Sometimes it's good to hear the wonderful things we are all doing as a group and this is one of those stories. Last Thursday we were contacted by the rescue coordinator of a large city animal control facility in North Carolina. They had three young male doodles who were relinquished by a puppy mill and they needed rehabilitation to help them recover from the trauma of the puppy mill in which they had been born and raised. They need socialization to people and life outside the mill. They need to learn to live in a house and with a family. They also need veterinary care, something usually unheard of in puppy mills.

DRC quickly put out a call to our volunteers and we lined up 3 foster homes and several volunteers who will drive the boys to their respective foster homes where they will undergo their rehab care. As we speak, 7 DRC volunteers are driving as they "Doodle Train" these boys to homes in North Carolina and Georgia. The DRC volunteers will be driving >1200 miles total by the end of the day, all to give these sweet doodle boys their first taste of freedom and dreams of a happy life.

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Comment by Frannie on September 17, 2010 at 9:00am
The big plastic bowl hasn't worked either. Harvey is in his crate now, but tonight the bathroom doors will all be shut and if he's thirsty he'll have to adapt.

WTG on the stairs Scottie! They can be sooooo scary when you're just a dood in a new situation!
Comment by jennifer linnell on September 16, 2010 at 8:46pm
yay! Glad that worked. Barcley has no trouble drinking from a metal bowl, but he doesn't like to eat from a metal bowl. Guess our pups all have quirks like people do! We noticed Harvey and Scottie always backed away from the metal bowl with water, when we offered it like they were scared of it. So glad the plastic worked and that he is excelling in the stairs sporting event! He'll be a champion stairclimber in no time!
Comment by Nina W, Georgia Director on September 16, 2010 at 7:45pm
Tonight I used a plastic bowl rather than the metal food bowl based on Jennifer's comment. It worked like a charm! Scottie was completely comfortable eating his dinner without being hand fed. On the stairs front he has figured out how to go up and down the back porch stairs. He is enjoying his new found freedom being to go out into the backyard whenever he wants.
Comment by Liz and Seamus on September 16, 2010 at 7:21pm
Heather checked in and Duke has Kennel Cough and ear mites! Poor babe. Still scared as all get up, of course.
Comment by Nina W, Georgia Director on September 16, 2010 at 4:37pm
K, I was definitely lucky yesterday as it appears that mine was the only car that didn't get barfed upon. I will make sure not to feed Mr Scot before we go to the vet in the morning.
Comment by Frannie on September 16, 2010 at 4:17pm
Thats good info Jennifer - we use stainless steels bowl at my house, so I'll try a big plastic mixing bowl with a stable rubber bottom. Maybe it will look toilet-y enough for Harvey! I asked the vet to give him a dramamine before I pick him up. He barfed in my car again this morning - he's just so scared. Thank goodness there was a mobile car detailing deal on halfoffdepot.com!!!
Comment by jennifer linnell on September 16, 2010 at 3:50pm
It's so good to hear reports on Harvey and Scottie. You are right, Frannie. I think Harvey would have a raspy voice too. He is an interesting dog. After riding in the car for about 1.5 hours yesterday, he started slowly trying to inch forward very slightly to be closer to my girlfriend that was helping me with the transport. We would talk real sweetly to him and he would lift his head to get little rubs under his chin. He wasn't as comfortable with us as Scottie was, but after a while he did ease in. They both were afraid of the stainless steel water bowl I brought, so I pulled out the plastic foldable water bowl that we keep in the van for Barcley and they (especially Scottie) drank like crazy. I wonder if the shiney metal or the clank of the metal bowl scared them?
Comment by Frannie on September 16, 2010 at 10:59am
Hi Nina - Bixby Foster Doodle was similarly scared of the stairs and I found that chicken helped a lot. It took about 1.5 hours and about 1lb of poached chicken and then he was a stair pro. Or he was just playing me to get the chicken :-)
Comment by Nina W, Georgia Director on September 16, 2010 at 10:55am
I have the curly haired boy in the third picture. His name is Scottie or Mr Scott. And yes I am a trekkie, but that is not how he got his name. The poor little guy is skinny, is all legs and a long snout. When he was drying out from his bath he reminded me very much of a Scottish deerhound. Every time we call him by Scottie or Mr Scott he looks at us and wags his tail. I guess that means he likes his name. Mr Scott is much like Harv he is a scared little dood. He will drink out of the water bowls, but I have had to hand feed him his dinner and breakfast. He is completely clueless about stairs so last night and this morning I had to carry him down the back porch stairs to do his business. In the last hour Harlow has taught him how to go down the steps. Now we need to teach how to go up. I have been putting each of his feet on the steps... first the left front, then the right front, next the left rear and lastly the right rear. Then Scottie gets a lot of praise, pats and kisses. He wags his tail and then we conquer the next step. Our back steps are 9 steps to a small landing and then another 3 to the back porch and mud room entry. Then there are 3 more steps up to the kitchen. Do you know how long it takes to get up 15 individual steps? Right now Scottie is traveling at impulse speed but we hope to have to warp factor 1 soon.
Comment by Frannie on September 16, 2010 at 9:45am
Again - thank you to all the drivers on the Three Amigos Doodle Train (and of course to my foster counterparts)! I have the "straight-haired" doodle boy (the last picture). I named him Harvey (not related to the movie, but because I feel like if he could speak he would have a very raspy voice and ask for a glass of scotch and a cigar - I'm such a nerd!). Harv is still a bit distant. He simply doesn't trust me or his surroundings yet, but when I went to get him out of the crate he started wagging his tail. I took that as a VERY encouraging sign. We're going to be all about the baby steps. Right now, he's a scared little doodle boy and he makes me cry a little. And laugh - while he's so scared and won't touch food, the water bowl, etc he LOVES to drink out of the toilet. Can't wait to hear updates about the other two doods!!

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