Hi, I'm Mozart

Status: adopted

Mozart has been adopted. Mozart came to DAR&E in July 2019. It has been a long and unexpectedly complicated road. We thought heart worms was his big issue and then came the Wobbler’s diagnosis. One fancy surgery later, he is a normal dog. If he hadn’t had this surgery, I’m pretty sure I can say that he wouldn’t be with us today. We gave him a chance at life, literally. Mozart is so sweet - he is so deserving. I’m proud of what we were able to do through Mozart and I hope he has the best life ever! Mozart is already adding to his superstar status. We have shared his DNA with Embark and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for their study on Wobbler's. We hope this information helps future generations of Dobermans (and other dog breeds, as this study is not limited to Dobermans).

About Mozart

Meet the great Mozart. Yes, this is the Mozart we have been posting about who had neck surgery to correct Wobbler’s. Mozart is a very large black/tan 5-year-old male Doberman.   He is an easy dog.  He has low exercise requirements.  He likes sleeping in the sun and hanging out with you.  He gets along with other dogs and cats.  Mozart is ~100 pounds.  He has natural ears.  He enjoys going on short walks and is okay on a leash.  He has been good in the car.  He is house-trained and respects baby gates.  He is food motivated.  Mozart is currently living with his foster-mom’s Doberman and two cats.  He is comfortable in his own skin, wherever he is.  He is incredibly sweet.  

If you are looking for a dog that will instantly fit into your low-key routine world, Mozart is the dog for you. Until November, Mozart is on a low impact only activities and exercise routine (from his surgery). Personal Note from foster –mom:  Mozart arrived at my house while I was having a new roof installed.  He never barked at all the banging.  He never got upset at the change in his environment or all the workers.  He was completely trusting, hung out and took a nap.  He is out of shape.  He likes going on short walks and will need that to help him build up a little muscle and stamina.

House requirements: No stairs or at least a place in the home where he can stay temporarily without needing to do stairs. No stairs out to the yard. Mozart requires a fully fenced yard.

Mozart’s adopter should be someone physically strong enough to handle a big dog like Mozart. Mozart is strong and can pull. He may also need help in the future should he regress at all. The adopter will need to understand his physical and medical needs and have the resources and willingness to spend them on Mozart. We are looking for someone who will do regular check ups and any other medical needs he may have in the future.

Because of his spinal surgery, he should be walked using a harness only, not a collar on his neck or other collars such as prong collars. In general his neck should be protected from rough play, children or dogs rough housing, etc. Mozart is dog friendly but we are looking for a calm environment for Mozart. This might be a home with a calm senior dog or no dogs. We are not looking for a traditional dog playmate that will roughhouse with him. Mozart is cat friendly and lives with two cats in his foster home.

Mozart is a truly special dog and we are looking for a truly special home, where Mozart will be the star and get all of the attention.

This is My Story

He came to the rescue after his owner’s landlord passed and they were forced to move and couldn’t bring Mozart with them. DAR&E then determined he was heartworm-positive. Mozart spent months in treatment and recovery and we thought he was ready to start his forever life. But then Mozart was diagnosed with Wobbler Syndrome (Cervical spondylomyopathy). Mozart had a new surgical treatment where an artificial disc is placed in place of the affected disc space.

DAR&E only places within the Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware, and in portions of both eastern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania. Please do no apply to adopt if you live outside of those areas. Please visit our Adoption Process page for additional information on adopting one of our DAR&E Dobermans & an online application!

Our dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and microchipped.

How You Can Help Mozart

A Tax deductible sponsorship gifts of any amount are welcome in support of our orphans.

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