A great many years ago, before internet and before I knew anything about Doberman rescues, I got a Dober (not my first) from a fellow who couldn’t give him the attention he needed. The dog had been left home all day long outdoor in the yard by himself and was very attention needy. While I had several Dobers before, he was unlike any I had to that point. While I was able to give him good attention and time, and while others were in the house all the time, he was often in his room alone much of the time when I was at work.
I spent considerable time trying to bond with him, but he never did get to where he was at home with me. I concluded that he needed to be with someone all the time, so I made the decision to try to find such a home for him. I advertised in a local paper, and an independent plumbing contractor came to see the dog. He seemed a proper fit. It was his intention to have the dog in the truck with him throughout the day and of course at home in the house with him at night, so after talking things over and being satisfied that this was the best option, I sent the dog along with him, trusting all would be well.
He promised to call after a while with an update and when I didn’t hear for a few weeks, I called to check in. He told me that the dog had “run off” and he hadn’t seen him since.
I was devastated and disgusted with myself for not having found a better solution, and I still repent of it these many years later. It was a hard lesson to learn, and obviously a sad and hard thing for the dog. I could only hope and pray that he found, or was found, by someone who met his needs. Sadly I’ll never know.
The good news is that there’s never a reason for something like this to happen with a Doberman rescued from DRT! While in my circumstance of years ago, I had no support or backup or idea what to do other than try to solve the problem myself, everyone who adopts from DRT or another proper rescue absolutely has a solution if things get to the point that an adopted dog can no longer be cared for. A solution is literally a phone call or email away and the Dobe is returned to the rescue according to the contract.
Oh sure, Mama Carol is defensive and she may seem crotchety if she thinks you’re giving up too easily. But one thing is sure, she’s going to see that one of our dogs in a home that runs out of solutions for one reason or another is going to make it safely back to Elijah’s House.
There will never be a need to advertise a DRT rescue, to look for another home, to hand a dog off to someone who has not been properly vetted. There will never be a reason to do anything with a dog that can no longer be a part of your family, regardless of the cause, because Mama Carol is going to take that dog back if there’s no solution. You might get scolded in the process but even if that happens, it’s only because she is so passionate about her dogs that she can’t help herself. Don’t ever let the fear of a scold stop you from doing what is right for your dog. Do the right thing.
Our Boy Aldo was adopted from us when he was still an adolescent. Six years went by, and a call came to Mama Carol from a veterinarian's office that had Aldo. The story is long and circuitous, but the short of it is that the original adopter eventually came to a point where she was unable to keep him, and Aldo then went through several homes in quick succession before coming back to us. The take-in examination at DRT's veterinarian indicated that he had heart worm and intestinal worms. He also has lost most of his hair.
Happily, despite the changes in homes he's been through and his condition on intake, his sweet spirit remains intact. He is obedient and very lovable. He loves to play and to be made of. He loves any kind of stuffed animal or doggy toy. He will carry a stuffed toy around with him and never chew it. And he will play with the Jolly Ball out in the exercise fields to amuse himself. And you can see from his expression and stance in his pictures that he just wants to be loved - to know the peace and comfort of a proper forever home during the second half of his life.
The heart worms and intestinal worms will be treated and cured, and testing is continuing to determine the cause of the hair loss to see if corrective measures may help with that. In the meantime, he’s very happy to wear a coat when he is outside.
One of our volunteers says “Aldo is such a loving dog. He loves to play ball; he loves toys; he loves people; and he loves to be loved on! His new family will want to be sure to get a Jolly Ball!”
And another says: “Aldo is an absolute doll. He always kisses me when I kneel down to love on him. He's cute how he carries his stuffed toy outside with him. He obviously enjoys Sinead's company too.”
If you can absolutely provide a loving, nurturing, forever home for Aldo, make an appointment to meet him once your application is approved. Come make of him and watch him play and imagine what his life has been like to this point. See if your heart responds to this lovely boy and if he is a fit for your family. See if you can be the family he can trust and love for the rest of his life.
And remember, if you are the fortunate one to make him or any of our Dobers a part of your family, and someday unexpectedly find yourself unable to keep one of our dogs for some reason, give us a call and we will help solve the problem. It’s what we’ve done for many years and thousands of Dobers. They’re always part of our family.