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It's time to let the cat (oops, I mean doodle!) out of the bag...

For the past few weeks, I have had a little secret, and if you know anything about me, you would know that I'm a horrible secret-keeper.  I usually get so excited and can't wait to spread the news, but this time I kept my big mouth shut.  Well, I woke up this morning and decided that "enough was enough" and it was time to let the cat doodle out of the bag...drum roll, please...

 

 My newest foster, Shiner!!

I know I ask this question with each of my fosters, but isn't she THE CUTEST THING EVER I certainly think so!  Shiner is a born-and-bred Texan (like me!) and came my way through the DRC from a child-filled home in San Antonio. She is 8 months old today and is a small standard F1 goldendoodle from a breeder in the Central Texas area.  While her parents were both in the the 65 pound range, Shiner is only 30 pounds now and I really don't expect her to weigh any more than 40 to 45 pounds when fully grown.  Her stunning black non-shedding coat is fading to a gorgeous silver -- what an absolute beauty!

Unfortunately for Shiner, her previous home had a great deal of activity with 3 young children and their friends coming and going, and Shiner did not respond well.  She became fearful and displayed her fear with constant barking.  In a nut shell, Shiner's very social family did not take the time to socialize her.  I remember those busy days myself and certainly am not here to criticize -- the right thing was done when the DRC was called.  Yes, Shiner has some issues, but nothing that training and lots of love can't handle.  If truth be known, Knox and Courtney are probably helping her as much as me in reducing her anxiety around people as they have no fear in that regard!  After having three other fosters, they are finally learning that they have a job in this passion of mine!

Finally, I want to say that I ADORE THIS DOG and the DRC and I are committed in making sure that Shiner's next home will be her FOREVER home.  Most likely, it will not contain children and will already have a well-adjusted dog in it.  Along with a great deal of patience and love, I hope it has buckets and buckets of balls...

 

 

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Comment by Doris, Knox & Flash on August 13, 2012 at 8:57pm

Donna & Karen -- I wish I could have sent Carter to one of you, but who would I have chosen?? I didn't want y'all fighting over him, so I just kept him here in my hometown.  It was just easier that way, lol!!!

BTW, I hear he's doing great and is totally adored by his new family! Mission accomplished!

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 13, 2012 at 8:03pm

Me, too, Donna. Carter will always be "the doodle who got away" to me! 

Comment by Cheryl and Finnegan on August 13, 2012 at 7:54pm

Shiner you are a beautiful doodle!  I'm sure your "guardian angels" will make sure you find a wonderful home.

Doris, what a wonderful thing to do. 

Comment by Donna K & Quincy on August 13, 2012 at 7:40pm

Doris, Shiner is beautiful and I know you will find her a loving home. Sadly, I'm still in love with Carter.

Comment by Nancie & Gracie Doodle on August 13, 2012 at 11:13am

What an adorable and beautiful Doodle!  I absolutely love the color and such a sweet face.  From the sounds of what you are saying, she seems to be a fit for YOU!  I just don't know how you can do it and then let them go...especially when you have fallen in love with her!  Keep us posted on her progress...and yours!  ha ha

Comment by Allyson, Peri & Taquito on August 13, 2012 at 9:33am

Doris, thanks for fostering her - she is beautiful; her coloring is so unique.  I am sure you and the DRC will find a wonderful home for Shiner!  A family is going to be very, very lucky!

Comment by Doris, Knox & Flash on August 13, 2012 at 7:02am

@Linda -- I'm hangin'!!! You know how crazy I am about her...

Comment by Linda, Webber and Seda on August 12, 2012 at 11:27pm

If anyone can rehab her and find her best forever home, it is you Doris.  She is just beautiful.  Thanks for doing this I know it isn't easy.  Hang in there.

Comment by Ricki and Tara (doodle) on August 12, 2012 at 9:07pm

You are a GOOD secret keeper Doris!  And what a beautiful secret she is!! Thanks for helping her! :) Hope she finds a loving and gentle forever home soon!

Comment by Doris, Knox & Flash on August 12, 2012 at 8:18pm
Shiner is loving all of the compliments!! She is trying so hard to be a good girl, but sometimes her fear gets the best of her. Her future parents will need to be experienced dog owners who can continue to help her work through her reactive issues. I just know there's someone out there!!!

 

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