This month I had the pleasure of meeting Roxy, a seven year-old Doberman Pinscher, and her foster parents, Dean and Tracy, at a neighborhood park in Waupaca, WI. The beautiful weather of that day coupled with the park’s natural appeal provided the perfect backdrop for my meeting with Roxy and her caregivers.
As I drove into the park on that fateful day, Roxy was the very first being I saw. I will always remember how the dog’s coat shined and glistened in the warm sunlight as I hastily parked my car in anticipation of being introduced to this breathtaking creature.
Roxy continued to sit calmly, almost stoically, as I got out of my car. As I approached her, Roxy stood and prepared herself to meet me. When I reached the spot where Roxy stood with her foster parents at her side, she introduced herself by giving my hand a gentle, tender lick.
Because her former owners loved Roxy enough to realize they no longer had the appropriate amount of time necessary to invest in their relationship with their family pet, Roxy was taken in by the Doberman Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin about 5 months ago. During the months since her previous owners surrendered their dog, Roxy has settled in nicely with Dean and Tracy.
As I chatted with Roxy’s foster parents, I watched Roxy run around the park on her leash. While she’s not as fast at seven as she was when she was two or three years-old, it was obvious that Roxy still loves a good cardio workout…but in the form of a jog rather than the sprints she probably used to enjoy.
As my conversation with Dean and Tracy continued, I chuckled as their foster pet tried to catch flying insects with her mouth. Unable to control my laughter any longer, I gave in to the temptation to kneel on the ground to involve Roxy in the conversation that was going on around her. Seeming to understand my intent, Roxy licked my face with the same tenderness she had when she’d licked my hand earlier in the day.
If you aren’t as familiar with Dobermans as you are with other breeds of dogs, you might not know that Dobermans tend to want to be with their owners more than most other types of dogs. As a result of this tendency, Dobermans are sometimes referred to as, “Velcro Dogs!” Dean and Tracy confirmed that Roxy is a typical Doberman in this sense and recounted seemingly countless days during which their foster pet had routinely followed them into the bathroom!
According to her foster parents, Roxy is a snuggler. Because of this, the couple hopes that whoever adopts Roxy has extra room on the couch for this Velcro Dog as they know from first-hand experience that beside her forever owner is exactly where Roxy will want to be…even when her permanent owner is asleep in his or her bed!
Due to her age, Roxy is considered to be a “senior” dog even though she is only seven years-old. Unfortunately, many senior dogs are overlooked because a lot of prospective dog owners are more interested in adopting younger dogs or puppies. Those who have taken in “senior” dogs know that older dogs are generally just as entertaining as puppies typically are, however. In addition, senior dogs usually have some routinized training, calm demeanors, immeasurable gratitude for being rescued and the ability to sleep through the night…unlike puppies. With all of these characteristics in mind, it’s hard to deny that there are real advantages to adopting senior dogs instead of, or in addition to, their younger canine brethren.
Even though Roxy gets along with the other dogs in Dean’s and Tracy’s home, she will thrive in a home environment that does not include other pets, too. That’s because Roxy will be more than inherently content with being your one and only pet soul mate!
If you have dogs and decide to add this lovable dog to your family, it will take Roxy a little time to feel comfortable around them as it did when Roxy met her current canine housemates. If you have cats, you’ll quickly discover that Roxy will be overly enthused about making their acquaintances as Dean and Tracy did when Roxy met their three felines.
Although Roxy is wonderfully affectionate and well-behaved around children of all ages and sizes, she did suffer an injury that was caused by a young child a few years ago. For that reason alone, Roxy will do best in terms of her own physical well-being in a home that includes children who are thoroughly schooled in how to play and interact with animals.
Roxy does have von Willebrand Disease which is common in both humans and Doberman Pinschers. This disorder is not a threat to Roxy’s longevity or ability to play and be a loving companion. Instead, Roxy’s diagnosis simply means that her blood will not clot the way it should if she were to suffer an injury. Also, as a lot of both senior dogs and senior citizens do, Roxy takes medication daily to control her mild, occasional incontinence.
Only residents of Wisconsin can adopt dogs from Doberman Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin, and a home visit is required. This means that the search is on for the right Packer family to welcome this loving, well-behaved Doberman into its home! As the NFL prepares for the regular season to start, Roxy is eagerly waiting to meet her forever family! She is equally eager to claim her spot on the couch from which she can snuggle with her new owner and watch the Packers defeat their opponents! Please visit http://www.drawi.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in Roxy!