hey ACRO , come to a Doberman site as a Dobe person yourself and expect to hear "do not get a dobe" does not seem that way!
They can be frustrating for the first 18 months and then they usually become exactly what you want.
I have not lived as long as you nor do i have your loss , I have other dogs besides a doberman and a wife but i would feel lonely without the dobe.
I know ,lol. joined this site in '12 with my first dobe. But, have been inactive for about 3 years.