Diane Papazian was initially skeptical to add another dog to the family. They already owned a Fox Terrier and she discovered that she had allergies. But when the breeder called to ask her and her husband Harry to take the tiny 4-month-old Doberman Pinscher home a little early, they said yes. The Staten Island family settled in with their new family member Troy.
One evening, a few years ago, while he was still a puppy, Troy was snuggling in bed with the Papazians. "One night, he was curled up between us in bed. He kept nuzzling up against my left side." Troy's persistent nuzzling triggered an allergic reaction. "I (scratched) myself, and then I popped up in bed and said, 'Holy cow! What's this?'"