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Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) She said, part 4

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“Even before the litter was born I spoke with the breeder and we discussed what kind of dog would be a good fit.

The next litter to be born didn’t have a match for us but the following litter did.

I saw videos and photographs of the litter, and Rosie seemed to be the best fit.

I flew to Detroit and brought her home almost two years ago.

Besides having the ordinary pains of puppyhood, we had a difficult time when we moved from Washington D.C. to NYC.

Trying to find an apartment that would take a 95 pound dog along with two cats was not easy.

Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) She said, part 3

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“I interviewed each one over the phone and then selected the breeder I wanted based on their philosophy.

They rescued a lot of female Newfoundland dogs and put them in homes in their community and when they were ready for breeding, they housed them with the male Poodles.

When the puppies were born, they cared for them personally.

They did temperament testing so the adopter could be suitably matched to each puppy.”

Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) She said, part 2

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“The Poodle Newfoundland  dog mix seemed like a good compromise.

I wanted a dog so badly.

I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin so I was used to having animals around me all the time.

Being around animals gave me great comfort.

Once my husband agreed to getting a dog, I went back to the research and contacted Newfie/Poodle breeders.

There are less than ten in the nation.”

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“My fiancé has been more accommodating by respecting my wishes and not letting Jarvis on the sofa.

Raising Jarvis together has made us a better team.

We make decisions together.

We have learned to trust each other’s opinions and are willing to accept the opinions of one another.

We are flexible with each other.

No one is ever completely wrong.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“I thought raising a puppy together would be a good thing to do to learn about each other.

I’ve learned that my future wife does a lot of research in terms of solving problems.

My strength is the ability to be a good enforcer of rules, whereas she is a little easier on Jarvis.

For example, I don’t let Jarvis jump on people or furniture, and she is more lax about the furniture.”

 

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“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.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.

I have found that my dogs play a similar tole in my life.

For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.

They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.

That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.

They give the chance to be a better person.”

Percy & Watson the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how I deal with my feelings.”

 

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 2)

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“Percy, for instance could be shown behaviors and would remember them, whereas Watson  was taught certain behaviors, by having us catch him doing them and calling out the word for the action.

For example, Watson learned to sit by sitting and having us call out the word, sit.

Percy is five months older than Watson, but we trained them together, although Percy was already housebroken.

Percy is eight and Watson is almost eight.

About 3 and a half years ago Percy had an infection which turned into an auto immune condition.  The illness led to chronic inflammation of his eyes and glaucoma with scarring and he became blind.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 1)

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“I got my dogs with my partner, so it wasn’t primarily my decision.

I am extremely glad, though.

I wasn’t involved in selecting and purchasing them, but I was very involved with teaching and training them.

I taught them how to sit, stay, wait for us to walk before them and other general forms of etiquette.

It was interesting to see how differently Percy and Watson learned from one another.”