Happy Birthday Cabo!

Last week our doodle turned two! It’s hard to believe he’s been a part of our lives for two years already. It seems much longer. Some days it seems….much, much longer. 🙂 Seriously, except for the ridiculously high-maintenance of his curly, golden doodle coat, he’s become a great companion.

Cabo was Entrepreneur’s idea shortly after his brain surgery. Yes, that opens the decision-making process up to a lot of interpretations. But, his thinking was since we didn’t know what the future held, he wanted me to have company once he was gone.

Enter the doodle. Born on March 26th, he traveled to his forever home over the Memorial Day weekend in 2017. 

I was not fully prepared for puppyhood so soon after the passing of our golden retriever, Tanner, in 2015. But, since I’m a lover of big dogs, I gave in to the lure of another fur baby. He’s a cross between a golden retriever and standard poodle. Really, his mom was a golden doodle that was bred with a standard poodle so actually, he’s 3/4 poodle.

That first summer was a challenge with Entrepreneur in the throws of chemo and dealing with side effects. Puppies are a handful on a good day, and Cabo was no different. Care and training primarily fell to me so it’s really no wonder he ended up as “my” dog. Yes, he’s pretty much a Mama’s Boy.

We’ve been through many toys (I keep sewing them up) and countless pork hide chew bones….but have not sacrificed any shoes, socks or furniture to the needs of the teeth. There was an unfortunate experience with a nylabone earlier this year, but that one’s on me. This year, Cabo got a very heavy duty braided rope for his birthday. I give it about a month. Of course, he got extra treats too.

I have high aspirations for him becoming a therapy dog that can go into hospitals and nursing homes. But, I believe that dream may still be many years away. The thought of going through the Canine Good Citizen test at this point makes me pause to rethink this idea. We may give it another two years and see if he can lose some of that puppy brain.

We’re in it together for the long haul. If you’ve never owned a fur baby, you  may not be able to understand the special bond that exists between two- and four-legged relationships. Cuddle buddy. Walking partner. Stress therapist. Secret keeper. Confidant. Alarm clock. Protector (okay, that one may be a stretch since he is part golden retriever).

He’s much more than just a dog. Happy 2nd birth day, Cabo! I hope we celebrate many more together.

When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.
~Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories “The Cat that Walked by Himself”

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11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Cabo!

  1. Happy Birthday Cabo!! Shasta’s birthday is right around now too – I don’t know the actual date of her birth, but we surmised it was the end of March. She is ten now. My husband took her through the therapy dog training and they used to visit at the hospital, cancer treatment center, and juvenile detention hall before his cancer made it impossible. She has now retired – I doubt she’d deal with the hard surface floors in those places now.

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  2. Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday, dear Cabo!

    Happy Birthday, toooooooooo yoooooooou!

    Lisa, I can’t believe it’s already been TWO years since Cabo came into your lives. He is SUCH an adorable dog! What a cute face! If he were mine, I’d be cuddling with him all day because his fur looks so soft and cuddly!

    “I have high aspirations for him becoming a therapy dog that can go into hospitals and nursing homes.”

    That’s such a great idea because I bet he’d make a wonderful therapy dog. He’s so lovable and sweet.

    Thanks so much for sharing Cabo’s birthday with us, my friend!

    Cheers, Cabo!

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  3. Awww CABO, could you be any cuter … NO! Not! Happy (Belated … we were sans computer for a week) Birthday … you are one
    adorable pupster … with a loving and lucky family all ’round you.

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  4. cabo! an adult finally, or are you a peter pan like Milo? Milo had a rope like that, and pulled all the little strings out of the ends, eating some ( !) and leaving the rest all over the carpet. Then it mysteriously disappeared one night. Cabo and Milo would have a good time together… you’ve made me wish we had a 3/4 golden doodle for Milo’s companion. Could I do twice the work? twice the grooming, twice the broken toys? Would they bond and ignore the mama?


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