Archive for December, 2007

Your New Australian Labradoodle Puppy’s First Nights

December 30, 2007

Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle Puppy’s First Nights

Getting a new puppy is very exciting! Here are some additional tips on preparing for your new Australian Labradoodle Puppy from Manor Lake. You can look forward to a lifetime of adventure and companionship with your Australian Labradoodle puppy.

These are Manor Lake’s suggested supplies to have on hand to welcome your new arrival:

1. Crate: A crate comes with the purchase of your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle puppy (Crate dimensions are 25x17x17). The crate should have bedding, such as a sturdy cushion or mat. Crates and crate pads can be purchased from PetMate, visit their website at http://www.petmate.com.
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2. Exercise Pen or Gate: Lightweight exercise pens or childproof gates will allow your new family member to be confined to controlled areas, yet be close to the family’s activities. We like the exercise pens from Pet Edge – prices starting at $30 – they come in 24, 36 and 48 inch sizes.

3. Toys: Be sure to choose toys that do not have loose or small parts that can be chewed off and swallowed. Toys provide entertainment, but are also necessary for teething and training. Nylon or hard rubber bones and toys are excellent choices for teething puppies. Stuffed animals, which can be torn apart, should only be allowed under direct supervision.

4. Dishes: Water and food dishes should be non-tippable and preferably made of heavy stainless steel or sturdy stoneware (ceramic). Make sure fresh water is always available. You may want to put a mat or tray under the dishes to protect your floor from spill. Manor Lake recommends the stainless steel dishes from PetEdge, you can learn more information about the dishes at, http://www.petedge.com.
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5. Food: Check with your breeder or vet to see what to feed and how often to feed your puppy. Manor Lake recommends Wellness Kibble and canned purchased at a specialty pet store or you can order it online from SmartPak at http://www.smartpakcanine.com.
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6. Collar and Leash: You will probably need a training collar and an everyday collar. Ask your breeder or veterinarian for recommendations. We like the collars from http://www.lupine.com and they have training harnesses as well. Manor Lake recommeds collars, harnesses, and leashes from Lupine, they guarantee all of their products for life. Information found on http://www.lupine.com.
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7. Grooming Tools: It’s a good idea to have basic grooming tools, such as flea comb and dog nail clippers. Needs vary from breed to breed. Manor Lake uses human nail clippers to trim puppy nails as shown below.
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8. Be sure to Puppyproof your home!

9. Name and number of a good veterinarian, if you don’t already have one.

When you first bring your new Australian Labradoodle puppy home, place him in a limited space with easily washable floors. An exercise pen, spread with newspaper, is ideal. Keep the puppy confined, but close to the family, so your puppy can be supervised yet still feel he is “part of the pack”. A room that usually perfectly fits these criteria is the kitchen or laundry room. Place your Australian Labradoodle puppy’s water dish, with fresh water, close at hand. Place your puppy’s crate, bedding and toys inside the pen.

Observe your puppy’s actions and reactions carefully. Handle your puppy frequently and briefly. Don’t let him get overtired or over-stimulated. Supervise children’s activities with the puppy and keep those activities within common sense. Children must be made to realize that your new Australian Labradoodle puppy is a little baby and needs to rest often.

You have to understand that your little Australian Labradoodle puppy is just like a human toddler. He has been taken away from his siblings and parents, flown a great distance and he has undoubtedly undergone stress. Don’t be surprised if he keeps you up by crying for a night or two (or three!). Visit your puppy once during the night for a check and/or potty break. He will get used to your smell and will soon realize that you are there to protect and comfort him. Australian Labradoodle Puppies also like to be held next to your skin where they can feel your heartbeat and your warmth. Put a hot water bottle, an indestructible stuffed toy or a windup, ticking clock wrapped in a towel in your puppy’s crate for comfort.

Pet and talk to your puppy softly and tell him how glad you are that he is with you. Talking to your puppy in a soft, reassuring voice is extremely important. He may not understand the words, but he will appreciate and understand the meaning. However, don’t pick him up every time he cries or barks, or he will soon associate that undesirable behavior with getting a positive response.

10. Grooming
We love Les Poochs shampoos, conditioners, detanglers and their special brushes. They are located in Paris, London and New York. Their website for purchasing is http://www.lespoochs.com. They have special shampoos for male dogs, female dogs and puppies. We especially like the puppy tearless shampoo, enriched with swiss chamomile, aloe vera and pro vitamin B – it comes in the male puppy formula or female puppy formula.
For Australian Labradoodles we like the lime green single medium soft brush and the purple firm dog brushe. For extreme tangles, the mat buster red brush is fabulous for any tangled pet.

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Available Australian Labradoodle Puppy

December 20, 2007

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This is lovely available black female puppy we have from our Charlotte and Eddie litter. She is extremely sweet, has a nice medium temperament, wags her tail, loves giving kisses and is very social. She will be a medium size, weighing in at about 30-35 pounds when she is full grown. Please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or at (360) 303-0497 for more information.

Available Australian Labradoodle Puppies

December 20, 2007

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This is a beautiful available black girl we have from our Charlotte and Eddie litter. Both parents are a medium size so we can expect this darling girl to mature at a medium size as well at about 30-35 pounds. She is very laid back, loves being held and enjoys playing with her littermates. For more information our this little girl contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or at (360) 303-0497.

Manor Lakes Fun Things to do in Seattle, WA

December 20, 2007

Are you coming to Seattle to collect your puppy? Want to know what fun things there are to do to pass the time while you are in the Emerald City? We have had several requests lately of what Manor Lake recommends our clients do while in Seattle.

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Seattle is an amazing city, for dinner we would recommend to you dinner at the Seattle Space Needle. The food is exquisite and the 360 degree view of Seattle and the ocean is spectacular. The floor rotates while you enjoy your meal, it is truly an amazing experience. A dessert that we recommend is the “Lunar Orbiter” it is the Space Needle’s signature dessert complete with dry ice. The website to learn more about the Space Needle is,
http://www.spaceneedle.com

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The Pacific Science Center is an amazing place that always has neat exhibits, from Dinosaurs to their laserlight star show, to their incedible butterfly room. The Science Center is located at the Seattle Center that boasts fun stores and the impressive Boeing IMAX Theatre that gives you a filmgoing experience like no other! See movies on a screen six stories high and 80 feet wide, with 12,000 watts of stereo sound, wow! The link to the IMAX theatre and Pacific Science Center websites are,
http://www.pacsci.org/imax/
http://www.pacsci.org/

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Shopping is also fun of course, there is a lovely shopping center called Pacific Place located right downtown in the middle of everything where you can shop at wonderful stores like Barney’s, Nordstrom, Tiffanys, and Restoration Hardware. Also located in Pacific Place is an AMC Cinema and a wide variety of delicious restaurants. The link for the Pacific Place shopping Center, http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com/home.aspx

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The Historic Pike Place Market which is amazing, from watching the fisherman throwing fish, to the fun shops underground, and the beautiful flowers you can find it is truly an experience within itself to get to visit. Seattle is of course known for its coffee! Also located in Pike Place Market is the very first Starbucks ever! Go and enjoy the splendor of a hot cup of coffee from the place that knows coffee best. The website for that Pike Place is,
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/frameset.asp?flash=false

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Other fun things to see while in Seattle is the SAM or Seattle Art Museum, just recently remodeled it is now even more amazing than ever.
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/

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The Underground Tour is amazing as well, it is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. The website for the Underground Tour is,
http://www.undergroundtour.com/

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Now you may be wondering after visiting all of these amazing places where should you stay? The Hotel Monaco located in the heart of downtown Seattle a pet friendly Seattle hotel, the Hotel Monaco pampers pets as much as people. A trend-setting hotel, the Hotel Monaco Seattle indulges canine guests from the moment theyarrive, checking you in to their VIP register (very important pets). And can even arrange for dog-sitting services and a personalized doggie itinerary to keep pooches happy while their owners are away. The website to learn more about the Hotel Monaco is,
http://www.monaco-seattle.com/

Cute Australian Labradoodle Puppies!

December 19, 2007

These are a few pictures of our cute Australian Labradoodle puppies at Manor Lake. The top picture is a sweet little girl from Cali and Ryder – she has a curly fleece coat and is an apricot color – she is available for adoption to a wonderful home. The middle picture is a beautiful wavy fleece chocolate puppy from our Clover and Cloudcatchers Limited Eddition (Eddie). The bottom picture is also of Cali’s and Ryder’s Australian Labradoodle puppies posing for us in a Christmas basket. We do have some availability from our Cali and Ryder litter. Please email at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or call 360-303-0497 for information and availability.

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Australian Labradoodle Food

December 18, 2007

I am asked many questions about dog and puppy food and what to feed Australian Labradoodles. The raw food diet or kibble and canned food? How often do I feed my Australian Labradoodle puppy? How much? I want to feed raw, where do I start?

Below is a place to start for feeding a raw diet:

Commercial Raw Complete Diets

Dr. Billinghurst’s BARF Diet, barfworld.com (866) 282-2273

FarMore, farmorefood.com (866) 507-8255

Nature’s Variety, naturesvariety.com (888) 519-7387 – We like the patties or medallions

Northwest Naturals, nw-naturals.com (866) 637-1872

Steve’s Real Food for Dogs, stevesrealfood.com (888) 526-1900

Feeding a high quality kibble and canned is perfectly acceptable – not everyone wants to feed raw. At Manor Lake, some brands we like the best are the Wellness Brand – Holistic Nutrition for Growing Puppies and Dogs and Merrick Brand Kibble and Canned – our favorite, Grammy’s Pot Pie. There are many top quality dog and puppy foods, please check our journal/blog post on Grading Dog Foods – this shows quite a few of the top quality dog and puppy foods.

Your Australian Labradoodle puppy will need to be fed 2 to 3 times a day and have plenty of fresh water as well. There are many different choices for dog and puppy foods. We suggest high quality organic dog and puppy food purchased at a pet health food store. Feeding your dog high quality food is essential for long term good health. We do not recommend feeding a diet relying only on grocery store purchased low grade dry kibble/canned food, this will invalidate the Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles’ 2 year health guarantee.

Check back often, as we will be posting more information on feeding your Australian Labradoodle.

Dog Food Recipes – Going Beyond Kibble

December 16, 2007

Recipes: Going Beyond Kibble
Doggy Dinner Loaf (Chicken, Beef or Fish)
From The Pet Lover’s Guide to Natural Healing for Cats & Dogs, by Barbara Fougère, BVSc (Elsevier/Saunders, 2006)

Base

Rice (brown or white), raw 1 Cup
Water 1 Quart
Pasta (whole wheat or plain), dry 1 Cup
Oats (rolled), raw 1 Cup
Eggs, raw 4 Average
Flour, whole wheat 1/2 Cup
Calcium carbonate 1 1/2 teaspoons

Vegetables

Potato, raw, chopped 1 Average
Sweet potato, raw, chopped 1/2 Cup
Carrot, raw, grated 1/4 Cup
Pumpkin, raw, chopped 1 Cup
Spinach or chard, raw 1 Cup

Meat

Chicken, raw, with skin 14 oz., plus 3 1/2 oz. chicken liver
OR
Ground beef, regular, raw 2 cups plus 3 1/2 oz. liver
OR
Fish, raw 14 oz. plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

Cook rice in boiling water; add potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and pasta and cook for 15 minutes longer. Add remaining ingredients, choosing chicken, beef or fish. The mixture should be moist, but firm (add more oats if necessary). Place mixture in oiled loaf tin and bake up to one hour at 350 degrees. Remove loaf from tin and place in oven for further 10 to 15 minutes to set.

Divide the loaf into:
6 slices (500 calories each)
10 slices (300 calories each)
20 slices (150 calories each)
Energy from protein, 25%; fat, 35%; carbohydrate, 39%.

New Photos of Jara’s Australian Labradoodle Puppies

December 14, 2007

Here are a few fun recnt photos of Jara’s beautiful Australian Labradoodle puppies!

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Pet Insurance

December 12, 2007

One of our clients has asked about purchasing pet insurance for their Australian Labradoodle puppy. Here is some information we have found regarding just that! Check back at a later time as this is at least a two-part issue with more information to come! Here are some links to learn more about various Pet Insurance programs.

http://www.petcareinsurance.com/

http://www.petinsurance.com/

http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/?utm_id=2000

http://www.petsbest.com/GettingStarted/LearnMore.aspx

We also found a great article from PetsBest.com with some good things to know before purchansing insurance. Check out their website for more information.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying Pet Insurance

To be competitive and give you more choices, each pet insurance company offers slightly different plans. And that’s the single biggest reason that you need to carefully compare the options to make an educated decision.

To help in your comparison, we’ve prepared an easy-to-understand description of the most important things you’ll need to consider.

1. Which Deductible Should You Choose?
Choosing a higher deductible will lower your monthly premium, but means your out-of-pocket will be higher each time your pet requires medical treatment. Choosing a lower deductible will increase your monthly premium, but means your out-of-pocket costs will be lower.

Also, is there a penalty for changing plans and deductibles? You should be able to make those changes to maintain your pet’s coverage in times of financial hardship.

2. What are the Policy Limits?
Modern veterinary medicine can be sophisticated and extensive, which can make low per-incident limits

(or low lifetime limits) unrealistic. Choose a plan that covers the true costs of unexpected illness and accidents.

3. What does the policy cover? What are the available options?
Look for plans that cover illnesses, accidents, and optional routine care.

Illnesses – Any illness and accident plan should automatically cover common ailments, but what about chronic diseases like cancer or diabetes? Are they covered, as well? For how much?
Accidents – cuts and broken legs are common and should be covered. In an accident only plan, look for surgical coverages that include removal of swallowed objects and treatment of hernias.
Routine Care – these optional coverages may include such preventive measures as annual exams, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and diagnostics such as blood panels and urine testing.
4. How is Your Reimbursement Calculated when You File a Claim?
This may be the most misunderstood and most important part of your pet insurance coverage.

Reimbursement is calculated in one of two basic ways:

a) either as a fair and straightforward percentage of your veterinarian’s bill (which is the method Pets Best chooses), or
b) as a percentage of a benefit schedule which limits the amount the insurance company is willing to pay (as some of our competitors choose).
The actual reimbursement as a percentage of a benefit schedule can be as little as 30% of your vet bill. Avoid surprises by knowing what you’re buying.

5. Can You Choose Any Vet or Are You Restricted to a Network?
Look for plans that allow you to visit:

The Veterinarian You Choose – Don’t buy a policy that requires you to select a doctor you don’t know from a list. Be sure you’re allowed to visit any licensed Veterinarian.
After-Hours Emergency Care – Illnesses and accidents sometimes happen after normal business hours. Does your policy cover emergency care at
2 a.m.? You’ll also want to be sure your use of an emergency clinic doesn’t reduce the amount of coverage allowed for follow-up care.
Specialists – When your pet needs treatment by a veterinary ophthalmologist (eye care) or veterinary oncologists (cancer), you’ll want to be sure your policy covers specialist care.
6. Who Determines Your Pet’s Treatment?
Pets Best believes you and your veterinarian will determine the best course of treatment for your pet. Choose a plan that doesn’t limit your choices with a complicated fee schedule, or benefit schedule.

7. What is Excluded?
Amazingly, there are pet insurance companies who will not list treatments and conditions that are not covered by their policies. Be sure you ask for specifics about what is and is not covered by your policy so that you know which treatments are available for your pet.

8. Does Your Veterinarian Recommend the Pet Insurance Company?
Your vet’s staff members have heard all the news, good and bad, from other policy holders. Ask which one they recommend.

9. Is the Pet Insurance Company Licensed in Your State?
You’ll have the coverage you need when you choose a pet insurance company that’s regulated by your state government. Choose a company that’s licensed in your state.

10. What Experience Can I Expect?
When you have a problem, or you need help with a claim, a pet insurance company who employs pet lovers who care, and who understand pets, can make all the difference.

We hope that these ten suggestions leave you better prepared to make an educated choice in your pet insurance company, and policy. If you have questions that aren’t covered in this list, please e-mail or phone us at 1-888-899-0402.

Soft-Sided Crates for Airline Travel Under the Seat

December 12, 2007

The following is information on soft sided crates for airline approved travel. If you are meeting Manor Lake staff at the Seattle Airport to pick up your puppy to fly home, Manor Lake will provide you with this first type of carrier included in the price of your puppy. Please refer to the information below for crate size provided by Manor Lake and traveling instructions and tips. Please always remember to check with the airline you are traveling with – as specifications and requirements can change.

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Carryall – Black – Small

Leaving on a jet plane? Take your best friend along The Fashion Pet Carryall is a spacious and durable carrier built for pets on-the-go Durable NeoTec fabric is water-resistant and cleans easily, while the mesh panels provide ventilation and visibility. Storage pockets, leash clips, comfort floor pads, and many other features make this carryall a safe and secure place for your pet, and trouble-free traveling for you

Other features include: 3 mesh panels-for ventilation and visibility; front storage pocket-for treats, keys etc.; pet can be secured with the inside leash clip while carrier is open at either entry; top entry with U-shaped zipper provides easy access, also has side entry with zippered closure; removable, adjustable shoulder strap, doubles as leash; privacy flap rolls down/up, secures with Auto-grip Stays; nylon lined floor bead with Auto-grip stays holds washable faux lambskin comfort pad; the small size fits comfortably under airline seat (accepted by most airlines as carry-on luggage).

For pets up to 13″ long x 8″ high and weighs up to 8 pounds.
Size:
Carrier is 15.6″ x 9″ x 10.5″.

Here is another option for an airline approved carry on crate with the ordering information.

Original Sherpa Deluxe, Small
# SHPA531

$44.90
16″ Long, 9.5″ tall, 10″ wide
Weighs 3.2 pounds
Front or top entry
Faux lambskin lining
Mesh panels on three sides
End panel unzips for easy entry
Extra rear zippered pocket
Shoulder strap
The Sherpa bag is great for dogs on the move, smaller dogs that is. Traveling companions can rest in comfort on an airplane, car or train. Faux lambskin lining provides a soft bed. Mesh panels on three sides allow for sight and proper ventilation. End panel, as seen in photo, unzips for easy entry. Longer U-shaped opening on top. Extra rear zippered pocket perfect for food, treats or other necessities. Made of durable, quilted nylon. Includes an adjustable shoulder strap which doubles as a leash. Safety strap can slip over handles of rolling luggage or wheelies for a smooth transport; also secures bag to a car’s seatbelt. Bag Weights: Small 3.5 lbs., Medium 4.5 lbs., Large 5.2 lbs.

Before you purchase a bag with the intent of using it on an airline, call the airline with the dimensions and verify that they will accept it. You don’t want to arrive at the airport with a bag they won’t let you take on the plane. The rules are constantly changing, so verify before you buy!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE


Length: is from the nape of the neck (where the collar falls) to base of tail.
Height: is from the floor to the shoulder.

IMPORTANT: The pet must fit underneath the seat in front of you, where it must remain during the flight.

NO CRAMMING PLEASE! An animal too large to fit comfortably in the Bag will not fit under the seat. Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around inside the bag.
THIS IS NOT A MOBILE HOME.
IT IS A PORTABLE DEN!

The measurements are very important for your pet’s safe, comfortable travel. Your Pet’s Size Sherpa Bag Size
Up to
13″L x 8″H and 6 lbs. Small
16″L x 9.5″H x 10″W
Up to
16″L x 10″H and 16 lbs. Medium
18″L x 10.5″H x 11″W
Up to
18″L x 11″H and 22 lbs. Large
20″L x 11.5″H x 11.75″W

Airline Restrictions: Ask when making your reservations if there are special policies regarding pets in-cabin. Rules, regulations and charges vary from airline to airline, so always check first. If the airline gives you dimensions of normal pet carriers, those dimensions are for hard carriers and do not apply to these bags, which are soft-sided and flexible. What is important is the size of your animal. The pet must be able to fit comfortably under the seat in front of you and have room to stand up and turn around inside of the bag.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ABOUT TAKING YOUR PET ON AN AIRPLANE

What is the right size of Carrying Bag for my pet?
The exact fit will depend on the shape and dimensions of your pet. Measure your dog’s height at the shoulders, head, and length from nose to rump. Now use that information to figure out the size you think is right for your pet. You know your pet best so take into account whether your pet likes to move around a lot or just likes to lie down and sleep.

Should my pet be tranquilized before going on a trip?
To be safe, always consult your veterinarian before tranquilizing your pet.

Why do some airlines tell me my bag is too big for in-cabin use?
Airlines sometimes give measurements that refer to rigid, hard-sided pet carriers. Soft bags, on the other hand, are soft-sided and pliable, conform to the space under the airplane seat and are approved for in-cabin use.

How can I get my pet accustomed to the bag?
We advise you to introduce your pet to the bag well before your trip. Leave the bag open with a favorite toy inside; make sure you praise and reward your pet each time he or she ventures into the bag. Familiarization is key. Your pet should learn to associate the bag with a pleasant experience (not with a trip to the vet!).

How comfortable will my pet be in the bag?
Cats and dogs feel secure in the bag, as they tend to seek out small, cozy spaces when they find themselves in unfamiliar situations. Most bags provide a special opening so that you can slip a hand into the bag to reassure your pet. But remember: these bags are designed to be a traveling den for your pet, not a mobile home!

Are there specific things I need to know and do in order to take my pet in-cabin in the bag?
Make sure you have your pet’s ticket along with your own at check-in and security, and, to be safe, don’t forget to bring his or her health portfolio, including records of vaccination and a recent certificate from the vet (no more than 7-10 days old). Some airlines require an absorbent liner in the bag: you may use an old towel, or a favorite blanket. If you are using a bag with flaps, make sure one flap is always left open for ventilation. If the bag is a little too large for your pet, place a pillow and/or toy in it. Airlines changed their policies about pets on board in order to accommodate those of us who want to travel with our small companions. We urge you, however, to keep a low profile when flying. Taking your pet on the plane is a privilege, not a right! Don’t take your pet out of the bag during the flight. If you are traveling with a dog, walk him or her before entering the terminal. Don’t feed your pet during the flight or for several hours before.

Can two cats share a bag on the plane?
Many airlines limit the number of animals in every cabin. Although some bags could physically hold two small pets, it would be safest to check with your airline how many animals they will permit on board.

How can I clean my Sherpa bag?
All Sherpa bags are designed to be virtually maintenance-free. To clean your bag, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Do not machine wash. (Removable faux lambskin liners may be machine-washed and line-dried.)