Let’s start off with the fact that we were only planning on getting one doodle. But we just had no idea….
A little background: Our Doodles are Australian Labradoodles. I started looking at Labradoodles initially because we planned for our new pup to become a therapy dog. So I needed to look for a breed that was developed for temperament as well as being allergy friendly, to reduce the possible impact on clients who have allergies. A no-to-low shedding coat is a bonus for a small therapy office.
What I found is that while Labradoodles (which are a Lab/Poodle cross) can be great dogs, they can also be a bit unpredictable in the allergy-friendly/shedding area. I did some more research and figured out that Australian Labradoodles have exactly what we are looking for in terms of health, looks, personality and suitability as a therapy/service dog. What I didn’t know is how amazing these dogs are and how much we would love them!
I found a good breeder (that’s not a given!), and brought Sam home when he was just a tiny thing at 9 weeks old. I thought he was just the cutest thing on the planet. As evidenced by the bazillion pictures I took of him. Well I guess I never really stopped that, did I? At any rate, from the moment we got him, he was the sweetest, gentlest little pup. He was so smart! He was such a good puppy, he started going to work with me virtually every day from the first day I got him. While he was super little, he couldn’t go the whole day with me, but as he got older his hours got longer…now, if I’m in session, so is he! He’s a working dog!
Here’s a picture of Sam all grown up. He’s a beauty and the dog of a lifetime.
About the time Sam got to be 6 months old, I started thinking about puppies. One doodle is great, I told myself. It’s fabulous to have one. I can live with just one… But if one is good, isn’t having two even better?
It’s like an addiction. I really, really needed to get another one. Really. So just over a year after bringing Sam home, we brought our second little guy home. A brother. From the same parents! We fantasized about having twin Sam dogs. But we didn’t get that, and I’m glad! What we have instead are true siblings. Both wonderful, but quite different from each other. And very much the same in all the important ways.
Here’s Sam’s brother, Luke. He’s super happy and outgoing. Smart as a whip, willing and excited to learn new things. Luke is a bouncy, smiling, happy little clown dog, as we like to call him. He’s just a little lover. He lives to socialize with every person and every dog. I put on one of the posts about him that if you want to make his day, just say hi. That is a true statement. This little dog is so social and just loves to meet everyone. The more, the better!
Luke’s mission in life was to be a “studio dog”. The plan when we got him was to have him go to work with Daddy.
However, through a weird twist of circumstances, I had to start bringing him to work with me. At first, it was to be temporary. But then my clients started to bond with him. And it didn’t make me like him any less, either. I couldn’t send him back to work with Daddy! Now Luke is a therapy dog, too. So yes, two of them in my office. And it works great. I should probably do a page about these dogs as therapy dogs. I’ll put that on my list of things to do…For now, however, suffice it to say that these dogs have been a wonderful thing for so many of my clients. I knew therapy dogs would be healing and helpful, provide comfort and a bridge for clients who have a hard time trusting. But to see it in person is a wonderful thing. These are truly healing creatures.
OK, so now you’ve met the Doodles. I’m just warning you ahead of time. If you get one of these dogs, you will love him or her so much it will scare you. These dogs are way more like people than dogs. You’ll see what I mean. I can’t tell you the number of times I go hiking or out on a walk, come around a corner and whoever is coming towards me will exclaim “Wow, look at those dogs, they look like people!”.
Remember: You’ve been warned.
These are special dogs. And of course, mine are the best. I know, I know. That’s what everybody says… Well, all the good dog owners say that, anyway!
Hope you will enjoy browsing around the blog and seeing the photos. Feel free to drop us a line just to say hi. We love to chat! Actually, it’s mostly just me…and I do love to chat!