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Gretchen!        February, 2009 - Rest In Peace, Sweet Princess

Needs Home
Date Listed
Barrington, Illinois
Rescue Group:  Illinois Doberman Rescue

Primary Contact

Pam Abare-Newton


This is what happens when you love your Dobe to death, literally! The owners called their clinic to euthanize her because she could not walk anymore.

Right now she is completely immobile. I have to lift her up with sheets just to get her to stand or walk. The vets believe it is all weight related but we will not know until some of the weight comes off. We just ordered a special 200 dollar harness that is heavy duty in order to hook her onto something to stand for about 10 minutes at a time. The vet wants to keep all her body parts working. We are also doing hydrotherapy so she is using some of her muscles. That is costing us 55 dollars a time and we are doing it 2x a week. Coming into rescue the vet said she weighed 175 pounds falling off the scale so more like 185.

Gretchen is currently in a foster home. We are just hoping she walks again and can have a good rest of her life. She is absolutely a wonderful girl. She has been very tolerant of all we are doing with and to her.    

February, 2009 - Poor Gretchen was just too sick to survive - RIP Sweet Gretchen

Contact Information: Geographic area within which rescue will place the Dobe: IL, IN, KY, MI, WI. Please contact Pam by e-mail at or go to IDR’s website at for adoption information and application.


The Sponsor A Senior program helps Seniors by raising funds for their rescue programs. This helps offset some of the additional costs that come with caring for a senior (diet, medications, supplements, etc.). Please read more about this program on the Sponsor A Senior page.

Boomer is looking for a sponsor! The cost to sponsor a Senior Dobe is $30 per month or $360 per year. You can sponsor a Senior for one month, one year, or somewhere in between. To sponsor Boomer, use the PayPal button below or visit the Sponsor A Senior page for instructions on sending a check. Thank you for any help you can give, it is MUCH appreciated!

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