most seriously encouraged to also open "Our
Doberman Forum" ...On going
discussions between clients and their Hoytt Dobes. And go to back to
INDEX PAGE FOR "Straight
from the heart"
Please read the following
letters too. But do go to our Forum for even as you read this a new
discussion will be taking place. We are the only breeder to offer an active
discussion group for all who have joined our family while letting those who
have just started their investigative search for a Dobe breeder to look over
our clients proverbial shoulders.
We are very different as
dog breeders go, our private stock has been refined over decades, actually
this is ongoing from health to personality to style that are part of the
selection process for officially "the next generation". Then a few folks have the chance to
acquire one of these boys or girls who have been raised and educated as if
they would never be anything but our personal Dobes. Those who purchased
these Dobes have opened their hearts to
'Perfection' not a poor thing no longer of value to the breeder. Rescue
services seem to be the end of the line for most, those who's
moments of happiness might have been limited to getting fed during his or her
life as a producer. Instead our Dobes step into full adulthood having never
felt the life of a penned up breeder, leaving us to join established clients
who many times have waited themselves a year or more for this day to come.
Note when these special few are not at my side
as the photo of my group of six attest to on our "Welcome to my World"
photo on the Index page, this photo in part represents a special group who
have had personal trainers and educators, these Dobes leave my side only
away from 'daddy' for a training session or extra staff attention.
Imagine the investment, not just my time for they are actually a fun group, but
my staffs invested time in their education both at the formal levels and
their socially planned trips to the world outside our compound. Now watch our site for we start screening
homes for the 'next generation' producers one to two years in advance of
their retirement introducing some at super pup level. But keep in mind we
rarely breed more then six times a year so patience would be an understated
quality since we already have requests covering the next three years. One
area of exception we do at times offer future breeding stock* with
educations as high as Grand Victors with adjusted purchase prices based on
our plan for the Dobe offered. But remember a breeding agreement is quite a
commitment, you control a future irreplaceable 'next generation' you will be
held responsible to the kennel even though the purchase price may have been
cut in half. This is not 'them' we don't offer free rides.
PS...Of course I was again asked to
select a new kid for the family in the first two letters but this time we
did not have a breeder Dobe nearing retirement age but we did have a
beautiful red Grand Victor who may have been welcomed in part as the living
memorial to their Nikki and the new kid in the house but now as it should be
she is the center of Barbara and Steve's life.
*we are not offering the buyer a Hoytt
Dobe for their own breeding program, specifically you are not allowed to
breed your Dobe for public distribution. Interested in breeding your Hoytt
Dobe talk to us and if we are interested will pay handsomely for the
contract otherwise no Hoytt Dobe can be bred without written permission from
Mr. Hoytt personally.
|From: "Mari & Don"
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 19:40:39 -0600
One small anecdote
to our first Hoytt Dobe, "Fawn". Fawn's obedience trial
circuit spanned two (2) years and approximately 20 trials.
She only scored below 196 twice. The first one, 194,
occurred during her second leg of CD and resulted from the
A week before the trial I was away from home for work and
returned the day before the trial date. ( Fawn went Highest
In Trial D.P.C.A National 1976 ) It was during this week
that an intruder tried to enter our home. My wife was
petrified as she heard the intruder--Fawn jumped onto the
bed and stood over her barking incessantly. The intruder
fled, my wife called the police and reported the incident.
Two days later Fawn and I entered the obedience ring. During
the exercises, it became very obvious that Fawn's attention
was now only directed to my wife. As result, she lagged on
turns, her response to my commands delayed, etc.
At all trials following this one, my wife was dropped at
another location to watch the trial outside the eyesight of
Fawn--Fawn remained my wife's absolute protector until the
day she passed away eleven years later. We know of one other
incident where she protected my wife. How many times did she
protect the family that we do not know about?
In conclusion, Barrie Hoytt has provided this household
with six outstanding Dobes.
Again thank you,
Don and Marilyn
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you Chance is
doing wonderfully. He has adapted well to the beach and
loved the snow we had this morning. Chance is incredible and
continues to amaze me everyday.
I will send you a copy of the picture we took at your
place next week.
In short, all I can say is WOW!!! What a Dobe.
just a quick note on Oliver. He arrived here on time and in
great shape; he weighed 23 LBS. Lisa took him out of the
kennel for the ride home from the airport, he was all over
her in the car trying to lick her face and make friends.
When I came home that afternoon, he started to bond with me
immediately. You are right, he is exceeding our
expectations. He is inquisitive about everything and so far
afraid of nothing (vacuum cleaner, power washer, etc.) Being
a Doberman he is of course a creature of comfort, which
means he hates wet grass, something he'll have to become
used to here in the state of Washington.
We introduced him gently to the electronic fence. I
bought 100 bright pink flags and some yellow tape to mark
the border of the property on three sides, the fourth side
has a hedge. We had the collar set on beeping only the first
day, took him around the perimeter of the property and gave
him a "no" when it started beeping. The new radio collar we
acquired for him has the "beep"
function, plus five settings of correction intensity.
Today he wore the collar set to the lowest correction and it
worked; being the smart boy he is, he now turns away as soon
as he hears the beep.
Please know, we have no intention of leaving him in yard
unsupervised; the electronic fence is just an extra measure,
since it is impossible to always have constant visual
connection on a fully landscaped acre with a house in the
middle, when you're trying to do some yard or house work.
We reinstalled the ear brace after watching the
instructional CD, it is pretty straight forward. That's all
for today, Barrie. Lisa and I want to thank you for your
life's work. We will send pictures of Oliver and the fence
set-up with the next update.
With best personal regards,
Wolf & Lisa
Hey thanks Barrie! It
was good to hear from you!
On another note, we are
thinking into the future and wondering
what are the chances that some litters
will be born this summer (May or June)
and will contain some black females? We
are thinking about getting another one
and we wanted to put in an order for a
female. Wes is deployed right now in
Afghanistan so that's why it has to be
this summer and we are moving in a new
house so picking up the kid the ideal
time would be end of August or beginning
of September. Let me know what the
possibilities are for this summer.
Thanks again for all you
do! Ammo says hello and he is doing very
Thanks for your call !
Blaze is absolutely fantastic, he will be 10 months tomorrow and we feel
he is with us for years. I did 3 training and agility classes
with him and will continue this spring. It is more about socialization
then competition, I know he is THE best anyway. We failed Good Citizen
test ,we did all obedience perfectly, but would you like to be brushed
and petted by some ugly old women? Even Blaze has his limits. We agree that investing in your
training was a good thing and people I meet with him are surprised how
well behaved he is. O yeah and he sleeps with
us.......but that was to be expected...
Have a good New Year and lots of
puppies like Blaze!
Dear Godfather Barrie, Aunts Janine, Linda,
Amber and all the others,
I am in Florida and loving it here. When we left my
Tennessee home I realized that I had been kidnapped' I let out one huge menacing
"woof but they kept driving. My Mom petted me and I gave them one more "woof”
but Mom said that was a timid one. By the time I got to Georgia I started to
think this car was not so bad and I sprawled on the rear seat on my back. Mom
said I looked like I was heading for the FL beaches.
We stopped in Macon, GA for a night in the motel. We
took a walk and then Dad took me to the room where there was a large bed. He coaxed
me and finally I got in. I really did not want to but I did. They put toys in
the bed and played with me there so finally I figured it was fine to stay there.
I spent the night snuggling with Mom and giving her kisses.
the motel for Florida and stopped a few times for me to walk around rest areas
and I was the hit of the stops. I attracted so many people who told me how
handsome I was but I did not allow it to go to my head.
arrived at my new house Wednesday afternoon and I met Calamity Jane and Ms.
Sally. Calamity is only one month older than I am and we are best friends
already. I did not know they had a harem here for me to guard and that pleased
me no end. Ms. Sally is very old and she seems happy to see that Calamity wants
to play with me and not her.
I had a few problems in my new house. Mom and Dad took us
out to the screened in patio and Calamity and I started playing out there. I did
not understand about swimming pools and 1 fell in the deep end but I swim very
well and got out of it very fast. I also did not know about hot tubs and yes, I
fell in there also but after the pool that was easy! Guess I really enjoy the
water because later in the day when Calamity and I were playing I fell in the
hot tub again. Mom said at this rate I will never need a bath!
also learning about new birds that live in Florida. Two Sand Hill cranes came by
the patio and made terrible noises at Calamity and me. Mom told us to ignore
them and we watched them for a long time. They are almost as tall as I am.
my favorite place in my new house to nap when I am not in bed. Mom said that
Winston's spirit must have visited me because it is also the place that Winston
would take an afternoon nap. Mom and Dad talk all the time about the poise and
personality I have for such a young boy. They are very pleased with me and tell
me all the time that I am a good boy.
strange thing happened. They brought a tree in the house and put lights on it
and shiny things. Then Mom started making things in the kitchen that smelled
good and Dad got out the train. Now that train is just what a boy needs. I spend
a lot of time watching it run around the tree. There is room here that they keep
the door closed all the time. Calamity and I got in there once and there are
things wrapped in bright paper. We smelled them and we think they are things for
us! I guess something wonderful is going
to happen here soon!
Life here is wonderful. I really love my new parents and my
new girlfriends. Mom told me to tell you the only way I will ever come back is
to visit or make babies but they will never let me go. It is nice to be wanted
Mom and Dad say that I am the best Christmas present they
ever had. I really like what they are saying. They do have a few problems and
the worst problem they have is they do not understand that I am a lap dog. I
really like to snuggle with them and kiss them a lot. And I work with them
outside on my leash and show them how graceful and talented I am. Life is very
good and I am enjoying my home.
Mom told me to add that she is happy they elected not to
go to Pennsylvania for Christmas as it would be too hard on me getting used to
one type of home and then going to a totally different home up there so soon. I
am just glad I don't have to ride all that way!
My new family and I are sending all of you oranges that grow
down here and they should arrive soon. When you eat them think of your boy
Brando and the lives that I am affecting down here. Have a Merry Christmas and a
Happy and Healthy New Year and I will write to you again soon and send you
Love to all,
Just wanted to drop you a line along with some pictures.
Chevy is adjusting to farm life just great. And getting along with all my other
dogs, cats, horses and birds!
He is sooo cute!!! I cannot begin to tell you what it means to me to have him,
I can't see my life without
having a Doberman in it, especially a Hoytt
Doberman, the only kind to have.
I know everyone has to loose
their beloved pets one day, and of course we all
morn, some more than others.
But if they would only open
their hearts to another, it makes it so much more
easier to get through the pain of loosing one.
You have truly done that for me, thank you so much for your time and
My tears of sorrow are now tears of joy.
Hi Mr. Hoytt,
Its been some time
since my last communication. Let me assure you
that Jake is doing very well. He is growing into
a fine young man. Playing ball and Frisbee
continues to be his favorite pastime. He will
jump 3-4 feet in the air and catch the Frisbee.
It is quite amazing. I am going to attempt to
put a video together so you can see him in
action. Anyway find attached pictures of Jake.
Picked up Jake at Oakland airport at noon on
I was pleasantly surprised that after a long day
crate on two airplane flights, Jake seemed none
worse for wear. I half expected him to be
and with diarrhea. But he seemed in good
no bowel problems at all. He was thrilled to
of the crate, and has been a very happy boy ever
since. He seems to be in perfect health, and
a total joy since he arrived. He's already
friends with our cats (a couple haven't been too
thrilled - but they'll get over it.) And he's
"Grandma's" best friend.
I do have some questions about his ears. I
the extra brace equipment you sent. What I need
know is when were the ears cut, how often do I
the brace, and what is the approximate time
before I should completely remove it.
I will begin preliminary obedience training in
weeks. I can tell already he is going to be a
Thank you Barrie, and your entire staff, for
us with a wonderful new member of our family.
I will send some pictures as soon as I can.
Please do not hesitate to use me as a reference.
meant to drop you a note sooner, but there’s been a
lot going on at the Hackerd house!
regards to your note about Jake...would be delighted
to show this Hoytt Dobe off on your web site. He’s
a handsome lad and everyone seems quite taken with
him. He’s very sweet and laid back in public, but
when the boy is home, it’s a whole different story!
Puts aside this public gentleman behavior to that of
what he really is a big kid who loves to play
Frisbee but still lacks the co-ordination and seeks
every moment of attention we can give him. And he
really gives Sophie a real workout. I know there are
times when she would like us to send him down the
street to play. But the girl keeps him in Line.
You’ve done a great job with your training program.
We’ve raised four Hoytt Dobes over the years and all
of them were well trained in basic obedience, very
confident and well socialized when they came into
our home, where other dogs and a cat reside and
remember the first pup we picked up, we had our two
older Dobes with us, Barry, you suggested we
introduce them to the newest addition before we got
back in the van for our drive back to Michigan.
When we got ready to leave, you shook our hand,
smiled and said Good Luck! I was a little nervous,
but that puppy traveled like a pro for nine hours!
can’t imagine life without them.
|Dear Mr. Hoytt,
JohnnyCake is a beautiful precious darling little boy. He
has adjusted beautifully. I love him so much. I gave him a
hug and kiss from you after we spoke yesterday. Thank
you very much for JohnnyCake, and for your ongoing kindness,
and please express my gratitude to your lovely staff.
Please stay in touch and I will do the same (JohnnyCake
wants his new buddy soon!).
Have a safe and wonderful holiday.
Marisa D. ****
you believe that next month will mark four years since Jude
came into (and took over!) my life? On one hand, it seems
like yesterday and on the other, I can't even remember what
it was like before she was the center of my universe!
having Jude for a very short time, I became obsessed with
the answer to this haunting riddle: "What in the world can
be better than having one Hoytt Doberman?" The answer,
obviously, is: "having two Hoytt Dobermans!!" And so then
my 104 lb. marshmallow Remington joined the clan!
don't know how you do what you do and there's no way that I
can ever express to you what these dogs mean to me.
There is not a person who meets them who is not taken by
their beauty, behavior, intelligence and personalities. I
can take them anywhere and never have to worry about how
they will conduct themselves, from the busy streets of New
York City, to the narrow sidewalks of New Orleans,
hallways of a rehabilitation center for senior citizens.
They are truly amazing…so amazing, in fact, the petsitters I use
actually come over to visit them on their days off! No
although they'll try to sit in your lap when you come to my
house and cuddle up in bed with my 85 year old mother,
they respond in a heartbeat to awkward situations. A
strange man in a deserted park got the surprise of his life
one afternoon when he approached me and didn't see them up
ahead a little way! It was quite a scene!
something's weird...there's another riddle that keeps
running around in my head that goes like this: "What in the
world is better than having two Hoytt Dobermans?" You may
be hearing from me sooner than you think!
again for everything; I have to go kiss them!
I have never been so excited to have recieved a
letter as I was today! After a rough day at the
shop (playing with parrots) I just happened to
pick up the post and started opening letters,
not paying much attention to where they had been
sent from. Next thing I see is the House of
Hoytt letter head and my heart lept up into my
throat. When I saw my puppy's name on the
header all I could do was smile and jump around
the living room squealing like a little school
girl. I then ran across the road to my mom's
house to show her the letter and watch Killian's
introduction together...and dang it if she
wasn't home! So I came home and watched it with
the other dogs, the cats and not to forget the
parrots, explaining this is their new little
brother and how exciting it will be to have him
here at ****'s Ark.
Thank you so much for everything you and your
staff have done! My nine hundred calls to see
if my pup had been born yet, and reassurance
that I would have one someday...and today was
that day! Thank you so much! I am so filled
with joy that I can hardly stand myself...they
are going to be driven nuts tomorrow at work!!!
Please let me know when I need to send you the
freight deposit, and shipping information at
your convenience. If you ever need a reference
(not that you should) I am ready to offer my
good words. I have been treated with nothing
but respect and honor from everyone at your
facility, and to say the least that is very
important to me...unlike other organizations who
have been less than favorable. I am happy with
my transactions with HOH and look forward to
purchasing my next Dobe from you!
I just wanted to let you know I'm doing great!
This place has funny white stuff on the ground!
IT IS COLD!!! but I like to run and jump in it,
until it gets in my nose. We were stuck in the
metal box (Andie said it's a car) for hours on
the way home, I don't think my person was very
excited about that. My Andie person bought me a
pretty coat and it is sooo soft I like to chew
on it and drag it around when I'm not wearing
it. I've made a lot of new friends! Ty the
border collie is a neat old man, and is teaching
me some of the rules and routines here. When
our Andie isn't looking he plays with me.
Buster the Boston Terrier takes my toys and
hides them so I have to go find them, he's fun!
The kitties run, so I chase...Andie scolds me
for that though, maybe I shouldn't do
it...nah...it's FUN!!! The birds are great I
sit and watch them play and listen to them talk,
one of them already knows my name! It gets
confusing when Andie is calling me and Bomber is
calling me too...which way do I go? Andie gives
me pets and hugs, I think I'll go that way. I
have got to go to work at the bird shop with
Andie, and everyone loves me there! Lots of
people and things to do and get into. I have
been a very good boy though! Only a couple of
accidents, and it was only because Andie was
with a customer and couldn't take me outside. I
met my vet on the 1st of Dec and got my last
shots...I was such a big boy and didn't even
whimper! My vet likes me!!! He said I'm
beautiful and even though he doesn't do ears,
mine looked great...and he picked on Andie some
because they are friends. I love it here! Even
though I have my OWN bed, I like to sleep with
Andie and the kitties (oh and Buster)...she's so
snuggly!!! We start puppy classes next month is
what Andie said, I'm not sure what that is, but
she said it'll be fun! We are learning how to
shake an the word "down"...well Andie says it a
lot when I lay down...I think she's weird
sometimes, but I know she's going to be my best
Thank you so much for finding me a happy home.
Andie said we'll keep you updated and send you
pictures to watch me grow up to be a big dog!
PS Andie is attaching a picture of me taken at
her work on my first day there. They put it on
the wall with all the bird pictures...I'm
Hi Barry, thought you would like an update
He LOVED his vacation with the curly coated
Sadie. It did not bother him that she was
out of heat, he is a real gentleman. The
two of them
played from sun up to sun down, and got into
all the time. (playing tug with socks,
anything they could get their teeth into).
out run both the curly coated retrievers,
and took to
retrieving the cloth "duck" and bringing it
back to my
It is taking him some time to train me that
be able to get into my bed at night. I have
feeling that all my dog beds are going to go
If I lay in bed reading, and let him up
with me, he is very sleepy....no hyperness
Anyone that sees him is very impressed by
that he is such a gentleman, and soooooo
I have attached some pictures of him....he
is the same
color as the leaves. He loves life, and I
delighted that I get to share it with him.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas, and will
wonderful new year.
Dear Mr. Hoytt,
I just wanted to send you pictures of
my girl! This is Lexus, she's Diedama and Shotzi's
daughter born 1-10-04. As you can see she's turned
out beautiful!! Great weather we are having too-
it's the middle of March here in Chardon (the snow
capital)!! This girl is fabulous! She is my
shadow, and she does not have a single flaw, (except
maybe my husband feels a little left out from time
to time, he's always muttering something about "that
spoiled dog..."!!!) she loves kids, cats, car rides,
you name it. I get nothing but compliments on her
behavior and looks anywhere I go with Lexy.
Well, just wanted you to see how the
girl turned out!
Wanted to let you know payment for "Ashton" has been sent as
Monday afternoon. Priority over night by FedEx. You should receive that
by Tuesday at 4:30 PM. I want to thank you for all the time and
you have shown us. We respect the job you do and of course, have come to
depend on your dogs. Your web site has taken many hits today by friends
enthused to see our next great family member. Ashton and I plan to make
proud of our accomplishments, and to follow in our great "Madison's"
We will make a great video for you within the next year. Could you
so kind as to send a few quality prints of "Ashton" in a few different
of his life. I would be happy to reimburses you for your efforts. I am
tentative stages of planning a trip to Tennessee for the Tennessee
Celebration taking place in Early Sept. If possible may I head down your
would be flying into Nashville but, staying with friends in Bell Buckle.
let me know a tracking number for "Ashton" after you have shipped him
time of arrival as soon as you know. I am working on Friday But, will
what I can for picking him up on Friday Eve. Thank you Barrie, you are
Up date on the boy. It hasn't been 24 hours and I am proud to
say to you that "Ashton" is already off leash on our ranch. Follows me everywhere. Brought horses up from our lower acreage off leash. Went for
a short ride along side one of our horses. and is a real joy. I'm hoping he says the
same thing about me! For a dog that you know not to have seen a horse in his
life to an old pro in 24 hours. Now that's a "Hoytt Dobe". Pictures attached.
Dear Mr. Hoytt
I am not sure if you
remember me since I contacted you twelve years ago, a 19
year old college student. At first you refused to place
a Hoytt Dobe with me, citing I was too young and perhaps
too busy to become a mother to a Hoytt Doberman. I
cannot thank you enough for giving in.
When I picked up my
Mercedes at the airport. I couldn't wait to get her out
of her flight kennel. The airport officials obviously
could see that because they let me carry her in my arms
out of the airport, while a counter person carried her
kennel. She was 171/2 pounds of black and rust legs. I
quickly realized it wasn't her legs but her heart that
was really larger than she was.
The next months I
spent getting to know my new friend and taking her to
obedience classes. We were inseparable. In fact, while
in college, the electricity in my apartment complex went
out one winter night and I may have been the only one
who remained quite toasty until the problem was
corrected. The rest of my college years I spent as much
time as possible with my best friend Mercy. She happily
made the trip every weekend with me to my Mom's house.
We spent many hours playing on the beach, taking walks,
going to obedience trials and just simply enjoying each
I would lie on the
floor to read or study and immediately a 75 pound body
would magically "flop" down next to me or more exactly
as close to me as possible. One looking through a window
might think she was just my shadow-well she was. When I
was home for the weekend, my mom and I would talk about
how this creature was more then a d-o-g...you see, we
spelled it so as not to hurt Mercy's feelings. She
certainly did not know she was a d-o-g.
Over the next few
years, Mercy was to be a part of the changes in my life.
I was married. Mercy was pleasant with this new member
of our life but I knew she was just being nice because
mom asked her to be. A bit more than a year later I
found myself excitedly looking forward to motherhood.
When I was about 6 months into the pregnancy I suddenly
realized that although Mercy had been well socialized
around perhaps hundreds of people, she had never been
around an infant. I had, of course been talking to her
about "her" baby but what if my friend would not accept
my baby? I was terrified. I frantically (hormones I'm
sure) called you. After a long conversation with advice
from the expert, I felt better.
On March 14, 1997, my
daughter Mikayla was born. As you had suggested I had
allowed Mercy to examine my weight gain; it was
interesting to study this wonderful creature as she
gently would touch my stomach cock her head and sniff
just ever so lightly, then get excited and give me a
kiss. Barrie's final suggestion was taken care of by my
husband who took Mikayla's first sleeper home. I was
called and told that Mercy had sniffed and then licked
the tiny sleeper. That set the stage for the rest of
Mercy's life. Mercy not only accepted my daughter, she
Mercy slept in my
bedroom her entire life. After Mikayla came home from
the hospital, Mercy would not rest at night unless she
was allowed to check on her before going to bed. If for
some reason Mikayla was in her room and the door was
closed, Mercy would protest. At first, she would quietly
sit outside the door. If we were not quick enough (for
her) opening the door, she would whine until someone
opened the door for her. This was true from the day
Mikayla came home from the hospital until Mercy died.
On August 27, 2001 I
was holding her, trying to say goodbye to my best
friend. I was overwhelmed. Of course, I told her as I
had her whole life, how much I loved her. I also told
her how much Mikayla and I would miss her. The hardest
of all however, was how to thank her for being my
faithful friend through college, marriage, pregnancy,
new motherhood, divorce and all the emotions that go
with these tremendous events. I knew I couldn't say
enough so I simply said, "thank you for being the best
friend ever." I gave her one last kiss as her life
Mikayla and I will
always miss Mercy but we know that she is in heaven
watching out for us even today. We have wonderful
memories to hold close to our hearts. We have given
ourselves time to heal but realize the real healing will
only come when we can once more welcome a new "girl"
into our lives. It goes without saying that she too,
will be a Hoytt Doberman. Thank you, Barrie Hoytt, again
for my faithful friend Mercy. That said; we answer each
phone call hoping Mr. Hoytt will be on the other end
with a birth announcement.
Miles said that I should tell you hello and all is well.
My daughter and he entered into a youth obedience competition and Miles
third. Not bad considering it was freezing outside with a fresh out
snow. Miles was not happy about sitting very long and flat out refused
Miles is very obedient and listens to everyone, however my wife, my
daughter and I have the best relationship with him. I would have the
best because he spend everyday, all day, with me, except for Sundays.
So I send greeting from Miles and all the wonderful people of Sweden who
you for the beauty the see everyday in Miles.
September 14, 2005
Barry (and Training Staff) –
has been three years ago this week that you shipped
our precious Misha to LAX and we still say THANKS to
you every day for sending such a beautiful gift of
love to fill our lives.
Looking back, her arrival on September 13, 2002 was
one of “nervousness” for all of us, but we followed
your instructions to the letter and the transition
went off perfectly. You said “give her a little
cheese and if she takes the cheese, give her a
little more. Then slowly open the door and put the
leash on her.” We followed that comment to the
letter. She took the cheese, then immediately
walked out and did a “sit”. We gave her some water,
put her beside us, and said “Misha heel”. She
walked into our lives and into our hearts. From
that moment in time to this, she has been OUR BABY.
continues to run our lives. Both Paul and I have
been retired for two years now and nearly every
waking moment is devoted to Misha. She has her
special bed in our bedroom so she’s never far away
from us. She gets a daily three mile walk
from Paul or from both of us. And when my parents
come out to stay for the winter we fight over who is
going to walk her, so she usually gets two walks.
During the summer, each day at exactly 4:00pm, she
finds us no matter where we are, and gives us that
dobe stare with those big brown eyes. It means she
wants to play “hose”. We take turns letting her
bite at the water and she LOVES it.
have never strayed from your diet and give her
Purina Lamb and Rice every day. We also always add
the diet supplement and Pomeleen to her meal each
evening. Her coat remains shiny as ever and when we
walk her, people still stop and comment on what a
“beautiful dog” she is (of course we know she’s not
a dog… but our baby). The only bones she gets are
those we purchase from you. We call them her “Barry
you so much for putting the love and care into your
breeding and training. It reflects in the blood
lines. Her daddy is Romeo and her mommy is Autum.
She is a joy to have as a member of our family.
We love our Misha!
First and foremost, thank you for a wonderful Saturday and for putting
with us most of the day. It meant more than we can put into words for
get to spend the day with Mystique and to see her budding personality.
is everything we had hoped she would be and then SO MUCH more - Teak
our hearts and secured her spot the minute you brought her in the room.
rest of the day, she just tied them up with ribbons.
The next 3 1/2 months are going to seem like forever to us - and for
yourself and your trainers they will be jammed full of fun and lessons
will last a lifetime. All the way home we talked about the different
we would take our little Lady to further her "education" and help her
continue to socialize so that she too can get her CGC and maybe one day
well you never know do you :) We are blessed to have access to 80
countryside that she will get a good deal of walking and "hiking" on
maybe some "hide and seek" play training too!)
Linda & Mike
Dear Mr. Hoytt,
I really like my new home in Portage, IN with my
mom and dad. Mom has taken me all over the
neighborhood to "show me off." People are
impressed that at 3 months of age I can sit on
command, lay down on command, shake hands, and
best of all, I can ring the bell Mom has by the
back door that I ring to let her know I have to
go out. My only problem was adjusting to the
crate Mom and Dad provided for me to sleep in at
night and stay in when I can't go with them.
After a few tearful and howling nights I finally
figured out they always come to let me out. Now
I actually like to sleep in it, it's nice and
cozy with a fluffy blanket. We Dobermans LOVE
soft and fluffy things! I have a lot of toys my
favorite being a stuffed toy duck that quacks.
I take him everywhere with me! I must be
beautiful because Mom tells me I am all the
time. I like to look at myself in the full
length mirror in Mom's room. Someday, when I'm
older, Mom says I can sleep in their room at
night on a 6 inch thick bed Mom made for me. Me
and the cats are trying to come to some kind of
an agreement, but they tolerate me at best. All
I want to do is play! Mom has me ready for the
cold, windy, Northwest Indiana winters. I have
three very stylish coats to wear when I go
outside or bye-bye with Mom in the car.
Thank you so much for giving me a
good start in life and finding my forever Mom
and Dad. Mom says she will send you pictures of
me as I grow so you can see how well I am doing.
Mr. Hoytt, we just wanted to thank you and the Hoytt family for
assisting us with the purchase of our wonderful family addition, Sheba.
She will be 6 months old Sept. 14th and is developing into a big girl.
It's such a joy to see her everyday and she is just as excited to see us
after a hard day of work. You will be pleased to know that Sheba is WELL
taken care of and I have attached pictures of her as proof in the pudding.
Again, we can't express our appreciation and gratitude in
Jermaine & Anita
First of all, I hope that your Christmas was a great one! Secondly, I
should have said a few more words in my other e mail telling you about
the boy, but I thought I would have more room if I did it in a
separate e mail. EVERYWHERE we go, people are admiring him and
complimenting him and how beautiful he is. Although I don't say it to
them and boast, but I couldn't agree more. Barrie, he is the most
handsome dog I have ever seen! Not only is he good looking, but he is
the best behaved dog. He is so cuddly and loving. We have still been
working on the obedience training with him and like always, he is
doing very well! He is, which is very good, doing well with
protecting his house and mom :) and he is getting the hang of more
visitors in and out of the house. He does get alert and bark, but
once he sees that they are welcomed by us, he is all about going
around and getting in everyone's face to meet them... ha ha. He also
tries to check out what we are making to eat by resting his snout on
the counter as close as he can get to it, but by using your helpful
tips, we use the "OFF" command to let him know that is not
acceptable. He has been everywhere with us. He went with my mom and
I to Seattle to the Westlake Center where my modeling agency is, and
while I was upstairs in the agency, he sat and laid down with my mom
in the lobby for an hour without ONE noise out of him and even a
security man came up to my mom and asked, "So, is he a service dog in
training?" :) I love to hear those kind of remarks about him, and
every time I hear someone comment, I think of the people who helped me
get this dog. Thank you so much Barrie. I can't even explain how
much your hard work and dedication has been appreciated with this
dog. I hope to talk to you soon, and I hope you have a Happy New
Since Brooke and I received our
boy, he has learned to do lots of amazing things, like walking three city blocks
without a leash just on his “heel” command, sitting on the curb before entering
a public roadway, knowing how to “get in bed” when we have clients in our law
office, learning to be gentle with screaming little kids and learning to go play
ball in the park and respond to his “come” command with surgical precision. The
amazing thing is that he is only 9 months old. I am willing to bet you that no
human children by age equivalent would behave as well as my boy and his bag of
tricks as well as his understanding of the rules he must follow to live in our
world is phenomenal.
You know whenever I take
him out I notice little crowds forming to watch him, wondering where his leash
is, why is he so calm and responsive to voice command, staring in amazement at
my boy for they see a very handsome, very confident Dobe out enjoying a walk
with his daddy. But we also know at the same time they see Storm as "An
Army of One", but to us he's our little King.
In fact, if I had a
dollar for every time I heard the phrase “that is a gorgeous dog” I would be
able to buy another Doberman from you!
But you know Barrie, the
greatest thing about the little Dude is the fact that he blows up with joy when
ever I've had to leave him home even if I've only been gone a short time. As big and powerful as he is, he still lets me
pick him up and hold him in my arms, and at night sometimes he will get up (from
his bed) and
just put his head on my pillow and stare at me until I wake up and give him a
little rub and back to bed he goes. I know he's just making sure Brooke and I
P.S. Thank you for your