A couple of weeks ago, we drove up to DRU in New Hampshire, and adopted a wonderful red boy named "Hugger". Our Hagan left a huge hole in our hearts when he died and, even though no other dog will ever replace him, Hugger is helping us all heal. He is really a sweetheart: obedient, polite, and affectionate! He had been surrendered to DRU six months ago, because of a couple of "attempted nips", but he's shown absolutely no signs of anything like that to us. He plays with purpose, like most Dobermans, so I wonder if his previous family got wiggy about that.
Our Frauke and him are best buds now (she only showed him the "Alien smile" for the first couple of days). We did "crates, gates, and separate rooms" at the beginning and gradually introduced them to each other...success! They now play nice, sleep next to each other in our bedroom, and take naps on their couch in the family room. We're still not letting our guard down and we're keeping an eye on them at all times, but so far, so good.
Hugger has an incredibly strong prey drive (we were warned about it), so we'll have to find ways to try to desensitize him a little, if possible (he's always looking out the windows - lots of wildlife around). Our only concern at this point is the fact that he gets EXTREMELY anxious in the car, so we're working on that, doing very short drives around the neighborhood for now - we'll see if that helps, if not, we'll try a crate or something else.
He'll be 8 years old next month and he has been diagnosed with myxomatous mitral valve heart disease; he's on Sotalol & Mexiletine (by his previous cardiologist, Dr. MacGregor), we'll be following up with our Dr. Morris in a few months, as indicated. He's full of life and very active, obviously his condition is not slowing him down. Here's a picture of him, I hope it works, I had the hardest time recovering my Flickr account! https://www.flickr.com/gp/zenwitch/4Y8uNG