The happy lad below peering enthusiastically over the fence is Gorgeous George. He is a two and a half year old Labradoodle. George’s main characteristic is his enthusiasm. As he is a very tall lad this can be a little disconcerting when he first hurtles over to greet you at breakneck speed.
George’s owners, Nat and Mariella, were considering getting a rescue dog – a great idea, go here if you want to consider one too – but due to allergies decided on George the Labradoodle.
George is a big loveable dog who likes nothing better than a cuddle from his owners. Or anyone, really. Contrary to what most of us think, dogs don’t generally enjoy a hug, George is definitely the exception. Many of the locals at Citizens Park have been treated to a George cuddle!
As you can tell from the name, the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. This produces a highly intelligent dog with a love of exercise, conversely they score low on the aggression factor and aren’t very suitable as guard dogs. In fact, Mariella tells me that George is more likely to invite an intruder in than be a threat of any kind.
Despite this George does have a very authentic sounding play-growl if you indulge in a game of tug of war with him. His other favourite game, when not playing tug of war, is frisbee. He had a lovely game of frisbee with another local, Jet, just this week. Most of the other dogs at the park stayed away as these two looked like they were having a serious to-do, but it was all just fun n’ games. And finally, as George doesn’t like to sleep alone he always collects his favourite toy cow to sleep with before bed.