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It has been quite some time since I have found myself with a few moments to share and post pics! Life has been so crazy busy with finalizing the sale of one of our websites/businesses and trying to continue to create products to sell for our own business! We have definitely been putting in overtime the past few weeks (along with getting ready for winter EW).

Bandit has been growing so fast! He is now 14 weeks old and a whopping 32.5 lbs!!! 

 

He has been going through urinary issues and has been on 2 different antibiotics and special wet food added to his diet... none of which has worked so far. We are taking him in on Tuesday to get his urine taken out with a needle (yikes) so we can get a culture done and see what exactly is going on. The vet says there are a lot of crystals, his urine is concentrated, and there is a very high white blood cell count. Thankfully he isn't peeing in the house or anything - I just really want to clear this issue up!

Bandit had his ears cropped on November 7th, so 2 weeks ago from today. His ears are almost completely healed now and looking lovely! He is driving me nuts with taking the posts out of his ears though! The posts that his ear crop vet put in were hideous and lasted about 3 days until we managed to get them loose enough for me to need to take them off. The tape that was used ripped a ton of hair off of his ears - it was horrible and I NEVER want to have to do anything like that again. We tried using medipore tape which isn't sticky enough, and are now using J&J coach tape, which still isn't quite sticky enough - I just ordered some Zonas tape from Amazon which should come in soon!

Bandit has been in school for a few weeks now and we love it! The place that we are going is absolutely fantastic and they offer several different types of classes that Bandit can continue on with in the future! We are learning so much and he is doing so well! There is a little lab puppy that sits next to us that is a week older than Bandit, and a lot smaller it seems! There is also a 6 month old German Shepherd, 2 lab mixes, and TWO OTHER DOBERMANS that started just last week! We were sooooooo excited to walk into class and see a 1 yr old huge doberman boy sitting in the room - his name is Arrow and he is so big and handsome (we can not wait for Bandit to look like that!). Our friends that fix our 4 wheelers, dirtbikes, and motorycles are the owners of the other doberman that started class too - he is a 6 month old Red named Baron. We were so excited that the doberman population at school tripled :)

Ok so now what everyone really wants... PICS! :)

Playing with dad at anout 10 wks

He loves to dig! 10 wks

I couldn't help but let him nap in the bed

He looks so tiny next to the chair! What a little baby!

He looks like such a chunk here LOL

Almost 12 weeks old, this is when I was dropping him off to get his ears done!

When I picked him up - he was soooo out of it!

He looks so lost 

Vicious trying to chew his way out... yes that is a makeshift cardboard cage divider because I was too dumb to buy a cage with a divider lol - it works though!

Close up of his ear 2 days after surgery... They healed very nicely

His sweet baby nose!! Does anyone else have a dog that has brown on its nose like this? I don't think it had any brown on it when we got him and it is becoming more and more distinct! Sooooo weird!

Silly sleeping

Sitting waiting for a treat after we took the cup off of his head(it was getting stinky)

The edges of the ear after we took the cup off

Trying to climb on the couch - this is the posting that the vet did

Sleeping with me while I work

5 days of posting while his ears were airing out for a few minutes (don't worry I posted them right back up!)

Handsome boy and his sister Foxie who wants to be in every picture

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Aw, he's so handsome!! Don't worry about getting the ears right back up, I left Deltas down 3 and 4 days at a time, one time they were down a whole week because like your expierence, the tape ripped all her hair off the top of head and ears. Anyway the ears go right back to training when you get them back up. Your Bandit looks just like my first dober baby, he passed away 3 years ago.

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Thanks ilovedobies! He is quite the looker if I do say so myself ;) There were people at the vets today that were fawning over him (which I adore and feel like such a proud momma when people tell me how handsome my boy is)

I like to let his ears out to breath - he has itchy scabs where his hair was ripped out and I feel soooooo awful about them. I can't wait for posting to be over so that his hair on his ears can all grow back! 

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LOVE ALL the pics but especially the one where he is asleep while you are working that is priceless!!! what a great photo album, you are catching pics of his daily stuff the things you can never relive again, wonderful

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Your handsome boy, looks so much like my Fargo.   They could be twins, right down to the brown stripe across the bridge of the nose.   Fargo did not have it at 8 weeks, when we got him, but he does now.   I had been looking at pics of dobies, just to see if that was normal.   I did see lots of them, that have it.   

I am so glad you posted the pics of his ear crop.   I am starting to stress over having it done Dec. 3rd.   He will be 12 weeks that day.   I wondered if his ears were too long, too heavy, etc.   Just worrying in general.   But after seeing these pics, I can see that there is really nothing to worry about.    Fargo has the same length ears.

Thanks again for the pics, your boy is very handsome.   

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Tal - thank you! That is also one of my favorites as well! :)

Fargo'smom- Bandit didn't have his stripe when we first got him either!! Also - I worried an insane amount about Bandit's ears beforehand as well. After dropping him off I sat in my car and cried my eyes out! One thing I will say is regarding aftercare - trust your instincts! Our vet told us to leave the cup on his head for 5 days but on the third day we took it off as his ears were starting to smell really bad - the cut edge of the tip of his ear had been taped over and I am soooo glad that I took that cup off when I did, they were slimy and nasty! While the edges are healing, do not worry about getting the ears to stand, worry about the edges healing :) I was a nervous wreck the first 2 weeks with his ears - and now am just finally getting to be used to posting them in a way that works well for us and they are almost completely healed now :) if you have any questions about the ears that I can help you with just let me know - it is kind of a nervewracking experience going through it for the first time!

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Thanks emtowns..... I have a youtube video you should watch.   It is old but, the vet that is posting a dobies ears, makes it seem easy and comfortable for the pup.   

 http://youtu.be/W7JG2MKaC2I

8 days to go, before cropping.    I am going to have my husband drop him off.  It is a 2 hour drive to the vet that will be doing the cropping.    My husband works only 10 minutes away from there.   I will be there after 5 to pick him up.  Oh I wish it were over.  I'm pretty sure I would do just like you did after dropping him off.   I will probably phone them several times that day, to check on him.   

I am looking forward to seeing more pics of Bandit,s ears.

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What a precious one!! I wanted to scoop him right up and hug and hug.. My favorite picture.. ( read ALL of them) but particularly the one with the dirt on his nose.. How we've all seen that..

Good luck with the posting and please keep sending us pictures.

Love me some Bandit!!

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Very nice video - I like his method! We are using the backer rod method and it is working really well now that I have figured everthing out lol. You are lucky that you are not dropping him off!! My drive was 2 hours as well... Will share some more pics of Bandit's ears the next time I have to repost - one is standing very tall and strong and the other is flopping over still but it has only been a little over a week of posting!