Today we are talking to Gus the cavapoo from Vienna, VA and his human mom Katie! Follow Gus on his instagram account at @gusgus_cavapoo.
What is your name?
Hi, my name is Katie!
What is the name of your puppy and why did you choose that name?
My cavapoo’s name is Gus. At first, we called him Milo but after a day or so, I decided to name him Gus-Gus after the mouse in Cinderella. I think it fits him well!
How old is Gus?
Gus will be 2 years old on November 26.
What country and city are you from?
We are in Vienna, VA – USA
How did you decide to have a cavapoo and why?
My son (9) and I were living in our apartment and we wanted a dog. We’ve talked about it for awhile and I was researching breeds. I was online searching and came across this dog. I took one look at his photo and I told myself I needed to have him.
I looked online and read about the mix and it showed they were compassionate, they were hypoallergenic, and they were a great breed to train easily. I walked in, and walked out with him an hour later. He stole my heart from the beginning.
What is Gus’s favorite food? Any recommendations on food for other cavapoo owners?
Gus does have a sensitive stomach, so we feed him Blue Buffalo for sensitive stomachs.
What are Gus’s favorite toys or games?
Gus loves all his stuffed animals, at this moment he loves his dragon. We have a basket filled with all of his toys and there are times he empties the entire basket, especially after I’ve already picked them up moments before.
At night time he likes to grab a toy and go running the full length of the house. He will eventually want to play fetch, however he won’t give you the toy easily to throw it again.
What does Gus love doing most?
Gus enjoys snuggles with me, he also enjoys playing with our lab mix. Loves walks and car rides. There are moments, he will nudge his leash to let me know he’s ready for a walk.
Is there a funny story you could tell us about Gus?
One day, I took him over to my moms for a visit and he went on this running spree. He was running so fast he jumped off the landing of the stairs and cleared the table. We all were impressed on his dive off the stairs! In addition, when I take Gus to the dog park, he doesn’t play! He will sit on the bench next to me watching all the other dogs play!!
What do you love most about your cavapoo?
They truly are compassionate, and I see the love he has for our family, especially me. I love his curls, his personality, his awkward moments such as not enjoying the grass. He will walk on the bricks to avoid touching the grass. He gives the best hugs when he hasn’t seen me for a little bit. Coming home from work to him is one of my favorite moments of the day.
What are the good sides of having a cavapoo?
Great companions, their personalities will make you laugh. Training is very simple and they pick up quickly. We worked on handshake and he was able to do the command in less than twenty minutes.
What are some downsides to having a cavapoo?
Separation anxiety! Gus will have anxiety when I leave for a long period of time such as vacation. He went on a no eating binge and was a little depressed according to my caretaker. However this is very common in many dog breeds.
The barking, he will bark at every little noise he hears and at everyone walking past our house.
Does Gus shed much and how do you deal with it?
Gus rarely sheds! It’s nice not having dog hair on your furniture and clothes.
Do you travel with your cavapoo? What do you do when you need to go on vacation? (Pet sitter? Dog hotel? 🙂
Gus will travel with me in the car when I run errands. He does have a tendency to want to lay in my lap as I’m driving, so he has to be a backseat rider. He enjoys sticking his head out the window and I enjoy watching his fluff blow in the wind.
When we go on vacation, I send him to his grandogmom (aka: my mom) as he’s familiar with her. With his separation anxiety, I don’t want to take the chance boarding him because I know he’ll be nervous.
Would you recommend other people to have a cavapoo, why or why not?
100%, in fact I had a co-worker/friend get a cavapoo herself because she has seen Gus on my social media feed. They are great! They make you laugh, they make you feel loved, perfect size for your lap or your small living space such as an apartment. He’s the best ever!!!!
Cavapoo or Cavoodle? 😉 (Or cavadoodle?)