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I love my Doodle!!!!!

I owe my Doodle affliction to my son's girlfriend's Schnoodle, the coolest four-legger I've ever met.  Smart, loving, funny, intuitive, and absolutely brimming with character, I always look forward to his visits and take every opportunity to steal him for a night or weekend.  At first I thought he was just a one in million dog, then I started researching Doodles on the net and discovered he's very representative of the entire clan.  From that point forward I decided I needed my own Doodle to love and cherish, and so began three months of internet education in Doodle 101, gobbling up everything I could find, including this site and nearly everyone of its posts.  Each new tidbit of information, every gorgeous pic, and all the hilarious videos convinced me it was the right move so last week I took the plunge and brought The Dude (Goldendoodle) home to our family.  Unfortunately, my Doodleship got off to a very rocky beginning, when two days after welcoming him into our home, he tested positive for Parvo.  I was both devastated and terrified, hardly sleeping a wink while my poor feller has spent the past four nights at the animal hospital.  That's soon to be behind us, because today the cloak of sadness lifts, when I bring him home after work!!!  I couldn't be more excited....feel like a kid on Christmas morning!   

Thanks for reading.  Happy to be a part of such a wonderful gathering of peeps and hunds!

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  • So glad your new doodle is on the mend.
  • Happy that he is doing well :)

    Congrats daddy!

  • I know your pain, over 20 years ago our Rottie contracted Parvo at 7 months after having 5 vaccinations for that horrible disease! After 5 days at a wonderful animal hospital he came home cured and spent another 10 wonderful years with us. It is a scary, scary disease especially with a baby as young as yours but thankfully it is a disease they can only contract once!

    Congrats on your new doodle!

  • Enjoy your new baby!   Glad he's getting better.

  • Did he come home with the parvo? I just wonder if you took him someplace where he might have contracted it---when the pups I raise go home, I tell the new owners to carry them unless they are in their own yard--parvo is in the soil everywhere--and keep all shoes away from the pup. No contact with strange dogs, dog parks, etc...Once fully vaccinated, hopefully, you can let your guard down. 

    • I can't be certain, but taking into account the incubation period, I believe he may've had the disease when my wife picked him up from the breeder.  By her account, he showed signs of mucus in his stools the very first night while staying with my son in Gainesville, and two days later I spotted the blood in his stools at home. Immediately thereafter I took him to the emergency clinic. Terrifying few days, with me feeling guilty every second for not being able to protect my pup.  I notified the breeder, but she didn't respond.  I don't want anything from her, I just felt compelled to alert her as a courtesy so she could keep the remainder of her flock safe.  I didn't realize how insidiously the disease is transmitted up until Dude was diagnosed, but you can bet my guard is up now.

      My biggest concern now is trying to potty train him in the midst of a non-stop tropical storm!  :)

  • Vet sent him home with medication for the next two weeks.  He's definitely on the upswing....now twice the terror! 

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