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Hello all,

So I've been a proud foster/owner of a big, beautiful Doberman Pincsher for almost a year now. She's my brother-in-law's dog, and since he's in the military she was being cared for by a member of his family. They also had an unspayed female and (as it would seem with many different breeds of dogs) they fought a LOT and of course left each other with scars and wounds.

Anyway, she found her way to me. I'll have to expand further on this story at another time, but I'm so happy to be a part of this forum! I found it a while back when Elsa had a knee surgery, but I never registered. A GSD forum member recommended this site to me (thanks again, ZeldaRules) and I am excited to start reading up more on the breed. I am very new to the world of Doberman Pinschers, but look forward to being a part of it (even if it's only until Elsa gets to go back home to her daddy). Oh, and since I know everyone LOVES pictures, here's a few of Elsa!

These are in chronological order, by the way! And yes, she was quite large from all of the winter fat she had to put on before I got her since she was kept outside 24/7:













And this last one - because her indignity and roll in the spring grass is just too cute not to post!

 

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Haha, thank you! I'm already reading up on skin issues and allergies. Geez....I've learned so much about GSD's on the other forum, and now I'm having to learn all about Doberman Pinschers. I've read different articles and books about them, but not much reading on first-hand experience from other owners. It's sort of funny how similar dogs and dog breeds can be and how different they can be at the same time.

So excited to start trying things on my girl to get her back to peak condition! I'll see if she'll let me take some pictures today - she's been in a very playful mood lately, even with her knee banged up.
 

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Haha, thank you! I'm already reading up on skin issues and allergies. Geez....I've learned so much about GSD's on the other forum, and now I'm having to learn all about Doberman Pinschers. I've read different articles and books about them, but not much reading on first-hand experience from other owners. It's sort of funny how similar dogs and dog breeds can be and how different they can be at the same time.

So excited to start trying things on my girl to get her back to peak condition! I'll see if she'll let me take some pictures today - she's been in a very playful mood lately, even with her knee banged up.
DANG look at that fancy sig you just busted out with already, lol! :)

That is why I love these forums, there are many people here willing to offer helpful advice, insight, and knowledge from their years of experience in the breed if you actually sit down and open your ears. Some people take constructive criticism as personal attacks though so sometimes things can get out of hand, but for the most part we try to keep it civil. We just try to promote responsible doberownership, ethical breeding, and rescue.
 

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Hehe, yeah - I had made the siggy for the GSD site, but when I realized nobody used them on there I just kept it!

I got a few pictures of her today. Here are two of them. The second one really shows the hair falling out :( I was reading up on these forums and read that some actually do better on grain (not corn) kibble as opposed to lamb and other grain-free foods. I might switch her to ProPlan instead of the Nutro she's on now. The Nutro does well for Alex and Isabel (in fact, it's doing GREAT for them and their coats, and it seems to be one of the few foods that Isabel actually likes), but it seems to be doing badly on Elsa...anyway, here's some more pics!



 

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Hello and Welcome to Doberman Talk!!

Bless you for bringing her into your heart and home!

Hugz to all your furkids!
 

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She's a pretty girl...
Your not going to want to give her back!!!

I know, right? She's such a lover, too - and has crazy spaz-fits when I ask if she wants to go outside :) It's too adorable.

I'm just about 30 mins away in St. Cloud. I went to Harmony High School :)
I actually used to go to Melb. a lot when my friend was at FIT! My dad grew up in Melbourne, too, haha. Ever heard of Fitzgerald Furniture? That was my grandparents' store, but got turned over to someone else in the family who messed it up and then sold it :/

Nice to know of Dobe lovers so close :D
 

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I know, right? She's such a lover, too - and has crazy spaz-fits when I ask if she wants to go outside :) It's too adorable.

I'm just about 30 mins away in St. Cloud. I went to Harmony High School :)
I actually used to go to Melb. a lot when my friend was at FIT! My dad grew up in Melbourne, too, haha. Ever heard of Fitzgerald Furniture? That was my grandparents' store, but got turned over to someone else in the family who messed it up and then sold it :/

Nice to know of Dobe lovers so close :D
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My Kira has random acts of spaz-fits for no aparent reason... she just likes to act wicked at times to gather "extra love" from whom ever the "lucky" ur "un-lucky" loved one is!

I do know of fitzgerald furniture! I think it's a flooring store now.

I love your new dobie girl... It was very difficult to decide on either a black or red dobbie. I haven't closed my heart to having another doberman yet... I decided that a red female and a black male would be ideal. So maybe Kira Hime will have a brother one day. Hopefully a rescue if the temperment is correct.

I would have a hard time returning any doberman with a face as sweet as your new girl! It looks as though you have a full house! How old is she?
 

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My Kira has random acts of spaz-fits for no aparent reason... she just likes to act wicked at times to gather "extra love" from whom ever the "lucky" ur "un-lucky" loved one is!

I do know of fitzgerald furniture! I think it's a flooring store now.

I love your new dobie girl... It was very difficult to decide on either a black or red dobbie. I haven't closed my heart to having another doberman yet... I decided that a red female and a black male would be ideal. So maybe Kira Hime will have a brother one day. Hopefully a rescue if the temperment is correct.

I would have a hard time returning any doberman with a face as sweet as your new girl! It looks as though you have a full house! How old is she?

Oh yeah, that's how I am with my GSD - I want to get her a little brother, but want to be a little more settled with school (I'm trying to finish within the next year) and I don't want to get one while Elsa's still in the house (because I don't want to pinch my pennies or time to get a new puppy while I already have three dogs and two cats in the house), so I guess it won't be AS hard to give her back to her daddy when he comes home. But it'll still be hard!

She's just about three and a half years old, I believe. He didn't mention her exact DOB, but I believe it's around spring time.
 
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