Lucy the Labradoodle
painting of Lucy the Labradoodle Three of Lucy's Essential Philosophies:

One can never have too many tummy rubs.

If someone you love is having a bad day, sit by them and nuzzle them gently.

People food tastes better than my food, and I can hold out for hours!
Photo of Lucy the Labradoodle Lucy's story, as told by her mom, Stephanie:

"I have always loved dogs, but as I'm terribly allergic to cats and dogs, I never thought I could have one of my own. A few years ago, I became aware that there were dogs with hair, not fur, that were "allergy-friendly." My daughters were begging me to get a dog. There was a bichon frise in my neighborhood, but my husband said "no way am I going to walk a dog like that!" Then, in the summer of 2002, we went to a friend's house for dinner and met the most adorable little fluffy puppy that they had just flown in from Australia. I had never heard about miniature Labradoodles until that evening, but I fell in love with that little bundle and knew that it would be the right dog for our family. I went on the Internet to search for a breeder in the U.S., and found a lovely woman in Bellingham, WA, named Dorothy Moreau, whose small kennel was called Primetime Labradoodles. We waited a long 9 months for just the right female puppy, one that Dorothy picked out especially for us. In August 2003, I drove to the San Francisco Airport with my daughters and picked up little "Joy," an apricot mini Labradoodle that we renamed Lucy.

From day one, Lucy has changed our lives. She is the sweetest dog I have ever met, and she spreads joy wherever we go. I can't walk down the street, or have coffee or lunch outdoors, without someone stopping to pet Lucy and ask me questions. Lucy accepts all petting with equal enthusiasm, whether from men or women, old or young, and really is a glutton for affection! She is my "mostly companion" and goes out with me to the most unlikely places, including the gym, the hairdresser, the chiropractor's office and the bank! When I can't take Lucy with me, her hang-dog expression and soulful eyes haunt me as I leave the house. She really does not know that she is a dog."


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