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Dobermans in Military Housing

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In January, the Department of the Army released a memo stating a new breed specific ban for all on base housing. The ban targets Pit Bulls (including American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Wolf-Hybrids, Dobermans and crosses of these breeds. This ban also includes other dogs that demonstrate a propensity for dominant behavior such as:

Unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching
Aggressively running along fence lines when people are present
Biting or scratching people
Escaping confinement to chase people

Every military branch has this same policy. So far it is ONLY the Army who has decided to add Dobermans to their list. Dobermans have played a major role in our military's history and the Army apparently couldn't care less.

Dobermans are very loyal, gentle and docile creatures. They are excellent with children, seniors, and everyone in between. I have done my research and can't find a single bite incident regarding a Doberman on a military installation. My grandmother (who dislikes all dogs) has even commented on how well behaved and good natured my DOBERMAN is over all the other dogs she has been around. So why is my girl banned? She is not just a pet, she is my child. Why is it that my neighbor's German Shepherd is allowed on post? Every time I go out into my own yard, I get barked and growled at by that evil thing. Myself, and a lot of people I know, are more afraid of Chihuahuas than Dobermans. The banning of a dog should be based on individual temperaments, not a specific breed.

When my husband and I recently moved into base housing, due to money issues, I was told, not asked, to get rid of my Doberman or live off post. No exceptions. It did not matter that my husband has dedicated the last six years of his life to the Army, spending one tour in Korea and two in Iraq. It didn't matter that he is actually employed by the Army as an explosive dog handler. It didn't matter that he spent 800 training hours at Lackland AFB becoming the excellent dog handler that he is today... nothing mattered.

How are current military families expected to want to reenlist if they cannot even be trusted with their own animal? Until recently, we had planned to stay Army until retirement. Now, we're giving serious thought to rejoining the civilian world. When weighing the options staying in no longer makes much sense. We can't afford to live off post, and we certainly won't be giving up our silent family member.

I'm writing this petition in the hopes of opening some new eyes to this subject. I am not only writing this for myself, but also for the other families that have been hit with this ridiculous policy, and for the potential future military families. I can only hope that my cause will be taken seriously by my politicians, and others. I'm asking you congress, to please help me keep my family and others together.

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Feb 13th, 2017
Someone from Youngsville, LA writes:
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Dobermans have served our country in the past and now they aren't even allowed on base. I've never had a more loyal intelligent dog than a doberman . My doberman personally is very loving and sweet .
Jan 28th, 2017
Christina R. from Hereford, AZ signed.
Dec 22nd, 2016
Someone from M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI writes:
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I am prior enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (which allows Dobermans) and will soon be commissioning in the U.S. Army. It kills me to know that going into the next phase of my military career that I will not be able to have my Doberman Pinscher with me. She is extremely kind hearted and LOVES children. It will be so disappointing for the both of us that she will not be able to come along.
Sep 18th, 2016
Someone from Broken Arrow, OK signed.
Sep 18th, 2016
Someone from Broken Arrow, OK signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Fayetteville, NC signed.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from Broadway, NC signed.
May 8th, 2016
Someone from Murrieta, CA writes:
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Dobermans are sweet animals and have faithfully served the Army and Marines!
Apr 25th, 2016
Someone from National City, CA signed.
Apr 13th, 2016
Someone from Oceanside, CA signed.
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