I am married with two almost grown children. My youngest daughter will be going off to college next year. Both my husband and I are self employed, and home bodies.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs as an adult, with vet records in your own name (not parents' names)?
I just lost my Brewster, a five year old labradoodle suddenly to cancer. I also have a rescued minipin/basenji mix named Layla that is about 1-1/2 years old. We rescued her in August, she didn't know her name, or a single command, and was a nervous wreck. Since then, she now is fully house trained, walks, sits, lays down, dances, stays, and is calming down dramatically. She misses having a brother, though.
Have you read our adoption policies, located under the "About DRC" tab?
I rescued my origianal doodle from a first time "breeder" when he was 5 months old, and she wanted to be rid of him. He had never been groomed, had horrible ear infections, was covered in fleas, and could not even manage to climb a flight of stairs. Brewster was a good, good boy, and we miss him.
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
I have been very involved with my children's lives with athletic and scholastic, volunteer work, etc. I have served on every school advisory board that they have attended, and ran most of every fund raiser there was. Although I am not looking forward to next fall, when Stephanie leaves, I know I wil have a lot more time. I am hoping to help out locally with Encore Pets, the organization that helped me to rescue Layla, my current dog.
We have an English Springer Spaniel who is 8 and from a back yard breeder. He has orthopedic problems, allergies, anxiety - Man! Never again with the back yard breeder! He is the sweetest dog ever but oh so hyper and a people shadow. We lost our lab mix a year and a half ago to cancer. He began limping, got a diagnosis and passed away in the space of 2 weeks. He was 12 and we thought we had many good years left with him. He was our pack leader and had raised all of the family's dogs to get along. He looked a lot like King in your pictures.
My doodles are both 3 1/2. We got Ned at 3 1/2 months from a reputable breeder - this was mostly luck on our part because we knew some about puppy mills but not how much they trick you on the internet. Boy have we learned a lot since then!!!
We found Clancy in March of 2010 at a fund raiser for our local pet adoption center. He was given March 17, 2008 as his birth date which is also Ned's birth date so they share a birthday. Luckily, Clancy had been rescued from a local kill shelter by the pet adoption center. He was either abandoned in a back yard and turned in by a neighbor, or on the streets - not sure which. He had been chipped but the address was an empty house.
I am thrilled for you!!!! Oscar won't be Brewster, but I think he will worm his way into your heart quickly. He has had such a sad life so far and I think you will provide him with the loving attention and home that he will thrive in.
I am so sorry about Brewster. I lost a dog to cancer about 1 1/2 years ago - it can be so sudden. Be sure to fill out an application (form at the top of the page), click on the Doodles in Need section, check Petfinder (putting in all zip codes within driving distance), and google in shelters and humane societies within your driving range. Check back often.