Sunday, March 22, 2015

puppy update

Hi everyone!

Time for a puppy update! 
Our little miniature golden doodle is named Bodhi (pronounced Bodie). It is short for Bodhisattva, a Sanskrit name meaning enlightened one (my husband was born in India).

We forgot the work that a puppy requires the first few weeks after bringing him home! Oh my. Constant diligence and patience are required. It all pays off of course. Bodhi wants to please and training is going well. 

His mother is an English Cream Golden Retriever and his father is a Toy Poodle. Bodhi seems to be taking after his father so far. His vet said he eats like a poodle (slowly) and his face shape is more like a poodle. He was the smallest of the four boys in his litter. The breeder thinks he will be about 25-30 pounds full grown. 

Thank goodness it is spring and we are able to be outside. He did get to experience snow for the first time after bringing him home. We had two snowfalls this winter in late February. We missed one of them while out of town in New Orleans and Fairhope, AL.

We wanted to rescue a puppy and I have been perusing rescue sites for months but it was very difficult finding what we really thought was right for us. We are used to the pleasing personalities of retrievers but needed a small dog for our cottage and we wanted to start with a puppy. We do not have a fenced yard, living on a wooded mountain property. Most rescues require a fenced yard.

I kept seeing photos of miniature golden doodles on Pinterest and noticed several on the streets of NYC while visiting our daughter in January. Our Atlanta friends lost their lab and were looking for a puppy. They found an ethical doodle breeder and we decided to see the puppies. Of course, game over after spending an hour with a litter of beautiful puppies!

We took the puppy to Hilton Head last week to meet two of our kids (the two East Coast ones, oldest lives in Colorado) and spend time with some good friends. 

The puppy needed socialization so the timing was perfect. He was used to just being with the two of us and needed to widen his world. 

He loved the beach and enjoyed meeting EVERY SINGLE PERSON who passed us on the beach. 
He also spent the day in Savannah with us. Our son attends SCAD.

He is under the table sleeping, you can see his tushy sticking out.

So we are adjusting to day to day life with a new little creature as our constant companion. 

Flower shopping with him the other day..... 
We are keeping the travel crate in the car and taking him everywhere with us that we can.

Happy spring everyone! We are getting busy in the yard and enjoying the daffodils we planted last fall. 

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Cindy, he is just precious. Enjoy every minute with Bodhi.

  2. Sooooo cute! Thank you for the update :) I'm so glad you found the right dog for your house and life. And how generous you made a donation to a shelter in Andy's name. It is a TON of work. I'm thinking of doing it again here soon and trying to remind myself that baby Barbie was a full time job! How interesting that your husband was born in India! So happy for you!

  3. Cindy, he is beyond adorable!! So happy for all of you, it looks like he's going fit in perfectly and love being spoiled by all! :)

  4. Bohdi is just darling! I especially love the photo of him on the beach path with your children, looking over his shoulder at the camera, checking to make sure you are following! What a lucky puppy to have been adopted by you.
    Best wishes, Suzanne

  5. Oh, what an absolute cutie!! Sleeping on the lambswool mat is so sweet. Love the travel "crate"…looks more like a kids' playhouse. Enjoy every minute, and please, do, give us regular updates.

  6. What a cutie pie!!! So, so cute :) I didn't know y'all got a puppy. Sorry I've been away. Long story. Cheers


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