Some neighbors of ours are "Dane" people. That is, that's the breed of dog that they love and care for. Duke, their 10 year old Great Dane, passed away about a year ago. He was a super representative of his breed. A good dog. They stay in close contact with a Dane rescue, and about a month ago they adopted a nine month old male Dane, named Zander. He's already a huge dog, and we've met him many times. He's a friendly puppy who loves to learn and obey. He's a very humble dog too. He's got the "cookies and cream" coat markings, and huge floppy ears. A good dog. We met Zander and his family walking in the neighborhood last night and heard some bad news. He's started stumbling around some in the house, and dragging his paws under him as he walks forward. I looked at his paws and the knuckles had a slight bit of "road rash" on them, where the skin was broken and red. They told us that they took him to the vet a couple of days ago, and the vet thinks he has a neurological disorder, and will only get worse over time, ultimately causing paralysis. As we were talking to them, I saw it happen... saw him drag his front knuckles under him while he was casually walking forward. Poor guy. The breed is already plagued with challenges, but he probably won't make it out of adolescence. Strong heart. Super disposition. I hope it's just "phase" and he grows out of it quickly.