Oh my gosh, I seriously can not wait until this weekend. We are heading about 1.5 hours away to pickup our puppy from Lonestar Doodles (take a look at their Facebook pages – the cutest doodle pictures ever).
Matt and I have been discussing a dog for years, but he has always resisted. A lot of his arguments made sense through the years, which is why I never pushed hard. After all, I didn’t want to potty-train a toddler at the same time I potty-trained a puppy either. And mostly, I knew I would need him on board with me for it to be a good experience for the family. With my baby boy off to Kindergarten this year and moving to our new house that has an enormous yard, the timing was feeling better. Amidst our discussions of our “future” dog, Matt surprised me for my birthday with a Goldendoodle puppy.
At first the breeders were planning on keeping one of the puppies from themselves, so the puppy picture they sent early on only included 3 girls. This picture is all we had for a while, and I hung it up in my kitchen to constantly look at adoringly.
It is finally time to pickup our baby in 6 days! We are counting down. The kids keep going back and forth between counting down to Halloween and counting down to the puppy. Izzy told me yesterday that her dilemma is “I’m not sure what I’m more excited about.” (Isn’t childhood amazing? Your big concern is not knowing what to be more excited about?!)
Everything about the adoption day is ultra-organized by the breeders, because they’ve got people flying in to adopt puppies and they want to have all puppy-siblings go home on the same day. So, there are very specific time slots to get 8 puppies adopted on the same day. We are the second time-slot of the day and get to pick from this group of girls below (one of them will be picked by the people before us). It’s an impossible decision, because we think they are each perfect.
Who would you pick?
And HOW did you pick a favorite???
My older girls and I have been reading this Goldendoodle Handbook, but if you have any dog or doodle advice from experience, hit me with it. We feel like such newbies to the whole dog thing. We’ve got lots of love, but not a lot of know-how.
**Disclaimer about not adopting a rescue, because I know I’ll get comments and emails about it: I love dogs, and I am so happy there are people willing to adopt rescues. Unfortunately that is not something we can do. I have terrible, awful allergies of so.many.things, and unfortunately, many dogs fall into that category. Goldendoodles have the hypoallergenic trait of poodles, and I grew up with a poodle, so I know I’m okay with those. We are adopting from a well-known breeder that is known to not have cruel breeding practices. And when I say “grew up with a poodle” – I mean my mom did all the work and I played with a dog. This is why I can love dogs, but still not know how to really take care of them!**