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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-14-2020, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Sunking's Spock 3/8/2010- 9/14/2020

Spock At His Prime - Age 5 y/o



Sunking's Spock (at age 10 in this pic)




Our beloved 10-1/2 y/o Doberboy, Spock was PTS this morning at his vet's office, after completing his Doberman duties. He was a loyal and Velcro Dobe to the very end. In his mind, he was still a young 2 y/o puppy, and still acted like one, up until these last 24 days.

He didn't give up the fight, we made the decision for him, to ease his current and forthcoming pain. Will update his DCM thread at a later date with more details that might help others experiencing this affliction.

Our challenge now is to replace the last many days of sorrow with the previous decade of joyful memories...


Spock Always on Duty





Spock as Puppy, Juvenile & Senior




Our Protector, Helper and Companion.




Loyal, But Needy, More Than Any Other Dogs We've Had
(this pic captures this perfectly)




Spock never met a human he didn't like, when he was introduced to them and they loved him back. (He just didn't get along with squirrels).

That's why he was a Pet Partner's Therapy Dog for last 2-years of his life, after his dad retired.


Spock On Therapy Dog Read-With-Me Visit






Like a Puppy His Whole Life, Right Through When Affliction Hit in August





Time to Pass the Dobe Torch Onto His Sister, Eva






Sleep Softly, Spock, You're Now Free From Affliction






Note- I'll put together a YouTube video clip/photo montage at a later date. We have lots of pics and videos of our boy, which should be consolidated and shared.
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Spocksdad ~ I am in tears for you right now. You shared Spock with us all these years and he belonged to us, too. What a beautiful boy and he gave so much. I am so sorry.
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I'm so sorry. Spock was a favorite of mine, and I always enjoyed hearing about his doings and seeing your pictures.
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SD,

I'm very sorry for your loss. RIP, Spock.
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Run free our precious prince!
You did a great job and we are forever in your debt!
Thanks for all your stories and great times you have given to us.
And thanks for helping our children to enjoy reading.
Now go boy and Never forget how much we will continue to love you!
We got your humans ......no worries ....now go and run my friend.
One million pokes.

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G'by Spock...You'll be missed by many.

Run free and be well now...

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My sincere condolences on your loss - 10 1/2 is a great age, but it is always too soon.

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I am so so sorry, SD. I know decisions like this are difficult—very tough on us, but so much kinder for the dog, .

Spock was such a lovely lovely boy—so good at his work as a Read With Me therapy dog, and SO photogenic. I always loved that butt shot he had on our calendar once.

Dobermantalk Calendar Mr. March, 2016 Dober Butt "Spock on Squirrel Watch"

And all of those videos of Eva putting him in his place (boys just can't win.)


Run free, Spock! There's always more squirrels just waiting to be caught!

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I'm very sorry. Spock was one of favorites too. Sleep softly, handsome boy.
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I am so sorry for your loss. That ache in your heart......is unbearable.
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I wish there were words that would make it better....I know by your posts that he had an amazing, duty filled, exciting life. What a blessing he was to you and your family. You will be reunited. Stay encouraged.

We will say a prayer for your healing.
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I just could not believe what I read - I truly can't - I - Like Aunt Bonnie am just crying - I always enjoyed talking to you on the phone and hearing Spock on squirrel patrol ,along with Eva . I'm so , so sorry Spocksdad

RIP ole bubby
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I'm so sorry. Spock was such a sweet, special, and handsome boy. I'll miss reading about him and seeing his photos on the forum.



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This one hurts. I am so sorry for you, your wife, Eva and your whole family. He was such a special boy. I admired his pictures, he was so handsome. And he was incredibly lucky to be yours! You gave him an amazing life full of adventures, and purpose, and no doubt he helped all who met him develop a love for Dobermans. I shed tears with this news as it hits so close to home and the thought of losing a dober-love is so especially painful.

10 years was so much and yet not nearly enough. My heart breaks in solidarity. I am so sorry.
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I am sorry for your loss RIP handsome Spock
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I am sorry SD... Spock was a very special boy and will be remembered by folks here for a very long time

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Fellow DT members, a grateful thanks for all the condolences offered!

This was a huge challenge point in my life, faced with taking my best buddy in for his own demise. Although for his own good, I still felt that I let him down, somehow.

Spock was a very special Doberman, for sure, bonded to me as no other dog, or for that matter, any human friend I've ever had, other than my spouse.

Today, he was brave & obedient to the end. Did what his dad asked of him, without a whimper, whine or fidget. He passed very peacefully and calmly.

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My only regret is not finishing up the school year with his therapy dog Read-With-Me visits. I just downloaded his final visit log and notified Pet Partners of his death.

In his short 2.0 year, Pet Partner's Therapy Dog career, Spock made (82) visits with (110) hours and interacted with (2703) persons! He would have made more visits if the Pandemic hadn't shut everything down earlier this year.

Spock and Eva have a dedicated Reading Buddy thread here:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberma...ing-buddy.html


Spock and Dad Sign Out at Local ES Front Desk
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Ohhh dear. You started my day with tears and now I am ending my day with tears. I think when you share something like this that others, you, me have faced it brings it fresh to memory, and the pain surfaces again.
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I am so sorry for your loss. I hope Eva can help ease the sadness.
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i'm so, so sorry

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I am so deeply sorry to read this. Your whole DT family is grieving with you. Spock has been a DT icon for so many years. He will be missed by so many, both in person and by those of us who never got the pleasure to meet him.

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My condolences on the loss of your friend. Enjoy the memories.
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SD I'm so sorry to read this. Hugs to you and your family. You didn't let your boy down. You took all his pain and made it yours. That's true love for all the years of loyalty and devotion he gave you.

Run free sweet boy and chase all those squirrels. We will all miss you.



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Spock's demise has left us with a visceral feeling of loss. Now, our home has a palpable sense of calmness and quiet I've never experienced, since we got Spock as a puppy in 2010. My analogy is that Dobermans, even seniors, are like 2-year old children that never grow up. They depend on their companion humans for all their caring and needs. Our Dobes don't know why they are sick and what is happening to them. That's why the end of life decisions for them are so impactful to us, as we shoulder their total burden and responsibility. (as with young human children)

Sitting here alone in kitchen early in the morning, watching H/C Sally come ashore on Wx channel and browsing emails and DT. My ol'buddy Spock would always get up, at whatever hour (normally 0530) with dad and diligently follow me into the office or kitchen, no matter how sound he was sleeping. He was a Dobe and that's was his job, be with his human. He would would lay for a couple hours nearby until first light until I let him out for first potty break of each day.

Spock was trained as a puppy to use the door potty bell(s) which he did till his last day, even when he couldn't hold the Lasix induced pee, he was going to ring the bell. We never yelled at him for accidents inside, as he always rung the bell reliably to go potty, and vigorously when he REALLY had to go bad.... Only his humans ignoring the bell, or sickness, resulted in accidents inside.

Eva is a good companion, but a low energy type Dobe who will come to us for potty break (never taught to ring bell) or affection. Unlike Spock, Eva needs to be motivated to play, but not to walk or go to school. Spock was a high energy Dobe (except when sleeping) that constantly demanded affection, play or just attention (good or bad from Eva!). Even today, when I roll my office chair back from desk, I have a habit of looking behind me to clear the Dobe(s) out of the way! Velcro Dobes always needed to be near....

If there's any good to come out of this experience it is with my wife's viewpoint on Dobermans. She was the one that had planted the idea of getting a Doberman, after our previous rough collie, Nemo had passed at age 15. Nemo was the sweetest most docile dog ever, would also have been a wonderful therapy dog. She had no idea how attached and bonded Spock and I would become, especially during the last two years, in my retirement. After living with Spock for over 10 years, she would frequently say "No more Dobermans, No more needy dogs!"

After my wife has read all the condolences from DT forum members, neighbors, school & Pet Partners and family members, she has changed her mind. She explained to me, that she never realized how much having Spock (and Eva) walking, training and visiting with them had meant to me. She's now open to another Doberman, whether it be a puppy or a rescue in our future, because Eva is in her senior last years.

What really got her, was the wish for "One Million Pokes" as offered by LadyDi in her condolence post. Wife was Spock's prime companion and caretaker when dad was away sailing on his ships. Spock would constantly nose poke her at the kitchen table for attention and I'm sure he provided more than a million of those over his life...

We've just experienced 10.5 years of the Spock's gusto for life and companionship, unfortunately capped by a few weeks of distress. I firmly believe Dobermans should be called "The Heart Breaker Breed" due to their short lives, unique personal bonding with humans and huge holes they leave upon their departure.

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Sorry, Cressrb (Bonnie) about the additional sad opining. Just had to get these few more thoughts into the memorial thread.

I promise, No more sadness, nothing but positive memories from here on in!
(Will still be posting Spock's memorial video a some point in near future)


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Note for Previous Post:
Donna, pictured in ES picture with Spock and I, was terrified of Spock when he first visited school in Oct of 2018. She would feed the other therapy dog (a female Golden Doodle) cheerios every week when she checked in over previous year. After a few visits, Spock had won Donna over as a good friend. As I was signing into visitor log, Spock would put his two big honkin' Dobe paws on check-in desk, while Donna would feed him a handful of Cheerios! This became our routine at check-in every week and Spock would start drooling as he got up on counter!

Funny thing is, when Eva started visiting during the next school year, it took her a month to warm up to Donna enough to start doing the same routine, sans drool!

(See Bonnie, happy memories from this point on!...)
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Ten Doberman Rules
Poke Everything.
It's New? Bark At It.
Moves? Chase It.
Doesn't Move? Smell It.
Liquid? Spill and Dribble It.
Treat or Food? Wolf It Down.
Not Food? Chew It Slowly, Be Quiet & Hide From Human.
A Toy? Shred & Destroy It.
Stuffed? De-Stuff It.
Bites You Back? Wrestle It!

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