Archive for October, 2007

New Australian Labradoodle Puppies at Manor Lake

October 31, 2007

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We just whelped two litters of Australian Labradoodle puppies. Clover had her puppies yesterday, on October 30 and Charlotte had her puppies today, on October 31. Both litters went very smooth with nothing unusual. Top Picture is of Charlotte and her puppies. The picture under it is Clover and puppies.

Charlotte had 13 Australian Labradoodle puppies – 7 males, 6 females and 7 chocolate/cafe and 6 black. Clover had 7 Australian Labradoodle puppies, 6 females and 1 male all chocolate/cafe.

I am working on adding more detail and pictures, but it is Halloween and my kids are anxious to go out trick or treating.

This is the whelping box we use from Durawhelp
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Labradoodles in the News

October 30, 2007

Lodge keeps the homely touch
By Denise Deason
23rd October 2007 11:05:31 AM

Dogged worker … Wyndham Lodge resident labradoodle Princess works her charm on business manager Kim McAliney and 97-year-old resident Renee Ness.

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WYNDHAM Lodge Community Aged Care is aiming to raise $750,000 in a building appeal to improve its facilities for elderly residents.

The appeal is to complete the second storey of the building to accommodate more low and high-care residents for Wyndham’s rapidly growing community.

Business manager Kim McAliney said the facility had 45 residents at present, but would like to expand to cater for 60 residents.

Ms McAliney said Wyndham Lodge was a stand-alone, not-for-profit facility that enjoyed community support.

“We try to make it a family environment for our residents,” she said.

“The families can come in whenever they want, seven days a week.

“I love the opportunity to meet the different characters who come to Wyndham Lodge and helping the families from the emotional aspect.

“They rely on us to care for their family members and I feel very privileged – it is extremely rewarding.

“This facility is a Wyndham community asset.

“It’s got a great reputation.

“The staff and community all work together to look after our older people.”

Wyndham Lodge has more than 50 staff, consisting of nurses and assistants.

“I have a lot of respect for our nurses and staff,” Ms McAliney said.

“When I walk out of here at night, I feel I’ve achieved something.

“It’s the little things, like when Mary, one of our residents, asks me to go and buy her a packet of lollies.

“The residents really appreciate what you do for them.”

There is also a very special resident – Princess, a labradoodle (a cross between a labrador and a poodle, bred for its non-allergenic qualities).

Ms McAliney said Princess had an important role at the lodge, helping to lift the spirits of residents and staff alike.

Standard Australian Labradoodle Puppies at Manor Lake

October 27, 2007

We took our pregnant standard Australian Labradoodle girl, Jarrah to the veterinarian yesterday. She had a full veterinarian check up and an x-ray. Based on the x-ray, my veterinarian adjusted her due date to November 8, 2007. He said she is in good health and that she has eleven to thirteen puppies! We were very surprised to hear this, we were not expecting such a large litter. We are reopening our reservation list for this litter, so will be taking more reservations as we will have more puppies than expected.

Please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com if you are interested in one of Jarrah’s puppies. The Australian Labradoodle standard puppies will be ready to go to homes after the first of the year. Jarrah will have cream, apricot, red, chocolate/cafe and black Australian Labradoodle standard sized puppies. The standard size of Australian Labradoodle puppies is approximately 45 to 60 pounds and 19 to 25 inches at the withers, or shoulders. See more about Australian Labradoodle sizes in our posted information on breed standards from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America (ALCA) and Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA) both in the Manor Lake blog and Manor Lake website at http://www.manorlakelabradoodles.com.

Australian Labradoodle Puppy and Dog Beds For Crates

October 26, 2007

4626e.jpgI went looking for padded dog and puppy beds to put in crates for our Australian Labradoodles today. I viewed both Pet Edge and Carealot Pets websites (2 of my favorite pet product websites) and decided to go with the Carealot Pets beds as they are offered at a discount of 10% from now until November 1st. I found bright colors, as well as the natural, grey and cinnamon and great prices on the beds at http://www.carealotpets.com – below is information on ordering from their website.

Quiet Time Beds
Item # 4626B

The perfect bed for wire crates, plastic carriers, doghouses, SUV’s or anywhere your dog or cat love to lie. Quilted cushioned poly/cotton base is surrounded with polyester-filled bolsters. The one bed for all year long, keeps your pet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Completely machine washable. Available in 8 sizes. Choose Natural Sheepskin, Gray Fur, or Cinnamon Fur.

Size Price Qty Color Bulk Savings
18″ x 12″ $8.49 $7.59 ea. For 6 Or More
22″ x 13″ $9.99 $7.99 ea. For 6 Or More
24″ x 18″ $11.99 $8.99 ea. For 6 Or More
30″ x 21″ $16.99 $14.99 ea. For 6 Or More
36″ x 23″ $23.99 $21.99 ea. For 6 Or More
42″ x 26″ $30.99 $26.49 ea. For 6 Or More
48″ x 30″ $38.99 $34.99 ea. For 6 Or More
54″ x 37″ $44.99 $40.99 ea. For 6 Or More

Quiet Time Designer Beds
Item # 6485B

The perfect bed for wire crates, plastic carriers, doghouses, SUV’s or anywhere your dog or cat love to lie. Quilted cushioned cotton base is surrounded with polyester-filled bolsters. The one bed for all year long, keeps your pet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Completely machine washable. Available in 6 fashionable colors. Brightly colored faux fur features a unique swirl pattern detail. Choose from 5 sizes.

Size Price Qty Color Bulk Savings
18 x 12 $8.49 $7.59 ea. For 6 Or More
22 x 13 $9.99 $8.99 ea. For 6 Or More
24 x 18 $11.99 $10.74 ea. For 6 Or More
30 x 21 $19.99 $16.70 ea. For 6 Or More
36 x 23 $26.75 $21.55 ea. For 6 Or More
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October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 25, 2007

It is October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Show your support!

Fashionably Aware Dogs: Show your support with a breast cancer awareness collar and lead for your Australian Labradoodle. (felinefido.com)

Carpet One – Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society (bcrfcure.org and cancer.ca)
Take a giant step toward finding a cure. 25% of sales of this doormat $22, will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society (800-227-7381 for Carpet One locations)

KitchenAid
Susan G. Komen for the Cure – In addition to their pink applicance collection that gives a portion of its proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, KitchenAid invites its customers to raise funds through the Cook for the Cure program. Party kits, custom invitations and recipes can be found on the Website. (cookforthe cure.com)

I liked this cause as well –

Harry Barker – Pet Helpers – (pethelpers.org)
Former Ford model Carol Perkins started sewing pillows and quilts for dogs as a form of therapy after a life-threatening brain tumor. Her South Carolina company, Harry Barker, pays disabled workers at the Charleston Disability’s Hope Center to package products like these bone pillows, $8 – $12. All of the proceeds from the sale of the bone toys are donated to Pet Helpers, a pet rescue and adoption shelter, and to a program that provides assistance and pet therapy to hospitals, nursing homes and disability center. (harrybarker.com)

4 Tips for Training Your Labradoodle Puppy To Not Jump Up

October 24, 2007

Training your Australian Labradoodle puppy not to jump up can be trying. Oftentimes, when you pay too much attention to a problem, you are inadvertently rewarding your labradoodle puppy. Take, for instance, when your labradoodle puppy jumps up looking for attention. Here are three tips I’ve found that help teach your dog to resist jumping up:

  1. Send the right message.
    If you reach down with your arms and push your dog away when it jumps up on you, or give your dog any indication that you are playing, your labradoodle puppy will think this is great fun and continue to do it. An excited pup is certainly hard to resist and the urge will be to give it lots of attention. Generally speaking, of course, this is a good thing. However, when your labradoodle puppy is displaying improper behavior such as jumping up on you and you give him lots of attention, this action is actually encouraged.
  2. Turn away from your dog.
    When your labradoodle puppy jumps up on you, you should gently block the action with your body by folding your arms and turning away from your dog. This action will probably put your labradoodle puppy off balance and she will land back on all four of her feet. Only once all feet are on the ground should you give some praise, but keep it low key. It will take many times, with you remaining patient and repeating the process many times. The more you repeat the ritual of not rewarding your pup when she’s not jumping up and ignoring her when she’s jumping up, the better your dog will get at greeting you and others without jumping up.
  3. Don’t play hard with your puppy as soon as you return home.
    Remember to resist encouraging lots of rough play and jumping right when you return home. Give your labradoodle puppy time to calm down and get the greeting out of the way before you start in with lots of loving and attention.
  4. Be prepared when you return home.
    A good practice is to keep a stuffed toy or small treat in the car with you and then make your Australian Labradoodle puppy or dog sit when you come through the door. This will train your dog to be sitting while she waits for your arrival. Just remember that offering your labradoodle puppy something while she is simultaneously jumping or barking will only encourage that behavior. You have to wait until she is calmly sitting before you reward her with a chewie or stuffed toy.

Choosing a Dog Crate for your Australian Labradoodle

October 24, 2007

Choosing a Dog Crate for your Australian Labradoodle

A Labradoodle training crate should ideally be large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lay down in. You certainly don’t want the crate to be too small as your dog will be uncomfortable. But the labradoodle crate can be too big as well. You do not want the dog kennel/crate to be too large because then your Australian Labradoodle puppy or dog will have space to go potty on one side and sleep on the other side of the dog crate/kennel.

Make sure when you buy your Australian Labradoodle crate/kennel that it will be the right size for your labradoodle when he is fully grown not just puppy size. The crate/kennel that comes with your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle puppy is approximately 25″ by 17″ by 16″ and will be plastic with a metal door. The crate/kennel comes with water and food dishes and a fleece blanket as well. This crate/kennel will eventually need to be replaced by a larger size of crate/kennel.

You can buy a dog training crate/kennel in either plastic or metal, but each has a more appropriate use for your dog or puppy. The plastic type of dog crate is more suited for travelling. They are lightweight and allowed on most airlines. The metal wire dog crates/kennels are more suited for your house. They tend to last longer, usually have more room and better ventilation. The metal dog crate is more of a long-term domicile for your labradoodle dog or puppy.

Some websites for kennels and crates: http://www.petege.com, http://www.revivalanimal.com, http://www.drsfosterandsmith.com and http://www.valleyvet.com

Brands we like are Vari Kennel and Petmate.

Homemade Labradoodle Dog Biscuits and Treats

October 23, 2007

Here are some fun receipes for making your own labradoodle dog treats and biscuits. These are easy recipes for dog biscuits and dog treats that can be made at home. Our Australian Labradoodles like the Peanut Butter Labradoodle Dog Biscuits the best!

Peanut Butter Labradoodle Dog Biscuits

1 ½ cups water
½ cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup oats

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then mix with wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased pan. Bake twenty minutes at 400 degrees. When finished, turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool inside oven until crisp and hard. Then store in an airtight container.

Everyday Labradoodle Dog Biscuits

2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast into warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form stiff dough.

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to un-greased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight.

Labradoodle Puppy and Dog Treats

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup oats, rolled (raw) — quick cooking
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar

Cut in 1/3 cup shortening until mix is coarse crumbs. Stir in 1 egg. Dissolve 1 tablespoon instant chicken or beef bouillon granules in 1/2 cup water. Stir liquid into flour mix with a fork. Form dough into a ball and knead on floured board for 5 minutes. Divide ball in half and roll each portion until 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or shape biscuits. Put 6 on a plate and microwave at medium for 5 to 10 minutes or until firm and dry to touch. Turn biscuits over after 1/2 cooking time.

Snickerdoodles

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup honey
2 eggs
3 ¾ cups white flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix vegetable oil, shortening, and honey with eggs. Beat well. Add flour, soda and cream of tartar to honey mixture. Knead dough until mixed well. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons into balls. Mix the cornmeal and cinnamon together in a bowl and roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Press the balls down with a fork and bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool on a rack and then store in an airtight container.

TIP: After finishing baking all batches of biscuits, turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven helps as it cools off and makes the treats crispier and crunchier.

Enjoy!

Dogs in the News – Law Dogs USA – Olympia, Washington

October 23, 2007

From Near Death to Top Dog

06:06 PM PDT on Monday, October 22, 2007

By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News

A nose for drugs

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A Washington State Patrol drug detection dog has just received a prestigious award. Moto is a canine with a nose for drugs.

But that’s a world away from where he was found in Oregon a few years ago during an animal cruelty investigation.

“He was kept in a dog travel crate, in about 2 inches of feces and urine, and he was pretty bad off. He was almost dead,” recalled his WSP partner, Trooper Jason Knott.

Moto was rescued by a group called “Law Dogs USA” in Olympia. They take pit bulls like Moto who show promise, and train them to be drug detection dogs.

“…very gentle and docile. He loves to hunt and find the items that we’re trained to find,” said Knott.

And find them he does. Nearly 400 finds have led the State Veterinary Association to induct Moto into their Hall of Fame.

Trooper Kirk Rudeen says the award is well deserved.

“The dog, with his sense of smell which is so acute, can find numerous things in the car that we would’ve missed,” he said.
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But it’s not just Moto’s nose that makes him special. It’s his non-stop drive.

“At the end of the night, I actually have to physically pull him out of the car because he doesn’t want to quit working. That’s all he wants to do,” said Knott.

Manor Lake’s Australian Labradoodles at Halloween

October 23, 2007

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Just for Fun!

These are pictures of our Australian Labradoodles dressed up for Halloween. We found great costumes at http://www.petedge.com.

1 Casual Canine Lil’ Witch Costumes ZA55624 /Xlg — $4.99

1 Casual Canine Piggy Pooch Pet Costume ZW86216 /Medium — $5.99

1 Casual Canine Fairy Princess Costumes ZW89320 /Large — $6.99 and the small $4.99