Speaking with Gina about getting a Labradoodle is simply a wonderful experience. We were hesitating between 2 litters and, after discussion, decided to wait for another upcoming litter! It was a wonderful decision to make and a painful one at the same time. It was worth every week of waiting. When the litter was born, Gina contacted us immediately and send photo updates every week. When temperament testing took place, she phoned us. We discussed the temperament that we were looking for to eventually do zootherapy work. We agreed with Gina’s choice! Gina was so right in recommending the puppy that became our Chinook 13 months ago.
Chinook is a funny dog but also an obedient one who simply loves to work and do obedience classes. He enjoys meeting people and deals with them very kindly whether they’re elderlies or babies… We have both in our family! Gina flew Chinook via Air North to Ottawa at no extra cost. We simply picked him up and got to the hotel. We only had to tell him to « go potty »and he did his business on command. He slept through the night. The next morning we drove back to Quebec City, a 5 hour drive. He didn’t say a word. We stopped once halfway through and he did his business before having lunch…and we got home. He discovered his new home and his « big sister » our Labrador retriever Cayenne. They became the best of friends within a few hours and have remained so ever since. We take him every week-end to the cottage between April and December. He enjoys being in the car, doesn’t mind waiting for the ferry or taking the small airplane that gets us there for Christmas. I have never had such a well balanced puppy who has been a pleasure to see growing up! He needs his cuddles but also likes to relax by himself.
All in all, if I have to recommend a marvellous breeder of Labradoodles, there’s only one for me: LABRADOODLES OF THE NORTH ! You can’t go wrong when dealing with Gina. She is trustworthy. First and foremost, her puppies are not only well bred but they are loved from day one. They are brought up knowing what the word « NO » means and are semi potty trained. Chinook was house trained within 1 week…
Your kids are growing up , I’ve gotten older, and my Buddy (Willow’s brother) is what six and a half now? I’d have to check, but he is an old man I guess. I just had to share this pic with you. Age has only mellowed Buddy, if that was possible. We are now on our eight grandchild, and she is a fierce warrior of a kid at ten months old. I watch her full time M-F and her first word is dog. She is obsessed with Bud. She uses him as a climbing post , grabs his beard, stands with him, pokes at him, pinches him, loves on him, and follows him all over the house. He is clearly annoyed sometimes, but just walks away. Mostly though, he stands patiently and let’s her do what she needs to do = does not leave while she is standing or holding on to him, will not let her fall.
He is the kindest sweetest, healthiest, most loving dog of all time. Yesterday, with the baby in a stroller and bud on a leash, we were out walking. We came across a frantic woman and her two daughters who were out trying to find a runaway jack russell terrier (who was crazy). We kept seeing the terrier race across the street and run like he was insane. He came running over to where we were, I calmly took bud off his leash (because he is completely off leash trained) and he stood patiently greeting this strange and crazy dog so that his owner could come and capture him. He gave me this look like, “kids these days”. We proudly and calmly walked back home.
I hope you are well and thriving in your northern home. Thanks again for my amazing dog.
We love our puppy, Bailey, so much! Ever since we brought her home she has become a loving member of our family. Everything we do includes Bailey, and we love every minute of it. I myself have wanted a dog ever since I knew the word, and the fifteen years of waiting has paid off. Bailey is the best dog in the world and a perfect match for my family. Now, I never have to stay home alone again because I have my best friend Bailey to snuggle with and to play with. I can’t express how thankful I am for her. Thank you so much Gina! As a way to show you how much fun we, and her, are having I created a short little montage for you! Have a great rest of the summer!
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…
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!!”
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.”
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 you 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
From Allison and Family:
Hey there Gina,
I hope you and your family had a happy fourth. We had a wonderful time with
Eli (and friends and family). We couldn’t be happier with this little guy.
He is just precious…he has done an excellent job sleeping (practically
through the night) in his crate. He also has a very good puppy bladder,
nearly using the bathroom “on command”. Amazing! He loves his stuffed duck
toy and running around the back yard.
Thank you so much!
From the Peters Family:
I just wanted to give you a BIG thanks for everything. I doubt their are many breeders
out there like you. I am extremely impressed with everything and it’s very obvious that
you love your dogs. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures that you took and for all the
information you gave me. I love the dog bed you sent with us and I know Phoebe will
love it also. Have a wonderful vacation. I will keep in touch and if anyone I know every
wants a Doodle I will send them your way.
The Peters Family
From Elaine and 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.
From Kathy and Family:
I want to thank you for helping us find the perfect dog. You were wonderful from the very beginning, when I was just starting to research Labradoodles. You answered all of my questions and made me feel welcome. You addressed all of my concerns and let me take my time making a decision. I knew from the start that when I decided to get a new dog, it would definitely be from you.
When I finally decided that I was ready, you made the process very easy for me and my family. I knew right when I met Cheech that he was the dog for me. I fell in love with him instantly! The transition to his new home was very easy. He was almost housebroken already when we got him. I love him more and more each day, and I look forward to seeing what he will do next.
Thank you again for being so helpful. I know that I can always come to you for advice, and I will be! I would recommend you to anyone who is looking for a Labradoodle!
Kathy and Family
From Sherry and Family:
I want to take a moment to thank you for our Buddy. After speaking with breeders across the country, my decision to get a puppy from Arborgate has proven to be the right choice in so many ways. First and foremost Buddy is without a doubt the most balanced, sweet- natured and engaged pup I have ever owned, and as you know, I have raised many well-bred pups over the years. He is truly special. He is so smart, trainable, loving and great with my grandkids!
Working with you specifically Gina, has been a blessing. You were so patient and helpful while I was getting to know about the Australian Labradoodle breed, and I had sooo many questions! Your involvement in helping to choose the pup that worked with my lifestyle, making sure I had all the facts to make an informed decision, and sending information about how to be prepared for Buddy’s arrival was invaluable. The shipping process was easy and painless.
Now that Buddy is here and growing, I appreciate staying connected to you at Arborgate and other puppy families so we may all compare notes about our puppies progress. Sharing pictures is a bonus!
I wish we were geographically closer so we could get to know one another better. I also still hope to convince my kids to get a puppy from Sadie’s last litter, or to perhaps consider adopting Sadie herself. If you ever need a personal reference, you can count on me.
From Jim and Pat:
Jim and I just want to express our total appreciation for all that ArborGate Labradoodles has done for us and continues to do. We brought our precious Elly home 5 weeks ago today. We have totally fallen for her as has anyone else who meets her. She is so smart and tries so hard to please.
The time leading up to bringing Elly home was so exciting and Gina was the person that instilled and kept nourishing that excitement. ArborGate’s website draws you in and what they say is what they do.
We had the opportunity to visit a couple of weeks before we brought Elly home and it was so helpful to meet them, Elly’s parents and see the way they nourish and love the puppies. We were sold!!! Gina continues to be there for us whenever we have questions.
If ever anyone wants an Australian Labradoodle, this would be the place to go!
Jim and Pat
From the James Family:
Thank you so much for bringing all the joy of a labradoodle puppy to our family. Maple, our sweet chocolate girl, has been a part of our family for more than 3 weeks now. As first time dog owners we needed help with EVERYTHING! And you were there every step of the way. We had so many questions and concerns, but you guided us along the way with patience and wisdom. Thank you! Your website is chock full of helpful information which we poured over during our decision making process. Even before we had decided on bringing a labradoodle puppy home for Christmas, you were so helpful with pressure-free advice and answers to all of our questions. Once we were sure this was the right time to bring a puppy into our family, we loved the weekly updates you sent of our “little girl.” Our children couldn’t wait for the new pictures that you so regularly posted. And the resource materials were invaluable to us as we soaked in everything we could before puppy came home. Since we were importing our puppy into Canada we needed even more help with all the details of the appropriate documentation and paperwork, the booking of international flights, finding an approved carrier, etc. and with your expert help, everything went perfectly smoothly through the whole process. Our puppy really did come out with her tail wagging, ready to meet her forever family. We just wanted to thank you again for everything. We are so happy with every aspect of our experience with Arborgate Labradoodles.
Blessings to your family from ours,
the James family
Sheffield Mills, Nova Scotia Canada
PS We just had to let your know that after only 1 week home Maple has been regularly sleeping through the night and after only 2 weeks she has been completely house-trained. We love those “poochie bells” you suggested! She is such a smart girl!
From Dan & Kim:
“We cannot say enough great things about ArborGate Labradoodles! We found them by searching the web and were immediately impressed with the look of their website, very polished and quite inviting. When you read about the Anderson family and their love for their four-legged family members you are drawn to the beauty and majesty of their Australian Labradoodles. The entire process has been professional, friendly and very informative. Gina has kept us involved throughout the months, with photos of Maggie (the expectant Mom) when she visited school children, to the much anticipated birth announcement of ten (count them, 10) fabulous little puppies – GREAT JOB MAGGIE & RUE! Their website has been kept up with pictures of the puppies as they grow and Gina would send e-mails not only informing us of our little guy’s growth, but a lot of really informative/educational (and needed) reading material. We drove out to ArborGate Labradoodles to meet our little guy and we were welcomed into a home – complete with delicious muffins and tea. It was very evident that this is a place where these beautiful creatures are loved and very well taken care of. They take every precaution necessary to ensure healthy puppies, a truly top-notch business and caring family. If, like me, you’re a dander allergy sufferer you are visiting the right place – I had no problems whatsoever with these precious little puppies. We are looking forward to years of joy with our little guy (Rex) and we HIGHLY recommend ArborGate Labradoodles for your new addition.”
Dan & Kim -Darien, IL
I’m writing to convey our complete satisfaction in adopting our wonderful mini Australian Labradoodle. As you know, we did a thorough investigation of breeders throughout the country before we put our faith in you as a breeder. You have been extremely helpful throughout the entire adoption process by keeping us abreast of our puppy’s progress, sending pictures, distributing educational information on raising a puppy, etc. Your website is extremely user-friendly and has a wealth of helpful information about Australian Labradoodles. They are a great breed for many reasons, particularly the non-shedding qualities and the family-friendly factor. It was important enough to us to visit you in Indiana to meet your ENTIRE family, husband, kids, and dogs…We felt welcomed and honored to meet Brouno’s biological parents. You can be assured that we are now lifetime members of your extended family. I’m singing your praises to all of our family and friends, so don’t be surprised if you start receiving inquiries about future litters. Thanks for all of your support in making our life decision an easy one!!
Raising Australian Labradoodle Puppies for Your Family