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Old 02-20-2014, 06:11 PM   #29
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You must be onto something there. Around my home in the midwest, I rarely see standard poodles, but on this winter stay in Tucson, I have seen maybe as many as ten of them total that folks have as travel companions.
They have a stately looking gait....fun to watch their movement.
Yes, they tend to be regal.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:56 PM   #30
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This is by way of an update, by the "OP." My wife and I decided that we were going to adopt (1) littermates who were (2) female and (3) medium-large sized or large and (4) anything but a beagle. This has worked out perfectly.

The other day I was checking out a dog in one of the shelters (whom I'd seen on line) and this little puppy caught my eye, demanded to be picked up and ... well, if you're reading this thread, you know what happened.

My plan worked perfectly. (1) Solo dog, no siblings; (2) male; (3) small; and ... (4) oh, yes, he's a Beagle. (Maybe a Beagle/collie, but a Beagle is a Beagle is a Beagle.) In his defense, Farley* is a sweet, very smart and very cute little clown who won me over, and then won my wife over. (* Farley after Farley Mowat, the Canadian writer/naturalist.)

We're also adopting a Golden Doodle puppy, due to our home when she's weaned in a few weeks. At least this one will be female. And hey, they'll be almost siblings ... step-siblings, or something.

Dogs. Sheesh.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:33 PM   #31
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Belbein - great story!


My wife tried to talk me out of adopting another dog by trying reverse psychology. "Go look for one," she said - figuring the research would be a pain and I'd give up.

Here's Daisy enjoying a little sun bathing on her "perch" - which used to be a place for family photos and beautiful flowers...now just our family hound with a flower's name.

Dogs. Sheesh. Indeed. :-)


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Old 02-25-2014, 10:47 AM   #32
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We have a +/- 75lb. Goldendoodle, male, who is now 2yrs. old, and is the sweetest dog we've ever had. We wanted a doodle and after doing some research went with the Golden due to reports of Labradoodles being very mischievous; Cooper never gets into anything he shouldn't. I know that may sound a stretch, but never bothers shoes, anything laying on the floor, does not get into chairs he's not allowed in (we have a cover on the sofa and he knows he's allowed there. If I'm lying on the sofa, he'll stand in front of me, staring at me waiting to be invited up, and then lays his head on my hip to look at me with dreamy eyes.)

We were open to either sex, but ended up with a male. In talking with the breeder was told that in her opinion sometimes females pick one member of the family and becomes that person's dog and she felt that a male was pretty much equal in his devotion to all members of the family. Well, our male is very friendly and loving towards all members of the family, but he definitely is my dog -- follows me around the house; lays at the top of the stairs waiting for me if I go down to work in my studio (he knows he's not allowed to do large stairs as we're afraid he'll blow a hip or break a leg).

Cooper is the most intelligent dog we've ever had -- he quite often looks at us as though he'd love to be able to talk to us. He knows if I get my coat, or if I'm carrying my purse, that I'm about to go somewhere and he trots along behind me hoping to go too, he loves to go byebye and loves all the attention he receives everywhere we go. He loves people and other animals, however, he barked at the first horse he ever saw, I think he thought it was an incredibly large dog.

He loves to go camping with us, but we are selective as to when we take him, and that depends upon what we'll be doing. We never leave him alone in the AS in order for us to go somewhere.

I agree about their coats, though, you must work at keeping them brushed. Cooper is a F1b, which means his mother was 1/2 Golden and 1/2 Poodle and his father was a full Poodle, so Coop's hair is very curly, which we wanted. The curlier, the less shedding.

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Great story and outcome. I train abused shelter dogs as a hobby and now retired from the real world do it multiple days a week. My strong suggestion on the puppy - socialize, socialize, socialize. Aside from getting her tired you almost cannot socialize a puppy too much. People, dogs, cats, kids et al. I am right now raising and training an English Lab puppy to be a Therapy Dog. She has, since eight weeks (now 7 months) gone everyplace with me. Some retail establishments allow dogs, most Home Depots do. So, we take her there and stand at the front entrance with the managers approval and act as a second greater, she meets every type of person there is and some dogs as well.

As you can tell I am pretty emphatic about socialization, especially between 8 weeks when I am assuming you are getting her (DO NOT TAKE HER BEFORE) and 24 weeks. Taking her before the 8 weeks deprives her of the necessary training given her by her Mom and her littermates - ie bite inhibition self control etc.

Good Luck and enjoy. We traveled a lot with our aggressive rescue Lab mix that had been severely abused and never had an issue, but I worked hard and often with her the first two years we had her.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:12 AM   #34
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As you can tell I am pretty emphatic about socialization, especially between 8 weeks when I am assuming you are getting her (DO NOT TAKE HER BEFORE) and 24 weeks. Taking her before the 8 weeks deprives her of the necessary training given her by her Mom and her littermates - ie bite inhibition self control etc.
Although I agree with you about the importance of socialization, I don't recommend the pup being taken out before vaccinating is complete. It's too easy for a young pup to be exposed to Parvo or other diseases that linger on the ground.
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cameront120 agreed, unless one knows the dog, it's owners and where it has been. But yes preferable to wait for all shots to be concluded.
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We bought our 25' so that we can travel the country AND take our 2 labs, which are 65 and 70 lbs respectively. One is a nervous nellie and we were concerned that she would be afraid of the rig. She seems completely comfortable and jumped right in with no hesitation so we were thrilled! Our shakedown cruise is this weekend but we are planning that they will sleep on the floor. We got the twin bed model just so there would be room on the floor for them. AND because we know they will not stay off the beds when left alone I switched out the dry clean only bed spreads for a dog friendly washable version.
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A Lab and a Bambi

In a 19' Bambi, we found that the this was the only place to get a doodle-less 90lb Lab out of the way. Not enough floor space. At night, we'd make up the dinette bed for him, then move him to the bed so we could make it up the dinette for breakfast.
He's been gone a few years now, but just thinking about him brings tears to my eyes. I still miss him so.
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Dogs, dogs, dogs [sigh]

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In a 19' Bambi, we found that the this was the only place to get a doodle-less 90lb Lab out of the way. Not enough floor space. At night, we'd make up the dinette bed for him, then move him to the bed so we could make it up the dinette for breakfast.
He's been gone a few years now, but just thinking about him brings tears to my eyes. I still miss him so.
My best friend, Seamus the Airedale, died just four months ago. I can't see an Airedale without tearing up. I love my new little puppies, but really, there's a hole in my heart where an Airedale should be.

An update on my "50 lb ~doodles" of the title of my original post. Farley Beagle-Collie turns out to be mostly Beagle, and one of the smartest dogs I've ever had the pleasure to be friends with. He's probably going to top out at 50 or so lbs. Ginger the Goldendoodle, on the other hand, is about as smart as a sawed-off cypress stump, and not only is she not going to be 50lbs, it's doubtful that she will clear 35 lbs when fully grown. But she's cute, and according to all of the women that have cuddled her, she's "ahhhhDOOOORable."
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