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Oskar and Dexter, two Doberman pups found discarded in a dumpster, were adopted out to two sisters who live close enough together that the dogs get to occasionally hang out which is great because their sibling bond is strong. Here's an update:

We are puppy sitting this week so both Oskar and Dexter are coming to work with me. I thought that the woman who found the boys may want to see how loved and handsome they are now and how grateful we are to her and you all for bringing such craziness into our lives. They are 10 months old now, beautiful dogs with very different personalities, both of whom love a cuddle and think they are lap dogs. Oskar is taller and more muscular than his brother, probably due to his daily runs in the vineyards as well as his raw food diet, and is the pushier, more adventurous of the two. Dexter is more of a softy, used to living the life of Riley in a big house in Orangeville and is newest baby of the house now that my nephew is about to head off to university. I know that you all deal with horrors every day and see first hand how awful people can be to animals so I wanted to pass on a very big thanks from our two families. We love and adore our 85 pound giraffes and cannot imagine life without them.

Hope you like the photos, Oskie has floppier ears and Dexter has tighter ears and a narrower face.

6 Comments to “More updates on Oskar and Dexter”

  1. selkiem says:

    You know one of the best parts of this wonderful update? Seeing Dobermans the way nature intended them - without the mutiliated ears and tails!

  2. Fred says:

    Totally agree. Luv the ears especially. So much more expressive.

  3. pibble says:

    Amen, Selkie!

    They're gorgeous and obviously quite happy!

  4. GoLightly says:

    85 pound giraffes, snork! SO glad to read of happy endings.

    The uncropped "look" really needs to come back in "fashion" for this loveable breed of galoots.

  5. Dobie butt always makes me glad these fellows have their ears and tails.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous dogs...cropped or uncropped, tails or no tails...I just love Dobermans. So glad these two found great homes and to be able to still be together is just icing on the cake.

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