Special Photo Shoot with one of our babies and our soon to be daddy…
What a great weekend! I went to Ohio State University to attend a Canine Reproduction Conference. I learned a lot of useful information and ideas that I can add to my program. I’m like a sponge – there is always more to learn! The speakers spoke on topics such as:
Canine Inherited Problems by Dr. Dimick
Promoting Behavioral Wellness of the Neonate by Traci Shreyer
Parasitology for Canine Reproduction by Dr. Monohan
Feeding and Breeding: A Lifetime of Smart Nutrition for Your Dog by Dr. Hill
Anaotomy of the Male and Female by Dr. Threlfall
Testicular Degeneration by Dr. Threlfall
Physiology of the Estrous Cycle by Dr. Threlfall
The speakers were great and so was all the information. I also had the opportunity to talk with other breeders including Krista Waitz from Rainmaker Ranch Labradoodles. She is a wealth of knowledge and she’s developped a fantastic program for her puppies.
Things have been busy around here lately! Willow joined us mid-photoshoot so we got a few pics of her with Sadie’s 3 week old puppies.
Here are some new pictures of ArborGate’s Hickory at 6 months old… WOW! He is turning in to everything I hoped he would. This stud muffin is going to be a huge asset to the Australian Labradoodle breed and my program. I can hardly wait for him to mature!!
Trooper after a romp in the mud!!!
I have been meaning to email you just to let you know how wonderful Chester is doing. He is such a sweet guy. Loves being outside and WATER! He spent the weekend at his grandparents house and is absolutely exhausted. We couldn’t imagine life without him.
He runs full speed at the kids when they get home; he has made them feel so special. We are landscaping the backyard, so he can run around like a crazy man.
He is 26 pounds, carmel/choc. in color and like I said so sweet! I will send you pictures when I download them. I’ve been meaning to email and thank you for making the process so stress-free and wonderful. Chester is so well loved!
Well…..I apologize that it has been sooooo long since my last update on Lucy! She is a DREAM of a dog. She is soooo sweet, and sooooo smart and the star of her puppy pre-school. She now knows how to sit, lie down, wait, place, leave it, walk on a loose leash, and give kisses like a champion. She has exceeded everyyyyyyyyyyyy expectation and I just love her to pieces. Here are some pics from yesterday on our deck in the sunshine. Hope you and the family are doing very very well!
Here’s a picture of one of the puppies from Maggie’s first litter. Allow me to introduce Captain Ron:
Hello there Gina, hope all is well. Captain Ron is doing great…loving the nautical life on our boat in Portsmouth. Thanks so much for a mellow, beautiful dog…
Here’s a note from one of our happy puppy families:
I can NOT tell you how wonderful Lucy is settling in at our house! She has only had one accident in three days, was a HUGE hit at the vet this morning, and just has the sweetest calmest personality. of course, she also gets her puppy sass on a couple times a day! which is a riot I just adore her. Thought I’d send a few more pics!! She is everything I hoped for and sooooooo much more.
The first night she slept in her soft kennel on the bed……then last night while I was brushing my teeth….she went and climbed in her big kennel and slept there for 9 hours with only one potty run……what a dream! Thanks for all the reading suggestions too. The Dog Listener skills are working great. She doesn’t like when I eat before I put her food down and last night she barked at me…..hilarious…..and working!
After much waiting, Maggie finally delivered 4 gorgeous fleece pups. Her first pup arrived at 1am on Friday and the last pup joined us at 8am. We have 3 boys and 1 girl.
We visited our sweet Asia at her Guardian Home. She is doing SO great and loving all the attention from the 4 children. Here are some pics of her at 5 months.
Picture of Elli with her new family…
Lacey’s Puppies have all gone to their new families. Here are the happy families picking up their Australian Labradoodle puppies…
We got great news today! Asia, Doc and Willow all passed their prelim OFA hips and elbows and are CERF clear! Hooray!! Watch for their puppies coming in early 2010!
Asia – Red and Apricot Mini Australian Labradoodle Puppies
Willow – Standard Chocolate, Caramel and Cream Australian Labradoodles
Doc – He’ll be a great daddy, able to produce Australian Labradoodles in all colors depending on who he’s mated with
We’ve been saying goodbye to Lacey’s puppies already and the rest of the crew will be heading to their new homes throughout this week. We’re going to miss them! Luckily, this time around all of these pups will be staying close by. Everyone is either staying here in Indiana or going to Illinois.
Here is an update picture of Elly. She is from Sadie and RUE’s litter and she seems to be turning a gorgeous parchement or maybe even lavendar. Stay tuned to see her color as she matures…
A couple pictures of our Australian Labradoodles and their families from the open house….
Pics of our day at the park today with our Australian Labradoodles – Willow and Doc…
The James family just sent us an updated picture of Maple, an Australian Labradoodle from Maggie and RUE previous litter together….BREATHTAKING!
BIG day today! The families of Lacey’s puppies came for the Open House. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed meeting their new pups. We had great weather and were able to visit outside all afternoon. I love watching families fall in love with their new puppies. It’s my favorite thing!! Familes met Lacey and RUE and spend plenty of time lavishing love on their new pups.
Today we had gorgeous weather so we took Lacey’s pups out to play in the yard! They explored EVERYTHING! It was so much fun. They would prance around with little sticks in their mouths, roll roll in the grass, chase each other into the playhouse and the kids even had them walk around on leash for the first time. Have I mentioned how much our family loves what we get to do?!
I also started teaching Doc, Willow and Asia how to fetch. They are catching on quickly. They go in for their prelim OFA hip testing tomorrow – wish us luck!
We gave Lacey’s puppies their very first baths today! They loved it! Afterwards , they were so clean and fluffy. I took their 5 week pictures a bit early since they were looking so cute. It’s hard to believe that they are already 5 weeks olds. The time has gone by so quickly.
Each of the puppies have found amazing families and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the open house. All of our puppy families will be able to come to meet us, see our program, meet the parents of their pups and of course play with the puppies. The best part of my job is watching families fall in love with their puppies – it’s such an amazing thing!
Lacey’s babies are enjoying tons of attention from my kids. I think I answer the question: “Can I hold a puppy?” about 100 times per day!
I got an email today with a current picture of Brouno. He’s an Australiand Labradoodle from Maggie and RUE’s litter. He is weighing 16 lbs at 5 months old. Isn’t he sweet?!
Today we are moving the puppies from the nursery to our living room. This is my favorite part! The pups are old enough to interact and play with each other and our family. These next few weeks they’ll be exposed to all the noises of an active family. The other dogs will be able to meet the puppies and my other adult girls can enjoy their roles as Aunties. The puppies will also begin having their first taste of something other than mommy’s milk. So many firsts are about to happen!
Surely by next week, I’ll plan on getting a video clip of the pups at play. This is such a fun stage!
Paula sent us an updated picture of Maple. She is an Australian Labradoodle pup from our first MaggieXRUE litter. Maple is about 4 months old here. She has such a gorgeous dark chocolate fleece! Paula says that Maple was fully house trained by 11 weeks old. The Poochie Bell technique worked great for them!
Totally undog related but I just had a dozen people dressed in black and red come up the driveway. They gave me a rose, a cookie and a valentine and then proceeded to sing me two lovely songs. A singing valentine! I thought that was just for the movies! They did a great job but I couldn’t stop giggling. I’m just glad that I didn’t open the door in my bathrobe!
Today was picture day – I love picture day! The pups are either so squirmy that it’s hard to get a good picture or they’re fast asleep and I can take as many as I want. I really enjoy setting up all the props and making the pics look as professional as I can, despite the fact that I’m certainly no pro. I had my daughter help me with the photo shoot today, she was a great helper. She kept track of which pups we’d already done, she transported them back and forth from the whelping box and she cropped some of the pictures for the website. This will be our routine for the next 7 Wednesdays. I love to look back over the pictures and see how each pup has changed over the 8 weeks of being with us.
I also love getting pictures of my puppies from their new families. Here is a picture of Rex at about 4 months old, he’s from our very first litter of Australian Labradoodles here at ArborGate Labradoodles. Isn’t he gorgeous!? Thanks for the picture Kim – give Rex a treat from us!
Lacey is settling into her new role as a mommy. We’ve started our Super Dog Program with the pups. It consists of 5 exercises done with the puppies each day. 1- Hold them upright for five seconds. 2- Hold them upside down for five seconds. 3- Hold them tummy up for five seconds. 4- Rub a Q-tip between their toes. 5- Place them on a cold wet cloth fo five seconds. All of these exercises help jump start their nerological systems. We’ll continue to do these until the pups reach 16 days old. The benefits include: improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and a greater resistance to disease.
My kids have loved holding each of the puppies before bed. We spend a good hour in there with the kids before bedtime. They each have their favorites already! Of course, my daughter’s favorite is the smallest girl and my son’s favorite is which ever one he happens to be holding at the time. We’re really enjoying these babies and are excited to see them grow and change.
We have puppies! Yesterday, Lacey’s first pup arrived at 5pm and the last little one waited until midnight. Everyone is doing well. Lacey doesn’t like to be away from them for more than a minute or two. She is a first time mom and still needs to figure out how to not crush the 9 little squeaky, squirming bundles all around her. She loves them so much, she climbed right into the laundry basket with them!!
It’s amazing how quickly I forget how small newborn pups are, the smallest weighed in at 0.5lbs and the largest being only 0.75lbs. They really look more like mice than pups at this stage but it won’t be long until they can see, hear, walk, bark, and play.
Today the puppies I’ve held back for testing learned to use the dog door!!! This brings much joy to me because now, potty training will be easier. We have 3 Australian Labradoodle puppies to introduce as potential breeders:
Willow will be a standard Australian Labradoodle female with a beautiful chocolate fleece coat.
Asia will be a mini Australian Labradoodle female with a silky apricot fleece coat.
Hickory (called Doc, as in “Hickory Dickory Doc”) will be a lg.medium Australian Labradoodle stud boy with a soft caramel wool coat.
We can hardly wait to test them! Right now, we are keeping busy with puppy class for everyone and crate training.
We spent yesterday waiting for Lacey’s litter to arrive. Nothing yet! This will be Lacey’s first litter so we’re very excited to see these babies. Lacey and RUE are expecting mostly chocolate colored pups but we may see a caramel or two in the mix. We have Lacey all set up in the nursery and everything is ready. She looks ready to pop, but we’ll just have to wait.
Today was a busy dog day. This morning we took plenty of pictures of the kids with RUE before we took him to his Guardian Family. It’s bitter sweet. We are going to miss him around the house but I know he’s going to love it with his new forever family. They live very close by and I’m sure he’ll be visiting us often. Once the time came for me to actually leave withouth him, I lingered for quite some time. Even though I knew he was going to be fine, I still had a big cry in the car. Here are a couple of pictures that we took today of RUE and the kids.
Here’s some updated pics of our Standard Australian Labradoodle Stud Boy…
I’m getting excited! Puppies are due in just 1 week. It feels like we haven’t had pups here in ages.
The kids and I crowded around Lacey today and took turns feeling the pups move in her tummy. I love this! I gave Lace a bit of a tummy haircut last night so the pups will have an easier time nursing. She looks a little funny with her near shaved tummy! When she walks, her middle sways back and forth. Too cute!
We’ve switched her over to puppy food and have been supplementing her meals with treats of eggs, cottage cheese, apples, carrots and plain yogurt. She loves that! Willow gets a little jealous so she’s been enjoying a few extra treats too. Willow is also on the receiving end of some mothering from Lacey. Lace cleans Willows ears, snuggles close to her and licks her constantly. Those mothering instincts are in full swing.
Lacey has spent the last week getting used to her new digs. We’ve set her up in our master bedroom. She loves being so close to us and enjoys stretching out in the whelping box at bedtime.
I’ll certainly post pics as soon as our blessed little bundles arrive.
It has been a while since I’ve posted on the journal because it’s been so quiet around here. Well, that’s not entirely true, we’re a busy family but there hasn’t been a lot of dog news to report. Lacey is pregnant and we’re just waiting for her upcoming due date. We have been receiving glowing reports from our puppy families (I love getting updates!) and also some current pictures. I hope you enjoy the pics…
We spent the day at the 4-H Judging with Asia and her Guardian Family.
Taylor has been working with Asia and was very excited about today. They won Reserve Champion in the Showmanship Ring ~ he was the most excited little boy I’ve ever seen!
Congratulations Taylor and Asia!!
Our silvering Sadie son…
Elly in her beautiful Lavender coat at 9 months old….
A letter from Eli’s family in North Carolina:
Andrew and I are amazed at the temperament of this pup! I don’t know what you guys are doing to your dogs up there, but this puppy is AMAZING! Last night, I must not have shut his crate all the way when we put him to bed because when we woke up around 4am to take him out to use the potty, we couldn’t find him. He was sound asleep on his dog bed, next to our bed. A perfect puppy! We let him out to use the bathroom and then put him back on the dog bed. He slept there until about 7:30. His sweet temperament is combined with a spunky personality. He loves to RUN around the backyard, around bushes, under the wheelbarrow, around gutters…he is a fast little guy. He lets all our neighborhood kids chase him and play with him. He loves kids! What we really can’t believe is that he hasn’t cried at all! Considering his Friday flight situation, I thought he would be a little terrified and skittish…but no! He is extremely well adjusted. We are just so thankful for you guys and for Eli. I can’t wait to see how he grows and will be sure to send you pictures as he matures (I’m sure I’ll send you stories too). He is a cutie pie!
It’s summer time —- here’s some pics of Doc in his long coat and then a few new pics of his cool summer cut.
Email from a happy puppy family:
Wow! If I wasn’t impressed with your organization and Labradoodle expertise before, I came away from your home, thoroughly impressed. From the immaculate condition of your home and yard, the quiet music in the background, the wonderful chocolate-chip/banana muffins, to the obviously happy and healthy dogs, your quiet children, David, who came out to greet us. (but then he disappeared)…to my perfect puppy, Katie, I was amazed and quite pleased.
Though I don’t know anyone currently looking for a Labradoodle, I will have absolutely no hesitation recommending you and your dogs, should an inquiry be directed to me.
Today was filled with tears both of sadness and joy. We all had a good cry when Sadie left with her Guardian Family. They are an amazing family from Chicago and I know Sadie will be spoiled, loved, played with and pampered. We are going to miss having her here with us though. She would prance around with her favorite toy in her mouth. She looked so proud!
Here are some pics of our Sadie from today.
WOW! Look at Brouno – all grown up at 9 months!
Email from a happy puppy family:
“Gina, you have been wonderful. It is evident that you put A LOT of love, attention and care into these puppies. Thank you for all the articles, I have read them all and have found them very helpful. I hope you don’t mind as I’m sure I will contact you often with questions! You are great at what you do!
I look forward to talking to you soon, Carmen”
I was very excited to receive an update from Sadie’s Guardian family today. Here’s a recent pic of Sadie with her boys…
And the winner is…. Elly.
We have a puppy available now…..
He’s looking for his forever family.
10 weeks old
Medium Chocolate Australian Labradoodle (ALF6)
Vaccinated, Dewormed, Microchiped, Genetic Health Guarantee, Lifetime Support
Chosen from a litter of 9 as best candidate for therapy work
Playful, affectionate, smart, child proof, easy going, eager to please, friendly, confident, pre-spoiled, inquisitive, knows “sit” and he walks well on leash.
Ready to go NOW!
Max is one of Lacey and RUE’s puppies.
I can’t help but share this funny picture of Willow smiling ~ showing all the world her pearly whites….
This pictures was taken by OMG Photography: www.omg-photography.com
Picture of Kaysha:
I love this picture from this week…..
Puppy Update: Today was a big day for Lacey’s puppies…. first bath and first time outside! They loved playing with the leaves as the wind blew them around. Our puppies are enjoying being out in our family space, they love all the attention they get from the kids and from Aunty Willow. I can tell that Willow is going to be a great mama, she loves these babies as if they were her own!
Lacey’s pups have already caught on to using the potty area – they’ve been my easiest litter to teach so far. They’re eating 3 mushy meals a day and already weigh between 3.0lbs and 4lbs13oz. The smaller ones in the litter will take after dad in size and the larger ones will take after mom.
Maggie is expecting a litter of pups just after Thanksgiving and although not official, we’ve already begun to see early signs of confirmed pregnancy. Maggie’s upcoming litter is our first dual sired litter. This will be Doc’s first attempt at being a daddy so we used RUE as a back up to help ensure a litter. All the chocolate pups will be RUE’s and we’ll be DNA testing all cream puppies so we know who the daddy is. Can’t wait to see what Doc is able to produce!!
The Anderson kids voted and the winner is…. Rex!
Thank you all for sending in such wonderful pictures!
And the contestants so far are……
We’re still waiting for pictures of Lucy, Wrigley and Copper. We’ll wait until tonight to decide the winner just in case we get another picture entered. Good Luck Everyone!
In celebration of MaggieXRUE’s puppies turning 1 year old, we are having a photo contest! All pups from MaggieXRUE’s first litter are welcome to send in a recent picture of their pup. Our kiddos will choose the winning picture and the results will be posted here in our journal on Monday.
A letter from a happy puppy family:
Gina…….. Thanks so much for the birthday email and note about the photo contest. I will have to wait on the photo until my daughter is home, since I do not know how to send a photo via email……. I will try to get it to you by Monday!?!
I was so happy to get your email because I have been meaning to write and update you on Lucy, aka Zion….and I cannot believe that almost a year has passed! She has been such a joy!… we just love her dearly! She is just the best dog! She has been to obedient school and was one of the best students in the class…. the teacher often used her as the “example” puppy. She has actually completed two classes. She is calm, obedient, smart, cute, sweet, loving, etc……. She is so adaptable… she has been back and forth to our lake cottage all summer and just acts like she has been doing it for years. People are constantly stopping me and asking me about her…… she does not know a stranger! We just could not be happier with her!
We look at your website every so often and think “maybe we should get another one!”… time will tell…… who knows!?!
Thank you for everything and I will try to keep more in touch in the future!
I just can’t help but post a few of our newest puppy pictures – I think they’re SO cute!
People always ask me what the best time of the year is to get a new puppy. Some people think that summer is ideal but remember that often summers are filled with trips, camping, holidays etc. Puppies thrive on routine! Summer is often anything but!
I think the best time to get a puppy is when you’re going to be sticking close to home, following a regular routine and when you’re able to attend a puppy socialization/obedience class one night per week.
Maggie’s pups will be ready for their new families in late January/early February. The advantage of this time of year is that by the time summer roles around, your pup is fully vaccinated, housebroken, finished with puppy socialization classes and has some basic obedience under his belt. Now he’s ready for all that summer has to offer….. days at the beach, camping, vacations, etc.
We’ve begun doing the Neurological Stimulating Exercises for our newest batch of little ones:
- On day three of the puppy’s life we begin early neurological stimulation exercises practiced daily between the ages of 3 – 16 days. This gives the puppy’s neurological system a head start. It consists of 5 different exercises designed to stimulate the neurological system. The five exercises are:
- Tactile stimulation – holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.
- Head held erect – using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.
- Head pointed down – holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.
- Supine position – holding the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
- Thermal stimulation – using a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. The pup is placed on the towel, feet down. It is not restrained from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
These exercises impact the neurological system by jump starting it into action earlier than would otherwise be expected. The benefits include: improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and a greater resistance to disease.
It’s been busy around here lately! Lacey gave birth to a stunning litter of puppies and Maggie has been honeymooning with RUE this week. RUE lives with his guardian family but is here for the week so we decided to do a little photoshoot of our “big” man.
Sammy and Boo went home today. I love that these brothers will grow up together!
This week is CERF eye exams for all our dogs. This is an annual health screening test required for all our breeding dogs. We load up the crew and take everyone in at once. We’ll also have our dogs in Guardian Families meet us at the clinic so it’ll be an ArborGate Labradoodle reunion in the waiting room. I can’t wait to see the whole gang together, I’ll have to remember to bring my camera for a few pictures!!
Time is flying by! Asia’s pups will head in for their spay/neuters this week and then it’s off to their new families. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has gone. The weather has gotten nicer and the pups have been enjoying some outdoor playtime during the day with the kids and I. They love exploring, smelling everything, playing chase and simply romping around.
This being our first true miniature litter and our first phantom puppies has made for a litter of new experiences. I must say that I’m a huge fan of the phatom colored pups, they’re simply stunning. I’ll love getting updated pictures of them as they grow.
Temperament testing for Asia’s litter was completed on Friday. We use the Volhard Puppy Test. I’m always amazed with how consistent our litters are. The pups are very balanced and well rounded which is why they make such amazing family companions. Our puppies’ scores reflect all the work that goes into our breeding program. If you want more inforamtion about the Volhard Puppy Test, check out: http://www.workingdogs.com/testing_volhard.htm
Here are pictures of the 3 boys that are available for Asia’s miniature litter…..
This miniature black boy has an allergy friendly, non-shedding soft wool coat. He is one of the smaller pups in the litter. He’s easy going and loves to please. This little boy enjoys being playful and cuddling. He is looking for his forever family and will be ready to go anytime after March 23.
This apricot-cream boy has an allergy friendly soft wool coat and eyes that simply draw you in. He is food motivated, people orientated and makes amazing eye contact (great for training!) He’s a quieter, go with the flow kindda man. This little guy will mature to be a miniature in size and he’ll be ready for his new family anytime after March 23.
This lg. miniature – sm.medium black fleece boy is available for adoption. He’ll be ready for his new family anytime after March 23. He’s a sweet, confident, outgoing guy who loves to cudlle in your lap. He’s has an examplary labradoodle temperament.
It must be the time of year for updates! Here’s a picture of Katie at 7 months old. She is a Sadie daughter and full sister to our breeding girl Willow.
Hiro is a 1 year old birthday boy from Lacey and RUE’s first litter. He has stayed such a dark chocolate that he almost looks black!! Here’s a note from Hiro’s family.
Here is a picture of Hiro Keith he loves being outside in the snow. He also enjoys going to work with me at the nursing homes. We are so excited to have Hiro in our lives. When people see Hiro they always ask what kind of dog is he and where did you get him. We have given so many people your card and web site. We tell people if you are interested in a true labradoodle then this is the place to go.”
Here’s a 1 year update from Cotton’s family. Cotton is a LaceyXRUE puppy.
We wanted to send along some photos of Cotton…We were very happy to celebrate her first birthday this past week, and loved having another excuse to spoil her with well deserved toys and treats. We cannot thank you enough for bringing her into our life. She is such a natural learner…she makes us SO proud when we take her out for a walk or to the vet because she is such a dignified, smart dog. She loves the group classes I have had her in, loves the dog park (she is SO dog friendly), and is great with all of the young children in our family…She has truly been such a wonderful new addition to our family. Hope you enjoy the pics!!”
“Hey There Gina.
Just wanted to let you know how much we soooooo love Bentlee. Thats what we named him. He starts kindergarten this morning at Petsmart and he really is a very smart puppy. He is already trained on the poochie bells and know exactly what I am saying to him. Oh, and by the way…you under estimated his cuddling ability. He is a big baby and LOVES to cuddle. We adore him. Thank you so much for all of your help and I will send pictures soon.”
Lacey’s 1st litter just turned 1 year old! Happy Birthday!
Note from Lucy’s mom: “Dear Gina, We definitely celebrated with our DEAR LUCY yesterday. She is just the best dog ever and we love her soooo much. Hope you are well Gina! I keep up via the website and love seeing all the news….you certainly breed the best dogs in the WORLD!”
Australian Labradoodle Phantom Puppies!!
We’re very excited to have our first phantom pups here at ArborGate Labradoodles. We have a mini fleece phantom girl and a mini fleece phantom boy. Here are some pictures:
We have Minis! 7 gorgeous minis to be exact. The first pup arrived at 7:30pm last night and we were all done by 10pm. It was a textbook delivery! Mom and pups are doing great.
We have 3 apricots, 2 blacks and 2 phantoms. The phantoms were a huge surprise. We’ve never had phantom colored pups before and are very excited to watch them grow.
These pups will be ready for their new families around March 23.
Off to the airport today to drop off Ms. Holly. She will be meeting her family at the Indy airport and then flying in cabin under the seat all the way to sunny Florida.
In the same airport run, Mr. Kringle will be shipped to North Carolina to live with his new family.
It’ll be quiet around here! We’re used to the pitter patter of 48 little feet but now we’re down to only 8. We have 2 pups still looking for their forever family. I’m sure they’ll find their perfect families soon.
I’ve been meaning to e-mail you for some time to show you pictures of our very own cream puff, Charlie! (Maggie x RUE) We got Charlie from you back in June, my husband met you in the airport and brought him to Virginia…Well, we are SO happy to have him in our lives! He makes us laugh everyday with his goofy ways. Our son absolutely adores him, but he is a mama’s boy for sure!!! I kid you not, but everywhere we go, people constantly stop us to compliment how beautiful he is, they always want to know what breed he is. A couple of weeks ago we were taking him to get groomed and a lady chased us into to Pet Smart, I guess she had seen us walking in while she was in her car, and couldn’t get enough of him…I gave her you info! He has enriched our lives in so many ways I couldn’t even begin to tell you. Remember how worried I was about potty training, well he proved to be a real champ. Ever since we got him, he’s only had ONE accident when he was a real baby, I can’t believe how incredibly good that is, no one believes me! He graduated from Puppy Kinder with flying colors and I should take advantage of his intelligence and enroll him in other courses. He is an excellent fetcher, drops items from his mouth when asked and will do anything for a Scooby Snack! Thank you again for breeding such wonderful dogs. We LOVE Charlie and can’t imagine our lives without him…
Cooper’s Family was so happy with their first ArborGate Labradoodle puppy that they’ve come back for a second one! They brought Cooper along to meet his new canine sister. Here’s a picutre of when Cooper first went home and then a picture of their growing family. Joy is one lucky pup!
It’s the ultimate compliment when families come back for a second ArborGate Labradoodle puppy.
It was great to see you again!
Maggie’s Puppies Go Home Today! It’s a bitter sweet day for me but I know our babies are going to such great families.
Hi Gina (and family),
Andrew, Eli and I wanted to send our best to you guys! Eli is growing into his personality. He is the sweetest boy. He loves to snuggle, but is respectful of space. He is active, brilliant, and witty (I swear, he’s witty)! Attached are some of our favorite recent pictures. He gets cuter every day!…
OUR CURRENT LITTER IS 5 WEEKS OLD TODAY
We did a photo shoot outside today with our new stud boy….Puttin’ On The Ritz.
He’s such a sweetheart with his playful antics. I can’t wait until he’s old enough to have pups, he’s going to be a great daddy.
Maggie’s pups are growing like weeds. Today they turned 4 weeks old! They got a bath, dewormer, nails clipped, weighed and moved out of the nursery. Their new accomadations will allow them to interact more with the other adult dogs and take in all the sights and sounds of a busy household. The pups are getting plenty of lovin’ from my kids which is great because by the time these puppies leave they’ll be pre-spoiled and childproof.
Here’s a great picture from our photoshoot today…. isn’t she adorable?
We have a few puppies from this litter still available, they’re medium fleece chocolate and cream Multigen Australian Labradoodle puppies. Ready January 23.
We’ve received Christmas cards from many of our Puppy Families this year. I love keeping in touch with so many great people. Thank you all for the cards, pictures and letters!
Merry Christmas ArborGate Labradoodles! ~ From the James’
Maggie’s litter will be ready for their new families on January 23. If you’re looking for a Christmas puppy we’re happy to send a gift box with some pictures, a leash, collar and puppy toy for under the Christmas tree. Then once the craziness of the holidays are over and everyone is back into their routine, your pup will be old enough to come join your family.
Tis the season and it’s a busy time around here. Maggie is being a wonderful mom to her large litter of oh so perfect puppies! Everyone is enjoying naming the pups Christmas names. So far we have a Joy, Noel, Holly, Mr. Kringle, Belle, Miracle, Dasher, Comet and a Mr. Jingles. The pups just began opening their eyes and going to become more and more fun each day. By Christmas morning we’ll have puppies roming every where, pulling at the tree, tearing at the wrapping paper and causing joyful chaos where ever they go! There’s nothing funner than puppies at Christmas!
First off, let me thank all the people who sent in such fabulous suggestions for litter names. I’ve stored all those great ideas away for later use. Lacey’s litter has been named after chocolate bars. This was Michelle’s suggestion and it just seemed to fit the litter….so we have:
Twix, Aero, Rolo, Hershey, Godiva, Oh Henry! and KitKat.
A Tardy Guest…
We had a late addition to the party!
At 3:30am a chocolate fleece girl made her enterance.
That’s more than
6 hours after the previous pup. I think that’s a record around here!
So, all tallied, we have 11 beauties.
Here are Ms. Maggie’s 10 beauties!
5 GIRLS (3 chocolate and 2 chalk)
5 BOYS (3 chocolate, 1 cream and 1 caramel-cream)
It’s time….Maggie’s first pup arrived at 11:47am. I’ll post a picture once everyone is here!
We’re ready and waiting for the big event. Maggie is officially due tomorrow….and the waiting has begun. Our sweet girl is BIG and moving slow. She’s sleeping in our room so I can keep an eye on her through the night. So far….nothing. But it can’t be long now! I’ll post again once these little bundles make their appearance.
We need your help…..
Lacey’s and Willow’s litters are here and are growing up so quickly. The time has come to register all the pups with the International Labradoodle Association. But before I can register them….. they need their official pedigree names. Now, these aren’t the names that the families have to call them but these are the names that will appear on their pedigree, registration, etc. Our breeder’s prefix: ArborGate’s” goes in front of each of the names. So for instance….we’ve retained ArborGate’s Willow and ArborGate’s Hickory for our breeding program. We’ve also had ArborGate Aurora Borealis and ArborGate’s Arctic Star go on to join other breeder’s programs.
All of our litters are named after a common theme. This is mostly for fun but it also helps us remember which puppies came from which litters. Willow and Hickory came from Sadie’s first litter, the entire litter was named after trees. Aurora and Arctic Star were named after things that remind us of our hometown of Whitehorse Yukon in northern Canada. We’ve had litters named after:
Famous Gates: Brandengurg, Zion, Kashmiri, Cairo, Khyber, Jaffa, Torii
Christmas: Blitzen, Prancer, Comet, Dasher, Belle, Glory, Noelle, Joy, Mr.Kringle, Mr.Jingles, Holly, Miracle
Trees: Asher, Truffles, Camelia, Magnolia, Hercules, Olive, Willow, Chester, Hickory
Weather: Hail, Frost, Thunder, Storm, Blizzard, Haze, Typhoon, Lightning, Rain
Stones/Minerals: Ruby, Clay, Coal, Lava, Flint, Onyx, Pebbles
Flowers: Poppy, Sunflower, Caspia, Aster, Clover, Cosmos, Daisy, Violet, Lily, Buttercup, Azalea
Planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
Our Home: Dawson, Logan, Elias, Chilkoot, Yukon, Atlin, Klondike Kate, Aurora Borealis, Arctic Star
We need your suggestions for themes and names for our current litters. I was thinking of using the theme of “nursery rhymes” for Willow’s litter but I have no fun ideas for Lacey’s litter. Lacey has 4 girls and 3 boys.
Feel free to email me any ideas! email@example.com
I’ll announce the winning theme and names here in the next weeks. Thanks in advance for your help!
They’re here! Willow kept us waiting but her pups have finally arrived. It was worth the wait! We have 8 stunning chocolate standard fleece Australian Labradoodle puppies to spoil. We are hoping to hold onto something from this litter to add to our program. I can hardly wait to watch them grow.
We are currently taking Guardian Family applications for a standard chocolate fleece australian labradoodle male from Willow and Marley’s litter. Please Click Here for more information.
Lacey’s puppies arrive on Saturday. She is such a good momma! Very attentive and caring. He pups have gorgeous coats and I love watching the one cream girl amongst a sea of chocolates. Tomorrow we’ll begin our Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises.
We have a few chocolate drops available from this litter. Please fill in our Online Puppy Application if you’re interested in adopting one of these sweet little bundles.
Waiting for puppies to arrive….our momma is in stage 1 labor but she typically can stay in this stage of panting, nesting, shivering, etc. for quite some time. Knowing my girl, she’ll probably wait until bedtime before deciding to push. Maybe I should go have a nap!
Here’s a great picture from O’Malley’s family:
I just wanted to send you an updated picture of Bentlee. He is our pride and joy beyond anything we ever expected. If there was ever a perfect dog it is him. Bentlee is soooooo gentle and sweet natured. and…..I have only heard him bark maybe 3 times. He is very quiet. What a guy! We just adore him. I am sending you a 5 month picture of him. Thank you also for your professionalism with your business. If ever you need a reference please let me know. I have told at least 10 people your website address. Everywhere we go people want to know what kind of dog Bentlee is and how do they get one. We sing your praises. Oh and by the way…I love this dog so much I don’t care how big or small he is. He is the perfect fit for us!
Thank you again
Picture of Bentlee
I’ve been away from my Journal for sometime. I used our “non puppy time” to head up to Canada for a visit with family. I’m back home now and getting ready for Lacey’s litter to arrive this week. It’s been a while since we’ve had newborn pups around here and I can hardly wait. Summer litters are so much fun. The kids love to play with them in the yard, the pool and the sprinkler.
This is also an exciting litter since Lacey was mated with both Ritz and RUE. I wonder what color of pups we will have…. Ritz’s pups would be black or red while RUE’s babies would be chocolate and cream. It’ll be a surprise! There’s a chance there will be pups from both dad’s in the litter or it could happen that all the pups are from only 1 of the boys. My husband and I have bets down. Only time will tell……
Here are some pictures of Willow and Marley during their honeymoon week….
Believe me when I tell you that Marley really is that dark chocolate! There are very few Australian Labadoodles that hold their true dark chocolate color. Most chocolate pups lighten to cafe, parchment or even lavender. But not Marley and he’s almost 6 years old! We are expecting some gorgeous standard chocolate fleece australian labradoodles from these two in May. Can’t wait to meet them! Willow is such a lover and Marley is a certified therapy dog so these pups are going be stunning and have phenemonal temperaments! The pics are coutesy of Shauna.
“she is exactly what i hoped for and she has been progressing well. we hope she can become a therapy dog in a year or so. i will send pics because it think she has the look people love”
Dana, she is a stunning example of an ArborGate Labradoodle puppy! Give Millie a treat from me!
Impromptu picture session when the pups were having some playtime in the living room.
The chocolate and cream puppies belong to Maggie’s standard litter.
The black and red puppies belong to Willow’s medium litter.
Just wanted to say hello & pass along this pic of our handsome boy! He is wonderful & loves playing ball. Gets so much attention everywhere we take him, a sweet boy. Took him on his 1st trail walk in KY last week, loved it! Weighed him today & he is 28 lbs. We were wondering if that’s about the size of his siblings now? He is in his 2nd training class, does real good, very smart! Enjoys his classes & is the best behaved, the live wire dogs freak him out a bit, he doesn’t like all the commotion & ones that bark a lot. He is so laid back, we could not have asked for a better dog! Will have one more training class after this one, then we hope to get him into therapy dog classes to work w/special needs children @ schools & take him around to nursing homes, etc. to show some love & bring some happiness. Hope u all are doing well.
I recently received this from one of my puppy families:
Hi Gina! I miss you and my sister and brothers but I am getting along just fine.
We arrived at my new place before dark last night. You would be proud of me as I was really good on the trip. I sat on Sue’s lap and slept off and on all the way past the outskirts of Chicago. Then we saw a great green area for me between a church and another green field. I did the things I should do and then we played. Then I took a nap in my travel crate for almost 3 hours. On our second stop we found a Wells Fargo campus with picnic area next to a small pond with a fountain – They got food at Arby’s to take to the campus and the people at Arby’s let me go inside when we ordered the food. Everybody loved me but Sue would not let me down so I could run around. Darn!
I have two favorite toys – a small baby duck and the small rope you gave me. Thank you so much for everything – the ropes, small towel that smelled so good and the great bed. But most of all Thank You for treating me so well for the last 8 weeks. You are the Best of the Best – a 10+!
I overheard Bob & Sue say how wonderful you are and that they are so glad they have you as their Breeder. Bob mentioned that you and he spoke about someone wanting ‘the perfect puppy’ and that you both indicated that may not be possible – then Bob said “However, Gina provided us the Perfect Puppy”.
Thanks again Gina. Instead of adding the gold Breeder award yours should be Platinum.
Tabitha – ‘Tabby’
Millie is already settling in at her new home….
Just wanted to send you a picture to show you a picture of Rigsby just before his birthday.
As you can see, he is a stunner. I think the first few months were a bit of a learning curve for us but we could not be happier now. Truly. The boys adore him. He is ever so gentle with Archie and ever so boisterous with Alex.
It is almost shameful to admit we have not taken him to many classes but he just seems to know what to do. He sits, comes, stays. He loves running around the park, chasing a ball and interacts great with a huge range of other dogs.
Anyway, thanks again. Thanks for letting us have this great dog and thanks for helping us when we first had him and (quite frankly) were clueless. I wish we had a big garden so we could have another.
This is Noah’s birthday cake…..designed with all his favorite things including Maple, his Australian Labradoodle. Happy Birthday Noah!
A collage from Chester’s mom in California:
Hey there Gina,
here are a few pictures of Niko right around 11 months. Can’t believe he is almost a year old!
Hope all is well with you and your family and all the canines.
All the best,
Guy, Kristin, & Niko
Niko is a parchment labradoodle. He’s 11 months old.
Puppy Palooza at ArborGate Labradoodles!
With the nice hot weather comes fun in the sun….
We have puppies available June 4.
If you’re interested in adopting a puppy, please fill in our online Puppy Application.
Here’s a couple of pictures and a cute note from Sherry:
We’re convinced we got the cutest, most lovable dog of the liter! Don’t tell the others. Ha 🙂
We are very excited to announce that this litter
We will be donating
Bethesda is an organization that is very close to my heart and I’m extremely excited to be able to support them in their efforts to care for AIDS affected orphans in South Africa.
I’m simply giddy with excitment that this is ArborGate Labradoodles’ first ever “Donation Litter”. I hope that families adopting a puppy from this litter will enjoy knowing that not only are they getting a fantastic puppy but they’re also helping orphaned children in Africa.
We give because we have been blessed!
Picture of Gus from Asia and RUE’s litter:
Here is a photoshoot that we just did with our new stud boy Zeus. He is just about to sire his very first litter and we couldn’t possibly be more excited. This boy is one of a kind!! He is such a dark chocolate goof ball and his puppies are going to be beyond compare.
We are holding on to a chocolate stud man from Willow and Vincent’s litter but are having trouble coming up with the perfect name for our new boy.
Help us find Just the Right Name for this chocolate standard stud.
Email suggestions to:
Willow’s pups experiencing snow for the first time….oh did they have fun!!
We thought you might enjoy some pics of Teddy, aka “Rollo”. When we first brought him home he loved jumping in the baby bouncer. He has gotten so big I think he might break it now! He is such a joy! He is very gentle and Ben’s constant companion! Teddy loves playing in the snow. We thoroughly enjoy watching him romp around the yard!
Even though I know he is not related, don’t you think he looks a lot like your Zeus?
I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you many Blessings this new year!
Thank you so much for your care and dedication to these amazing dogs!
Penny and Santa!
This is what I saw when I peeked in on my kids and the puppies…
What an amazing team of puppy socializers!!!
I truly believe that we have the most well socialize labradoodle puppies. Since I homeschool my kids, we’re able to spend so much time with them. At first, it’s just holding, snuggling, petting and playing but as they get bigger we love teaching them to “sit” and “down”. We’ll even do a bit of leash training with them. My kids love “walking” them around the living room with their leashes on.
Fun in the snow! We harnessed Lacey up to my son’s sled and let her pull him around the backyard. I’ve never seen her so happy. This was the first time Lacey has ever worn a harness and she took to it instantly. We let her pull the empty sled around for a few minutes and then Theo hopped on. Lacey pranced around the yard with Theo laughing and smiling behind her. I wish I had gotten a few pictures of the two of them. We’ll certainly have to do this again!
It’s been a while since I sent you an update about Sammy, so I thought I would go ahead and send you one now! Sammy turned one in September and is absolutely wonderful. Not only has he gone from playful puppy to the perfect dog, he also makes one heck of a model for me at my studio! 🙂 At obedience class, Sammy was always a quick learner and eager to please. I’ve had so much fun with him! My parents are pretty fond of him too… they love spending time with him and having him come over every now and then! Who knows… maybe there will be another Arborgate Labradoodle in the family before too much longer!
Enjoy the pictures!
PS: The pictures were taken by myself ( http://www.omg-photography.com ) and two other photographers up here in South Bend, Tina and Suzi of XPose Photos.
Thank you for sending such stunning pictures! Amazing!
“Hey there Gina,
just wanted you to see some new pictures of Niko. He is six months old and doing great. He got his first full haircut before Thanksgiving and you can really see his lighter color now. We are almost done with our novice obedience class and he is just super. He has a really strong “stay”, among many other behaviors. As the trainer said in class last week, “Well, Niko, has been impressive ever since he was a little pup.” And we agree. He continues to bring us lots of joy.
Hope you and your family are well. All the best.”
Not really dog related but here’s a recent picture of us, the ArborGate Labradoodle puppy raisers:
Here’s Ms. Abi all grown up….
“…She loves the snow!!! We are taking anadvanced class which is no leashes. We found a great trainer and Abi loves to go to class….”
An update from Ms. Maggie’s family:
She is 6 months old now, and we thought that you might like to see a picture or two.
Our whole family has fallen in love with her. She isn’t cuddly, but she loves to play! She also loves her doggie kindergarten and play dates.
We get many comments about how beautiful she is (we think so too). Several people have also asked for your name etc. and we have been happy to provide it.
So here she is in our family Thanksgiving photo..
An Update from Milo’s Family:
It’s been a year since I got Milo (former Max) and I thought I would just say hi
and send you a few pics . He is a great dog. I love him so much.
A strong manly dog too that can keep up with the big boys and still be a charmer with
Picture of sweet little Gus in his fleece jacket:
Willow’s pups arrived yesterday. I simply can’t explain how wonderful it is to witness the birth of puppies. The mom’s have such inate instincts….it’s so remarkable. We now have a dozen standard puppies in our family. These first few weeks the pups spend their time nursing and staying warm. But it won’t be long before they’re romping in the house and filled with puppy sass!
Congratulations Willow and Vincent!
Zeus is a DARK chocolate fleece dreamboat! I love running my fingers through his coat because it’s oh so soft. This boy has a bulky build and solid boning. While his saber tail never stops wagging, it’s his kisses that win over everyone’s heart. His temperament is above and beyond anything we’d even hoped for. Zeus is goofy, mellow, easy going and he desires nothing more than to make you happy. He LOVES people with is whole heart and is always game to try new things.
Zeus is being trained as a service dog. So far, I couldn’t be happier with how his training is going. At only 5 months old, he could have easily passed the Canine Good Citizen Testing. Zeus goes everywhere with me and he couldn’t be happier with that sceanario. His favorite place to go is the library (where everyone knows his name!). But no matter where Zeus goes, Walmart, the Mall, grocery shopping, or on the bus, he’s aways a big hit!
Zeus has passed his all of his health testing to date and we’re excited to add him to our program!! His babies should be arriving in Summer 2011!
Here’s some pictures taken a few days ago:
Here’s a picture of Ritz with his Guardian Family. They’re best friends!
Asia’s Pups are 5 weeks old….enjoy the new video clip!
Here’s a picture of Boo and Sammy home from the groomers, they’re sporting a nice shorter cut. These 2 are from Asia and RUE’s first litter together.
When asked about their coats, the owner explained:
“When I let the fur grow out, they have tight curls and not very easy to run your fingers through. However, if brushed out, you can run your fingers through and they feel very soft and silky. It does bounce back when pressed on it after a good brushing and/or grooming.
When groomed, they feel like SILK!! It is beautiful!! I love this length on them. (ex. the pictures I just sent you) Their coats are amazing!!!! Oh, also, they are so shiny!!
Hope this helps! Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. I love talking about them!”
Here’s a picture of a Maggie and RUE puppy at 2 years old.
Maggie has cycled and is going to be bred with our newest stud boy! I can hardly wait to see what these two will produce! We’re expecting medium red, apricot and cream fleece puppies due at Christmas and ready for their new families for
We’ve never had puppies ready to go for Valentines Day before so I’m excited to see the fun surprises that puppy families will be doing on this most romantic day of the year.
We have 4 reservations already but since Maggie typically has large litters (10+ pups!), we’ll be accepting 3-4 more reservations.
Below is a picture of Willow with her new Guardian Family.
Willow enjoys playing with her new goldendoodle pal, Charlie but she also loves hanging out with her new best friend, Julie.
A friend of the family’s, Brianna Smith, will be walking in support of Julie in the Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation’s “2010 Buddy Walk “. Please consider sponsoring her…..Brianna’s goal is to raise $300 and she’s only half way there. We can help her reach her goal and support a wonderful organization. To donate, click:http://www.firstgiving.com/juliesjoggers
– Australian Labradoodles
– Black, Phantom, Apricot
– Ready November 17/18
_ Puppies Available
Asia is enjoying mothering her brood of 7 sweet as pie minis. She is my best mom….always very attentive to her puppies. Her pups were born last Wednesday and will be a week old tomorrow. It’s amazing how fast the time flies by. We have a couple of puppies still available from this litter.
Often, black puppies aren’t people’s first choices, until they see them in person. We’ve had a number of families come by and meet the pups and once they’ve seen the blacks….they often change their minds and want a black over the other colors. Blacks may not photograph as well but Man Oh Man!…they’re breathtaking in person.
We also have one Phantom Mini Australian Labradoodle in the litter. Here’s an example of what he’ll look like in a few weeks. He’s going to be a charmer….
Well….the time is fast approaching when our Ritz will leave for his new Guardian Family. Things are going to be quiet around here without his silly antics! We’ve enjoyed many laughs with this little man. We did a photo shoot in the yard today to say “Goodbye”. He is sporting his shorter haircut and I think it makes him look all grown up. Ritz just turned 1 year old and we’re looking forward to seeing his puppies soon…. “We’ll miss you Ritz!”
Ahhh…. my new camera! I am in love with thee. I’ve been dreaming about a new camera for a long time and the day has finally arrived. Given all the puppy pictures I take, I needed a camera that could keep up. Well, it arrived a few days ago and I took it to the Purdue football game with me today and was able to get some great action shots. I can hardly wait to use it for a doggy photoshoot!
We have an up and coming stud boy named Zeus. He is going in for some prelim health testing on Tuesday so keep your fingers crossed. If he passes, we’ll be adding him to our breeding program and I’ll use my fancy new camera to get some shots of him for the website. He is the most stunning Australian Labradoodle that I’ve ever seen…. absolutely breathtaking!
Asia is here! My daughter couldn’t be happier! She loves Asia so much and has been waiting for her to come. Our sweet Asia has a tummy full of pups that are due in a week. She had a stunning litter last time and I expect these pups to be just as stellar.
Our Asia has the cutest smile…yup, I said smile. Teeth and everything. I’ll try to catch a picture of her grin so I can post it but she honestly does smile.
I’m both happy and sad to report that Ritz and Willow have each found wonderful Guardian Families. I’m only sad because I’m going to miss them terribly….
Willow was born here….. I raised her, I did her puppy socialization class and obedience training. I remember receiving the repots that she had passed her health testing with flying colors. I watched her grow and mature. She was a perfect mother to her first litter, I was like a proud parent! She is a goofy, warm hearted, playful dog who loved to nudge my hand while I was typing. Willow is a very obedient dog who lives to please. I know her new Guardian Family will love and protect her. She’ll bring them much joy, laughter and smiles. Willow will have a canine friend to play with, kids to enjoy and parents who’ll provide for her and love her. She really stole my heart and I’m counting down the days until she’ll come back to whelp and raise her next pups. It’s been a sad but wonderful day.
Ritz too has found a Guardian Family but he won’t be headed out for another week and half so we have some more time with him before he heads off to live with a very loving family. I’ll write more on that when the times comes.
Thank you Carol for giving Willow such a wonderful forever home. Give her a hug from me!
Below is an email from a happy puppy family. They adopted “Miracle” from Maggie and RUE’s litter. “Miracle” was oh so tiny from day 1 but always full of spunk. Here she is pictured at 8 weeks. As you can see from the picture below, she’s grown into a beautiful young lady.
I’ve attached a picture of Miracle/Zoey Belle that was taken about a month ago. She is the sweetest little girl and we love her so much!! She has grown into a big girl; 21.5 lbs. and about 15-16 inches tall to the wither. And her COAT!!! She has the most beautiful fleece coat; soft and curls galore. My husband has referred to me as a “Dog Hog” because it seems as though Zoey Belle is always with me. Dave and I can’t get over the fact that she is such a good girl. She graduated from two classes: Puppy Kindergarten and Obedience training. Every where we take her, people comment on how adorable and cute she is. She is definitely the center of attention in our home and we can’t thank you enough for entrusting our family with her. We had her picture taken with the Picture People at Petco a couple of weeks ago. I would have sent one of the pictures, but I’m not computer literate and I was having issues with scanning…..But the picture below is to die for!!! Thanks again, Gina.
Tuder, our new stud boy, arrives tonight. We’re so excited. He is a medium red boy who’s unrelated to all of our girls. I know he’ll give us some wonderfull puppies.
His parent’s are: Oregon’s Waldo and Rutland’s Redd Elu
His grandparent’s are:
Tegan Park Surpise Pac, Tegan Park Flickering Fire, Majestic Ultra Redd and Rutland’s Clementine.
Here are a few pictures of some of his past pups….
above photos courtesy of Country Labradoodles….thanks Liz!
Asia is expecting her litter in about 3 weeks! I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone by. Her Guardian Family is going to pick the naming theme for her litter and name all the puppies for their official paperwork. The family is so excited! They’ve been such a wonderful Guardian Family and I value them so much. Thank you guys for being so great and providing both Asia and RUE with such a loving home! You’re the best!
We’re back from a summer hiatus! And we have news….
We’re looking for Guardian Families that live close to West Lafayette Indiana.
A Guardian Family is similar to being a foster parent. The dog would live with you forever as a member of your family but I would retain breeding rights. Once he/she is done with his/her breeding career, he/she will be spayed/neutered and full ownership would be transfered to you. You would be responsible for all normal pet expenses such as food, vet visits, grooming, training, toys, heartworm/flea preventitive, ect. I would retain breeding right and would pay for any breeding related expenses.
This is a wonderful program and a great opportunity to get a trained adult labradoodle.
Many of our Guardian Families love the arrangement so much that they get a second Guardian Dog!
We’re currently accepting Guardian Applications for the following fabulous dogs:
Ritz is a 1 year old medium red fleece F1b labradoodle male.Ritz is a wonderful family dog with perfect house manners. He is playful and always keeps us laughing. Ritz loves playing in the yard with my son, he’s fabulous with children.
Willow is a 1.5 year old standard fleece Australian Labradoodle that was born and raised in our home. She is my love bug! 🙂She enjoys going for walks and laying on my feet. Willow is sweet and gentle and she loves being part of the family. She always cuddles up with my daughter for story time and will do anything for a treat. Willow has passed Advanced Clicker Training.
We are looking for just the right forever Guardian Family for our new stud Tuder. He is a 3 year old large medium Australian Labradoodle boy with an allergy friendly wool coat.
She would come visit my home for a week to be bred when she cycled. She would then return home and you can enjoy watching her progress through her 9 week pregnancy. Once she is close to her due date, she would come back to my home to deliver and wean her pups. This usually takes about 7 weeks and then she would return to your home. Guardian Families are welcome to schedule visits with their dog while she is with us.
The dog would come visit our home when our girls need to be bred. The visits would be about a week in length.
The benefits of being a Guardian Family:
-the very best Australian Labradoodles that our program has to offer
-knowing that your dog has had extensive health testing done
-being part of our breeding program and seeing your dog’s pups brighten the lives of families all over the country
-our Guardian Families pay a reduced adoption fee that will be earned back over the course of the dog’s breeding career and fullfillment of the contract
In order to be considered as a potential Guardian Family, you would need to:
-reside within close proximity to West Lafayette Indiana
-have a physically fenced yard for the safety of the dog
– be willing to train the dog
-be willing to transport the dog to me when needed for breeding purposes
-be willing to part with your dog for a time (breeding, whelping, weaning)
-have someone home often so that the dog isn’t left alone for long periods
-keep the dog as an indoor dog
-keep open lines of communication with us at all times and respond promptly to call and emails
Here are pictures of Asia and RUE. They both live in the same Guardian Family…
I know this is off topic, it has nothing to do with puppies but I know many of my puppy families have asked for details about my recent trip to South Africa.
A group of us spent two weeks volunteering at an orphanage for AIDS affected orphans.
It just so happened that the World Cup Soccer Tournament was on while we were there.
Here’s our group at the front of the orphanage. If you’d like more information about Bethesda, you can visit their website: www.bethesdaoutreach.org
They make it easy to donate online so if you feel like supporting an amazing organization that is making a huge difference in the lives of orphaned children…. you can visit:http://www.bethesdaoutreach.org/getinvolved_needs.htm
The children at Bethesda live in family units with a “mom”, “dad” and “siblings”. We enjoyed meeting each of the 5 families and of course we had a great time playing with the kids.
We did a number of work projects around Bethesda’s property. We painted one of the families homes, scrubbed the floors at their school on the property, installed a sprinkler system and installed a basket ball hoop (see below).
The kids loved playing hide and seek in the holes before the baketball posts were put in. We painted the backboard to be the South African flag. It turned out real nice if I do say so myself! 🙂
The kids loved playing on the playground and could not get enough soccer. They would play morning, noon and night if they could.
We had a “taste” of the local culture. These are mpone worms….yum!
A trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari!
We also spent some time helping orphaned children in Stinkwater. We prepared 72 lunch kits for the kids there. Many of the children didn’t want to eat all their lunch so they could save some for tomorrow. These kids are hungry and mostly living in child headed homes.
We spent the day playing games with them, singing, reading and just having a good time. These kids loved the attention and you could see the joy in their eyes.
Overall, it was a wonderful trip and I plan on going back. Next time I’ll bring my husband and kids along. It was such a lifechanging experience for me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to go.