Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle


Almost 12
December 20, 2018, 8:33 am
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Barney’s birthday is in less than a month. I can’t believe he’s going to be 12. Twelve is the age that dogs like him sometimes don’t get to. I’m part of a labradoodle rescue group and many an owner has lost their doodle before age 12.

Luckily for me, Barney still seems to be going strong. Yes, he’s still suffering from arthritis a bit. It’s hard seeing him try to lay down as you can see how stiff he is. But he rarely needs his medications as the supplements that he’s on are working well enough that he can walk around and even play without any problems.

Sometimes, you look at him or he looks at you and you can see that the puppy is still inside. The other day, I got one of those looks. It was pure happiness that he was going on a walk.  It still makes me smile.

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Attacked.
June 5, 2018, 4:57 pm
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Poor Barney was attacked by a dog he’s known for months and was walking with regularly. It was weird and random and unexpected. Luckily, Barney is not too badly off, but he does have four puncture wounds in his bum. He’s going to be wearing the cone of shame for a while, but he seemed okay with another dog when he was at the vet, so hopefully it won’t make him fearful.

Please look away if you don’t want to see Barney’s wound…

 

 



And he’s 11+
May 2, 2018, 8:19 pm
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Barney is still with us a bit over a year later. He’s definitely feeling more his age of 11-1/2.  He’s been suffering from arthritis but he’s doing okay.  We’re keeping him on lead walks instead of letting him run around and he’s taking some meds which also appear to be working for him (some of them are all natural stuff and he has meds from his vet when necessary).  He has also had a problem with his pancreas and so is now on a low fat diet – believe me, he loves it, as it’s a raw food diet with special mixes of meats, veg and bone.  He dances every time he gets a meal.

In his old age Barney has become a lot friendlier and is open to meeting new people much more quickly.  Yes, he still barks at first, but he gets over his fears quite quickly (especially if he’s given treats).  He’s our lovely gentle giant.

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Happy Easter
March 27, 2016, 11:33 am
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Barneybunny (click for link to fabulous pic of our Easter doodle bunny)



Happy ‘Gotcha’ Day!
June 30, 2015, 5:15 am
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Six years ago, we picked up Barney from  the Labradoodle Trust.  If you look back at some of our first entries, you’ll recognise that he was a bundle of anxiety.  He didn’t trust people, didn’t like to be touched and wasn’t great around other dogs.  He was tough work.  But with some work, some training and a lot of love, he’s become our wonderful gentle giant!

We recently moved, so the poor guy is still adjusting, but he’s doing well for an 8-1/2 year old.  Most people still think he’s a lot younger than he is as he’s fit, still can do doodle dashes and be crazy.  He has found a few spots to love, including his new bed in our new bedroom – as soon as I put it down, he went over to lie on it and hasn’t stopped since.  He also loves being on his new couch in front of the big bay window and the back bedroom bed so he can look in the park behind us.

We love you, Barney!  So happy you joined our family!



Barney in the Sun
April 13, 2014, 9:22 am
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Barney in the sun



Barney in his kingdom
March 19, 2014, 11:09 am
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It’s a grey but comfortable day for March in London.  Barney decided to hang out in the back garden.  So I decided to take his picture.  As per usual, he gave me his ‘whatever’ look.  Love that dog!

Maybe if I don’t look at her she’ll go away

Really? Again, mummy?

OK. I love you, but you can leave me alone now.