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Help us find a better home for our 4yr black/rust girl

This post is extremely painful for me to write. My husband and I have decided that it will be best for both our beautiful black and rust girl, Pippa Longstocking, and our family to find her a better home. Ever since our son has been born (he just turned one yesterday) and I have started two new part time jobs, our lives are hectic and we simply don't have the time and energy to spend with Pippa. Well, we may not have been the best people to own her in the first place, to be honest. She doesn't get the physical exercise and attention she needs on a daily basis. And as a result of that, coupled with the fact that she didn't come from a reputable breeder, she does have some behavioral issues. She likes to guard random objects she has stolen from the laundry hamper or toy bin and the only way to snap her out of it is to tell her to go outside. And she is a food thief, a very good one. Additionally, she needs to take a medication (Proin) daily for her nocturnal incontinence. She is, however, a very affectionate dog and will take neck and butt scratches all day long. She is smart, teachable and I believe many of the behavioral issues can be fixed with proper training and lots of physical exercise. All vaccinations are up to date and other than her incontinence she is a healthy dog. Tested negative for von Willebrand disease when we went to crop her ears. Here is some other information about her:

- born on May 9th, 2014 in Central New York (near Albany) as runt of the litter to a backyard breeder. Owner claimed both parents AKC registered and gave us documentations which I still have
- black/rust marking, docked tail, dew claws removed, cropped ears but left ear doesnt stand all the time
- around 72 lbs
- has 5 blankets of her own and likes to be covered when sleeping
- neutered before she was 6 months I believe..think early neutering has contributed to her incontinence but we did that per veterinary recommendation. She has tried and failed on DES (another drug for incontinence) and still leaks sometimes on current dose of Proin but manageable.
- thinks our son is a puppy and wants to rough house with him lol mostly friendly or indifferent towards the baby. but will growl when food is involved



I did some online research and found this Doberman shelter in New Hampshire that rehomes dobies (https://www.dru.org/). Does anyone on this forum have any experience with this shelter? Seems like a decent one but since I have gotten so much help from some of the fiercest doberman lovers here I wanted to get some input from you. Also, if anyone has other recommendation, please let me know. This shelter in NH is 8 hours from where we live so would like to find somewhere closer, but finding a good home for Pippa comes first and foremost. We are willing to drive further if we find a suitable home for her. Ideally, her new owner(s) should:

- have no children or other dogs. She has been to day care numerous times and stayed at a kennel with no issues. Most recent kennel report card said she made lots of friends. However, when we are out with her and encounter other dogs, she is rather protective. She is very attached to us and doesnt want other dogs near us.
- preferably has owned dobies and has time to train, exercise and give lots of attention and love
- big property for her to let her zoomies out
- preferably have a California king size bed (jk) she loves to sleep in our queen bed and I basically sleep in a fetal position every night


We will provide 6 months worth of medication and all her belongings. Send me a DM if anyone would like to talk more.

Thank you for reading this long post and I hope that Pippa will find a loving home she deserves.
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I don't know enough about your area to be able to recommend specific rescue organizations, but I will say that you really would do better to work with a good rescue than to try a personal online search for people to adopt her. When you are posting on a forum, even one like DT, you really have no way to check out the people who may respond; a rescue does. They simply have more information available to them--they can assess both your dog and any person who wants to adopt to make sure they are a good fit for each other.

Deciding to find a new home for her is tough to do, I know. I hope you find her a good place for a new start and loving home for her.
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I am very familiar with DRU in NH, and feel it is one of the best Dobe rescues out there. I got my previous boy from them.
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DRU is one of the best breed rescues in the US. I have been a transport volunteer for them in the past and have toured their facility. They are top notch.
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DRU is one of the best Doberman rescues out there - I would definitely contact them. Rescues will also sometimes do a courtesy listing for people who are willing to continue to keep their Doberman while looking for a new home. It is expensive to regime a dog for rescue - so the fact that she is already spayed and has all her vet work, weighs in your favor.
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That is very reassuring to know. Thank you so much for your responses.
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I just want to say...you might get some flak from others for wanting to rehome her, but I want to commend you for making the hard decision that it's better for HER to be in a home that is better matched for her needs. I think it's one of the hardest things that people do, and I'm sure it's been agonizing.

I think contacting DRU is the right choice.
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I’m happy to let you know Pippa is now in great hands with DRU and we have every confidence she will be well taken care of and soon find a new home. My heart will be broken for a while and nothing will be able to fill the huge void that is now our reality, both figuratively and literally. Sincere thanks to you, loving Doberman parents, here who have helped me all these years with great advice and resources. I am going to take down this post soon for privacy reasons but you can be assured she couldn’t be in a better place.

My sweet baby girl,
I am sorry we couldn’t be your forever home.
I hope you know I will never forget you and you will have a forever place in my heart.
One day you will find a home where there is nothing but love, butt scratches and bones. But most importantly a home you deserve - where you can truly be yourself.
Thank you for being part of our lives the past five years. No matter how far away you are, my sweet baby princess you will always be.
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I'm so sorry you needed to give her up...but it sounds like you did the best thing, for your family and for Pippa.

And I'm glad she's in good hands now.
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It took courage to release her to a rescue.
Thanks for being honest with yourselves and making an appropriate decision.
Through your posts ....others will be able to learn about dog ownership.

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Thank you for your kind words. I should be happy for her but I miss her so much it hurts and selfishly wish she was snuggling besides me in bed
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That’s because you love her.....love is what gave you the strength to release to a rescue.
Thinking of you today....peace be with you l

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