I've been lurking around for awhile and feel like I already know everyone, ha! I thought it was about time to come out of the closet and say HI! My short story is I had to put down my 12 yr. old choc. lab to cancer a year ago this month. After a year of saying I could never replace her the time has come. After much research (this forum included) and knowing that I loved labs but hated vacuuming everyday I decided to go with a doodle. I have chosen my breeder and paid my deposit. Of course, now that I have made the commitment I want my new baby NOW! Anyways, if everything goes according to plan I should have her by the end of July. What that means; I'm 3rd on the list for pups that have not even been conceived yet. Crazy! Talk about a popular breed. So, as for now, I'm really enjoying everyone elses stories and pictures about their doodles.