By Wednesday, August 5, 2015 22 Permalink

What in the doodle would you do if the little boy (from next door) whose loved your dogs for years…


…and has spent years dreaming about having his own dog asks you:

“Hey, Ms. Cathy, Finley’s coming home on Friday and I’ve written down a few notes on what to do. Can I share them with you?”


For those of you who haven’t met “Finley” – please read A NEW PUPPY.


Since I was about to take my last walk of the day, I told Marshall to come with me. I figured we could do…


He brought his “notes.” I smothered a chuckle when I saw the stack of 3×5 memo cards in his hands. He had quite a few – so I decided on the M walk.


Like T-Shirt sizes the Boys and I have three different walks:

S / M / L

  • Short
  • Medium
  • Long


He read his notes. Most of his concerns wouldn’t be applicable until Finley was much older – like having her teeth professionally cleaned 🙂

It didn’t take me too long to realize while he was excited about his puppy’s arrival, he had also worked himself into a frenzy surfing the net, overloading on information, confusing himself AND me.

Our “M” walk allowed him to get through all his questions. It was an impressive conversation for an eleven year old I thought, as I waved goodbye watching him hop through his front door.

The following day, I took him a personalized reference book filled with photos of him, Harley and Jax. It had a couple of reminders of things he’s learned how to do over the years with my Boys.

It was designed to help him remember, this wasn’t exactly his first “Doodle rodeo” and in time he would be confident and comfortable handling Finley.

Here is an online flip book version of his book –

MARSHALL’S GOLDENDOODLE HANDBOOK                                                                                              I am happy to report – in less than one week, Marshall is already a master when it comes to loving and caring for Finley…DSCN2092                                                                                                                             Thank you for stopping by –  share us with your friends!   Signature  This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog HopWORDLESS WEDNESDAY


  • Anne
    August 5, 2015

    Sounds like Finley is going to have a great place to live. What better way to grow than with a young boy, especially one who obviously will make the time and commitment to raise him right.

  • Yvonne Smith
    August 5, 2015

    What a great story about Marshal and I’m sure he’ll be a great help to his family in caring for Finley. Because after all he’s been hangout and learning from best doodle mom Right Harley & Jaxson

  • Michelle Liew
    August 5, 2015

    The M Walk is clever. They really look the letter!

  • nichole
    August 5, 2015

    Oh the poor dear… but shows what a responsible young man he is… and smart!

  • LeeAnna Paylor
    August 5, 2015

    awesome! What a connection you have to the boys, and omgoodle. Finely is soooo cute. LeeAnna

  • Sharon Seltzer
    August 5, 2015

    I’m so impressed that a young boy took the time to do all of this research about his new dog. It looks like he’s on his way to being a responsible and loving Jr. pet parent.

  • Jan K
    August 5, 2015

    What a wonderful neighbor and friend you are to have done all this to help them out by going with them to get the puppy, and to help Marshall get ready for their new addition!
    That is so sweet that he wants to do everything right. I have a feeling he won’t be like some children who lose interest and leave the dog’s care to the parents….he’ll be helping every step of the way, and making such perfect memories of his first dog. 🙂

  • De Hufford
    August 5, 2015

    Marshall must be very smart! We bet he’ll make a fantastic pet parent!

  • Melody Lassalle
    August 5, 2015

    What a sweet story! I bet he’s going to be great with his puppy. All I want to know is why weren’t you around when I got my first dog? I really could have used the manual! 😀

  • Robin
    August 5, 2015

    I think it is wonderful that he came to you for advice! He is off on the right foot if he is already taking the time to learn about caring for a dog. So many people get a pet on a whim and have no idea what kinds of needs that pet may have. Marshall sounds like a great young man. 🙂

  • Emma
    August 5, 2015

    Hopefully he will always be an attentive and wonderful pet parent since he has already learned so much at his young age.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2015

      I have absoDOODLEtutely no doubt Emma. They will be incredibly attentive.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    August 5, 2015

    It’s so adorable about how he’s so concerned about taking good care of his puppy. Finley found a good home!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2015

      They are the product of two educators. They approach almost everything in this manner. Love these little kids – so happy for them all.

  • Emmy Scammahorn
    August 5, 2015

    Wow! If all dog owners started out this way, rescues and shelters would go out of business!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2015

      Isn’t that the truth Emmy. Prayerfully my assistance will lend them to lean forward and help someone else one day, and so on and so on. Paying it forward just might rid the country of rescues and shelters. #onecandream

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    August 5, 2015

    how very cute. great post, what a sweet young man.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2015

      Thanks Joann. Marshall, Mason – the entire family are ready for a puppy. Finley is a blessed little doodle.

  • bailey unleashed
    August 5, 2015

    i think that is absolutely adorable. what a sweetie he is. i bet your neighbors are over the moon with their new puppy! best wishes to all of them.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2015

      Bailey – they are off the hook with excitement. It’s quite contagious too! Love seeing the entire family so happy. Our job is done!!!

  • Pamela
    August 8, 2015

    Your flip book for Marshall was amazing. Every young man should have such a kind mentor.

    Finley is one lucky pup.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2015

      Thanks Pamela – he is a special little boy – and it was a pleasure to put the book together.