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post #26 of 51 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 10:06 AM
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Does the Illinois rescue reach as far as you are? I am located in Wi so I am not sure.
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Not sure about the Illinois rescue. I know a little pinsch of heaven here in tn has a 4wk waiting list... And yes, my heart is breaking at the moment. I experienced Doberman love for the first time when I was 18, my mother acquired her first red and tan Doberman when I was 20, and this girl truly won me over the very second I laid eyes on her. She is a very sound dog in my opinion. I talked with a behavioralist in my area though and they advised me not to keep her, just because it takes less than two seconds and my son could be living the rest of his life missing an ear, or a chunk of his face if she ever decided to bite. I really love her and I just wish this hadn't happened. Everything was perfect with her until that moment.
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A Pinch of Heaven Doberman Rescue

^Reputable TN rescue If you call them, I'm sure they would be happy to discuss how their rescue operates, etc.

ETA: Posted at the same time. Did A Pinch of Heaven have any recommendations for other rescues nearby? Do you have a friend or family member that could take her for the 4 weeks?

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I responded in blue to one item I disagree with.

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First, bless you and thank you for caring enough about her to get her out of the cold and off that chain.

Second, no--it is very rare indeed any dog with a reputable rescue would ever be in any kind of boarding/kennel situation.

This is not necessarily true - the rescue I donate to does not have its own kennel, but does not have enough foster homes either. They have about 4-6 spaces at a local boarding kennel.... so some rescues are in a kennel as it is either that or being euthanized if they are not pulled. I think dogs would choose a good boarding kennel over being killed.

Rescues are just a group of humans who care about dogs who need help--and these dogs are welcomed into our homes and given food and love and are evaluated to see what they like, what they do not, how much work and training they may have missed out on in their earlier life, etc, etc.

In addition, they are taken to the vet and brought up to date on any needs--but that money is hard to come by and rescue folks pretty much stay broke, so everyone who has mentioned it so far is correct--they won't pay for the Dobergirl--and in fact, it's customary to offer some sort of donation to whichever rescue is taking her to care for her safely and find her the best home they can.

They will require an application, references, a vet reference, and a home check--and--this is very important--they will be a safety net for that girl, for the rest of her life.

While we always hope we've done a great job in screening and making adoption decisions, if because of some unforeseen circumstances the new adoptive home does not work out to be her forever home--then a reputable rescue takes her back and works hard to find a "really forever" home, again.

That would be super hard for you to do, obviously, with your concerns for your child's safety, so that is a real advantage for you.

Thank you, for not prioritizing the money--you'd be amazed how many folks do that, and it's a shame for kids and dogs alike.

As to the poster who keeps posting about wanting her--hey, it's always great to have offers of homes, but please don't just send her to someone that has not been thoroughly screened and checked out.

Heck, I've hung out here for years and feel I "know" a lot of these folks, seen a jillion pics of their homes and yards, etc, but I'd STILL put any potential adopter from here thru the same screening process. It's just safer and makes sense.

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Does the Illinois rescue reach as far as you are? I am located in Wi so I am not sure.
she would need to email intake at IDR + to see if they could help. She could be in a kennel though until a foster home opens up. You could ask about listing her as a referral also.

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Double check with Pinsch of Heaven Doberman Rescue in Knoxville (they have a Facebook page). Fallon might have an opening. Sandy Pope at Appalachian K-9 (a training facility and boarding kennel in north Knoxville, a community called Halls I think) also sometimes takes in needy dogs. She specializes in Dobermans and her facility is well kept, with lots of running space/yards and shelter.

(We have ordered fencing so that in the future we can foster Dobes.)

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I sent an email to the folks at DAN (Doberman Assistance Network), to see if they have any suggestions.


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I will be driving tru Tennessee , on my way to the Joanne Fleming Working Dog Seminar Joanne Fleming Seminar February 2013 - German Shepherd Dog Forums in Little Rock ,Ark..... and then to visit friends in Austin,Tx , then back to NY
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if sombody can, or wants to, make arrangements with a approved RESCUE org on my route,either going down south or even going back up north on my return trip, I can transport her

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I think a member here is associated with the North Texas Doberman Rescue.
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They would be on your route.

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Update!i found Duchess a home in Alabama. A retired couple who's Doberman passed away in 2011 and they have spent the past year fostering dogs, waiting for another Doberman to come along. I spoke with the rescue group in Alabama that they foster through, and they had nothing but wonderful things to say about the couple. They have no small grand kids to worry about, and the rescue has known them for several years, because that is where their last Doberman came from. We will be making the drive to Huntsville on Friday morning. I really do appreciate all the advice and support I have found on this page. You guys have really made me feel like I was doing the right thing. More importantly, Duchess will never again be chained up outside and forgotten, and my son and I can continue to search for the right dog for my family. We lost our senior dog in November and its been rough not having Freddy around, and then bringing in a dog who wasn't compatible with my son. Wish me luck!
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Great news! You can be proud of what you did to help her find a wonderful family. Good luck to both you and Duchess!
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That's great news! Sounds like that would be a great fit for her.

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Thank you for being so diligent, kind and persistent! Best of luck to you.


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I am so glad Dutchess was able to find a loving home. Bless you for helping her and good luck in finding a dog who fits well with your family.
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Great news that you've found her a good home, and thank you so much for getting her out of that horrible situation.

Also I just want to add that the ability of this forum to dig up resources, contacts, and members willing to help out by transporting or otherwise making phone calls, sending emails, etc in order to help a dog in need - it never fails to impress and amaze me



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RFR: Second, no--it is very rare indeed any dog with a reputable rescue would ever be in any kind of boarding/kennel situation.

Fitzmar: This is not necessarily true - the rescue I donate to does not have its own kennel, but does not have enough foster homes either. They have about 4-6 spaces at a local boarding kennel.... so some rescues are in a kennel as it is either that or being euthanized if they are not pulled. I think dogs would choose a good boarding kennel over being killed.


Perhaps you misread. That is why I did not say it never happens, but instead pointed out that the norm is a network of foster homes, not an actual physical kennel facility for the rescue.


OP, congrats on finding a home for her--hope it works out, and thank you for thinking of everyone's best interests in a difficult situation.

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You said it was rare to find reputable rescues with kennels situations... while I tend to think it is pretty common actually. Foster homes are the ideal but there just are not enough of them. Some rescues have their own kennel - wish DVDPA did..... If I ever win the lottery, I'm buying them one!

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Glad she found a home so quickly! We are here to help if you decide you want another doberman that will fit in with your family.
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Glad it worked out. I am in Knoxville TN and train with A-k9. If you ever would like to come out and talk dogs, the trainer is a wealth of information regarding the breed and training. Hope your girl has found a forever home to love and spoil her.
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I am so happy you have been able to place your girl. I wish her and you all the happiness in the world.

Please tell Duchess's new people about this forum, we would love to hear how she is going along and you never know, some of the folk here may be able to offer advice, support to them along the way.

Dobes are wonderful dogs and can in the right situation be heaven sent with regards living with a family. Your girl had a rough time of it, so please do not judge this wonderful breed by one mistake made by your girl. You never know another rescue or if you choose to buy an ethically sourced Dobe may fit in with your family one day.

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You said it was rare to find reputable rescues with kennels situations... while I tend to think it is pretty common actually. Foster homes are the ideal but there just are not enough of them. Some rescues have their own kennel - wish DVDPA did..... If I ever win the lottery, I'm buying them one!
They have a large kennel facility and many dogs being housed and rehabbed there. Many of their special needs dogs are fostered, sometimes permanently fostered. I've known of many commercial kennels who take in dogs for different rescue organizations.

Kudos for finding Duchess a wonderful, forever home. You will be blessed with good karma for doing such a kind deed.
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You said it was rare to find reputable rescues with kennels situations... while I tend to think it is pretty common actually. Foster homes are the ideal but there just are not enough of them. Some rescues have their own kennel - wish DVDPA did..... If I ever win the lottery, I'm buying them one!
Yes, in my experience it is rare.

If there is any good verifiable data to sort out which opinion/experience is accurate, I'd be very interested to see that.

And, we share that in common--if I ever win the lottery, there's going to be a huge animal sanctuary built, for sure

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I will tell the new owners about this site on Friday when I transport her down to AL. I'm sure they wouldn't mind keeping everyone posted on how she is doing. And of course I don't hold this one incident against duchess or the breed in general. This is actually my third Doberman. My first experience with a Doberman was when I was 18 and my boyfriend at the time had the best and sweetest Doberman ever. He turned into an alcoholic about a year after we started seeing each other and sadly started beating my Roxie girl. We broke it off, and local law enforcement was unwilling to help me get her out of a bad situation, especially since she was never technically mine. So I formulated a game plan, talked with a local rescue who was willing to help me even if I did do some sketchy stuff, and I decided to steal her right out of his yard one day. I knew I couldn't keep her because I would get caught, but I don't regret what I did. She lived on a 40acre farm the rest of her days. She went across the rainbow bridge in 2010 at age 8. She had cancer that came on very quickly, but she went peacefully. My second Doberman experience was when I was about to move away from home so I purchased a red/tan Doberman to protect my widowed mothers house since she would be all alone. I trained him with my mother, and he is still living the high life at moms house. I think Duchess reminded me so much of Roxie that I couldn't help but fall in love with her. I will be adding a Doberman to my family when my son is a little older, maybe 5 or so. That way he can get involved in the raising of a young pup, who can grow up with him. All of you guys are great, and I can't thank you enough for the support! I'm going to post some pictures of duchess, and maybe later this week post some pictures of my moms boy. He is nicknamed Russ, but his registered name is Lazarus' awakening, because the first night I brought him home I discovered he barked loud enough to wake the dead!
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Update!i found Duchess a home in Alabama. A retired couple who's Doberman passed away in 2011 and they have spent the past year fostering dogs, waiting for another Doberman to come along. I spoke with the rescue group in Alabama that they foster through, and they had nothing but wonderful things to say about the couple. They have no small grand kids to worry about, and the rescue has known them for several years, because that is where their last Doberman came from. We will be making the drive to Huntsville on Friday morning. I really do appreciate all the advice and support I have found on this page. You guys have really made me feel like I was doing the right thing. More importantly, Duchess will never again be chained up outside and forgotten, and my son and I can continue to search for the right dog for my family. We lost our senior dog in November and its been rough not having Freddy around, and then bringing in a dog who wasn't compatible with my son. Wish me luck!
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Would you mind dropping the name of the rescue in Alabama you worked with? (PM is fine) I wasn't aware there were any Dobe rescues left in Alabama. Has Alabama Doberman Rescue been revived and I missed it? Of course, I know Bama Bully has occasionally handled Dobes and there are some all-breed rescues, was it one of them? Just would like to know!


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