Token f/k/a Dakota – Rescue

Great ending for Token!



Token traveled well. However, we brought him to our vet this am to be checked out. We had all the Vet info from Venice faxed over as well. Token’s limp nods in his neck and underarms are swollen. Our vet does not believe there is a good prognosis for Token. Our Vet will be contacting the Venice Vet to speak as well and call us with an update. Our Vet said there is no need to make a decision on putting him down as of now but it does not look good.

So, as of now I am not sure what should be done about the website and I am not sure about fostering him because of the emotional trauma.


Rich & Katie

First of all I want to thank you for caring enough to take him with his handicap–It takes a very special person to do that. I was shattered when I read your email–that poor guy has been through so much he deserves some happiness in his last days. How we got involved was my husband did some work for the kennel where you picked him up. She told him she needed to find a home for him asap so we told her we would ask Helen if she would put him on her web site which she was kind enough to do . If he were mine, as long as he had quality and not in pain I would give him lots of attention and whatever he wants.


We love Token. It was a little bit of destiny for all of us to find each other. We have fallen in love with this guy in a short time. His skin has already showed improvement after the injection, antibiotics, medicated bath & ointment. I think the walks, attention & a nap in our bed (yes –he got up there on his own) may have helped him feel at home as well. Needles to say – he’s home for good. We know he is our lucky Token & we will make the best decisions as we move forward for his comfort, peace and well-being. Right now, he is happy & VERY comfortable (he is sprawled on the leather couch with his pink bunny). Whether a month or a few months (we can only hope for years), we know we will all enjoy this time together.


Hi Helen and Mary,

Pardon the lengthy email; however, there is still more to say about our newest addition!

First, we would be thrilled for you to share our updates/emails on Token. We will be sure to forward updated pictures soon! Thank you for your advice & encouraging words on cancer relief/treatment. I will definitely follow up & hopeful we can have much more time with him.

Just to tell emphasize destiny – We found Token on your website after Rich, my fiancé, had been searching Dobie rescues since January 2007 after losing our beloved 10 year old Doberman, Bronson (Fostered turned Adoption). I often referred to them as soul mates – so it took a long time for Rich to consider a new Dobie. After a year and a half of just looking at the websites – we read Token’s story & realized it was time for us to open our hearts, home & family to help this sweet guy have a place to lay his head at night. Within 24 hours we made the drive from Fort Lauderdale to the Sarasota area (just under 3 hour drive). He was so sweet & loving which made our hearts melt immediately.

Both Rich & I “confessed” to each other that we both knew prior to picking up Token that we would adopt him if we saw a good dog with a great personality & got along with our dogs…here it is, 4 days later & so thankful he is in our life – we agree that he really is the BEST. You should see this big, beauty of a Dobie carry around his pink fluffy bunny…he prefers it over the other toys!

We just had a moment of elation today as the Riley (our 4 year old rescue & a black retriever mix) and Token did their 1st “doggie dance” and chased each other around in the yard. To us – it shows everyone feels comfortable & at home. He truly is our Lucky Token – he is getting tons of love & attention from us & his “pack”. I will eventually reach out to his 1st Owner because I am sure she misses this dream of a Dobie. I think she would have peace of mind knowing that Token adjusted to his change of life immediately and is one happy, loving, peaceful pup!

If anyone wants to ever call me/email me as a reference for 3 legged Dobie’s – feel free to have them call. Come to think of it, don’t think we even noticed that he was missing his leg J . So happy our paths have crossed,


About Helen

I’m a Southern California living in South Florida. I’ve been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I’m a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don’t understand. So I’m an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.

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