Working with "Friends of Northern Dobermanns" (aka FOND!)

 

Having known Pam Hall for some time, I heard at the beginning of 2011 that she was establishing an organisation to help Dobermanns, particularly in the North of England and Scotland, in need of rehoming or perhaps needing help in other ways. I offered my support while the new organisation, "Friends of Northern Dobermanns" - which quickly became known simply as "FOND" - was established.

Very soon afterwards, we found ourselves taking Holly, a six year old bitch who was desperate for a temporary home. She came to us for just on a fortnight and we loved having her with us.

 

Holly the Dobermann

Holly in the garden...

 

 

With a wonderful temperament, Holly reminded us very much of of our own Dobermann, Lucy, who had died seven years earlier. Holly was the first Dobermann we'd had in the house since. She left us to live with a wonderful family in Yorkshire.

You can read a bit more about Holly and many other wonderful Dobermanns who have been rehomed by visiting the (F.O.N.D) website.

 

Logan was adored by his owner, but unfortunately considerable changes in her personal and professional life meant she could no longer give him the attention he needed and deserved. She made the difficult decision to rehome him and asked FOND's help in finding a suitable new and forever home for him.

After some time searching, a suitable home was found and he went to live with a lovely family. He enjoyed a very happy couple of years with them before succumbing to cancer and dying far, far too soon at the age of only 4 years in 2013.

Logan. A lovely young dog from Merseyside

 

Holly the Dobermann

King

 

 

King spent just one night with us while travelling from his original home in Yorkshire to his new owner in Blackpool.

 

 

 

 

Anqi, whose Chinese name means "Angel" and is pronounced AnnChee, came to us for fostering in April, 2012. She'd previously lived with a family but due to the serious il!lness of her owner and the partner being unable to cope with several small children and a very bouncy, athletic young Dobermann, FOND were asked to rehome her.

She was with us for just under 2 weeks before a superb home came along for her with a couple who enjoy long, athletic walks in the Cumbrian Fells. Perfect!

Anqi. Sitting still. A VERY rare event...!

 

Holly the Dobermann

Milo

 

 

 

 

 

Milo, a beautiful young brown Dobermann patiently waiting to begin the journey to his new "forever" home.

 

 

Another young dog, Troy, showing me how good he is mixing with other dogs and people!

A perfect example of "the best intentions gone wrong" and why a dog should NEVER be bought as a surprise, Troy was bought as a surprise gift by the partner of someone who had just lost their previous Dobe. Although their heart was in the right place the timing was competely wrong but fortunately FOND was easily able to find this lovely young dog his ideal "forever" home.

Troy with a much older but much smaller friend!

 

Dobermanns

Molly, (right) and Marley (centre) playing football with a friend...

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Molly & her companions when I visited them at their home on a farm on The Wirral for a "Dobie Trail" article.

Although I'm a keen photographer, the visit proved that I need to seriously improve my action photography skills...!

 

Kinti, a seven year old male, lived with another male Dobe and a female Staffie cross in the home of their elderly owner. All "rescue" dogs, they'd lived together for some time but eventually the two Dobes began to squabble. Concerned that the "squabbling" may at some time develop into a serious fight, relatives persuaded the owner, who because of health problems was having difficulty walking the three dogs, that one of them should be rehomed.

As there was some urgency and the dogs lived a relatively short distance away from me, I was asked to assess the situation and ultimately when it was agreed that Kinti should be rehomed, I agreed to foster him.

Although I've no idea how they manage it, FOND usually find good, permanent homes for Dobes in need very quickly indeed. It took longer in Kinti's case though and he was with us for almost seven months from Autumn 2012 to Spring 2013.

Not that it was a problem - Kinti is a superbly-behaved, friendly and affectionate dog whose new owner in Edinburgh is very lucky!

Kinti sitting and thinking...

 

Holly the Dobermann

Kai in classic pose - with a toy in his mouth!

 

This is Kai - one of the most friendly, easy-going, well behaved, fun loving Dobermanns anyone could ever wish to meet.

Tragically, Kai suffered a heart attack and died on 5 September 2013, the day after this and other photos for an article about him in the Dobie Trail were taken.

Thankfully, and mostly due to the wonderful family who adopted him, the last nine months or so of his life were spent thoroughly enjoying life and revelling in the human company of the family and the doggy companionship of Cassie, the family's deaf elderly bitch who depended on Kai's ears.

To read more about this, please go to the "Fondly Remembered" pages of the FOND website.

 

 

 

Zee was rescued by FOND late in 2010 from a dire situation. Since being adopted by the Baker family she has a wonderful life and is a thoroughly happy and contented elderly Dobe.

Zee photographed Autumn 2013 and more than eleven and a half years old

 

Raffa Dobermann

Raffa in July 2014 aged 4 Years.

Friends of Northern Dobermanns are based near Aberdeen in the north of Scotland, although whenever possible offer a rehoming service throughout the UK.

Raffa, a dog relatively local to us on Merseyside, was coming to us for fostering but had just been diagnosed suffering with Hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid which greatly contributed to him being over-weight. He was started on appropriate medication and a few months later in 2015 left us for a new permanent home in Scotland.

Tragically the following year he was diagnosed with incurable cancer and died in 2016 at just 6 years old.

 

With the very premature death of my pal Raffa and having heard of a significant number of Dobes I'd met also dying far too young, I sadly concluded that I could no longer continue fostering this wonderful breed and so the wonderful Raffa became the last "proper" foster Dobe.


An important footnote; If you're considering bringing a Dobermann into your home, PLEASE do your own thorough research about the breed first, then VERY carefully consider whether or not Dobes are suitable for you & your family's individual circumstances.

Having carefully considered and decided yes, this is the breed for you, my advice would be to avoid "rescue" organisations - even, or perhaps especially, the big national ones. Personally I am far from convinced they put the health & welfare of each individual dog at the forefront of their work and their assessments (of the dogs AND potential adopters!) are sometimes sadly lacking, meaning that the wrong dog ends up with the wrong people unfortunately. If you do choose to "rescue", please consider one of the smaller organisations specifically dedicated to the breed. Be aware however, that there is NO licensing system in the UK for "rescue" and rehoming organisations or individuals, little if any inspection and/or monitoring of the work of such organisations, big and small, and at times all may not be as it seems.

My recommendation now to anybody considering a Dobermann - or for that matter any breed - is to get one from a reputable, licensed breeder who is registered with the Kennel Club. The best breeders will always make sure they eliminate the need for "rescue" anyway by taking back for rehoming a puppy that was sold to someone who for whatever reason can no longer keep it. So, if you're looking for an older dog rather then a puppy a good breeder can still sometimes help.