Today one of our Beautiful male doodles went home with a wonderful lady and he will be making a HUGE difference in her life! Not, just any difference. Perhaps one day, he will be responsible for saving her life. “Tucker”, as Jeannie calls him, will be heading to one of the top trainers of Diabetic Alert Dogs! Jeannie’s family had looked for a long time for the perfect breeder and puppy to become a Diabetic Alert Service dog and then they came across Royal Minidoodles! Linda Cree, the trainer of these life-saving animals, made the first call to Connie at Royal, and explained what she was looking for. Luckily enough, Connie believed she had a perfect group of puppies to choose from!
On Friday, January 17th, Jeannie arrived with her friend, Joy to make the selection. Unbeknownst to her, Jeannie’s daughter had secretly flown in from Denver to surprise her and was with Connie, at their house (Royal Minidoodle) to answer the door when her mother rang the doorbell! The look on her mother’s face was priceless and later she told Connie that she thought, “My, Connie looks like an exact twin to my daughter!!!” Lol!! After the shock quickly wore off, it was off to the living room where Connie had brought in 8 puppies that had “Made the Cut” based on what she knew was needed to become a great service dog. All the puppies were released from the round pen and allowed to play, visit and decide what they wanted to do. Immediately, three specific puppies “Chose” Jeannie. I always tell people that if you don’t have a preference, it is best to let your puppy “Choose you.” It wasn’t a few minutes later until all of them decided that her lap was “the place to be!” We spent many minutes watching, playing with and seeing what each puppy did, given certain circumstances. Finally we had it narrowed down to four puppies. The Top Four!!! The problem was, there was NO deciding! A phone call had to be made to Linda to help Jeannie make the final decision. Linda asked Connie to do some final testing. This included, clanging a pan to see which puppies cowarded or ran and which didn’t. None of them were afraid but three of them wagged their tails and “wondered where the parade was!” They passed the test with flying colors!!! The next thing she asked us to do, each puppy also passed with an A+! She had two more tests for us to perform. We did these. Guess what! Each puppy passed each of these tests, as well. I guess the good news was that all the puppies were true candidates for the Diabetes Alert Dog Training program but the bad news was that Jeannie was left almost in tears because she couldn’t take all of them home!
While watching each and every puppy with a very careful eye, Connie felt like she saw some very subtle differences in two of the puppies. These two were the ones that had decided that the clanging of the pots and pans brought about tails wagging and “smiles” on their faces. One of these puppies was also the biggest puppy in the bunch and the other was the smallest. Linda’s daughter and Connie talked about the size of each puppy. Connie’s husband, an ER Physician, explained that diabetics sometimes get a disease called diabetic peripheral retinopathy where it is hard to see out of their peripheral vision. Because Jeannie has developed this, as a team, we felt like a larger puppy would be easier for her to see. The bigger puppy was also a much lighter color, which may help her see him.
So it was Mr. Orange (now, Tucker) that went home on Friday with one of the sweetest families I have met! I can’t wait to follow this puppy and this family to see all that he will be learning. If you know somebody that could benefit from a life-saving puppy like Tucker, let us know! I learned so much from helping choose this puppy. I was most proud of the fact that so many of our puppies passed all the tests and also are loving, loyal, amazing babies! These are VERY tough tests that very few puppies could even think of passing! YAY PUPPIES!!! YAY to all the “Socializers” at Royal Minidoodles from our 15 month old grandson “Chief Ballthrower” to our 80 year old “Dad” and “Chief Jack-of-all-Trades” and everyone in between! It takes a village to raise a perfect puppy! 🙂