Once upon a time, I assumed I would never be able to have a dog of my own, due to severe allergies that we discovered when I was just a child - we had to re-home our labrador cross Ben, and I was devastated.
My husband Jimmy, grew up with dogs, and kept mentioning that he would like one, which made me feel awful as I had to say no... until the discovery of the cockapoo, thanks to a Facebook friend...
To cut a long story short, I came across Jukee Doodles, liked what I saw, and reserved my now, not so little Max, before he was even born. It was love at first sight, and he is now my shadow, my friend, my companion and I can't imagine life without a dog. I have had no allergy issues with him at all, and this still amazes me! The CCGB was born shortly after Max's arrival, and I am very proud to have been a part of it since then.
It was a short while later, that we decided to get 'poo no. 2, so I went back on JD's list. Polly Pea came into our lives in January 2013, just after we had moved house from a new build in a town, on an estate, to a large but neglected, detached house in a quiet village with around 1.5 acres of land, mostly covered in brambles! We worked hard on the house and garden, and finally it seemed a now or never sort of time to have our first litter of puppies.
Polly came into season at the end of May 2015, so off we went to Jukee Doodles, where Polly had a dirty week with Nike the super stud, and her beautiful puppies were born on Thursday 30th July, the day before my CCGB Breeder inspection!
I am still delighted to have been Approved, and take our Club Code of Ethics very seriously. That was my first litter, and was very much a learning experience, but it was an amazing one, and I am so very proud of my beautiful girl, she is such a wonderful mum!
We then welcomed the arrival of Sookie from Jukee Doodles in November 2015. Sookie is a red sable F1 cockapoo and she slotted into our family as if she had always lived here. She is small for the breed, and her puppies were smaller than average also. Sookie has now been spayed.
Polly then had her 2nd litter, and I got to keep one - Lola chose us. Lola is the most amazing puppy and I couldn't have wished for a better dog. She has fit into our pack so well, and she adores both the cockapoos and the 3 komondors. She is sociable, happy, confident and loving.
Polly recently had her 3rd litter, and I get to keep one again! Willow is still young but she is very like her big sister Lola - confident and playful and is loving the time she spends with the older dogs and her new family!
Whilst I am a supporter of rescuing dogs who need homes (especially for those older people), when you have other dogs and children in the household, I feel puppies are best. You train them from the outset and they fit into your life without the worry of any history you may be unaware of. Each of my puppies leaves me with a piece of my heart and soul, and nothing makes me happier than receiving an update and some photos of them from their new families. The later generations of cockapoos fascinate me, as do the genetics in any litter, and I hope to enjoy my hobby, for a good few years to come. Of course the health and welfare of my dogs always comes first!