I am retiring in the next few months. I am looking for a dog to be my companion in this next phase of life. I expect to have lots of time to spend taking walks, snuggling in front of the TV and doing things around the house. I want a buddy to talk to and keep me company. I have had dogs my entire life. The last 3 dogs were all Labrador adoptions in the 2 to 3 yr age range. We found we liked skipping the puppy stage even though they are adorable when small and learning about life. While we love the breed we really felt overwhelmed with the shedding.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs in the past? Any other pets?
We have always had pets and usually Labradors. We put our last one down at Christmas 2014. We filled the canine void by taking in a Labrador mix for a military couple while they were in Germany for 3 years. It has been a great arrangement and they return in about 4 weeks so we will lose our house guest. My husband of 36 years and I are ready to "settle down" with a dog of our own again.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
As a Labrador family for many years, we are drawn to the less shedding aspect of a doodle. I realize that is NOT a guarantee, but the possibility certainly has appeal. Even more importantly we love the Lab temperament and the intelligence of the poodle breed. It seems like a good match. My sister is as devoted to Golden Retrievers as we have been to Labs so we are pretty familiar with that breed, too.
Have you read our adoption policies?
Yes, and we support them entirely. We rescued our last Lab and their policy was very similar
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?
Actually, we might make a great rescue/foster home considering our last 3 year commitment. Aside from that we have never fostered before. However, we have always worked outside the home and didn't have the time to devote to it, but that is about to end. We are very much "home bodies" so travel is not an issue with us.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.