HAILEY’S STORY

There is immense pleasure in the company of young children. I’ve found if you listen intently – they will amaze you every time.

This week I was “amazed” again by a “little person” from across the street named “Hailey”

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Hailey is 7 years old, and has a rather “hefty” vocabulary for her age. Articulate and extremely polite, she is a doll-baby to talk to. Active and always on the go, she’s either competing with her swim team or playing with her sister JJ. And now that swim meets are over, she’s racing back and forth to cheerleading practice in the evenings several times a week. But on those rare occasions when she’s home and she sees DH or I outside, she loves to cross the street and visit with The Boys.

She giggles when she gets kisses from Harley…

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And thank doodleness she never tires of throwing “WIlson” to Leo…

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The other day, Hailey stopped me as I was turning into the driveway and asked for a picture of Harley & Leo. She said she was writing a story about them and wanted to add some pictures. This intrigued me, so I put the car in park and leaned into my car door for more because:

  1. I was very interested in continuing this conversation.
  2. I’m a huge “Hailey” fan, and I’m always fascinated with what she’s thinking.
  3. Plus it allowed me time to find some photo business cards from the console of my car!

She told me she thought she might want to become a “writer” when she grows up. She said she likes to write and hopes to one day see her books in the Public Library so that kids her age could go and take out books for free and read as much as they wanted.

I told her I was honoured she chose “my Boys” to write about, and said we would be thrilled to have her as a guest writer for the Groovy Goldendoodles™ BLOG. She giggled as only Hailey can, and then erupted into the biggest smile. A smile bright enough to melt the North Pole AND your heart.

So, without further ado, we share with you…

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Thank you Hailey for just being you!

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And thanks to everyone who took the time to read this story. One of us, will write again soon…

26 Comments
  • Terrie
    August 8, 2013

    Sure miss seeing those dogs in the morning. My granddaughter Olivia loves them ms Nikki baby sits her

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hi Terrie – Olivia actually knows their names now! She threw the ball to Leo the other day, but I didn’t have my camera 🙁 (bad doodle mom)! No need for you to miss seeing the boys though, just subscribe to the website and get a doodle dose of fun twice a week in your inbox. Take care…

  • Tiffany
    August 8, 2013

    Hailey did an excellent job on her story. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read another one of her stories.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hailey is so tickled to find out that so many people like yourself enjoyed her story. She will definitely write again for us one day.

  • Dani Marshall
    August 8, 2013

    Hailey is my beautiful niece! What a wonderful story you wrote about her. And a fantastic story Hails wrote about your doodles!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hello Dani – Hailey is my neighborhood highlight. I enjoy both her and JJ. They are incredibly sweet, so well behaved, and a treat to talk to. Happy you enjoyed her story, and hope you continue to read about the adventures of The Boys.

  • Caren Gittleman
    August 8, 2013

    Oh Hailey is a little doll baby! You can just see her personality beaming in her smile! What a sweetheart! Please tell Hailey that I just LOVED her story!
    When I was around her age I wrote my first story about 2 turtles that we had.
    Also tell Hailey to keep swimming! I used to be on a swim team too!
    Thank you for introducing us to this precious little girl and special ((((hugs)))) for YOU, recognizing what a special gem she is!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hey Caren – I certainly will let Hailey know you loved her story! How’s Dakota doing? Are you enjoying your new website? Take care!

  • Yvonne
    August 8, 2013

    I really enjoyed Hailey’s story about Leo & Harley. She’s quite the writer and gives great details about what she observes while watching them in the neighborhood. You go Hailey!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Thanks, she is my neighborhood highlight – for sure!

  • Claudette Pope
    August 8, 2013

    Halley is such a sweet young lady. I know that whoever she shared her story with got a great interpretation of exactly who Harley & Leo are. PS: tell her I love her shoes. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Seems like Hailey has really gotten tons of new fans for The Boys! She is a gem! I will make sure I tell her about the shoes. Thanks so much for reading.

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    August 8, 2013

    Hailey, Libby and I loved your story about “the boys” and you must follow your dream to become a writer. That was a great story and told us so much about Leo, Harley and Mrs. Cathy! Hailey you rock:)

    Paw hugs and Doodle Kisses,
    Libby and Lonnie

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Rock indeed! She is truly special. Thanks Lonnie, hugs, and rubs to Libby Lu!

  • laverne bennett
    August 8, 2013

    Wow Hailey you did an excellent job in being creative with your story.. Keep up the good work and continue to follow your dream.I’ll be looking forward to see your next edition.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Coming from a career teacher, I’m sure this will make Hailey “beam” with pride. Thanks so much for reading.

  • Darlene Valashinas
    August 8, 2013

    Hailey,
    You are an awesome little girl and I love you with all my heart…You can be whatever you want to be and I loved your story.
    Love Aunt Dar

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hello Aunt Dar – What a nice thing for Hailey to read! Thanks so much for reading. Can’t wait for you to meet The Boys one day!

  • Uka Walt
    August 8, 2013

    Just precious and a great job by Hailey and DM Cathy! Hi to all and keep’em coming!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hello Unc Walt!
      Nice to hear from you. You would really enjoy meeting lil Ms. Hailey, I’m sure she would remind you of your granddaughter!Thanks so much for reading about the Boys and their adventures, and give a bark, lick and a tail wag to Atlas from them!

  • Nancie Casey
    August 9, 2013

    What a sweet little girl. It is so kind of you to indulge her in her interests and dream of being a writer. She picked the two perfect subjects to start her journey. I loved her story!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hi Nancie – Yes, she is truly a sweetie pie! Thanks for taking the time to comment! HAve a great weekend!

  • Lori & Quincy
    August 9, 2013

    Lovely story book Hailey! I enjoyed your story and your very detailed and creative illustrations, as well. I hope you continue to write and illustrate more books in the future! Please give the doodles a hug from us!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      Hi Lori – Trust me, over the weekend, as long as the weather is nice, Hailey and her sister will make sure they give hugs to the boys while playing ball. Thanks for reading!

  • Ginny
    August 9, 2013

    Lovely story, Hailey! I hope this book has more chapters as you continue your adventures with “the boys”–you are a great writer and illustrator!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 9, 2013

      She certainly is! Ton’s of talent in this little angel – thanks for reading – love the comment too!

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