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Top 10 Signs You Might Be a Doodle Dog Fanatic

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Over the moon about Goldendoodles? Lucky in love with Labradoodles? Can’t stop awwww-ing over Aussiedoodles? Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I put our hands and paws to the keyboard to create10 Signs You Might Be A Doodle Dog Fanatic quiz. Find out just how crazy you are for these floofy, fluffy Muppet dogs.

Top 10 signs that you might be a doodle dog fanatic

#10 You come home from work and kiss your doodle dog and your spouse. In that order.

#9 There are more pics of your doodle dog on your phone than all of your friends and family combined.

#8 You proudly wear your “DOODS BEFORE DUDES” T-shirt.

#7 You can’t wait until your next romp at the park. Doodle romp, of course!

#6 You confess to your doctor that you threw out your arm…pitching tennis balls to your doodle dog.

#5 You catch yourself doing a double take as you walk by the couch. Because you’ve mistaken your doodle dog for a human before.

#4 You have an entire closet of TWINNING outfits.

#3 You’ve seriously considered changing your hair color to match your doodle dogs.

#2 You have serious debates about whether your dog would make a better Chewbacca or ewok.

And the #1 reason you might be a doodle dog fanatic…

#1 You secretly kinda like the smell of your dood’s breath!  😉

How doodle crazy are you? Check your score… 

LESS THAN THREE: Ap-paws! Ap-paws!

THREE TO FIVE: You’re one fun DOOD!

FIVE TO SEVEN:   You’re definitely a devoted doodle dog lover!

SEVEN OR MORE: A true doodle dog fanatic!

Paws up for playing with us. And thanks for playing, fetching, walking, and snuggling with your doodle dogs.

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Red goldendoodle dog and two reasons why you might be a doodle dog fanatic with #6 saying you confess to your doctor that you threw out your arm...pitching tennis balls to your doodle dog.

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The Red Goldendoodle: 7 Things You May Not Know About ‘Em

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Get to know the red Goldendoodle

Are you curious about the red Goldendoodle? Or maybe you’ve recently added a little firecracker dood to your family. Either way, you’ve come to the right place if you’d like to learn about the red Goldendoodle.

The red wrapping is just the beginning…

I admit it. While I love all dogs, I’m over the moon for a slightly derpy, loveable, red Goldendoodle named Chloe. Her cinnamon-red curly locks are the furry wrapping for her slightly goofy personality and her heart of gold. And our little red Muppet dog fits right in…many of her human family members are gingers too.

Yes, I’m a self-professed, doodle-obsessed dog mom. (Can you relate? Then check out this quiz: 10 Signs You Might Be a Doodle Dog Fanatic.) Additionally, I’m an avid researcher and have gained my fair share of knowledge about the Goldendoodle dog and living the Goldendoodle lifestyle. (I call it a lifestyle because you can join doodle romps and meet-ups, learn doggolingo, shop for Goldendoodle gear for both you and your dood, and enjoy many happy adventures with your Goldendoodle by your side.)

Inspired by Chloe and Ruby (Chloe’s dog cousin), here are seven things I’ve learned about red Goldendoodles:

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1. Red is just one of many colors of Goldendoodles.

Where do Goldendoodles (a mixed breed dog) get their good looks? These loveable doods get their cuteness from their parent breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Cream, apricot, and red coats are found in both the pure-bred Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Plus, the Poodle breed brings black, chocolate, and parti colors to the mix. (For more facts about the Goldendoodle, check out my article: What is a Goldendoodle?)

Here are some common Goldendoodle coat colors:

  • Red
  • White
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Brown or chocolate
  • Parti (a combo of brown or black and white)
  • Other combinations such as phantom

No matter the shade of a doodle’s coat, a Goldendoodle will add color to your life!

2. A Goldendoodle’s coat color can change as they grow.

Both Chloe and Ruby had red puppy coats that lightened gradually as they grew into adults. From my research and from listening to other doodle moms, this seems typical of many red Goldendoodles—coat colors may fade or lighten as they reach adulthood. Even a deep, dark red Goldendoodle puppy’s coat may lighten or fade.

Interestingly, Chloe’s ears and tail have stayed the deepest red (almost true to her puppy coloring) and her body has lightened over time.

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Chloe: Happy then. Chloe: Happy now!

I like comparing a Goldendoodle to opening a box of Cracker Jacks. While you don’t quite know what the surprise inside will be (from coloring to coat type to personality), you know there’s fun and happiness in store.

Left: Ruby is all smiles after her first puppy hair cut.
Right: And she’s all smiles as a full-grown Goldendoodle.

3. Color changes are gradual.

When Chloe was a puppy, I noticed that at around five months of age, some white hairs started popping up in her red coat. Over time, her coat lightened from a radiant red to a color I describe as cinnamon red. (Now as a mature adult, I’ve noticed more tiny white hairs popping up around her eyes.)

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Around the age of five, fine white hairs began speckling the red hair around Chloe’s eyes. Some might call this greying, I call it cinnamon and sugar.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that Chloe has black toenails. Learning how to cut your dog’s black nails can be more challenging than trimming light nails because it’s harder to see the quick (the blood and nerve supply) on dark-colored nails.

These paws were made for walking! Check out the size of Ruby’s puppy paws. A puppy’s paws may be a predictor of adult size.

While these little doods’ coat colors may change as they grow, their loveable and energetic personalities just keep pulling tighter on your heartstrings.

4. Red Goldendoodles are so much more than their teddy bear good looks.

No matter the coat color, type (wavy, curly, or fleece) or size (mini Goldendoodle or 80-pound lap sitter), Goldendoodle dogs are so much more than their teddy bear good looks.

Because they tend to be smart, social, and easily trained, many Goldendoodles become working dogs including therapy dogs or service dogs. If you’re interested in learning more about therapy dog certification, the McSquare Doodles blog provides a comprehensive overview of how to certify your doodle dog as a therapy dog.

Or, take a peek into a day in the life of Harley and Jaxson, two Goldendoodle therapy dogs who comfort patients at a hospital.

5. Many Goldendoodles love exercising, energy burns, adventures, and brain games.

Red Goldendoodles, like all Goldendoodles, need daily exercise and plenty of brain games or mental stimulation. Typically, they are active dogs and love to play. Whether it’s walking through a neighborhood, hiking on nature trails, or jogging through a park, you and your furry sidekick can explore the world and lead an active lifestyle together.

6. A Goldendoodle can spark joy in your life.

Bringing a Goldendoodle into your home is exciting as well as filled with new responsibilities. The most important things you can do? Give your new family member lots of tender loving care, socialization, time with the family, age-appropriate exercise, positive training, ongoing veterinary care, and your time and attention. As with any puppy, the more joy you put into making his or her life the very best it can be, the more joy you’ll receive.

7. Doodles are “golden.”

Typically, Goldendoodles are quick to learn how to fit in with the entire family and adapt to life with you. And you will fall in love with the happy, slightly goofy, smart, loveable Goldendoodle. No matter whether they are red, cream, white, or black, they are definitely “golden.”

How did your dog’s coat change as he or she grew up?

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WHAT IS A GOLDENDOODLE? 100 Dog Owners Describe the Heart and Soul Behind These Loveable Doodles

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What is a Goldendoodle? Loveable doodles are more than just another sweet face

What is a Goldendoodle? There’s more to these muppet dogs than just a cute, fluffy doggo face. These loveable doodles have captured the hearts of their owners—mine included. While the popularity of the Goldendoodle has grown since the time it was first conceived in the 1990s, the poodle-retriever mix is not without a little canine controversy.

Golden regrets...

According to an article from Psychology Today (and recently The NY Post), the man credited with inventing the Labradoodle (the crossbreed that preceded the Goldendoodle) regrets his decision. In fact, he believes he created a “Frankenstein” as declared by the article’s subtitle.

But if this is the case, the loveable doodle dogs are just too happy-go-lucky, positive, carefree, smart, and energetic to notice. And, so are the Goldendoodles’ people.

Goldendoodle owners are donning T-shirts that express their happy “Doodle Dog Mom” or “Proud Parent of a Dood” affinity. They are joining Facebook Doodle dog communities, creating Instagram profiles, and participating in Doodle meet-ups and romps. They’re even tackling doodle care—from grooming fluffy faces to trimming their toenails. Goldendoodle moms and dads are having so much fun that I think it’s safe to say that they are living a new lifestyle…

…the Doodle life.

Together with their goofy, comical, and loveable doodle dogs, they are bonding with each other and having a ball! (And if you’re a doodle lover, check out Top 10 Signs You Might be a Doodle Fanatic.)

So what is a Goldendoodle, anyway?

The short, more factual answer is this: the Goldendoodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Because of the “smart” genes from the Poodle and the “friendly personality” genes from the Golden Retriever, generally, Goldendoodles make great family companions as well as agility dogs and therapy dogs.

But what is it really about these loveable doodles?

What’s the heart and soul behind these comical canines? What do doodle dog moms and dads see in their doodly family members?

I reached out to Goldendoodle owners on social media and asked them for one word that best describes their Goldendoodles. After receiving over 100 responses, it was clear that these dogs are undeniably loveable. And, just like every doodle is unique, so were the answers!

How Goldendoodle parents describe the Goldendoodle in one word:

The word cloud below is a visual summary of how Goldendoodle owners described their loveable doodle dogs in one word. The words in larger type were the most often repeated. Smart, loving, joy/joyful, goofy, and loyal were some of the most frequently used words to describe Goldendoodles.

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Words moms and dads use to describe their dogs, the Goldendoodle.

And I compiled the entire list of words Goldendoodle owners used to describe doodles here:

Adorable Adoring Adventurous
Best Friend Blessing Bouncy
Busy Carefree Charismatic
Charming Comforting Companion
Compassionate Cuddlebug Dedicated
Deep Derpy (they’re cartoonish) Devoted
Doofy Ecstatic Effervescent
Energetic Entertaining Exciting
Faithful Family Friendship
Fun Furry Sunshine Gentle
Gentle Giant Goober Goofy
Happiness Happy Heartwarming
Hilarious Hugger Human
Human-like Instinctual Intuitive
Irresistible Intelligent Joyful
Lackadaisical Lovable Love
Lovebug Loving Loyal
Perfect Playful Pleasing
Precious Angel Pure Joy Pure Love
Pure Utter Love Overwhelming Joy Quirky
Shadow Silly Smart
Snuggly Soulful Spirited
Sweetheart Spoiled LOL! Spunky
Sweet Tenacious Therapeutic
Unconditional Love Vivacious Willing
Wonderful Kind

So here’s to all the slightly derpy and completely loveable doodle dogs!

What is a Goldendoodle? For me, if I had to choose one word to answer the question, I’d pick “happiness.” There’s rarely a time when Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I have been out and about together that she doesn’t bring a smile to a stranger’s face—simply by being her happy, slightly goofy self. And,as my fingers tap out this article on my laptop, she is “happiness” at my feet and “joy” warming my heart on a chilly day.

So here’s to all the happy, energetic, derpy, smart, silly, goofy, gentle, loveable doodle dogs!

And here’s to all the doodle dog parents who are loving on the cutest little Frankensteins the world has ever known!

Would you like to know more about Goldendoodles? Check out my additional articles:

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101 Goldendoodle Names That Are Adorable

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101 Adorable Goldendoodle Names

Dreaming up the perfect name for your Goldendoodle? Finding a name that fits your little bundle of fluff’s personality, can be fun as well as a head-scratcher. To help you out, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe (my Goldendoodle pal who’s my daily inspiration) and I created a list of Goldendoodle names just right for doodle dogs. In fact, our list of names outgrew our post.

For 125 more names, check out part one of our Goldendoodle dog naming series, Best Goldendoodle Dog Names for All Types of Doodles.

Why these names made our list

Since Goldendoodles (a cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle dog breeds and called  “designer dogs” by some) vary in size and color, we’ve categorized names by physical appearance—color and size. Within each category, you’ll find Goldendoodle girl names and Goldendoodle boy names. (By the way, if you have a new puppy in your family, you may be interested in our companion article: 7 Golden Lessons This Dog Mom Learned From Raising a Dood.) We hope this makes it easy for you to find a name that’s perfect for your doodle dog.

Most of all, we hope that each time you call your doodle’s name, you’ll be reminded of the lasting love that comes from sharing life with your dog…because doodles truly are “golden.”

A few notes about the names we chose for our lists: 

  • We grouped names into themes–colors and doodle dog sizes.
  • Since choosing a name is so personal, we’ve included a mix of whimsical, cute, and human names for dogs. Will more fanciful names like “Praline” or “Freckles” grow with your dog? That’s up to you!
  • The skies the limit! We hope our list of dog names inspires dog lovers like you!


Just can’t get over the color of your Goldendoodle’s curly locks (or wavy or loose wavy)?  Check out these colorful Goldendoodle dog names.

If your pup is cream-colored, you might like these Goldendoodle names… 

Coton (or Cotton)
Aurelia (means “golden”)
Tater Tot
Winston (means “white”)
Nilla (for “Vanilla”)
Kaki (or Khaki)
Snicker Doodle

If your little bundle of fluff is chocolate, you might like these Goldendoodle names…

Bruno (derived from ‘brun’ meaning “brown”)
Graham (like the cracker)

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If your dog has red hair, you might like these red Goldendoodle names…

Rory ( means “red king”)
Pele (Hawaiian word for “lava”)

For 111 more names for your little red-haired or genuine ginger puppy, check out 111 Red Dog Names That Are RED-iculously Adorable. 

If your kiddoodle is apricot-colored, you might like these Goldendoodle names… 

Coral or Cora
Marigold (or MerryGold)

If your Goldendoodle is black, you might like these names…


If your Goldendoodle is multi-colored, you might like these names…  

Paislee (or Paisley)
Kali (short for a “kaleidoscope” of colors)


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If your Goldendoodle is on the way to being an oversized lap sitter, you might like these Goldendoodle names…


Mini Goldendoodle? Try one of the names for small dogs on for size…

Minnie (or Mini)
Pickle (sweet ones!)

Bonus! For a little irony, try a tiny-sized name for your oversized Rover or vice-versa.

Tips on how to choose a name that’s a great fit for your dog 

Having trouble choosing a name? Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Say the name out loud and use it in conversation. Better yet, try calling out each of the names as you say a command. For instance, using an enthusiastic tone of voice, call out “Come, ____!” and say each of the names that you’re considering.
  2. Consider what’s best for your dog. Many dog experts suggest names that are two syllables. Why? Two-syllable names allow you to add more emotion and inflection as you’re saying it. Dogs love hearing you say their names in a loving voice.
  3. For your dog’s sake, cross out names on your list that sound too much like a command that you’ll be teaching him or her. For example, “STACY” sounds like “STAY” and the first syllable in “Sidney” could be mistaken for “SIT.”

Chloe and I hope we’ve inspired you in your search for a name as cute as your little dood!

And if you’re a doodle mom or dad, please check out these articles:

What names should we add to this list?

We’d love to hear! Please comment below!

Tail wags and doodle kisses! 

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Best Goldendoodle Dog Names for All Types of Doods

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Goldendoodle dog names for all types of doods

Searching for Goldendoodle dog names? Naming your Goldendoodle puppy is one of the most fun and creative decisions you’ll make! Whether you’re calling her name before heading out on an adventure or you’re answering the “who’s a good dog” question, your floofy dood’s name will be part of the lifelong bond the two of you share. Just wait till you get that first head tilt or ear perk when your Goldendoodle responds to his name! A-dood-able!

To help you in your search for the perfect name for your Goldendoodle, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I brainstormed a mega list of dog names that are just right for furry, friendly, doodly silly, ball-playing doodle dogs. Then we sorted our doodle monikers into categories based on personality, lifestyle, and physical appearance.

Finally, we compiled so many names that we divided them into two more dog naming lists. For all-new names that are organized by dog sizes and variety of fur colors, please check out 101 Goldendoodle Names That Are Adorable.

And if you have a little ginger or red-haired puppy in the family, please check out our RED-iculously cute list of 111 red dog names.

We hope you enjoy browsing our lists of Goldendoodle dog names. Most of all, we hope that each time you call your doodle’s name, you’ll be reminded of the lasting love and emotional bond that comes from the joy of loving a dood…because doodles truly are “golden.”

Related: What is a Goldendoodle? 100 Dog Owners Describe the Heart & Soul Behind these Comical Doods

Tips for naming your Goldendoodle

Before you decide on a name for your Goldendoodle, here a few things to keep in mind:

1. Consider choosing a name with two syllables. As Chloe and I researched names, I was reminded that dog experts recommend two-syllable names because they allow for more inflection and emotion. (With a few exceptions, all the names in our lists have two syllables.) For more information on the science behind naming your dog, read Modern Dog’s The Science of Choosing a Dog’s Name.
2. Avoid names that resemble cues or commands that you’ll be teaching your dog. (For example, “Stacy” and “stay” and “Layla” and “lay.”)
3. Think about the type of name you love. Do you like unique names, classic names, descriptive names? We’ve included a variety in the lists below.
4. Say the name out loud to see how it rolls off the tongue.
5. Sleep on it!  See if the name you’ve chosen still “fits” your pup over time.

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If you’ve ever taken a second glance at a Goldendoodle because you could have sworn he was a human, you might like these 25 human names, or “hooman” ;), names for Goldendoodles…

Pippa (or Pippi)

Looking for even more human names for your puppy? Check out our companion naming lists: 101 Old-Fashioned Names for Dogs (Male) That Are Ridiculously Cute and 101 Old-Fashioned Names for Girl Puppy Cuteness

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If you smile every time you look at a Goldendoodle’s sweet face and silly antics, you might like these names with an upbeat, fun, and friendly feel:

Sunny (or Suni)
Frankie (means “free one, lighthearted and sweet”)
Tatum (means “brings joy”)
Trixie (means “brings happiness”)
Kiki (from the name Keiko, which means “happiness”)

And a few BONUS names that describe happy-go-lucky, boisterous, bouncy, zoomie-loving, Goldendoodles…

Zooma (or Zoomo)

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If “cute as a bug in a rug” or “cute as a button” or “cutie pie” are ways that you describe your oodle dog, then you might like these Goldendoodle dog names that are just plain cute!

Tater Tot
Sweet Pea

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If you just can’t get over how much your bundle of fluff looks like your childhood teddy bear, then these bear-themed names may be just right for your doodle!

Winnie (Winnie the Pooh)
Pooky (Garfield’s teddy bear)
Cubi or Cubby
Leo (for the lion haircut that some doods rock!)

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If you’ll be taking your new bestie on all your adventures, you might like these 25 travel-inspired names for your Goldendoodle:

Anna Maria
Rylee (means “courageous and deserving”)
Ranger (because your doodle will love going anywhere…with you by his side)

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If you can’t get over how much your Goldendoodle looks like she’d be up for a role in a Muppet movie, then you might like these Goldendoodle dog names that would fit on a Hollywood star alongside Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog…

Rowlfy (Rowlf the Dog)
Foo-Foo (Miss Piggy’s dog)

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If you’ve ever thought that a doodle could double for Chewbacca, then you might like these Goldendoodle dog names inspired by Star Wars

Trooper (Storm Trooper)

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If you’ve ever found yourself ogling over doodle Instagram accounts because you just can’t get over how sweet Goldendoodles are, you might like these dog names inspired by fragrant flowers and sweet things found in nature…

Rosie (or Rosy)

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I hope we’ve inspired you in your search for a name as cute as your little dood! If you’re oodles for doodles, please check out our other stories:

What the Fluff? Goldendoodle Stuff You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Doods

New Goldendoodle Puppy? 7 Golden Lessons Learned from Raising a Doodle

The Ulti-mutt List of Dog Puns to Bring a Smile (or a Grrrroan!)

Top 10 Signs You Might Be a Doodle Dog Fanatic

7 Fun Birthday Quotes from One Very Happy Birthday Dog

Best Gifts for Dog Moms: Gift Experiences for The Outdoorsy Girl

Smile! It’s Tongue Out Tuesday: Video of Doodle Silliness 

What are some of your favorite Goldendoodle dog names?

We’d love to hear! Please comment below!

Tail wags and doodle kisses! 

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A Goldendoodle Dog Retrieves Happy Words For You

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s bringing happy words to you!

Need a little dog-loving smile break filled with kindness and love? Through this “Life’s a Ball” photo gallery of Goldendoodle cuteness, we hope you’ll catch some of the happy words that this Goldendoodle dog loves to retrieve and share with others.

If you’re ready for a little more instant happiness in your day, you’ve come to the right place!  This very happy Goldendoodle’s favorite things are playing fetch, making people smile, and sharing happiness. So take a break and check out which happy words are this dog’s favorites.

For more happy, uplifting messages from a fun-loving dog, please check out these stories:

Happy-Go-Doodle’s “Bliss” Photo Collection

Happy-Go-Doodle’s “You Crack Me Up, Dood” Humor Photo Collection

Happy-Go-Doodle’s “Fall” Collection

Do You Talk To Your Dog? Happy-Go-Doodle’s Video “Chat”

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Life’s a ball! Enjoy it all!

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Spread Joy

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Throw Kisses

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Offer up love. Laughter. Joy. 

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Bring along the family. 

Dogs: Snuggle buddy. Listeners.  Smiller bringers. Adventures. Happy factories. Friends. 

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JOY in the air! Feet aren’t even touching the ground!

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Family love

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Teamwork makes our dream work. 

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Smiley. Happy. Sunny. Laughy. 

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A dog is code word for laughter. Spontaneous. Silly. Smiley. 

Kind is catching. 

Focus on “nice.” 

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Have a ball!

Thanks for following along on our adventures. We hope these happy words from a ball-loving Goldendoodle dog brought a little extra smile to your day!

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Doodle kisses from Happy-Go-Doodle to you! 

What happy words would you suggest for Chloe’s yellow tennis ball? 

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

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How One (Happy) Dog Celebrates a BlogPaws Best New Pet Blog Win

Do you have a C-O-E in your family? Not only is our happy-go-lucky goldendoodle the inspiration behind Happy-Go-Doodle, Chloe is the biggest C-O-E ever! That is…

Celebrator Of Everything!

Walk? Happy to!

Ride? Love it!

Bath? The best! (Water from a faucet is fabulous!)

Being enthusiastic, optimistic, and joyful is Chloe’s nature. So naturally, our kiddoodle was all smiles and a whirl of furry fun as she bounded down the stairs after hearing her two favorite words: “load up!”  Our family, Chloe included, was headed to one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate some good news:

 Happy-Go-Doodle Wins 

Best New Pet Blog 

at the 2017 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose

Pet Blogging and  Social Media Awards! 


Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe, a red goldendoodle dog, with BlogPaws trophy for best new pet blog on brick patio and words We go together like celebrations and smiles.

 This was a moment to celebrate! In a little over six months, Chloe and I (the hands and paws behind Happy-Go-Doodle) had…

  • Created the Happy-Go-Doodle brand, launched our blog, and developed a social media presence.
  • Been honored and recognized by BlogPaws, an amazing community of pet bloggers, as the recipient of the BlogPaws Social Media and Pet Blogging award for best new pet blog.
  • Attended our first BlogPaws social media conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Shared joy with others through Chloe’s fun adventures.

Also, it was a moment to give thanks for our incredibly supportive family, for new pet blogging friends, for BlogPaws, and for each and every person who had ever enjoyed our blog or smiled at even one of our social media pics. (Maybe that’s you!)  Sharing this happy time as a family made it even more memorable.

Red goldendoodle dog looking into doorway of restaurant with word "hello" as she's welcomed to restaurant after winning best new pet blog

The fun began when we arrived at Lidia’s, a pet-friendly restaurant situated in a former railroad house near Kansas City’s Union Station. Chloe waited politely (her nose doing a happy dance) at the entrance.

Red goldendoodle dog and her pet parent pose for a picture with their BlogPaws trophy for best new pet blog

We sat outside on the red-bricked patio for a leisurely lunch. It felt like a little getaway.

Toasting glasses with text 'cheers"

While we toasted, Chloe snuggled by our feet underneath the table. Except for those moments when…

Red goldendoodle dog with nose by table

…a nose popped up to check things out. But who wouldn’t?  The aroma of garden vegetables, fresh herbs, and Italian spices mixed with sunshine and fresh flowers smelled so good!

Our family laughed and caught up on daily life, we chatted with our server about our shared love for dogs, and we gave Chloe plenty of pats and love.

Finally, we made a toast to Chloe…and to all pets who share smiles, inspiration, fun, and happiness with people. They are all our Celebrators of Everything!


Thank you for following along with us on Chloe’s celebration for best new pet blog!

What are your favorite ways to celebrate good news?

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

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One happy-go-lucky pup. Yellow tennis balls the color of sunshine. Endless fetch. It was our perfect recipe for celebrating good news. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe might call it a “yellow-ball-of-goodness-happy” day. Thanks for letting us share it with you.


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How to Make a Flower Crown Using Just Dandelions

red goldendoodle wearing a dandelion crown

Dandelion crowns and sunny days

Are bright yellow dandelions poking their heads up in green carpeted yards, parks, and fields where you live? Seeing spring-green fields speckled with sunshine yellow dots takes me back to my childhood—picking dandelions, braiding dandelion garlands, crafting makeshift dandelion bracelets, and even making dandelion crowns. Warm sunny days were dandelion days.

Maybe Ella Wheeler Wilcox was thinking of the dandelion when she wrote her famous quote, “A weed is but an unloved flower.” The darling dandelion certainly fits the part! (And, if you love dog quotes, please check out my article: 10 Quotes for Dog Lovers that Remind Us It’s a Wonder-Fur World.“)

How to make a darling dandelion crown for you…or for your dog!

If you’d like to get outside and enjoy spring, making a dandelion crown is an easy DIY craft, take minutes to do, and is something that you can do with your dog by your side! (Spoiler alert: if you’ve ever braided hair, you’ve got this!) Just follow our step-by-step instructions and easy video that Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I put together for you.


Before you head outside, grab a few essentials that will make you comfy. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I took a large blanket, cell phone (for pics), my baseball cap, water bottle, and a few treats. Here’s a checklist:

  • Large blanket
  • Baseball cap, sunglasses, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • Phone or camera for pics
  •  Bunches of yellow dandelions

Red goldendoodle dog lying on vintage quilt in green grass with basket of dandelions and text that says find a comfy spot to work for creating a dandelion crown for dog

Happy Go-Doodle Chloe sat beside me on a blanket while I made the dandelion crown. Oh, and she barked at robins, got the springtime doodle zoomies, and played with her ball, too!

STEP 1: Pick yellow dandelions with long stems.

Close-up of yellow dandelion on green grass with instructions pick yellow dandelions with long stems

Dandelions with long stems will work best. I picked dandelions with stems that were at least three inches long.

STEP 2: Start with 6 dandelions gathered in a bunch.

Tip: Dandelions can be a little messy. Choose a blanket or work surface that you don’t mind getting dirty

bunch of yellow dandelions with long stems and title start with six dandelions

STEP 3: Divide the 6 dandelions into three groups of two. 

Begin the dandelion garland by dividing the six dandelions into three groups of two. Hold the heads of the dandelions in one hand and braid by bringing the outside two dandelion stems to the center. Then the other outside two stems to the center. If you’ve ever braided hair, this is the same process. (Watch the video below for visual instructions on braiding.)

Hands holding six yellow dandelions with stems crossed and instruction to divide stems in three groups

Braiding dandelions is a lot like braiding hair.  If you’ve braided hair, then you’ve got this!

STEP 4: Each time you bring the outside stems to the center, add in two more dandelions to the braid.  

The image below shows the two additional dandelion stems added to the center stems. Please watch the short video below for a visual demonstration of this step. (Special appearances by scurrying ants and singing birds!)

Close-up of hands holding dandelions and instruction to bring begin braiding dandlions

Watch this DIY dandelion crown video demonstration: 

STEP 5: Continue braiding and adding in two more dandelion stems to create the dandelion garland. 

The back of the braided dandelion garland will look like the image below. The underneath side of the dandelion garland is as pretty as the front…

(Look closely. The loose ends of the dandelions will stick out of the garland. I like that.)

Close-up of reverse of dandelion crown and text that reads "the back will look like a braid"

STEP 6: Continue braiding until you have a long dandelion garland. 

The image below shows how I arranged the dandelions in pairs so that I could easily grab two at a time to add to the garland.

Garland of dandelions that have been braided

STEP 7: Finish the dandelion crown by bringing both ends together to make the “crown.” 

I finished the dandelion crown by looping the stems at the end of the braid around the dandelion blooms at the beginning of the braid. Tip: If needed, you can use an extra dandelion to tie the two ends of the braid together.

Yellow dandelion crown and hands showing how to wrap dandelion stem around bloom to fasten

STEP 8: TA-DA!Bright yellow flower crown made of dandelions on green grass

STEP 9: Have fun taking pics! 

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe was my dandelion crown model and posed for some silly pics! She has learned the stay command, so modeling the dandelion crown was good practice. Of course, the crown fell off, but that’s the fun! (You can find more “a-dood-able” photos in Chloe’s gallery titled “You Crack Me Up, Dood.”)

Red goldendoodle dog modeling dandelion crown

Step 10: Keep the “outtakes” or “bloopers” too. They’re as fun as the posed pics and Instagram-worthy too!

Here are a few photo outtakes of Chloe’s crowning moments…

red goldendoodle dog with flower crown falling from her head

“Hey, look at me! I’m turning that “crown” upside down!”

Red goldendoodle dog with yellow dandelions in hair

“Dandelion hair. Don’t care.”

Red goldendoodle dog with tennis ball in yellow dandelion crown

“Hey, Mom! This crown makes a great ball holder.”

Chloe dropped her favorite tennis ball on top of the dandelion crown, so we put the “crowning touch” on our day with a fun-filled game of fetch!

Red goldendoodle dog with title thanks for stopping by

Thanks for stopping by for some DIY fun!

NOTE: Chloe had no interest in eating dandelions. Before you begin, if you think your dog may eat dandelions, this may not be the activity for you. While dandelions are non-toxic for dogs, the ASPCA says, “be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs.”

Also, dandelions can sometimes be treated with chemicals. Pick them from a location that you’re sure has not been treated.

goldendoodle dog wearing a dandelion crown and how to titleHave you made a dandelion crown or a flower crown for your pup? We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

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