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I remember when I finally chose the breeder I would get Charlie from, I chose a litter that would (supposedly) be 20-25 pound red miniature goldendoodles. Boy was that wrong! Out comes 3 cream doodles, and 1 red! I wasn't sure if I wanted male or female, and kept on swapping. I finally decided I'd like a girl, so I picked out the name Piper and bought a few pink toys. I was the 3rd pick on the list and was expecting more than 4 puppies. There was only 1 boy, so I assumed I was going to get a girl. Who do I end up with? the lightest male in the litter LOL. I knew the two families ahead of me chose to pick out a girl, so my options were either the last girl who wasn't picked by them or the boy. I asked for more updated pictures of the boy, and fell in love!

I chose to get a miniature doodle because I am a single, lived in an apartment, and was still grieving the loss of the 15 year golden retriever that I grew up with who had just recently passed. His legs gave out on him, and for some reason I thought getting a smaller dog would prevent that. That was my reasoning at least, even though I've grown up with large dogs. Charlie was 8 pounds when I brought him home at 8 weeks old, which I thought was kind of large for how big he was supposed to be. Charlie kept on gaining and gaining, and I quickly realized that a 20-25 dog was not the right size for me. It almost felt like a game, lets see how much he'll gain this week, month and so on! He finally started to slow down about 2 months ago. He's currently 8 months old (as of today!) and about 34 pounds. He still has some filling out to do, and he is still growing so I think he will be around 40-45 pounds full grown (he was 20 pounds at 4 months).

A couple months ago I was able to find 2 of Charlie's sisters through the breeder's facebook page! I was so excited to see what they looked like. I was shocked to learn that one of them was 9 pounds!!! Barely bigger than Charlie the day I brought him home! The other girl (the red one) was 16 pounds. I kept trying to organize a play date, but with the holidays around the corner it was pretty difficult to find a time that worked. We were finally able to meet this weekend and it was incredible!! Charlie definitely knew that they were his sisters.

From left to right: Fenway (10 pounds!!), Penny (20 pounds) and Charlie (34 pounds)

Penny:    (She was recently shaved, so not as much fluff)

Fenway (literally Charlie's mini me!) with my mom:

A couple pictures of my Charlie boy because why not:

It was so nice to be able to compare potty training stories, their likes and dislikes, and their different quirky personality traits. We met at a park because we were all strangers, but all three of us have fenced in backyards (I don't live in an apartment anymore) so we plan on having LOTS of reunions in the future! If you ever have the chance to meet your dogs litter mates, I highly suggest it!

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Comment by Stephanie & Charlie on February 6, 2017 at 7:30am

Thank you!!

Comment by Barbara & Zoey on February 3, 2017 at 1:46pm

Wow!  What a neat story!  Charlie is a gorgeous boy!

Comment by Stephanie & Charlie on February 2, 2017 at 8:11am

Thank you!! It's been so nice to connect with all of their moms. everyone is so nice!

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on January 30, 2017 at 9:26pm

Congratulations on finding a fourth sibling.  You are having such fun!

Comment by Stephanie & Charlie on January 30, 2017 at 4:44am

UPDATE- I found the fourth!!! Say hello to Quinn! I was really excited to find her because she looked the most like Charlie as a puppy. She got a lot darker, where Charlie got a lot lighter! She's also 20 pounds, so the same size as Penny. We can't wait to meet her! We already have 1st Birthday plans (or plans to plan it lol we're not THAT on top of it) and many play dates in our future!!

Comment by Lori, Daphne, Lucy & Pippa on January 29, 2017 at 9:37am

Wow! How wonderful for Charlie to have a family reunion.  I have Daphne's mother and I am so grateful for her! I wish I knew anything about her siblings but they are all far away from me Im sure (Daphne was flown from Michigan to Florida for me). Its so great that those three will get to go up "together"! No info on the fourth one?

Comment by Amy and Annabelle on January 23, 2017 at 6:19am

I had a Golden Retriever and his name was Charlie. It is nice that you were able to meet siblings. I don't have a clue about Annabelle's siblings, I would love to compare. Your boy is boy is darling.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on January 19, 2017 at 10:22am

It is such fun to meet litter mates or even dogs from the same parent(s) and compare.  I am glad you got to do that.

Comment by Stephanie & Charlie on January 18, 2017 at 5:50am

Thanks Linda!! I am so happy I chose him and it freaks me out to think that if I had chosen differently he'd be in somebody else's house and I wouldn't know him :( is that weird? haha

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on January 17, 2017 at 5:37pm

Amazing how different in size - they are all as cute as can be!!  I think Charlie is very handsome and he would have been my choice too!

 

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