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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.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Shakira’s March 2015 Puppies

15 Mar




Happy 1st Birthday to Bentley, Marley, Nutmeg, Olivia and Tuku!

I can’t believe a year has already gone by! Current weights are

  • Bentley: 12 pounds
  • Marley: 17 pounds
  • Nutmeg: 15 pounds
  • Olivia 14 1/2 pounds

Everyone is doing well and I’m still in contact with all families. First two pictures are Marley and the last is Nutmeg ❤️

 

 

Just A Regular Day

14 Jan

  
I had a conversation with a potential puppy family last year on she commented that when looking at pictures from other breeders she noticed they looked a little staged and often outside. She said that she liked that she could see the girls really are a big part of our lives and in our home 100%. I have a ton of pictures that I don’t share because I’m worried of the clutter you might see in the background or a bag of chips or maybe even the toilet (puppies spend their first two weeks in the bathroom – keeps them away from the other dogs and easier to keep that space a higher temp than the rest of us prefer). But after thinking about it I’m going to start showing more every day pics from our house.

   
 
These first 2 don’t look super delicious unless you are a dog but here are some examples of what the girls eat. The first pic is ground chicken with bones and organs and some fresh green tripe. The second is emu.

Next pictures are from the cluttered kitchen table, which become my workspace instead of my office upstairs. I was finishing my coffee and doing some boring accounting for my day job that pays the mortgage and Shakira wanted to get up in my lap for some cuddles. The girls like to be close but they aren’t the biggest cuddles so this moment felt really good and I wanted to take a picture but this is a perfect example of one that I wouldn’t normally share and what a shame because it was a great moment!

   
 

These were just taken in our room the other day. Andru was out of town and at the end of the work day I was freezing and went upstairs and got in bed and the girls all came up and took a little nap. The lighting was bad and I had the clutter on the dresser but they don’t care about that stuff and I love having them on our bed for cuddle time. They all sleep in the crates at night which is a safe, comfortable place for them but this extra time together always makes me feel good.

   

    
 Those are just a few that I’ve taken recently. I’ll continue to share pics that you’ll see are definitely not staged and hopeful show how much we love these girls and what a big part of they are in our lives. 

Pictures with Santa

13 Nov

Last year we took the girls to Santa’s Workshop in County Village (in Bothell) for pictures with Santa. I plan to do pictures again this year but I would love a place that specializes in puppy visits since Country Village is more for human visitors so we had to bring a blanket in case children with allergies came to visit Santa after we did. I got an email today from Seattle DogSpot with a breakdown of all the places you can take your pup for Santa pics. I love that they put together this list – all of the credit goes to Seattle DogSpot – check out their site for other dog related info.

Saturday, November 14

Pet Pictures with Santa – Kitsap Humane Society
November 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
John L Scott Realty, 40 Teal Lake Road
Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Old Dog Haven Santa Pet Photos
November 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Natural Pet Pantry, 10600 NE 68th St, Ste D
Kirkland, WA 98033

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Sunday, November 15

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Thursday, November 19

Concern for Animals’ Paws with Claus
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Aubur, WA 98001

Saturday, November 21

Santa Pet Photos at The NOAH Center
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
NOAH, 31300 Brandstrom Road
Stanwood, WA 98292

Motley Zoo Yappy Holidays Bazaar and and Bake Sale
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, November 22

Pet Photos with Santa – Northgate Mall
November 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday, November 27

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Belltown
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Belltown, 2119 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Not Your Typical Santa Photos – Woofers Grooming and Goodies
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Woofers Grooming and Goodies, 16511 Pacific Ave. S
Spanaway, WA 98387

Saturday, November 28

November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bothell Feed Center, 20809 Bothell Everett Hwy,
Bothell, WA 98012

Sunday, November 29

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Ballard
November 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Ballard, 5314 15th St. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Monday, November 30

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
November 30 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Thursday, December 3

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
December 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001

Concern for Animals’ Paws for Claus
December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Friday, December 4

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Capitol Hill
December 4 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Broadway and Pike, 1514 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, December 5

Santa Pet Photos at Bay Hay and Feed – Kitsap Humane Society
December 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bay Hay & Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Pet Photos with Santa – Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique, 6515 NE 181st St.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Welcome Christmas with Santa Photos
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Pet Pictures with Santa – Animal Medical Center of Seattle
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Santa Paws Pet Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Sunday, December 6

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Mercer Island
December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mercer Island, 2750 77th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Monday, December 7

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 11

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Overlake
December 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Overlake (Bellevue), 13407 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005

Saturday, December 12

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Issaquah
December 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws – Denny’s Pet World
December 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denny’s Pet World – 12534 120th Ave NE
Kirklan, WA 98033

Sunday, December 13

Santa Pet Photos at Kitsap Humane Society
December 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Sammamish
December 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St.
Sammamish, WA 98074

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 18

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Queen Anne
December 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Queen Anne, 522 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, December 19

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Redmond
December 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, December 20

Santa Pet Photos-Mud Bay Greenwood
December 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Greenwood, 8532 1st Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Tuesday, December 21

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Shakira’s September 2015 Puppies – 6 weeks old

13 Nov

I love these pictures! I took them shortly after Halloween 2015 and I love the idea of sitting puppies in the pumpkin candy pail so you’ll probably see that one again next year because it really worked out well.

Shakira, our mini labradoodle and Teddy, our mini labradoodle honeymooned in July and on September 25th we had six adorable girls. I wanted to make sure to save these pictures that I posted in available puppies.

This is Lily:

  

The tiniest girl from the litter:


I love the markings on this little girl. Look at those brows!


  

This girl reminds me of Shakira when she was a puppy:


  

This is Bella

I love this first picture! She’s such a cutie!


National Black Dog Day

01 Oct

  
I had no idea there was such a thing but I’ve been seeing #blackdogday posts on social media so I wanted to share. October 1st is National Black Dog Day, created by Colleen Paige who also founded National Dog Day, National Cat Day and National Puppy Day. We did not have any black dogs until our 4th litter when Beyoncé had 5; they’ve all gone to fantastic homes and now Shakira has had 4 which will go home Nov 20th. I love the look of black dogs but they are definitely hard to photograph. If you have a black dog use #blackdogday to share and show off your cutie! ❤️

Our First Litter Is One Year Old Today!

18 Aug

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Happy 1st birthday to Amelia, Ellie Bay, Luka and Brinkley! Congratulations to mommy Shakira also! Although time feels like it has flown by I can remember all of the emotions I was feeling just a year ago.

This year has been a wild ride! I have 3 smart, beautiful. loyal, amazing female dogs (this is the one time it is truly acceptable to say bitches but I love these girls like they are my daughters so I just can’t). I originally used a friend’s gorgeous mini Goldendoodle, Gizmo, for the first two litters but my husband Andru and I found and purchased Teddy almost 2 years ago and the plan had always been to use him as a stud when he received OFA certificates which he did and he is the father of Beyonce’s July puppies and Shakira’s puppies due in September. If you follow the blog you know we recently added Jay Z as a stud dog, living in a guardian home (with a fantastic human mom and dad) however since he was born in April 2015 he will not be ready for breeding until some time next year. I can’t wait for a Beyonce/JayZ collaboration in 2016! Beautiful red goldendoodles! I already have a deposit for that litter!

I never thought I would love a dog as much as I do – I kiss my girls multiple times every day and I’m not that disgusted when they accidentally  kiss me on the mouth, if I’m done with it I will let them lick off my spoon (I don’t use it afterward), I love having them hang out in our bed and I have even cupped my hands to catch their throw up before (Ewwwwww! Hey pregnancy causes morning sickness in dogs too!). I just cannot believe how much these girls have become a part of my life.

This year has brought on a loss and we had to say goodbye to my first dog, Apple. She was a rescue dog and not for breeding but she was my first experience with the unconditional love that a dog brings in to your life. I had hoped that she would pass in her sleep but that was not the case and I had to make that agonizing decision when it was time to let her go. In the end I’m glad that I was there to hold her for her last breath and I know I made the right decision but that doesn’t make it sting any less (tears right now typing about her, I miss her SO MUCH).

Transitioning from death to life – since Shakira’s first litter of 4 puppies was born one year ago today we’ve had a total of 21 puppies born in our kiddie pool upstairs and I’ve been here for every single one. I’ve cried multiple times from the stress I felt, worrying so hard about my little girl and also crying from the relief and joy that I felt when I saw her successfully whelp her new litter. Although I rarely tell people, I cry when my puppies go to their new home. I love these dogs and I spend an incredible amount of time with them. I don’t put my puppies outside in the backyard to figure things out themselves, they are in our house with me 100%. We have not had a stillborn pup or any complications and I’ve said in previous posts I think that has a lot to do with their raw diet.

I’ve (gently) rejected as many people as I’ve accepted. I’ve created a relationship with every family that has one of my puppies and have told them up front I expect to be in their lives no less than 10 years, let’s shoot for 15 but I want to at least prepare you for 10. We had a Super Bowl party and invited back our families and asked them to bring puppies, we’ve had a reunion to get everyone together, I send out countless texts and emails to check in and see how everyone is doing. I post updates to the blog to let prospective families and friends see how the puppies are doing; I stay in touch! When I say a lifetime of support that isn’t just words. My families actually do feel like family to me and I love having my puppies back for visits!

My husband Andru and I often say we wish we had one of our puppies. I know the work that we do litter box training, crate training, harness training, the early neurological stimulation we do along with the socialization all make a difference. I don’t charge extra for any of these things which I see other breeders advertise and I don’t charge extra if you can’t pick the puppy up when it is exactly 7 weeks old. I’m not in a rush to push these babies out the door.

So let’s talk about sales. Whew! From the outside sales are AMAZING and I should be out shopping for a new Mercedes sometime soon. This is something I’ve been considering blogging about for some time now. I’ve had a few potential families ask for breeding rights ‘because they just want to have one litter’ and I’ve heard a few comments on what a profitable business I have but the truth is dog breeding isn’t very profitable. If you are someone considering breeding, please reach out to me and let’s have a longer conversation. For the people that say they want just one litter – I did not make any profit until my third litter so if you are going to do it, do it right and know this won’t be a money maker for some time. In my very very very long list of expenses I include the cost of Beyonce, Shakira, JLo (but not Teddy or JayZ) and I didn’t start counting expenses until Shakira’s first pregnancy test (which came back negative) on July 23, 2014. In just over a year (plus the cost of our 3 girls) would you care to take a guess at what my expenses have run? Before my big reveal, I want to share this pic which someone posting in one of the breeding groups on FB that I’m a member of. This is so true and really made me laugh…

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My expenses are $25, 291.81. That isn’t a typo. Twenty five thousand dollars! The crazy thing is I wouldn’t change a thing and I plan to continue what I’m doing. In the last year I have brought in $31,745 which means after a year of doing what I love I have made $6,453.19; probably not the return most people are expecting. “Don’t quit your day job” but I’m so happy that I’ve covered the cost to get our girls and have been able to feed them a high quality, raw diet, I’ve provided a fantastic trainer and provided a lifestyle that I feel is the very best for them. Again, if you want more information I’m happy to share. My largest expenses are food and vet bills. My vet is the one that is ready for the new Mercedes! Please keep in mind that my girls eat a LOT while pregnant or lactating so I don’t want to turn anyone off from feeding raw – it can be done on a budget! My girls eat about 6 pounds of food a day which is about $18/day or around $6500 for the year. I don’t want to spend a lot of time focused on the money but I did think it was important to share. I continue to do this because I love it. I love the connections that I’ve made with families. I love getting Christmas cards with my puppies pictures with their new families (I got 2 last year and by Christmas we only had 4 puppies placed). I love getting text updates with pictures and stories. I love everything about breeding dogs!

I want to thank all of the families that trusted me enough to take home one of our puppies and thank them for staying in contact and provided a safe, loving home to these dogs. I want to thank my friends that have come over to help hold, cuddle and socialize puppies – huge shout out to our friend Whitney, who has spent hours hanging out upstairs in my bathroom, sometimes alone, with puppies when her husband, Andru and I have all gone back downstairs and decided to watch a movie, she never seems to get tired of it. Also my friend Karen deserves a special mention as well as she has come to visit every litter and she also lost her dog during the last year to kidney issues as well, and I now know what a tough loss that can be. THANK YOU to my husband, Andru. These dogs take a huge part of my day and I appreciate the help as well as the understanding when I can’t stick to rules like no dogs on the couch or when I spend $25k on DOGS!

Since we have no plans to rehome our girls once they retire (my heart couldn’t take that), I expect that this experience with puppies will only last for a few more years so I plan to enjoy every minute of it. If you are interested in information on breeding, I am happy to answer questions and share my experiences. My goal for the next year is continue the great things we have had in year 1 – my streak of problem free whelping (dog term for baby delivery), happy healthy dogs, happy healthy puppies, families that are a good fit. I have been working with specialists to offer discounted swimming lessons for my puppies in the next year, workshops to learn dog massage, dog photography and have been looking at fun things to add to our reunions going forward. This first year all of my puppies were sold locally and I was really proud of that! I was contacted multiple times from out of state families but I just wasn’t ready to ship. I realize now I may not be able to find homes locally and will expand outside of my area for the first time. I’m always open to suggestions and welcome feedback. If there is a better way for me to be doing something please share! Use the contact me page to reach out via email or call/text me at 917-847-6652.

Whew, I’ve got to let the dogs out! Before I close I wanted to share (with permission) two Facebook updates that I saw this morning from Ellie and Amelia’s mom:

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Again, I feel so much gratitude because this experience has brought so much love in to my life. Thank you!

Bentley Is Ready For Play Dates

12 Aug

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Bentley was the smallest puppy from Shakira’s March litter; we posted a picture of him in the Starbucks cup when he was about 6 weeks old. I received another updated from Bentley’s mom Barbara and she said…..

I know that Joe has been keeping you up to date on Bentley and he continues to be just the nicest little guy. He has finished Puppy Kindergarten and is about to “graduate” from Puppy Elementary. He loves going to class and playing with his pals there. I noticed that Ellie another one of your puppies mentioned on your blog lives in Seattle and am wondering if she might live anywhere close to us as I’m looking for someone for Bentley to play with.

I’m attaching a picture of Bentley taken about 3-4 weeks ago to show you a toy that he just loves and is very durable and I would think would be lots of fun for puppies with all of it’s legs to pull on. It’s made by Nylabone and I’ve only seen it in the one small pet store by us. I just saw it on chewy.com for a lot less than what I paid for it.

I absolutely LOVE getting updates about these babies! Adding a pictures AND a tip on a great toy that is on sale? This was a real gift! Here is a link to the toy on the Chewy site (currently on sale for $10.61). There are not a lot of reviews and they are not fantastic but I’m going to give it a try and I’ll let you know. JLo was 11 months old yesterday and she is still chewing on toys every day so she’ll be a good tester!

I will plan another reunion soon! Having back to back litters this fall is a first time event for us but I love getting everyone together. I also encourage any local families with a mini doodle to reach out to me and I’d love to include you as well! Let’s plan some puppy play dates!