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Since we're new here, I thought I'd give a little background on Vito and his adoption. We lost two of our three dogs inside of a matter of weeks. One went in for some dental work and was found to have severe bone cancer, and the other, my 11 year old Great Dane, had become totally incontinent and was having severe arthritic issues. As you can imagine, our household was depressed and somber, and our little poodle, Jasper was especially upset. I found Vito online through a rescue group. They thought he was a Golden/Irish Wolfhound mix, and he'd been found wandering alone on the streets of East Cleveland. He was just over a year old (June of 2010), and had been in at least 3 homes that we know of before he reached the rescue group, and landed in a foster home with a wonderful family. I fell in love with him at first sight... it took hubby a little longer, because he was less ready than I to get a new dog, but he soon fell hard, as did my Mother in Law, who lives with us. I brought him home on Friday before July 4th. We had a lot of issues to deal with in the beginning. Vito was understandably insecure and suffered pretty severe separation anxiety, along with flares of temper if he got something he shouldn't have and you tried to get him to give it back. With time, patience, consistency, and professional training from Sit Means Sit, he's grown to be a very obedient and well behaved boy. We've recently stopped crating him, and he's not making any messes while we're gone. He is a very special dog... I am amazed on a daily basis with how much personality he has and how expressive he is. He's very affectionate and loves to play. I recently figured out that he was indeed a Goldendoodle and am thrilled to have this site available to share stories, pictures, videos, and advice with other Doodle owners. Thank you Blue!

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Comment by Erica Carano on December 30, 2010 at 5:34pm
Thank you, Andrea... Happy New Year to you!
Comment by Andrea O'Brien on December 30, 2010 at 5:14pm

Hey Erica, I just read your blog!  Wow it sounds like Vito has come a long way.  I must be so gratifying to see him suceed with some love and training.  Hats off to you and your husband for taking the time to include him in your home!  Sounds like you are so enjoying him!  Have a lovely holiday season. I'll try and look for new pics and posts to follow.  I love this site.

 

Comment by Erica Carano on December 13, 2010 at 1:49pm

Thank you, Paula. He has been a gift from God for sure!! 

Comment by Paula Vaillancourt on December 13, 2010 at 11:44am

Welcome Erica and family and VITO

I too lost both of my dogs within 6 weeks of each other and Dandy replaced the 1st one only for the 2nd one of 11 years to die after Dandy was here only two weeks. He was brand new to us, only 12 weeks old but it affected him much so because it devasted me. Poor little guy. Bless you and your family for working so painstakingly with Vito.....for the love of a dog. God's little creature. Especially those who have been through heartache already in their short lives. So happy to hear all is fine with everyone in the household. You will learn alot here. And share photos and stories of Vito and make good friends too.

Paula, Dandy Doodle and Rocky Poodle

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