… four young cockapoos met up for a playdate in Hyde Park. It was the first of our cockapoo meets.
This January will be the beginning of our fourth year of us getting together!
6 January, 2013 – I remember it being a crisp winter’s day. It was soon after the new year’s. Mummy and I were in Hyde Park when we came across another cockapoo – a puppy called Zavia. We started to play and did the doodle dash. Mummy and Zavia’s daddy, Lucas agreed that it would be amazing for them to play together.
The very next day, Mummy and I were in the park again and this time we met Zavia and her mummy, Stacy. From there, the idea grew. Stacy had a dream of 20 cockapoos dashing around altogether. Mummy and Stacy started recruiting cockapoos. Every time they saw another cockapoo in the park, we told them to join us.
Cockapoos came and went. Some moved away, like Zavia. Another moved to Belgium. Another moved to the U.S.
And sometimes, a human left us forever. 🙁There were many funny and happy moments – This was our first group walk – Charlie (we don’t know where he is these days), Zavia (lives in Stockholm), Rocko and me.Sometimes some of the poos decided to dance And danced they did!Others could not get enough of each other – Even pausing to pose in sync.Half-brother and sister, Merlin and Miuccia would meet for a catch-upAnd I even met my Mr. Darcy on a couple of occasions.Georgie joined us as honorary poo in October 2014.He didn’t know his size then and he still doesn’t know his size!
And we have new little puppies every time we meet And we watched them grow. This was Jaffa last year!!!
But come rain or shine, we met up. Some are die-hards or lunatics as some would say.We’ve even made a Happy Cockapoo Video. Very talented Dasha Hugg made this for us. Dasha came to meet cockapoos before she and Richard became the owners of Otis.
We’ve shared this before but we have new readers who might not have seen it. It still makes us smile.
May’s comment: What began as a dream for Stacy and I to have our lovely poos play with other poos, it’s been an amazing and happy commitment. Onto Year 4 – our monthly meets have changed from just cockapoos to all doodles and others!
Today, we’re cockapoos, cavapoos, labradoodles, golden doodles, yorkiepoos, maltipoos, schnoodles, poodles and even a yorkie-poo-poo aka George!
Many have come and gone. There are the die-hards. And always new faces.
Darcy has grown up over the years – she was once like all the young ones – and did the doodle dash. But she’ll be five in February. She’s a bit more aloof these days and infrequently she does the dash. Someone said she’s in her 30’s and feeling more self-aware. Actually I think she’s self-absorbed and reading The Squirrel’s Anatomy – all she wants to do is chase them.
But it is still special to see them altogether – and to see all the happy, proud owners standing around watching their poos socialise. What a lovely group of people – if I may add!
As for George, he just thinks he’s the guardian of the group. Anything that’s not remotely a doodle, he tells them off – and he’s the life of the party!
If you want information about the meets, contact us or join the Hyde Park Cockapoo Friends Facebook page for announcements of meets. They are generally the last Sunday of every month.