My handsome Houston went home not long after my last post on the Conklin dogs. You can also check out the Broome County Humane Society Facebook page to see some pictures of the lovely Sasha in her wonderful new home! You can also scroll down and see a picture of Emma (formerly Eclipse) that her forever home shared, and a picture of Storm the day he was rescued. He just breaks my heart.
Storm, Dusty, and Nani wait for somebody to need just the right Doberman in their lives.
Dusty is in a foster home, which is wonderful! His foster folks will be able to see him as he really is, and get to know his quirks and preferences. You can call them to set up a meeting, and see if Dusty is the right boy for you!
Nani and Storm worry me a bit, I confess. At the Humane Society, they have adequate shelter and food, but a Doberman is not built to be a kennel dog. Dobermans are people and family dogs, and crave that level of contact. Elka whines interminably when I go to the bathroom (if I let her); how must this pair feel? They're both described as shy, and I wonder if some of that is the shelter life, combined with their change in situation; both are seniors, and must be just the tiniest bit confused about what's going on.
I love this picture of Storm; whoever snapped it got lucky. He has a big ol' smile on his face, and what is going on with that flyaway ear? I'm sure he could be a lot of fun, given the correct Doberman-savvy owner. I also wonder if some of Storm's shyness might come from affectation of his albinism. Perhaps he can't see very well, and is startled by people approaching his kennel? This is all armchair diagnosis, mind you; pay no attention to the blogger behind the curtain.
Nani is described as a shy and gentle girl, good with cats and other dogs. This is significant, and truly in her favor! Depending on drive, not all Dobermans are good with cats. Her picture also captures a lovely grin!
There are many benefits to adopting an adult dog; you're out of the puppy "chew everything jump on everybody ohmyGodwhatisthat?!" stage. They are up to date on vaccinations and spayed or neutered. They may or may not be house trained (each of their pages says "unknown", though I'm sure if he wasn't before, Dusty sure is now). This is a good way to get a purebred Doberman without having to shell out for breeder prices, and at 4, Dusty still has a chance of being a good partner in any number of dog activities. Heck, the "seniors" might well be champions at nosework. You never know 'til you try!
A lot of people, when rescuing, worry about whether they'll form a proper bond with their rescue dog. I don't have personal experience in having rescued a dog, but I'll tell you that I've read story after story written by people who adopted adult and older dogs. In most of these cases, the dogs took to their new lives and families pretty quickly, as though they knew that they had been rescued and given a new lease on life. The joy of such a thing is incomparable, I'm sure. I love reading those stories.
Additionally, even if you're unsure about adopting one of these dogs, there's a chance that you could foster Nani or Storm. The Broome County Humane Society web page has a "ways you can help" section, and the number to call regarding fostering is 607-724-3709. You can also always stop by in person! So please, if you know somebody looking for a dog, somebody looking for a Doberman, or somebody looking for a way to help and they're in central New York, tell them about Dusty, Storm, and Nani.
The Dobermans thank you!