(PICTURES) My 2 sweet dobie babes- Boomer & Frankie

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My fascination with Dobermans started as a child. My parents owned a motel in town, a customer came to stay with his young children (toddlers) and two big black Dobermans. He gave his dobes a command and they locked onto those little ones, one on either side and followed them where ever they went. It was simply mind blowing to me. All we had ever had growing up was little toy dogs, terriers. I think it was right then and there, I knew I was going to own Dobermans…one day. Now decades down the road, I am the proud owner of 2 dobies.

Frankie is our 7 month old, black dobe. She is a princess, a feisty princess I should say. She’s amazing though. She’s maybe starting her doberteens? Training her has been a breeze, up until the past month or so. She’s getting a little rebellious and silly. We’ve had her since 8 weeks, at 9 ½ weeks she was house trained. She knows all basic commands, but has been testing her limits lately. She still has A LOT of puppy in her of course, so we’ll get there. We nearly lost her to parvo early on, so she’s our little miracle dobe. We were told she was up to date on everything, apparently not or a window was missed. But that’s neither here, nor there…she survived! Thank goodness.

Boomer is our 5 year old, red dobe. He is the most laid back big guy I have ever met. Seriously were beyond blessed when I happened upon his previous owners posting of needing to rehome him, due to them moving. I wasn’t even looking for another dobie. He just fell right in our laps. He’s so obedient and patient. Beyond patient, really. I have a 7, 4 and 2 year old and then there's 7 month old Frankie who gives him a run for his money. When we got him, he didn’t look too great. Dull fur and dry skin, slightly overweight…vet said he wasn’t overweight per say…but he wasn’t fit. Frankie fixed that haha! She has him running all over the place. He’s only lost a few ounces, but looks so much better than when we first got him. And with some supplements and allergy meds, his coat is looking so much better and thicker. He’s taken up with my 2 year old, Brooks and they are a duo to be seen! Boomer follows him everywhere and sits whenever he stops. It’s like he knows, he’s my little daredevil and knows I need extra eyes on him haha!

Both my dobes are huge babies and very needy, which is pretty dead on. I’ve socialized them both as much as possible, Frankie more than Boomer though. She’s been with us longer. But it is ridiculous when we go to the vet, here are these big ol’ dogs and whimpering because there’s a miniature sized pup in the room. The office gets a kick out of it. Well after that story book, meet Boomer and Frankie…

 

...well apparently I didn't post pictures correctly. So I'll try individually? Idk. I used photobucket but it's not working. It was just showing the links.

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Ok, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong here...

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Well, I guess I need to resize my images. BUT here's a link to the album. Wish I could post on here but I just can't figure it out. This is the only forum I'm on...

http://s45.photobucket.com/user/emilyrydernewbornphotographer/library/

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Love this one! great gallery!

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Lovely story and piccies :)

If you have the direct link to the image, just write this at either side of the link:

[ img]imagelinkgoeshere[ /img]

without the two spaces, hope that helps! This works for any link where you have a picture format on the end, eg. .jpg or .bmp. I use this method if I want to put my facebook pics here :)

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Else you use the bottom one of the set of links auto generated by photobucket, the one called 'IMG' and you should be able to paste this straight in :)

Forgot to say I adore your profile pic, railway children and dobe :D

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Thanks!! My two year old calls him "Bih Bumma" (Big Boomer) and tells everyone,"Hih my bih bumma!" Hehe. Little boy with a big dog.

I'll try that next time @konkie with the format, thank you!

The railroad shot was taken a few months before we got Boomer, so I definitely need to do another one with bih Bumma; )

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What a gorgeous family you have.. thank you so much for joining the Forum, we're always thrilled to hear such great 'rescue' stories.. bless you.

Love the photos especially the one of Boomer and Brooks.. now there's a happy dog.. you can see the love and joy in his eyes.. he's a lucky guy to have found such a wonderful home.. Even though the scales say he's just lost a few ounces.. betcha he's put on muscle weight rather than.. ... you  know...  f.a.t. He looks great..

Frankie is full of sass.. you can see that right away.. yep.. she'll keep ALL of you on your toes..

We brought a eensy little 11 pounder into the home and Sofia our Darling Diva who ruled the roost.. wrote a book... and captured our hearts was appalled.. Little by little the 11 pounder has grown into a whopping 50 pound bundle of Tasmanian Devil and Sofia ( who erred on the side of caution as far as 'girth' was concerned) dropped the extra poundage and became a pup herself.. 

Welcome again, to the Forum.

Kate, Sofia and Bella

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Thank you! These are fro. This morning. She definitely keeps him busy lol. And I was doing the same thing from my computer as I just did on my phone with images and it worked. I bet it was a size issue.

I love reading all the stories. Boomer had only ever been by himslef, so he's still adjusting. But amazingly. He let's her know when she's getting on his nerves lol. She just keeps coming. We've had a few tiffs, but mainly over toys and bones. He's a hoarder. But he stops immediatimmediately on my word. Su ch a good boy :)

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Welcome to the forum (sorry, a little late).  Its great to see families with Dobermans - so many folks give dire warnings about having Dobes and toddlers.  My son, now 32, grew up with multiple Dobermans and now recalls those relationships very fondly.  I hope your kids have the same sorts of memories of their dogs.

For most of the past 30 years I've had Dobes, I've had two.  They all play(ed) like your two do - we call it "kissy face (I bite your face, you bite my face)".  Its very entertaining for both dogs and people (how they kept their eyes, I don't know).

Now for the warnings:  be careful.  First, I never let my son play with the dogs outside unattended, and never with friends over.  I didn't overplay the danger at the time, but simply kept the dogs in.  Dobermans (and many other breeds) are naturally protective over their "pack" and may misread normal roughhousing with something that needs to be dealt with.  Unfortunately, their methods of dealing with such situations aren't usually acceptable to the parents of your kids' friends, the police, or health care professionals.  

Second, I would discourage your kids from interrupting "kissy face", and be careful with kids and dogs running around outside.  A 70-lb dog running at full speed vs. a stationary 40-lb toddler equals a hospital stay for the child.  Fortunately, my kid was fine (except for the slight concussion).   An accidental slash of a tooth during dog/dog play can equal stitches for the child and a death sentence for the dog (depending upon where you live).

You and I know what big loving mushpies these dogs are, but the reality is that most of the rest of society thinks of them as killers.  They CAN do a lot of damage, and its your responsibility to keep your kids and your dogs safe.  

Sorry this is so long and perhaps a bit negative, but a forum like this is exactly where people like me feel like they can help out folks who don't have the same years of experience.  I WANT you and your family to have great years with your beautiful dogs as I have.  I would be remiss if I didn't try to pass on suggestions for a great future.

And thank you for taking on an adult dog that needed a home.  Almost all of mine have been rescues, too.  You're setting a great example for your children.  

 

 

 

 

 

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@wncdobes I love your input, thank you! I'm really excited to see my children grow up with them. And watch them grow as well. I'm very cautious, my children are never unattended with either of our dobes. I only let them outside together when I'm out with them, my kids don't come outside when they are both outside until they've ran alot of energy of and are exhausted lol. I do let my kids outside with one pup out at a time. Which is normally the scenario. They tend to be trouble makers when outside together. Right now it's deer season and they've run off a few deer in our field. My husband wasn't too happy about that lol.

I'm glad we agree on the rough play time. And seriously, how do they not lose an eye?! I let them get a few minutes in and then I stop it. Frankie, the young one is the instigator and always comes back for more. Boomer has tolerance for it and enjoys it some, but not for long. Frankie the pup has so much energy, so sometimes well, I should say most of the time I have to stop the rough play, separate them and take her outside and play fetch. Lol when they first see eachother in the morning she's so excited, she bounces around like a little chihuahua with her butt in the air and then does the deer bounding. Only way I know how to describe it.

Kissy face time, love that by the way, is always in the morning when they get back in from going potty. It freaked me put at first because here's frankie little 52 lb pup (she's on the smaller side) and boomer 95 lbs of muscle wrestling around. But soon I realized all was ok & I let them know when they've had enough kissy face time. I don't let my kids off the couch and I'm right there when they do it.

I'm sure to constantly remind my kids of their big teeth and claws and that they are dogs. They don't play like we do. Luckily, my kids aren't the rough housing type or hyper lol. So that kind of interaction with our pups and my kids doesn't happen. They are taught to be gentle and loving, but always aware. I'm teaching my older ones cues with the ears and body language. It's been going well. My youngest, who is boomer's buddy I just always have to watch. He just wants to love on his big puppy. The picture above was a quick few seconds, I let him get his hug in and then I told him to leave the pups alone. They had rested at that point and were nuzzling? Word? Oh and food time, we feed seperately and kids aren't allowed to get near them. Frankie doesn't have any issues with this, but Boomer does against frankie. If she looks his direction with a toy or food, it's on! As soon as I say "AY!!" It's over. But because of learning that about boomer, my kids aren't allowed to touch him with toys or bones. Precautionary.

I think it's sad the view society has on them. When I take them to the park, separately so far...I've had people avoid me on the walking path, mom's tell their kids to stay away from "that dog" & so on. But then we also have our days were everyone wants to pet them and say,"well you look meaner than you are." And even some children one day were in love with frankie, after she sniffed them out and I allowed them to pet her, I told them the commands to say and frankie obeyed. It was great. The kids thought it was neat :)

I won't say that I'm not amazed at the bond he's made with my son brooks though. I never would have expected it. I took a video of them last week, brooks walking room to room in the house. Boomer following him. We don't allow the pups in bedrooms, so he gets to a bedroom and sits and waits for brooks to come back out. Then walks right with him again. Lol and he lays on the ground by the area of couch that brooks sits on. I'm sure to have the other kids and of course I interact with him. But I think he has a favorite lol

This is them yesterday on the way to boomer's mud bath. He has a skin issue we are trying to figure out. I posted it in the health section.

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Our 7 month, Frankie, with my 4 year old diva. They are also quite the pair lol

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Our 7 month, Frankie, with my 4 year old diva. They are also quite the pair lol

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Sounds like you've got a good handle on the situation.  Love to see dog-savvy kids as yours seem to be.  Some kids just know how to act.  The pics with your daughter and the pup are priceless.

I read your post about Boomer's skin issues.  I don't know what food you're feeding, but I would not mess around with his diet (unless advised otherwise by his vet) for a couple of months.  Almost three months ago we adopted an elderly Shih Tzu who had digusting eyes, nasal discharge, dry skin, and awful ears .  The vet couldn't find anything specific causing her troubles.  After two months of Taste of the Wild (grain free), almost all her problems have cleared up.  She still has some problems with yeast infections between her toes.  The only suppliment she gets is Coconut oil on her food, which we use for the Dobermans because they are both blue and have skin issues, too.

 

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Thanks! I'm proud of my dober-loving kiddos :) my kids are obsessed when it comes to walking them on a leash. They enjoy it lol

The waiting is killing me on his skin issues. I've heard it takes up to 3 months to see what the changing of food does for them :( He was just on a regular pedigree dog food when I got him. I was surprised the previous owner never mentioned anything, but then again when I asked him about vet records he said,"As far as I know he's had all his puppy shots..." He's 5 years old!!!

Just this morning I can tell the bumps are better from his mud bath he got. And the ointment seems to help. Fingers crossed over the next couple months it gets better or by some miracle goes away. I am happy with the improvement in his coat, with the thickness & shine. It was so icky looking when I picked him up.

Groomer grew up with dobies and mentioned sweet potatoes. Thinking of cooking some up to add a little something.

The coconut oil...I have coconut oil capsules that I use. What form do you use? Wonder if I cracked one of those bad boys open and dosed on food? Idk. I'm so desperate lol poor fella.

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We just buy tubs of it at the grocery and give them a rough tablespoon full at both meals with some warm water in their food.  Bonnie (the Shih Tzu) gets about a half a teaspoon.  I have found that putting water in the kibble slows them down a little.  Both Ziva and Gibbs bolt their food without the water.

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For the coconut oil the best to use is, pure un-refined cold pressed oil, preferably organic. We buy ours for £12 for a 1.5kg tub at Costco, the brand is carrington farm:

http://store.carringtonfarms.com/coconut-oil-organic-extra-virgin-54-oz-...

Refined coconut oil is good for cooking, whereas this is better for your dog but not great for heating. It really is super stuff and much less toxic than fish oil, good to rub on grazes too as its anti-microbial, my girl gets a tsp a day and sometimes some rubbed into her coat, the unrefined stuff smells like coconuts so its also a good deoderiser as long as you like that smell! Also good on dry or cracking pads :)

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Perfect! Thank you guys! I'm going to pick some up today.