In Memory of Macondo. 4-20-2011 - 5-3-2013

Mac came to us as a transport failure not long after we lost Julian to cancer. We were moving 2 adults to New Orleans to meet with Terri, and this little surprise tagged along for the ride. I think we were set up. She had been dumped in a ditch alongside a country road near Avery Island, La. She was probably the cutest puppy anyone has ever seen. She was smart, friendly, energetic and a bit of a troublemaker, earning her the nickname "IttyBittyBadAss".

She grew into a beautiful, but fragile, adult. She was plagued by orthopedic issues but took her surgery and physical therapies in stride. When she was healthy she was an athletic, compact, ball of enthusiasm. She loved running with Leo on the beach, and could catch frisbees like a pro- often times my arm would wear out before she did.

Sadly, her time here with us was far too fleeting. A few days after her 2nd birthday we let her go, after a congenital defect in her brain cut our time together painfully short.

We are all broken hearted that she is gone.

She is missed by her Moms and Leo




Thank you all for your kind words of condolences about Hope.  They were comforting. I know that rescued dogs are special, but this girl was the heart of Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue.  Hope was the living example of Animal Rescue at it's best, and because of her, I am a better person today. 
From hours away from death by starvation, to healthy, happy and giving unconditional love to the many seniors in Gulfport's Naval Home other retirement homes along the Gulf Coast, and in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington DC. She loved to go in my truck and has traveled all over the states and finally here in Japan, where she was a superb ambassador for the breed.  People were simply amazed because there are not many big dogs here, mostly there are the toy breeds.  When most Japanese people first met her, they were afraid. Many times I heard the exclamation, "Oh a Doberman!  Is it safe?"  But once they saw her nubby tail wagging and felt her nose nudging their hands to be petted, they loved her and the comments changed to "Oh how wonderful!"  They called her "Hope, O ba-jung", which means Hope, Honorable Grandmother, and she was quite famous both in Gulfport and here in Yokosuka with many, many admirers and friends.  So many people have stopped me while walking Shogun3 and Dolly this week and offered condolences; even they have come by the house with flowers for her.  It is really amazing to see this.
My Deepest Sincere Appreciation to Ms Kimberly Gowand and all of the folks at GCDR for entrusting her into our family's care.  We loved Hope unconditionally and will never forget how much she impacted not only us, but so many people both stateside and here.


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