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Hi everybody. We are new members but have been reading the posts for a while. We lost our female Doberman in February. On December 15 we are picking up our first male Dobbie. We want to share the letter our daughter wrote after our dog died. It is very sad but we like it very much.

The World’s Best Dog

By: Ania

 

        My name is Ania and I am 13 years old. I have a wonderful mom, great dad, and a very active teenage brother. I am quite athletic and love being outside. I was born in Panama City, Florida but my nationality is Polish. I was just seven years old when I got the love of my life: a dog.

         My mom grew up with lots of dogs, but I never really had one to call my own, until I got Frajda. Frajda was a female Doberman Pincher that loved people. My parents bought her from Düsseldorf, Germany when she was only seven weeks old. That means Frajda traveled from Germany to Poland to Florida. Right from the beginning she was a special dog.

        Some people think that Dobermans are mean, aggressive, man-eating dogs. But that is nowhere near the truth. Frajda cared for me when I was sick, guarding and watching me. Frajda made my dreadful days joyful just with a silly grin of hers. When I was miserable she gave me a big wet kiss and nudged me with her drenched nose as if to tell me, “I’ll always be here for you.” She would look up at me with her giant, loving eyes and wink at me. It seemed like she was dog on the outside but completely human on the inside, always understanding and lifting up my sprits.

        Frajda and I always shared an adventure together.  We were sisters. If my family decided to watch a movie, Frajda would be by my side, lying by my feet, keeping them warm and watching the movie, too.  If my brother and I were passing a soccer ball around, she would play with us taking the ball or running after it. If we were outside, she was there too. Sometimes she went on a run with me, pulling my scooter. Frajda loved doing something and staying active. She was definitely not a lazy dog. We took her to the beach, fields, parks, and even as far as North Carolina! She was always with us.

        Growing up, Frajda was always by my side. I enjoyed having someone to keep me company, it made me feel special. When I was on my way home form school I always had something to look forward to. The joy Frajda showed when someone came home was beyond words. She was so excited, wagging her little tail like crazy. It was like icing on the cake, it made the day terrific.

        I always loved Frajda, who wouldn’t? She was like a dream dog. One day after work my dad was playing with her as usual. They were on the floor playing with a toy when my dad brushed his hand across her belly. He felt a little bump around the back of her belly. They stopped playing and he investigated the bump. It didn’t hurt her but, we didn’t know what it was. We took her to the vet so he would explain it to us. After some test and medical exams, he told us it was breast cancer and it would be best if she had a surgery to remove the bump. We were all surprised by this horrible news, however, we decided that we should do what’s best for her. So, she had the surgery.

        When Frajda was in the surgery the vet cut her abdomen open and took out some of her internal parts, including the bump. My family and I tried really hard to make her feel comfortable after the surgery since she had about 25 stitches and some of her stomach cut out. Frajda was a really hyper dog, even though she was in such a condition.  She really wanted to go outside and play although the vet said to take it easy.

        Frajda died 20 days after the surgery. Those 20 days for me are beyond description. Horrible, cruel, and terrible. How is it possible to watch someone that had such a good heart suffer such horrifying pain and to know that you can do nothing to help her? For me it was the most heartbreaking experience I had been through. The dog that I loved and would do anything for was having such enormous pain and I couldn’t do anything, just watch in horror.           

        Frajda was beyond doubt in enormous pain because she couldn’t walk, go to the bathroom, or even get up to eat, which was one of her favorite things to do.  My parents decided that the best thing to do was not what the heart told them, but what the brain did, which was to help her and put her to sleep. And that is exactly what they did. Now I know it was the right thing to do, even though it didn’t feel right back then.

        I look at life differently now. Love life, because you’ll never have another one. Spend time with the ones you love. I lost my best friend and my sister, but I know that she will always be in my heart and I will never forget her. I will never have another dog like her, and she was the greatest love of my life, and the best friend I could ever have. Thank you Frajda for being my best friend.

 

 

-Ania

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This is so bittersweet. Thank you for sharing what we all feel, however some of us just don't have the words to convey the way your daughter does.

We welcome you to the forum and so sorry to hear of your wonderful Fradja losing her life. She was a special dog.

I am happy you have the courage to get another Doberman, knowing that some day you might have to face the same heartbreak. They don't live longer than we do, but the years they give us is well worth the pain of losing them.

Please stay in touch and send pictures of your new baby as soon as you get him

Rest In Peace Fredja. You were the best!

Kate and Sofia

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Great story Ania.  The pain of losing Frajda will lessen over time, but the joy she brought to your life will be with you forever.  I hope your new boy brings you as much happiness as Frajda did.

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Beautiful story.Thank you for sharing.

I agree with Kate,I've had four Dobermans in my life over the past 18 years.I've lost two of them, but I would do it all over again, because the joy and happiness far outweighs the pain and sorrow.

Best of luck with your new little boy.  

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What a wonderful letter! I can't wait to read the posts about your new pups homecoming!

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That letter had me in serious teardom....I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Fradja

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Thank you so much for your very friendly and supportive responses. We still feel sad when we think about our dog. We are little afraid about getting the new dog. Afraid that we will be comparing him constantly to our Frajda. But from the other side we can't wait to have him in our house. We will post pictures very soon...

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Welcome,  and yeah that made me tear up.....

 

Good luck with the new pup

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You will never replace Fradja. Each dog we own has their special personalities and wonderful characteristics that make them individuals.. Some are even more special than others.

Your new baby will not take the place of your beloved friend, but he might help fill the hole in your heart that Fradja left when she passed away. I'm looking at the date today and am thinking you just might have him by now.

Let us know how everything is going and hope the healing will begin soon

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beatadarek - Thank you for shaing with us. As one who has had dozens of Dobermans for over 28 years now, the loss of each one hurts, but the arrival of a new one is helpful. No, the new one will not replace the older one, and the loss of one drills a hole in the heart that over time will lessen, but not ever really heal. The arrival of a new puppy makes new memories, but will not erase the old.

My Avatar is of my first Dobie, Windy whom I got at the age of 4 months. A beautiful, regal puppy who was lying on a pad in the corner of an Auto Parts store. I had happened to stop by to pick up some grease for my lawn mower. As one who gowing up had always avoided those pointy eared dogs, I was drawn to her, and found out she was being re-homed. The owner's son owned her mother (whom I was going to meet a few days later, and a very wonderful Dobie in her own right) and had sold her to the parents of one of his fiends.

They had Min. Schnauzers and were shocked when the little puppy started growing so fast and they realized they would have a large dog. I made arrangements to get her and she changed my life forever. Two years later I got a red male puppy whom I would have for almost 11 years, but lost Windy to cancer at the age of 7 years.

Please tell Ania that Frajda will live in her heart forever. Frajda was so much of her life, she will not be able to remember the many things she did will out fondy (will a little sadness) remembering her companion. Her letter was very well written, and worthy of someone many years her elder.

I look forward to stories and photos of your next generation of Dobermans.

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We have been very excited and busy with the puppy and did not have time to post anything. Puppy's name is Spoko and is 4/5 months old. We brought him from Poland from really great breeder. We are very happy we got him! He is so full of life and joy. He is also so different then Frayda and not even once we tried to compare these two dogs. Spoko is very goofy and does some crazy stuff but he is learning fast and the only problem we have is his ears- they are still quite floppy.  We still miss our first dobbie - Ania  has Frayda's pictures above her bed but she has fallen completely in love with Spoko. We all have...

Thanks a lot for all the responses!

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Congratulations on your new pup!!  He's very handsome and no doubt you have all fallen in love.  Keep us updated on his puppy antics!

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What a precious little one.. Love how you done a photo-journal and we've been able to watch baby grow.

Of course Spoko will never take the place of your adored Frayda's.  He will just add to the love you already feel for her and remind you that you are indeed lucky to have another Doberman in your life.