Souls’ Ease Goldendoodles is a long-anticipated retirement venture for me. I worked as an engineer, manager and consultant for 30 years before returning to my beloved Upstate SC to raise puppies and flowers. See my companion business SE Gardens on Facebook Souls’ Ease Gardens Seneca SC.
I first became acquainted with the Goldendoodle breed while volunteering with SC Dogs, an Upstate therapy dog group. Another member, Lynne Whitmire, owns Fountainfalls Goldendoodles and frequently brought her dogs on visits to nursing homes, schools and hospice. I distinctly remember asking her “so what’s a Goldendoodle, anyway?
Fast forward a few years and I have my own Goldendoodle Daenerys who whelped her first litter in September 2017. I have always adored puppies and think that being in the middle of a pile of them is heaven.
Our dogs are multi-generational, not F1s or any such designation. Multi-generational means the dogs are many generations past the original poodle-retriever cross. By careful selection of breeding stock, shedding is no longer a an issue and the dogs are considered allergy-friendly.
A Gdoodle with curly, long hair can be a maintenance nightmare due to severe matting. Many owners of the curlier dogs choose to keep their coats short, rather than face a daily battle of combing out tangles before they turn into mats.
I love the teddy bear look of the goldendoodles, especially the face. I intentionally choose Dani, who does not carry for any curl. Her puppies will at most have 1 gene for curl and therefore have wavy fur, or they will have her straight coat.
The Zackster, my first and heart dog, now across the Bridge.