9 years old
It’s with a heavy heart that DRU announces the passing of our beloved Nino. Nino was placed with us in 2017 and spent the last years of his life in the company of his DRU family, where he was treasured for his big personality and his seemingly endless reserves of cheerfulness in spite of the number of medical issues he lived with. Wobblers, liver disease, and hypothyroidism never slowed him down. He bravely battled the spindle cell sarcoma that eventually claimed him, enjoying every walk, sunbathing session and even some field trips. Tough, busy Nino never let the pain and unfairness of his situation get in the way and sometimes it seemed as though his resilient spirit would be strong enough to keep his ailing body from giving up. But when he finally told us that he was ready to leave us, we listened and with his closest human friend by his side he passed peacefully on to The Summerland. We’d like to picture him there now: restored to his younger self, hunting critters in the sunlight and never hurting again. His warm energy was enough to fill a room, his humor and smile contagious to all of us at DRU. He was a best friend to many and will live on in a very special place in our hearts.
At nine years old and with a number of medical complications, Nino is still a bright and engaging Dobe whose body just can’t quite keep up with his mind as well as it used to. Unfortunately, he is a poster boy for typical Doberman health issues. He has been diagnosed with liver disease and hypothyroidism, both of which are managed with medication, and his hind end weakness indicates that he may have Wobblers as well. Sadly, Nino was recently diagnosed with malignant spindle cell cancer but he is still doing well with the care given him by the shelter staff.
This handsome boy enjoys going for walks, playing in the yard with his person and he loves car rides. He is not fond of having his feet touched and, like many of his breed, Nino is suspicious of strangers and takes time to warm up to and trust people. Once that trust has been built and he has formed a bond, Nino is a wonderful companion. At some point, he learned great obedience skills and will happily show off for his trusted friends. Nino loves to suckle on blankets and carry stuffies in his mouth but, since he has a tendency to shred his bedding and toys, these should be off limits to him. Not even a kong is safe for Nino. However, the wishbone by Benebone (large or extra large) has proven to be the pacifier Nino craves.
Nino requires an experienced Doberman person who will provide him with structure and boundaries, as well as care and empathy for his specific needs. We would love to see Nino live out his days in a peaceful home of his own, either through adoption or our foster dog program.