get the tissues ready every new dog owner should read this

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Dori's picture
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Oh my god..That is so sad :( I think I need a whole box of tissues after reading this !!!

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I'm going straight to dobe rescue to get a brother or sister.  Mom, can we , huh?

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Hey, Topper. Tell mom to make it a sister, she should be warned that Dobe boys don't get along well with brothers, even if they're not Dobies. But, if it's a sister, and she doesn't want dobie puppies, one of you has to visit the vet.

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omg this story seriously made me cry. it made me think of my baby cairo for the past year hes been my only family and now im fixen to have my first baby, but ill never let this happen to him. anywhere and everywhere i go he'll go with me, i dont understand how anyone could ever do this to any dog.

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I had read this a long time ago and was so moved by it. I still am and thank you so much for sharing. My heart hurts when I think of the many many people who get animals for all the wrong reason.. it's akin to the easter chick.
"Let's get our kid a pup for Christmas"
" Let's get a big bad pit bull to keep robbers away from our house."
" Let's get a golden retreiver, they're so beautiful"
The reasons go on and on as to why some people get dogs..
It's a huge and demanding responsility to own a dog. The research that should go on before purchase is rarely done by so many and you see the results in shelters all over the world.
I think that all of the contributors here on the Gentle Doberman Forum are diligent and caring and would never take on the job, (and it's a big one) without learning what it takes to be owned by a doberman. At least I hope so and I pray that this message that you posted will reach the eyes and hearts of people who really need it..
Smooches to the pooches.. 

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AMEN!

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"My wish is that every dog would be loved, cherished and treated as well as mine are."

I know it's silly, but I often think about Freyja's littermates.  After all, we could have just as easily picked one of them and left Freyja to have faced their fate.  I wonder how their lives have turned out, if they're getting treated well.  Or are they guarding a junkyard or tied to a tree out back all the time.  It saddens me to think that my Freyja could have faced a fate like that.

One of my biggest fears is the thought that I could lose her or that someone would steal her.  She is such a big baby, I don't think she could take not being loved and treated well.  She is almost 20 months old and has never spent one night outside.  Today marks a year and a half since we picked her up.  She's used to walking with me, playing frisbee, training, and cuddling on the couch.  Could she ever be happy if for some reason she was not part of our family?  I know I will make every effort to see that she is safe and stays with me as long as she lives.

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Freyja is about a month older than Princess, and I agree with you. Princess is a loving dog, although not one to readily go up to strangers, and anyone except the people at the vets and me are strangers. Red on the other hand, does not seem to know what a stranger is. But, his size seems to be his protection as anyone who had never met him will not get out of their vehicle if he is outside.

I often think about their littermates, Princess' litter mates probably fared better, as her breeder used a puppy application and was choosy about who got them. Red was bred by a local BYB. I just hope his siblings wound up in good homes.

How pups wound up was always a concern of mine when I bred a litter, although the last litter I bred was over 15 years ago. I always wanted to get to know the prospective new owner. I got several calls that I did not like the tone of, and when asked how much I was asking I would quote an astronomical amount which usually ended the conversation.

Most went to friends and relatives and I got to watch many grow up to be loving and loved dogs. Part of becoming a breeder is to be a responsible breeder and that means matching the pup to a responsible home.