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.