Dobie Trails

Since FOND began re-homing in February 2011 we have always tried to keep in touch with our dogs and their new owners. Every year Pam tries to meet a few in their new homes and write a progress report for the website. Now FOND has Dobermanns adopted to homes throughout the UK making it physically and financially impossible for one person to follow up on each and every one of them. Consequently some of our ‘agents’ as they are affectionately known are now making a contribution towards our Dobie Trail. We start the 2017 Dobie trail with Coco who lives in Oxfordshire and go from there.

Last year was a bit of a wash out as our van at the time kept breaking down and driving long distances was a ‘no no’ however thankfully things have changed and Priscilla and I were able to take ten days out and go travelling on both personal and FOND business. We started off in the south and there we met Sharon Chamberlin who has a company called Doberdayz and is a tremendous FOND supporter plus she has done wonders with Coco her adopted FONDIE.

It was Priscilla’s first time away from H.Q. since she became a FOND resident in 2015 and what a great little travelling companion she made.

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu has been a frequent visitor with her adopters to Lonmay since being rehomed in 2012. She looks as good as ever but on my visit to her home in Cambridgeshire it was unfortunately pouring with rain so no new photographs of her playing ball which is what she has always loved to do. Lulu is not an easy subject to catch on camera as she is always flying about on a mission. She has a secluded and very pleasant garden which is over looked by the conservatory which is one of her favourite spots to catch a spot of sun.

Bonnie

Bonnie is a fine, good sized bitch, a little on the nervous side still with initial introduction to strangers but find her ball and her inhibitions soon disappear once a game is under way. Owners Nicky and Julian have worked hard on her social skills and with their consistent and patient input have a very special Dobie indeed. Alas raining hard again so no outside photographs, however, Nicky sent one after my visit showing a Dobie very content with her new life.

Luna

Luna

Luna is enjoying a grand life in a superb and characterful home with lovely garden and grounds to explore. She is a happy and outgoing fun, ball loving, Dobe. On my visit her Labrador ‘cousins’ William and Mole were staying and they have helped, along with Dennis and Jacqui’s input, Luna to over come her aversion to other dogs. Luna has an unusual coat, registered as a blue, it is difficult to decide whether she is blue or brown. Whichever her coat is in fine fettle as some of the blue dobermanns can have skin problems. There was no doubt that Luna was enjoying her new home immensely and is devoted to Dennis who she loves to sprawl across and enjoy a good cuddle.

Shannon

Shannon

Shannon is ‘Miss Agility’ herself, she is a lovely neat bitch who John and Debbie have done a really fantastic job with, socialising and training her to a high standard. Shannon came from very poor beginnings and suffered with the demodectic mite. She is now the picture of good health and has a very active life, she has two canine companions – a lab and a young male called Finn.

Despite being very obedient out in the park and full of fun it was noted that in the home Shannon is a terrible thief helping herself to a lap of John’s tea and his bowl of cereal. It was heart warming to see how Shannon’s new owners have turned her life around producing a well adjusted and happy Dobermann.

Ginni

Ginni

Ginni came up for rehoming with Luna and they are litter sisters. What a delightful Dobie she is with the sweetest of natures and totally chilled on my visit. She is a neat black and tan with the shortest ‘not docked’ tail I have seen on any Dobe. Disappointingly for Selena and her family Ginni has been diagnosed with should problems and hip dysplasia, however, she could not be in better hands as her owner has her insured and is a veterinary nurse and Ginni has had a course of treatment including hydrotherapy on a water treadmill and has come sound. Ginni goes on holiday with the family in their caravan and was off to Cornwall but at the moment her exercise is restricted but all is looking good for the future.

Bella

Bella

Bella came into Fond’s care in April this year and went straight into a foster home after she found herself in bother taking a keen interest in the sheep on the farm where she lived. Probably she was only trying to help the collie do its work but alas without the necessary control. Sheep and Dobermanns are not generally a good mix as so many have a very high prey drive so please always keep yours on lead if near sheep or any livestock for that matter as the consequences can be dire.

Bella is a sweet brown and tan bitch and has adapted well to life with Dianne who although taking her on as a foster after sadly loosing her Jacko to DCM earlier in the year quickly decided she would make a good companion. It took a while for her to accept the horses calmly but her behaviour around them is progressing well. Bella’s future is settled and since my meeting with her in May she has now been spayed and been officially adopted.

Milo

Milo

The stunning Milo now lives near Sherwood Forest but originally came up for rehoming as a very young pup aged about 4 months in 2012. He is a gorgeous natured dog as well as being a handsome individual and it was very kind of Mark and Michelle to bring him up to New Bolsover to catch up with bossy Shona who he had already met out on a Dobermann Walk and for me to meet him and his proud family. Milo is a credit to his owners being a thoroughly well socialised, well mannered dog which he may have to thank the late Macey his one time companion for as she was his teacher. These days he frequently goes on walks with his local Dobermann group and with his owners is a very useful member of the FOND support team helping to carry out home checks in his area.

Shona

Wee Shona

Shona has become quite a star since she arrived in the U.K. over two years ago. Her first fan was Margaret Young of Malibray Dobermanns who kindly picked her up from the transporter and met us in Fife with Shona. Margaret could not believe that after hours of being crated that Shona could get off in a happy cheeky frame of mind and just want to start playing ball! After several months at FOND H.Q. ruling the roost Shona found her forever home with Jill and David in Derbyshire where she bosses everyone two legged and four legged about seeing that her every whim is catered for. There cannot be a dog in Britain that has more toys or more fun or brings more laughter to people’s lives than Shona, she is quite incredible and the way her physique has developed after being so physically damaged is quite extraordinary and all down to the care Jill and David give her 24/7. Originally Shona was picked up off the streets of a Romanian city, she was a pathetic sight having had a broken front leg, two damaged cruciates, a spinal defect and with virtually no teeth her tongue hanging out, she weighed around 18 kilos. None of the neglect or ill treatment deterred Shona from making her presence felt and these days she is quite the diva charming everyone she meets. Jill runs an organisation called North Derbyshire Animal Support looking after the interests of badly treated animals in her area and also supporting dogs in need abroad. Shona is often by her side at work meeting and greeting visitors to the shop where you can get outstanding bargains if you are looking for second hand furnishings and the like.

Mina

Mina

Andrea is Mina’s owner, she has been a godsend to FOND in the Sheffield area since volunteering her services in 2011. It is not known how many owners Mina has had or her exact age, probably around 8 years old, she is definitely on at least her her third home. In 2014 Mina urgently needed a home and Andrea kindly took her in on FOND’s behalf and then fell in love with her. She was duly adopted by Andrea in 2014. Mina was rehomed because she is not good with cats, in fact she is terrible and has had Andrea over. Her previous owner tried for 6 weeks to settle Mina with hers but it wasn’t to be. Andrea and Mina kindly came down to Enzo’s house for a catch up and she behaved impeccably. Unfortunately Mina is not too keen on other dogs so she did not join us in the house for a cup of tea. Recently the Garners had an addition to their family when Mina was not sure what to make of baby Sebastian so she had obviously not come from a family environment. Andrea has managed the situation sensibly and now Mina sees Sebastian as a good extra source of food when he spills things at meal times she naturally has to tidy up.

Enzo

Enzo

Enzo rehomed as a very young dog in 2011 he has grown into a very handsome individual and is huge! Not fat just very tall and well built, well huge! Enzo has had a wonderful life with Steve and Marion and used to go on Cani-X runs and regular hikes around the nearby lake taking him seven or more miles on a daily basis. Tragically Enzo has been diagnosed with two types of leukemia and is receiving chemotherapy for this. His vet is optimistic that Enzo will benefit from this treatment and extend his life by at least another couple of years. Alas because of this Enzo’s running days are over. Such a lovely friendly dog he welcomed Priscilla into his home with open paws, but did give her a sideways glance when she cheekily plonked herself on his very large bed spreading herself out in the middle of it as though to claim it as hers!

Cara

Cara

Cara was rehomed in 2012 when she came in with her handsome companion Edward. Both dogs had been physically abused and this not unsurprisingly left huge scars. Nevertheless, Cara has proved a lovely family dog full of fun and affection for those she trusts and is much loved by her owners in Wales where she is a treasured member even being included in the professional family photographs which hang on the sitting room wall. Cara always enjoyed playing catch and is as ball crazy as ever, she is full of fun and ready for a game any time. Sadly earlier treatment and lack of socialisation mean she can be reactive to some people and other dogs but once comfortable in your company she is an absolute sweetie.

XanXan

Xan, who was Miss January in 2015 is a talented Dobie she wrote a blog for people visiting FOND’s website telling them about her travels in Italy in 2016. Owner’s Faith and Mike kindly carry out home checks and assessments on behalf of FOND. A couple of years ago we met up with Xan in Nairn and walked on its lovely beach where Xan flew around chasing seagulls. She looks great and is as full of energy as ever. Jan is one of many rehomed dobies that has a passport and frequently travels throughout Europe.

Beau

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Beau was the first FOND dog to find his new home back in February 2011. Louise and I first met this kindly dog on a Fife beach in 2011. He has enjoyed a good life with Pat and Chris in their lovely home with large garden. Beau has been on the calendar and over the years we have received some lovely pictures of him. Sadly he has developed chronic arthritis throughout his body and is now on Metacam. Nevertheless, he still wants to catch his ball and is mighty adept at doing so. Another Dobe with a lovely gentle nature, very sad to see time catching up with an old friend.

Blade

Blade

Blade originally came in from Ireland and stayed at Lonmay before being rehomed. He has been featured on a FOND calendar along with his good friend Kit who looks like a GSD cross. It was quite a shock to see him again as although he has put a tad too much weight on he is otherwise in cracking condition and not the razor thin dog that came to us some years ago.

Peter and Vinny dote on Blade, who can be protective of Vinny out on their walks. After an initial rowdy welcome both dogs calmed down nicely, they are definitely their owners pride and joy. Blade was not a happy dog whilst in kennels but he certainly is now in his new life having wild games with Kit suits him well.

Sam

Sam

Sam is a dobe you cannot help but immediately form a deep affection for, he gives off that special aura showing off his lovely nature despite having had a difficult past in his formative years. Sam never came into kennels as he suffers from severe separation anxiety and will literally eat himself if left unsupervised. He had some really dreadful lick granulomas when he was taken in. Fortunately Richard and Rosalind Mascall came forward to lovingly foster and cared for him. Even more amazingly a super couple came along who took up the ‘Sammy challenge’ adopting him. Sam was seriously challenging as even when not stressed he would suddenly start chewing on his limbs. Sam is now an elderly lad and sadly suffers from arthritis. He gave us the most lovely welcome accepting Priscilla into his garden without a murmur and posed for a few pics for the dobie trail. Sam has been a previous FOND calendar star.

Marley

Marley

Marley is one very high energy young Dobie. I met up with him last year near Cullen and walked between the golf course and the beach with Jodie. Marley has now matured enough to be castrated and this appears to have calmed him down a little. He lives in Cumbria with his family and attends an obedience/play group session where he has a ball playing with other dogs. Marley is in fantastic condition and Andy has submitted some superb action photographs of him, Marley will definitely be a calendar boy in 2018. Hopefully with time his recall will improve and he’ll generally calm down instead of taking life at one hundred miles an hour.

Dobby

Mr Dobson

Sometimes our rehomed Dobies return to Lonmay for a visit and that is what Dobby or Mr Dobson to give him his official title did earlier in the year when Heather and Richard took him on holiday to Scotland in early April.

Dobby is an absolutely charming dog, bursting with energy he is rarely still and he does not have a bad bone in his body. He now lives in Warwickshire where he has a large garden and is kept very busy exercising the local rabbit population, he also has frequent breaks with his family along the Welsh coast. On his visit we made a trip with Priscilla to Scotstown beach where they had a wonderful time romping up the beach and over the dunes together. It was lovely to catch up with him, such a different life he has now with freedom and exercise after being confined to a back yard with no walks, company or stimulation. One happy Dobby Dobson thanks to his wonderful owners.

March visits:

Coco

Dream Team Coco ad Bruiser

Coco was rehomed in March 2014, she was born in July 2013 and came under FOND’s wing suffering from Demodex. With the help of Mark and Debbie of Kelty dog walks she was collected from Ireland and brought across to their home and the mite was treated. Coco now lives in the south of England with the most lovely male called Bruiser and they make a great pair as the photograph shows. In April this year Coco should be participating in her first working trial so we are keeping fingers crossed she gives a good account of herself. Coco is absolutely stunning, she is extremely high energy and totally focussed on her delightful owner who regularly posts up-dates on her adventures at Doberdayz. Bruiser is a calming influence but even so fun-loving Coco who definitely has a sense of humour cannot resist doing a few zoomies around the field or garden when she should actually be negotiating an obstacle or carrying out some command. She loves to play dead when Sharon pretends to shoot her. We will watch her progress with interest. It was so good seeing a Dobie that has been encouraged to use and have her brain power developed. One happy, happy Dobermann who truly fell on her paws.

Matilda

Matilda

Dear Matilda when we first met her she was a very introverted character with a bad case of demodex and where did she land up? Yes you got it in one, with Mark and Debbie who are wizards at sorting this problem out. Matilda fitted in well with their pack except for possibly showing signs of wanting to challenge ‘top bitch Cyrstal’ which may have caused problems long term. Anyway she eventually found a loving couple in Herefordshire who rehomed her in April 2015 and she will be four years old this year. Matilda is one of many docked and cropped dobermanns brought into the country by one of a few rather unscrupulous individuals who are more interested in profit than the well being of the dogs they pass on and many of these have serious problems from suffering from Demodex as did Matilda or to having heart disease at a very early age. Some are brought in to order and we have had several cases of Dobes being sold out of the back of a van where people hand over cash for their docked and cropped dog only to find they are not healthy or knowing little about the breed these Dobes end up in rescue or being traded on the internet as owners cannot cope with their high energy.

Matilda’s history is not clear, she was possibly on her second home when FOND took her in being a replacement for a Dobie from the same breeder who had died, however the be owner could not cope with her demodex in addition to personal circumstances and relinquished her for rehoming. Certainly Matilda has a real working dogs brain and this needs to be engaged. She has rather taken charge of her new owners and does exhibit some considerable anxiety if taken off their premises and her guard instinct is extremely high so she is quite a responsibility. I had a delightful visit with Matilda but there is no doubt that she is suited by staying on her own premises of which there are some eight acres and engaging in doing basic obedience exercises or searching and finding an object. Matilda frequently hosts other canine visitors that come for doggy day care and there is something very beautiful about her deep and soulful eyes. I do wish she could tell me what has gone in her past because she is quite a complex character who is absolutely doted on by her loving owners.

Nelson

Nelson and Jasmine

Nelson lives in style overlooking the river Dee in Chester, he has a boat at the bottom of his garden and he can be seen with companion Jasmine out on river trips from time to time with owners Karen and Patrick.

On my visit we went for a walk along the canal reintroducing Priscilla to Nelson an old sparring partner, they were a couple of ruffians together, however on this occasion had to behave with decorum as Jasmine obviously felt that Nelson was her boy these days and as Nelson had not been well there was no chance to let them off lead for wild games. Nelson was four years old in March this year and was rehomed in December 2015 at one point we thought he might be returning to us as his “meet and greet” techniques do leave a little to be desired and are not appreciated by some of the local canine community and their owners. Nelson continues to be work in progress but one thing he does have is the most wonderful nature, he is a kind and loving dog who alas goes a little over the top at play time but then he was not well socialised as a youngster. It was good to see Jasmine again she was a calendar dobe in 2015 and has definitely benefited from having Nelson as a companion but did have to be convinced of this fact originally!

Alice

Alice right with Priscilla

Sweet little Alice, not quite so little now as she has put on a few pounds, captured the hearts of all that met her whilst she was at FOND’s H.Q. It was lovely to catch up with Alice and go for a walk in her park opposite Martin and Myra’s home who are her devoted owners. Alice has lots of dog friends and is quite a little socialite in her fancy pink collar with matching harness. Martin has worked away with her and there is now pretty good recall and she is well suited by her new life as there is generally someone in the house 24/7. Alice had some bad stuff happen in her youth, probably bred from, kept outside in a shed and then abandoned she does have separation anxiety and this is something she may never entirely over come. Certainly when she stayed with us she was much happier when she had Priscilla for companionship, they were good together, Alice being very tolerant of Priscilla and her somewhat provocative and rowdy behaviour. It was wonderful to see that Alice had gained weight and is so happy in her new life, she has the most expressive ears and is one special little Dobie. Hoping that she has many happy years in her new life because she certainly deserves it. Priscilla was pleased to see her and introduce her latest boyfriend Zak who tagged along on the visit.

Troy and Olga

Troy

Troy is an extremely large, a magnificent looking brown and tan male who was fortunate enough to find a home with Olga in Blackpool after his owners were unable to manage him. He spent time in a foster home in Aberdeenshire where his behaviour was good except for one one occasion when he bowled Karolyn over bolting out of a door to chase two passing Westies! He is an excellent house dog and loves his toys especially a huge Tugger and has great fun on the local beach but does have to be watched when other dogs are about which is a shame and hard work for his committed owners. Alas poor Olga who is FOND’s Calendar girl being Miss September 2017 has had to have her second cruciate ligament done. She is a delightful Dobie these days giving me a lovely welcome so different from the suspicious and edgy dog that she was over 3 years ago when she came in for rehoming in 2013 aged around one year old and very unsocialised she was extremely nervy and barky and quite a handful! Dear Louis did a great job in calming Olga down, now after his tragic loss it is Olga’s turn to be in charge and she has her paws full with handsome Troy plus she has taken over writing the blog Louis started and which had a huge following, this is done of course with a little help from Troy, we don’t think!

Ashley

Ashley in 2012

Ashley was collected from a pound in the north east and was supposed to come to Scotland for assessment but somewhere along the way he was kidnapped by volunteers John and Judith and instead went to live with them in Lancashire with the lovely Tara. Ashley had had several homes and originated from the south west of England, he has a wonderful temperament but he is a big lad and extremely powerful on the lead. Life was exceedingly trying at times but his adopters persisted and he is now an elderly statesman being 11 this year. Like so many Dobes he has some huge fatty lumps and bumps and is very arthritic but he soldiers on and is much loved. Alas little Tara recently passed away fortunately at a good age and Ash has a new companion a wild and hairy wee chihuahua with the heart of a lion called Pixie who motivates Ashley and keeps him on his toes. They are very funny to see together sadly the day of my visit the weather was not conducive to getting a good picture so Ashley is featured in more youthful days.

Briar

Briar

Briar (aka Gaia came in with brother Loki) she is now living the good life in the Lake District where she is much loved by owners Ray and Liz. A sweet natured dark brown and tan bitch she is very friendly, happy soul. Unfortunately a car park at Rheged Services near Penrith is not an ideal meeting place to take photographs nevertheless it was good to catch up and saved me an hour or more’s diversion. Briar went to her new home in June 2016, she enjoys lovely walks on forestry commission land and FOND often receive up-dates and pics on her progress. When she came in with her litter brother they were so focused on one another it was difficult to get any sense out of them as a pair, they would tear around the grounds at H.Q. like a couple of lunatics oblivious to any commands! Look forward to a proper catch up another day and seeing Briar in her home.

Diesel

Diesel

If I could have kept a dog it would have been Diesel he is a super intelligent, fun loving individual so it was especially enjoyable to catch up with him. Such a lovely welcome from a dog that I have not seen for nearly 2 years and he certainly also remembered his little sparring partner Priscilla. Great games in the McMullan garden were enjoyed by the pair the evening of our arrival; we were both made very welcome in the home. Dear Diesel was abandoned by his previous owner and picked up by a dog warden after being tied to a fence post in a garden when it was pouring with rain. Not that Diesel’s past bothers him too much he is such a friendly, happy lump although he does worry about being left and is always delighted to return to the security of his home after a walk. Diesel has put on condition and looks fantastic, he liked learning commands and showed a huge aptitude for the agility course.

Cherry

Cherry meets Priscilla

Cherry was featured on the Dobie Trail in 2014 and been a FOND calendar Dobe, however, I must mention her again because it is hard to believe she is round eleven years old as she looks simply fantastic. Cherry is still taking life at a million miles an hour she bounces and runs everywhere and is always wanting action. I can never thank Carol Anne her doting owner enough for giving Cherry a chance when many ignored a 9 year old bitch who had been bred from on more than one occasion and had been confined to a small brick kennel for more than 14 months. Cherry has one of the most conscienous homes ever, she is such a happy, happy Dobie so full of cheek and too clever by half, great to see her thriving, long may it continue.

Thor

Thor

Thor has not been in his home long, he was surrendered in, coming in with litter brother Loki and they both went to known, waiting homes to begin separate new lives. Two siblings together is never a good idea and two of the same sex is a no no, but to take them into a home with an older male is really asking for problems. It is surprising how many breeders do this regardless of the likely unfortunate outcome for the owners.

Thor is a very handsome male now rising 6 months old, he was the alleged runt of the litter. He has a lovely eye, good bone and great feet and most importantly a grand nature, despite being the small one in the litter he is not going to be a small Dobe and with the right feeding should develop into a very handsome boy. The owners who relinquished him had done a lot of groundwork with these two pups and they were already well responding well to basic commands, new their names and had recall. Their new adopters are very fortunate to have two such unspoiled and cuddly pups.

Flo

Flo

Flo is one big Dobie bitch, she has now been in her new home for just over one year where she is well settled after an initially tricky start. Flo is in her third home, in her first she was not well treated and as a resultshe is quite a reserved girl. In her second home life was difficult in the final year or so resulting in Flo being isolated and her nervous streak being exacerbated. Another move to Ayrshire had her head all over the place and to begin with it looked as though she was going to have real issues accepting the other dogs in the park or that she saw out on walks with Bill. Twelve months down the line that is all history, Flo has developed a huge attachment for Bill and only really has eyes for him. They go to their local park at least twice a day and have a thoroughly social time meeting up with friends and other dogs, Flo off lead happily staying by Bill’s side. Flo is one Dobie that does not cope with kennel life at all and we are very grateful to Bill for his perserverence with Flo as she was a nervous wreck when he took her on. Flo will be eight in May this year.

Bruno

Bruno with Priscilla

Super natured brown and tan lad about 5 years old his life is now on a great path having had two previous homes he is well and truly settled. Bruno was neutered whilst in FOND’s care and spent some time being fostered before his new family came along. He lives in a beautiful part of Ayrshire with great walking and when I visited with Priscilla it was not long before the two were happily trotting along together on a river walk. Bruno is now a seasoned traveller he has a passport and made an extensive tour of Europe last year. Bruno has a great temperament, he is an easy going Dobe and is a superb traveller and on long journeys just curls up and has an extra good kip. After our walk he readily accepted Priscilla into his home whilst I had a delicious bowl of soup with his lovely owners. Whilst I was packing my bits and pieces up Bruno disappeared with Priscilla to find his toy box and they had fun and games playing tug in the sitting room and generally behaving like a pair of ‘wildies’.

Troy

Troy

Troy came to FOND’s notice three years ago when he was in danger of being put to sleep as he was unclaimed from a pound in the north of England and his time was up. He was a pretty skinny individual and fortunately for Troy at the time Doug was looking for another Dobie having lost the last one he had adopted through DWA. Troy came with no history and it is always difficult to place dogs that are picked up as strays in family homes. Troy went straight from the pound to his new home where he has been a huge success and when I caught up with him was knocked out by the handsome individual I met. No skinny boy now, a very self assured kindly dog who you immediately thought of as a ‘well bred dog’ and ‘how did he ever end up abandoned on the streets’. Doug said he is the ‘best dog I have ever had’ and he has had many over the years. Troy likes his tennis balls which are littered all over the place and he obligingly posed for a couple of pics before toddling off to get on with his day. A very self contained chap and so handsome.

Nero

Nero and the Bear

Nero will be two in May be has been living with Heidi on a state of the art stud farm and home since January 2016 after he was reluctantly relinquished as an eight month old pup for rehoming. Nero is a boisterous, friendly fellow and has very busy days keeping an eye on all the various horses as they are worked in the arena just beside the house. There is a huge lawn and wooded grounds that the 2 Dobies enjoy exploring with their loving owner. Nero was brought up with children in his first home and is generally at ease with the world he does like to jump up and give you a kiss a rather bad habit he has had since his early days. He is definitely very attached to his soul mate Heidi and they make a lovely pair.

Roxy

Roxy

Over the years we have had several Roxy’s a popular name for bitches along with Ruby. Zeus seems to be an over used name for males. Anyway Roxy MacDonald born in July 2009 was rehomed in July 2011 and she was quite a challenge, thankfully her adopting owners persevered and she is now one lovely Dobie. She was described by relinquishing owners as ‘playing up, jumps up a lot, steals food and footwear, puts paws up on surfaces, jumps on the furniture and naughty with bad lead manners’. She was; in fact the list went on! Roxy had no boundaries and she lacked basic house training, she was pretty nervous and used to mess all over the place. Roxy was an adept escape artist being able to open doors and run away from the house. Butch a most delightful laid back lurcher was her new companion but alas she did not treat this huge wolfhound x lurcher with the respect he deserved and was quite a bully. Despite all these challenges Tom and Avis were not defeated and Roxy became a FOND calendar star in 2014 with a picture showing her being hauled up the side of her owner’s boat on a winch which was certainly novel. It was lovely to catch up with Roxy and her owners over 5 years later and see a happy, well rounded Dobie in great condition, and the meeting took place on her boat whilst in dry dock. Alas kindly Butch is no longer with us.

Seiger

Seiger

Dear Seigs he was at FOND H.Q. for over 4 months before his chance of a home came along. ‘Not the easiest Dobermann I have ever had” said Susan when I caught up with her recently and she has had many over the years. I could not disagree. Seiger will have been in his new home for two years come June. Whilst at FOND he was teamed up with that amazing little character Shona from Romania and they were good together and starred on a FOND calendar 2016. Seiger has the most anxious disposition of any dog I have ever met that has not actually been abused. Going to the vet was a truly traumatic event and he would literally climb the walls to try and escape, however if you stuck to the same routine and kept him away from noisy, busy places he was fine.A lovely house dog but very protective of his boundaries and those he considered his own, he certainly has not changed. Pleased to say he remembered me and we had a lovely cuddle. He is still living with a very elderly and now rather frail Dotty the Dalmatian and has a large home and garden where he prefers to stay. Seiger was nearly 7 years old when he went rehomed so alas he anxieties had to be managed he was not going to change and this is being kindly done. Lovely dog who is a happy content soul but he does have to be in his comfort zone and he certainly is now.