Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
As stated in my previous blog post, I am crazy about my little Labradoodle, Rooney. And, as I also mentioned, this has come as a bit of a surprise to people who know me well. Not the fact that I like my puppy. I have always been a "Dog-Liker". It's the fact that I love my puppy and have not generally been known as a "Dog-Lover". But in fact, my deep affection for my Rooney has actually increased by interest and attachment to all dogs. I find myself cooing over other people's dogs now and feeling a sense of camaraderie with all other dog walkers that I pass on my route. This pup may turn me into an all-around Dog-Lover yet!
Still... I am not without my boundaries. In our household, prior to Rooney, all dogs have been well cared for and loved. But they have been D-O-G-S. It would never have occurred to us to allow our dogs to sleep on our bed (or even in our bedroom), or let them sprawl on the couch, or to give them free run of the house.
Our sweet black lab, Shelby, who we had until she passed away at the age 10, easily acquiesced to the rule that she was not allowed upstairs or downstairs, only the main floor. Until the day she died she never once attempted to cross that line. Our big, goofy Golden, Reagan, has been held to the same rule and we plan to enforce this rule with Rooney as well.
I say "plan to enforce" because at this point Rooney is not even allowed to roam the entire main floor yet. When he first came to us, he was not allowed outside of the kitchen (which I believe contributed to his relatively quick and painless housetraining). He has now been allowed to expand his territory to the kitchen and family room and even then I will confine him to the kitchen anytime I can't provide regular supervision (there is more mischief to be had in the family room than in the kitchen). As of now, I don't anticipate expanding his household territory further for some time. When we do, it will be for limited times under full supervision until he has shown himself reasonably trustworthy.
Rooney has never been up on the couch and has never tried to get up there. He will never sleep on our bed or in our bedroom. In fact, I hope to continue having him sleep in his crate for as long as possible. Reagan sleeps in the kitchen/family room as well and has never known anything different.
So, where am I going with this? I guess I can't help but feel a little sheepish when I see these adorable photographs of Doodles draped over couches and lounging on their owners beds. I kinda feel like the mean mom who won't let her kids ever eat candy or watch subversive shows like Spongebob. Is this just one more indication that I am really more of a Dog-Liker and not quite a true blue Dog-Lover? Or, is this just an inevitable side effect of my rather high need for personal space and tidyness (yes, I'm a teeny bit anal when it comes to home organization and cleanliness). And I guess the big question is, is Rooney missing out on something by not getting the full royal treatment?
I guess I'm just a little afraid that Rooney is going to get on Doodle Kisses someday and see all of these Doods living it up and think, "Hey! What kind of raw deal did I get?!? It's like all those other dogs got sent to Club Med and I got shipped off to boarding school!"
"Do you see this, People? Nothing but the floor for me... Does my cuteness mean nothing?!?"