If you've been hanging around here long, you know I am one of those crazy dog ladies. I stop people on the sidewalk and ask to pet their dogs on the regular (much to the chagrin of my husband)! Big dogs, small dogs, grumpy dogs, brand-new puppy dogs... I love them all.
Nearly ten years ago, right at the beginning of Pinterest (when you still had to apply to have an account -- #hipster), I was in the 11th grade. Much like many of the Tumblr-using girls of my generation, I got a Pinterest account and was immediately pulled in and fascinated by all the pretty pictures and amazing ideas. There was one thing in particular that caught my eye... so much so that I dedicated a whole Pinterest board to it...
This was (generally speaking), before the rise in popularity of the breed - back when everyone still thought fluffy, curly, perfect little creatures "weren't that cute." Except for me, that is. I was in love.
Since then, I have dreamed of the day that I could finally have my own goldendoodle pup. I even call Quentin "doodle" as a nickname because it is my own favorite term of endearment!!
When we made the decision to move and signed the paperwork, I started researching breeders. There is a lot to know and learn if you aren't familiar with that world! Fortunately, with borderline obsessing with doodles for years, I knew a lot going in and was familiar with several breeders we were considering. I spoke with a few different breeders and one definitely stood out in a positive way. Their knowledge, prior litters, and care for their puppies (and their mamas) was so evident! We placed a deposit in October and I have been itching with excitement ever since.
Initially, we planned to bring our puppy home in March, but during a drive to Maryland for my brother in law's final high school golf tournament, we realized, "why not go earlier, if we can?!" I reached out to the breeder and we were able to move up our selection date to a litter for February that would be born around the holidays.
Brody was born on Christmas Eve and is absolutely perfect and precious in every way! We are so in love already and I am so excited to finally have my new best pal here with us!
A few answers to questions about Brody...
What breed is Brody and how big will he get?
Brody is a mini F1B goldendoodle! He was bred between a standard F1 goldendoodle (mom) and miniature poodle (dad). We anticipate he'll be between 25-30 pounds full-grown. At the moment, he's about 7 pounds of pure joy and cuddles!
So far, I can't complain! Fortunately for me, I was in charge of potty training Franklin (my parents' maltipoo), so I have experience with it. Truly, it's all about consistency! Of course, there will be accidents as he is learning... but I am a firm believer that consistency and kindness will make it a positive experience for us all. Plus, most accidents are my fault (for waiting too long!), not his!