Today we honor our “Wonderful Wilson”. As many of you know, Wilson was pulled from a shelter, as he had been found wandering, was in an emaciated state, and most likely dumped. Wilson had severe mobility issues and through veterinary testing, was diagnosed with Wobblers. This awful disease made it challenging for our sweet Wilson to walk steadily. In a short time, we learned that the only limitation Wilson had was physical, as he had an incredibly strong spirit. This brown eyed blue Doberman quickly was dubbed “Mr. Handsome”, and although he lived up to this name, he remained humble. Wilson truly loved everyone he met, and had the power to steal your heart with one look, one kiss or a nudge if you forgot your sole purpose in life was to pet him. He was a star at rescue events, charming everyone and amazing people with his loving demeanor, in spite of his physical struggles. Due to his needs, Wilson became a permanent foster in the rescue, and received the treatments and medications needed to give him the best physical quality of life he could possibly have. With the help of volunteers and their families and friends, Wilson received the emotional quality of life, as he knew he was loved.
His foster mom indicated “There are no words to adequately describe this incredible boy, but “perfect” comes close, and this was the term that many called him. He had the most expressive eyes and his facial expressions could make you burst into laughter. He was always encouraging me by smothering me with kisses when I did exercises on the floor. He took every opportunity to be pet and receive love, even when it meant following me into the bathroom knowing he’d have my undivided attention …even if just for a minute. He’d stand or lay guard outside the shower “just in case”. Whatever room I was in, he was right there with me. He enjoyed going on car rides, walks, representing the rescue, attending dog friendly events, visiting his human family members/friends or having visitors, playing with toys, trying his hardest to run to catch squirrels or stray cats, trying to get his yappy “little” brother to be quiet, and shredding his comforters. Many times he did his own dance (the “Wilson Shuffle”) when it was time to eat ~ he was so excited! He also had quite a few things to say at times, and would tell us what was on his mind.
Reflecting back, one of Wilson’s best days was Doberfest, where he walked around almost the whole time, winning first and second place medals in the hot dog and whip cream eating contests and costume contest, and interacting with humans and new fur friends alike. He loved every dog he met (even some a little more inappropriately ;)).
Of course one of his most endearing traits about Wilson was his impeccable timing to 💩. Despite his best efforts to get outside first thing in the AM, he often lost his load “en route”, or after being outside for 15 minutes would 💩 immediately when he came inside. He’d also 💩 when excited and had no shame in his attempt to christen his Aunt Gail’s van or his mama’s truck before events 🤣. His Mama Meredith always said Wilson taught us “When you gotta 💩, you gotta 💩!” He truly was perfect.
I am forever indebted and grateful to Doberman Underground for giving this boy the chance at life and because of them, he knew love. If love could have saved him, he would be here forever”.
Sadly Wilson’s body began to fail him to a point where we knew we had to give him peace. Although he may not have been able to personally meet all his supporters and fans, his mama told him about the vast amount of people that loved him, and that he made a tremendous impact on all the hearts that knew his story. Wilson’s primary desire was to be loved, and despite the challenges he faced daily, he was a happy boy that loved with all of his being.
Rest easy sweet boy ~ we will miss you and will always love you. You will live on in our hearts.