Max’s mum and gran-mum are both chocolate coloured Labradoodles. His dad is a Standard Poodle. This makes Max a F3b type Labradoodle - third generation. F stands for Filial - (relating to or due from a son or daughter), 3 stands for generation, and b stands for back-crossing with one of the parent’s breed, in this case (and typically), the Standard Poodle. His coat is a wool coat which means he has tight thick curls; whilst Molly my Springerdoodle - English Springer Spaniel and Miniature Poodle hybrid - has a wavy fleececoat; which means her coat is wavy and is tightly curled only when wet. Molly’s coat is soft and silky, whilst Max’s coat is denser and coarser which makes it harder to clip and takes forever to dry - lol. Whilst Molly’s coat can air dry in the sun in half an hour on a walk, Max takes all day and night to fully air dry and therefore requires the help of a hairdryer. Finally, Max has an undercoat and Molly doesn’t.
This puppy diary is dedicated to my husband Peter, who died 9th February 2014. Peter, you would absolutely adore Max. You’d also be very proud of Molly, she’s looking after her little brother and her mummy, of course. Molly misses her daddy! Bringing Max into my life as a six week old puppy; watching him grow and bond with Molly (they love to play with each other) and taking the photographs to create this on-line diary has been extremely therapeutic and has helped the grieving process in a massive way. I have grown more in the past year and a half - since Peter died - than I have in my entire lifetime- I have “found myself” and I am content.
Peter, just before you died you said to me “Molly is your soul mate, she will look after you, keep you going after I have gone - you were wrong you know; you were my soul mate, you always were and always will be. Little Molly is now carrying the soul mate baton for you.
I am living my life now, I am happy being with my bears and I am thriving in honour of your memory. You know I am a survivor!
You were my rock and soul-mate for over 33 years, I will never forget that, nor you. I will stay loyal to you; - there will never be another man in my life, apart from Max. Sacha & Peter - R. I. P. 2014 The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
Max is named after the handsomely brooding character Maximilian De Winter (Sir Laurence Olivier) from Daphne Du Maurier’s Novel Rebecca.