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. I have always adored puppies and think that being in the middle of a pile of them is heaven.
I first became acquainted with the Goldendoodle breed while volunteering with SC Dogs, an Upstate therapy dog group. Another member, Lynne Whitmire, owns Fountain Falls 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 first Goldendoodle Daenerys who whelped 3 litters, and is now retired. The next Souls’ Ease mama will be Ginny, a petite, 20 pound feisty ball of energy with her first litter arriving in May of 2020.
Our dogs are multi-generational, not F1s or any such designation. Multi-generational means the dogs are generations past the original poodle-retriever cross. By careful selection of breeding stock, shedding is no longer an issue and the dogs are considered allergy-friendly.
I love the teddy bear look of the Goldendoodles, especially the face. I intentionally choose that look for all my dogs. The straight coats require minimal maintenance. We get by usually with a weekly combing and then full grooming every 6-8 weeks. I will admit to obsessively neatening up their face and paws in between full grooms.
As you can see below, a Goldendoodle Cream coat is expressed in a range of colors from reddish to almost white. Their coats do tend to lighten with time, so a red puppy will likely become an apricot adult.
Additionally, some of the puppies may have what is known as white Chrome markings. The range of red, golds, cream and white can be quite striking. Ginny has an unusually striking tail with a complete range of colors, dark gold ears and the front tips of her paws. Biffy has a gorgeous white plume of a tail, with white also on his head, face chest and paws.
The Zackster, my first and heart dog, now across the Bridge.