I remember when I finally chose the breeder I would get Charlie from, I chose a litter that would (supposedly) be 20-25 pound red miniature goldendoodles. Boy was that wrong! Out comes 3 cream doodles, and 1 red! I wasn't sure if I wanted male or female, and kept on swapping. I finally decided I'd like a girl, so I picked out the name Piper and bought a few pink toys. I was the 3rd pick on the list and was expecting more than 4 puppies. There was only 1 boy, so I assumed I was going to get a girl. Who do I end up with? the lightest male in the litter LOL. I knew the two families ahead of me chose to pick out a girl, so my options were either the last girl who wasn't picked by them or the boy. I asked for more updated pictures of the boy, and fell in love!
I chose to get a miniature doodle because I am a single, lived in an apartment, and was still grieving the loss of the 15 year golden retriever that I grew up with who had just recently passed. His legs gave out on him, and for some reason I thought getting a smaller dog would prevent that. That was my reasoning at least, even though I've grown up with large dogs. Charlie was 8 pounds when I brought him home at 8 weeks old, which I thought was kind of large for how big he was supposed to be. Charlie kept on gaining and gaining, and I quickly realized that a 20-25 dog was not the right size for me. It almost felt like a game, lets see how much he'll gain this week, month and so on! He finally started to slow down about 2 months ago. He's currently 8 months old (as of today!) and about 34 pounds. He still has some filling out to do, and he is still growing so I think he will be around 40-45 pounds full grown (he was 20 pounds at 4 months).
A couple months ago I was able to find 2 of Charlie's sisters through the breeder's facebook page! I was so excited to see what they looked like. I was shocked to learn that one of them was 9 pounds!!! Barely bigger than Charlie the day I brought him home! The other girl (the red one) was 16 pounds. I kept trying to organize a play date, but with the holidays around the corner it was pretty difficult to find a time that worked. We were finally able to meet this weekend and it was incredible!! Charlie definitely knew that they were his sisters.
From left to right: Fenway (10 pounds!!), Penny (20 pounds) and Charlie (34 pounds)
Penny: (She was recently shaved, so not as much fluff)
Fenway (literally Charlie's mini me!) with my mom:
A couple pictures of my Charlie boy because why not:
It was so nice to be able to compare potty training stories, their likes and dislikes, and their different quirky personality traits. We met at a park because we were all strangers, but all three of us have fenced in backyards (I don't live in an apartment anymore) so we plan on having LOTS of reunions in the future! If you ever have the chance to meet your dogs litter mates, I highly suggest it!