How it all Started


Doodles of various descriptions

People say you make friends through your children and your dogs and this certainly was the case for us from the moment we collected our black cockapoo puppy, Dante, three years ago. At the time we lived in London where the general street rule is: “Look straight ahead, don’t make eye contact and talk to nobody.” However this demeanour goes right out the window when you have a dog; all of sudden passers-by want to say hello to the dog and tell you about their childhood pets and other happy stories.

Dante the Cockapoo

One of the first people we met in Kensington Gardens was a lady called May and her two pooches Darcy, the apricot cockapoo and George a handsome street mutt from Hungary. In fact I should point out the dogs met before we did. As the dogs got to know each other we started chatting and sharing doggie stories. Over the weeks our dog-walking routines frequently coincided, Dante saw more of Darcy and George and we got to know May.
We learned that May organised monthly Hyde Park Doodle Meets, where doodles and their owners come together to let their pooches ‘doodle dash’ while their humans catch up on their news. Since moving to Rye we’ve missed these meetings and it would be lovely if we had something similar locally.
Dante is excited that Darcy and George are coming to visit him in Rye for a long weekend in March. He can’t wait to show them his new favourite haunts, particularly Camber Sands and Rye Harbour.
If you have any type of doodle, from a Yorkie-poo to a labradoodle and would like to meet others for a ‘doodle dash’ please join us and meet Darcy, George and Dante at Camber beach on Monday March 5 at 10:30am. More details can be found in the events section of the Cockapoo Owners Club (UK) Facebook page or by contacting me via Rye news.
For more of Darcy’s and George’s adventures visit

Photos: James Glover and May Ping Wong

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Author : James  Glover