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Let the Doodle in. Let the Doodle out. Repeat. A LOT!


Somehow Sophie Doodle knows when it has snowed.  Her momma is forever being summoned to the back door to let her out.  Sophie plows the snow with her snout.  She runs willy-nilly in her fenced in back yard.  She is not happy when confined to the mudroom while she dries out!  Such is the life of a Bernedoodle when it has snowed in central Illinois. Just the right amount of snow, (Sorry.  I just had to let Sophie back in the house!) enough to cover the ground but not enough to create a problem driving. These are pictures of a very shaggy Sophie Doodle.  She picked up a variant of Kennel Cough (she was vaccinated) at the Vet's over Thanksgiving.  She missed her December grooming appointment because she was under quarantine.  She missed January's appointment because of an ice storm.  She's finally back on track and looking much better!

Sophie's humans have managed to keep busy.  While her dad seems to have never ending errands to run off the farm, her momma has been nu…
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Thankful and Grateful

My momma and I hope all of you had an awesome Christmas.  We did!  There were a few bumps along the way, but all-in-all it was wonderful. All of my human family were here which made me and my momma very happy.

It started snowing this weekend and we actually had a white Christmas.  I must confess I LOVE snow!  It must have something to do with the Berner side of my family tree...once a snow dog, always a snow dog!

Momma managed to stay healthy until Christmas morning.  No brunch with friends when a cough and runny nose are present.  Yesterday she sounded like a very sad version of Lauren Bacall or as if she had a clothes pin clipped to her nose. Argh! All she can do is wait it out; she has a 'compromised immune system' because she takes Humira for her psoriasis.  She tells me I am the best foot warmer, cuddle dog EVER!  That makes me happy.

We want to conclude today's post by reminding all of our readers to be thankful and grateful.  Not everything goes as planned but all…

Glitter, Glam, and forgetful Mom!

Happy Turkey Day!

Sophie helped her momma decorate a Christmas tree for the local hospital's fundraiser.  Actually our offering is a wreath on a mirror with a matching tree.  Who knew the level of stress accompanying the design of such a donation!  There have been no less than four different attempts at the design.  In momma's opinion, there is nothing worse than GLITTER.  She has had glitter everywhere over the past 3 weeks!

Usually, momma helps a friend with the set up and isn't in charge of actually designing the tree.  This year her friend asked for our help because she had the gear for two more trees donated by a lovely retiree who moved south and didn't want to take it all with her.  The two, along with her own tree would be quite a challenge for one person to decorate.  Momma said yes, she'd help and as such, momma was blessed with the bronze/brown decorations to design a tree on her own.  In all honesty, the tree and wreath turned out beautifully.  Stress …

Sophie Doodle's Joy de Vivre!

Happy Friday!
After several weeks of unseasonable warm weather, Sophie Doodle and I awoke to our first truly fall like day.  Unfortunately, not one of bright sunshine and crisp temperatures but rather a dreary, overcast type of day.  Sophie perches herself on our back porch and sits facing the wind, giving her a model's shot with the the wind fluffing out the fur on her snout.  A very elegant look for a very comical doodle!
My doodle has been blessed with an abundance of energy, or rather a joy de vivre when it comes to her personality and demeanor.  Meeting someone new is not met with trepidation but with a "Oh! I'm so Very, VEry, VERy, VERY glad to meet you!  (insert a mental image of a 75 pound dog with her tail gyrating at take off speed, trying to cuddle up against you in order to really get to know you!) This is how I am greeted every single morning upon her return from her morning constitutional!  She is definitely a lover.

I have been working with her in a concert…

Happy Friday!

It rained yesterday!  The first significant rainfall we have had in a couple of months, 3 inches.  (Cue the 'happy dance')  My very favorite farmer is smack dab in the middle of harvest and, although it stops them from being in the field, the rain has multiple benefits; it gives him a break to make needed repairs, it will improve the yield of both beans and corn, and it will lessen the risk of fires.  My VFF had to stop harvest last Saturday to bring in his combine and water it down.  A mechanical problem caused sparks and the bean dust and stems were smoldering...very dangerous.  In the past two weeks there have been at least one field fire and our neighbor's combine went up in flames while he was at the house for lunch.  I'll give a better explanation of fire hazards in my next post.  
For some reason, Sophie is tied to me at the hip!  She is often a very "needy" doodle...she wants love and LOTS of it especially if she is in the house.  However, if she is …

Welcome to my Sophie Doodle world!

Hi there, friends...or soon to be friends!  My name is Diana and I am the human voice behind Sophie Doodle.  Sophie is a Bernedoodle, which is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a standard size Poodle.  She is 3 and a half years old, she is mostly black/silver with a beautiful white Phoenix on her chest.  My doodle-dog has the most beautiful, big brown eyes.  I was hoping to get a tri-colored puppy, but they are not very common.  When you can find one, I have noticed they tend to be VERY expensive.  She weighs 75 pounds but thinks she is a lap dog, which can be a big challenge.  Sophie is very lovable and very bouncy!  I sometimes believe she is the reincarnation of Tigger...Winnie the Pooh's friend.  She literally bounces on all fours when she is excited, which is most of the time.  My Sophie is still very much a puppy, the vet says it may be that way for some time to come.  Oh. My. Goodness!  I'm so glad you stopped by!