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Here's a pic of our new Australian girl 'Mia'. We've had her she's just over 14 weeks old and we have had her for three.

She's been a little slow on learning where to wee and not wee and has a particular fetish with weeing on her bed - you put it down and she'll run over and pee on it!! But other than that she's been great!

We took her to my parent's for easter day and she had a great time rough housing with my parents much bigger 10 month old lab. We tied both dogs up separately while we were serving food for not more than a minute. After hearing an almightly cry from Mia we can running and found her not weight bearing on one leg. Luckily a vet we knew was open and after x-rays we found out she fractured her back right tibia. She's going to stay at the vets for a few nights and we are missing her like crazy. The good news is that the vet said surgery was not required and that it should heal within a few weeks of having her in bandages and a splint. Can't wait to have her back.

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Sorry to hear of her injury, any idea how she did that? That it will heal properly is good news, and you were right to rush her to the vet.

As to wee'ing on her bed, that's unusual. One rule with young pups is to take them out frequently. Take her out about 5 minutes of a meal or a large drink of water (when she comes in from playing) and on a normal schedule if she has not been out for 2 hours, take her out. They have weak muscles at this stage and a small bladder. If she looks like she is starting to think about going, quickly before she starts, pick her up. Now, once she starts, leave her. Picking her up will not stop it and you will get it too. Picking her up before she starts distracts her and she won't go. Then right outside.

When she goes outside, make a big deal about it. Jump up and down and praise her as if that was the greatest. It won't take her long to get the idea. She will never get it unless you make a big deal of it. If she does it in the house, a simple scolding to let her know mama is not pleased will do. She will soon want to go outside only as that "really must please mama for look at the fuss she's making jumping up and down, clapping and praising me!"

She may be hampered a bit in that regard with a cast on her rear leg, so keep an eye on her. If you take her to the same spot outside, she will learn that's where you want it to go.

Looking forward to the picture. Upload the picture to a third party hosting service like Photobucket. Then when you have the picture in your album, if you place the cursor over the picture you get three boxes below with internet code. Such as this:

You want the fourth line of code that starts with IMG in square brackets. With the GD forums in one tab and Photobucket in a second tab, on Photobucket, click once on the code itself and it will turn blue. Then right click and click on copy. Then move to the GD tab, place your cursor where you want the picture, and right click on paste. You will get the code to show up, then click on the preview button below to see how it looks.

If you put the code on the same line as text, or right below it with no spacing, then you will have text right on top of the picture. Putting a blank line between the text and the PB code, will have a space similar to what I have at the bottom of the picture. If you have two smaller photos, and put the codes on the same line, the photos will be side by side. If you put spaces between the lines of PB code, then you will have spaces between the photos.

You can then also edit the spacing in the text box if you like.

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Oh poor Mia.. So sorry  to hear about her fracture.. I wonder how it happened? Good luck with the patience it will take during her recovery.
Welcome to the forum and I cannot wait for you to hook up with Q Tip from New Zealand.. Now you are neighbors from Down Under.
Best wishes and smooches from
Katie and Sofia

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sorry to hear about her leg...I hope she's alright..

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Thanks for your thoughts guys. The vet thought it best to keep her there for the week, so I pick her up tomorrow night.

Still not sure how she did it: either jumped against the lead and landed badly or she got the lead caught around her leg?

Had another go at a pic, thanks for the tips.

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What a sweet and loving face she has. She is an adorable girl. I think the vet may be wanting to keep her quiet and still so the knitting process on the bone can start. You will have to do the same when you bring her home. Since she's so young, she will heal quickly. At that age they are a bundle of energy, so the vet may give you some tranquillizers to keep her quiet.

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She is precious.. what a darling!! thanks for posting her picture
Hope her leg heals quickly.

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Mia is adorable, what a face.  Is that a tail I see?  I don't believe I've ever seen a dobie with a tail.  I first saw Freyja at 2 weeks old and of course hers was already a nub.

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Mia is an Aussie, and there the tails cannot be docked nor the ears cropped. Our New Zealand friend, Q Tip has pointed out that her male Q was among the last there to be docked and of course it has long been the law there not to crop the ears.

When I first saw Mia, her face reminded me so much of Princess, and that is the main reason I chose her. I have not been disappointed as she has a very sweet personality, when not peeved. She is very sparing of her kisses though, not like my 7 year old male who comes up and treats me like a lollypop.

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Wow! That is a very good looking, and very cute puppy!  When I move back to Florida this summer I want to get Rocky a playmate.  At first I was thinking a medium size dog like a Terrier of some type or a mix, now I really think I want a female Dobie.  My wife pretty much agrees.  Rocky needs someone to chase around the yard and vice versa.  A partner in crime of sorts ;). 

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Princess has certainly had an effect on Red. She bugs him to play and the old pad potato certainly has new energy. I put them outside and they play and chase each other for hours. Finally Red give us, comes to the door to get in. They go into the bathroom, drain the water bowl, lay for about 15 to 20 minutes and then they want outside to go at it again.

I still have the same three Schnauzers that I had when I got Red. They ignored him as a puppy and ran and hid from him when he got big. I think their mindset was that he was the predator and they were the prey, but he has never wanted to do anything with them but play. Now he finally has a playmate (my previous Dobe was an old lady whom I lost shortly after I got Red).

BTW - Red is not any where close to breeding quality, so he was neutered after HRH Princess arrived.

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You know what?? After looking at all the wonderful pictures of our amazing doberkids.. I have come to the conclusion that unless we plan to show our dogs, I prefer the natural look..
My doberdiva is the sweetest and most gentle dog I have ever met, and of course, being a fawn color looks and acts more like a Bambi than a doberman. However with her cropped ears she can look fierce, which in a way, living in Mexico, is a safe guard and amazing protection. She loves most people, but Sofia is selective and those she doesn't trust or seems ( to her) a threat to her family, hear about it before they get within two hundred feet of her domain. But I digress. The Doberman is a loving and gentle, sweet natured dog and the natural look brings that to mind immediatley.. What are your thoughts on this folks?  ???

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I think that what makes the Doberman great is their loyalty, their immense love for their family, and the fact that they become part of the family by wanting to be involved in EVERYTHING that you do. Prince doesn't even let me get up for a drink of water without following me every step of the way. They are just amazing in every imaginable way, and appearance will never change that. However, with that being said, I still prefer cropped ears and a docked tail. Even with Prince having his ears cropped, one can still see the love and affection in his eyes. Even my mother (who has yet to see him in person), saw a picture of him and commented that he looked so sweet. I just think that the dog should look the way it has looked since the beginning. In my opinion, dobies don't even look like the same breed when left natural. I would be lying if I said that the cropped ears and docked tails don't make them look more scary....they absolutely do. But I decided on a doberman to because I wanted a dog that would serve as a deterrent to any potential evildoers, and these dogs certainly fit the bill. Of course, this is not the only reason I selected this breed. I also wanted a loving family companion, which I have definitely found in Prince.

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Hi All,

Thanks for your lovely comments. Its been a challenge to keep her quiet but she is doing well at home. She's been particularly good at not chewing the bandage. I'll try and put a couple of other photos up tonight. Will see the Vet on Saturday then probably another week of the bandage/splint and fingers crossed, after that she will be good...

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Hi Dezmo
KiaOra from NZ (across the ditch lol) ;D
She is utterly gorgeous and what a beautiful name. Nothing worse than when your pup is sick...i'm so glad to hear that she is on the mend.
More photo's please.
Ria :)