Those who attacked the doberman rescue representative reveal an attitude that is just the other side of the coin that is familiar in rescue, the contempt and indifference to which many mixed breeds and black animals fall victim. These animals are not distinguished enough in their appearance, and are sadly overlooked by those considering adopting a new pet and even by rescues who take in animals but need to turn them over quickly through adoption. Animals with undistinctive and plain looks do not sell well. Conversely, dogs like Newman and his doppleganger,the longhaired puppy from Texas, also engender contempt from those who believe a purebred needs to conform to the breed standard.
Home for Life has many purebred dogs at the sanctuary. They get dumped and abandonned just as often as mutts. We cannot all be supermodels and dogs even if purebred, do not all exemplify the breed standards to a 'T".( I'd like to see some of the people so disdainful of these dogs compete in the human equivalent-the beauty pagent and have every other quality BUT their looks- or lack thereof- disregarded). Whether pedigree or of more humble heritage, as a care for life sanctuary,we have the opportunity to get to know all our dogs as individuals. The outer package, looks and certainly their breed define our dogs far less than the treasure within-their loving hearts,their courage, and their resliance.
Below is the memorial tribute I wrote for Newman.I still miss him!! Not for his longhair but for the kind and loving dog he was.
This spring marked the sad loss of Newman, Home for Life®'s distinguished long-haired red Doberman, at the age of almost 14. Newman passed away as a result of kidney and heart failure complicated by degenerative myelopathy that caused rear limb paralysis. Newman was a proud dog and it depressed him that he could no longer move independently.
Newman became close friends with Darla, a statuesque black-and-tan female Doberman who came to HFL from New York. Their friendship seemed to mend the hole in his heart left after his Doberman sister was adopted out from the shelter, leaving him behind. When Darla passed away from liver cancer about 18 months ago, Newman became much more pensive and lost some spark that even all our attention and affection could not restore. A legendary story involving Newman that seems funny in retrospect occurred several years ago when members of a Doberman email group with a nationwide membership spotted his photo on the HFL website. Several members angrily demanded that we remove the photo, accusing our webmaster of fabricating the photo by hanging dyed sheepskins on the dog. It was hard to imagine bashful, unassuming Newman causing such uproar across the country. But what was most remarkable about Newman were his inner qualities: his resiliency, his loyal heart, and his kind and gentle spirit that never diminished despite loss and loneliness.
Beloved Newman: not just another face in the crowd.