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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