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Heather & Jake
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  • Springfield, VA
  • United States
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Suddenly developing multiple tickle spots? Flea allergy dermatitis?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Aug 8, 2013. 17 Replies

In the last week or so I've noticed Jake has been pretty itchy and biting/scratching himself more than usual but nothing over the top.  Over the last few days he has also developed many "tickle…Continue

Tips on introducing to a new home?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kaytlin and Cooper Sep 27, 2011. 5 Replies

On Friday we are moving to a new place.  Jake will be in daycare while we do the moving, but how should I introduce him to the new place once we've moved everything in?  Slowly, room by room, over a…Continue

Problems with an irresponsible owner of an aggressive dog.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne ~ Spud* Jul 8, 2011. 27 Replies

This just really irks me so I had to vent and get it out somewhere where people would understand.  Has anyone else out there ever experienced doodle related dog aggression???In our first dog…Continue

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What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
Standard F1 Aussiedoodle - Jake
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
Our journey to Jake was long. It started when after graduating from college I couldn’t find a job so I started working in a pet store. I know, the majority of pet stores that sell puppies are evil and I had always refused to go in ones that did. However, this store kept the puppies together in a litter-like environment in big clean rooms with heated floors based on size, age, and temperament; the vet came weekly and they fed a good quality kibble. Although the puppies came from puppy mills, they were from ones that did keep up higher standards and not the horrible ones you hear stories about.
I worked at that store for 9 months before I landed a “real job,” and obviously became very picky about knowing what exactly I wanted in a puppy and what to look for. The whole time I was there, there was only ONE puppy that stole my heart and I wanted to take home but could not due to apartment size limits. He was a Chocolate F1B Labradoodle whom I named Reggie, who’s “breeder” was on the State Board of Agriculture and in charge of going around inspecting kennels making sure they were up to code. One day, Reggie was being sold as I came in for my shift. Needless to say I balled my eyes out and went to say goodbye… he went to the best possible family and they came to visit often, with the now renamed Coco.
After Reggie was gone, my favorite breed has always been Australian Shepherds, and I knew I really wanted to work with a breeder where I could go out and see the parents, kennels, etc. We found a great breeder for miniature Aussies and picked out a little guy at 2.5 weeks based on pictures (I had my heart set on a red merle male). At five weeks we visited and fell in love. I named him Reggie as well, because he had the exact same great temperament. At seven weeks the breeder did the Volhards temperament test and it came up exactly as I wanted and we prepared to take out little guy home. Then bad news... Reggie was sick and had to be rushed to the vet. He kept getting sick on and off for the next few weeks until he finally passed away at 11 weeks.
We decided to wait and continue working with our breeder and kept going back to meet new litters, but there was never another pup like Reggie. We waited some more and one day, almost a year later and a less than a month before I was moving to start grad school, I looked at the old pet store’s website for available puppies and saw Jake, the F1 Aussiedoodle. IMMEDIATELY I felt he was going to be the one and we went that very night to meet him. He was a red merle male, just like I wanted, but when I saw his chart he was also the half-brother (same father) of Reggie #1, with the exact same temperament as both the Reggies’. I was ecstatic but still very apprehensive due to the fact that he was a pet store puppy. I went back every day for 5 days straight, sometimes twice a day. During this time, all of his brothers and sisters were sold who had more spunky personalities and my “calm” little guy was left. On the last night I came to visit, another family was playing at him. They loved him but needed to sleep on it. Of course, five minutes after they left I was signing the papers. Seeing someone almost take him away and remembering how I felt after my first Reggie was sold, I knew right then and there that even though he wasn’t from a breeder, he was my dog and I’ve never looked back or regretted my decision.
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
play fetch, hike, play in the water, go for car rides
Does your doodle(s) shed?
Nope!
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Would you be willing to Dog Sit on occasion for other DoodleKisses members? (You are NOT committing to anything by saying yes - you are just saying you might be willing to do this if you were acquainted with the other member and the circumstances were right.)
Yes

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At 9:55am on December 1, 2011, Christine & Shelby said…

Happy Birthday!!!  We hope you have a day full celebration with friends, family and of course.... Doodles!

Christine & Shelby

At 8:17am on December 1, 2011, Ann Kendig said…

Your doodle looks like over time it lost all the apricot "ish" corloring and ended up mostly black and grey.  My Sheba who is a golden doodle did the same thing.  She has some beautiful markings, kind of a brindle.  Anyway, loved looking at your pictures!

At 8:14am on December 1, 2011, Ann Kendig said…

I loved reading your story!  What a beautiful doodle!!

At 6:49am on July 7, 2011, shelly said…
Hi Heather... KNOCK wood - and I'm knocking real hard -lol... Tori's on Nature's recipe canned - Homestyle Ground Chicken - easy to digest.  Probably NOT the "best" of foods, but it works and she likes it!  I also put  a spoonful of pumpkin mixed in at times too.  Glad to hear Jake is doing better!
At 11:10pm on July 1, 2011, shelly said…
Hi Heather!  How is Jake doing with his 'digestion issues'?  Funny how many aussidoodles have some digestion problems when they are young.
At 11:44am on June 21, 2011, Ann Kendig said…
Jake is stunning!  He is lucky to have you!
At 10:29am on June 6, 2011, Susan and Sasha said…

Welcome to DoodleKisses Heather and Jake...

It's a great place to learn all about Doodles and to meet new friends...

There are lots of groups...so be sure to take a look and join what you like best.

We hope you like it here as much as we do!

At 8:03pm on May 23, 2011, Jennifer,Chloe & Myla said…
At 7:24pm on May 23, 2011, shelly said…
That's funny.. tori has a sensitive stomach too.  It took quite a while before we actually found a food she can tolerate.  Enjoy Jake!  He's a beauty!
At 6:19pm on May 22, 2011, Donna K & Quincy said…
 
 
 

 

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