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12-17-2018 05:39 PM
ECIN Excellent advise Hilary !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I totally agree !
12-17-2018 03:26 PM
Hilary
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Originally Posted by -AlphaDobie- View Post
Thank you Hilary and Cressrb for your kind words. Hilary, the mixed emotions of what you're describing is exactly how we're all feeling. It's only been two and a half weeks but it has seemed like an eternity. I actually read your original post from August about Remy and it's like you were saying exactly how we're feeling right now. The inability to eat, sleep and the pain of a clenching heart has really blurred the difference between emotional and physical pain. The guilt and endless questions of how and why this happened to Alpha will also haunt me for the rest of our lives.

I apologize for hijacking this post as this is a happy thread. I'm so glad you and your family has found Bulleit! Please do keep us all updated on your new pup. I'm not sure how active we'll be on this forum now that Alpha is gone. We were just browsing to research if anyone else has been through something similar to what we went through with Alpha. Thanks again for all your support. Hopefully one day, we'll be able to move past our pain and possibly welcome another dobie into our family.
Oh please do not apologize!! This forum, and the many beloved members here, were such a source of strength and encouragement to me during one of the darkest, most miserable times in my life. Nothing would please me more than to be able to pay it back in some small way by encouraging another who is going thru the same feelings of despair.

If you haven't already, please post a new thread to tell all about your experience with Alpha. A new thread may get more looks based on the title than this one will, and hopefully draw out others who may have gone thru something similar to you.

And you would not be the only dobe-less member here, so please stick around! Even if you don't get another dobe, this forum is one of the best out there for dog-related topics.
12-16-2018 07:32 PM
Cressrb Oh Alpha, so many of us on this forum have been through this pain. It isn't any easier with any breed, but something about these Dobermans, that embed themselves into your heart and when they leave us a piece of the heart is missing,too and it hurts so much. Don't beat yourself up over what you may not have done. It won't help and I doubt you did anything wrong. You loved your dog and he knew it. You have to dwell on that as hard as it is.
12-16-2018 04:26 PM
-AlphaDobie- Thank you Hilary and Cressrb for your kind words. Hilary, the mixed emotions of what you're describing is exactly how we're all feeling. It's only been two and a half weeks but it has seemed like an eternity. I actually read your original post from August about Remy and it's like you were saying exactly how we're feeling right now. The inability to eat, sleep and the pain of a clenching heart has really blurred the difference between emotional and physical pain. The guilt and endless questions of how and why this happened to Alpha will also haunt me for the rest of our lives.

I apologize for hijacking this post as this is a happy thread. I'm so glad you and your family has found Bulleit! Please do keep us all updated on your new pup. I'm not sure how active we'll be on this forum now that Alpha is gone. We were just browsing to research if anyone else has been through something similar to what we went through with Alpha. Thanks again for all your support. Hopefully one day, we'll be able to move past our pain and possibly welcome another dobie into our family.
12-15-2018 05:00 PM
Cressrb Still basking in the happy ending of this story. Love the name!
Send more pic's when you can.

Alpha, I am so sorry for your pain. I have no healing words to give you, as I know how heartbreaking it is. I hope the memories shared in those short years give you comfort.
12-15-2018 04:28 PM
Hilary
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Originally Posted by -AlphaDobie- View Post
Reading this thread makes me so happy. My family and I are actually going through an experience that's very similar to yours, Hilary. We lost our 3.5 year old dobie, Alpha, two weeks ago and we are all so devastated. It was due to peritonitis, which we assume was caused by adhesion in the stomach. The vet didn't find any foreign objects in his body and said there could be thousands of reasons that Alpha could've gotten sick. There were no signs until it was too late so everything happened very quickly. He was way too young and it was way too sudden for all of us. My guess is that it was probably from sticks that he found while we both roamed the forest in our neighbourhood. Obviously, I feel responsible as there must've been something I could've done to prevent it but everyone's telling me that it's not my fault. I can hear it but it's really not how I feel.

Anyway, we are so heartbroken right now that we're not sure that we can ever have another dog, let alone another dobie. But it's great to see that your family have welcomed "Brooks" into your new home and it shows that maybe one day, we can do the same.

Another interesting tidbit is that Alpha's dad was named Remy as well. Alpha's litter also had a whiskey theme. One of his sister's name is CC (Canadian Club) and another brother is named Jamie (Jameson). Just some ideas for you if you decide to keep the whiskey theme!
AlphaDobie, I am so very sorry. I thought I got ripped off losing my girl at 6, you really got a raw deal at only 3.5 years with your boy. All I can say is - take your time and welcome another pup when the time is right. Each of us grieve a different way, I could've gotten another dobe the next day. My grief was so fierce and intense, I would've welcomed any kind of distraction from it. My husband, on the other hand, could've gone a year (or years!) without a dog - and he especially was wary of getting another doberman with their numerous health issues. He was in so much pain that he could've put off having another dog, and the threat of feeling this terrible again, for a long long time.

When Brooks came along, we just couldn't agree as a family. Some of us were ready, some weren't, Some wanted another doberman, some didn't. We were all over the place. But I covertly went to meet Brooks on my own, trusting in my pretty stellar gut instinct that if he wasn't the right dog for us, I would know immediately and not feel bad passing on him. Well, he was wonderful and put the hard sell on me. I left feeling without a doubt this was our dog. I told my husband what I had done the next morning. I told him, "I'm not asking for this dog, I'm just asking you to meet this dog." He agreed to meet him that afternoon and the rest is history.

So take your time to grieve and only move when the time is right. An opportunity my present itself to you that you never saw coming.

And we did stick with the whiskey/bourbon theme! His name is now Bulleit (pronounced like bullet but named after Bulleit Bourbon).
12-14-2018 08:30 PM
-AlphaDobie- Reading this thread makes me so happy. My family and I are actually going through an experience that's very similar to yours, Hilary. We lost our 3.5 year old dobie, Alpha, two weeks ago and we are all so devastated. It was due to peritonitis, which we assume was caused by adhesion in the stomach. The vet didn't find any foreign objects in his body and said there could be thousands of reasons that Alpha could've gotten sick. There were no signs until it was too late so everything happened very quickly. He was way too young and it was way too sudden for all of us. My guess is that it was probably from sticks that he found while we both roamed the forest in our neighbourhood. Obviously, I feel responsible as there must've been something I could've done to prevent it but everyone's telling me that it's not my fault. I can hear it but it's really not how I feel.

Anyway, we are so heartbroken right now that we're not sure that we can ever have another dog, let alone another dobie. But it's great to see that your family have welcomed "Brooks" into your new home and it shows that maybe one day, we can do the same.

Another interesting tidbit is that Alpha's dad was named Remy as well. Alpha's litter also had a whiskey theme. One of his sister's name is CC (Canadian Club) and another brother is named Jamie (Jameson). Just some ideas for you if you decide to keep the whiskey theme!
12-10-2018 06:13 PM
Artemis Reading this thread from start to finish really cheered me up and made my heart so happy - your new boy is so handsome and has such a kind eye!
12-05-2018 01:19 PM
ECIN I so happy this is working out great for you Hilary !

Greenie is right - the name will come to yeah -
12-05-2018 01:03 PM
greenkouki I'm glad it's working out so well. As for names... you and your family will know. If you want some input though, since his name is currently Brooks, something similar and masculine and also unique would be "Rook"- like the chess piece.
12-05-2018 12:40 PM
Hilary 2 days in and I feel like I won the flipping lottery with this boy.

He is the cuddliest, most affectionate lover-boy. He’s already mastered the doggie door, having no experience with one before. He happily lets himself in/out for his business. He seems to genuinely enjoy the cats hanging on him, without a bit of prey drive. No reactive behaviors, no food aggression, sleeps peacefully all night. He’s still crated at night, but happily so. He’s just made himself right at home!

The only thing weird is he seems to be absolutely terrified of the leash. He runs, hides, goes limp - just petrified. I took out a measuring tape yesterday for his new sweater order and he ran for the hills. Even something remotely leash-like scares him. So who knows what that’s all about. I don’t know much about his previous owners or experience, his breeder was lucky to just get him returned as it was a bit of a fight. I can’t imagine anyone being rough with him, he is such a gentle soul.

In any case, he’ll learn soon enough that leash = fun times!

Still working on names. Hubby wants something Bourbon related. Remy was named after a Cognac. We’ll see where it leads...

Pics!






Oliver the cat deciding the crate was his:




Other kid enjoying new pup (he came with a bit of a scrape on his nose, hence the cream):

12-05-2018 11:56 AM
MeadowCat
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Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
Darn you, Ken!



I went to meet this boy to get some pics to help network him more, you know - to help him find his forever home.... guess who's got a new doberdude joining the fam...










My daughter’s first introduction. Yeah, he’s ours...

Let's be fair...could it REALLY have gone any other way???

I'm so happy for you.
12-03-2018 01:09 PM
Hilary
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Hey, you don't have to wait until you have figured each other out. We'd love to be there in the middle of it too, in a vicarious sort of way. It would be like being grandparents...we'd get to share in the fun, but could hand him back to you for things like those midnight bathroom trips outside.


Haha!! Deal!
12-03-2018 12:49 PM
melbrod
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....I promise to give a nice proper intro thread once we have each other all figured out.
Hey, you don't have to wait until you have figured each other out. We'd love to be there in the middle of it too, in a vicarious sort of way. It would be like being grandparents...we'd get to share in the fun, but could hand him back to you for things like those midnight bathroom trips outside.
12-03-2018 12:24 PM
ECIN Did I say that I so very happy about this ??? If I didn't - I'm so , so happy

I will say one thing - Well - It's more of a confession - Uh - well - Uh - If you go back up and look at the first picture that Hilary put up- The eye's -The ears half down - The unsure look on his face -- I had a good guess that is what Hilary would see

I feel like we got the new puppy !
12-03-2018 11:39 AM
Cressrb I have found, in my limited experience, that the Dober boys are just love bugs and more laid back.
The two girls we have are high energy and can be intense.
I like both attitudes for different reasons, but I really want a male of my own. Duggan belongs to my daughter, heart and soul and lets everyone know it.
12-03-2018 10:39 AM
Hilary YAY!!

Thank you for all the congratulations! Y'all knew what was good for me before I even did, you stinkin' smart folks, you!

I pick him up this afternoon after work and bring him to his new forever home to meet the rest of his family. I have all the new-mommy nerves of not knowing quite what to expect and knowing the first few weeks or so will be an adjustment period for everyone. I can tell he's already so different than Remy, he doesn't have the same intense energy that she had, but he's a giant love-bug. I am looking forward to seeing his full personality blossom.

Did I mention that he's Remy's nephew??? His mom was her litter mate. So a bit of her blood is with us again (tears).

I promise to give a nice proper intro thread once we have each other all figured out.
12-03-2018 09:43 AM
spocksdad
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Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
... Judy was really hoping my family would be open to adding another dobe. Sadly, we just can’t. Our hearts were shattered into a bazillion pieces and we just aren’t ready for another dobe.

This is an awesome chance to get a beautifully bred dog with an outstanding temperament, and a breeder friend for life. I’m told he is happy-go-lucky, affectionate, good with calm-natured cats, and sleeps in a crate at night.

...

Hillary- Your last posts in this thread really made us so happy!
Sounds like a Win-Win-Win situation for your family, Judy & your handsome new Doberboy (a.k.a. "Brooks")

Kudos to Ken for planting the trap...errrh...the seed, of the family visit suggestion. Many dogs, especially Dobes, have a way of magically bonding with humans, even when meeting for the first time. I'm finding this out with Spock meeting new students, during his weekly Read With Me school visits.

As far as a new name for you new boy, my DW and I have frequently discussed this subject- what if we were to rename our male & female Dobes?
Some names more appropriate to fit Doberman personalities....

Along a Dr. Suess theme, I suggested "Needy 1" and "Needy 2" for our pair.

Along a Star Trek theme, instead of Spock, new name would be "Clingon" (with a "C", get it?)

Eva's new name could be "T'Pring" who was a real Vulcan Diva, always in control...

Along a Gumby theme, I would go with "Pokey" which perfectly fits Spock or Eva.

And, of course "Velcro" would be a perfect name to fit any Doberman!

Seriously, I'm just having some fun, but I know your family will come up with a perfectly fitting name for your new Dobe.
Looking forward to his into thread and maybe a future play date with our two?
12-02-2018 10:54 PM
ECIN Darn you, Ken!



I went to meet this boy to get some pics to help network him more, you know - to help him find his forever home.... guess who's got a new doberdude joining the fam

This makes me so happy. I just felt you both needed each other.

Cressrb- I couldn't say it any better than you ! This makes me so happy too ! You seen it - I seen it and best guess the others on here did to : ) just needed to give Hilary that little push off the diving board - you know what I mean- damnit I'm happy ! Great looking young man you have Hilary ! Now Don't forget to keep posting updates on here -- OK ?

Ken
12-02-2018 10:24 PM
Cressrb This makes me so happy. I just felt you both needed each other. Good for Doc for seeing that, too.
He is such a beautiful boy! This just made my evening...
12-02-2018 10:15 PM
4x4bike ped
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Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
She’s working on her new name list as we speak. [emoji4]

Once we get him settled and have his name all picked out, I’ll give him a proper intro thread.

My heart will be so full having a dobe back in the house.
As much work as they are... I could not live happily without my Dobermans.

(44 years and counting!). I spent the last 2 years with some fairly significant disabilities. My wife of over 4 decades is very often out of town. My Dobe was my support and friend.

My current youngest (4 yo. 87lb. intact male) is known to me as "Baby".

So happy for you!

John
Portland OR
12-02-2018 10:01 PM
Hilary
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Originally Posted by 4x4bike ped View Post
Woot!!

What a handsome boy.

What a joy for both your family (humans) and the pup. Yeah, as you know 1yo.s are still in serious puppy mode.

What a wonderful holiday gift to all of you.

So.. Is he still "Brooks", or does your daughter get to name him? LOL.

John
Portland OR


She’s working on her new name list as we speak. [emoji4]

Once we get him settled and have his name all picked out, I’ll give him a proper intro thread.

My heart will be so full having a dobe back in the house.
12-02-2018 09:56 PM
4x4bike ped Woot!!

What a handsome boy.

What a joy for both your family (humans) and the pup. Yeah, as you know 1yo.s are still in serious puppy mode.

What a wonderful holiday gift to all of you.

So.. Is he still "Brooks", or does your daughter get to name him? LOL.

John
Portland OR
12-02-2018 09:14 PM
Hilary
Sunking Doberman Needs a Home

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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
One last thing - have you thought about a meet and greet with the Doberman in need ?



Ken





Ken


Darn you, Ken!



I went to meet this boy to get some pics to help network him more, you know - to help him find his forever home.... guess who's got a new doberdude joining the fam...










My daughter’s first introduction. Yeah, he’s ours...

11-28-2018 04:32 PM
Saskdobie We actually just got our replacement dobie (pic at left) from Olivia Harvey from RM Dobermans through Kijiji and are pretty happy to date, we didn't really want another puppy, we're getting a little long in the tooth, and Olivia was advertising a trained 2 year old with a calm temperament which she delivered. But I mostly mentioned Kijiji because there's at least 3 households posted there as WANTING, not selling, dobermans. The downside is that if they're posting on Kijiji, they may just be hoping to "get a bargain" on a dog since there are plenty of puppies advertised and no real reason that you couldn't get a puppy with minimal effort. So I'm kind of thinking they're hoping reputable breeders will reach out to them, which unfortunately indicates to me that they may not have the wits and energy to actually manage a doberman. It's never a happy household when your dog can outthink you, monkeys should always be at the top of the pecking order.
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