This handsome Doberboy came to us recently from a home where his senior-citizen owner had fallen and injured her shoulder. In light of an anticipated year or so for recovery, on the advice of her doctor she surrendered him. Sadly for her, she only had him for about eight months. During that time, she treated him for heart worms, house-trained him, and encouraged his natural goodness to bring him to the outstanding loverboy that he is today. She is clearly distraught at having to give him up, but it does seem the responsible choice under the circumstances.
Here are some notes from his mom: “If I can convince myself to look on this as a successful ‘foster,’ it's a little easier to say ‘good-bye.’ I've lived with three other Dobermans in my lifetime - what amazing and loving lap-dog friends they have all been! I'd like to tell you more about all the challenges he has overcome besides heart worms and copperhead snake bite! love him deeply but must think of what's best for my sweet Kai.”
Commands: Sit, Stay, Leave it
Favorite games: puzzle toys, joining in with other dogs, loves to be chased
Favorite toys: Super Touch Nylo Bones and his Kong, with treats.
Favorite pastime of all: snuggling! He's come from being frightened of everything to being a real "love bug."
Apparently he had previously been rescued from a man who was going to put him down due to a leg injury (still has scars) and perhaps the heartworm. A well-intended woman agreed to take him instead and then kept him in a 10x10 dog pen (“yard,”) providing nothing more than food and water - no socialization, vet visits, nothing, for the next two years. It was from this circumstance that his current mom had rescued him, and clearly she started a process that was restoring him in every way, to his joy and benefit. That process is now transferred to DRT as we seek that final (and this time, forever) home for him - one that will continue what this dear lady had begun and will make the second half of his life all that the first half should have been.
She goes on to say: “Despite his past, he's the sweetest, most loving boy. He's still learning to play and is quite vocal when doing so. I think that he missed out on so much as a younger boy that many things are exciting to him. He walks well on a leash. He has gone from a shy, distrustful dog to a love bug. His coat has gone from dull to lustrous. I just can't say enough about him! He doesn't know he's not a lap dog with me & also sleeps on the bed, although he’s perfectly content to sleeping on a big cushy dog bed if asked to do so.”
She continues: “He's really adorable in his displays of affection. Still sometimes shy about looking eye to eye (getting better & better), he'll sneak a kiss on the face. Even with his mouth closed, he has the biggest heartwarming "smile" & his eyes make my heart melt. With few exceptions, he follows me everywhere - even to the bathroom. His favorite spot is on the couch, head (and shoulders) on my lap, cuddled as close as he can get to me.”
And since his arrival at Elijah’s House, our volunteers have added the following comments:
“I love Kai! He was super excited and wiggly just when I was standing outside his run talking to him, and when I went in and sat with him he was so affectionate and just very content to have some loving.”
“Kai has an incredibly sweet demeanor, and if he isn't cute enough as it is, wait until you see that adorable cowlick down his neck! And don't even get me started on those floppy ears! He is just an overall wonderful lover boy!”
“He was sweet and readily greeted me with a happy expression and wagging tail. He seems like a really nice fellow.”
I’ve gone on longer with this profile than usual, but I was compelled by the love and heartbreak of his former mom and by his back story and need of a loving, permanent home as soon as possible once again.
If your heart has been touched by his story, make an appointment to meet him once your application is approved, and come see for yourself what a love bug he is.