I have been without a dog for about 4.5 years, now, and I'm ready to get a new one. My kids are out of the house, they each have 1 - 2 dogs, and 2nd grandchild is on the way. They live at least 45 min. from home, but when they come they bring their dogs. I do not work full time out of the home, so I'm home a lot. Dogs bring me joy; I love them!
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)?
Right now, we have 3 cats which are outdoor, but have food, shelter, and heat in the garage. We are allergic to cats, which is why they can't come inside.
My last dog, Nikki, was a Boykin Spaniel, and she was 14.5 years old when she passed 4.5 years ago.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
Because of the low-shedding, hypoallergenic characteristics, as well as the friendly, smart, and good with kids and dogs characteristics.
Have you read our adoption policies, located under the "About DRC" tab?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
yes. I am willing for some allergy symptoms for the joy that having a dog brings. my use of essential oils, and occasional Benadryl, help combat any allergy symptoms I get when my 6 Granddogs come to visit.
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
yes. Would visiting grandchildren also apply to this?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
no, I have not been.
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Cindi, put all your info. in the application. Once you submit that, you will receive an auto response letting you know it was received. Your application will be reviewed by the volunteer that does that. Once an application is approved you can be considered for a doodle. Good luck!
Hi Cindi, Because doodles are a mixed breed dog, even if they don't shed (and many do shed as much as a retriever), they can be tough on allergies. Taking meds when your grand dogs visit is not the same as living 24/7 with a dog that you are sensitive to. You might try a pure breed dog like a poodle, wheaten, schnauzer who,because of their non-shedding genes might be better for your allergies. My kids are allergic to cats but not dogs, however they are allergic to lots of plants which can get on the dog's fur, causing problems. Visiting kids do not disqualify you from adoption.
Here is a link to our DRC ADOPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. http://doodlerescue.org/notes/DRC_ADOPTION_POLICIES_AND_PROCEDURES to make sure that you understand and meet our adoption criteria. For example you MUST have had a dog as an ADULT with VET RECORDS for that dog in YOUR own name.
Check the OUR ADOPTABLE DOODLES section. When looking at the pictures, notice that 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 of the foster.
The application itself is at the top of any page. It is a good idea to get one on file. Here is a link to the application: http://doodlerescue.org/page/adoption-application-2 If there is an approved application on file and you see a dog under the DRC’s care 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). The application doesn’t obligate you in any way but it opens the lines of communication with the adoption coordinator.
Here is some additional information to help you find a rescue doodle:
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. The white ones are often Bichon/poodle mixes, which would be guaranteed non-shed.