Welcome to The Doodle Diaries! I’m Gina and this is Roxanne, the inspiration behind this blog.

I’ve always loved animals and have always thought of dogs as part of the family. It wasn’t until I moved out on my own and adopted my own rescue pup, Roxanne, that I discovered just how much a dog becomes part of your family. In fact, I discovered how a dog becomes your first child and how soon, one child may become two… (hopefully my “crazy dog lady” isn’t making you run away just yet). 

Getting a bit more personal – I’m a former New Englander who recently moved to Raleigh, North Carolina with my now-husband Colin and, of course, Roxanne. Despite both of us growing up in Connecticut, Colin and I were, frankly, sick of the cold and would’ve done anything to get away from the snowy winters (which seemed to last from October through April each year). So, in February 2018, we packed up and moved 600+ miles away to the land of the pines and haven’t looked back since.

So what do I like to do on the weekends? I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear this but I like to spend my time with dogs. You can usually find me on a hike or long walk (we live in a great part of Raleigh with access to a trail in our neighborhood) or volunteering at the SPCA. If I’m not doing either of these things, I’m probably at home binge-watching The Office or Gilmore Girls on Netflix or checking out some of the great restaurants we have here in Raleigh – because who doesn’t love great food.

About The Doodle Diaries

I’m sure you’re wondering where the name “The Doodle Diaries” came from. Well, from Roxanne of course! See, every pet parent knows that your dog’s nickname is never close to their actual name. When I first named Roxanne, I started calling her “Roxanna-danna” – because rhyming is always necessary. That led to Roxanna-danna-doodle which, as I’m sure you can guess, then led to just Doodle. Now, she’s Roxanne but is also regularly known as Doodle, or The Doodle – or sometimes Doodly-do, Doodle Hopper, Doodle Butt etc. Since I’m a dog mom thanks to The Doodle, it just makes sense to name this after her – so here we are with The Doodle Diaries!

Read on to learn more about The Doodle, and about the latest addition to our family… 🙂 

About Roxanne (aka The Doodle)

Roxanne is perfect. The end. 

Ok yes, she is perfect, but a little more about her: she’s a Border Collie mix (thank you, Wisdom Panel, for helping me find this out). She’s about 50% Border Collie, mixed with a little bit of Foxhound and Lab – and some mutt – who knows what else! I adopted Roxanne, formerly known as Skittles, from Companion Pet Rescue (CPR) when she was only about 11 weeks old. Roxanne was in a high kill shelter in Tennessee with her sibling when CPR pulled them and transported them to Connecticut for adoption.

And, since adopting Roxanne almost eight years ago, we’ve officially added a second child to our family! Everyone, meet Gracie Lou!

Our not-so-little girl is a rescue pup from Saving Grace, a wonderful organization doing so many amazing things in our area. We adopted Gracie Lou on October 11th, and have had so many adventures (and lessons learned!) since.

And yes, Gracie Lou is still young! In this photo, she’s about 7.5 months and is over 80 lbs. After doing a DNA test (again, Wisdom Panel), we learned she is 50% Great Dane (!!) with a little bit of boxer and shepherd mixed in there…plus a mix of who know’s what else. Whatever she is, we’re obsessed.

wanna say hi?

Send me an email at lifewiththedoodle@gmail.com! I’d love to see photos of your furry friend, hear your pet’s adoption story – or just talk.


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