Hello everyone! I wanted to drop a line and introduce myself and Zeke! I have been wanting a Doberman for over 20 years, but the time was never right, but I never quit looking at them and reading. Finally, my wife and I decided it would be a good time to add a new puppy to our family. Our kids are older (6,8,16,18) and we now live in a great rural community with 3 acres, a pond and a park.
I have been reading (lurking) here in Doberman Talk for about 18 months, just trying to make heads or tails of all of the information and misinformation you can find on the internet. Finally I reached out to a breeder I found here just to talk about the breed and get an opinion if we would make a good family to a Doberman. I found out that based on our conversation we would likely be a good candidate, and we were referred to another breeder in our area that happened to currently have puppies. This breeder had not had a breed in nearly 18 years and seemed to be extremely into the breed itself. I cannot say enough about our breeder and her circle of friends and colleagues. Professional, dedicated and very informed.
Well a few visits and weeks later we had our puppy. It just worked out that I was able to pick him up on Christmas Eve! Let me tell you, when I walked in the door that evening with Zeke, our 8 year old son just melted and began crying. He was so happy to have a "new brother".
While his Mom and Dad are both show dogs, both of them very successfully, we just love to have him as part of our family. He is absolutely spoiled already. We have already had three training sessions with his certified trainer and he is very well mannered. Heck, he even has his own Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/zeke.the.dobe
Thanks to all for your guidance and wisdom, I am glad I found this forum and some great people to assist us in finding our perfect dog.
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