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My husband always wanted a doberman since he was a little kid. He thought they were the most beautiful, most graceful dogs he ever seen. When we were living at our apartment he told me that when we buy a house he wants to get a doberman to go along with it. I was a cat person. I knew cats and I still do. I only had one dog growing up and we had her for a short time. She was a rott/dobie mix. She was a great dog but like I said we only had her for a short time. Someone ran off the road to hit her and sadly killed her. I told my husband that I wanted to reasearch the breed before we do anything. Of which he did he pulled up all kinds of website and sat me down and we read through them togethere. We decided we wanted to go through a rescue. We started looking up doberman rescues in Michigan. We found 2 that we felt good about. We bought our first house and got all moved in, in October of last year. By the end of October my husband really wanted a dog. As did I but he wanted one a lot more than I did. We filled out an application to both rescues we found. I called them both as I sent out the applications to let them know I was sending one in. We got approved by both places. I was in contact with the one rescue almost every day. They told us about a younge female doberman. They told us about her never ending energy, and how sweet she was and funny. They told me that her name was Gracie. Which I just fell in love. They said they would send us a picture of her. Three days later I had a picture in hand and started crying because she was so beautiful. I called them and told them how beautiful she was. Then they started telling me about her history.

Gracie came from a breeder, who for some reason decided that a Gracie needed to be hog tied and hung. Gracie had to free her self in order to eat anything. We don't know how she got to the rescue but she did. Her second home, was a construction worker, he worked long hours and didn't get much for money. He put her through basic training of which my little girl failed. (No suprise there!) Then he figured since that didn't work he should put her into agility. She was the top dog in her class for agility. She loved it because she used so much energy. She always had to think about what her next move was going to be. Well the guy could no longer afford to put her through agility, and afford her food as well. I believe he got laid off or something, and had to give her back to the rescue. Her third home was with a very nice elderly woman, who of which we have never met. She cared for Gracie and loved her like no other. Until one day she fell down a flight of stairs and broke her hip. She could no longer take care of Little miss Energy. Gracie went back to the rescue for the third and final time. :sadcry:

A few weeks after Gracie went back to her foster home we came along. After speeking with the owner of the rescue as well as the foster parent on almost a daily basis, my husband and I decided to make the 3 1/2 drive to Detroit to go meet her. We were prepared to take her home but we also prepared to wait to come back to get her. As soon as we got inside the foster parents house Gracie came running up to us with her little nub wagging and so happy to be alive. She started to give us kisses and would let us pet her as long as we were willing to. :D The foster parent told us that if we adopt her and bring her back that she would be put to sleep. She said that we will be her 4th home in one years time. That it is way to much for a dog to handle. We agreed to everything on the contract and loaded all of her stuff up in the truck. We asked her if she wanted to go bye bye. We hooked the leash on her and walked her out to the truck. We were followed out there by the foster parents who told us that she doesn't like to jump into trucks you have to also lift her butt up a little bit to get her in them. She said that she likes to play helpless to see what she can get away with.

Little did we know how good she was at playing that game. It took Gracie a good 2 weeks to become her self. Oh man were they right about her endless supply of energy. She never stopped until about 8:00 at night. We would take her outside to go potty, if I stepped into the yard she would circle me like a shark, after she got done going around in circles around me she would bite by calfs. I had teeth marks all over my legs, as well as HUGE bruises from her. I told my husband that I can't have a dog like this in my house. We decided that she needed training, so we started looking into a few trainers. Meanwhile she was still biting me every chance she got out side. I was out side one night with hubby and he was standing right next to me. She started circling me once again. Corey (hubby) bent down to call her over to him, she ran up and bit me. Then ran around him and she slammed her chest right into his elbow area on his arm. She cried in pain, and my husband yelled in pain. He didn't mean for that to happen, he was just trying to get her to come to him. After that night she didn't do it again for the longest time.

In March we called a dog trainer, they came out and on the first day she was a differant dog. She listened to our every word. She came when called, she sat when told. And just all around a better dog. He energy level went down some. Now she is use to the training methood and no longer does what she is told to do. Now we are kinda doing a play off of the training. Still the same training just a differant way to do it.

Gracie is extremly smart as are all dobermans. She is almost to smart for her own good. When she gets mad at me for telling her NO! she runs in the office and slams the door closed. :clap: She will start crying because she can't get out. She has also learned how to turn the tv on and off when we don't pay attention to her. All Gracie wants out of life is some one to pet her, some one to play with her and some one to feed her. She is the sweetest dog I have ever seen. She loves every one and every thing. She doesn't have a care in the world.

I'm sorry this is so long. I couldn't give part of her history with out giving all of it. She is really an amazing dog. I love her so much. I love coming home at night to see her running up to the door to greet me.

Thank you for taking the time to read it. It is a very sad story but has a very happy ending.
 

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Wow! That is some story of Gracie. Have to admit, some of it really made me smile because to is so much like a dobe. This breed is intelligent and can be real clowns. I'm living with 3 of them, but my 2yr. old rescue Baron is something else. He had 2 owners by the age of 9mos. when I adopted him; had never been to a vet or had any training. I've got to admit he is a challenge. I call him my "brat kid". He's very prey driven and is constantly on the go. I do admit that he is doing very well with his training, but so help me, I am constantly getting that look like, "well, I'll think about it".

I give you and hubby credit for working through Gracie's quirks. If more people truly understood the breed there wouldn't be so many in rescue. There has been a dog in the house ever since I was born, but after owning my first dobe, who totally stole my heart, there is no other breed for me.
 

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I understand what you mean with the look. I get it all the time. I already told hubby that if Gracie were to die tomorrow morning (which I will not allow her to die at all) then I would love to get another dobie. They really are wonderful dogs.

We did almost give her back to the rescue several times. Especially with her bitting me all the time. I couldn't take it anymore.

Is it also normal for dobermans to go around chomping their teeth at you? The foster parent told us that it is a doberman thing. Gracie does it all the time so I do it right back at her. Which I know I shouldn't because it freaks a lot of people out when she starts doing it. But it's soo cute.
 

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My dad have my girl's Mom and she is a "nipper" or I like to say she is living up to her name "Pincher"!! She will get excited and get you with those little teeth in the front! hurts like heck!! Lexy never caught onto that, of course she is much more laid back than Mom is. Her mom is really higher energy.
 

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I enjoyed your story about Gracie. She is one lucky dobe! Thank goodness they TOLD you she would be put to sleep if you took her back, that may have influenced your decision to keep her until you could not bare to give her up. These Dobermans are so easy to fall for.
Sassy has high energy too. We walk her two miles in the morning and two miles at night, otherwise I would not get any sleep. She learned a few tricks when she was young too. She hangs up the phone at the other end if your on a cord phone. She turns on the water in the bathroom if you ignore she needs fresh COLD water. She can turn the light switch off and on and she nuzzels my hand off the mouse if she feels ignored, only to name a few of her little antics.
Can your dogs tell time? Sassy knows what time to get up, eat and walk. She throws a fit if we are running late. She seems to know if it is raining we can't walk, but for any other reason she really gets mad.
Do you have any idea how old Gracie is? Sassy will be four in Dec. and she is just beginning to calm down a bit.

Hugs to Gracie from Annie & Sassy.
 

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Gracie will be 2 years old on October 30th. She hasn't slowed down much aside from the training we got for her and us. Gracie doesn't really know how to walk yet. She runs or trots every where she goes. Unless you wake her up in the middle of the night then she can walk but for the most part it doesn't happen.
 

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You know, reading her story brought tears to my eyes, both tears of sadness and happiness. What a tough life Gracie had lived! It's hard enough on a dog to be rehomed once, nevermind four times! No wonder the poor girl came with some baggage.

I am so thrilled to hear that's she's found her permanent home. It's so wonderful that there's people like you and your husband out there who are willing to do whatever it takes to make her part of your family. I'm glad you didn't give up on her and I'm sure she's just as pleased with you too. ;)
 
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