ADOPTED! January 19, 2017


Arrival Date: 12/23/2016
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Weight: 75#
Personality: Weary, Anxious, Loving
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Needs more confidence
Crate Trained: Not recommended
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Not Recommended
Cat-Friendly Cat Curious
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

nokidsOctavius or Tavi for short is a young, male Doberman Pinscher. He was a product of some neglect and misguidance by his former owners. They downsized into a smaller home and couldn’t keep him inside so they opted to contain him in a crate on an uncovered porch. He picked up some serious crate anxiety as a result of being crated for long hours and having little contact with his family. The family who surrendered him acquired him when he was a year old and we do not know his history prior to that. Tavi has been around older children but due to his hesitation and fear (which we don’t want anyone to mistake as aggression) we recommend he moves in with a someone who does not have little kids at this time. He is a bit shy of men and may have had a prior negative experience trusting men as he retreats and barks. In dog language he’s telling us that he’s unsure so he will need some positive reinforcement, patience and guidance.

octaviousshm_bodyTavi is loyal as they come and loves to snuggle on the couch. He has a favorite teddy bear his first Ohio foster mom gave him and he loves having it around. He was transported to us just before Christmas and spent a couple days decompressing in an emergency foster home and then moved into our facility after the holidays. He has slowly (but not surly) met some other dogs and we will continue to introduce him to dogs while he’s in our care. We do not think he has had much experience around other dogs so he can get overwhelmed a bit with large groups but has shown a more calm demeanor around small groups of dogs. He really likes the little dogs.

tavishm_couchTavi has been introduced to one cat and did show some curiosity but not aggression. He takes commands well. If he is placed in a cat home we would recommend that cat have claws and be dog-savvy to tech Tavi the way. He will also need constant observation with cat introductions for a period of time until all animals in the home are comfortable with one another. Tavi has moved into a foster home and is now living with with just one gentleman at this time. His foster dad is slowly working on his ability to be crated and feel comfortable (he did damage a crate pan when left alone his first day). Slowly but surely we believe Tavi will come around and make an excellent dog for someone who is looking for a loyal companion who wants to please.


 Coming soon!

We are not a traditional shelter, we are a cage-free facility. All dogs are temperament tested and must get along with other dogs to stay here. Appointments must be made in advance to meet our Secondhand Mutts. Please call 216-664-9660 or email rescue@secondhandmutts.org to set up a time. We are closed on Sundays. We prefer to adopt to local families but will consider long distance adoptions.

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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