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Looking For A Guardian Family

01 Sep

I am looking for a local family for our sweet boy, Childish Gambino. He is currently with a family with 5 and 7 year old boys and their Mom has said

He’s literally the perfect dog. Doesn’t bark. So sweet. Smart. I really wish we could keep him but I just don’t think our lifestyle fits his needs. We are gone a lot and I think he deserves a family that is home more and maybe a family that doesn’t have small children. He seems to be anxious around the rambunctiousness of my boys. We wanted to get a dog partly to help with my sons anxiety but he seems to have his own anxieties that aren’t disappearing with time with us and maybe it’s because the boys are a little loud and hyper?

We had Gambino at our house for a few weeks and I did not see any anxiety. I agree he really is a perfect pup, lots of snuggles and no barking. He did not like when my girls barked so I would also agree he would do better with older or no children. I think he’s just a very low-key dog and young kids can get very excited.

I’m looking for a family that lives close to 98012. I want to be able to get to him from my house in 20-30 mins max, even if there is traffic so Seattle/West Seattle is too far. Bothell, Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood would be great. This is a 5 year commitment and you do pay a deposit equal to the price of a dog however you receive your deposit back in payments each time Gambino sires a litter. By the end of the contract your money is refunded and you have most likely made some money as well. Please contact me if you think you could be a good fit!

Guardian Families

07 Jul

We found a home for Childish Gambino! He was placed last week and doing so well!There is a chance that we will have guardian opportunities for females in the future but I don’t plan on adding additional males for awhile.

I have been considering keeping a female from Adele or Gaga as a future Mommy for us but that would be in 2019. I will post again when we are looking for a future guardian family! Thank you so much for the interest! If you are considering a pup give me a call so we can get you on the waitlist!

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!

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 😍😍

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 



Puppies Need Patience!

30 Dec

Back in October, the weekend we had our 3rd reunion planned, the news started reporting about an upcoming record breaking storm. One of my families sent me this text which is just awful and at the same time hilarious (because it didn’t happen to ME I can find it hilarious) 


My first reaction was that this pic wasn’t real or just something she found on the internet but sure enough it was very real. Kim has a JLo/Koa puppy, Kingston. Kim was running errands preparing for Stormageddon 2016 and she said she left Kingston in the car alone for maybe 15 minutes MAX and came out to see this mess. He had pooped in the car and then ran all over getting it EVERYWHERE!!

I love that Kim was able to immediately joke about the situation because honestly my first reaction would probably not be laughter. 

I just wanted to share because I do expect something like this to happen to every new dog owner. It might not be this extreme but I want to be sure you know that in addition to all of the adorable pics and cuddly moments with your new dog there is bound to be a little chaos too and I need you to be prepared for that. Keep in mind that I will be here for support and when you are ready for it – some laughs. 

Therapy Dogs at SeaTac Airport

11 Mar

Paws 4 Passengers - 2015 Team Photo

After we traveled to Sacramento last month and were greeted by the Boarding Area Relaxation Corp (BARC) team I knew I wanted to be involved in getting this to Seattle. I received a response today the manager of airport customer service at SeaTac and found out they already have a Therapy Dog Program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I was SO EXCITED to get this response:

  
During my search I connected with Debbie Harvey; Debbie is the person responsible for getting the program going in Reno as well as a few other airports. If you are in another state and somehow found my site, please contact me and I’ll get you in touch with Debbie. She is AMAZING. She is a retired pilot with flight priveldges and said she can travel anywhere to help, even if it is just to provide some support to get the program going. She is so dedicated to this program and she spent over an hour talking to me on the phone and gave me a lot of great advice. Debbie had already suggested that I contact Pet Partners for registration. Unfortunately I found out that one of the requirements of Pet Partners is that the dogs cannot have a raw food diet. I feel a little bit heartbroken over this because I really REALLY wanted to be involved in the program. I really have a strong belief in feeding raw and I’m not willing to change that. But if you are interested at all in this program, in reducing stress in travelers and making people feel GOOD then please let me know.

In addition to Seattle, here is a list of US airports with therapy dog programs:

Albany, NY
Albuquerque, NM
Augusta, GA
Buffalo, NY
Columbia, S. C.
Denver, CO
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Grand Rapids, MC
LAX   CA
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minn. St. Paul, MN
Norfork, VA
Oklahoma City OK
Ontario, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
SFO   CA
Tampa, FL
Willmington, N. C.

There is also 3 Canadian airports that have the program also:

Edmonton, Canada
Regina, Canada
Saskatoon, Canada

I was also given a list with 10 airports that are in the planning stages of the program and I’m not totally sure if that was information I’m allowed to share so for now I’ll just say it could be coming to your area soon!

Debbie told me the program started in 2001 in San Jose, CA (SJC) by airport Chaplain Kathryn Liebschutz and her dog, Dolly the Dalmation. Liebschutz was a member of the airport’s Interfaith Chaplaincy and on the morning of September 11st all chaplains were summoned to the San Jose airport to help passengers stranded by grounded planes or console those just arriving who might have just heard of the attacks. On September 13th, commercial flights resumed but stress levels were high. I did not get to speak to Chaplain Liebschutz however the story that Debbie explained to me was that Dolly the Dalmation was already registered as a therapy dog so Chaplain Liebschutz brought Dolly with her to the airport to comfort stressed travelers and that is where the program began.

I know when I saw 3 dogs with signs that said PET ME it felt better than someone telling me to come over their way for some free money because you know there is always a catch – there was no catch with these dogs just a lot of love. You will have to donate a good amount of your time to get your dog ready for this program but what an amazing program!!!

 

*Photo from Debbie Harvey of her 2015 team.

Improper Coat (IC) and A New Stud

05 Jan

I’ve been doing this for over a year now and I really do have so much more to learn. Shakira is the first dog I purchased, a mini F1b labradoodle from FoxTail Ridge Labradoodles (I own the site now so if you search for him you’ll get back here but you can get some nice comments still in a google search). My breeder, Thom had planned on retiring and after some discussion he said he would be available to give me advice from time to time and that has been fantastic but things change every year and Thom has been retired for a few years now. Whenever I asked other breeders question or posted in breeder forums or FB pages the response was rarely an answer to my question but the demand to ‘GET YOUR HEALTH TESTING’! So I followed that advice and just focused on the health testing of my dogs and am proud to share links on my site to their OFA test results. I never thought about testing what color the girls might carry because I think all colors are cute so I didn’t really care about coat testing. Shakira’s first litter with Gizmo resulted in 4 puppies and 2 are fluffy, 1 looks very similar to Shakira (semi-fluffy) and 1 has a very straight coat. I thought this was just the retriever genes coming out. I used the same beautiful stud Gizmo with Beyonce and for her first litter she had 5 puppies and 4 are fluffy and 1 is straight. Since this happened with both dogs I assumed the problem was with Gizmo (the stud I used) but you can’t tell if the puppy’s coat is going to curl for several weeks and by then Shakira was already in heat so we used Gizmo a third and last time. Shakira’s second litter had one puppy with a straight coat so that confirmed for me it was Gizmo. Side note – isn’t that just like a mom, it couldn’t possibly be something wrong MY girls, right? Haha.

By the time Beyonce was ready for her second litter Teddy was old enough for breeding and he had passed his health testing and is a gorgeous boy with a great temperament so we got them together and she had 7 puppies this time. As the weeks went on it was obvious that they weren’t all going to be fluffy; I learned the term is called improper coat and there is a test for it. All of my puppies have been healthy and every family that has a straight coat, also called “flat” coat, or improper coat is the correct term, they are all happy with their dog and wouldn’t change a thing but I prefer the look of fluffy curls. Shakira and Teddy also had a litter of six girls together and two had straight coats. It was time that I ordered the test and get some answers.

I purchased the test from Paw Print Genetics which also gives you access to a reproductive specialist to discuss the results and ask all the questions on my mind. After getting everyone tested I found that Beyonce and Shakira both carry a one copy of the IC (improper coat) gene and JLo is “clear”, she does not carry for IC and she will always have fluffy puppies. So the issues wasn’t JUST my studs, both parents have to carry one copy of the gene which will result in at least 25% showing the improper coat. For breeders that may have found this post in a google search, I’m happy to share more information that might be too detailed for someone just shopping for a puppy. You can email or text me and I’m happy to share what I found.

So it was exciting to learn something new and so useful and at the same time devastating that 2 of my 3 girls carried and so does Teddy. Just to be clear, this is not a health issue – puppies are still healthy even if they have an improper coat it just changes the look of the dog. It is very rare for a poodle to carry this gene but when they do, it is typically the reds that have it. So I ordered the test for Jay Z in November and hoped for the best but unfortunately on December 18th his test came back that he also carried one copy of the IC gene which means if I use him with Beyonce or Shakira we will have at least one straight coat puppy.

I spent my entire Christmas holiday with my computer or iPad on my lap frantically searching for a new stud. It was difficult to find a dog that had the health testing I wanted, was IC clear AND was small enough for 19 pound Beyonce. This is definitely another time I have to recognize my husband Andru for being so patient with me when all I wanted to look at or talk about was stud dogs for two weeks. I found what I feel like is the PERFECT match so I am proud to announce a new stud – his bio is here!

 

 

 

 

Dear Santa

16 Nov

   
 
You have to know by now that I am obsessed with dogs. I’m working on my Christmas list for Santa and think both of these items are super cute! Are diamonds and doggies going overboard or a perfect fit? 😇❤️🐶💝