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“Best Breed I've ever owned!”

Written on: 30/09/2012 by elliottjr (1 review written)

Our first doberman lived until he was 15 years 8 months old (I kid you not!). Considering he nearly died when he was 10 from a very serious nose infection where the specialist vet had to perform 4 life-saving operations including blood transfusions etc. So to think we had over 5 more wonderful years with him it was a miracle! We chose to have him put to sleep eventually as he was having too hard of a time getting up and down with his hind legs, God love him though he kept trying but we could see that we had to do the right thing by him and put him out of his pain as he also was on alot of pain medication. But even up to his very last day with us he was ever so loving! We got him when he was just 1 from a special needs Nanny who could not take him overseas with her. Long story short we wanted to get a dog from someone like this as we could not bring our dog from overseas when we moved as well. We did not have any special breed in mind as we had always had german shephards before and were open to other breeds as well. When the lady told us how she had special needs children come to her house and lay on the floor and play with Elliott that was it for us we just knew he would fit in with our 6 + 8 year old boys! Did he ever, they use to dress him up and play with him for hours. You can imagine the pain after all the years we had with him for him not to be here anymore. We work from home and he use to follow us from room to room and he lived inside on his own bed(s) in every room! The house was suddenly empty! Some people thought we were crazy morning over a DOG, but he was not just a dog but a member of our family! After much consideration we decided 10 months later to get another doberman as we missed Elliott too much. My 2 sons are grown up and in their early 20's now but they insisted we get a doberman so the 3 of us went out "just looking" while my husband was away (as he was not as keen as the 3 of us!). Well that was it we took one look at this tiny little runt of the litter and I could not get my check book out quick enough to leave a deposit! He is now 16 months old (we got him at 2 months) and we have named him EJ (Elliott Jr.)my oldest son was home for that first year so you have never seen a puppy get more love between him and his brother carrying him around (yes imagine still dressing him up) and again the best breed ever I can not imagine ever owning any other breed than a doberman. He is loyal, smart, loves people and other dogs too. Everyone that meets him comments on what a good dog he is and how loving he is. I use to think it was just our Elliott but now I know it has a huge amount to do with the Breed. I read once they call them the velcro dog, well this is such a true statement, if you plan on leaving your dog all day by itself do not bother getting a doberman as they love to be around you ALL the time, EJ has a bed in most of our rooms and constantly checks to make sure everyone is still around so he can relax and go to sleep. He has blended into our family perfectly and no matter what we are doing he is quite happy to be a part or just be near, so keep that in mind when you are planning on getting one. He has a fierce bark and so I suppose if you didn't know him he would be enough to really give you a fright, but once you know him (we have many delivery drivers come here) he just thinks everyone is here to see him! My husband says that it is a really good thing that he looks the part because he is really a bit of a softy and when he runs to the door with a teddy bear hanging from him mouth it does make you wonder just what kind of a watch dog he is!! hahaha

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