We are a Christian family with 8 children, all who happen to be adopted. Five of our children are now on their own and have given us 6 wonderful grandchildren. Two of our children are still at home, Isaiah is almost 17 & Jalin is almost 20 and attending college. Tragically, our oldest daughter Marissa Faith was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor DIPG (a very aggressive cancer) when she was only 7 years old. Marissa was called home to heaven just one day after her 8th birthday. Our older sons were adopted in Kansas, our daughters are all from China (one of which was nicknamed DOODLEBUG, long before we knew about these wonderful dogs) and our youngest son is from Guatemala. We are passionate about special needs adoptions, as many of our children have/had special needs, therefore passionate about therapy dogs changing lives of both children and adults with special needs, and PTSD, as our oldest son served 4 years in the USMC and was hit by an IED, just 9 days into Iraq. We also advocate for adoption and Childhood Cancer Research, as childhood cancer research only gets 3.9 cents for every dollar that is donated for Cancer Research, meaning the bulk of research is being done for adult cancers. There have only been 3 new cancer drugs for Childhood Cancers in 20 years and this is not acceptable.
In July of 2023 I sadly lost my husband of over 40 1/2 years to Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. We will continue to advocate for earlier detection and a cure for this deadly cancer. Two terminal cancers at the time of diagnosis, has been very difficult for our family, but our faith is strong as is our belief in our dogs and how they go on to bless so many other families, that need their magic way of healing hearts. Steve would often have 1-3 dogs in his lap over the last 3 years fighting cancer and Finley Rose x Mac puppies were his favorite litter in 14 years. He held one of their puppies for hours and said we needed to repeat that litter, as there was something really special about that pairing for him. Their incredible intuition is what keeps us wanting to continue, even on our hardest days.
Our family has always had a dog, we had Basenjis when our older boys were little, due to our oldest sons allergies to dogs. We raised and showed them for several years, but stopped when helping other families adopt internationally, took over our lives for about 13 years. We began to miss raising puppies WITH children and began to search for a larger, allergy friendly dog and were led to the Goldendoodle and the rest is history. We fell in love with their size, coats, temperaments, intelligence and most of all their intuitiveness. We would not raise puppies without children, as they make all the difference in their proper socialization. We believe in giving back whenever possible. We will donate and reduce fees for special needs children and adults, as often as we are able to and still cover all of our family's expenses. This is something that we are passionate about doing. Please understand that we cannot donate to every family in need, there are just too many, but we will do all we can to help you, even if that means referring you to other breeders.
We only have two litters of puppies most years, sometimes less. From November 2017-December 2018, we had zero puppies. We began raising Goldendoodles while living in Nashville, TN in 2009 & moved back to KS where we are from, in the fall of 2016. In the fall of 2018, we moved just outside of Kansas City, KS, onto 21 acres of land. Our closest neighbors are cows and wheat fields. We now are raising mostly mini to medium size doodles and will rarely have standard size now. Once in a while we may have them in the 30-50 lb range, but will mostly have 30 lbs and under.