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Doby's debut was a bit delayed due to an infection he got from his neuter. He's all fine now and is staying on with his foster parents until he gets adopted.

Here's his profile from his foster:

Please meet Doby! He has come along way in the past two months. Doby was brought into TAS as a stray. He went through the regular TAS vetting where he was sent to the vet to be neutered. Doby developed a horrible infection from the surgery and was in sooo much pain he could hardly sit. He had to wear a cone and was very uncomfortable in his cage. He had trouble eating with his cone on so he ended up losing a lot of weight. He was so sad in the shelter.

TAS felt he would do much better in a foster home where he could be monitored throughout his healing process and get that loving tender care. Within a month - Doby was a completely different dog. His foster mom has fallen in love with him. He is finally coneless and his infection is completely gone. He has the sparkle back in his eye and most importantly has gained all the weight he had lost back! He is an extremely happy, sweet dog with a gentle disposition that loves the company of people (owners and guests alike). He loves to play and gets along with dogs, cats and children alike.

Doby is a doberman breed mix, therefore he is smaller than a regular doberman. He has one small white patch on his chest. Doby is between one and a half and two years old and still has a lot of his puppy energy. He loves walks and off leash dog parks. He would be ideally suited to an individual or a family that has the time daily to give him the exercise he needs, a large outdoor property or the resources to invest in a dog walker in the city.

In the home, Doby is well behaved. He is not territorial, no chewing on furniture or barking at noises. He knows all basic commands, listens well and is extremely trainable for an individual that can be consistent with him.

Doby’s name was given to him in his foster home, after the loyal yet clumsy Harry Potter character.

Doby will make a great loyal and loving companion. Please consider giving Doby his forever home. He will remain with his foster mommy until being adopted. If you are interested in viewing Doby please contact TAS volunteer Ashley Hyslop at: ashley_hyslop at hotmail dot com, or 647 458 0220. All screening will be done by a TAS employee. He is currently being fostered in a downtown Toronto neighbourhood.

Doby is being fostered offsite from Toronto Animal Services South but will be available for meet and greets at the shelter if you request to see him.

6 Comments to “Doby - Doberman Pinscher”

  1. deva says:

    Incredibly handsome chap. Love the sleek lines of his body.

  2. Yana says:

    I am fostering this handsome man and he is an absolute delight and would make a loving and faithful companion.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Yana, thanks for looking after this boy! Do you think he'd do well in an apartment in the suburbs, given lots of walks?

  4. Anonymous says:

    It says Doby is smaller than the average doberman. How big is Doby exactly?

  5. Fred says:

    Doby is probably about 25% smaller, maybe 50 - 60 pounds. He's more large Pointer sized.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi! What's the mix? He looks IDENTICAL to our girl Zuli!

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The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

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