I've been in mourning since losing Daisy several months ago, and it didn't take me long to start researching breeds of dogs. I dearly love poodles, but became intrigued with mixes of them and labrador retrievers and golden retrievers. Labradoodles and Goldendoodles seem to be a good fit for our family, and are expected to have less health problems than a poodle alone.
After deciding on a breed (Goldendoodle), I started searching for reputable breeders, and asked to be placed on a waiting list for a puppy. Though it will be a few more weeks before I can bring her home, I got to hold my new baby yesterday.
Isn't she adorable?
Autumn has also been lonely since having to return Gallagher to the Pilot Dog program in December, and really wanted a dog of her own. Because she works all day, we thought it best that she didn't get a puppy. She contacted the same breeder, and inquired about grown dogs that have been retired from their breeding program. They had just the girl for her.
Meet Sophie! Sophie is six, and is a Standard Poodle. She's as sweet as can be, a little shy, but very loving.
I've written a bit about the walking that I've been doing, and my mileage has increased even more. Verne and I started thinking that it would be a good idea for me to have a walking companion, and inquired about a good match for my walks, but also a wonderful children's dog as I really wanted her to bond with Abigail and Collin.
They suggested Violet, a four year old chocolate labrador retriever who loves long walks, and was trained by a 14 year old boy.
Sophie and Violet made their way into our hearts and our home yesterday afternoon, and we're anxious to bring our puppy home soon as well. Crazy? Maybe. but there's nothing like the love of a dog, and we have plenty of people to love them back.
Any name suggestions for the new puppy? She's a girl.