Join Date: Aug 2005
Dogs Name: Dance (Toller), Keira, Ripley (Dobes) & Journey (Aussie)
Dogs Age: 6.5 years, 6 years, 4.5 years, 15 months
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First off, I am so, so very sorry to hear your girl has Lymphoma. Cancer is such a devastating, tragic disease. It's so hard to lose a dog at any age, nevermind one so young. One of my Rottweilers ended up with Lymphoma as well and died shortly after she turned 5 years old. Another of my dogs, Tango (Toller/Border Collie mix), died suddenly as well at 4 years old. Her cause was a sudden and very painful paralysis. Both losses were incredibly hard to take... they were both just so young, and so sudden.
As for longevity of Dobes, my first Doberman lived to be just about 11 years old. We only had him for 4 years, as he was a rescue that we adopted, but I am very grateful that he entered our lives and am glad that we were able to give him the best years he'd likely ever known. Cancer of the spleen and stomach took him in the end.
My current two Dobermans are 2.5 years and 1 year old. I hope to have them around for a long time, but there have been two (maybe 3 now) sudden DCM deaths in the line (aunt and uncle) within the past little while, and I am very afraid that I am going to lose both of them young. I hope not... I really, really hope not.
I know an almost 16 year old Doberman, though. Her sisters all made it to around 14, which is a good long life for a Dobe, but this girl is still around. So that gives me some hope. I've known a few Dobes to make it to about 12 as well, which is also a pretty good age.
Journey - Oracle Twist of Fate TreeStarr
Dance - Tollwest's Dancing In Style CGN FM RN
[And Keira, gone but never forgotten: 2007-2014]