“One of the best times since having Jarvis was when he was a tiny puppy and was so small and carefree.

He had a real innocence.

It took me out of the business of life.

He was a great distraction from the stress and pressures of daily life.

Also, on of the awesome things about Jarvis is that he was boron the day I proposed and my fiancé said, yes.”



“We initially planned to get a dog after getting married, but we decided to get a dog after Balto died.

We were thinking about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog, but we found out that they have a short life expectancy and that they shed.

Then we found out that doodle breeds are great for non-shedding.

My fiancé suggested the golden doodle because of the no-shedding and they are mild mannered in terms of temperament.

We wanted to get a puppy to raise together.”

Lulu, the Maltipoo (part 3)


“My kids are teenagers, now.

Lulu can tell when something is bothering them or they are sick.

When my son was around five, he was afraid to go upstairs to the second floor by himself and he would take Lulu with him for security.

Lulu brings so much love to our family.

When I see my kids playing with her, I enjoy watching them express their to love towards  her freely.

When my kids were younger, they could be moody–but never with Lulu.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 2)

“I’ve had Ziggy for two months.

The best moment was bringing him home.

I am going through a divorce and I have been lonely.

Ziggy is a great companion.  He is very loving.  His first priority is to be a pet.  He follows me everywhere.  It’s hard to get privacy.

The hardest thing is that he is scared of street noises.  They stress him out.  I am exposing him a little bit each day and rewarding him when he looks up at me while he’s on the leash.  I basically reward him whenever he’s not too preoccupied to take the treat.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 1)


“I’ve always had a dog or multiple dogs and I recently relocated to New York, so I got a mini Golden doodle.  I hoped that he would adjust to city life easier than a big dog (needing less space and exercise).

I also wanted a buddy.

I should add that my daughter really wanted a dog and that weighed heavily in the decision making process.

I’ve had two other standard Golden doodle’s and I loved them.

They are incredibly loyal, fun and sweet.

He came from Kentucky, where my other two doodles came from.

I had him flown to New York and everything went smoothly.”

Stanley,the red Poodle (he said, part 4)

“One of the scariest moments after having him for about a month was when he was lethargic and and salivating a lot.  He just wasn’t himself.

I thought he was going to die.

I panicked.

We took him to the vet and she said it was probably a food allergy.  We gave him a Benadryl and switched his food.  He was fine after that incident.

In general, he’s a fun loving dog and entertaining dog to have.

He’s very friendly to everyone and he always wants to play.

We have a new responsibility together so we have to work as a team to make sure Stanley is taken care of.  That work has brought us closer together.

We are more of a family.

Sam, the dog that was meant to be with Marcia (part 1)


“It’s really crazy.  I wanted a dog for 20 years, but job-wise I couldn’t take care of one.

I got laid off and was free-lancing from home.  I was daydreaming of having this imaginary dog.  He went with me wherever I went.

One afternoon I was walking with a friend in Central Park for exercise and I told her, you are going to think I’m a nutcase, but I’ve been having this imaginary dog.  We started laughing and 20 minutes later we came upon a woman sitting on a bench with a puppy that looked like a dandelion of puff.  He was just a little ball of fur.  My friend said, you should ask if you can pet him, so I did.  The next thing I knew I was holding him and petting him.

The woman said, he’s actually up for adoption.

The foster family that had him wasn’t a good fit for several reasons.  The biggest was that he had terrible separation anxiety.  When I picked him up from his foster home, the doorman told me they were gone of long periods of time and he would bark for 10 hours straight.

I had to break him of his separation anxiety.

I started to carry him around in a little chest pouch.  We were together 24/7.  I started the separation very slowly.  I made it into a game.  I would close the bathroom door and open it quickly.  I gave him positive reinforcement and a treat before he had time to get anxious.   I extended the time every day.  I always did it as play to make it less scary and build trust.

I wanted him to know I was always coming back.

The first time I left him alone it was for 4 hours and he cried.”

Mugsy, the matchmaker


“I’ve always wanted a dog but I wasn’t ready for the responsibility.

A friend of mine said, there’s a million dog owners in New York, I think you can handle it.

So I got Mugsy.

I always liked Poodles and I always like Cocker Spaniels, so I got a Cockapoo.

He is my first dog so I wasn’t ready for a rescue. I needed to be trained first.

He actually brought me and my boyfriend together. He has a dog, too.  Our park like our bar. We go on walks together.

Mugsy had Giardia, and got very sick. That was painful. He was sick from both ends. I took him to the emergency room at the Pearl, on 55th Street.  It was ten days of antibiotics and it was scary.

He is my buddy, that’s his job.

I would love to bring him into nursing homes and spread the joy.

He’s just a great companion.”

Stanley, the red poodle


“Jared and I had been looking for a dog for a while but we never had the time for a dog.

He was in school and we had just moved to New York.  He was graduating in May of last year and it would have been the perfect time to add to our family.

It was between a Great Dane and a Standard Poodle.  We hadn’t owned either but we have friends and relatives that have both.

In the end, it was that the Dane can have a heart condition and might not live as long a life as  a Poodle that was the deciding factor.

We went online and looked at breeders in the New York area and found that the prices for Poodles in New York were astronomical.  We decided to outsource and found a great breeder in Alabama.  we researched her web page to see when her next litter would be.  We were really interested in red Poodles because you wouldn’t see them often.  We just happened to fall in love with them.

We paid a deposit and added our name to a wait list for a red puppy.  It was unfortunate that we were at the bottom of the list.

She had three pregnant dogs.  The first had a litter of fifteen puppies and one passed away.  It was a red male, exactly what we wanted.

We waited and got a  red male in the second litter.  Stanley was the first red male.

We’ve had Stanley since the end of May.

He’s taught us patience. He brings out a maternal or paternal role in our lives.  I can’t really explain it, except it’s about caring for someone other than myself.

The worst time was when we discovered he had a heart murmur.  Hearing that at the vet’s office was heartbreaking.  We just welcomed a new member and hearing that we could lose him was frustrating and scary.  We would of course keep him.

We went to a cardiologist before we neutered him to make sure everything was ok.  He gave us the reassurance that the murmur would be clearing up in the next year or two.   It was so minute.  That took a hug weight off our shoulders.

We have been blessed to have such a good dog, but as every puppy owner knows, it’s a learning curve.

Our family dynamic has changed for the better.

Stanley has changed our time management and level of patience.  He has tested our nerves.

However, waking up to him every morning is a true testament to unconditional love.”