Anyone who owns a Goldendoodle (and other Doodles) knows that there’s a loyal tribe of the Doodle-obsessed. I am one of those people.
In case you don’t know what a Goldendoodle is (gasp!), here are a few facts. They are a mixture of a Poodle and Golden Retriever. Labradoodles, though similar, are Poodle/Labrador mixes. There are also Bernedoodles (Bernese Mountain/Poodle) and Aussiedoodles (Australian Shepherd/Poodle). They began to enter the scene in the 1990’s and were bred for their light/non-shedding coats, making them more allergy-friendly. Their sizes range from mini (15-30 lbs.) to medium (30-45 lbs.) to standard (45+ lbs.), and their colors range from white to black. Doodles are highly intelligent, loving, loyal, silly, affectionate companions — and a constant entertainment, each with their own unique, “human-like” personalities.
My husband Matt surprised me with our Goldendoodle fur baby, Rudy, a few years ago when I was feeling the weight of our infertility struggles. I had recently transitioned from working in an office to working at home as a freelance writer — and I was lonely. Not only was I desiring companionship, but I expressed my desire to lavish my motherly qualities on someone — furry or not!
In true thoughtfulness and love, Matt surprised me on our anniversary with our little golden baby. I was off celebrating my grandmother’s birthday while Matt told me he had to work that weekend. I had no clue he was actually three hours south of us picking up Rudy (or “Teal Boy” as he was listed).
Rudy is our pride and joy — and are we obsessed? Yes, very. He’s always the first to get hugs and kisses when one of us comes home; we’ll move out of the way on the couch so he’s comfortable; we’ve thrown him birthday parties, cake and all; and we’ve discussed putting in writing who would take care of Rudy in the event that Matt and I both died. He even has his own Instagram account with nearly 4,000 followers to date. Yes, wildly and proudly obsessed!
Even as I sit writing his blog post, Rudy is faithfully cuddled up next to me. His mere presence gives me peace and joy (even if he’s stealing butter off the counter or shredding napkins), and I thank the Lord for blessing me with him.
I never imagined that a voiceless animal could speak so deeply into my life. I have learned strong parallels between my relationship with Rudy and my relationship with the Lord — and I’m aware that may sound silly. Rudy has anxiety and fear issues, and I relate to that. So when I’m guiding and encouraging Rudy to not be afraid, that I’m protecting him, that I know he’ll have fun, I’m humbled to realize that it’s not so different from how I treat the Lord under the same circumstances. I see his need for my guidance, protection, and discipline — and it causes me to realize that I need to seek my Father for guidance, protection, and discipline too. Running off-leash isn’t always the best decision for both of us.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Thank the Lord for our furry friends and what they are able to teach us about our Heavenly Father!
Things Every Doodle Tribe Needs
I know we aren’t the only ones who are crazy in love with our Doodle. So I scoured thousands of items on Etsy to find only the cutest pieces for the Doodle Tribe! Enjoy the oodles of Doodles!
“Hey Dood” Door Mat // DOGNATTi
DOGNATTi can customize these mats if you have multiple Doodles. You can also pick the ink color of your mat.
Count Doodle Magnet // OldWorldPetPortraits
Can I just tell you how much this makes me giggle? I mean come on, it’s Count Doodle wearing a renaissance shirt and red sash! If having this as a magnet isn’t enough, it is also available as a print and canvas wall art.
Personalized Doodle Mug // PinkMugNY
I own this mug and it’s one of my favorites! This design is customizable in numerous ways — from the color of your Doodle, to any text you’d like added. She also has different Doodle designs for different occasions — Valentine’s, Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, and more!
Personalized Doodle Brewing Co. Sign // nativevermont
Are you and your Doodle a wine, beer, or coffee connoisseur? Nativevermont has many options for you to customize these signs — from color, to specialty, to location.
“Sorry, I Can’t. I Have Plans with My Goldendoodle” Mug // GlamourDogBoutique
I feel like I should say this on my voicemail …
“Keep Calm and Doodle On” Canvas // 8doodlepaws
You have the option to choose whether you want the Doodle face or silhouette for your linen canvas!
“I’ll Lick the Dish, You Dry” Towel // KateBrennanHall
She also sells a Doodle towel that says, “Mind if I watch you cook?”
Doodle Pendant Necklace // IvyByDesign
IvyByDesign offers tons of options ranging from size, to length, to color, to engraving options.
Personalized Custom Doodle Cake Topper // AlishasClayStudio
Alisha hand-sculpts your Doodle (or other pet) with customizable flowers, colors, sign, bowtie, you name it!
Personalized Doodle Leash Holder // TheSassyOak
Choose your number of hooks and add your Doodle’s name to your custom leash holder.
“Life is Better with a Goldendoodle” Magnet // FeltNostalgic
Melissa from FeltNostalgic was inspired to create these magnets and ornaments by her Doodle, Buddy. Buddy comes from the same breeder as our Rudy (shout out to the Paw Pad Goldendoodles!), and we love supporting Melissa’s creativity. We have several hand-stitched creations around our home! Melissa can customize the color of your Doodle’s fur, even the ears and tongue!
Doodle Keychain // BlueFireflyDesign
Not only are these keychains adorable, but they help our furry friends in need. BlueFireflyDesign donates 10% of purchase proceeds to the Doodle Rescue Collective!
Are you a Doodle parent? Please share about them below, and tell me which of these items are your favorite! And if you have Instagram, I know Rudy would love to connect with you @RudyRooDood.
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