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While there are reputable and responsible ones out there…

jj…it’s important to know how to find them. I sure didn’t. #notthefirsttime

I call Harley my expensive rescue because while I thought I was working with a authentic, trustworthy, honest breeder, it was in fact a well disguised puppy mill.

A breeder has told you that the pups parents are AKC registered and they come from a line of champions. If you assume that this ensures they are healthy – you’d be wrong.

I assumed and I was wrong!

Harley came to us gravely ill and four months later his breeder was carted off in handcuffs on NBC nightly news. #truestories

A clean bill of health took months not to mention the additional dollars for vet visits.

At the time I thought I had done my due diligence. I now know I didn’t know what I was looking for. And this happens all too often.


  • concerned about the parents well being
  • testing their parent dogs and puppies for genetic diseases
  • honest, knowledgeable, and candid
  • willing to provide a health warranty


  • what are the parents like?
  • what is the breeders home like?
  • how are the puppies raised?
  • what is their spay/neuter policy?
  • return policy?

When we were ready to bring a second Doodle into our lives, I was better prepared. I knew the questions and I paid attention to the answers.

It made the world of difference.

*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” ❤️


  • Monika & Sam
    April 2, 2016

    Whoa, I hadn’t been following your blog long enough to hear the back story on sweet Harley. Wow, just wow. How fortunate he was to have had you for such loving mom who made sure he was taken care of properly-that boy is one lucky pup. ღ

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Thanks Monika – In some sort of crazy way, I’ve always felt that this is why I drove all the way to Penn to get a Doodle (so many breeders in VA) because I was supposed to save Harley.

  • Duncan
    April 2, 2016

    That is some very useful information for dog lovers like us
    Open Minded Mormon A-Z

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Hi Duncan, Happy to hear that. Come back again soon. Have a great week!

  • Emma
    April 2, 2016

    Bailie and I are both from good breeders. There is nothing wrong with getting a pup from a good breeder. Jax’s breeder even has a touch of doodle hair! Now that is dedication!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      I agree. I am so happy Harley’s breeder is finally out of commission. He was a horrible person and did horrible things to helpless animals. I’m glad Harley ended up with me!

  • Pam Margolis
    April 2, 2016

    ive considered doodles. we have a rescued bichon poodle mix but when the time comes to get another dog I will check back with your wise advice.

    Pam Margolis
    An Unconventional Librarian

    Co-Host, Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Thank you Pam – Please visit IDOG (International Doodle Owners Group) – they are a wonderful doodle rescue group whom I consider the true experts. Thanks so much for stopping by, come back again soon!

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    April 2, 2016

    Thank you for this post, I’m sorry Harley came from not so nice conditions and sick, I’m glad he found you thou. There are some not so trustworthy people out there. I’m glad to be one of the good guys.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      You are one of the GREAT guys in my book. I referred you just the other day! Your love and caring nature speaks volumes through the way you care for your dogs. I think the world of you JoAnn 🙂 #hugefan

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 2, 2016

    I’ve never worked with a breeder, but I know several reputable breeder in our area and I know who to call when I’m ready.

    Two things I learned about breeders is that they don’t advertise on Craigslist and they will allow you to visit their home. When we were looking for a puppy, one guy would only meet us in a parking lot. RED FLAG.

    Because of that experience, I ask for referrals.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Referrals are excellent, and with some breeds there are AKC lists of reputable breeders that allow state and local inspections, etc… For us, right now, there is no such thing for the hybrid world, so we do exactly what you did. Leo and Jaxson’s breeder (the same) are a husband and wife veterinarian team – I hit gold with those two.

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    April 2, 2016

    Ditto what Monika & Sam said!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Okay! LOL

  • Scarlett Braden
    April 3, 2016

    Hi, I dropped by from the A to Z. I’m visiting the dog sites today because dogs make me happy! Your post is great advice, regardless of the breed you seek. I love your page. Wishing you fun and success through the challenge.
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      Thanks so much Scarlett. I must stop by “Frankly Scarlett” today and visit. Please feel free to hop on over anytime, we love the company. Have a great week!

  • Lindsay
    April 4, 2016

    Oh my goodness, just look at the chubby baby, he’s just adorable!!! Adorable now too but as a puppy, my goodness.
    We know all too well in my family about puppy mills. One of my mom’s s from a puppy mill and she has one rescue as well.
    My boys have the same momma and dad, and were so lucky to have gotten both, because momma retired after Baxter’s litter. I love having siblings, even if there’s 8 months apart. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 4, 2016

      I think having siblings and litter mates are truly special. The best I’ve got is Leo and Jaxson came from the same breeder. LOL I’m so happy Harley’s breeder is behind bars – he was awful.

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