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He is really looking good, and I think he is going to push the top end of conformation on size. Obviously a very good looking boy. I kind of like Secret Rendezvous, it's different. Of course Secret Love is more personable as rendezvous is an event not an individual, and love can be either.

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The kid loves to drive, that's for sure!! ( Secret Racer??) How wonderful Romeo is, I know how proud you must be. How soon before the tape is off his ears? (  I'll bet it's like waiting to open a christmas present.)
Thank you for sharing his pictures.. We can all say " I knew you when......"

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:D I love all your photo's RND and never get tired of looking.
I still remember how 'put out' Q was when he finally had to go to the back seat because he got too large for the front ;D

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:D I love all your photo's RND and never get tired of looking. I still remember how 'put out' Q was when he finally had to go to the back seat because he got too large for the front ;D
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Princess liked being in my lap when she was a small puppy, but once she got around 4 months old she quit, until about a month ago or so. Now she seems to like to crawl up in my lap for a while. The big problem, other than size and weight, is that when she is in my lap she does not lay down but sits up and I can't see the TV. Then after about 5 minutes or so she decided she wants down and launches herself off. Thankfully, it's my thigh she launches from or it would be more painful.

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Princess liked being in my lap when she was a small puppy, but once she got around 4 months old she quit, until about a month ago or so. Now she seems to like to crawl up in my lap for a while. The big problem, other than size and weight, is that when she is in my lap she does not lay down but sits up and I can't see the TV. Then after about 5 minutes or so she decided she wants down and launches herself off. Thankfully, it's my thigh she launches from or it would be more painful.

That cracks me up! Yes it can be painful when they decide it's time to get down.

Paris just sits beside me and heavily leans her entire body on me. Her face is smooshed against the side of mine, she could snuggle like that for hours it seems. Ive tried to outlast her to see how long she would stay that way but I cant sit that long. She is the biggest snuggler ever.

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;D heh it sounds more than painful, although my dogs are not allowed on the sofas, i will get on the floor with them for major cuddles. Infact over winter Q was my pillow in front of the fire. There's nothing better ;D

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They love it too. It is unreal how they just crave human contact. Having had other dogs before, and a brief side trip at the urging of my late sister into Schnauzers, there really is nothing like a Dobie. My good friend who raises Schnauzers and in fact bred my female, claims my Dobies have corrupted her, for she runs more like a Dobie than a Schnauzer. (After all she was only around Dobies the first year of her life (after she turned 8 wks old).

Red has this delightful habit of coming over, turning around and then sitting on my foot. At first, I though it was accidental. Once was accidental, twice a coincidence, but the third time in a row, I knew it was purposeful.

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They have an uncanny ability to attract your attention and your feet. Sofia is a leaner.. if that doesn't stop us from our destination i.e. kitchen, upstairs, whatever, she will park her 3x3 foot on ours ( I measured) and guess what!? THAT gets our attention. when I'm sitting on the sofa and she wants to join me, she will put one of her haunches on my knee.. Turn her head upside down ( I KNOW you've seen that upside down gaze) and tell me it's cuddle time.. I will pat the sofa right beside me and she's up in a flash, flirting and batting those beautiful eyes. HOW did we exist before our Doberkids??

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Ha Ha, I had forgotten about the upside stare. Yes, they are just so expressive and loving. I guess that's why once you've had a Doberman, all the rest are just dogs (with apologies to lovers of other breeds).

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;D That's just how i chose Q, he came and sat on my foot

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He is stunning.. and thank you for posting.. I've been wondering how he's been doing. You must be so proud of him.. What does Momma Paris think? RnD Secret Romance.. PERFECT!!

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Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing the photos. He is starting to get that grown-up look to him as well. I know he will do well, and you certainly have the eye for conformation.

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Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing the photos. He is starting to get that grown-up look to him as well. I know he will do well, and you certainly have the eye for conformation.

Thank you, he does have some conformational issues, then again their is no perfect dog. The bad thing is we are waiting for one of the testicles to drop. If it doesn't drop by 6 mo chances are slim that it will, then unfortunately I  will be looking for a perfect pet home for him. So we are all crossing our fingers. In the meantime he is busy in training and loving every minute of it.

BTW Kate you asked what Paris thought of him. Well she likes him but cant understand why she isn't getting all the attention lol. She loves to play and learn and is always right their when we train or I'm trying to teach him fetch, she loves to steal the ball. She will always be my number one girl! Love that dog!

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Yes, Paris is very special ( and I use that word carefully as we ALL see our doberkids as special)
Even though I've never met her in person, I can see that she exudes charisima and more charm than I've ever seen in a dog.
You have been through so much with Paris and have bonded with her in a way that is truly unique.
She is your girl that's for sure and I hope you have many many years of love and joy with this magic momma!!

Took all the kids out in the woods today for a nice hike, it was a beautiful warm day. I tried to get a photo of all of them together but it was nearly impossible. To many things to see, do and experience lol. Here is the one I was able to get.

From left to right: Elly who is 12, Boo turning 9, Paris 6 and Romeo almost 5mo.

Romeo wanted off his leash so bad to run with the big kids.

This is Boo checking in on us. The older ones go just far enough where they can still see us and they spend their time running on ahead then running back to check in then back out. Boy they get their exercise this way lol.

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Wonderful!! Simply wonderful..
Look at HRM Paris right smack dab in the middle and Romeo looks like he's listening to what ever Her Majesty has to tell him. What a royal family you have. I do love Elly ( The grande dame) and Boo. Bless her heart. what an angel. I love the way romeo still sits like a puppy with one leg balancing.. You have an exceptional doberfamily.. Congratulations and blessings to all.
Smooches from Kate and Sofia

awhh thanks Kate! Romeo just looks like he is listening to Paris because his ears are messed up right now, they are tilted that way lol. Trying to figure out what I can do with them. The way they are cropped it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a post inside the ear they pop immediately out. His crop is very deep and all the bell taken off. I've been posting from the nub up with 2 braces as can be seen in his previous pictures on this page. He still manages to tilt the entire brace system to the one side, I'm not to sure how to correct it as I've never experienced this problem before. I'm working on a couple different solutions, crossing my fingers they will work.

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Romeo at 4.5mo old looks full grown. He is a handsome boy!

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:D What a beautiful bunch you have Rnd. they must make you very proud.  I would love to hear more about your training sessions with Romeo :)

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Wow, those group pictures are so inspiring. Once J.D's on the right track, perhaps I'll think about another Dobe.  :) Romeo is so handsome, great pictures... :D

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I don't know how you tell them apart! They all look so much a like!

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Judy and Izzy ^,^ wrote:

Romeo at 4.5mo old looks full grown.

Is this usual? Mia is a similar age and looks no where near the size of a fully grown doberman.

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Judy and Izzy ^,^ wrote:

Romeo at 4.5mo old looks full grown.

Is this usual? Mia is a similar age and looks no where near the size of a fully grown doberman.

Romeo will be 6mo old on the 20th. He is as tall as his grandmother 25in @ withers. He still has more growing to do and alot more filling out. We have to do a double take every now and then because he is blending in more with the others.  At this age they still have growing to do. You can tell if they are done growing by the growth plates in the front legs. When they smooth out then they are basically done growing in height, but will still mature and fill out. 

Okay for those of you that are good at teaching tricks, I need some suggestions. Romeo's last puppy kindergarten class is next Wed. We have to show them a trick that they have learned at that class. So I need suggestions of something easy to teach. He is a quick learner and it has to be something different than shake. Any suggestions send them my way. We train in all kinds of venues but are short in the trick arena lol. HELP QUICK the timer is ticking lol.

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Roll Over?

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The only "trick" Sofia knows ( other than playing dead when she sneaks upstairs to our bed) is "catch!"
she can catch a treat like she's been trained as a frisbee dog. When I try a ball or a toy. she just watches it bounce.

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Playing dead has always worked when I wanted to show off a trick.  No props needed and it's easy to learn.  I think Freyja had it pretty decently in about 2 days when she was a puppy, it's hard to believe it's been so long ago.

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Playing dead has always worked when I wanted to show off a trick.  No props needed and it's easy to learn.  I think Freyja had it pretty decently in about 2 days when she was a puppy, it's hard to believe it's been so long ago.

Okay if I could get my wild child to play dead that would be impressive to all that know him. I'm a gluten for punishment so think I will give it a shot. Tell me step by step how you taught it.

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He is so gorgeous!!!  How did you ever begin to start showing?  I really want to get involved with a local breeder but I'm not sure they would be so willing to teach you know?

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He is so gorgeous!!!  How did you ever begin to start showing?  I really want to get involved with a local breeder but I'm not sure they would be so willing to teach you know?

You might be surprised I love to help people providing they are honest in what they are after. I think that with some breeders you have to prove yourself first as their is a lot of deception in what people are really after. So it helps if you are interested in the sport to get to know the people and most of them would be more than happy to share the knowledge.

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Rnd, it's been a long time since I taught Freyja to play dead.  I can't remember exactly when it was but she knew it at 3 months because Karen used it in a "Bark in the Park" type event in January 2009, where everyone thought Freyja was a min-pin  >:(.  Here's the best I can remember.

I'd have Freyja "sit", then "down".  From the down position I'd simply roll her over while saying "dead", petting her as I laid her over and while she was on her side while repeating "dead".  Once she would lay dead I'd give her the release command, "ok", and a treat.  Next I'd put her back in the down position and again roll her on her side while saying "dead", not rewarding until she'd lay there w/o me touching her.  Eventually I'd roll her on her side but expect her to put her head down on her own as I said "dead".  It wasn't very long at all before she was going from down to dead on her own to earn that tasty treat.

Here's a couple of pics taken a few minutes ago of Freyja "dead".

I hope this helps, it's the best I can remember.  I remember being amazed at how easy it was to get her to play dead.  I had taught my first dobie, Brutus, this trick when I was a teenager over 30 years ago.  I know of no practical use for this except that people think it's cool.  All I knew was that I had taught it to Brutus so I wanted Freyja to learn it as well.  Email me if you have any questions.  Good luck and let us know how it turns out with Romeo.

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Thanks Adam will give it a shot. I wish I had more time to teach it. The class is Wed and everynight this week we have 4-H or something going on ugghh. I'll let you know if he does it or not.

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Oh well I completely understand that!  I know there are plenty of people that would pretend to get involved for other not so good reasons...I think I'll have to find a way to contact my local breeder... ::)

Well a little Doby humor for the day. Last night was Romeo's graduation night of puppy kindergarten and I think his owner lol needs to go back and relearn how to watch your puppy! After we got home last night I went down to check emails probably about 10min when I got back upstairs this is what I found.

Dont let his sweet little face fool you.


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Oh my god!  That is awesome, I mean not for the couch but I love the way he looks at the camera so innocently as if he did nothing wrong!  Who knows how that mess appeared around him?  It certainly couldn't have been Romeo! ;D

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Oh No!  I hate to admit it but I too have the t-shirt for couch destruction.  In fact I think Freyja was about the same age as Romeo is now.  Luckily Freyja had flipped over and tore open the back of one of the back cushions.  We put all the stuffing back and since it was on the back and not visible did the good ol' hillbilly thing; put some carolina chrome (duct tape) over the gaping hole with the intent of fixing it later.  It has held so well and is not visible so we have never got around to fixing it.  Pillows however have met their death at Freyja's paws.

On the bright side, congrats to Romeo for graduating.  How'd he do with his trick?  I've been waiting for the update.

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Oh how funny.. I'm sorry I had to laugh.. ;D Aside from the fact that you captured it "ALL ON TAPE"
You could caption the first one.
"THE CAT DID IT!!"

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Awe look at that face!!! how proud is that? huh? Congrats on graduating Romeo! Now at least it was on the underside, so no real harm done!!! Do like Kate and duck tape!!!

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No, what is saying in photo 1 is "Honest mama, Aunt Ellie did it." In photo 2 he is saying "I found it this way, I don't know why she did it."

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Oh No!  I hate to admit it but I too have the t-shirt for couch destruction.  In fact I think Freyja was about the same age as Romeo is now.  Luckily Freyja had flipped over and tore open the back of one of the back cushions.  We put all the stuffing back and since it was on the back and not visible did the good ol' hillbilly thing; put some carolina chrome (duct tape) over the gaping hole with the intent of fixing it later.  It has held so well and is not visible so we have never got around to fixing it.  Pillows however have met their death at Freyja's paws.

On the bright side, congrats to Romeo for graduating.  How'd he do with his trick?  I've been waiting for the update.

Well, I may use your duct tape idea seeing it is the back of the couch no one would see it. I think at this rate it will be awhile before my husband lets me get a new couch lol.

He wouldn't do his trick at class to much going on for his little brain and not enough time to teach him. I'm still going to work on it though. I love the pics of Freyja performing hers.

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Hey how about the Black electrical tapes? That would match it great!!!

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Unfortunately electrical tape does not stick to course material (ie: cloth) very well, and has a tendency to stretch as it has no internal support.

That is the beauty of Duct Tape. Duct tape has a unique history. It was originally developed during WWII to provide a temporary waterproof seal on various things. The first duct tape I ever saw did not in fact have a gray backing, but in fact was olive drab. I had gone to work during the summer of 1959 after I turned 16 as a help at the Air Conditioning company that my father was the office manager for. Up in their warehouse were roll and rolls of insulation without the silver backing paper that was used on heating only ductwork. We not longer did that work. There were also boxes and boxes of surplus olive drab backed duct tape.

We use the silver variety for everything, up to and including upholstery. We had several truck whose vinyl seats had rips and tears patched with duct tape. When it started to give out, we just put another layer on it.  ;D

I discovered in 1960 in preparation for Hurricane Carla's arrival after cross hatching the picture window with duct tape, that it sticks almost too good. Putting it on only took minutes, it took us months to get the stickum off the glass!

We also discovered it does not work to patch leaks in the exhaust system, it melts on the exhaust manifold and stinks.

Otherwise, it works great. Today there is not a single self respecting home in the us without a roll.

Well fortunately the damage was the underside of the cushion so the good old fashion silver duct tape will work well. The only thing I'm not sure how to fix is he somehow managed to get the zipper broke, not sure if the duct tape will hold there but will give it a try.

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We also discovered it does not work to patch leaks in the exhaust system, it melts on the exhaust manifold and stinks.

LMAO

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Sorry to hear that the play dead trick didn't work for Romeo.  You did have a short time to work on it, especially in the excited enviroment of puppy kindergarden graduation.  I know he will get it, you're a far more experienced trainer than I.

In the South duct tape is known as "Carolina Chrome" or "200 mph speed tape" because of it's use to hold NASCAR race cars together.  It's worked so good on our couch I had forgotten it was there until I saw the above picture.  Once we were on a camping trip with the camper in tow and at a gas stop noticed a radiator hose leak.  I grabbed the Carolina Chrome from the camper, wrapped the hose with it, and we headed down the highway.  The "fix" held for 2 hours of hard driving in the western NC mountains until we reached our destination and could get the hose replaced the next day.  It's amazing stuff.  If you own a dobie, especially a puppy, keep a roll handy, you'll probably find a use for it sooner or later. 

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It also helps to keep screen doors afixed to their frames after being bombarded by the 85 pound Doberdiva.
"If it moves and it shouldn't... duct it.. If it doesn't move and it should.... WD40!

Romeo has been training in Schutzhund lately and doing quite well. Here are his recent photos, shows the beginning stages of the game.

This picture shows the drive behind wanting that tug REALLY bad!

I wanted to add the rest of the photos but I find this new way of doing it very frustrating. I was able to add the first one with difficulty but it will not let me add the next ones. Oh well it was a great day anyway. Started out the day bright and early tracking Paris and Boo, came home dropped them off and picked up Romeo and off to Schutzhund we were. Fantastic day for training the dogs, fun was had by all.

Well I see the photo didnt show up at all and it did in the preview, I give up!