The end of the world as we know it

So you know that feeling when life has finally fallen into a comfortable groove?

When you have a schedule, a sense of predictability and relative calm?

There’s only one cure for that.

Get a puppy.

Perhaps this is the first step on our journey to accepting that our prayers for another baby will go unanswered.

The idea of bringing another warm, cozy creature to love into our home has brought us to the decision to turn our life upside down.

We went in search of a breed that would be:

  • allergy friendly (I’m allergic)
  • low to no-shedding (because, duh)
  • intelligent
  • child friendly
  • calm (eventually)

That’s quite a list of requirements, right?

After looking at breed after breed, we decided upon a North American Retriever, or Double Doodle.

What’s that? Well, it’s complicated. Sort of.

It’s the result of breeding a labradoodle (labrador retriever and poodle) with a goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle).

That’s a lot of oodle.

Once we found our breeder, and asked her a million and two questions, there was no turning back.

And yesterday, our sweet puppy was finally born!

One of these delicious babies will join our family on October 6th.

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It’s safe to say that I’ve looked at this photo no fewer than 812 times since we got it yesterday. Seriously…the cute is just too much!

So, for the next eight weeks, we’re going to do crazy things, like sleep, relax, NOT get up every two hours all night long only to stand outside and beg a puppy to pee already! (My lovely friend Tonya just brought her puppy home this week and I’m not sure if I want to talk with her or avoid her in these early days because she’s scaring me!)

And this is where I beg ask you for your tips and advice.

  • What do we need to know?
  • Do you know anyone who has a Double Doodle? Labradoodle? Goldendoodle?
  • What do you wish you’d known?
  • What is the best brand of earplugs to block out the sound of a yelping puppy? Kidding. Sort of.

If you’d like more information about Double Doodles, Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, I can’t recommend our breeder, Sierra Vista Labradoodles strongly enough. They continue to impress us with their knowledge, responsiveness, professionalism and kindness. You can see current litters by visiting their puppy page.


  1. Leigh Ann

    We have a border collie/pit bull mix (thought he was boxer/lab at the shelter). He's the best! We didn't crate him at night because my husband is a sucker and wanted him to sleep with us, but we DID crate train him during the day for a year. But at that time we also weren't at home during the day. I would advise that when you leave the house, the pup goes in a crate. We created a routine where he went in the crate and got a treat. Soon enough all I had to do was open the treat jar, and he jetted into his crate.

    Now that I have kids, I can't imagine another puppy. But they're so cute!

  2. Cam

    Ah! So cute. I remember when we brought home our baby from the breeder. He cried all the way. Longest 3 hours of my life! Today he is a huge 75 lb. chocolate lab who still thinks he's a puppy at 6 years old. My only advice, don't turn your back on him. Jackson had everything chewed up in minutes, including the baseboards!

  3. Alison

    I love the breed name – double doodle, hee!

    And dying of cute. No advice. Just a lot of patience. :)

  4. Aww.. So cute! I wish I had pictures of my pup when he was first born :(
    A year into it, my advice is: crate train. Best thing we ever did. Also have lots of chew toys for him/her to chew on. And don't give into any bad habits no matter how cute it is at the time. Remember, what's cute at 10 lbs, is not so cute when they are 50 (or 60 or 80) lbs.
    :) You'll do great! So excited for you and your family.

  5. Christina

    OMG Do they have another one for us?! Swoon… (I'm half kidding)

  6. Mandy

    What an adorable bundle of fur!

    I do know that for the first week or so, my parents always put a ticking clock and a heating pad in the puppy's box so they had something warm and soothing to snuggle up to. Of course, you could always bring it to bed with you, but personally, I'm not a dog-in-the-bed sort of gal. (Much to the late, great Maggie Dog's irritation.)

    It's going to be a fantastic adventure!

    (Also, when I read your first couple of lines, I answered no, so I guess that means no puppies for me!)

  7. @sellabitmum

    OMG the cuteness. I die. Don't tell my husband about this as he's been begging me for a doodle. Dang cute doodles of the world entering my heart. sigh. xoxo

  8. Aleta

    Awwww, too precious!!! Having a puppy will definitely get you out of your grove. Lol. We got a puppy from the animal shelter about 8 months ago. She's all energy!

    Train quickly. That's what I would suggest. Once the puppy learns tricks, the puppy will start to look to "obey" and the please the alpha.

  9. Lance

    stick with the allegry and child friendly and compromise on all the others and you and your puppy later dog will fall head over heels for each other

    we have a six-year-old 100 lb golden retriever named Buddy. we call him our son. He's made our family whole.

  10. Oh. My. Stars! I have no advice, but they are too cute for words! We have plans to add a dog at some point, but right now the twins are driving me absolutely batty, so I can't add anything more to my plate. So I'll watch your adventures. I see some puppy training tutorials in your future! :-) Congrats on your newest addition – they are SO sweet!

  11. Cameron

    Puppy kindergarten. You will all love each other more for it. A cozy, gentle crate training program, and no dogs in the bedrooms for allergy management.

  12. Sherri

    Oh man, I can't stop looking at them! Seriously, how can you stand it?
    Your puppy will be loved and amazingly well-behaved. And sleep. And be just what the doctor ordered.

  13. Co-Pilot Mom

    So very cute! I think there is some good points already mentioned here. Not sure I can add anything new other than to second the advice regarding crate training when you leave the house and the lots of chew toy options. Have fun getting ready for your new puppy!

  14. mad woman

    I was googling doodles as soon as I saw this post (at 5am this morning! SHOOT ME).
    I have no advice as I am a failed dog owner. The only advice I've been given is to get them when your youngest is old enough to be responsible for their care… the dog's life expectancy will match your child's at home school years. Translated: you'll be kid free and dog free at about the same time. Win win.

  15. Adelle Gabrielson

    You need this. Also works great on bathrooms when little boys are around!

  16. Tonya

    All I can tell you is it's worth it! That and stock up on Nature's Miracle now. :)

    So glad you are adding one of these adorable puppies to your lives. xoxo

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out.

  17. Peggy

    Your Uncle Max was always great at crate training our puppies. I was much more of a pushover for that sad little cry. We put treats in the back of the crate and hid them so they would look for them. I came up with a funny way of saying "go pee" and "go poop" when I was outside with the pup, and I swear to this day I can get our Golden to go on command. It's helpful when you know they are going to be left inside for a while.

    Stock up on paper towels, there will still be piddles, but the good news is that puppy pee is like water and doesn't really smell. Which reminds me…Puppy Breath! It stinks, but you'll still like it, because she's so cute. That's a hard one to explain :-)

    The hardest part will be keeping the kids toys from being chewed, since they are always on the floor. Buy her a cute bed, and lots of chew toys and enjoy. A dog can truly be a member of your family, and will be great to grow up with your kids.

  18. Margaret

    I'm no dog expert so I couldn't possibly give you any advice. I didn't even know people crated puppies. Do you have to do that for yours? Anyway, that picture is SOOOOOOO cute!

  19. anymommy

    They are beyond precious. Fun! My two words of advice are these: Crate train. Seriously saved my life with the Great Dane. They feel safer, your house is safer, everyone is happier. And if you decide to do it, buy a big crate, it's annoying to have in the house, but the little darlings grow FAST!!

  20. Connie

    Fun!! We have a Westie (like in the Caesar Dog food commercials?). I will echo the above: Crate training is key. And yes, it will break your heart to start with, but you must be resilient. :) ALWAYS treat the crate like a fun time: we put a little swoosh of peanut butter inside a Kong toy (they are sort of Beehive shaped rubber toys that dogs chew on). Milton only gets a Kong when he has to be in his crate, so now when we set him up with one, he goes running for his crate with his tail wagging! :)

    Fat Cat, Inc. is a GREAT dog toy company: they are tough little toys that are bright and cheerful.

    That, and socialize your dog with other dogs right away: odds are, your pup will miss the company of other dogs once he's come home to you, so finding opportunities to get him having fun with other dogs will be a nice time for him and a nice break for you!

  21. ksluiter

    I am SO not a dog person, but those little fellas sure are squishable!

  22. Wendy

    Every dog we ever had, my mother trained to ring a bell when it needed to "go out". From day one, hang a bell on the doorknob of the door you will use to go out every time you walk the dog. (if the door is a commonly used door, hang the bell on the wall by the door or you will go nuts hearing it all the time and the dog will get confused). While training the dog, every time you walk it, ring the bell, if you can, put the dog by the bell and make it ring it by guiding its body, head, nose, whatever, to get the bell to ring, then take him out immediately. Soon, usually after only a few days, the dog gets it and they ring it when they need to go out. When they are young, if you are not right there to let then out, they will have an accident. When they get older, they will ring the bell and sit there until someone lets them out.

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  24. Andra Davis

    Well, our double doodle, Zoey will be a year old Sept. 19. We received our 10week old 2nd double doodle this morning! Nuff said? We have nothing but good things to say. We have a 4 year old yellow Lab, also. We are a very happy family. We went to our first Doodle Romp this summer. There were happy dogs with tails held high as far as the eye could see. They are the best of the best. I highly recommend these dogs. Any dog requires sensible care and most of all LOVE. My dogs don’t cry at night because they are safely and happily with us. They are dogs, but they are treated as family members and trusted loving companions.

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