This is one of my first Doodles, Dexter is the son of Kelly (Golden Retriever) and Pluto (Black Standard Poodle) born Feb. 1st. 2006. Dexter was one of 13 puppies and he has done some pretty awesome things in the last nine years! Dexter is an F1 Golden Doodle. I love to hear from my Doodle owners no matter how old and what they have achieved. One of Dexters full sisters, Dixie, same litter went on to produce three litters of F1B Golden Doodles. Dixie is now retired and living on a farm near here with four children to keep her busy. Dexter’s family shared this news with us:
I wanted to send you this newsletter to let you know what our Dexter is up to these days. He was selected as one of the first dogs to volunteer at the RMH here in Edmonton in a pilot program. He has been to the orientation day so far which went really well and his next visit is this Saturday. The kids loved him- a very sweet little girl came in so excited to see him and said to her Mom “this is the dog I was telling you about from the newsletter”. As for me, nothing better than spending Valentine’s Day with my handsome boy.
The old kitty in the picture with him went “Home” in the fall. She was 17+ years and with us for 15 of those. With the exception of the occasional “school yard beating” from the odd feral cat she pretty much lived a nice peaceful life and as you can see loved her puppies. She lived with as many as 5 different dogs in her life and she instantly made friends with all but one (We took in Darin’s Grandma’s dog who was near 16 by the time she came to live at our house and it was like living with two old ladies-they never fought but they stayed clear of one another and cut the odd dirty look); however, Dexter was by far the closest to her.
Dexter, of Stony Plain, got an awesome owner who has him certified as a dog that can visit hospitals, airports etc., I am just thrilled when one of my dogs goes on to be more than just a dog sitting in the back yard. Dexter is one of my originals from 2006. I kept his sister Dixie, who has gone on to have three litters of F1B Golden Doodles and then retire to a farm home near here. These are the stories that keep me going. His owner wrote:
Just a quick line to let you know Dexter was part of a pilot project at the Edmonton international airport to do some pet “therapy” for weary travelers heading home for Easter. They told us it is the first airport in Canada to try this and from what they said it went over great. If it gets accepted we will probably be back for the thanksgiving weekend. My Boy needs a haircut and a lady who saw him from behind thought he was a lamb! It was great fun.
I do love my boy and I am proud of what a great sport he is about volunteering and how enthusiastic he always is to “go to work”. He has brought tears to people’s eyes and experienced so much love and gratitude from the people he visits it would just fill your heart. Many have a dog story of their own and I swear Dex is listening to every word. I am so grateful that Dex started out in such a good home and with so much love and affection from day one, I have no doubt that great start is what makes him such a good therapy dog.
I thought you would enjoy knowing that Dexter and I are officially part of the Pet Therapy Society of Alberta and have completed their pet education program which allows us to act as a companion team. We have been volunteering some time each week to visit patients at one of the hospitals in the city. I am not sure where this will take us as there are many volunteer options open to us but we are having a lot of fun. Dexter excelled in class and brings many smiles on his visits. Here he is in his Pet Therapy scarf. He just got home from a two week vacation at our home in Las Vegas which he enjoyed, we drove, and he traveled very well.