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Hello all, I am new here, so I thought I would introduce myself and my pup Cooper. Cooper is a red male, natural eared, little fireball, who will be 5 months old tomorrow. We start Obedience/ training classes on the 22nd (and none too soon!) He is the 2nd Dobe I have had the pleasure of sharing my life with. My first girl died at the age of 10 to cancer.. that was over 20 yrs ago. Its taken me this long (and several wonderful dogs later) to decide I was ready to add another Doberman to my life. I can tell you, in just 11 weeks of having him, I know my life will never be the same..lol
I look forward to meeting you all (and your pups of course).
Happy Mardi Gras!!!


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Well.. welcome Cooper and SwiftK9's. What a handsome boy... and his eyes tell it all..
"Hang on it's going to be a rocky ride!" You can tell he's full of mischief and good times for all! And those feet!! OMG his feet.. he's going to be a biggun'!
I'm sure you will have many years of love and happiness with Cooper and is that a Schnauzer in one of the pictures?? You DO have a wonderful household. And Happy Mardi Gras to you too!
Lady Kate and Sofia

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Thise are quite big paws.  He looks very good as he is going to surprise your other dog by doubling in size.  Watch out here comes Cooper. I really do like the red's.  Congrats on the puppy, and look forward to learning about him.  This forum has been more than helpful to me and hope that you can also benifit from this great Doberworld.

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Thank you for the warm welcome. The first pic is Cooper 9-10 weeks.. with Jack, our terrier mix. Jack does look like he has schnauzer in him and I give him a schnauzer trim in the warmer months. I dont know where the brindle coloring came from..lol He was an SPCA pup and is 2 yrs old. Cooper and Jack keep each other quite entertained and ME on my TOES! :)
As for his huge feet..lol I am attaching a pic of him the day he came home.. look at those clod hoppers!..hehe
Thanks again for the welcome... cathy and cooper

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What a DARLING!! I love the natural look.. Sofia came to us very unexpectedly and was cropped, docked and trained.. We've had her for six months to the day and have loved every minute. ( see Sofia's story) as it's a long, involved, heart rending story. She's forgotten all about it and has made our little family so complete with her loving gentle ways. None of the usual Dobergirl behavior and I'm not sure I would have handled all of it as well without the help, support and love from this incredible forum. You will meet new friends and they will become like family if you chose. Ask any questions you can think of, there is always someone on line who has, not only the answers, but the support and encouragement we sometimes need with a new baby.
How did you come to get Cooper?

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aww lady Kate, I just read Sofia's story.. I dont know who was more blessed, Sofia for finding you, or you for taking Sofia into your loving home. She is indeed a lucky girl. And did I mention beautiful?..lol I was able to see pics of her and well.. she is very pretty.

I actually found Cooper from a breeder in Florida (I am in south Alabama). I had put in an adoption application in with a rescue group for a Dobe pup, but after weeks of not hearing back, I assumed it was too late and I got impatient and starting looking for a different pup. I did finally hear back from the rescue.. good news, bad news, I was approved to adopt, but the puppy had already found another home. There were loads of applications for the rescue litter and they were answering people as fast as they could.. Bless them for all they do (rescue workers).
But it has all worked out in the long run.. and I couldnt be happier with my little bundle of energy..lol

Thank you for sharing your (and Sofia's) story.

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Heeeeyyy !! Guess what? I'm from Pensacola !!  Rooollllll Tide!! I thought you might be from the South with the Happy Mardi Gras wish.. I actually rode on a float ( Krew of Cleopatra) several years ago!
Are you planning to go to 'Nawlins to help the Sainted Saints celebrate?
We've found our travel is not what it used to be with Sofia. Not alot of pet friendly  hotels will take dogs over 30 lbs, and not a lot of neighbors have offered to take her on her two runs a day and cuddle her for hours on end like her momma does. With your two, I would imagine it would be quite an effort..How does Jack get along with Cooper? He better assert his 'leader' abilities soon as "You know who" will out weigh him in just a few months.
I miss the south at times. but even more, I miss southerners! They are the best!!

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How cool is that!! Pensacola is just an hours drive from me(Mobile).. but you're in Mexico now.. is that right?

I plan to stay far away from New Orleans during Mardi Gras... tooo rowdy there for me. We celebrate it here and its just as fun! :)

Jack and Cooper get along real good. I do have to supervise to make sure no one gets too rough and make sure they save the rough housing for outside.. thats been a struggle, but they are getting the hang of it.
Cooper had his weigh in at 19 weeks and was 40#, so he has already passed up poor Jack in that department...lol Its OK, when Jack was picking on *baby* Cooper.. I told him, "just you wait.. that puppy's gonna be bigger than you one day soon". He should have heeded my warning...lol

We havent tried to make reservations at a hotel yet, but I imagine it will take some more planning. It would be a dream to buy a motorhome and not have to worry about pet friendly reservations...maybe when I win the lottery ;D

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Working with Scouts, we had connection with the Councils in both Pensacola and Mobile. Found out from them that Mardi Gras was actually celebrated in Mobile before it was celebrated in New Orleans. I was stationed in Pensacola for about a year, some 44 years ago when I was going through flight training. I have been back through there several time in the last 10 years. Of course every time I travel to Texas, it's hard to not go through Pensacola and Mobile.

The first time I visited the USS Alabama, there was no building with the shop and snack bar, no hanger with planes, no concrete ramp and no numbered routes through her. It was the spring of 1966 shortly after I arrived at NAS Pensacola. The second time was the summer of 2007 when I tagged along with a local group of Scouts, and we spent the night on her in the former crew quarters. She has changed a little, and the surrounding area has changed a lot.

Cooper looks great, and I have a weakness for reds (I have two). Welcome to the family.

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Thank you for the welcome rgreen and I am so happy you knew about Mobile's Mardi Gras past.. not many from out of town know that little tidbit of information.

Most importantly, thank you for your service in the Military. The Battleship Park has added a War Dog Momument. As soon as we have a nice warm weekend, Cooper and I will go and take some pics, for those who are interested in seeing the momument.

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Swift K9s~~~I have seen pictures of the monument and would LOVE to see some that you take when you show Cooper his heritage. I love all things military. We have a daughter in Montgomery. Her hubby is going through Command School at Maxwell. Three more months of this gig, then who knows. We're  hoping for D.C.
Richard, I knew you had "done time" in Pensacola.. I still remember Trader Joe's' where all the cute young Ensigns got their ties cut off after flight school.. is yours hanging up there somewhere??
I guess we're supposed to be talking about our dobermans ( dobermen?) doberkids.. Sofia is fine and sends you all a great big snuffle and slurp.. she's right here under my arm telling me it's that time and the rabbits are calling.
P.S. The working dog class is on Westminster tonight.. let's route for the Dobie.. and oh oh oh.. did anyone here know that J.F.K. had a doberman before he got Jacqueline? Besos from Baja

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Lady Kate - I hate to disappoint you, but I never stepped foot in Trader Joe's and don't even know where it is. My pre-flight training was all at Mainside (NAS Pensacola proper), my primary at NAS Saufley and then onto NAS Whiting and then to NAS Corpus Christi for multi-engine training and that's where I got my Wings presented. During the presentation, I was not wearing a tie. The designated uniform was dress whites. My parents were able to drive down from Houston since it was so close.

Then electronics training at NAS Norfolk and then to NAS Key West for transition to the S-2E (twin engined carrier based anti-sub hunter/killer aircraft). Then to my squadron based at NAS Norfolk. I was there from Sept. '67 to Aug '68 when I was transferred to NAS Cubi Point in the Philippines. When I first got there, I couldn't figure what I was doing there except I was the third most senior active aviator on the base. The Commanding Office was no longer active and the Operations Officer (Commander) was the first. The Assistant Operations Officer (Lt. Commander) was the second. Both had more than 4,000 hours of flight time and I (full LT and Personnel Officer) only had about 1,500. The rest were all Lt(jg)'s fresh out of flight training with less than 500.

Several months later I got my answer when we started getting our first US-2B which was an older version of the aircraft I flew in the fleet that had all the electronics removed and converted to a utility aircraft. We used it to fly personnel to various points. Case in point - Clark Air Force Base was 4 hours by round but only 15 minutes by air. The roads were horrendous and went over a mountain range. I left the PI in Oct., '70 when I separated from the Navy. I had the unique experience of separating myself! Remember I was the Personnel Officer and our office handled all the records and order for Officers, the Enlisted Personnel Officer reported to me. He actually signed my DD214 which is the official record of service. I had my choice of separating in the PI or going back to Treasure Island in California and being processed there. No Brainer! In the PI, the people processing my paper work were people whom I had worked with for over a year, at Treasure Island, I would be one among thousands.

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Sheesh.. no wonder you can handle Dobermans!! Quite a career! Thank you so much for serving our country!!

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:D Ohhh what a beautiful boy, he looks a lot like my own except mine has a wonky 'au natural' ear :D You will love obedience classes. We have just started our 4th level...we did try agility but the trainer feels Q is still a little young (14 months) :)

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Thank you QTip..lol I dunno tho.. Cooper has natural ears and they laid nice.. til now(teething). His left ear is starting to do its own thing and I have been trying to tape them to make it lay right. Do you have pics of yours?.. they might be twins..lol

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SwiftK9s, here is a link to a thread with pictures of Q. I never realized that although there are a lot of dogs with short names, not too many have a one letter name. Maybe he joined MIB?

[url=http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]

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:)Hehe My breeder named her pups in her litters after the characters in a movie . Q (real name 'Quantum of Solace') came from the James Bond one...he was the inventive professor. :P
'Q' always comes to 'QQQ'. Or otherwise Babe/Baby 8)
Swiftk9 The breeder said his ear would drop after teething but it never did. I often wonder if there's a trapped nerve there? I think there are doggy chiropractors here somewhere.

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rgreen.. thanks so much for the link to Q's pictures...
and QTip... he is gorgeous. Its funny Cooper has the same ear (left) doing the same thing..lol Coopers has a little fold in the back of that ear that I am working on, to have it fall properly, but if it decides not to cooperate, thats OK too.. he's still my handsome boy :)

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Yes, we have sort of watched Q grow up, so to speak. In the most recent pictures you can see how he has started to fill out now. Sitting here last night, I looked over to the large pad that Princess and Red tend to share in the evening. Red was curled up and asleep. Princess was alert, her head held high looking at me, trying to figure out why I didn't sound right. (I have a very bad cold). She has also started to fill out as well.

They were boarded over the weekend when I was out of town on a scouting trip, and she now weighs 72 pounds. Red has gained a bit as well, now back over 100 pounds to 106.

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rgreen.. wow Red is a big boy! and I hope you're feeling better soon.

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Yes, he is a big boy, but no longer as heavy as he was. A year and a half ago he weighted 147 pounds when he was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. After we started treatment and restricted his intake, he got down to 95 at the lightest, but he was a little too thin, so I increased his kibble ration.

One time when picking him up at the vets after a weekend board, I got a surprise when a red dog came out and at first I thought it was Red, but it was a yearling Great Dane. A few minutes later, they brought Red out and he was shoulder to shoulder with the Dane. Of course the Great Dane still had some growing to do as I was informed he was about 10 months old.

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:) I got Q weighed at our new vets last week. Q hit the scales at 37kilo. The vet suggested I change his feed but i can see his ribs and so not really worried by his weight at the moment.
Swiftk9 how do you work on the ear???

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Wow! He has grown, according to the conversion calculator, thats just about 82 pounds. I had noted in recent photos how he had filled out and was showing his strength in his shoulders and neck. He's not the skinny pup looking through the door any more.

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QTip.. I got some info from some others on taping natural ears, so they dont start lifting up. Coopers left ear starting going funny when he starting teething. You use a tie wrap(zip ties?) and a strip of tape. I thought I had it fixed but its going up again..lol So I will leave it taped until Monday and see what we have.

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:DRGreen, I never thought he would hit the 80lb mark so its surprised me. He must have had a bit of 'a spurt'
This is the pic i found that reminds me the most of Cooper. Q at 4 months ;D
Swiftk9 im not sure that Q would do tape ;D ;D ;D

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oh my gosh QTip.. he is gorgeous!.. I love that picture. I know he's older now (and even more handsome).. but love that pic :)

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As is Cooper ;D and as are all the dogs on here. I hope I dont love Q too much...i tried to do the exercise, training and then love thing.
When I got my new puppy Sophie...some old fellows that sit on the bench above the beach were commenting :) and saying 'oh...Q wont be number 1 anymore.
:)Q will always be my number 1...we have a great bond together. I love Sophie of course and try to share the love equally but Q is No 1.;D

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I think no matter how much we love all of our dogs and how important and special each one is...we will always have 1 or 2 very special *heart* dogs :)

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Ria, I think this is my favorite picture of the Q miester.. He has so much love in his eyes. I know he is you numero uno and vice versa..