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3rd-Aug-2013 06:40 pm - Eff you, cancer
For his 7th birthday just a few weeks ago, Apollo got an osteosarcoma diagnosis.

Devastated doesn't begin to describe us. I need to find a good therapist.

For now I am taking comfort in doing everything we can. We took him to the best oncologist in the area, and yesterday we had his leg amputated. Chemo treatments begin as soon as his sutures come out.

We love him and we are going to fight this. Even though we know the prognosis isn't good, we are hoping we are one of the lucky ones.

Our tripawd. He amazes me with how well he is adapting. Even stairs... he is doing so well.


9th-Jul-2012 03:53 pm - Happy almost-birthday, Apollo!
(He turns 6 years old on the 20th but I know I'll forget to post that day.)

On The Sand

I took this photo yesterday. He is such a good boy.
25th-Jun-2012 10:46 am - Doberman Health Survey
Survey is at http://projectdog.org/, with a deadline of June 30.

"Dr. Neff's team would like to share that the response to the recent request for participation in canine research to benefit Dobermans has been nothing short of PHENOMENAL. They are IN AWE of the Doberman community!
Several hundred more participants are still needed, so please note the health survey closes June 30th. If you haven't participated already, please do, and please share with friends and all Doberman owners and encourage them to do so as well.
 Several additional items:
 1. Some survey participants will be receiving a targeted follow up survey in the near future: your specific responses for your Doberman(s) were of special interest to researchers and may help advance this study effort. NO email addresses or other information will EVER be shared or divulged to others, this is and will remain a strictly confidential undertaking between the researchers and ourselves.
 a. Dr. Nicholas Dodman, world renowned canine behaviorist and collaborator with Dr. Neff on Doberman behavior research, will also be undertaking a few select telephone interviews with a small number of survey respondents.  Participation is, of course, voluntary, but the research group would like to thank everyone for their support with these quality control efforts.  Dr. Dodman is a pleasure to speak with- and feel free to discuss any questions you may have if you are involved in a telephone interview.

2. Several hundred more responses are still needed to meet the goal of 3000 Dobermans participating in this focused research effort. Please participate if you have not, and share this email with ANYONE who owns a Doberman- thank you!
3. Also please note - information and specimens on ALL DOBERMANS are encouraged, not just Dobermans with disorders. Controls for both disease and behavior are of value, so **even if you answer No to every question on the survey**, a DNA sample from your dog will definitely help this research!
An overview summary of participation (ALL anonymous, statistics only) in this study will be provided shortly after the survey closes, and Dr. Neff will be speaking in greater depth on these issues during his presentation at Health Night at our 2012 National.

Thank you again VERY MUCH EVERYONE who has participated and will participate in this study effort. You continue to advance the reputation of the Doberman community as the #1 community of dog owners most dedicated to their breed!!
Kathy Davieds DVM"
On February 26, a Doberman spooked at a rest stop in South Carolina and disappeared into the night. This was at the last rest area on the South Carolina-Georgia line on Interstate 95 (maybe around Walterboro, SC, on I-95?).

She is a blue Doberman, cropped ears and docked tail, trained in both Obedience and Agility. She was wearing a black studded leather collar and a choke chain. She will come to anybody who knows her name, which is Blue.

ANY information on her would be appreciated, and also any help. Please post and crosspost! If found, she does have an AVID microchip, and is registered to Lucy Jakubowski (the breeder), of Braveheart Dobermans. You can contact her at  bravedobe@aol.com , or 716-557-2452
 Keep your eyes peeled! Being in New York, as Ms. Jakubowski is, I can't help any more than this. The breeder will drive down to pick her up if she is found!
20th-Dec-2011 07:49 am - bundle me up
Apollo got a new coat for Crimmus. :] The neckwarmer is detachable, which I love; on warmer days we leave that inside.

Come A Little Closer

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Only 7 days left on this, I wish I'd known about it sooner!

I'm not sure if there's a choice in heck of the Doberman Assistance Network winning, this, but Chase Community Giving is having voting on Facebook to give away part of a $3 million grant!

vote for D.A.N. in the Chase Community Giving Event (this is being held/conducted on Facebook).

The premise is simple: those non-profit organizations/causes who receive the most votes will get a piece of the $3 million grant! Here is what you do:

1. Follow this link:
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Only 7 days left on this, I wish I'd known about it sooner!

I'm not sure if there's a choice in heck of the Doberman Assistance Network winning, this, but <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/261453457-doberman-assistance-network?src=vote_share">Chase Community Giving is having voting on Facebook</a> to give away part of a $3 million grant!

vote for D.A.N. in the Chase Community Giving Event (this is being held/conducted on Facebook).

The premise is simple: those non-profit organizations/causes who receive the most votes will get a piece of the $3 million grant! Here is what you do:

1. Follow this link: <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/261453457-doberman-assistance-network?src=vote_share"Chase Community Giving on Facebook | Facebook</a>

2. Vote for D.A.N.

3. Share your vote on your Wall and with your friends, family and co-workers.
20th-Jul-2011 06:18 pm - Good boy!
I have an extremely Alpha male red Doberman. Today we made a trip to Pet Supplies Plus and bought him two fruit scented balls which he absolutely loves. He was such a good boy! He did everything on command without missing a beat. Gosh, I love that dog!
Hey all!

I don't know if anybody is into gardening (I unfortunately am not), but the Doberman Assistance Network has a fundraiser at Flower Power Fundraising, where half of the purchase price of the flowers goes to DAN for Dobermans in need. They look like decent prices, and there are free gifts with certain levels of ordering, it seems.
8th-Apr-2011 02:09 pm - I started a blog!
So, the other day, I decided I would finally go for it and start a Doberman blog. I haven't seen many online, or they don't update much, or don't cover the topics I want to, so I'm really pretty excited. I only have two posts up so far, but I felt like I had to tell somebody I didn't know, so you guys are it! Suggestions and comments are definitely welcome, and I'm certainly not against taking requests!

The Elka Almanac: Life with a Doberman
16th-Jan-2011 06:11 pm - Lettin' it all hang out!
This photo is borderline NSFW, but I had to share it. He sits with my husband like this all the time. I've never met a more ridiculous, humanoid dog.

No Shame
12th-Jan-2011 11:54 am(no subject)
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He was inches from death when he was found. They couldn't even find a vein to place a catheter because the neglect is so severe.

If anyone can donate, even just $1 to his vet needs, please do. The donation is tax deductible!

Illinois Doberman Rescue
11th-Jan-2011 01:07 pm - Christmas behavior
Well, it's a few weeks after Christmas, but I realized this was certainly a place where I could come and gloat. Elka and I went to New Jersey to visit my grandparents for Christmas (a four hour car ride), and, as my aunt said, Elka is apparently now "top granddog"!

First off, she behaves very very well in the car. No barking, no moving around really, just sits or lays down and is quiet. So quiet, actually, that I didn't know she had been sick until I turned around to check on her. She looked so miserable, and I felt so bad. So, item number one is to get her more acclimated to longer-than-ten-minute car rides. At rest stops, she was fantastic on the leash. She doesn't jump out of the car until instructed, and her on leash walking is typically at the very end of the leash (working on it), but she left a lot of slack, seemed inquisitive without being too reactive or skittery, and was all around very good.

At my grandparents', she didn't want to be away from me for any amount of time at first, which I got. We aren't in other peoples' houses very often. She sniffed at the Christmas tree and nosed one ornament, but that was it. She laid down next to me at dinner with her chin on my knee, and that was it. No jumping on anybody, no being pushy about food, no taking anything she shouldn't have, nothing. My grandparents' kitchen table is lower than ours, right at Elka's mouth level, and at one point, the turkey carcass was there, the platter of turkey meat, and the ham, and she looked at it once, and then looked away and moved away, all without being guided. She was very sweet the entire time, sat when asked (by anybody!), gave a paw calmly when asked, took treats gently, etc. I was very very proud of her, and I confess, proud of myself for having trained her.
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