I didn't even know that Golden Doodles were considered a "designer dog" I know that my vet was disappointed that I had chosen a "puppy" instead of adopting another lab. All I knew was that my precious boys daddy was a Golden and his mama was a Poodle. I was upset with the friend that gifted me the dog because she never used the word, "doddle" in any of our conversations or visits with the puppy. I know now, that this was intentional because she didn't want these puppies that were bred for therapy to be glamorized. She wanted to make sure that I wanted this dog as my companion and would train the dog to work as a therapy dog. I did not hear the word, "Golden Doodle" until Sebastian and I visited the doggy park for the first time. I was asked several times how much I paid for the dog. When I replied that I would never pay for a dog, I was looked at with disbelief. This is how I learned about doodles. I had no idea that someone would actually steal my dog from my back yard. Sebastian has a very secure backyard and a doggie door.Someone had to be watching to see when he was in the yard and took him while I was in the house. He was never away from me for more than 10-20 minutes and he always carried his blanket from room to room. I discovered he was gone when I noticed his blanket was half in the doggie door and half out. At first I thought this was a hiding game as he was learning to "find" missing people or objects. When he didn't come when he was called I knew something was wrong. He was gone and the gate was wide open. There is no way that the gate was accidentally left open. The gate is never used and was made to automatically shut if the gate was not closed completely. Sadie (black lab) lived in the back yard for 8 years without incident. My neighbor said that the only person she saw around my house during the week was the pool guy. Since I don't have a pool guy, I have to assume that someone was waiting for the opportunity to steal the dog. After speaking with the animal shelters and rescue groups in town I learned that dog stealing was on the rise. They suggested that I hit the flea markets and the sidewalk puppy sellers as this is most likely how the dog would be sold. I am still shocked and devastated at the loss of my little buddy. I haven't given up hope, Sebastian is a high energy dog that requires a lot of time, if someone is not prepared for this they may advertise the dog again. I keep the posters up and hand out fliers at city parks, pools and walking trails. We are getting ready to move to Phoenix and as the time draws near to leave I know that it will be impossible to keep Sebastian's picture in peoples minds.
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)?
As I stated above my Sebastian was stolen. Sebastian is a sweet dog, very smart and a bit of a thief. He didn't chew things up but he would take things and hide them. Sebastian loves blankets, we had more then a few "disappear" from my visiting grand children. At 5 months, Sebastian was already potty trained, He could retrieve mail, he was learning to locate lost items and people. He walked on a leash at heal. He understood, jump, close, down, sit, stay and come. He instinctively knew how to interact with children with disabilities. Sebastian did exceptionally well with children with autism. He knew to "touch" or "no touch". To burn off his excessive energy, Sebastian was walked twice a day and we worked on light agility training He knew to tunnel and would jump through a hula hoop. He also loved to chase bubbles. Unfortunately, all of these cute tricks and his daily visibility is probably what got him stolen.
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My Sebastian was given to me as a gift after my son died from MD. Within a few months of my cherished son's death, my much loved black lab (Sadie) passed away from cancer. My friend owns the golden that is a guide dog.She had asked me to train the golden to assist with blind children in the swimming pool after watching my Sadie push around a a handicapped child in a float in the pool. The poodle is a therapy dog that works with Alzheimer patients . Sadie was well trained and we often visited nursing homes and adult day care. Sadie learned sign language from a deaf neighbor so we started working with deaf children. (Sadie recognized over 20 signs). My friend gifted me the puppy so that I could train the dog to work as a therapy dog for children with MD. My friend knew that I needed Sebastian as much as he needed me. She is not a breeder, and the Poodle and Golden were spayed/neutered after the litter was born. None of the puppies were sold and all six dogs are in homes with people that are involved with therapy of one kind or another.
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I am not involved in rescue at the present time. I need my heart to heal some after the devastating losses this past year. I have adopted several black labs over the years and served as a foster home for dogs that had been chosen as possible therapy dogs from shelters. I visited your site because I have learned while searching for my dog that almost everyone that recognized my dog as a doodle, immediately treated me as if i had personally supported a puppy mill. This kind of thinking doesn't help responsible dog owners to recover their pet.
Welcome Brenda. I'm so sorry your dear Sebastian was stolen. The same thing happened to my good friends who had a wonderfully sweet and well trained rotweiller girl. You never know the level of greed some people have. Again, I would keep your flyers posted at all the shelters and vet offices. If he was microchipped he just might find his way back to you one day.