We’ve all heard the story of Frankenstein and his monster. We’ve all seen cartoons of a scary, rectangular headed demon, rising from a cold table in a science lab. With a bolt through his neck and ominously grunting, while behind him a concerned scientist – doctor Frankenstein – realises the horror of his ways. ‘What have I done!?!?’ he cries. He’s created a monster – that’s what he’s done. An abomination that will haunt his life, ruin his career and cause untold strife and trauma.
Fast forward to 2019. I’m not too sure any labradoodle owners have laid asleep one morning, and had their friendly, fluffly, four legged friend leap onto their bed and awoken them to slobbery dog kisses and thought, ‘Who could ever create such an evil beast?!?’.
It’s been well documented this week that Wally Conron – creator of the labradoodle – has called the dog, ‘his lifes regret’. He claims he’s created an crazy animal with hereditary problems. From this writers point of view the dogs ARE crazy – crazy cute! And they DO have hereditary problems – each one is more loveable than the last, and they just keep breeding them this way!
So Wally, I’m not here to scold you. I’m not even here to criticise your words. This is an opinion piece, and you’re obviously welcome to your opinion too. I am here to say thank you, and honour these balls of fluff that you created. We’ve all done things we regret, but that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit people greatly, so lets take a moment to raise a glass to Wally Conron, and of course raise a glass to his life’s regret. The labradoodle. Cheers and woof.