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How Murray Came To Be

Growing up, I had a few different kinds of dogs, but none like a Goldendoodle.  We had several mutts, and a Saint Bernard.  I was convinced Saint Bernards were the dogs for me.  I think I had seen Beethoven a few too many times!  When Jamie and I got married and bought our house, I was on the hunt for our first dog after the first month.  We agreed on a Golden Retriever puppy, Piper.  Off to Vermont for Piper we went.  A few months after we brought Piper home, my cousin showed up with her brand new baby, a fluffy Goldendoodle puppy named Chester.  We fell in love, but we weren't thinking of a second dog yet.  Fast forward four years and we began talking about a second dog, a new puppy, for our 5th anniversary gift to each other..but what kind...what would we get?  Well, all it took to make that decision was hopping on the internet and seeing a new photo of Chester scroll across my screen.  We were sold, and on the search for our new Goldendoodle baby.  We settled on a breeder in Ontario, Canada who came highly recommended.  I did my research and I even knew which two parents I was hoping to get a puppy from....a Golden mom named Amber, and an apricot Poodle dad named Jake.  We were in luck, Amber was pregnant with a litter with Jake and we were second in line to take our pick when they were born.  Murray came bouncing into the world on June 8, 2007.  I came home from a busy field day at school to a message on our voice mail that the puppies were here!  She had a littler of 9 puppies, but the last one got stuck and didn't make it.  There were 8 healthy pups to choose from.  This would be Amber's last litter.  We received photos regularly showing the growth and changes, then around 6 weeks in, we got to take our pick.  It was easy...Murray was looking for us and we were looking for him!  Just see the photo below.  I could pick him out of a million!  We next took the 5 plus hour trip to Ontario on July 28, 2007.  I got to see Niagra Falls for the first time on this trip too!  I had always wanted to do that.  When we arrived to the breeder's place it was a beautiful summer day and dogs and puppies were playing all around.  Murray was resting inside, awaiting our arrival.  All the way home he slept upside down on my lap and I am convinced that was when we bonded.  I was a teacher on summer vacation thrilled to have the whole time to spend with my new baby Murray.  We have been inseparable ever since.

The picture that stole our hearts...our Murray
Murray running with his siblings
Day 1
4 Months

Full Grown



  1. Awwwww. I love puppy love stories. I am chuckling that you went to Ontario for a dog, and when I lived in Ontario, I got a dog from Ohio . . . . . Murray will now be our Canadian friend who immigrated!

  2. :-D Tear!! I love hearing Gotcha stories, your and Murray's is beautiful! Domeek and I are super glad that you all found each other! Who wouldn't have fallen in love with Murray after looking at that photo, awwww!

  3. were such a cute baby and just look at you now....a handsome dude!

  4. We know Murray chose you. I, Daisy, chose HER. He is so handsome....they both are.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. That is such an adorable story!!

  6. LOVE this story!!! What a great set of pics!! That picture of Murray stole our hearts too!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  7. That was lovely :) My Daddy's got those croc shoes..BOL xxoxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. We love those pictures of Murray and Piper! He was so tiny on Day 1!

  9. What a lovely story - thank you for sharing it with us. We had no idea that Murray had a sibling.

    We don't really get purposefully cross breeds here in South Africa, so we are always interested to see and read about them.

    Murray, what a cutie you were as a pup, no wonder you mom fell in love with you!!

    Wally & Sammy

  10. What a great story and lovely pix. My peeps puppy fix is sorted for today. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. Oh my what an amazingly cute puppy you where!

    urban hounds

  12. A wonderful story! And Murray's baby picture looks a lot like mine! Yes, Doods are oodles of cute!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

    Pee Ess - For anyone who saw the deicer recipe, make sure you use HOT water!

  13. Murray's baby pictures look a lot like my pictures of Murphy when he was a pup. Murph was the only apricot in the litter!! I was set on picking up one of the lighter guys, but when I saw the reddish one....I had to take him! He was the smallest too!

  14. What a good story and that baby picture made me want to go shopping for one like him.



  15. That is such a lovely story. You certainly were a cute little man Murray!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  16. Murray-
    Love your growing pictures and story...adorable at every age!!


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