Jackie V, Gaston
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Where are you located?
Tell us about yourself and how we might help you:
My husband and I live on a farm in Ben Wheeler, Texas. I am a retired paralegal and part-time organist at our church; and my husband plans to retire from First State Bank of Ben Wheeler in a couple of years. We have adopted and raised my 17-year-old grandson, and he will be graduating and going to college next year. My husband owned a standard poodle many years ago, and more recently (3 years ago) he lost his sweet lab named Dixie to cancer. We met a Labradoodle over the July 4th holidays, and fell in love with the breed.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs in the past? Any other pets?
We currently own an 11-year old male Maltese named Bevo and a 4-year-old Schnauzer/Scottie mix girl named LadyBug (who I rescued when some creep threw her out on the freeway as a puppy). I have owned a male pug (Chewy) who died at age 11 after suffering many years from pancreatits, a female Pekingese (Fifi) who died at age 18 from severe arthritis, and a 19-year-old female Yorkie (Trixie) who we had to put down last year due to an inoperable throat cyst. I rescued Trixie from our groomer/boarder when she was 10 years old and her owner left her there. My husband, Randy, has owned the standard poodle, a Great Dane, before we met and married, and the Lab named Dixie. All of our pets are or have been spayed or neutered, and we do not intend to breed.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
Since Randy has owned both a standard poodle and a Lab, and since we recently met the Labradoodle, we both fell in love with the breed. We have a fenced full 2-acre yard in addition to a 7-acre farm (which is also fully fenced). We also have a doggie door that opens onto our 2-acre yard, and only close it up if one of the dogs is ill or if the weather is extremely hot or cold. But, our dogs mostly stay indoors, anyway.
Have you read our adoption policies?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
We have rescued at least two dogs (Lady and Trixie). We would be interested in volunteering if this doesn't require a lot of traveling. We don't like to leave our animals at home alone for too long.

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At 12:28am on July 11, 2019, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

Welcome to the DRC website.
Here is a ‘must read’ article with information you should know before you apply to adopt a doodle: http://doodlerescue.org/forum/topics/information-for-anyone-interested-in-adopting-a-doodle. Here is a link to our adoption guidelines which include that you must have owned a dog before and also supply a vet reference. Please read the guidelines before filling out an application to make sure that you meet them. http://doodlerescueinc.ning.com/notes/DRC_ADOPTION_POLICIES_AND_PROCEDURES. The application itself is at the top of any page, but here is a link: http://doodlerescue.org/page/adoption-application-2. The application doesn’t obligate you in any way but it opens the lines of communication with the adoption coordinator. Quite often, a new dog who comes into the program is adopted before he/she is ever listed, because our adoption coordinator is aware of a good approved applicant who would be a good match for that dog. However once you have an approved application on file, if you see a dog under the DRC’s care (either on the DRC Facebook page, doodlekisses.com home page or on our home page) that you feel would be a good fit for your family, an e-mail can be sent to: adoption@doodlerescuecollectiveinc.org stating that there is an application on file and you would like to be considered for (name of dog).

When looking at the adoptable dogs here, Petfinder, or our FaceBook page, notice the two letters in front of the dog’s name mean the state they are being fostered in. While the DRC allows out of state applicants, they cannot transport the rescues and will not let them fly, so adopters need to be within driving distance to pick the dog up. We also have a FaceBook page where our fosters often post before the doodles are listed on PetFinder.

Here is some additional information:
1. This is an interesting article that points out dog breed differences genetically, especially mixed breed dogs like doodles: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/Multimedia-Infographics
2. This is an article on what a doodle really is: http://doodlerescue.org/group/isadoodleforyou/forum/topics/what-is-a-doodle
3. Here is a helpful article on how to find a doodle on Petfinder and in shelters: http://doodlerescue.org/group/isadoodleforyou/forum/topics/looks-like-a-doodle-to
4. GOOGLE shelters and humane societies within your driving range. Check their sites often.
5. There are not a lot of mini doodles in rescue so if you are looking only for a small doodle, please look at the shelters where there are often small poodle mix dogs. These dogs are often a mix of dogs that are low or non-shedding.


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