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The True Story of Raising the World s First English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle

Fairhope, Alabama (November 20, 2013) - In a charming new children s book entitled Fletcher, local dog enthusiast and specialized breeder, Sherri Smeraglia shares the heart-warming story of her own puppy, Fletcher, the first English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle and how he came to be. In her first book, the author also celebrates the lifelong, loving relationship between children and their dogs. Fletcher was released on November 14, 2013, just in time for the holiday season.

As part of the City of Fairhope s Annual Holiday Open House event, Smeraglia and her dog, Fletcher, will be on hand to sign copies of this very special book. The event will take place at Page & Palette Bookstore on Sunday, November 24 from 1-5 p.m.

For more information on the book signing event, visit www.pageandpalette.com or call 251.928.5295. The bookstore is located at the corner of Section Street and Delamare Avenue.

Smeraglia and Fletcher recently participated in two popular local events: the 29th Annual Christmas Jubilee - presented by the Junior League of Mobile and Page & Palette s Duck Dynasty event.

About Fletcher
When Smeraglia s youngest child Natalie developed severe allergies to the beloved family pet, an English Golden Retriever named Murphy, something had to be done. Murphy was soon introduced to Georgette, a visiting Standard Poodle and together, they created a very special kind of puppy - Fletcher, the very first English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle. Based on the family s true story and brimming with delightful illustrations, Fletcher is both an inspiring and educational tale for all ages.

English Teddy Bear Goldendoodles combine the best traits of both breeds. They re intelligent, highly trainable, and ideal for owners with allergies. Smeraglia continues, These dogs are literally changing the world. I receive stories daily from clients about how our Goldendoodles have saved their lives. I felt a calling to write Fletcher to share with the world how this amazing, lovable breed came to be.

A portion of the proceeds from the book sales are earmarked by Smeraglia for Honduras Mission Outreach.

About the Author
Sherri Smeraglia s love for and commitment to dogs has been a life-long passion. Her collective passions are to Love God, Love People, Love Dogs. During the 1990 s, she and her husband Judge, raised five children along with the world-renowned English Golden Retrievers. Smeraglia Kennels is located on a farm in Rosinton, Alabama. To address her children s severe allergies to dogs, Smeraglia bred an English Golden Retriever with a Poodle, creating a new, hypo-allergenic breed, the English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle. Fletcher, the very first English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle in the world, was born in 2003.

Smeraglia is committed to purpose-breeding to ensure her dogs are healthy, intelligent, and safe family pets. She also produces Teddy Bear Schnoodles, a popular specialty breed combining Schnauzers and Poodles, as part of her service and therapy dog program. Smeraglia specializes in Goldendoodles and Teddy Bear Schnoodles because she has found that they are the #1 allergy-free breeds.

Her love for dogs and dedication to ethical breeding is evident in her dog training school, Doodle Prep School - developed for families that want a head start on their puppies training before adoption. The Doodle Prep School's training programs are exclusive to Goldendoodles and have expanded to provide specialized training for English Teddy Bear Goldendoodles going into therapy and service work. Smeraglia s Puppy University is the headquarters of Doodle Prep School. Puppy University is located in Daphne, AL. For more information, visit doodleprepschool.com or call 251.279.0377.

About the Illustrator
Meredith Johnson has been doing fun kid stuff for over thirty years...like illustrating hundreds of children's books. She and her husband live in Pasadena, California with two pushy Australian Shepherds (who shed) and an angry cat. Everybody misses the two grown-up kids, Casey and Matt.

About English Teddy Bear Goldendoodles
What do you get when you mix two of the most people-friendly, intelligent dog breeds, the English Golden Retriever and the Poodle? You get the English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle, one of the gentlest, most intelligent and protective, and finally, most popular new dog breeds in the world. Smeraglia was the first breeder of English Goldendoodles in 2003. For more information, visit www.teddybeargoldendoodles.com.


Goldendoodle Fact Sheet

Developed in response to world-wide demand for an even-tempered dog suitable for people with severe allergies
Specialty breed - a cross between the English Golden Retriever and Poodle
Intelligent and obedient family companions, friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers
Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train
Because of the dogs resemblance to stuffed teddy bears, Smeraglia coined the term Teddy Bear Goldendoodles
Smeraglia produces Small, Medium and Standard F1, F1B, F2 and F3 Multi Generation Goldendoodles. The colors vary from Ultra English Cream, Parti Colored and Black Velvet Coats.
Smeraglia is a Premium Goldendoodle Breeder that specializes in the most outstanding Teddy Bear English Goldendoodles in the world.
Recognized as the #1 of the 20 Hottest Dog Breeds and Mixes - by www.vetstreet.com, May 15, 2013

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