Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chuck and Dons Meet Eagan and Greet Saturday March 25th, noon to 2pm!

Join us for  Meet and Greet at Chuck and Dons in Eagan on Saturday, March 30th from 12 noon to 2pm! Find out what it takes to foster or adopt from UDR, and meet a Doberman or two.


 Blondie is a 2 year old spayed female Dober-girl. House and crate trained, loves to walk. Very alert, smart and an all around great mannered girl who will make a wonderful companion. 
Please donate unwanted shoes at the Chuck and Dons during this event to help our Dobermans!!!! 
We are collecting shoes now through the end of May to benefit not only our homeless animals, but to help homeless people in third world countries. We can give a receipt for all donations given!

All types of shoes needed!
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Imagine life with out shoes........... make a difference and donate!

Besides helping homeless animals, here are a few reasons to donate shoes for humans!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO),approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty  that's less than one dollar per day. Due to these inconceivable conditions, unfortunate families spend their entire day walking barefoot in landfills just trying to survive.

Everyone must walk wherever they go. Therefore, it is critical that the majority of the world's poor obtain the proper footwear. A good pair of shoes would provide aid to these individuals in an already difficult situation. Any kind of footwear would protect those unfortunate against soil parasites, cuts, abrasions and infection. Wearing shoes can help prevent diseases and long-term physical complications and cognitive harm. Footwear will allow deprived families to walk the extra mile where they can obtain food, water, shelter or medical help and help them sustain a living to provide for their families!
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There are many hazards associated with going barefoot in contaminated sand, soil, and dirty water. In many developing countries where stagnant water is a problem, these diseases are almost a condition of life. Children sometimes swim in parasite-infested waters, and in the absence of suitable drinking water, people may be forced to drink it and use it for cooking purposes. Amongst the poorest of the poor, parasitic infection is a vicious cycle. Once parasites enter the body, they often perforate the intestines, circulatory system, lungs, liver and other organs, and cause physical trauma. They can lump together in balls, and travel into and erode or block the brain, heart and lungs. On occasion, these lumps have been mistaken for cancerous tumors. Parasites also give off metabolic waste products that poison the body. Left untreated, the infections they cause can result in the loss of limbs, chronic illness and even death. Parasitic infections often prevent adults from being able to work and children from being able to a;end school. The relationships between illness,access to education, and poverty have been well-documented by organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

All shoe types and sizes needed! Boots, sandals dress shoes, tennis, kids, adults!

Its a great day to clean out your closet and make a difference for humanity!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Meet and Greet our Adoptable Dobermans! Elk River Chuck and Dons, Saturday March 11th from 11am to 1pm

Leia running and playing
at the Doberman Ranch

Meet and Greet this Saturday
Elk River store!

Come meet adoptable Dobermans 
Leia, Ricky, Pablo, Tuco 
and even new girl Bella, 
to name a few, on 
Saturday March 11th from 11am to 1pm 
at Chuck and Dons in Elk River! 

Find out what it takes to adopt, volunteer or foster for United Doberman Rescue and Canine Castaways of Minnesota! 

If you should need to surrender a Doberman we are here to help and understand how difficult this choice can be. 
Contact us at dobermanrescue@hotmail.com 
or call the support line at 
1-970-823-DOBE (3623)   
Come talk with one of our volunteers to see how we can help you and your Doberman. UDR is here to help all Dobermans and their owners.

Meet us Saturday!

Bella, 5 year old girl.
Super sweet girl, loves everyone!

Pablo as in Pablo Picasso,
1 year old blue Doberman

Leia, 1 year old red female Dober-girl

Ricky, 2 year old male Doberman
Tuco and Remy,
both under one year old male Dobermans.

Help those with no shoes

Bring your unwanted shoes to the Meet and Greet this Saturday!!
 Save the world and our Dobermans! 

We are collecting shoes for to help pay for vet bills for our rescues! Please consider cleaning out your closets and donating your gently used or new unwanted shoes to this fundraising drive for our homeless Dobermans. Funds2orgs.com will donate $1000 to help pay for vet bills for our homeless Dobermans if we can collect 2500 pairs of shoes! That would be 2500 people who will have shoes too! We can give you a tax deductible receipt.
Consider these things...

  • You will be helping a homeless Doberman get the needed vet care it may never have had or is in desperate need of. UDR spays and neuters all animals it rescues, along with making sure all vaccines are up to date, plus we micro-chip all our rescued animals that are not chipped. We address any other health issues that may arise while Doberman is in foster care.
  • Your shoes will go to people in countries who live on pennies a day. Shoes will give these people opportunities to get jobs, make money to support a family and even reduce sickness as barefooted folks are exposed to parasites that enter barefooted feet. 
  • Your shoes will not have to be eventually thrown away to fill up our overflowing landfills. 
  • You can go out any buy new shoes because now you will have space in your closet.
  • Your dog really wants you to show your support and donate your old shoes.
  • Donating your shoes cost zero dollars, plus we can give you a tax receipt to write the donation off on your taxes.
  • You will get a feel good feeling and be considered a do-gooder, saving the world, one dog, one human, with one pair of YOUR shoes at a time!!

For the month of March.....Get a free awesome UDR T-shirt to those who collect 200 pair of shoes!! Pick up available! Email dobermanrescue@hotmail.com for more info!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Common Health Issues in the Doberman Pinscher

Common Health Issues to Doberman Pinschers

Cardiomyopathy-The most serious breed-related health problem in the Doberman is cardiomyopathy, which causes an enlarged heart with serious and potentially deadly abnormal heart rhythms. Dobermans suffer more from cardiomyopathy than any other breed, tend to get it in a more severe form and die more quickly from it as well. An annual heart exam with a canine cardiologist is critical in catching this condition early. No dog with cardiomyopathy should ever be bred, nor should any Doberman be bred without a comprehensive heart examination by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist and OFA certification in the previous year. The sad reality, however, is that a Doberman who tests fine one day can develop heart disease the next, and the puppy of two parents without heart disease can still develop it.

Wobblers-Another breed-related condition affecting the Doberman is cervical vertebral instability (CVI), commonly called Wobbler's syndrome. It's caused by a malformation of the vertebrae within the neck that results in pressure on the spinal cord and leads to weakness and lack of coordination in the hindquarters and sometimes to complete paralysis. Symptoms can be managed to a certain extent in dogs that are not severely affected, and some dogs experience some relief from surgery, but the outcome is far from certain. While CVI is thought to be genetic, there is no screening test for the condition.

Bloat-Dobermans are more likely than many breeds to bloat, a condition in which the stomach twists on itself, cutting off blood flow. Bloat strikes very suddenly, and a dog who was fine one minute can be dead a few hours later. Watch for symptoms like restlessness and pacing, drooling, pale gums and lip licking, trying to throw up but without bringing anything up, and signs of pain. Bloat is a serious emergency and requires immediate veterinary surgery, and most dogs that have bloated once will bloat again. That means it’s wise to opt for the procedure known as "stomach tacking," which will keep the stomach from twisting in the future. This procedure can also be done as a preventive measure when your dog is spayed or neutered.

VWD-Doberman's are very prone to the bleeding disorder known as Von Willebrand's disease or VWD. In fact, according to a study done by the College of Veterinary Studies at the Ohio State University, the Doberman is 806 times more likely to be at risk for VWD compared to all other breeds.

Hypothyroidism-Very common and easily treated in the Doberman it can be an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland. Diagnosis is by a blood test administered by a veterinarian. Medication is given by prescription, and the amount is regulated by additional blood work. 
  • droopy eyes
  • “tragic” expression
  • muscle wasting (of head and/or body)
  • lethargy
  • fatigue
  • hyperactivity
  • weight gain (or loss)
  • thinning of hair along back – razor back hog look
  • reproductive seasons disrupted
  • bitches fail to impregnate, and/or carry to term
  • aggression
  • temperament changes
  • frequent link to to adrenal insufficiency
  • allergies
  • hives
  • dry skin
  • vomiting
  • intolerance to cold or heat
  • frequent infections
Some Dobermans who register in low- normal thyroid range will benefit from thyroid supplementation. 

Alopecia-Blue and Fawn Dobermans are more likely to have color dilution alopecia or CDA, but the Black and Red coated Dobermans can suffer from it also.
CDA IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS! However, CDA can occur in combination with other problems like severe folliculitis and opportunistic bacterial infections. Please note that folliculitis occurs in ALL COLORS of the Doberman -- it is not a "blue problem." "Bumps" cause by opportunistic infections sometimes seen in Dobermans with CDA can be treated with antibiotics. Go Storms Regime to read on supplements and food that may help a Doberman with alopecia.

Can you afford a sick Doberman?

Cardiomyopathy High $500-$1,500
Mitral Valve Disease Medium $500-$2,000
Copper Hepatopathy Medium $200-$1,000
Lick Granuloma High $100-$1,000
IVDD (Wobbler's Disease) High $2,500-$7,000
Pemphigus High $500-$3,000
Hypothyroidism $10-$20 per month
*Estimates based on claims paid by Embrace Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance for Doberman Pinschers
Pet insurance for Dobermans costs more than for mixed breed dogs. This is because Dobermans are much more likely than mixed breed dogs to make claims for hereditary conditions that are expensive to treat. Insurance offers full or partial coverage for all breed-specific conditions (excluding those that are pre-existing) to which Dobermans are susceptible. The best time to get pet insurance for your Doberman is when he’s a healthy puppy or young adult. You can’t predict what will happen in the future, and pet insurance is the one thing you can’t get when you need it the most.

Things to consider before getting a Doberman

Dobermans are not for everyone. They are not a couch potato dog! Before getting a Doberman consider they are very active dogs, require lots of training and hands on attention to burn off their energy daily. They are exceptionally smart, easy to train, but get bored and potentially destructive if they have no way to stay mentally challenged. Dobermans will make up their own games if you don't direct them. This could be shredding your couch cushion to digging a hole to China. They need jobs to do daily, be it going for a walk, taking a training class, playing ball or frisbee. Dobermans are very loyal to their person and will follow you to the ends of the earth and back, they want to touch you all the time, and expect you to do everything with them. They can cost a considerable amount of money should they become sick and need vet care. Doberman are wicked smart, animated, loyal and very lively. They love their masters unconditionally. Us Doberman owners will say we could never own another breed due to the fact Dobermans are  exceptional companions. Doberman owners sometime forget that Dobermans are dogs. To some unknowing folks, a Doberman can shock the family structure. It is safe to say before you adopt or buy a puppy get to know the breed by researching all you can on the Doberman!