Barry and Shelley
We have been married for 26 years and bought our first puppy together a few months before we wed! It was a total disaster of a situation! We picked a breed we knew nothing about, a breeder from the newspaper that we could barely afford, selected a puppy and took it home that night! Long story short, we both worked full-time, were planning a wedding and renovating our first home. And we thought getting a puppy was a wonderful idea! We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and our breeder was clearly only interested in selling puppies. Neither of us had any experience with large breeds, so we picked the biggest pup of the litter! He literally ate the siding off of our house, no joke! 6 months later, Moses our beautiful, destructive, ill behaved, giant chocolate lab went to live on a farm with some friends of ours. We failed him!
10 years later we decided to get our children their first pet, did little research on the breed and ended up with a very large “mini" schnauzer that was a part of our family for 11 years. Our Winston was a good-ish dog, he was never socialized, had terrible resource guarding issues and rarely tolerated anything out of his “norm.” He had to be medicated to go to the groomer or vet! About a year after Winston crossed the rainbow bridge, I was introduced to my first doodle! My eyes were opened to the possibility of what an exceptional pet could be!
After nearly 2 years of research we adopted our first Goldendoodle, Lucy. This experience also opened our eyes to breeding. Lucy is a retired breeding mom and was such timid but sweet girl. She had 6 litters in 4 years and came to us shortly after. We spent the next 18 months helping Lucy reach her full potential as our family pet. Lucy is our inspiration and motivation to breed exceptional doodles. Although she did not come from the best breeding situation, she is an extraordinary dog!
It is our mission to raise all of our puppies in such a way that we give them the best chance at being extraordinary pets for ordinary people. We believe that with temperament and health testing, creating an environment for puppies to develop, grow and thrive, and the support of the DoodletownUSA community, that normal families can have exceptional pets! You no longer have to resign yourself to “having bad pets”. We are here to help you find the perfect puppy match, because when a good breeder and good owners come together something magical happens!
Samuel and Papaw Phil
Our team would not be complete without the help of these two! It is crazy the bond they share with each other, and now with the dogs.
Samuel is our 18 year old, senior in high school. He is a tender heart, full of compassion and empathy. I have not only seen how the dogs have changed him, but how they have comforted and quite literally healed him during times of injury. The excitement they have when Samuel comes home is unbelievable. The cool thing about having a teenager in the house is that we usually have many teens at our house! This is so good for socializing the puppies. And talk about exposing them to different sights, sounds and smells… just have teenage boys over.
And we can’t forget Papaw Phil! Barry’s dad moved in with us shortly after his wife and Barry’s mother passed away in 2017. It wasn’t long after that Lucy joined our pack, then Gus, Ethel & Birdie, all within the next few months, and then our Greta Girl shortly after the new year in 2019. We could not be full time pet parents without Papaw. He is our resident dog watcher. While Shelley only works part time away from the home, Papaw is always there at the puppy palace to feed, water, let out and spoil our pack! He gives us daily reports of all the happenings of the day and when we have puppies he is a constant watch over the bundles of joy.
Papaw Phil is Shelley’s biggest ally when it comes to adding to our pack, they definelty share "the more the merrier” mentality when it comes to dogs. We have all experienced the healing power of a dog. Our pack gives Papaw purpose, and in dealing with the sudden death of his wife of 50 years, the companionship, love and affection is undeniably the best medicine for a broken heart.