Dobie passed suddenly today

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Dobie was 8 1/2, we were at the trainers today for his second session after a 6 year break. We are expecting a baby in Dec, so we wanted Dobie to be socialized and ready for the new addition. But while being introduced to other dogs through a fence, he just fell over, had a slight muscle spasm, urinated and died. We rushed him to the vet, but he was gone. We assume it was a heart issue. He had never shown any signs or symptoms, but we had never had any tests done. His last vet checkup was less than 2 months ago, and it was good. Our 12 year old, Paris, is an only dog and we are all crushed. Dobie was the most influential force in my life for these 8 years we had together (and I haven't spent a day away from him since I got him.) I just wanted to let everyone know how wonderful he was, and to always say goodnight and I love you to your dogs. Dobie knew how loved he was every minute of his life.

My condolences on your loss of Dobie.  Sometimes the first sign that a Doberman has heart disease is sudden death.  We call it a fatal arrhythmia - I've lost two of my personal Dobermans to this at age 9 &11.  

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OMG I am so so sorry what a traumatic thing to have to witness my deepest sympathies

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How terrible, my heart goes out to you.   Condolences on your loss.  

 

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Absolute condolences from me. That is probably my worst nightmare. I'll keep you and yours in my prayers because I get it. I understand how much love this breed cast in ours hearts and to be taken in such a manner just doesn't seem right. 

Theresa

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Thank you for your comments and prayers. I just woke up with Paris and both my cats in bed with me and walked out to Dobie's bed and I can't stop crying. Reading that it has happened to others and I am not alone in my grief and shock has helped. I am trying to focus on the good, that he lived the best life he could have and was loved by everyone that got to know him. I look at all our pictures, and he looks so goofy and happy in all of them, especially the ones with me, and I know a love like that will carry on forever. He will always be with me, and he hated to see me sad (Paris also hates it) so I am trying my hardest to only remember his life and to not focus on his death.

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Omg I'm so sorry! I can't imagine what you must be going through right now! And especially while pregnant- I'm due in October and my emotions are so overwrought just with normal day-to-day life; something like this would be so beyond terrible. But it sounds like you gave Dobie the most amazing and wonderful life-- I'm sure he has no regrets and just wants to see his mom happy!  I read your Dobie profile, and it's wonderful that you rescued him, too! My deepest prayers and condolences!!

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I am overly emotional due to pregnancy, a woman knocked on my door with a lost dog poster a few days ago and I started crying so much she teared up, also! I am glad I could give him the life I did, he was a handful and a full time job, but I'd do it the same even if I knew this is how it would end up. He was worth it, 100%. I'm heartbroken that the baby will not know him, but we will definitely rescue another Doberman in the future so he will grow up knowing that kind of amazing love.

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I am so sorry for your loss...that is the only problem with our beloved doberman breed...they leave us too soon.  I lost my Bella to cardio myopathy in January.  Know how broken hearted you are.  We are all with you in our hearts.  And your Dobie will be at the rainbow bridge...

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I had a dream that I was letting Dobie out the back door on to the patio with no collar or leash, but he didn't go anywhere, he just looked peaceful and calm as he watched me. He always had to be on a leash with a prong collar when we went out to go to his fenced yard, so this was very different, not like a replay of stuff we had done before. I like to think that it was his way of letting me know he is free and at peace, still watching over me. I went to the vet to take a cat that showed up her a couple weeks ago to be neutered and get shots, and they had Dobie's ashes ready for me. I sat in the car and cried, but I keep reminding myself that he hated it when I was sad and I need to keep Paris as happy as I can now that she is an only dog for the first time. I have been looking at pics and watching videos of him a lot, and he looks so unbelievabley happy in all of them, it makes me see what a great life we had together. And I know we will be together again.

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https://youtu.be/veT4zcRFKfA

 

Here is Dobie, being handsome and watching me walk around behind the cameraman. Cause he was ALWAYS watching me, and I believe he always will be.

 

 

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We have been talking about Dobie a lot, and are realizing that in the last few months, he had slowed down noticeably. He used to run sooo much, but lately he had been doing maybe four or five lengths of the yard before he would just walk the last bit and then walk off, like he was saying " I'm done." I guess we just didn't want to see it, but in hindsight it is pretty clear.  I thought he was a baby and that we had many more years together, but he was probably winding down for a while. Having Paris be 12, I was spoiled into thinking he would be around at least that many years. So I am feeling extremely lucky to have had the 8 1/2 great years together that we did.

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So very sorry for your loss, hang in there and know that we are thinking of you.