I am extending an apology to all my Doodle friends that I have not posted in so long. Time has slipped by so quickly but I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on Cali's progress.
1. She discovered that trash cans can contain some very tasty specimans. So we changed some of our habits and she has learned to leave it alone. I obviously had a momentary lapse of memory in what it is like to have a 2 year old in the house again.
2. She has two favorite toys. They are the long stuffed animals and she will carry them around the house. When she is done playing she puts them away in our bed for us to find. We have also had many bones "buried" in our bed. After a couple of times of laying on a not so comfortable toy or bone we have learned to now check the bed before we go to bed. Again we learned to change our habits.
3. She greets us at the door everytime. She doesn't jump at us, she is very polite in the meet and greet. However if you don't pet her right away (hands full of groceries) she is head butting you in the leg until you pet her. And we love petting her and she knows it.....
4. She has become more vocal and she lets me know, especially if I don't move quick enough. I think sometimes she thinks I am too slow in getting her breakfast or dinner. She will stand at her bowl and stare me down, Once I acknowledge her then she will bark.
5. She barks at anyone who knocks at the door or ring the doorbell. She sounds so fierce and many pizza delivery men will stand back until they see her. I love that she protects us.
6. She loves walks. We have learned not to get out the leash unless we mean it. I have seen her jump in the air off of all four paws when I have gotten out her leash. She has many admirers in the neighborhood, the four legged and the two legged kinds. We are so proud of her and I am sure my husbands chest puffs out a little more on each walk.
Speaking of which, my husband was always the kinda of man who never lets anyone see is soft side. He is man see me roar... Cali has changed that, he now has a "I love my goldendoodle" sticker on his pick up truck. Cali has mellowed him out and he just melts for his doodle.
All that being said, Cali has changed us in ways that were needed and so much appreciated. She is our baby and sleeps with us every night. She is never far from us when we are home and no matter how bad the rest of the world seems at the moment, a kiss from a loving doodle makes everything else seem so small.
She is doing really well, checked out really well at the vet. She has one long term malady that we can't seem to get rid of. But the vet who called me at home after our last visit to tell me it would be something we would keep an eye on.
Someday I would love to get Cali a brother or sister, but for now we are all happy and feel very fortunate to have her in our lives.