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Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle Puppy (part 7)

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“I knew having a dog would enhance my life, because the last one did.

You become part of a community,

It’s like having another child.

All the things you do with you with a kid, you do with a dog; training, caring, socializing, being responsible for another living being.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 6)

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“There are so many little things that I enjoy about having Java.

I love teaching him new tricks and watching him learn.

In the morning, when the alarm goes off, he jumps on the bed in between my wife and me and let’s us scratch and pet him for a good 10-15 minutes.

I also love watching him play and interact with other dogs.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 5)

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Our kids weren’t around when our last dog was a puppy, and sometimes they treat Java like he is a toy.

When he was smaller, they liked to carry him and they had to realize that as he got bigger, they shouldn’t carry him, because they are a part of his world, but he is not necessarily part of theirs.

He is not at their beckoned call.

Everybody has to be responsible for Java.

We all feed and walk him.

The four of us come together to focus our attention on him.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 4)

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“He has separation anxiety and barks whenever I leave him.

We’ve been training him to stay in his crate with the door open and giving him a kong filled with frozen yogurt or peanut butter.

It’s still a work in progress.

One of the great things about Java, is his personality.

He is a very sweet dog and plays well with others.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 3)

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“We were used to having a well trained older dog.

When we got our last dog’s leash, he would run to the door.

With Java when I get his leash, he just looks at me, wondering what’s going on.

We have to coax him to go out.

Also, Java doesn’t necessarily pay attention to his surroundings.

If he is chewing on a bone or a toy, he will start chewing whatever is next to the bone or toy, without noticing the difference.”

 

 

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 2)

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“When they had a litter of three we had first pick because we were the first to put down a deposit after being approved.

Java was the only apricot and he had a white heart on his forehead, so we knew he was going to be ours.

We’ve had him since October 7th.

The best and worst thing about having Java, is that he is still a puppy.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 1)

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“We lost our dogs of 17 years and waited a respectable amount of time to get another dog.

After a year, we decided to get a Labradoodle.

Our first dog was a rescue and shed an incredible amount, plus our nephew is allergic to dogs, so we knew we wanted a non-shedding/hypoallergenic dog.

We have a friend who has two doodles from Java’s breeder.

We contacted the breeder, they approved us and put us on the list for a puppy.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from Hong Kong (part 2)

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“We thought he was a tiny poodle from the picture.

His name was Chuen Fan, meaning rice roll.

It turned out that he was being transported to the SPCA where my daughter worked.

We decided to go meet him and when we got there, his hair was long  and very matted.

He was not the tiny poodle we had thought he would be.

In fact, he was twice the size that he looks now, from all that hair.

He looked at us with those big sad eyes.

He was so sweet.

He was the only dog not barking at us, so we thought he was calm.”