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Hi, I'm Julie M. in Washington State's North Olympic Peninsula. I got my first Dobe in 1998; a 7 y.o rescue named Buddy, from North Carolina, while I was visiting for 4 months.

Buddy was amazing. He taught me so much. I grew up training and showing horses. Buddy had been professionally trained but had fallen into inexperienced hands when someone took him from his job/owners and tried to hide him.

Eventually the people realized a Dobie was too much and I was fortunate to be in right place at right time. He was my constant companion for the next 3 years and I mean constant. I gave him either a couch or a bed to sleep in so he would never get rug-burn on his tender chest again. He wen with me everywhere and shop owners and customers adored him. He was a true diplomat.

I'm on my 4th Dobe now, another rescue I lucked upon when he was 1.5 yrs old in 2003. A son of a National champion, he is beautiful and also the most beloved dog at the dog park, daily. He is kind of big and likes to take up 1/2-2/3rds my full-sized bed every night. Everyone who meets him seems to love him:
<http://www.flickr.com/photos/velcrodobes/sets/72057594069647468/>.

Forrest, was recently diagnosed with dialated cardiomyopathy, but he is 9, so it's not that big of a surprise. During nursing school, I worked on the 5th ranked cardiac unit in the country; the University of Michigan cardiac stepdown unit, for 3 years. I know all about DCM.

Forrest is on Pimobentan, lasix and Gerizyme (an anti-oxidant I've used for 12 years on a few older pets with amazing results--and I did not believe in vitamins before I began using it).

Forrest is currently asymptomatic and more energertic than ever 5 weeks out from his initial Dx. I listen to his lungs daily.

You can see his pics at:
Forrest - a set on Flickr
 

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Hello and welcome!! Forrest is a handsome boy. I pray he has a long healthy time with you.
 
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I'm sorry you and Forrest are dealing with the dreaded DCM but it really does sound like you're doing everything you can to help him battle it.

Welcome from Missouri!
 
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My first dobe was a "rescue rehome" from a fine breeder in Clearwater FL (who has passed away).

So I know how lucky you feel when you stumble upon a fine dobe like that; it's wonderful you've given such wonderful homes to these dobes.

Welcome to DT! I am gonna go take a peek at them!!
 

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Welcome from Kansas City. Forest is lucky to be your boy. Sorry you are going thru this. My Wheeler had DCM at age 12.
 
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Welcome!
There are a lot of very knowledgeable people here when it comes to DCM, so should the time come and you do have a question, this forum is the right one.
 

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Sorry to hear about Forrest having DCM, but you are taking good care of him. Thank you for that, some people don't.

It certainly looks like he has a wonderful home with plenty of attention and interesting things to do. Thank you for taking such good care of him and giving him a loving home. So many are not so lucky, especially with this economy the way it is now.
 

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Welcome to the forum - so glad you and Forrest found each other. He has the sweetest expression in all of his photos!! Good luck with managing his DCM.
 

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Hello. So many welcomes. Thank you. I've been animal lover since age 2 and I never imagined I would own a Doberman, in fact I totally feared them from age 9, when I was accidently chased by a pair who were off leash a few hundred yards on the main campus of University of Michigan, until the age of 29, when I met my Buddy, a 7 y.o. most intelligent amazing dog who changed my life.

My definition of a Doberman is: A cross between a cat and a horse with a little Bozo The Clown thrown in for good measure.

Yes, I made this up because I always loved cats and horses and my Dobes insisted on keeping them as clean as cats but were as big as small horses. The clown part I know I don't have to explain. :)

p.s. I will figure out how to use the forum, in time, but I'm dealing with ill dog so please forgive if I don't get right back to you. Thank you.
 

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Last night and this morning, using my Littman Cardiac stethoscope which is very sensitive, I heard a bruit at very end of inhale and very beginning of exhale. I think experienced people will know what this means.

As a nursing assistant on cardiac floor, I saw patients with cardiomyopathy daily. They were on strict fluid restrictions. We measured every oz. in and every oz out, even though their time was measured. We weighed these patients each morning to evaluate fluid-balance changes. In hindsight, I think this was cruel.

I've seen desperate patients on high doses of lasix drink dirty bathwater and some drink urine, they were so thirsty. I don't mean to gross anyone out but I need to state what extreme measures can do to a person in order to show why I will never let my own pets get to this point.

My concern is for their comfort. When the outcome is inevitable a couple days or weeks of feeling really miserable (on the pet's part) does not seem the way to go just so we, as 'owner' can get to place of acceptance.

I've learned I will never fully get over any beloved pet. I love them so I pledged many decades ago to let go when it was THEIR time, not my time.
 
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