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.