college dogs

Cody, the college companion

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“We had the most wonderful dog growing up.

There was a feeling that we were missing something after he died.

He was a member of the family that was always a happy cheerful presence that made everyone smile.

Any time I was sick my dog was on the edge of my bed.

One of the things I loved about him, was that when anyone hugged someone, he would run over and jump in between and join in the hug.

I really missed that.

I am in college and I wanted to make sure that I was at a stage where I could take care of a new puppy.

Last year, when I no longer lived in a dormitory room I felt it would be possible to take the care that is required for having a dog.

I spent a year researching dogs and breeders.  I decided I wanted a Golden Doodle and found the right breeder.

Cody was born in March and I picked him out in April.  He was playful but not aggressive, and not too crazy.   He wanted to be held.  It was really important to me to have an affectionate dog.  He is a part of our family and it is important that he give unconditional love to everyone. Cody wanted to interact and play with me in ways that some of the other puppies didn’t.

In May, when I was driving him home from the breeder he was nervous for ten or fifteen minutes, but then he relaxed and snuggled up to me.

He had such short stubby legs when he was a baby, he hopped around like a rabbit.

Cody is spunky and energetic which is good for me, because I am one of the more energetic members of the family.

While we were in the park yesterday he saw two boys playing catch with a football and he chased the ball back and forth for thirty minutes.  He was pretty tired after that.

He is also still like the little puppy in the car that likes to slow down and snuggle.

We let him sleep wherever he wants and often he will start in the living room, but by morning he is in bed with me.

Also, he doesn’t like to eat alone.  If someone isn’t in the kitchen keeping him company he will ignore his food.

Cody is a companion dog.

When he gets older I want to work with him to become a therapy dog.  I think he would cheer up hospitalized children.

Cody doesn’t just affect my family, but he brings a smile to strangers on the street.”