Today is the one year anniversary of Harley Coming home with us.
About a year ago we started searching for a dog. And not just any dog would do, but one with plenty of personality. A dog that just fit “us”.
After countless internet searches, and a fruitless afternoon with the North Texas Doberman Rescue….I found a post for a Female Doberman, Harley Davidson, that needed a home. Right away, her name struck a chord with me….But female? Never even considered a female… I poked my head in Jamies office, where he was typing away, and asked…”Would you consider a girl dog?”
“I don’t care….I just want a dog”….was the reply.
So I sent an email asking if she was still available to meet. But we weren’t the only ones interested in her. Apparently, she had about 6 other people ahead of us wanting to adopt her. Sara, the coordinator for North Texas Animal Rescue, asked me to send a longer email explaining a little bit about who we were and our experience with Dobermans….
Here is that email,
I had a Doberman for almost 11 years. Faust was a Warlock who grew to almost 130 intimidating pounds, but never knew that he wasn’t a lap dog. People would cross to the other side of the street at the sight of him when we were walking, but he would climb into bed with me and cry during thunderstorms. I got him from a breeder when he was just 8 weeks old, so we were together almost his entire life, and a quarter of mine. He was intelligent, protective, and loved everyone he met with the same sloppy gentle enthusiasm. Faust died last year after a battle with stomach cancer. He was, without a doubt, the best friend I ever had……
My partner and I are both mature (read: in our 40’s), have stable careers, and have been together about 4 years. We bought a new house 7 months ago and have been waiting until we were settled to find a dog to complete our family. Jamie, my partner, works from home and is here all day long.
I know that Dobermans can be large breeds, and have a large amount of energy. Having raised and trained a puppy, I can understand that they might be a bit much for some people to handle. We want to open our home to a Doberman that needs one. We would love to meet Harley and see if she is the right fit for our family. This is a big decision, and not one that I would ever rush into. Jamie doesn’t care what kind of dog we get; we both have big hearts and plenty of love to share with any new addition………..
But there will always be a special place in my heart for big loving Dobermans.
We both look forward to an opportunity to meet her,
After that email…Sara said that we went to the top of the list…
2 days later we went to “just meet” her ……The minute we saw her, with one floppy ear and one that sticks straight up, we knew that she was the perfect dog for us.
Ah, I love this! The part of your letter where you said he was the best friend you ever had… ugh, tugs at the heart strings. I feel the same way about my two little Brussels Griffon rescues. Doggies truly are man’s best friend. 🙂 Glad Harley Davidson and you guys found each other!
Thanks Ashlee, he truly was the best friend I ever had and it just broke me when he died. I didn’t think I would ever want another dog after Faust…. But Harley broke down that wall immediately with her ” over the top ” personality! We are blessed to have found her!
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Oh James, what a great letter! I would have put you guys at the top of the list too. Made me have tears in my eyes. They really are a part of the family and can’t imagine them not being there. 🙂 Did you notice we extended our little pug family recently? Here’s to many long years with Harley…
Thanks Amy, I don’t know what we’d do without her…… She adds so much to our lives. I saw that y’all found another one ! Congrats!
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