Nuttree's Osprey
Chesapeake, VA
Dixie's A Piper of Duntrune (major pointed) x Ch. Nuttree's Virginia Snowball
July 7, 1999-January 2009
Ozzie's first home was with a couple from South Carolina.  Unfortunately, a divorce situation brought Ozzie home to us at 12 months of age. 
Ozzie was very quickly adopted by Mike and Michelle from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ozzie came to visit us at the Great Dane Club of Tidewater
Mike and Michele welcomed a baby daughter into their lives.  An incident between Mike and Ozzie in February 2004 caused Mike and Michelle to have to give Ozzie up for adoption as they no longer deemed him to be safe around their baby daughter.  We are extremely greatful to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, who agreed to take Ozzie in for testing and observation to determine if he would be safe in another family home.  Fate has a funny way of working.....Troy and Cathy, Ozzie's foster home, decided that they would become Ozzie's third and last and finally forever home.  He has never again shown any signs of aggression:-)))   
You know you are a much loved family member when you get to be the ring bearer at the wedding!!!!! 
Ozzie made a very late debut to the show ring at a Continental Kennel Club show which has a category for showing altered dogs.
Ozzie and proud papa, Troy, with a Working Group Third!!
If life wasn't good enough, it gets better with the addition to the family of Ozzie's second cousin, Janus Runs Like A Deere aka Daisy
Now that Miss Daisy is a bonafide show dog, Ozzie gets to hang out at the shows and in the camper.
Ozzie and Daisy doing what all smart dogs do in the winter.....let the wood stove suck the life out of them!!!
Life for a dog just doesn't get any better than sharing the easy chair with dad!!!
Brrrr.....bath day!!! Good thing the woodstove is fired up!!
Daisy is now warm and toasty and thinking about taking a nap...Ozzie is not done yet!
Obviously Daisy hasn't learned the fine art of taking a nap while you're standing in front of the wood stove.....Ozzie has!!
Happy 8th Birthday Ozzie!!
Now this is truly a happy dog!
Still looking great at 8!!
Ozzie got to go to the Nationals in Pennsylvania October, 2007, and is proudly wearing his ribbon from his participation in the parades!!
The family is growing....Ozzie and Daisy welcome Lenny, Windwood Halo's Legacy in Gold 
HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY OZZIE (there is no way Ozzie is wearing his hat!!!)
Phew.....birthday's are tiring!!!
Ozzie showing Lenny proper couch etiquette
Ozzie loves his dad!!!!
It's a very slippery Oz has to teach Lenny recliner etiquette!
This is what happens when you get the camera out...First he acts like you intentionally brought him out on this beautiful lawn for a good old roll in the grass.... he can snuffle the dirt....
....and roll this way....
...and that way.....
..uh's over...the camera and mom have made an appearance...let's try one last tactic...avoidance and distraction..
....wait a minute....did you say "cookie"... finally he gives up and "looks" at the camera...VICTORY!
Ozzie and the kids...Daisy and Lenny
Ozzie and his family, Baby Lenny, dad, Ozzie, mom and Daisy Mae
 Ozzie was enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania heart study in spring of 2008. It was determined at that time that his heart was slightly enlarged which could be attributed to age. Sadly, a recheck at U Pa in October 2008 revealed that Ozzie had developed dilated cardiomyopathy.  He was placed on heart meds and did quite well for a couple months. In December, 2008, it became apparent that his kidneys were failing and in January 2009, Troy and Kathy made the very sad decision to help Ozzie cross the bridge....sleep softly sweet Oz
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent.  His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.  You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together......
Author Unknown