Newbie - Meet the babies

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Hello All,

I've seen this forum a few times while asking google various dobie questions. Now that I have two, I figured might as well join up!

My boyfriend and I adopted our first one Zeke at around 7 months from neighbors/friends who were moving away and could not take him. He's a gorgeous Red & Rust born on July 4th 2014.

Since we adopted him, we have been in contact with his breeder on facebook. We decided we wanted to get him a friend because he LOVES other dogs. At first we were looking to adopt something young, but we do have two middle aged cats as well so we thought a puppy would be the best bet. We ended up getting another dobe from the same breeder and same parents just two weeks ago now.

Kali is a beautiful Black & Rust princess born on November 20th 2015. She is my first small puppy so I have been learning a lot. She does pretty well in the crate and she has been getting much better with the potty training. Hardly any accidents recently but she has very subtle ways of letting us know she has to go so we have just been taking her out as often as possible.

I'm excited to read more stories about dobes and learn more about my own along the way!

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Congrats on your new baby :) they are the cutest little bundle of teeth lol you'll have fun they learn fast :) if you have any questions feel free to ask :)

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Welcome! What beautiful siblings!!!! I have a 4.5 month old lil girl too. She's quite the love bug, stubborn, and so smart!

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Thanks! Loving the pics of your babies too. They are so pretty. I've had cats most of my life but I'm an all around animal lover. Now I'm all about that dobe-life. 

We're taking Kali to get her ears done soon. It's hard to know where to go and it seems like there aren't many vets in my area that do it (Port Saint Lucie, FL). We are probably going to go to the same place Zeke's previous owners took him. They weren't that expensive and his seem fine. He does have a short cut though and I want hers to be a little longer.

I am nervous about the whole thing, afraid I will mess something up or she will be scratching at them. Or she and Zeke will be playing and do something to them. I know there is a whole section dedicated to ear crops on here so I'll be browsing that for tips but any suggestions are appreciated!

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When Ares was in stitches I kept him separate from the others and we used a donut collar so he couldn't scratch I'm in the minority of using something a lot of people don't use anything and the pups are completely fine, but for those first two weeks he was separated. My boy has a really long show crop haha so the shorter the crop the less time in posts. I recommend learning to post the ears yourself it's extremely simple. If you want a quick tutorial on how to post the ears I will be re doing my boys posts tomorrow if you would like to pm me. I say post yourself because more often then not the vets are really bad at posting the ears, and once you learn it, it's like second nature :) I used backer rods since it's the easiest way to do it :) anyways don't freak out to much over it as long as you stick with it and don't give up you'll be alright :)

 

 

 

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Thanks for the tips. I think I'll wait and look up some videos once her ears are done. Just so it's fresh in my mind when I go to do it myself. Don't they stay in the initial "cast"(?) for about a week before you post them yourself?

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It takes two weeks for the edges to completely heal you don't want them covered what so ever or you will end up with an infection. Even letting the ears hang at this time won't harm the chances of them standing. This is how Ares looked notice the edges are nice and in the open

 

 

 

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She is a sweetie, and Zeke is a handsome boy!  We also got a female puppy for our male, when we lost his mentor Husky Chewbacca.  Thought Tiberius would like to be the only dog, but were wrong his separation anxiety went thru the roof.  Did not have her ears done, she was 14 weeks when we got her.  I should probubly not tell you this, but I also did not want to put her though the pain.  Still remember baby Ti crying in his sleep the first few days, and he would bump his head and ears and howl.  But if you check my pics, his ears are great now. All sho meet them always comment that Ti's ears look great.   He also never minded the posting, which I did myself.  I had a very old Doc for a vet and he was GREAT.  He taught me how to post, and I used McDonald's straws for they are big and strong.  Never had issues with Ti bothering his ears.  I fact due to all that posting I can doing anything to Ti's face and body with no issues.  Little T'Pol on the other hand hates me even cleaning her mud paws, Ti lifts his feet for me to clean.  Here is a pic of Ti with this block on his head, my vet glued his ears to the block instead of casts for the first 2 weeks.  This is one of my favorite pics for him.

 

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oh what a cutie pie ! i miss the puppy stage !! welcome to the forum there is so much good info here .

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Hi there and welcome to the Forum.

You have a beautiful family and we just can't wait for more photos and stories to go with them

I've not been through the cropping adventure as Sofia came to us when she was about four.. all cropped,. docked..trained... and a full fledged Diva...so all I can do is wish you good luck.

Katie

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Thanks for that photo, AresMyDobie. They look wonderful now!

 

Thank you SIH002! What beautiful babies you have! I do feel guilty about it as well. I know it has to be painful and it seems it is mostly done for vanity. I love the look though and I used to think they were just born with pointy ears lol. I've read it does help them to localize where a sound is coming from better and possibly make them less prone to ear infections. Plus it will be a distant memory in a few months. That makes me feel a little better but I still don't feel exactly right about it. 

 

Thank you karie! Loving it so far!

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I don't think it's painful my boy showed no sign of pain, no crying just acted perfectly normal. Aside from some minor itching but that was it. There are plenty of health benefits that comes with cropping. 

 

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Thank you Katie! Sofia is gorgeous! Is she fawn colored?

We got lucky with Zeke too, the previous owners did everything down to neutering him plus training him and gave him to us with all the accessories (crate, toys, bowls, treats etc). We had him for a weekend (fell in love of course) and then someone offered to pay them for him, but they had him for a week and he was too much for them. He was just meant to be with us. The previous owners came to visit over the holidays and when they left, Zeke was running around the house as if to say "Woo hoo, I'm still here!!". Hes been with us about a year now, couldn't imagine life without him.

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Yes Kali-Zeke.. Sofia is our 'golden girl.'

She just turned 11 and although has been diagnosed SIX years ago with DCM.. she's holding her own and doing very well..... Author of her own book "Life With a DoberDiva" she also has her own Facebook page..( Sofia Doberdiva) you are more than welcome to check out both.

Our vet goes completely against all usual protocol for cardiac patients.. feels that meds do more damage to kidneys and liver than good for the heart.. she's been on a low sodium diet that sounds complicated until you do it for several years.. then just becomes second nature. Thus avoiding medication.

Bella is another rescue... we're not too sure WHAT she is... think perhaps one of the Greyhounds escaped from the track in Tijuana then had a honeymoon with a German Shepherd.... although from the way she yodels.. she just might have an Uncle Beagle somewhere along the way.. Whatever she is.. we adore her. Sofia is accepting..but as any true Diva, not all that fond of 'children.'

We're so glad you've joined the Forum.. we all can get our 'puppy fix' by reading your posts.. we love the babies..

Saludos from Mexico.