Gabby is my first foster dog and my first doodle. She came from the wonderful people of Arizona Poodle Rescue.

Gabbie was found by animal control wandering the streets of Phoenix. She was filthy and parasite-infested. She was so shy of people that if anyone just reached out a hand to her she darted as quickly and as far away as she could.

When I picked her up she had been clipped but still needed that flea and tick bath. She was terrified of the car and had to be physically stuffed in. Oh my, how she stunk. She has had no training (although she seems to know NO).

She'd been at my house for two weeks now. We go to the dog park almost every day. Yesterday was a huge milestone for her. She actually let someone (other than me) pet her head! But most amazing of all, when we left she walked calmly back to the car, patiently waited her turn and then jumped in all by her self. She now comes about 70% of the time when called. She knows to sit for food or to go in and out. She's so sweet and really wants to be loved but is very untrusting.

A short video of her is posted on Youtube:

She's quite the little thief. She will sneak up on something, grab it as fast as possible and she's off. It's so darned cute that I have a hard time reminding myself that she really needs to learn better manners.

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Comment by Gwen A on July 30, 2009 at 1:11pm
Gabby has apparently had no real training. She knows NO but not much else. I now have her sitting before she can eat, go out or come in. She won't come when called if she thinks you might want to touch her. When confined to the kitchen (linoleum floors) she will whine or give a short bark at the door when she needs to go out. If she has access to the carpetted areas, she will pee there instead. Years ago a friend of mine adopted an adorable 5-year old poodle mix that had come from the home of a sick elderly woman. This little doggie was often not let out for days at a time and became used to going in the house. She never learned not to go in the house and therefore become a much less loved little dog in her new home. Does any one have any tips to help a badly socialized older dog to relearn this important practice.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on July 28, 2009 at 8:34pm
Us, too, Gwen. Us, too!

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Comment by Gwen A on July 28, 2009 at 8:19pm
I'm so sorry to come off so stridently. The whole designer dog craze is starting to make me crazy.

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Comment by Gwen A on July 28, 2009 at 8:18pm
A waste of my time and my peace of mind. These kinds of idiots don't see the world like you and I. They are, after all, dog lovers. They only want to do what all those so called "responsible Breeders" do...make the perfect dog. They may not do all that health testing but more than likely their creations will have no more health problems than the carefully screened, ridiculously overpriced responsibly bred dogs do.

And please, making money off of dogs is exactly what all those responsible breeders charging over $1,000 a pup are also doing.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on July 28, 2009 at 12:56pm
That's why we do what we do! One time someone told us that there were no doodles in rescue. We started listing them to show that there were. For someone to do this, lie about their qualities and try to make money off them is plain wrong. We try to educate people about this, also. If this happens again you should point all this out.

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Comment by Gwen A on July 28, 2009 at 12:42pm
Well, I'm not too happy with the whole "Labradoodle" craze. It's utterly ridiculous for a mix to cost twice as much as a purebred dog. They are a recognizable mix...many people will ask if she is a Labradoodle. She's not. She's a lab mix, she's a poodle mix. Last night at the dog park a woman asked, I said yes (for the last time), she's a Labradoodle. Her response: "I want to invent a new dog but I haven't decided yet which two to mix." I waited to see if she was joking, she did not seem to be, even turning to her friend and suggesting breeds she liked. I just walked away as I could think of no polite reponse.

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Comment by Gwen A on July 27, 2009 at 12:18pm
Gabby and foster-Aussie Hoot are adjusting nicely. Hoot was thrilled when she first arrived and for about 4 hours after. Then he walked around glaring at both of us from the corner of his eyes for days. Now they play together nicely. They don't fight over food. They wrestle around on the floor til exhaustion every morning.

But Gabby is a digger and a chewer and she will pee on the carpet if not watched like a hawk. She's made 3 puddles on my carpet and I'm afraid my house is going to start stinking. Today I'm going to rent a carpet cleaner.

I would also love to do something about her long toenails. For years I've been using a dremel to grind Hoots. I just can't see her holding still for that at all.

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Comment by Jodie Hart on July 25, 2009 at 4:56pm
She sounds adorable. My Marco loves to steal things also. Especially my make-up brushes for some odd reason. It sounds like she's found the perfect home. Can't wait for more updates.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on July 24, 2009 at 4:27pm
It's amazing how fast they can come around with a little love, caring and some good food. It takes awhile for them to trust but once they do, they are the most wonderful loving dogs. They will take time a those fostering or adopting a dog like this should always remember to be slow and gentle and they will trust, again.

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