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It's hard for me to realize this much time has passed and I have written nothing.  I think Luke was doing so many "not so good" things, that I couldn't think of anything good to say.  Still have a few more problems to work out, but I realized yesterday how far he has come.  I put on a blouse that I had not worn for a long time yesterday and realized it had a hole in it.  That is when I realized it was one of the ones Luke ruined when he went through his eating anything that moved when it walked across the floor phase.  We survived and moved on.  Then I realized that he had not drawn blood (playing) for a very long time and I had also forgotten that interesting phase and moved on to the next.  Right now, we are going through what is hopefully the last - and to me, the worst - phase and I have no idea how long it will last.  The blouse yesterday made me realize that I will keep him forever, no matter what, but I won't miss this part.

He has developed a very happy outlook on life and when we are walking he wants to play with everything and everyone we see, whether I can control the leash and they want to be played with or not.  Last night I threw a ball that landed in the middle of the kitchen floor.  He went airborn about 4 feet away from the ball and landed right in the middle of it.  He really showed that ball....  Sad part is that parents of little children and even the parents don't much care for that. 

Somehow, in my vision of how life would be with Luke, I saw us walking slowly into the sunset or sitting quietly, watching the sunrise on the beach, etc.  His vision is my hurrying up so he can find someone or something that will appreciate his Tigger impersonation before he tries to lick them to death.  Was told by the breeder this would pass with time and exposure and to enjoy it while I could.  I can enjoy him in the house with his ball and even see the humor, but not outside when we are walking and he wants to run and play with every person, dog, bird, or ladybug he sees.  I am open to suggestions...

 

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Comment by Barbara Holloway on June 19, 2013 at 12:16pm

My Internet went down yesterday and I almost drove to the next town just to thank everybody one more time.  My most critical neighbor and the one that told me before Luke ever got here that he and I would never make it, stopped by yesterday.  Luke was not quite as good as the night before, but better than that man's dog has ever been.  I felt like a proud mother!!  I think the last couple comments were right on - the difference was a combination of the courage you all gave me that he felt and the fact he finally did suddenly grow a brain.  Sort of like the Scarecrow and the Lion on the Yellow Brick Road...  And, Grace, I wish I could be humble and think I was loving and patient, but I really wasn't.  I loved him but I was just as stubborn as he was and knew that only one of us would win.  He is everything I asked for, including a dog with a mind of his own, which is one of the things I love about him.  I am sure there will be many more battles, but the worst seems to be over, for a little bit anyway.  He hates the Gentle Leader so much that this morning I didn't use it and he never left my side.  He will be a year old on July 12 and that alone seems impossible. 

Grace, your description of Fletch is hilarious and so believable!  I am so anxious to see how the new puppy and the new puppy's mother make out.  So nice to be watching from this side of the experience...

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on June 18, 2013 at 12:17pm

Barbara, we really feel for you, our hearts go out to you.  Yes, Doodles are very smart, loving, goofy, funny and s t u b b o r n.............LOL  I'm sorry, but I thoroughly enjoyed your stories and they made me laugh sometimes.  We were lucky with Pemon and we know it.  He didn't eat our furniture, he basically was a good puppy.  But our beloved Fletch, he was a real nightmare as a puppy.  Mark refinished a wooden rocking chair and fletch was eating the rockers, but only in the back where we couldn't see it.  Mark use to love to wear those rubber flip flops and Fletch would destroy a pair a day. We got tired of buying them even though they were only about $3.00.  Then we were pretty proud that Fletch was easy to potty train and then we found out that he would pee on the area carpet under the dining room table, hoping we wouldn't see it.  And we didn't notice for a while either.  I could go on and on.  But it passed.  Pemon, as I said, still goes crazy when anyone comes to visit, but we usually are able to keep him from jumping on them.  My hair dresser comes to the house to do my hair and I swear she doesn't weigh any more then Pemon, so we put him in his crate when she comes.  For sure he'll knock her over.  LOL  There are some people we automatically put Pemon in his crate, like workmen and some of our friends that aren't too keen on dogs.  So do you know what he does now?  When a friend comes to the door he automatically goes into his crate.  When he realizes we didn't lock the door he comes out like a raving maniac.  LOL  I am very proud of your Barbara and you should be proud of yourself for doing such a wonderful job.  With all the love and patience you have given Luke.  You have had a Jo Bill - Gizmo experience and she made it too.  How old is Luke now?  Keep up the good work and we are here for you. 

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on June 17, 2013 at 10:04pm
Made me SO happy to read your latest post Barbara. Someone we met that has a Golden Retriever once said to us that we'd know "when Pedro grew a brain" (in a good way!) because that's what happened with their Golden. From being a rambunctious, goofy, uncontrollable puppy, one day he turned into this mellow, wise and still very friendly pup. Wishing the best to you and Luke.
And loving paws to all!!
Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on June 17, 2013 at 9:43pm
Well said Beverly!
Comment by Beverly and Eli on June 17, 2013 at 9:37pm

Maybe, just maybe we've helped you gain some confidence and Luke senses that. Maybe because you expect better behavior, he's maturing.  Dogs are funny.  Good Luck and please let us hear from you on your progress.  After all, you put up with us!!!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on June 17, 2013 at 9:30pm

This will be the end of the saga for the moment because I am really in shock now!  Another lifetime ago with him, I wrote about the disaster of Luke being around my grandson.  He just showed up, knocked on the door, came in, sat down and Luke paid attention but didn't bark or jump or anything!!! Sort of sat down at his feet and waited to be petted.  Andrew decided not to spend the night and Luke was seriously sorry to see him leave.  I know it is too early to expect Luke to have turned from a puppy into a dog overnight, but it's like a rainbow in between storms and I'm taking it...  Now I will be quiet for a little while!  Thanks for putting up with me... 

Comment by Beverly and Eli on June 17, 2013 at 6:14pm

I love this group.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 17, 2013 at 2:02pm

Tigger impersonations.... made us laugh this morning....

delighted to see you again..  

Comment by Barbara Holloway on June 17, 2013 at 12:48pm

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody! Grace, I guess the reason I didn't say anything earlier is that I had my daughter and the person who gave him lessons and everyone I came in contact with, saying "You said you were just going to try to see if you would like a big dog and if you don't, I know you could find him a good home....How do you stand it?!" At some of those times, I actually thought of it seriously, but just couldn't do it. The person who he was taking lessons from said he was the most stubborn dog she had ever had and he usually had her totally under his control. One night after work (12 1/2 hours) and a terrible day, it was 8:30 at night, cold, dark, pouring down rain and my mind was on a hot bath and a bed. His mind was on getting even with me for putting up with all the stuff he put up with at work that day, so he refused to get in the car. Took me 45 minutes but I did it!!! And at that moment, I knew he was here to stay - love his mind! And his soft fur and his big eyes and his gentleness and neediness when he has a problem and all the other good things. He still won't get in the car unless it is his idea so I ran a leash from the inside of the car that will reach to him outside and when he decides he is ready, he jumps in. He spends half his day sitting in the bathtub trying to turn the water on, but won't get in when I think it's time for his bath. I have learned to turn the water on while he is already in there and he is thrilled because he thinks that's his idea, too. And the list goes on and on... Awesome, stubborn, smart and loving dog! By the way, Snickerdoodle changed locations because he is covering the leg that used to be on that chair before Luke ate all the upholstery and some of the wood. Never did like the chair... And the white blanket is covering a red loveseat that is a magnet for white fur. I have decided these dogs are not for sissies!!! Tonight my grandson is coming back for the first time since he was ban months ago. My granddaughter and a friend came for a couple nights about a month ago and Luke was once again like a crazy animal. It won't be good, but it's time he learns that I live here too and can have my friends visit. He won't like it, but he'll learn! Thanks again, everybody! It's great to be back in here...

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on June 17, 2013 at 11:59am

One more comment.  I love the first picture of him peeking over the table.  How can you not love a face like that!  Such warm and loving eyes.

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