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!!

3356573134?profile=originalI 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!

3356573236?profile=originalUnfortunately 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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  • 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!

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

  • 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. 

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

  • 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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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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