Welcome to Pups By Taylor

We are in Bothell - about 20 miles from downtown Seattle! Check out our everyday life on snapchat! www.snapchat.com/add/PupsByTaylor

Happy Owners

Taylor is by far the best breeder! From the moment we spoke, it was clear she loves her dogs more than anything. We got our first puppy from her and it was clear our baby came from the most loving home ever. Taylor is always available to answer puppy questions and we keep in touch regularly for puppy play dates. She even helped us find the right raw food for our puppy. Taylor starts leash and crate training early and the first night we got home, our pup went right to bed and slept all night! It was a dream! Our puppy was happy, healthy and well socialized. I highly recommend Pups By Taylor


If you would like to know what a caring breeder should be, then look up Taylor! We were fortunate to come upon her while looking for a mini labradoodle and were so impressed at the information she made available, how responsive she was, and how she prepared the puppies for their future. She worked on litter training, kennel/crate, training, socialization, noise acclimation. What a difference. From the start our puppy was well-adjusted and so easy to work with. Happy, healthy, raised in a home with people and dogs. She answered every question and truly cared about the entire process. The communication was wonderful with videos and pictures posted online to checking in afterwards to make sure everything was going well. But wait, there’s more, when we had a family situation and could not longer manage our little one after 3 months, Taylor was right there to live up to her commitment and help to rehome our lovely little one. She took the puppy back to her house and working with her network was able to find a new and fantastic home. She even managed the financial end for us. She lived up to everything she committed to in the initial agreement and then some. If you find this site looking for “oodles” to love, you will not be disappointed with Taylor. Highly, highly recommended. I can’t say enough good things about our experience every step to the way. Thank you Taylor!

We just got our sweet mini double doodle from Taylor & it has been the best experience! This was my husband & I’s first time buying a puppy so I did a lot of research, and came across Pups by Taylor. I read a bunch of blog posts and looked through her last litters. I was pretty sold after just reading about her & her experience with breeding. Our first night, which is said to be the worst, our little Zeppelin slept through the whole night in his crate. Taylor set us up to give our puppy the healthiest lifestyle & she is so helpful. I’ve probably asked her 1828484 questions & she answers them all! We are so happy with our furbaby & so thankful for Taylor


It Takes A Village! Looking For Guardian Homes

12 Oct

I am looking for a guardian home for one of our girls. We will be holding back a puppy from Beyonce’s final litter as well as from JLo and Koa’s final litter and I’d like to find guardian homes. I am looking for a home that is within 20 miles because we would like to have our girl back to visit at least every 3 months so she can feel comfortable here in our home since this is where she would have her puppies. These girls would stay with us until they are 6 months old, again my goal is for our home to feel like a very familiar, comfortable place – everything has to be low stress for Mommy dogs. The benefit to you would be still plenty of puppy experiences but a lot more training, she would also have her shots and be ready to take out and about (an 8 week old puppy goes home up to date on shots but due to parvo risk cannot go out for about 6 more weeks). She will come back and live here in our home for the final 2 weeks of her pregnancy and for the 8 weeks that she has puppies here – this means that your dog will be here for a total of 10 weeks. You can come visit but I know for some (myself included) that would be really tough to be without your dog for over 2 months so I know this is not for everyone.

You would pay a deposit equal to the cost of a puppy however you will receive your deposit back with each litter with additional financial compensation as well. Puppy will have 3 litters and then I will pay to have her spayed at the amazing place we took Shakira (recovery was AMAZING) and by 4 years old she will be 110% YOUR DOG with many years of life to enjoy. We’d love to see her again if you travel but there would be no obligation on time.

If you have been considering a dog but travel has kept you from adding to your family, this could be a great arrangement because we would love to have her back to visit as often as possible. It is just difficult for us to take multiple dogs out and about and socialize them and we think the guardian program would give our girls a great opportunity that is harder for us to provide here. There are definitely more details to discuss. Please contact me if you are within 20 miles of 98012 and want more information! Thanks 

Shakira Has Gone Off To College!

01 Oct

Shakira is all grown up and has moved to Seattle for new adventures. I like to think of it as going off to college. We love this little girl dearly but she’s outgrown our boring lifestyle,  at home all the time out in the burbs and she is ready for new adventures. Shakira has done amazing with the training we have done with Anna from Paws With No Flaws as well as Zoom Room and she is a fantastic mommy but she’s retired from breeding and is looking for a little ME time. As we have added to our pack we could tell she was feeling unhappy and started the process of finding guardian homes for the younger pack members, Fergie and Rihanna. I have mentioned my friend Karen in at least one previous post and you have probably seen her posting and sharing on our Facebook page because she has been over to visit every litter of puppies we’ve ever had. Karen and her spouse Katy had 2 adorable Cocker Spaniel boys for over 10 years that passed due to natural causes and they have been without a dog for over a year and were ready to add to their family. While discussing the possibility of caring for either Fergie or Rihanna, our trainer Anna came over for another session and based on what she saw (and how well she knows our pack) she said she felt the best fit would be for Shakira to be in a home where she was the only dog. We discussed other options because letting go of my first puppy EVER didn’t feel like much of an option but in the end we decided to go with what is best for her and not me.

Shakira started going over to Karen and Katy’s home in Seattle on September 2nd for just a weekend at first and then a longer weekend and we just gradually increased the time. I felt relief and joy to see how happy she is at their home and honestly a little pain and heartache that my girl is happier in another home. I started to worry that I wasn’t a good dog mom but I do recognize that just like humans, every dog is different with a unique personality and needs. To be honest I felt a positive shift at home with the other dogs as well; now we have Beyonce and her baby and JLo and her baby. Shakira still comes to visit often, sometimes just for a day if her new mommies have work that will take them away from home and we’ve been able to have a few overnights too. This is a tough situation but I tried to put her needs before mine.

I have gone over to Shakira’s new house and must say…it is FANTASTIC! It really does feel like she’s gone off to college. Before I met Andru I lived in downtown Seattle, maybe 5 blocks from Pike Place Market and I loved it. The city has so much to do! She lives in Fremont and has a private rooftop deck for sunbathing and/or people watching. She has gone kayaking and boating and it turns out she loves going to bars (see, I told you it is like she went off to college). 

She has graduated from Agility level 1 at Zoom Room and will move on the level 2. 

She is going to take swimming lessons, although I think she was happy to jump in the lake without any lessons while kayaking, and her new mommies are going to take her through the program to work as a therapy dog visiting senior homes. Shakira’s other mommies work from home so she is not alone during the day and they’ve even got her set up with her own Facebook account (again, COLLEGE GIRL…..look out!). My heart feels good with this choice. For my Shakira families, please know that she WILL be at the reunion in 2 weeks and future reunions as well. Just like the young adult that moves away and goes off to college, she will stay a part of our pack in our hearts even if she only visits on occasion.

I have a shared album (my puppy families know all about the shared album – love it) and Karen has already added 53 photos. 

I want to post every single one but I’ll keep it to a few so you will give her a like and follow her on Facebook!

This is new to us and I still have a hard time talking about it or even writing about it without crying. Before sharing on the website I wanted to tell Thom, Shakira’s (retired) breeder and human grandpa and the person that allowed me to start this whole adventure. Thom said “GREAT JOB on placement! I know it’s hard but look at those smiles”, I sent him several of the pics from Karen’s album. He was also happy to say – “we can now say one of our dogs went kayaking” which made me smile! And the words I needed to hear….”I enjoy your updates and I am always proud of you”.



Our Experience Getting Shakira Spayed

01 Oct

Before we had doodles, I had one other dog, Apple, and when it was time to have her spayed I took her to the local humane society in Bellevue. The price was low and I assumed that since their specialty is dogs they would probably be experts and the best place to go. I don’t want to post a review of that experience but I will say it was bad.

We have a private Facebook group for our families and while no one has posted about a BAD experience, I also did not see any posts of a GOOD experience. I was getting worried as we got closer to the time to get Shakira spayed. I researched an ovary sparing spay (OSS) and went to a $150 consultation with a surgeon.I liked the idea of keeping the dog’s ovaries because I felt like it would be beneficial for the dog’s health but I just didn’t have a good feeling about the surgeon that I met.

I started to feel nervous. I didn’t want Shakira to have another heat cycle however I also didn’t want to settle on a surgery or surgeon that I wasn’t totally comfortable with. I spoke to one of my families and found out they actually had an AMAZING experience but didn’t want to post about it because the cost was higher than the average spay. I believe the average cost to get a female spayed is around $200 and neutering a male is a little less. The great experience that my family had was at a place call Animal Hospital of Newport which is in Newcastle….about an hour each way from our house. I went to Yelp to check out their reviews and they were mixed so I decided to make an appointment and check it out for myself. Round trip for this was about 2 hours of my day but I wanted my girl to have a good experience because ultimately that means you too will have a good experience. No one wants to be up all night worrying about a sick family member.

My experience with Animal Hospital of Newport was great and if you are able to get their office then I would suggest considering making the trip. Our surgeon was Aspen Davidoff and I requested her because she also did my grandbaby’s surgery however I’m sure all of their Drs are great. What I think really made a difference was the laser option that they offer instead of a traditional scalpel (there was an additional fee) and the option to have an IV of fluids during the surgery. GET THIS IV!! There was an additional fee, I cannot remember the breakdown but it was something like maybe $30-40 extra. I encourage you to do a google search on the benefits of an IV during surgery.

Shakira as spayed on July 27th and we were sent home with medication to help sedate her if she had a hard time settling down and also a mild pain medication similar to use taking a Tylenol for pain, soreness and swelling. I did not need to give her the medication for sedation because she was really fine. She had a line about an inch long on her abdomen but no visible stitches and nothing that I had to clean. I put her in a baby onesie the first two nights to make sure she did not lick but she was only interested in her front leg where the IV was; I think maybe she had a razor burn or it just itched. Other than licking that front leg, we had no complications and no down time. This was an amazing experience! Shakira was supposed to avoid stairs for a week and we tried our best to carry her upstairs when we went to bed and keep her calm but she obviously felt great. I felt incredibly nervous before the procedure and cried when I dropped her off but everything went fantastic and I will definitely make the trip for my other girls when it is time.

We went to the office for a consultation and we did a blood panel for a cost of $129.50 and then when she had her surgery the bill was $402.10 so total I spent $531.60. The experience was priceless.

If this location does not work for you then I would suggest requesting the IV fluids during the procedure – I think that really helped a lot and if you search online it seems to be pretty routine for human surgery.



JLo/Koa Puppies Are 3 Weeks Old

15 Jul

Puppies were 3 weeks old on Thursday July 14 and will be moving downstairs in the next few days and starting litter box training. I post everyday on snapchat and move to YouTube but thought I’d add to my website. I’m sorry we do not have any puppies available and will not until Spring 2017 when we do a repeat of this litter. 

Here are pictures of the green collar boy. He was 1 pound 10 ounces…

Here is the blue collar boy. He was 2 pounds 2 ounces 

Here is the purple collar girl, she was one pound 6.7 ounces 

Here is the red collar girl, she was 1 pound 10.4 ounces 

Here is the yellow collar boy, he was 1 pound 9.1 pounces 

And here is the black collar boy, he was 1 pound 5.8 ounces 

JLo/Koa Puppies Are 4 Days Old

27 Jun

This gallery contains 36 photos.

We started taking JLo’s temperature on Tuesday of last week to get an idea of when she would go in to labor. On Tuesday she was 99.9 which is on the low end of normal however Wednesday night she was 98.6 which had me concerned because a drop to 98 usually means labor within 24 […]

JLo is expecting 5 Puppies

22 Jun

We took JLo in to see Dr Raja on Friday for an X-ray and he said she should have 4-5 puppies but he feels pretty confident that it is 5. She is due right around Monday June 27th but I’ll update once puppies arrive. We are excited!!! 

Beyonce Is Take A Break and We Currently Have 2 Available Puppies

04 Jun

*** UPDATE – the two puppies pictured above have gone home and we do not have puppies at this time however I believe we will have one JLo/Koa puppy available to go home in late August, they are due in just a few days.

Shakira is now retired! Not “officially” since she still has puppies here at the house, they will be 8 weeks old on Tuesday so she’s still assisting me with their care but she’s close.  I haven’t decided on an appropriate gift for retirement because massages and diamonds have no value to a dog and she gets bones and treats all the time. I’m open to suggestions to if you think of something let me know.

Beyonce will have one more litter and she will also be retired. I had originally planned for her final litter to be in October, going home in December however I have decided to give her a break and skip a heat cycle. My vet does a full blood panel on our moms after puppies are born and before we breed them the next time and every time our results have been great, very healthy dogs! Our girls are still very young, Beyonce just turned 3 years old on May 20th and she has already had 3 litters, her first was born December 14, 2014 when she was 1 yr, 7 months old). I’m basing my decision on Shakira’s final litter which was tough on our little girl and she ended up spending the night in the ER on Mother’s Day. After discussing with our regular vet, Dr Raja from Finn Hill Animal Hospital and the vets we worked with at Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, there was nothing that we did wrong, no indication prior to puppies that this would happen and the only improvement that was suggested was to do a 2nd blood test when puppies were 2 weeks old since Shakira had such a large litter. The issue was that the nursing puppies were taking all of her calcium which resulted in eclampsia (eclampsia is different in humans). If we had not been home and caught the early signs when we did, eclampsia can be fatal in dogs, which obviously was scary and very upsetting to us! If we have another large litter we will definitely do a second blood test. All of the veterinarians that we spoke with agreed that Beyonce is healthy, based on exams and lab work, and it is fine to breed her with this next cycle but I’ve always said these wonderful animals are our pets FIRST and this is more of a passion project than a job, I actually have a FT job and have worked for my employer for 13 years so this isn’t something that I do to pay the mortgage. I want to give my girl a break; she gives me so much joy, I want to be sure I’m keeping her best interest in mind. Females dogs can safely have puppies up to 6 years old so I’m going to breed Beyonce for her final litter when she goes in to heat in March 2017 which will mean a due date of approximately May 28 with puppies going home July 23, 2017. I realize this is 13 months away and red minis are VERY hard to find but we are using Beyonce’s son Koa with JLo so there is a good chance we will have more reds in our future. I am sorry to disappoint people but I hope you will understand my reason.


Beyoncé/Chewy puppies are 8 weeks old today

01 May

I feel like I say this with every litter but wow, the time has flown by! Beyonce’s puppies are 8 weeks old today and it is time for them to head out to be with their families. Now that my litters are reserved so far in advance I haven’t been very good at updating my “available puppies” page since I actually don’t have any puppies available but since I’ll be doing a repeat breeding with the two dogs I wanted to show these cuties off.

What Is The Best Dog Bed

20 Mar

I made new covers today! Sunday fun day!

I’ve been asked about our dog beds a lot and wanted to share my tip to having the best dog bed. I buy ours at Fred Meyer around Christmastime for maybe $25 per bed but I feel any bed will work the secret really is the garbage bag inside and the homemade cover. 

Inside of the beds, the stuffing, is kept together in a fairly flimsy mesh type of pillow case but as long as the stuffing is kept in some type of case it will work. Take the case out and put a large, yard waste size heavy duty trash bag around the stuffing or “guts” of your dog’s bed – our beds are large enough that I end up using two bags. This way if there is ever a situation like an accidental pee, throw up, etc you aren’t scrambling to salvage your bed from absorbing the smell/liquid. Now put the store bought cover back on the bed, this is almost always washable and I do wash ours from time to time. I go to goodwill and buy a twin size flat sheet for around $3 and make another cover to go over the original and see a few strips of Velcro at the top to close it up (that part is optional). This keeps the dogs from chewing at the bed to get the stuffing out and makes it easy to clean up when I give them marrow bones which can be very messy (a little bloody even) or if JLo brings some of her raw food over to her bed to eat. Beyonce unexpectedly had her last litter on the dog beds and everything washed out just fine. The only reason I replaced the covers today is these were about 2 years old and I bought some bones from Chewy dot com that were a little greasy and the spots on the cover looked like pee spots when they were caught on video or in pictures (especially the darker pink on the right in the before pic). These covers should last you for awhile, they really increase the life of the dog bed and the ability to clean the bed. Many visitors have commented that our house doesn’t smell like dog and I think that is mostly the raw food diet but I’m sure frequently washing their beds helps too. Don’t buy a white sheet because you’ll be surprised how dirty it will get and the reason I get the twin size is because it is less work for me because I’m not very good at sewing. 

Also…don’t be disappointed if your dogs prefer the cold, hard floor instead of a nice fluffy bed. That happens a lot here! 😃


Find Puppies on Snapchat

17 Mar


Andru (my awesome tech obsessed husband that runs Gear Live) is always telling me about new apps and technology that I HAVE TO have and honestly I’m not as crazy about all the latest like he is because I feel that it’s just more for me to learn and keep up on. I thought snapchat was for kids and pervs but now that I think about it I thought the same thing about Facebook 9 years ago and now I’m obsessed and need a support group to stop using FB! So if you don’t have this free app I suggest you download it out if you have any interest in seeing puppies and quick updates on our everyday life. This account is not about me at all but the girls – Shakira, Beyonce and JLo and any puppies that we have at the home. I thought it would be a great way for you to see how things go at our home and how these girls are in our house and our hearts 110%

So if you want to see puppies on snapchat or really get a better idea of what life is like at our house find us: PupsByTaylor