It's so hard to write this as it is still quite fresh in our minds. We had to put Rexy to sleep last Wed after he finally succumbed to his liver issues. Rescue Rex, CDX CGC WAC
Rexy lived with severe liver trouble for 18 months after his first bad enzyme test. Luckily for us and him, he was happy and galloping like a 2 yr old all that time, eating vigorously, swimming in the pool, and teaching Jules the ropes as his farm mentor. He helped us raise every Doberman we currently own....
Rescued at age 2, Rexy was absolutely wild at first, then with time and training became my first Utility dog and a terrific ambassador for the Doberman breed. He achieved his CD and CDX, easily passed the CGC, and surprised us with his protection instincts in the WAE. After nubbin wagging and leaning on the friendly strangers at the start of the test, he almost pulled me down barking and lunging at the threatening stranger. No one was going to threaten his Mom!
As he aged, he still had his wild moments, and my sister called him the psycho lifeguard because he would treadmill the decking when he saw a swimmer, then launch on top of them to "save" them. I also could not pump him up too much in the obedience ring or he'd reach down and nip my heels during off lead heeling.
After retirement, Rexy ran errands with me weekly in town and knew the turns to the Farmer Co-op and the McDonald's. He loved his $1 ice cream when we went to town, or a $1 pack of chicken nuggets.
It is very quiet around here without my barn chore buddy, the old man who was so devoted to me that even though he had cushy dog beds, chose to sleep on a carpet runner by the back door to our garage until I returned home from errands. (He did chew on the door frame on one trip where I must have been gone unusually long....)
We took him to FL for our family Christmas last year in a rental house, and are so glad we spoiled him with time with extended family, stuffed bears, a musical Santa, and lots of treats. He did many trips with me and loved the adventures of the open road, a horse trailer, hotels, and biscuits from Cracker Barrel.
Farewell Rexy, my old friend. You are sorely missed by everyone here.
Babysitting baby Wally
Life on the farm with Cheers and Wally
Greeting Baby Jules
His 10th Birthday