I've met and loved many dogs along the way, and I really admire the personalities, intelligence, and allergy friendly coats I've found in most doodles. I love the temperament of golden retrievers, but my allergies are triggered by their coat. I love poodles for their brilliant minds, versatility, athletic bodies, and their coats do not trigger my allergies. The combination of these breeds tends to make dogs who are funny, sweet, smart, and the usually don't trigger my allergies (although when they roll in something else I'm allergic to, it definitely can cause flares in my sensitive skin). I've had the pleasure of boarding, training and socializing with many poodles and doodles. They're eager to please most of the time, and they love to be told what a good dog they are. This is why our Doodle Romps are such a success. Everyone loves to be surrounded by nice fun dogs!
My first favorite doodle (ChaseyPoo in white) was a boarding guest who I did some board and train work with before his family moved away. I'd hoped to help him fit their lives better. Through a tragic twist of fate, after my heart dog died, I reached out to his family (who had long since moved away) to find out where they bought him, and I found out that they'd purchased him at a now closed local pet store, but they were looking to rehome him! Well hallelujah he found his home right back here, and he's everything that's amazing about doodles and dogs in general. I couldn't be more grateful to his family who was willing to go out of their way to make me and Chase very happy for the rest of his life. Right after he was certified as a Therapy Dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Chase was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (March of 2019), and had his leg amputated right away and started chemotherapy. We were blessed with 20 months of jeep rides and therapy dog visits after his amputation. This dog changed my life for the better in so many ways, and his impact will be felt forever.
Bertha (black goldendoodle), Delilah & Samson (AKC brown phantom poodles) are the foundation of our breeding program. They were selected for their temperament, health, and coat type associated with decreased shedding and allergies (although any dog can trigger allergies in someone allergic to them). All 3 have had DNA tests and are clear for over 160 medical conditions- all that they can test for. All have had their hips checked via X-ray. Their coat tests indicate that their puppies will not shed much or be likely to trigger allergies. All of our dogs receive ongoing training and social opportunities, and they all love to learn and live to please. Puppies are raised on a service dog curriculum with lots of socialization, early neurological stimulation, early scent introduction, and early foundation for training and housebreaking. Puppies will be evaluated around 53 days old ensure proper placement for their futures.
Bertha walks on clouds with the greatest prance, and she's a good time all the time. The personality of this girl is PERFECT! She will happily play ball or frisbee until you're sick of throwing for her. She's never met a creature she didn't like regardless of the species. Bertha is full of kisses and never wants to disappoint. This makes her a great Therapy Dog. She's my favorite, and I'm not ashamed to say so. She's also an amazing mother, and it's been an honor to watch my baby with her babies!
Delilah is the pretty one, but she's more than a pretty face. She came from a highly respected breeder in Delaware. Her mother is a hunting dog, and even hunted while pregnant with her litter! Maybe that's why Delilah sniffs out critters and retrieves like a sporting dog. She's brilliant, bold, sassy, and loves to play with other dogs. Delilah is a great frisbee player and is also very alert and a good watch dog. She makes me laugh with her antics and can be very affectionate as well. She's an amazing pet, but she's an even more amazing mother.
Samson is a dog I've been looking for since I met Delilah. After more than a year of searching for a dog who met all my criteria, I wondered if this was too good to be true, or if he could be the unicorn I'd been hunting for. A friend/colleague happens to live in Alabama at a military working dog facility, and she was willing to check out the breeder, assess the puppy, and then house him while I figured out how to get him home. Everyone loved him there, and he stood out like a sore thumb around the German Shepherds and Malanois at the facility. Samson is a gentle giant and the "funcle" (fun uncle) and an amazing dad too. He prances around making friends everywhere he goes. Samson is an old soul- sweet, gentle, and just everything we love in a pet dog. He's easy to train and easier to live with. Everyone who meets Samson says the same thing: "There's something special about this dog!" Samson enjoys visiting the library and assisted living facilities as a Therapy Dog.
There will be update as the dogs grow and accomplish things over time. Feel free to stay tuned to our Instagram page @CrotchfeltDoodles and our Facebook Page for the kennel will also feature them on an ongoing basis as they're part of everything we do here.