The real ‘Honey’

** Sadly, Honey has now gone to the Rainbow Bridge, after a full and happy life. She will be greatly missed – but will live on forever in the books inspired by her **


Hello – my name is Honey. Yes, that’s really my name. See, I’m the doggie who inspired the Big Honey Dog Mysteries, written by my human, H.Y. Hanna.

I’m a fawn Great Dane and I’m a very big girl. I weigh about 70kg (150lbs) – much more than my human, who didn’t seem to grow very well and has ended up quite short and small. 😛

Everybody who meets me always thinks that I’m a boy doggie and calls me things like “big fella!” but I don’t mind too much. I don’t like it when they call me a “horse” though or say stuff like: “you should put a saddle on that thing!”. I don’t think those jokes are very funny. Humph.

I was born in New Zealand so I’m a Kiwi doggie – and I lived there for a long time, before I moved with my family to live in Australia.

I’ve been a busy girl all my life – back in NZ, I was a Therapy Dog, visiting people in rehab centres and rest homes, and I also dabbled in many different dogsports such as Obedience, Agility, Rally-O and my favourite, Canine Freestyle, a.k.a. “doggie dancing” ! 😛


I’m 10 years old now, which is pretty old for a Great Dane (that’s like over 90 years old in human years) – so I’m enjoying my retirement and taking it easy.

I also lost an eye to canine glaucoma last year, so I’m blind on one side now and you might notice in recent photos that I only have one eye. But don’t worry – that hasn’t stopped me from having fun!

I’ve been helping lots with the writing and revisions and editing of the Big Honey Dog Mysteries… especially with the detailed research on “serious slobber”. 😉 I’m a bit grumpy, though, because my human didn’t give me a superpower in the story. Even though I asked lots of times.

Well, she explained that the ‘Honey’ in the story isn’t really me – just inspired by me – and the story is a mystery adventure, so the best power to have is a smart brain. (I still think she could have given me a superpower though. Humph.)

But anyway, check out the books in the Big Honey Dog Mysteries – they’re fun, exciting, stories with lots of action and laughs! I’m sure you’ll love them! 🙂

Slobbers, Honey the Great Dane



ps. FROM MY HUMAN: if you’re looking for Honey’s Blog, it is no longer active. Thank you to all the lovely fans who followed Honey’s adventures for all those years.

** Sadly, Honey has now gone to the Rainbow Bridge, after a full and happy life. She will be greatly missed – but will live on forever in the books inspired by her **




12 Responses to The real ‘Honey’

  1. Kate Ice says:

    I’ve been following Honey’s blog for a while now. I can’t get enough of all the wonderful writing, stories, and yes, even learning, that is shared there. The first book in this series isn’t even out yet, but I’m very excited to read these books myself (yes, as an adult) and share them with all my nieces and nephews and other family and friends. Can’t wait!!!

  2. Eve says:

    Although I only been following Honey’s blog for a couple of years now, I too have fallen in love with this gentle breed! Can’t wait to read the book and hoping all goes well with the release!! Good Luck!

  3. Honey and Hsin-Yi, I can’t wait to see the final draft! Mackenzie and I thoroughly enjoyed beta reading before it was published…..

  4. jeanne1952 says:

    I just finished both Honey Dog books and I’m hooked! I can’t wait for more.

  5. Amelia says:

    Just finished Curse of the scarab and Message in a bubble, in one day! When’s the next book?

    • H.Y. Hanna says:

      Hi Amelia – thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the books. I’m currently working on Book 2 in the series now and am aiming to release it in early March. Have you joined the mailing list? If you do, you will be one of the first to be notified as soon as any new books are released, as well as get sneak previews and more. Here is the link to sign up:

      Best wishes,

    • H.Y. Hanna says:

      Hi again, Amelia – I just wanted to let you know – in case you hadn’t heard – that the 2nd book in the series is out now! It’s called “A Secret in Time” and here is the link to it on Amazon:
      (And there is also a short Easter mystery that’s free for a limited time – here’s the link:

      Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

      Best wishes,

  6. Pam Miller says:

    I just finished the first book and its was great. I love dogs and have several of my own. None quite as big as Honey though. I have bought Message in a Bauble and cant wait to start reading.

    • H.Y. Hanna says:

      Hi Pam – just wanted to say a very belated thank you for your lovely comment! So pleased you enjoyed Book #1 – and hope you enjoyed the Christmas mystery too! 🙂


  7. Sandi Keefer says:

    I’ve fallen in love with the Honey videos. I just have to ask, what happened to Lemon? I cried like a baby at the end of the video of her and Honey. I could see the love they shared and could only think that Honey would be broken-hearted without her companion. And now I cry for Honey too after hearing that she too has passed. I am so sorry that she has moved on.


    Hi Hsin-Yi,
    I am so far behind in reading all your books. I have been trying to locate Honey’s videos and I am not succeeding. Did you remove them from the internet? I can’t seem to find Honey’s 6th or 7th bday that is put to music. Was that video removed? All of Honeys pictures are gone also. I thought everything would remain up at the website but that is not the case. I can’t imagine I am the only one who wants to watch the old Honey videos and look at all the pictures of you, Honey and Paul and the many adventures in Australia, NZ, all the food, lakes, houses, moving, etc.,
    Dawn Gallagher and Mikey the Greyhound

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