So, once again I'm pretty well left speechless by the circumstances resulting in these two lovely dogs coming to Elijah's House.
They are a mother and son who have been together since his birth and lived with the same family all these years as indoor dogs and regular members of the family. Apparently the family built a new house and didn't want the dogs inside anymore, so they dumped them at a shelter like donating old clothes to Goodwill or something.
These dear Dobers were traumatized by their sudden reversal of circumstances. The shelter folks placed her in a foster home because of the trauma she was experiencing, and they placed him with the vet due to his underweight condition and the need to have him neutered. She was so distraught at being separated from her son that she howled for days until they were brought together again here with us. As a result of their being so closely bonded, these two dogs will not be separated and must be adopted together.
At 57 lbs, Trumbull was significantly underweight and covered with fleas when he arrived, and Tuesday is a little overweight, perhaps due to being hypothyroid or maybe simply because she was eating the most of the food when they were still together. We'll figure that all out shortly.
The folks who boarded her with following surgery wrote a newsy note regarding her. I've included some of it here:
"Tuesday has been great around everyone she has encountered, including other dogs. I also have horses, and the first time she noticed them, at night, she marched right up to the fence, without hesitation, and stuck her nose through the fence to smell one of the horses nose to nose. She didn't bark or growl and very sure of herself. I feel she is a very mentally stable lady. She does, however, show a little too much interest in our cats. She has not been aggressive to any of them, but as she has become more comfortable in our house, she seems to pay them a lot more attention. Naturally if they run she gives chase, and she will bark at my one cat who is quite dog savvy and will smack her nose every time she pokes him with it. And speaking of which, she uses the typical nose poke constantly when she seeks attention or reassurance from either of us. She has not shown any signs of having lived a mistreated life previously - quite the opposite, actually. The first night at my home she trotted into the living room and promptly hopped onto the couch,plopping down next to my husband. This resulted in noticeable surprise and dismay on the faces of our two resident dogs, as they know we do not allow them on our furniture uninvited. She was told to get down and ignored my husband, so he had to gently push her front end off. With that, she went to the hall and then began yapping when she discovered that her dog bed was taken by one of our cats. There's no personality lacking with this one!
Add to these words from her foster mom, a couple of comments from our volunteers: "In her run at the kennel, Tuesday was the height of decorum - very gently requesting more petting any time my hand stopped moving. I was very pleased to see the energy she exhibited when she traveled through the exercise fields with me as we did the clean up rounds. She checked out every field at a trot or gallop, traveling all the perimeters with nose to the ground, moving well and with enthusiasm. I would never have guessed she was nine!" "Tuesday is a very spry girl. If you didn't see the grey on her muzzle, you would think you were playing with a young dog." "Tuesday and Trumbull are a sweet and devoted pair. Trumbull is gentle, loving and a leaner who enjoys lots of attention. Tuesday is sweet and playful for an older gal."
Since Trumbull wasn't fostered, we don't have a lengthy descriptive for him, but our volunteers have added a few points from their time with him so far: "Trumbull is such a sweet fellow. He has the typical Dobie appetite for continuous petting and is very gentle in requesting more. He is very sweet. He will lie next to you in his run while you pet him. When you stop, he gives little kisses."
And Mama Carol adds that despite her senior age, Tuesday jumps into the SUV without difficulty. She also affirms the point that these two Dobers truly do search for each other when they are separated.
If you'd stayed with the description thus far and taken a good look at their pictures, it should be obvious that these are two terrific Dobers who are simply in need of a loving home where they can spoil and be spoiled by their humans.
If your heart has been touched and you'd like to meet them, make an appointment to do so one your application is approved. Be sure to clear off the back seat or bring the SUV if you do; fitting two Dobers into your vehicle at once takes a little forethought.