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    Default Another doggie problem... what to do?

    A 'rather strange' neighbour of ours has acquired a very beautiful Dobermann. He has had her a couple of months and she is starting to show signs of deterioration in condition and weight loss. We have been told that he would like to 'sell' her but that is unconfirmed with the owner at present.

    However, almost 18 months ago he brought us a Rottweiler which we had been asking him to reliquish for months, and she was almost at death's door when he delivered her in his old truck as she was too damaged and weak to walk - with much effort we returned her to some health and quality of life before making the decision to euthanise her at the end of July.

    After he allowed us to take over and care for Peggy (the Rottie), he got a white Pitbull type dog of which he seems quite fond and it looks fed and healthy.

    We cannot add another large bitch to the 10 dogs we already have here but I am loathed to see this gorgeous dog (the Dobermann) deteriorate as we drive past her every time we leave home. She appears to be quite a 'gentle giant' but I have no real idea of her temperament. What to do? I just don't know, any recommendations/ suggestions?

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    This type of situation always makes me crazier than usual. I lost my "boy", two years ago here, and when I see a beautiful animal not being cared for... well I am sure all you dog people know. We simply cannot manage a dog of that size as we are in a condo and the resident dog & cat already wish they had been only children....
    I know this is not offering a solution, only commiserating.... perhaps she could disappear to another home, if someone is willing to have her... dogs do go missing here.. as you well know. It is such a tragedy to have them neglected...

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    We have to restrain ourselves from adopting all the dogs and cats that need a good home.

    It's very sad, indeed. I don't know what the answer is.

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    This may sound terrible as the owner may "love" the dog in his own way, but given the history you present, I think I would get some assistance and "Dognap" the poor doomed critter and try to remove him to another section of the island

    Some dogs more than others, Dobermans especially, do not do well with out a "bonded" Master


    Quote Originally Posted by whirleybird View Post
    A 'rather strange' neighbour of ours has acquired a very beautiful Dobermann. He has had her a couple of months and she is starting to show signs of deterioration in condition and weight loss. We have been told that he would like to 'sell' her but that is unconfirmed with the owner at present.

    However, almost 18 months ago he brought us a Rottweiler which we had been asking him to reliquish for months, and she was almost at death's door when he delivered her in his old truck as she was too damaged and weak to walk - with much effort we returned her to some health and quality of life before making the decision to euthanise her at the end of July.

    After he allowed us to take over and care for Peggy (the Rottie), he got a white Pitbull type dog of which he seems quite fond and it looks fed and healthy.

    We cannot add another large bitch to the 10 dogs we already have here but I am loathed to see this gorgeous dog (the Dobermann) deteriorate as we drive past her every time we leave home. She appears to be quite a 'gentle giant' but I have no real idea of her temperament. What to do? I just don't know, any recommendations/ suggestions?

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    Indeed, none of us can adopt them all but it is also very hard to stand by and watch, on a daily basis, a beautiful specimen pure-bred dog go downhill without making some effort to do something.

    'Dognapping' is not an option and I would not condone that anyway as I think, as I said in my original post, that he will be prepared to sell the dog and he is a member of the large Dominican family who live in a number of small houses along the track which leads to our home. Perhaps he is 'rather strange', as I previously described, due to the fact that there is a bullet lodged in his head from when he shot himself in the eye when cleaning a gun some years ago. He has his own small casita away from the rest of his family now but he does again now join in with certain family activities from which he was 'banned' some time ago.

    If I can somehow acquire her from him I just hope that someone will be prepared to take her on and treat her well. She looks to be a young dog and almost certainly is not spayed so it's probably only a matter of time before one of the local dogs makes her pregnant - another disaster waiting to happen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    We have to restrain ourselves from adopting all the dogs and cats that need a good home.
    Could you please tell my wife this!!!!!!

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    I have to agree with PIG, there is only so much one can do.
    Anybody that has lived here long enough knows the situation concerning animals in unfortunate, unhealthy environments. Its ALL over the country. It is sad and absolutely horrifying.
    It is no wonder that most ex-pats that make this island their home eventually take in/ save many animals that are in neglected situations, too provide a loving and caring home for them. But, we can only do so much.
    Animal control officer's would be welcomed in my view, or an organization that penalizes abusive pet owners to the maximum. But how can that be done, when it is so saturated in society. It's about as good as having "helmet officers" for the moto's.

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    I am not living here for a long time but I only can say...try to ignore it if you can, there is indeed so much you can do. If you feel that you cannot ignore it, try to get the dog from him fro free if possible (paying will only give him the idea that he can make a living of it). Dobermans are very sensitive creatures and I can imagine that in this particular case the dog is just fading away due to lack of attention and care...
    There is a volunteer shelter in Las Terrenas where maybe the dog can find a new home...sorry that I cannot do anything more, I restrain myself to take in dogs as I have enough dogs of my own already and I am not prepared to be a shelter for those unfortunate dogs how much I love dogs but my occupation and sport and common sense must speak instead of my hart how cruel that may sound...

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    Whilst I fully agree that there is only so much that one individual can do and so many dogs that one can adopt before becoming overrun and unable to foot the feed bill, I do not agree that the plight of any unfortunate animal should be ignored. To try to achieve a better life for the dog/ cat/ horse that one regularly sees and thereby stop the deterioration of its health and fitness is a responsibility which I feel I have and that cannot be changed.

    Judy's Pet Lodge is full of unwanted, lovely dogs seeking new owners and, therefore I did not want to acquire this Dobermann and pass her on to Judy for re-homing. The work and time given by the directors, visiting vets and volunteers at AAAS is given freely by those who believe, as I do, that anything we can do to achieve a better life for the animals which cross our paths has to be worthwhile. The incredible spay/ neuter programme which has been developed by AAAS has, and continues to make a huge difference to the indiscriminate breeding on the North coast.

    There is no 'official policing' here of the way that pets are kept and not likely to be so in the forseeable future so, it is down to us who can spare the time and the energy to try to make a difference and, although we are not going to solve any problems overnight, every little effort can help in the great scheme of things.

    I hope to be able to post good news regarding the Dobermann bitch soon as have already received a response via PM offering her a home when, and if, I can get the present owner to relinquish her so, watch this space.......

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    Have you considered discretely offering him to help take care of the dog? Obviously it would represent a monetary expense and time to you but if he could keep the dog and you would help him take better care of her, would that help solve the dilemma? I've seen a lot of people just plain ignorant on how to properly take care of animals in general and like you stated, maybe his state of mind is not the best to take care of another being. For some, it's normal that an animal only get water once a day, in spite of the hot weather and sweltering heat. Others just plain can't afford to get their animals vaccinated, dewormed, etc. The cruel reality is that many can't even afford to keep their family fed and healthy, much less their animals!

    On the other hand I do have to say that I've personally seen a big improvement over the past 13 years. It used to be A LOT worse. Animals back then were rarely considered companions and vet clinics were not as common. Yes, the country still has a long way to go before it can say that animals in general are being well taken care of but at least some people are starting to learn another way of treating our four-legged friends

    P.S. If I didn't already have a 85lbs Rottie and a Chihuahua in my little house, I would love to take her in!! Or maybe I could get a larger house.... food for thought...

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