Meet Parker the Australian Doodle
Parker the mini Australian Labradoodle and his dad, Baldwin, are two stylish guys. They both love dressing up in cool duds and exploring all San Francisco has to offer. Baldwin tells us how they came to meet and what it’s like to spend your days with a ′doodle.
How did you and Parker meet?
I met another Labradoodle in the area and asked the owner about the breeder, which led me to Darby Park Doodles. That same day, I filled out a form to qualify myself as a guardian. When Parker was five weeks old, I had the opportunity to visit the litter. Parker just wouldn't leave my side. Three weeks after that, I picked him up and brought him to his new home.
Describe Parker in three words.
Playful, smart and loving.
What daily rituals do you and Parker share?
Walks and parks are a must. My girlfriend and I live together, so Parker now gets to spend quality time with his “sister,” a beautiful Yorkie named Bear. We try to keep them on the same schedule of eating, park time and playtime.
Describe a typical day with Parker.
Mornings start off with a long walk. After that we head into the office. Around noon each day Parker has a playdate with another Labradoodle next door. We head to the park after work, and then it’s time for dinner and a short training session. Afterward, we curl up on the couch for some R&R, and the day ends with bedtime, with Parker and Bear sleeping in the same bed.
Tell us something funny about Parker.
I trained him to ring a bell when he has to go to the bathroom. It's awesome and gets people every time.
Where’s your favorite place to go together?
Crissy Field is our favorite place to go. He loves playing with other dogs, and his new love is swimming in the bay to fetch his ball.
How do you make the most of your time together?
We’re together all the time. This gives me the ability to play with him a lot and constantly train him to help him be the best dog he can be.
What’s the best thing about being a pet parent?
Regardless of how I'm feeling, Parker is always happy to see me and instantly cheers me up. I've learned that spending time with my pup is the best way to turn a bad day into a good one.
What advice would you give people thinking about adopting a dog?
The first six months are the most important. Make sure you have the time to spend every possible minute with your dog to make sure he’s learning the best habits. Having a dog is a huge commitment, so people need to make sure they are ready to become a parent.
Describe your Instagram journey to superstardom.
When you get a dog, he ends up taking over your photo album. I started showing friends photos of Parker in every conversation I had. That led me to posting them on Instagram so friends could stay up to date with Parker’s journeys. Simultaneously, I picked up photography as a hobby. As the content started to get better, larger Instagram outlets began to feature Parker on their accounts.
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