A Special Thank You To Our Wonderful "Charter" Members

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I was reading the posts today and it occurred to me that there are so many new members, and sometimes I lose track of them..So welcome all of you.

Their questions are familiar and repetitive and not at all different than mine when I first joined this forum  a few years ago.

What to feed. When to feed. To crop or not to crop, indigestion, and ummm'...gastric disturbances'. barking, biting, where to sleep, do I crate or not..more feeding, raw? grain free? what's the best? How much..  and although it's all here on the Forum... somewhere over and over again:

I'd like to give a shout out to some very special people who never seem to tire of support and answers.. Without your devotion to the betterment of the breed, I don't think we'd be as wise or knowledgeable about our Dobermans as we are now.

 Glengate who was spot on with her quick diagnosis of Sofia's ailment. ( what we thought might be liver failure turned out to be just an infection)...Mary, you've been here from the beginning and we can trust your quick responses and total understanding of the breed. There's no room in your life for irresponsible owners but you always make time for those of us who are willing to listen and learn.

RnDobermans, Des, you never tire of welcoming new members and helping with  questions I know you see time and time again, even though you are busy with your own life, work, family and training, you've been a friend from the start......We've gotten to know you and your 'kids'. We wept with you when you lost your lovely Ellie and celebrated and 'helped' name Romeo when he first came into 'our' lives.

rgreen, Rick, your support is always amazing and backed up with experience and wonderful stories. You've had Dobermans longer than some people here have been around. You're always there for everyone, no matter the circumstances.

Happydance.. my soul sister and friend. you lend your medical knowledge whenever you can and put our minds at ease. What seems to some as a vicious viral infection, turns out to be a pimple or a spot.A deteriating hip joint is just a growing pain... and Wendy,  folks can rest easy til they get to their vets without going into panic mode. 

Gunny.. wow.. the training you've done with your kids is a source of inspiration to all of us, and the suggestions you give are seasoned with your wonderful Southern humor and 'it just makes sense ' approach.

Ziva's Dad.. we look to you for support no matter what the circumstances are, and you lend it in such a non judgmental and endearing way..very few people know the extent of your devotion to rescue organizations and strong faith.  Bless you Paul.

Control Freak.. ( we know what that actually means, and you're not.... ) Corinna, you've come so far so quickly and are headed for the show ring with your Sully and are savvy to what a responsible breeder REALLY means.. You know what damage BYB and Greeders are doing to this incredible breed and are happy to let people know. (I sure didn't when I first got here and without being told the difference I hate to think of what would happen to our breed.)

and last but not least

Our wonderful Alpha Administrator.. Our Webby who keeps us honest and truly 'gentle' and who holds the key to the answer.. What in heck are Dobe$ ?????

If I've left anyone out, please forgive me.. But thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a member of this Forum. And keep asking those questions.. and we'll keep answering..

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I wonder where kevin went?  He was always pretty helpful, too. 

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Cheers to all of you!!!

I have learned a tremendous amount in the short time I have been here, and it's thanks to all of you!

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Kevin is another HUGE supporter of responsible breeders and rescues. His training with Dakota has been so fantastic, and has blessed us with great videos and expertise. (And his taste in coffee, is unparalleled. LOL)

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Our Dear Dear Lady Kate:  That was so wonderful and uplifting to read this morning!  Thank you for the kind words.  I know that I can speak for all of us that with your wonderful posts, your keen wit and sense of humor, and your spectacluar charm and grace, has helped to make this forum an incredible and welcoming place.  I, like you, feel that I have made lifelong friends here.  I echo all the accolades that you wrote without a doubt.  I am incredibly grateful for this forum for all the knowledge and support especially through the trying times of raising our puppers!    ~now about those Dobe $$$???

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Great message Lady Kate!!!

I was able to make the proper decision for my household with all the wonderful advice here on the forum, I find all this advice to be applicable to my rottweiler and basically ANY dog that anyone would like to raise properly. This forum helped me to understand these breeds better (rottie and doberman) and helped me to get over my fear of rotties (yep I had that but with help from members here I overcame that)  and I am so glad now that I have Ben that I trusted the advice and sucked my fear in and adopted this adorable rescued 7 year old. He is such a clown and so loving - without this group I would have NEVER considered a rottweiler.

So I agree with everything you said. The supportive advice is so much more helpful than the snippy advice elsewhere. And other groups I have been in would NEVER repeat the same advice over and over especially when it is listed within the groups forums, but these members never fail to repeat advice and never just tell someone to "go read it here or there" they are so kind.

A good day for thanking one and all, including the people who ask the questions - without the people asking we don't learn.....

Talisin

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Well said Lady Kate I agree totally.   Although we have had dobermans for the past 30 years Cleo is our first puppy we have had for a long time and it is good to come hear to get confirmation that you are doing OK or to learn something new.  I certainly appreciate all the advice on this forum and ... I love the photos :)

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Wow, that really made me smile!  Thank you everyone,  I wouldn't of made this last year without you all!  I truly believe it is because of all of you that my first doberman is a well adjusted "gentle" doberman!

PS I do miss Kevin, Jeskai, and patriot.  

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Great post! I really am proud to be a member of a board that seems so close and supportive of each other. I am new to this board and yet you all seemed genuinely sad when I learned the diagnosis of my baby's liver issue and sincerely happy when I announced her weight gain these past two weeks. I really appreciate all the support and I know everyone else does too!

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Well said Kate!

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Agree with all said. This is a great place to be.