11 cups of food and a walk every hour and a half each day. Luckily, his mama Heather, a graphic designer working from home, can take him out to get some fresh air and release his kibble.
“We’ve mastered the art of maximizing the most pick-up with each handful,” says Mike. It’s a craft Mike and Heather had to perfect with Lincoln’s five pounder drop-offs. And that’s on a good day.
Lincoln makes frequent trips to South Park’s dog park on Flower and Olympic. He is naturally friendly and eager to greet other dogs, despite their breed or color. Though it may be easy to judge his outward appearance, the sweet goliath has no other intention but to lick your face and sniff some butts. The next time you see the gentle giant out on the streets of Downtown, say “hi”, give him a belly rub, and please refrain from calling him a horse — he goes by Lincoln.
Written by Janica de Guzman
Photographed by Kort Havens