Got a question or a comment?   Dreizehn, my three year old Doberman Pinscher. Sometimes Ruthless, my Icelandic Sheepdog.

Whining because he had to stay in the car while his sister had fun.
Living Ruthless Photography
April (I think) 2014

Whining because he had to stay in the car while his sister had fun.
Living Ruthless Photography
April (I think) 2014

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#what a cry baby  #do i need to call you a whaaaa-bulance?  #would you like some cheese with that whine?  #doberman  #dobermann  #doberman pinscher 
"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

— 5 days ago with 93 notes
#doberman  #doberman pinscher 
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

His breeder chose for an incredibly qualified and experienced vet to preform this cosmetic procedure because this country’s breed standard calls for cropped ears. Also, if, for any reason, she was in need of a new home for one of the dogs that’s she bred, it’s much easier to placed a cropped doberman than a natural one.

You’re welcome to disagree with the non-medically necessary surgery that is cropping. However, there is no need for insults.

I wasn’t insulting you in the first one. You took it that way. I was referring to the fact that the anon had already done it and decided to put the dog through more discomfort. At least you did it once and were satisfied.

Through more discomfort?
There might be some confusion here. There is no talk of recropping here (by that I mean putting the dog under for another procedure). Maybe I’m wrong but that’s what I’m reading here. Dogs get their ears cropped and then posted - a process of wrapping the ears in a way that should not give discomfort to the dog so that, as the ear leather hardens, the ears come to stand straight up instead flop over. With out this process the ears do not stand up straight but, instead, flop over.

Editing to add: I generally do not support reconstructive cropping, for the record. You’ve done the procedure once and I see no reason to put any dog under multiple times for a non-necessary procedure. If you find me on forum discussions about “recropping,” you’ll see me in support of not putting a dog through the cropping procedure multiple times. Also, you’re right, “insult” was not the right word. I was in my car and waiting for a train and was trying to get everything in before putting my phone away to drive again.

— 5 days ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

oliveramy:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

Sometimes I feel I can’t weigh in on the ear cropping debate because I allowed my corgi’s tail to be cropped. (I plan to herd him which is why I allowed it)

But that said, ear cropping serves absolutely NO humane function and is 100% aesthetic.

Arguing that you prefer the look is not a good enough argument.

I’ve never said that it serves a humane function. I completely agree that it is simply cosmetic. Originally cropping and docking this breed was done to serve a purpose but arguing that it still does would be silly - especially the longer crops.

I am curious though… Could one argue that your Corgi or my Icelandic Sheepdog (a non-docked herding breed) can herd just fine with a tail? I’ve watched many tailed herding breeds at work. Also, many dogs seem to use their tails to help balance their movements (I’m thinking of agility weave-poles). This makes me think that the docking in that case wasn’t quite necessary either. I’m not trying to start an argument about your corgi, mind you, I’m just curious about what makes it justifiable in your case.

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Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

His breeder chose for an incredibly qualified and experienced vet to preform this cosmetic procedure because this country’s breed standard calls for cropped ears. Also, if, for any reason, she was in need of a new home for one of the dogs that’s she bred, it’s much easier to placed a cropped doberman than a natural one.

You’re welcome to disagree with the non-medically necessary surgery that is cropping. However, there is no need for insults.

— 5 days ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

— 5 days ago with 22 notes
mmmhoneycombs asked: what do you feed your dog? Sorry I saw you're being bombarded with asks right now but I was just curious :)


Answer:

Right now: Innova Nature’s Table
In a perfect world: Raw
In an almost perfect world: Nature’s Variety Instinct or Orijen

Raw, while normally considered more affordable than the top-quality kibbles, is not an easy option at the moment because of where I’m living. I do give raw snacks weekly.  I think that a well-researched raw diet is the best diet for dogs (and cats). 

For the longest time I was alternating between NV:Instinct and Orijen (when Orijen was on sale) and would switch protein sources with each month. However, I’m a student and I got a new job making slightly less money so I had to find something cheaper which is how I found the grain-free Innova option. I know that Innova has had some recall issues in the past but I’m feeling pretty good about this food option at the moment. I hope, once I’m making more money again, that I can go back to feeding a higher quality kibble. 

I’ve been able to make first-hand comparisons between dogs on high quality kibbles versus dogs on a lesser quality kibble. With a higher quality food, dogs will have softer, shinier coats, better breath, less gas, more energy, smaller stools, overall general health, etc - the list goes on. Plus, they don’t need to eat as much. Dreizehn eats 2 cups of food a day, total! I had an roommate once with a doberman who was feed Eukanuba and he was eating over 6 cups of food a day to maintain his weight. Yes, a dog can live off of a kibble like Bil-Jac but it’s like feeding something McDonalds. It’s surviving, not thriving. 

I don’t mind questions and messages at all! I just wish I had more pictures to break them up with. That’s nobody’s problem but my own, lol

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A commissioned piece from another tumblr user, Christy, who can be found here - @bitipillar - I adore this so much and should have posted it when I first got it, months ago. 
I get messages from time to time asking if photos of Dreizehn can be used as references for art. The answer is a resounding yes! I adore art of my dogs. My only request, if you are going to use Dreizehn for your art, is no violence (dog fights/attacking people/etc), please reference the picture somewhere in your post, and please please pretty PLEASE let me see the finished copy. 

Artist’s tumblr is http://bitipillar.tumblr.com/, in case I didn’t do that whole tagging thing correctly.

A commissioned piece from another tumblr user, Christy, who can be found here - @bitipillar - I adore this so much and should have posted it when I first got it, months ago. 

I get messages from time to time asking if photos of Dreizehn can be used as references for art. The answer is a resounding yes! I adore art of my dogs. My only request, if you are going to use Dreizehn for your art, is no violence (dog fights/attacking people/etc), please reference the picture somewhere in your post, and please please pretty PLEASE let me see the finished copy. 

Artist’s tumblr is http://bitipillar.tumblr.com/, in case I didn’t do that whole tagging thing correctly.

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Anonymous asked: Hey. What do you mean signed a contract between the breeder? What if you sign it to agree to neuter him, but never do. The breeder cannot follow you after 5 years to check and/or force you if the dog is not neutered or ..?


Answer:

Reputable breeders will sell all puppies with some sort of contract - it’s not an unusual thing at all. Technically, if I was to not keep with the contract (like not ever neutering him) she could repossess the dog. I have heard of it happening before - an owner not taking proper care of a dog and the original owner/breeder taking the dog back.

Dreizehn’s breeder did not hound me for proof of neutering or anything. Actually, when I emailed her about his surgery she stated that she didn’t need to see paper proof. However, she can see my facebook where I post dog updates all the time so it’s not like his life is a secret from her. Another thing that reputable breeders do is keep tabs on the dogs they’ve produced. Not in a creepy way, of course. They just love seeing updates because they love their dogs. I keep occasional contact with the breeders of both of my dogs. I’ll send pictures and small updates if anything interesting happens. I imagine that if I was a breeder I’d love seeing the updates and knowing that my dogs are doing well. 

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I need to post more pictures, I know.
I need to take more pictures - that’s the problem!

— 5 days ago with 1 note
#just ignore this  #just excuses  #sorry 
freeroamin asked: Your dobie is beautiful!! I have one as well. They're my favorite breed :)


Answer:

Thank you! They’re my favorite too. I have a bunch of breeds on my “want to own” list but I’ll probably always have a doberman regardless - they’re just wonderful! I’d love to see a picture of your dobe!

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crazycaballo asked: Your dog is GORGEOUS!!!! You must be so proud hahaah


Answer:

Thank you! Every so often I’ll look at him and think, “wow, he’s just so gorgeous.” I had very little to do with that though - it’s all in the good breeding that I had nothing to do with.

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Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

— 5 days ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Is your dob neutered? Why, why not?


Answer:

Yes, Dreizehn is neutered. 

The simplest reason to give for “why” would be that having him neutered is in the contract that I signed with his breeder. I believe that I am capable to responsibly have an intact dog but I did not get him to show and/or breed him. 

There are plenty of arguments for and against neutering and whatever side of the fence you stand on, more power to you. I’m big on responsible pet ownership and, generally, will not argue against somebody keeping their dog intact as long as they’re smart about it. 

Sometimes I wish I had kept him intact and gone through with showing him since, according to a lot of people, I would have been able to finish him. Oh well. 

So, yes, he’s neutered. I didn’t do it to break any bad habits or curb any unwanted behaviors. I didn’t do it for any health benefits either. 

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shinyblackdeer asked: Have you seen my Batman costume?


Answer:

I saw it just now and you look so dashing in it! It’s the perfect outfit for squirrel chasing!

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