I am discovering that having a chocolate doodle does have at least one advantage (one that I preferred to ignore, actually). You can't see mud, dirt or grime quite the way you can on a light haired dood like our new guy Frankie!
Tonight was the ultimate. Frankie came back from their antics up the hill with a mud encrusted muzzle from his adventures with Quincy up the hill. Took quite a bit of wet towel washing to get him decent. Turned out that Quincy, although not quite as muddy, had a bit of mud hidden in his chin hairs as well. We didn't necessarily realize that just by looking at him. I certainly suspected it after looking at blonde Frankie, but it was not confirmed until I stuck Chocolate Quincy's face into the water/face wash bowl)
IS IT BETTER TO KNOW (LIGHT HAIRED) , OR NOT TO KNOW,(CHOCOLATE/BLACK) JUST HOW MUDDDY YOU DOOD IS??
OR just wait for the bedclothes, carpet or floor to let you know!