Our puppy was born on January 19th, 2013. Ben’s birthday! Puppy Bartley is a mini goldendoodle toy. He’s an F1B, which means he’s 75% poodle and 25% golden retriever. His dad, Chewie, is a toy poodle, and his mom, Kenzie, is a mini goldendoodle. He’ll be about 20 pounds when he’s full grown. And, he’s Ted’s* brother from the same parents! He might or might not be the one in the photo above.
|Do NOT let the cute face fool you. He’s trouble.|
*Remember? Ted’s the puppy we’re fostering for a runner friend of ours while he’s not allowed to have pets in his apartment. He lives in Bloomington and comes to see him every day.
We’ve had a good situation with Ted, because having him here allowed us to find out if Ben was really allergic to Ted (which he’s not). Unlike most dogs and all cats, Ben has some really severe allergic reactions and respiratory issues when these pets are around. The poodle-ness of Ted makes him more allergy-friendly.
In addition to allergies, there are four of us who are available to take Ted out to play, walk, and go potty every day — a really good situation that would be just as good and convenient if we had a puppy of our own. Ted’s a really smart boy, but sometimes he gets bored. Sometimes he just needs someone to play with to let out all of that puppy energy! Poodles make great running dogs, and a mini/toy mix would make for the perfect size (read: one that won’t knock me down when he gets going!).
So, after a lot of deliberation, we connected with Country Mini Goldendoodles in Tipton, IN and decided to bring home one of our own!
In two weeks, the entire litter will be 7 weeks old, and we’ll get to take home our new puppy! Every week, the breeder family posts “Sunday Photos,” photos of the litter of puppies. When they get old enough, they start numbering the puppies (boys and girls) so you can follow them as they get older each week. Check out the photo album of the puppies here.
For months, we’ve been saying we’ll name our boy Fozzie (like Fozzie Bear), since I call Ted “Teddy Bear.” Two bears! I’m really not into the names that are more appropriate for little dogs, like “Fluffy,” “Fifi,” “Precious”…. nor ones that overcompensate, like “Killer,” or anything vulgar. (As much fun as it would be, the name “Turd” is out.) Is the name “Fozzie” crossing into that too-cutesy territory?
|Go on a waka waka waka?|
I’m in favor of a person-name… I like pets with people names (i.e., TODD!). Or, maybe we could name him after a character on a TV show we like. Mosby? Flynn? Only rule: it has to be a name that sounds good/ok when yelled at the top of my lungs, sharply, with the word, “NO!” … like, “Gus- NO!”
We haven’t made any decisions yet, and maybe we’ll even wait until after we’ve had Puppy for a few days.
Do you have any name ideas we should consider?