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Introducing Benedict, one part of the infamous Breakfast Brothers, Waffles being the other.

Benedict is an energetic, affectionate apricot coloured Golden Doodle, rescued from a puppy mill. When we first met Benedict he was scared and shaking, finding solace in his brother and being very nervous with us. He quickly warmed up to us and his big foster brother dog and soon he was coming for pets and snuggles and playing with our dog in the yard. When he meets new friends (human and canine) he shows some caution but is full of tail wags and once he knows they are trustworthy he absorbs the attention and then will go find a toy.

Being around five months old, weighing in at fifty pounds, he is curious and somewhat sneaky, taking objects outside (toys, playing cards… boots – whatever is nearby) with him that look like fun for playing. He loves being outside where he can take a toy to play with on his own or find a stick to chew on. The first few days Benedict was with us he would hide in the corner of the yard with his brother Waffles. Within a week he was running around the yard playing keep away with whatever object hanging out of his mouth. He enjoys wrestling with his foster friends, though he will often find a place to retreat if necessary. He seems to equally enjoy playing on his own or watching his brother play with our dog in the yard from a safe distance. He loves to chew on whatever he can find or simply carry toys from one room or floor of the house to another making piles of his favourite things. His other favourite activity is seeking attention from his people. He loves kisses, pets, cuddles, walks, or anything we do that involves him, even when he is scolded he is wagging his tail and trying to sneak in a kiss.

We would like to make very clear here that Benedict is NOT hypoallergenic. He is a “Goldendoodle” which means he is part Golden Retriever, a shedding dog. His fur is so soft and fluffy and it’s impossible to not bury your face into him to give kisses. If you are allergic to dogs and expecting to do this without sneezing you are out of luck! He will not be a suitable dog for allergy sufferers, sorry! Benedict also requires regular brushing as his fur will easily mat up if not kept up. Regular trips to the groomer to keep him nicely trimmed will also be required. There is quite a bit of upkeep with this coat type and it can become a huge mess quickly so the time and energy to keep up this type of coat will have to be taken into consideration as well. This is quite the undertaking and not something everyone wants to take on or has the time or desire to do.

Doodles are mixed breed dogs and therefore exhibit a spectrum of behaviours that are present in the breeds of their parents, however there are some behavioural characteristics that are very common that people should make note of. First, Doodles have a tendency to be very social dogs that do much better with their people around and engaged with them more than not. A Doodle that is left alone for long periods of time regularly can develop depression, anxiety, become obsessive about certain activities and these can result in other destructive behaviours. Doodles also have a tendency to be high energy dogs that need an abundance of mental and physical exercise, especially as they are growing into adulthood. These are not couch potato dogs that are content with a few short walks a day. If you have a more laid back lifestyle and are a homebody, a Doodle will not likely be a great match for you. They are very intelligent dogs who like to work, so taking them beyond basic training is highly recommended to help them live their best life. They like to push boundaries and challenge you and many Doodle owners have claimed their dogs are always two to three steps ahead of them…and this all pretty much sums up Benedict! If you are committed to advanced training, lots of physical exercise and exploring new walking/hiking spaces, if you have a goal of learning dog sports, then this pup just might be the right guy for you…you will need to be sure you can keep up with him because he is a young guy on a mission and he does not have the time to mosey along.

Benedict thankfully is relatively quiet in the house, not being excited by too much going on around him. He is full of energy but he loves to snuggle with his brother or join us on the couch when watching TV or taking a nap. This will change as he ages and obtains his adult dog energy level but we are enjoying it for now! A close eye is required when Benedict is playing inside, he will find something to play with and destroy it. He is beginning to understand that outside is where he does his business, with fewer accidents in the house since he has been here. He has not given us any signs of knowing how to show us that he needs to go out, thus we are letting him out often. He does not like loud sounding objects like vacuums or leaf blowers though, and will bark. Which he will need to get used to, because even though he is a doodle mix, he does shed so a vacuum will be necessary in his forever home.

Benedict is always excited for dinner, and will go into his crate willingly when its time to the command “crate”. He will follow direction when told to go in his crate outside of dinnertime as well, and a treat is always encouraging. He is crate trained for over night and while we are out of the house and is quiet and sleeps well overnight. Even in the morning if one of us gets up before sunrise he will stay quiet in the crate. He will give us a quiet whine in the morning if we are sleeping longer than he’d like. He has been the easiest dog we’ve ever had at leash training and responded well to a good leash tug and “ah” when pulling and then walks nicely close to his person.

The perfect family for Benedict would be one that will give him love and attention as he is very affectionate. He would be great in a home with kids over the age of 5yrs or dogs of a medium to large size and playful He hasn’t met a cat, but hasn’t shown any clear signs of prey drive. Benedict is an energetic puppy who will need regular exercise but a few good walks or a yard to play in will be sufficient. Most importantly, Benedict will need many many toys (if that hasn’t been made clear already – he LOVES a toy).

All in all, Benedict has been an absolute pleasure to care for and have in our home. He is endlessly sweet and loving, a good mix of fun and energetic but will also nap with you on the couch.