HEY Aunt B --- Tell Toad that the Rams and the Loins are playing
Toad sez thanks for the information but he just got home from the cardio clinic (the cardiologist says he's better than ever--YAY Toadie!). and he's all tired out--too much socializing with people and dawgs he only sees occasionally now that he's retired. He's presently taken a long, long nap.
And I got to see one of the Mt Hood club members new rescue. Red Doberman 10.5 years--a sort of rescue (his mom had to go to a retirement care home because she can't live alone any more.)
His name is David and he's got enough bone and substance to fulfill the wildest dreams of the folks who think you need to go European to get this. He's sweet beyond belief and has been with his new "mom" for two months now and is VERY attached. Has a whole portfolio of pertinent information including his puppy registration--real registration never done (but who cares) and med records immediately explained why he looked fat and soft--he was on thyroid meds but they hadn't been refilled since the fall of 2017. First thing that happened was he went to the vet and went back on thyroid meds--the second thing that happened was that he promptly lost 12 pounds in three weeks.
He has some quirks--evidently he was free fed (at least recently) and has recently learned how to eat meals (and probably with better kibble). He's good on leash but in the house for the first month he was very afraid to walk over threshholds. (Who knows--I once reclaimed an abandoned cat who never got on furniture but if there was a sheet of paper on the floor she'd carefully go and sit on it--who on earth would teach a cat something like that?) He was there for the clinic--HE'S A ROCK STAR! The cardiologist says his heart function isn't just good for his age--it's great for any adult Doberman.
David is a winner--such sweet dog too. He's kind of a purebred but not so well bred guy but his sweetness makes up for a lot of deficiencies in the looks department. Oh, yeah--he's cropped and dock and STJ--that crop is short enough to please you--he wears it well.
And somewhere along the line someone taught him to have his nails dremeled. He'll sit and offer you a paw if you have a dremel in your hand.
The kind of dogs you find in rescue situations are often amazing.
Auntie Bug the Luddite Hun (who's rethinking the idea that Toadie maybe isn't her last Doberman--maybe an elderly rescue would be a good fit.)