My husband and I are retired elementary school teachers in Southern California. We enjoy being empty nesters, but lucky enough to have our children and grandchildren living near enough that we see them often.
Tell us about your dog(s) and/or other pets that you have:
Our cream, apricot doodles were born on Saint Patrick's Day, 2008. One is a large mini apricot Australian Labradoodle that we named Ned, and the other is a medium apricot/cream doodle named Clancy. Our youngest doodle, Charlie, is our chocolate/white parti boy. He was born in November of 2012.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
We had two dogs and weren't looking for another, but we met a small Labradoodle when we were camping and fell in love. We immediately went on the internet and learned as much as we could about doodles and ended up with a smaller sized Australian Labradoodle that we picked because he just charmed us with his personality and antics.
Clancy had been rescued from a kill shelter where he was labeled dog-aggressive.I am so grateful that someone recognized that Clancy was afraid, not aggressive. Ned and I met him at a shelter fund raiser where he was being nicely walked around (this so called aggressive boy around a a bunch of kids and other dogs), and I was in love again.
Charlie is our youngest boy. He was a re-home through the DRC. He had been in two homes where no one cared enough about him to recognize and appreciate how wonderful he is and work with his challenges. He is a sweetheart who needed the right furever family and that is ours! We are so lucky to have our boys.
Have you read our adoption policies?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
I could help with clerical or telephone tasks, and my husband and I could transport.
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Thanks so much for your response back and information on the allergies, we are aware that every dog is different and no dog is 100% allergy proof. Our interest in the doodles is because they shed less than most and I just love them to pieces. Plus I know people that have them and they have made great family pets. Which is our primary concern, we have grown kids and loads of family around all the time so it is most important they are people friendly.
Happy to discuss and thanks again for the information.
Thanks for the comments! I understand everything you said and would love to adopt a doodle! I have volunteered at a rescue for the past 3 years and have seen/heard the bad stories as well as the good. I am a firm believer of "Adopt - don't shop" and making a lifelong commitment to a rescued dog.
Thanks for the pointers. Still in the vetting stage. Didn't say I wanted a small doodle. My current 'kids' are 8 and 10 lbs but my last husky was 75 lbs so I am open and have a home that can accommodate large or small! I realize that some doodles do shed and would take one that sheds if it was the right doodle fit. However, I would prefer a non-shedder and would like to find out, as I am sure everyone would, how to figure out which ones really don't shed. Do tell. Thanks for your help.
Hi! I just received an email from you. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I filled out a foster application before I signed up to be added to the group. I'm hoping that you received it. Can you please let me know.
Yes, I was aware that Colin moved to CO--a real loss for the Lake Tahoe and No CA areas. Each time I told him about a Doodle he and his wife jumped into action. Wish my Bearded Collie Rescue group were as responsive.
I just joined DRC since I was seeing quite a few of these dogs come through our Beardie group. Since we cannot take on Doodles, I felt it useful to join a Doodle group. I cannot foster, unfortunately, as we have our own dogs/cat to consider, but we did foster for over 20 years so know the ropes. I do have a great working relationship with our local animal shelter as well as many dog lovers around the country. As in the past, I will post the Doodles I find and try to get them out of shelters where they may be in danger. Those close to our shelter (Sonoma County) without issues I can most likely get into the shelter for adoption. Otherwise, I can refer people directly to the dog in need. I also work with The MILO Foundation now and then, getting dogs into their care and adopted. Networking is what I seem to do best these days. And, when a Doodle shows up on the DRC website, I always forward that information to awaiting homes.
Hope that answers your questions. And hopefully someone in the NO CA area will step up to assist with fostering, etc.
HI, This is Vicki, yes, I am very aware that there are no completely shedless dogs. My allergies are not so severe that it would be a problem. It has only been told to me that I would do better with one of the less shedding breeds.
I have read all the policies and such and I do believe that I qualify in all areas. I have researched this breed for over 2 years and have figured that this is the one I really want.
I am so excited to have found this organization and to possibly get my forever friend~~~~a doodle dog~~~~.
I hope I have answered any questions you may have. Please consider me as a candidate for adoption. My heart longs for this, my family is all in support and I really can not wait to find out if I qualify.
Thank you so much for contacting me. A very anxious doodle lover. Vicki O.
Hello, thank you for the welcome. Yes, we are aware she is heartworm positive and will wait until she is ready. ELlizabeth and Lori told us to go ahead and apply. On another note, our youngest is close to 10 and is dog savvy. We have two black labs that she has been around since she was a baby. She is also around 3 other family dogs often including friends dogs. Our oldest son is 11 years. We have pics of our home and I can send for review.
Hi, I just had a good conversation with Karen about adoptions. We will take Jasmine, if it comes to that. Truthfully fostering on a regular basis is not something I can do at this time...I think it's important for all family members to be willing partners, however that is not the case in my home at this time
My husband and I are very lucky with Chase. We understand the risks involved but this breed is so loving, energetic and loyal that we are willing to risk the allergies to have another. How do I move forward in this process? We meet all of the requirements listed on the page.
Thanks for the information, but I do have a couple of questions. On the adoption app, it asks which doodle you are interested in. Is this referring to the general breed or a specific dog listed on the site? Also, we want to ultimately adopt, but are not in a huge hurry and have discussed fostering until we adopt. I'm a little confused by some of the language in the fostering section and was hoping someone could help me out.
We understand that, as fosters, we have to be prepared for all of the dogs to ultimately leave us. Even though I know it will hard to not get attached, we are prepared. My question is, if we happen to foster a dog that is a good fit with our family, is there no chance we would be allowed to adopt that dog? I'm probably totally misreading this, so I'm sorry in advance if so.
Btw, I totally get not wanting people to try and use fostering as a shortcut to adoption.