Archive for January, 2009

Manor Lake Hazel and her Family in Florida

January 27, 2009

Below is a very lovely note we received from one of our puppy families in Florida! Thank you Shelly.

Hi Kim and Mollie -I forgot to send this during the holidays, but I thought you might like to see a photo of Hazel from Eddie and Lily’s first litter.Here she is with Claire and Sam in their Christmas photo.We could not have asked for a better puppy! Shelly, Florida



Happy Birthday Chelsea!

January 23, 2009

Below are some wonderful photos and a very nice note from our Chelsea’s family in California. She just celebrated her first birthday! Happy Birthday Chelsea from all your family at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles!





Hi, Kim,

Chelsea just turned 1 year old. We have completed one course of puppy training and are embarking upon two more adult course with the aim of getting her CGC and maybe even therapy dog certification by the end of the year. We are now going on walks with the local dog walking group, too, to further her socialization.

Here are a few pictures of her on her birthday and at play with her pals who came over for a play date.


Most Popular and Most Unusual Dog Names of 2008

January 22, 2009

The Today Show online powered by MSNBC came out with a list of the most popular and most unusual dog names for 2008.

Most Popular
1. Max
2. Bailey
3. Bella
4. Molly
5. Lucy
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Sophie
10. Chloe

Most Unusual
1. Rush Limbark
2. Sirius Lee Handsome
3. Rafikikadiki
4. Low Jack
5. Meatwad
6. Peanut Wigglebutt
7. Scuddles Unterfuss
8. Sophie Touch & Pee
9. Admiral Toot
10. Spatula

Manor Lake Ralphie and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

January 16, 2009

Here is a fun photo that was sent to us from one of our puppy families in San Francisco, California. This is Manor Lake Ralphie she is a lovely chocolate standard Australian Labradoodle.

“Hi Kim,
I wanted to share a photo of our little girl Ralphie, named after the female buffalo mascot of the University of Colorado. Ralphie has settled into her new home in San Francisco- she enjoys her long walks along Chrissy Field (seen here) and visiting all the great dog parks in the neighborhood. She is an absolute doll!! Thank you!”
Shannon and Eric


Your Australian Labradoodle’s Guide To San Francisco, California

January 14, 2009


A Modern Dog’s Guide to: San Francisco, CA
Where to Shop, Eat, Stay, and Play


Beastro by the Bay
Pier 39 Suite H-3, San Francisco
(888 ) 232-7876
Pick up unique doggie things and breed-specific gifts at this Fisherman’s Wharf pet store. Although the surrounding area is notorious for its souvenir stores with mass-marketed merchandise, this destination features an extensive collection of unusual trinkets and hard-to-find gifts for dogs and cats. The store also offers novelties for pet lovers, such as a locally designed sterling-silver jewelry collection.

Pawtrero Hill Bathhouse & Feed
99 Mississippi St, San Francisco
(415) 863-7297
Pets party like rock stars at this bathhouse. This one-stop location in Potrero Hill features an array of specialty services and products, offering everything from the basics—two self-service bathing stations—to the unconventional, such as pet photography. A large selection of natural, raw food, “fit for human consumption,” is also available at this holistic store. A second location, South Paw, is located at 199 Brannan Street.

catnip + bones
2220 Chestnut St, San Francisco
A cost-conscious pet store in the Marina, this quaint shop offers a sampling of gifts for dogs, cats, and their doting owners. The store’s mission is to deliver the best quality pet goods for an economical price. Items include a wide variety of tasty all-natural treats for furry friends and fun, yet utilitarian, gifts for pet owners.

2411 California Street, San Francisco
(415) 441-0564
For cool dog products with a modern take on a traditional aesthetic, visit this comfortable and welcoming shop in the heart of San Fran. Freshly baked dog treats and an interesting selection of collars, leashes, food, beds, grooming products, and clothes are displayed amongst vintage props, photos, and other curious items. A delightful shopping experience.



Dolores Park Café
501 Dolores St, San Francisco
(415) 621-2936
A clean, welcoming coffeehouse and lunch spot for pet lovers and their dogs next to Dolores Park. Many dog owners stop in here on their way to the park, so expect to step over at least a couple of pooches on your way in.

Café Bastille
22 Belden Pl, San Francisco
(415) 986-5673
A hangout for European expatriates, this bustling spot feels just like a cozy Paris café. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners for alfresco dining at the outdoor tables.

482 Hayes St, San Francisco
(415) 552-8880
A Hayes Valley burger joint with a popular outdoor patio. Neighbourhood locals flock to this down-home favourite to enjoy breakfast items from a typical morning menu, or munch on specialty hamburgers and curly fries. Dining with your dog in tow? Grab a seat on the sunny outdoor patio, where Fido will be comfortable.

44 Belden Pl., San Francisco
(415) 986-6287
Tasty and authentic Spanish and Catalan-style fare amid Belden Place’s French bistros. The chic, spare restaurant is popular for anything, from a quick bite and touch of wine to a full-fledged dinner. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area, which is kept at a comfortable dining temperature with heat lamps. For a European experience in San Francisco, this is the place to be.


Hotel Vitale
8 Mission St, San Francisco
(415) 278-3700
This modern luxury boutique hotel is situated on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pets are welcome for a nightly charge of $35. Supplied are a cushy dog bed, dishes, a toy, and treats, plus the hotel is conveniently located across from a small grassed park, perfect for doggie walks and play. The hotel staff will gladly arrange pet walking services and daycare, should you wish.

Marina Motel
2576 Lombard St, San Francisco
(415) 921-9406
For a slice of Americana, stay at the Marina Motel, located in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city. Built to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, this hotel is one of the nation’s first motor inns. Dogs and cats are welcome for an additional $10 per day as long as they are not left unattended.

Hotel Triton
342 Grant Ave, San Francisco
(888 ) 266-5994
A Union Square treasure that pays homage to the ancient Greeks. The 140 guest rooms have received imaginative, individual treatment, with a handful of suites designed by celebs like Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. Friendly pets can stay in standard rooms for no additional charge, but a pet-liability form must be signed upon check-in.


W San Francisco
181 Third St, San Francisco
(415) 777-5300
This sleek W Hotel installment not only has style to spare, but a motto we can get down with: “Whatever you want, whenever you want it.” Pet services include plush beds, grooming services, dog-walking, and even a birthday cake on that special day. There are no pet size restrictions but a $100 non-refundable pet cleaning fee is required.



Alta Plaza Park
Between Scott and Jackson Streets,
San Francisco
With sprawling views of the bay and city skyline, this park is a popular hangout for young parents and their dogs.

Fort Funston
500 Skyline Blvd at John Muir Dr,
San Francisco
This ocean-side marvel, perched on the cliffs of the Pacific, offers picturesque hiking trails for you and Fido.

Baker Beach
Lincoln Blvd and Bowley St,
San Francisco
Canines can run freely at the north end of the beach.

Golden Gate Park
Fulton at 36th Ave/ Lincoln
at 41st Ave, San Francisco
Dogs are allowed at four off-leash locations in the park.

Happy Hound Play & Daycare
1695 34th St, Oakland, CA
(510) 547-3647
Supervised dog daycare, boarding, grooming, and training in a 10,000-square-foot facility. Animals grouped by size and temperament. Transportation services available.

Manor Lake Moula in San Diego, California

January 13, 2009

Check out Moula she is a lovely miniature creme apricot Australian Labradoodle, she lives with her family in Sunny San Diego, California. Thank you Jenni for these darling photos of Moula!

Choice of First Dog Is Narrowed to 2 Breeds

January 12, 2009

From The New York Times Politics Blog
Sharon Otterman

The Obamas are nearing a decision on one of the most closely watched appointments of the new administration: the breed of the First Dog.

As President-elect Barack Obama prepared to appear on ABC’s Sunday morning show, “This Week,” the Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, who had joined him in the studio, asked the host George Stephanopoulos to slip the following question into his interview: “What kind of a dog are we getting and when are we getting it?”

Mr. Obama laughed when he got the question. “They seem to have narrowed it down to a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound,” he said. The next step, he said, was to canvass shelters to see if they could find one of those breeds as a rescue.

“We’re closing in on it,” he said, adding, “This has been tougher than finding a Commerce secretary.” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Mr. Obama’s original nominee for the post, recently dropped out, citing a federal “pay-to-play” investigation into his administration.

The identity of the First Pooch is just one of the many personal issues facing the First Family as it settles into Washington. Mr. Obama said that the family was also planning to visit a number of churches to find one they found comfortable — a challenge, in part, because of the inevitable entourage of security and press that will accompany them to worship services. The Obamas also announced Friday that Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, 71, will be moving into the White House.

One family matter that seems to be hitch-free is the transition of the girls to their new Washington private school, Sidwell Friends.

“They seemed to thrive,” Mr. Obama said of their first week at the school. “I’m trying to figure out why it is that they don’t seem to be fazed by anything. People think — you know, folks think I’m cool. They are a lot cooler than I am. They just don’t seem to be intimidated.”

As has been widely discussed, Malia, 10, is allergic to dogs, so the Obama family has been focusing its search on breeds with the reputation of being easier on those with allergies.

Though no dog is 100 percent non-allergenic, some breeds shed less than others, and therefore release less dander — the cause of common dog allergies.

The Portuguese water dog, which doesn’t shed, is among the breeds the American Kennel Club recommends for those with allergies. A seafaring breed that has been known for centuries along the Portuguese coast, “it was prized by fishermen for a spirited, yet obedient nature, and a robust, medium build that allowed for a full day’s work in and out of the water,” the Kennel Club writes on its Web site.

Once used for tasks like carrying messages between boats in the water, it is considered highly intelligent and has either curly or wavy hair. And it has an added endorsement: Senator Edward M. Kennedy owns two Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Splash. The two dogs frequently flank him as he walks through the halls of the United States Capitol. And Splash, an apparent genius, is also credited by the Senator with ‘writing’ a 2006 children’s book, “My Senator And Me: A Dog’s Eye View Of Washington, D.C.”

The Labradoodle, meanwhile, is a created, or designer, breed: a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. Originally the brainchild of an Australian breeder who needed a service dog for a visually-impaired woman whose husband had dog allergies, it is now bred around the world. Its temperament is “clever, sociable, comical, joyful, energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled,” according to the Web site of the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.

The Labradoodle’s top endorsement may well be from Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is reported to own a Labradoodle named Brother. On the other hand, the Labradoodle is not among those dogs recommended by the Kennel Association for allergy sufferers because of its status as a designer breed.

“‘Designer dogs,’ often mixed with poodles, are not recommended for allergy suffers due to their unpredictable coat,” the Kennel Association wrote in a recent news release posted on its Web site when the Obama dog search became known. “There is no way to guarantee a litter will produce puppies with equal Poodle coats, making the high prices unjustifiable and the claims of these dogs being ideal misleading at best.

“A ‘designer dog’ lacks the predictability and could pose a problem for Obama’s allergy-suffering daughter,” the release says.

Notably absent from the shortlist of First Dog candidates was the goldendoodle, a cross between a golden retriever and poodle. While campaigning in Iowa in 2007, Mr. Obama had said that the goldendoodle was Malia’s top choice. There was no word from Mr. Obama on why the goldendoodle had withdrawn from consideration, though it seems a safe bet that, in this case, a federal investigation was not the cause.

Ashley Southall contributed research from Washington.

Manor Lake’s Amazing Dog Story

January 8, 2009

This is an incredible story that we just receieved from one of our New York puppy families!!!

I now that I have emailed you a few times in the past year to tell you how amazing Lucy is, but I am now even more impressed with this dog than ever before. We had a pretty bad ice storm in New York on Tuesday night. As all of us dog owners know, the dog has to go out regardless of the weather, so I took her out for her night walk at about 10:30 p.m. I had been putting it off and off because of the weather, but it was getting late. When we were about 4 blocks from the house, I slipped and fell on the ice. I could not get up right away. As it turns out, I badly bruised my elbow and knee and fractured two ribs. Unfortunately, when I fell, I dropped Lucy’s leash and she took off. No matter how much I yelled and screamed her name, she did not stop running and did not even look back. I had no idea where she had gone and was thinking the worst. After getting up and about 30 minutes of looking for her, I went toward my house thinking that I was going to have to tell my 4 year old daughter that the dog was gone. Instead, I found my wife leaving the house with Lucy to find me. Apparently, she ran home and barked and scratched at the front door until my wife opened it to find her alone. She was pulling my wife in the direction of where I had fallen. I was so relieved that she was safe despite being so mad for her not listening and responding to me when I called her. I would have never forgiven myself if anything had happened to her. Lucy and I take exactly the exact same walking path every morning and every night. It is amazing to me that she was able to do it on her own and get home safely. At home, Lucy was clearly shaken up, but after much love and attention from me, she was back to her normal playful self in about an hour. Again, you gave us an amazing dog that is smarter than I ever could have imagined.

New York City

Manor Lake Neddi In The Big Apple

January 8, 2009

We receievd this photo over the holidays from one of our families that adopted a chocolate medium Australian Labradoodle from us, her name is Neddi and she now lives in New York City. Doesn’t she look darling in her sweater!


Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle’s Body Language

January 8, 2009

How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language
Body Language Basics
By Stanley Coren | Illustrations by Emma Trithart

What is your dog trying to tell you? Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures.

Understanding what your dog is saying can give you a lot of useful information, such as when your dog is spooked and nervous about what is going on, or when your dog is edgy and might be ready to snap at someone. You do have to look at the dog’s face and his whole body.

To help you, I have created a sort of visual version of a Berlitz phrase book to allow you to interpret the eight most important messages your dog is sending to you.

1. Relaxed Approachable


This dog is relaxed and reasonably content. Such a dog is unconcerned and unthreatened by any activities going on in his immediate environment and is usually approachable.

2. Alert- Checking Things Out


If the dog has detected something of interest, or something unknown, these signals communicate that he is now alert and paying attention while he is assessing the situation to determine if there is any threat or if any action should be taken.

3. Dominant Aggressive


This is a very dominant and confident animal. Here he is not only expressing his social dominance, but is also threatening that he will act aggressively if he is challenged.

4. Fearful and Aggressive


This dog is frightened but is not submissive and may attack if pressed. A dog will generally give these signals when he is directly facing the individual who is threatening him.

5. Stressed and Distressed


This dog is under either social or environmental stress. These signals, however, are a general “broadcast” of his state of mind and are not being specifically addressed to any other individual.

6. Fearful and Worried


This dog is somewhat fearful and is offering signs of submission. These signals are designed to pacify the individual who is of higher social status or whom the dog sees as potentially threatening, in order to avoid any further challenges and prevent conflict.

7. Extreme Fear- Total Submission


This dog is indicating total surrender and submission. He is trying to say that he accepts his lower status by groveling before a higher ranking or threatening individual in the hopes of avoiding a physical confrontation.

8. Playfulness


Here we have the basic invitation to play. It may be accompanied by excited barking or playful attacks and retreats. This set of signals may be used as a sort of “punctuation mark” to indicate that any previous rough behaviour was not meant as a threat or challenge.