Welcome to Pups By Taylor

We are in Bothell - about 20 miles from downtown Seattle!

Happy Owners

Pups by Taylor is WONDERFUL! Taylor is such a kind and warm-hearted person and it shows in all of her dogs.

Right from the beginning she was very responsive and welcomed me into her home to visit the puppies. After spending some time with the puppies, I knew that Koa was the one for me! From that moment on, Taylor gave me updates on Koa’s growth, sent me photos and videos when I couldn’t visit him and helped me find all of the resources I needed to be a great dog mom. I felt confident that Koa was getting the best care from Taylor– all of her puppies were fed a raw food diet, crate trained and socialized before they came home.

It’s been 6 wonderful months since Koa has joined my family and we love that Taylor keeps in touch with tips and resources, plus we have the occasional puppy reunion. Pups by Taylor provides excellent service and I highly recommend anyone interested in getting a goldendoodle to contact Taylor! Plus her puppies are extremely cute 🙂

Taylor is an awesome breeder. We’ve had a great experience with her, and the puppy we purchased from her, Teddy. Taylor’s dogs live in her home with her family, not in an outside kennel. She takes them to the vet and gave us the veterinary clinic name and records and quality food. Teddy is a very loving and playful puppy which is probably a combination of his breeding and being initially raised in Taylor’s loving environment with other well adjusted dogs.

We adopted Luka a little over a year ago. He’s very playful, smart and loyal. Loves to follow you everywhere.. He can do lots of tricks especially when given a treat! He can even understand grandma when she speaks to him in Chinese. Luka has been a blessing to all of us! He’s like the brother our son always wanted. We are very thankful to Taylor and Andru who have been great! We would definitely recommend Pups by Taylor.

Guardian Families Wanted

25 May

I posted on Instagram that I’m looking for guardian homes and have been getting enough messages I thought I’d put together a blog post for more information.

I’m currently looking for a guardian family for a male, mini goldendoodle 19 pounds born December 2016. He is used to living in a busy home with 8 children, sleeping inside mostly in beds with humans but sometimes on the floor too. He is a cuddler. He is potty trained and knows some basic commands. He is a proven stud that no longer fits in this breeders program so I have been fortunate enough to add him to mine. I cannot keep boys and girls together in the same house.

A guardian family is like a foster family that welcomes the dog in their home and provides love and care and eventually adopts the dog at the end of the guardian contract. I would prefer they have experience with dogs and if they have a dog it is mature and spayed/neutered.

For my male dogs I am looking for a five year commitment. This means I have the option to use the male for breeding for up to five years. At the end of that time I will pay to have him neutered and he will officially be retired and adopted by the guardian family.

At the end of the agreement the dog will be free and I expect the guardian family to make some additional money as well however in the beginning of the agreement I do collect a deposit equal to the price of the dog which I return to you each time I use the dog for breeding. For females, my contract states she will have a maximum of 3 litters within four years, whichever comes first. Females are pregnant for only about 60 days and she will be with her guardians for most of her pregnancy and come to our house at the end and then she stays with us until puppies are 6 weeks old.

For the male dog, breeding is much easier. Of course. I need a family that lives within 20 miles of me and will return emails/texts/phone calls same day because breeding is very time sensitive. When the girl is ovulating I pick her up and bring her to the male. No transportation for the male’s family, we come to you and do best in a small space like your bathroom. It takes about 20 minutes. We do this 2-3 times within the week. I return your deposit back in smaller portions than females but can obviously use the male much more and he never has to stay at our house so no time away from pup.

Any vet costs that are related to breeding are mine to pay and I pick up the dog from the guardians home for those appointments and bring him/her back so it is minimal inconvenience to the family. Regular vet care such as vaccines are the guardian families to cover.

If this interests you please call/text/email with questions and let’s get the conversation started.

Easter 2018

01 Apr

I know I am so overdue for a blog post and I have wanted to update about day to day life, our awesome reunion we had in February at House of Ruff in Seattle, recent breeding/date nights with Jay Z and hoping Fergie and JLo are both currently pregnant, etc but for now how about some cute Easter pics? I spend so much time staring at dog pics on Instagram (way too much time honestly!) and I am so impressed with all of the creativity, obvious dog training and great photography skills! I look back at some of our old pics and I’ve got to say that wow, we’ve come a long way. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve changed groomers, I do a better job of combing the girls out daily and they get a regular “tune up” (my term) every month that includes a nail trim and also a mini haircut and comb out (in case I missed anything). I remember when someone told me JLo ‘looks cuter in person’ and I thought what the heck she is gorgeous but when I look back at that pic I think why the heck wasn’t she groomed?!! Just for giggles here’s the comparison:

Haha! I hope you got a laugh. She needs a good cut but I can still see how cute she is. Anyway, I think this year’s pics are adorable and way better than last year!

Don’t Let The Waitlist Fool You

17 Nov

Lesson learned – don’t let the waitlist fool you! I cannot believe that I had a list of 26 families with deposits paid and 20 of those families said the Christmas timing was not right for them. I try to prepare my families for the worst, telling people it could be a year out so if I get to their name early it is a nice surprise instead of setting people up to be disappointed. I just can’t control how many puppies are in a litter or if my girls will even get pregnant but I also don’t know what might be going on with my families. For this litter I made my way through the list and even had a day where I updated my site to say 1 available puppy. There were lots of vacations planned, a remodel, a new baby, a recent pregnancy announced, I have a few families with a senior dog that aren’t ready to add a puppy to their home, etc. Here’s a visual of how far I went down the list:

It’s funny to think back to the day of JLo’s x-ray in October and that I cried that she was only having one puppy. I was so worried about disappointing people on the waitlist. But honestly this has really worked out perfectly because JLo has been producing milk and able to assist Fergie with her puppies. This first litter of 6 was a lot on tiny, 13 pound Fergie and she ended up dehydrated and needing some IV fluids and meds and after that she really lost interest in nursing. I think JLo will continue to let puppies nurse a little each day until they leave.

What I’m trying to say is, and this advice is for me too, trust this process because everything seems to fall in to place each time. My deposits are 100% refundable. I often hear from people that say they will just wait and contact me next year but I continue to take deposits so the longer you wait the further down you will be on the waitlist. If you have been checking out my site and thinking of reaching out give me a call!

 

 

Our 2nd Spay Experience and Beyonce’s Two Small Litters

10 Sep

Well it is now official – Beyonce was spayed on Friday so she will not have any more puppies. I wrote a previous post about my experience going to the Animal Hospital of Newport Hills and I’ve got to say again – expensive, yes but WORTH IT!

Once again I made an appointment for a consultation so they could do blood-work and I could get some time to talk to Dr Aspen Davidoff. I really do like her a lot! Some vets are not particularly friendly or supportive with breeders but she has already been very kind and informative and not judgemental at all. I discussed Beyonce’s litter sizes – 5 and then 7 and then only 3 and we skipped a cycle and then 2. She confirmed that there is actually no benefit to skipping a heat cycle so unless there is a complication I won’t do that again. I’m going to go back to back and spay before 4 years old which I’ve read in many places is really healthy and the best thing for a dog. The skipping a heat cycle is an outdated idea.

We did a FULL blood panel on Beyonce so with the office visit the cost for that was $241.75. If you are looking for a way to cut down the budget you can get a different (reduced) blood panel for a little less and if you are taking in a puppy under 1 year old I’m not sure that they even require the blood work but I do think it is worth giving a quick check before sedation to make sure everything is a-ok with your pup. I normally do blood work on my girls before breeding and after every litter just to be sure all internal organs are functioning as they should be and I didn’t do this after Beyonce’s last litter since I knew I’d be bringing her in for this surgery.

After the blood work came back just fine we scheduled surgery. I brought her in on Friday morning and I was just as nervous and emotional as I was with Shakira, just because we had one good experience that didn’t assure me this time would be the same. But guess what – it was just as easy on her. The cost is based on your dog’s weight and for 25 pounds and under she was $274.75. I paid $30.40 to upgrade to the laser and also added the IV fluids during surgery which is optional and an additional $92.45. I think the IV fluids are what makes a huge difference. This part is probably the biggest money maker for them, I’m sure that bag is about $3 but it is worth it. Give up your Starbucks habit for a bit or whatever you need to do to get that IV! Her pain pills were an additional $14.75 and I forgot I still had them from Shakira’s surgery because neither one of them seems to be in pain. I gave it to Shakira and also to Beyonce on night 2 just in case (night 1 they were both still really loopy) and because I wanted them to be a little more zonked out so they didn’t lick at the incision but neither one did. Just like Shakira, Beyonce is bothered by the spot on her front leg where the shaved her for the IV but that’s about it. So total cost for Beyonce’s spay was slightly  higher than Shakira’s because I did more blood work but total was $654.10. While she was sedated I also had them clean her teeth which was not included in that amount but was $321.50. Shakira did not need her teeth cleaned and I believe that is because she likes to chew bones. Beyonce prefers all of her food ground and not whole “prey” – she is a bit of a princess!

Oops almost forgot about LITTER SIZE (highlighting in case you just want to scroll to this part). When I picked B up from the surgery Dr Davidoff came out to let me know that Beyonce had a cyst on one of her ovaries. She said that isn’t a common occurrence in younger dogs however it does happen as the girls age and Beyonce is 4 years, 5 months old. Dr Davidoff said that is no reason to worry, it was a cyst and not a tumor and that she thinks that developed after litter #2 (which was 7 puppies) and what caused litter #3 and #4 to be so small in comparison – just one ovary was functioning. AI could have also played a part since it does have a slightly lower success rate vs natural breeding. Cysts are normal and I myself just had a bit of a scare when I got my annual mammogram this year and they called me to return because they ‘saw something that needed a closer look’ which just turned out to be a cyst which they also told me is normal as we age. Well BOO on aging!

I will definitely return to Newport Hills for JLo’s surgery which will be next year. I highly recommend this place! Yes, you can get it cheaper however this is surgery and recovery can be tough so please keep that in mind. I have posted my phone number all over this site – if you have questions call, text or email. I’m happy to talk more about the experience or any dog questions. 917-847-6652

Beyonce’s Final Litter

28 Jul


I can’t believe we are already here! Beyonce had her final litter of just 2 girls on Wednesday, May 31st. I believe artificial insemination contributed to the small size of her litter but Mother Nature would be the authority on this one and I’m just guessing. I’ve been posting updates on Instagram and Facebook but I want to show off these beautiful girls and the pictures I took of their weekly weigh ins 

Here there are on their birthday:


And week 1


Week 2:


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7


Week 8


These girls are BEAUTIFUL 😍😍

What EXACTLY Does “Health Tested” Mean?!

06 Jul

If you have spent any time looking for a dog you have probably seen the term “health tested” but this doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone so I wanted to post about what it means to me.

When we first got Shakira our breeder Thom, who is a very nice man that I’m still friends with to this day, equated health testing to regular vet check ups with no health issues between visits. Thom had standard size labradoodles as well as minis so he was aware of the retrievers issues with hip dysplasia however he explained that he didn’t feel that it was needed in a small dog because they weighed less and were generally less active. At the time this made sense to my husband and I but only because we just didn’t educate ourselves to know any better and we desperately wanted this adorable puppy. NOTE: PUPPIES ARE ADORABLE. DO NOT LOSE YOUR MIND!

I found a great article from Paw Print Genetics about the importance of genetic testing and I want to share it with you here. I do genetic testing on my dogs because one of the goals of breeding is to produce the healthiest puppies possible. When I purchase breeding dogs I expect the highest quality of dogs and because of that I have decided to not include Drake in my breeding program. He is a GORGEOUS, well behaved dog and appears to be very healthy however his genetic testing came back as a carrier for degenerative myelopathy  Remember the note earlier? Again, puppies are adorable. Do not lose your mind!

I was upset when I received the results because I was told that both parents are health tested and clear. I was emailed a screenshot of what I now believe to be the health testing of A DIFFERENT dog that was not the true parent. This breeder has it on her website that health testing is done with Paw Print Genetics but when I search the “kennel name” (business name) or search for her name, I’ve searched for just her first name and Australian Labradoodle, I’ve searched for the parents name…nothing comes up. Now this is my fault for falling for a cute face and lots of cute puppy pictures. Please learn from my experience and follow up – ask for links to check the site yourself.

For the OFA testing, and this is done IN ADDITION to the genetic testing because it is for different issues, if a dog is younger than 2 years old they get a preliminary certificate for hips which those results do not appear on their site however they do mail us a certificate which we can scan or take a picture and post. It can also get confusing when breeders use two different names – on my dogs I use their first name (Shakira, Beyonce, JLo, Fergie, Rihanna, Mariah, Adele and Gaga) and my last name so it makes it very easy to find. Right now you will not find results for Fergie, Rihanna, Mariah, Adele and Gaga because they are young. I will take Fergie in for her OFA testing in the next month, I have put it off waiting for her outgrow her carsickness but I’ve done the genetic testing on everyone – this is the first step for me to decide if I will proceed with further testing and in the case of Drake I made the decision to “retire” him early and he will remain with his guardian family as their pet.

I hope this helps you with your search. If you have questions please feel free to call/email/text and we can chat more. I am obviously heartbroken about not using Drake for our program however degenerative myelopathy is much too serious of a disease for me to even consider using a carrier…but another breeder thought it was just fine. Please take the time to research – this disease doesn’t even hit until your dog is around 8 years old. Imagine how in love you are with your dog by 8 years old and that awesome guarantee that breeders offer is usually 1-2 years. Look it up, it is the human equivalent of Lou Gehrig’s disease/ALS but just to go over again he seems very healthy and is only a carrier so without the testing you would have no idea.

Here are pictures of the prelim reports



And when they entered Beyonce’s information they had a typo on her birthday listing her born in 2012 but she was born in 2013 so this should have been a prelim but we got the real certificate. You can also see her results on their website 


All of the certificates can be found online but I have the actual paper certificates in my office too 

Here are the eye reports 


And patella 


I’m sure I have more in addition to these but I wanted to update my site since I have removed Drake as one of our dogs. 

I still am learning everyday and I’m definitely not trying to claim I know it all or am better than everyone else but instead I’m trying to be as honest as I can about this “business” because in the end we end up being family and if someone has one of my puppies I want to stay a part of their lives and of course I want them to have a happy, healthy dog! 

JLo/Koa February 2017 Puppies 

26 Apr

This weekend our four JLo/Koa mini double doodles went home. I’ve been posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook but I wanted to share here on the blog in case you aren’t following on those social sites. I think it’s also fun to see how absolutely adorable they get and show all of their weekly pictures in one place. I’m gonna start with the most recent which was their pick up day and work my way backwards to week 1:

Then 7 weeks old:

Easter! Which was actually 6 weeks and 6 days but I wanted to use the cute Easter props I purchased

Week 6 pics:


Weeks 5 pics:

Week 4 pics:

Week 3 pics:

Week 2 pics:


Week 1 pics:

iCloud Shared Albums

15 Apr

When I first started out in 2014 someone commented that I posted too many pictures on Facebook. When I purchased my dogs I hated that I never got ENOUGH pics so that comment really surprised me but I figured if one person felt that way then there are others that agree. I was telling my husband Andru about this and he suggested creating iCloud shared albums. If you don’t know about this feature I’m about to change your world! 


This is from JLo and Koa’s last litter. By the time they went home I had shared over ONE THOUSAND pictures with those 6 families! I know that had to feel amazing because I’m currently waiting on a new puppy and she was 8 weeks old yesterday and I have received maybe 15 picture maximum. 


This album is from JLo and Koa’s current litter and they will be 7 weeks old in just 2 days so I’ll be adding to the album and beating the number of pics from our last litter of 6 and this is only 4 puppies!! 

These albums are in addition to the daily snaps I add on Snapchat (also saved on YouTube) and the puppy cam going 24/7. I really want families to be able to see their puppies as they grow and have those memories forever. 

I think this is just one example of the extra things that I do for my families that is above what other breeders are doing and I love being able to provide so many memories for my new families. 

I bet you can find a use for shared albums too. I’ve also used these when on vacation with a friend so we can both add our pictures to the same album, also spending a few hours at the lavender festival ended up with hundreds of beautiful pictures. Andru and I have used it many times for different dog picks (for example Easter shots or we’ve done Christmas, Hanukkah) and we also have a shared folder for pics of his son. If you don’t know how to use it give it a quick google. 

Easter 2017

15 Apr

I wanted to get some Easter pics of the girls. I see so many adorable pics on Instagram now, I’m amazed at the talented, creative people taking adorable pics of their dogs. 

I know my husband takes WAY BETTER pics and I still can’t figure out the “depth effect” on my iPhone 7 plus so I asked him if he could also take a few. Wow! Of course his are way better!!! Aren’t these girls so cute! I wish we had Shakira and Rihanna here for pics today 



What’s New

10 Mar
  • We now have a webcam so you can watch puppies anytime! They probably won’t be exciting for a few more weeks but they are still pretty cute to look at. Check the out at: PUPPY CAM I have it open all day because I love watching JLo take care of her babies!

 

  • I’m still posting lots of updates on Snapchat as well. Search for PupsByTaylor and you can see what is going on with Beyonce, JLo and Fergie and I also capture some puppy moments there too!

 

  • Koa is now officially retired, he has been neutered and his days of dating are over

 

  • It was a super difficult decision but I am NOT keeping another JLo/Koa puppy from their last litter together and I worry that down the road I might regret it because I know they are going to be ADORABLE. If I am thinking emotionally only (which is very easy for me to do) I’d probably keep the whole darn litter of 4 but I have been discussing with other experienced breeders and if I am thinking of the needs of my business and I need to get larger girls to have larger litters. I will still have minis however Beyonce is my largest girl and she is only 21 pounds. So I’m excited to announce that I have purchased a chocolate mini goldendoodle, born February 17th. Her mom is 24 pounds and came from a litter of 11 but Mariah (that is what we plan to name her) is one of seven puppies. Her father is 27 pounds and came from a litter of 10. Mariah will be here in April and she will stay in our home until July-August time frame and then she will live with a guardian home. We are still looking for a perfect fit so please contact me if you are interested. I will also be adding a few more females very soon…. details to come later…