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Pet Modeling was my primary objective the first two years of Groovy Goldendoodles™…


I thought through blogging I could introduce them to the entire world and their pet modeling career would start – like that! #snapfingers

As an aspiring pet Momager, I just knew Harley & Leo could work for any company in the world and launch anything they wanted to sell #dynamicdoodleduo


Denim wear for men #callRalphLauren


Wine OR sunglasses… #Imnotchoosy


It just never crossed my mind that other pet parents were out there looking for that big break too! #likeitsallaboutme


– are plentiful. Across the globe. I should know – I’ve called a few! #noshameinmygame

They all –

  • ask the same questions
  • forward similar forms for you to complete
  • request a variety of photos in various poses

I complied, got excited, waited, and became discouraged when I heard from no one.


Checking my email, one subject line in particular caught my eye –

RE: Leo Bennett (Groovy Goldendoodles)

Through the website Harley and Jaxson often receive emails addressed to them, but Leo’s been gone now for two years #hurtslikeyesterday

Curious- I opened it!

Hi Cathy!

We just got a call for a possible job for your doodles!

Dates are 2 full days, September 14 and 15; likely NJ area-

It is both video and print.  The video will need a SOLID sit/stay and a retrieve and hold in mouth- as in sit and hold, not just bring back.

The idea is that ‘of all the things your dog brings home, fleas and ticks shouldn’t be some of them’… so it will be the door opening and a dog holding different funny things in mouth (like a toilet plunger, sports equipment, sticks, pizza box, etc)-

The print is a BIT more relaxed- they would LOVE for the dog to hold things but since print it can be for less time- and they are even willing to work with us a little on placing items in front of the dog instead.

Are you available for both dates?  Do either (or both) of your hold items in their mouth?

Please send me some pictures of them holding so I can pass along to the client.


Not a word generally used to describe me, but it was certainly fitting at that moment. After I found my voice I rambled incessantly to my husband, then mid sentence it hit me –

Leo’s not here.

Talk about knocking the wind completely out of ones sails. #deflateddoodlemom

It took several minutes and all the untapped energy I could conjure up to gain my composure.

Leo was the motive behind the birth of Groovy Goldendoodles™ but he’s gone.


I had no choice. Before I could legitimately do my happy dance all over the house, I owed the agency a call about Leo.

Doodle Dad has always said –

Bad news doesn’t get better with age.

As far as I was concerned, it shouldn’t really matter. Jaxson is approx. 20 lbs lighter but the similarities are certainly there.

Leo and Harley…

PET MODELINGJaxson and Harley…


I was right! It didn’t matter. #cuemusicformyhappydance

My head was spinning as I started planning.

I’d have to –

  • make grooming appointments
  • rent a larger vehicle so they would be comfy going to Jersey
  • find lodging (still have my La Quinta nights from the March Madness contest)
  • order new Groovy Goldendoodle apparel #Mommagottolookgoodtoo


About seven hours later the phone rang – again.

It was the agency.

When she started the conversation with –

the client really wanted Goldendoodles…

I thought – “this isn’t good!” And it wasn’t. At least not for us here in Doodleville. Turns out the client had some reservations about Harley and Jaxson’s hair. Too fluffy to model a flea collar. #noargumentthere

I smiled through my telephone conversation masking my disappointment.

She assured me I would hear from her again because –

More and more of our clients are requesting Goldendoodles then ever before

She asked for updated photos of Harley and specific shots of Jaxson.

That evening I recalled my day and smiled with sincerity.

Although it was a very different “kind of day” with the wrong “kind of ending.” I totally enjoyed the experience.

Perhaps this is the start of a new chapter for the Boys and the agency will contact us again soon.

But if another call never comes again – I can always share (and re-live) the one we had…

…and that will be alright with me us!

Start each day with a grateful heart – start today ❤️


  • Emma
    September 5, 2016

    Having done modeling myself, I can tell you it is a rough road. It is a bit like humans trying to break into acting. Lots of tiny jobs here and there, lots of disappointment, but it is still fun when it works out. Hope you guys find some work soon.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2016

      I remember your Mom and I talking about that a long time ago. She helped me understand location was important too. You all are blessed with Target HQ in Minnesota.

  • Sand spring Chesapeakes
    September 5, 2016

    Awe, at least you got the first call and I’m sure there will be many more to follow.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2016

      It would be nice JoAnn, but I’m no longer “obsessed” with the idea 🙂

  • The Daily Pip
    September 5, 2016

    Awe, I am sorry it didn’t work out and sorry Leo isn’t still with you. My paws are crossed that their big break is right around the corner!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2016

      That’s alright Pip – we had fun just getting excited 🙂

  • Shannon Adams
    September 5, 2016

    So very exciting! I hope you get some great gigs!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2016

      Hey Shannon – how are you? The ultimate job would be a Jeep commercial 🙂

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    September 5, 2016

    This is so fantastic! I would love to do something like this but have little patience and my dogs are insane. Just this weekend, I was trying to keep the dogs out of my new gardening area (which is top layered with naturally fertilized potting soil) and Scout out of the pond. I finally gave up and decided to go with it.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 5, 2016

      I am so grateful for everything new the Boys get me involved in. No two days are ever the same around here. With all your acreage – it’s impossible to keep them out of potting soil and fertilizer. It’s all too tempting, so good for you just “going with the flow!” I bet it was fun to watch them have frolic around…

  • Monika & Sam
    September 6, 2016

    Getting the call is half the battle. Hopefully that phone will be ringing again soon. 🙂

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 9, 2016

    Oh too bad it didn’t work out! That has happened to Mr. N too. The director decides to go in a “different” direction or the scene gets cut or whatever.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 9, 2016

      From everything I’ve heard it’s a rather challenging career to break into. I was just excited to get the call Mr. N.

  • Jan K
    September 10, 2016

    Well, it was fun and exciting while it lasted, right? Though with a little bit of sadness in there over Leo being gone. You have a good attitude – so who knows – another call just might come. Your boys are definitely model material, that’s for sure! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 12, 2016

      From your mouth to God’s ears JanK. 🙂 I would love for them to do some print modeling….

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    September 11, 2016

    Aw, sorry it didn’t work out this time; but your DoodleBoys are so handsome, I’m sure another chance will come up soon. I can relate to the “but Leo’s not here” deflation. Almost everything I do with Shadow makes me miss Callie all the more “cuz” the 3 of us were like The 3 Musketeers – #allforoneandoneforall.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 12, 2016

      I’m finally coming to grips with the fact that Leo’s absence will forever hurt. #period It hasn’t gotten better, I don’t feel “at peace” thinking about the memories. I still cry and I still want him back. I struggle each and everyday wanting him to return. It hurts like hell – so I know exactly how you feel, as you do me my friend 🙁

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