Surprise Family Reveal is…
She is a 5 month old Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle).
It has taken a lot of thinking, praying, and tears to get to where we are today. When Hercules had to be put down, my world was altered. He had been with me before kids and through deployments. Herc was truly my best friend. He was fun, quirky, and very protective of me. We rescued Herc from the local Humane Society when he was 8 weeks old (May 2003).
Not too long after Herc came home with us we went back to the same shelter to get him a friend. Athena, our Lab/Great Dane mix, made a dynamic duo until she had a heart attack on Christmas night in 2009.
Hercules became depressed and lost a lot of weight. When the opportunity arose for us to adopt a Golden Retriever, we took it. I knew he needed a friend and a partner in toilet paper robbery.
Luna, our sweet and loving Golden Retriever, arrived from Miami in May of 2010. She was 3 months old and the cutest ball of yellow-golden fur I had ever seen. Luna was Herc’s sidekick for 5 years until he passed from Congestive Heart Failure. She has gone through her own states of depression. It has been a sad journey for her, alone, over the last year and a half. Now she is almost 7 – a senior citizen.
In April, we were asked if we wanted to adopt a Schnoodle. I was on the fence for a while while Marty thought their super tiny ears were adorable. It took a little while longer to decide. Marty and I both went through phases of “no, yes, and I am indifferent.” I still think we have our reservations but here we are …
This is where Luna hails from. And Dory too.
What is a Schnoodle? According to AKC, “The Schnoodle is meant to combine the best traits of its parent breeds, the Schnauzer and the Poodle. If genetics play out as intended, this mixed breed dog is extremely smart, active and affectionate. Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle are known for their intelligence and ability to learn quickly. They’re also active breeds, requiring plenty of physical and mental exercise.”