This is a group of some our exceptional Doodles that have been adopted and have gone beyond being a loving family member, but also extraordinary working Doodles as well. Read about these Doodles below proving further that owning a Doodle is a great choice all around.
Here at Countryside we love to give back to the community!
One way that we give back is to help animals through donating to local animal organizations. Morgan Co. has a major problem with stray dogs and cats. We have made a cash donation to Morgan Co. Animal Control to help them make the lives of the animals they care for a little better. We also wanted to give back to people in need. In 2006, I came across an organization called NEADS- Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. I spoke with Paula Ricard (Puppy Program Coordinator) and I decided to donate an F1 Mini Labradoodle to their organization. (He was their FIRST LABRADOODLE).
McGee (The Hearing Dog)
Thank you very much for contacting me about a possible puppy donation. I have been very interested in trying a Labradoodle puppy in our program for some time now. I know that other service dog organizations are using them and feel that they might be a good fit for our clients as well. Thank you again. Paula Ricard.
On Sept. 11, 2006, our little guy was off to Princeton, MA!
Progress & Updates
The puppy has been named McGee. He’s acclimated to the nursery just fine and is enjoying his playmates- 2 goldens and 3 poodles. I did a temperament test on him last week, he did well. McGee will spend about 4 more weeks here at the Early Learning Center being socialized and introduced to foundation service dog tasks. When we feel he is ready he will be placed with a full-time puppy raiser or in one of our prison programs where he will receive more socialization and training until he is ready for advance training. Normally puppies enter advance training at about 1 ½ years old. We won’t know what kind of client he will be placed with until he comes back for advance training. The socialization and obedience training is the same regardless of whether he ends up being trained as a hearing dog, service dog, or social dog. You picked a great pup for us! Thanks again! Paula.
Just wanted to let you know that Mcgee was placed in the York Correctional Center in Ct. He has been busy learning new tasks. Thanks. Paula.
Due to Erica’s health issues she and McGee were unable to attend their graduation in March 2008.
In June of 2008, I flew to Boston to attend the graduation.
Tahoe (The Hunting Dog)
Mark came to me looking for a Doodle that he could train to replace his beloved "Bird dog Blazer". Here is what Mark had to say about Blazer-
"Blazer was more than a great little dog he was also an excellent bird dog that won several field hunt competitions. He would have won more except that he was not always strong enough to retrieve a full grown but not completely dead pheasant. Blazer a cockapoo passed at age 14. "
I did have a few pups that I thought that would be good for what he was looking for. Mark came out and we evaluated a few pups. Mark really liked our orange collar male Labradoodle from Coco + Bucky's litter.
Tahoe started training right away- He needed to learn to swim so he could learn to retrieve ducks from the water."
Tahoe is one year old today, he's been more than I hoped for and that includes the hunting expectations as well.
He is 41 pounds, slightly larger than the average Brittney, very fast and loves to swim even in the winter. His coat is still changing. He has gone from the soft, curly puppy fur to a more dense wavy coat similar to his mother Cocoa. Very little to no shedding.
He loves kids and other dogs and goes everywhere with us.
As to hunting he has done quite well and more importantly he loves it. We have shot more than 200 birds over him this year including pheasant, ducks, grouse and quail. He retrieves very well and has lost only three birds. He is about 80% of a finished flushing dog and I know he will be finished by spring.Thanks for a fantastic pup, we'll stay in touch, Mark
Henry (Therapy Dog)
Henry is a certified therapy dog. Henry enjoys going into libraries in Winchester VA to listen to children read. Tina also has two other labradoodles from Countryside.
MORE TO COME!!! Your new Doodle could be next!