Can you rescue / adopt a Goldendoodle?
Believe it or not, these adorable little creatures are surrendered to rescue re-homing organizations more than you would believe.
Impulsive decisions. Sometimes when something new hits the scene people want it – not giving much thought to the responsibility it requires –
- High energy – means just that! They are very playful and active. They require attention
- Hypo-allergenic – a term often misunderstood
- Lack of knowledge – not understanding crossbreed dogs
- Maintenance – regular grooming is involved
Harley probably would have succumbed to his illness had we not found one another…
…but truth be told – he really saved me!
Life hasn’t been the same since he leaped into my arms 7 years ago.
David Tinsch – a FaceBook friend wrote an entry one day about “finding” his Goldendoodle Charlie. Sometimes when you think you’re rescuing the animal, he’s really rescuing you…
9 years ago this morning, I walked into an animal shelter in New Jersey to meet and check out dog #11610. I had, “a hole in my heart” as someone told me. A hole that only a dog could fill.
Multiple buildings in a row, connected by short covered sidewalks. Pit bull after pit bull, Rottweilers, mutts and more pit bulls.
And finally, in the last cage of the last building…was dog #11610.
As I walk towards his “cell”, he laid down and slit his paws under the door.
A volunteer led us to a small enclosed yard where we played for 15 minutes or so, to see “if I liked him”. We wrestled and played on the ground, and I laughed the entire time. He was dirty, matted, and smelled of urine. But the reality was that, “he had me at hello”!
My eyes filled with tears as I said goodby and walked away. The last thing I wanted to do was leave MY Charlie there alone and afraid, as we both had to wait ten days for his owner to come claim him.
But. ..the never did.
I didn’t know at the time that he was sick…but I’m sure his owners did. Who “looses” a Goldendoodle and never looks for him at the local shelter?! He was picked up as a stray wearing a collar but no tags. Most likely tossed aside and abandoned because he threw up a lot…even though he couldn’t help it.
Ten days later, I returned to that shelter to bring my boy home!
He road in the back of my van, and still looked and smelled every bit as bad as he did the first time I laid eyes on him. He had been neutered, and couldn’t be bathed for another 10 days.
I remember saying to him as we pulled away…” I’m your new dad! I’ve never had a dog before, and I’m a little nervous. I hope I’ll do a good job.”
So, here we are nine years later.
We got divorced, lost my folks, made 65 trip to Penn Veterinary Hospital, met wonderful women who loved dating him more than they did me😉
I thought we were gonna have to say “goodbye” on more than one occasion, but…we’ve gotten through it all, together.
People often say nice things to me about saving Charlie’s life. But I think it’s he who should truly be getting the accolades…for saving mine.
Charlie, Chachi, C-dog, Chaz, Char-man, Charles, fuzz head, Charlie “chicken leg”, muppet man…
If you’re interested in rescuing a Goldendoodle of your very own or becoming a foster home – there are wonderful Doodle organizations to reach out to for more information.
These are the ones I am familiar with –
IDOG RESCUE (International Doodle Owners Group) *look for an interview blog post from me with Kate Singleton next month.
DRC (Doodle Rescue Collective, Inc.)
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.
We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.
Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️