Seeking adoption for a friend for Argo

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Now that Argo has settled in and is doing awesome, my husband and I have started to look for another young adult doberman to adopt. We are looking for a female because of the info we have received regarding same sex dobies in the home. We tried to work with a rescue close by to us - a little over an hour drive - but the organizer doesn't seem to be very enthusiastic about finding a good fit for us among the dogs that are in need of homes currently. One female seems like a good candidate to me but she hasn't been introduced to cats yet and the rescue organization rep seems reluctant to pursue her as a possibility for us. We have a 4'6" fence and that also seems to be an issue for the rep. Anyway, we did find one cutie patootie dobe mix at a shelter about an hour from us. I went to meet her Saturday and she seems super sweet. We are planning on bringing Argo to meet her Thursday and they will do a cat test with her if Argo and her get along. Not sure what she is mixed with - she is about 6 months old - see pics below.

Anyway, hopefully this adoption process goes well with this little girsl, but I wanted to put it out there if anyone else knows of a female, young adult dobe, dobie mix in need of a home. We are located in Raleigh, NC but are willing to travel a few hours to meet dogs.

Thanks!!

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I bet I know the rescue you are working with if it's based out of Raleigh drt, I originally tried to adopt from them too and the woman actually called me and we discussed why I wanted a doberman and then she began with major personal questions and then began yelling at me that she didn't have time for people like me and hung up?????!!!!! not sure what that was about but she apparently had her mind made up when she called that I was not getting a doberman.....I don't know if it was because I wanted to give a home to a black dilute (blue) or what, but I knew they could have health problems and we were capable of handling that but it went south in a hurry. I came here to the forum and told everyone here how heartbroken I was and they suggested I go with a rottweiler, and I did.

Sorry you are having trouble it does get you in the heart when you know you can help a needy dog and the rescue seems to not want you to adopt.  I like this mix you show here, her hair seems a bit needy but maybe with good food and good health care she will get better coat.....hope it all goes well for you!!!! Can't wait to hear that she is home and doing great with the cats. That was and is my holdback with adopting I have cats alot of cats and it makes it hard to find dogs that like cats nowadays.......

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Thanks for the reply. It is nice to hear that it is not just me and someone else understands. I felt silly that I was upset at the reception I received from a rescue on whether I am a good enough parent to adopt. I know individual dogs have needs and traits that would not make my home a good fit (the 4'6" fence could definitely be a problem for a known jumper and having cats can be an obstacle for some dogs). However, I feel that, in general, I am a great pet owner and am very willing and able to address the challenges that come along with having a doberman that are specific for the breed. I also feel like my current pets are a testament to how much love my husband and I have to give and how seriously we take the responsibility. From your other posts, I can tell you have oodles and oodles of love to give and will find another dog who will be ecstatic you found him or her. I guess that at least the dogs from this rescue have a strong advocate so I am trying to just let it go and not be angry that we somehow fell in to some category in this woman's mind that makes us undesirable. Really, I haven't had a clear answer on exactly what that category is, except of course that we should only be considered for a female to avoid any aggression issues with Argo. 

The pup above definitely will need some TLC. She was pulled out of a county shelter at 4mnths old by this no-kill shelter that has her now but you can tell the shelter doesn't have a great deal of funding. The big dogs are kept pretty much outside with enclosures all of the time so that may be some of the reason her coat is a little rough. The staff there though are obviously very caring and have done alot to socialize her and put weight on her. The main obstacle they have had in placing her is actually that the applicants have been renters and have clauses in their leases that prohibit dobermans. She looks enough like doberman that the shelter feels they couldn't place her because of the risk of her being returned. We live in our own house so the staff member seemed pretty excited by our interest in her. It is so hard to go to a shelter and see all the pups needing stable homes. It breaks my heart.

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Yeah, it's hard to know that you are great home and get turned down. I even explained that I am a processor of adoption papers for the rottweiler group I work with, and this woman still went off on me I tried everything to talk to her, but she was unreasonable. I appreciate any care taken to ensure that everything is ok but to just start screaming at me when I asked why she needed pics of me with my neighbors dogs?? that was bit weird. And then she wanted to have pics of me with ALL my animals even though I told her we had one collie and one chihuahua and cats she wanted pics of all the dogs with me and I got confused with her rambling and I asked what did she mean, my current dogs or all my dogs which would include everyone's ashes??? that's when she screamed she didn't have time for people like me and hung up.....I wasn't being rude but I had already provided those pics of the current dogs so I didn't understand......and I do have the ashes of everyone who has died so it was an honest question..... 

Glad you are on the top of this girl's list :)) sounds like you might have a new addition real soon. Keep us updated. Maybe you are supposed to adopt this girl so the universe saw to it that you didn't get a rescue so you could find her :))

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I'm sorry you had such a poor reception at one of our NC rescues.  I've adopted from Doberman Rescue of NC (in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area), and was approved at one time by Doberman Rescue of the Triad, but wound up getting a dog from A Pinsch of Heaven Doberman Rescue in Knoxville, TN.   That's a long ride from Raleigh, (it was 2 hours from where we are near Asheville) but Fallon's a very down to earth lady and we had a great experience with her and her foster folks. 

The great part about adopting from a rescue rather than a county shelter is that they've done a lot of temperment testing and usually know a fair bit about the dogs they have, but I have found its worth checking local shelters, too.

Good luck with your search - your new baby's out there waiting for you - you'll find each other!

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Thank you for the info. I will have to contact A Pinsch of Heaven Doberman. I agree it is a bit more risky to adopt out of a shelter instead of a foster home where you have more info on what challenges you may have, especially since I have other animals in my home. We shall see how our intro with Argo goes with the puppy above. Again, I really appreciate the help!