Meet Mia and Monty, a Spoodle and Toy Poodle aged 3 & 2.5 years respectively and their owner Dr Melissa Meehan.

About the breed

The Spoodle is a hybrid of a cocker spaniel (English or American) and a Toy Poodle (toy or miniature). The Poodle is actually a group of breeds which includes the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle with many coat colours. However, both breeds produce intelligent, athletic and good-natured dogs.

Where did you get your pooch from?

Both Mia and Monty are from RSPCA.

Why did you decide to adopt?

I have always adopted my pets from shelters (my Birman cat is also from RSPCA). At one stage, I had 4 dogs and a rabbit! As a veterinarian, I have seen first hand the devastating effects we humans can have on animal’s life when they are abandoned and surrendered. Pets are for life. They’re not a toy and definitely have feelings. I simply can’t bring myself to buy from anywhere other than a shelter when I know how many beautiful animals are in desperate need of a loving home.

What is their background story and any issues you have had to work on/overcome with them?

Mia’s mum was rescued from a puppy farm, she had been suffering in terrible conditions and gave birth to Mia and her siblings a few days after she was taken into the custody of the RSPCA. Our friends adopted Mia’s sister so they get to see each other quite often!

Monty was a puppy when he arrived at RSPCA as an unwanted Christmas present. Pets should never be given as gifts, this objectifies them and runs the risk of putting the receiver in a position where they feel obliged to accept the present even if they can’t look after it properly.

They don’t have any major issues – all of the shelter animals that I have adopted (and there’s been many of them over the years!) have ended up being fantastic companions and being a Spoodle and Toy Poodle they are little bundles of fun and joy.

How are they now?

Mia and Monty are very closely bonded and really enjoy each other’s company. They adapted to their new home very quickly and we couldn’t imagine life without them!

Any tips for someone considering adoption?

Most rescue centers and shelters have websites with information and photos of all the animals available for adoption. It’s important to have some idea of what you’re looking for, things like size, temperament, the frequency of grooming, activity level, and age are all factors which need to be taken into consideration.

Don’t get too stuck on a particular breed or appearance though – most of the shelter animals I have adopted have struck a cord with me when I’ve been face to face with them. If I’d just seen a photo, I may have passed them by!

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Monty and Mia love being the center of attention when we shoot stories for Pooches at Play. Anything that gets them on TV or in the newspaper is worthy of their attention apparently!?