Archive for February, 2009

Snow Puppies at Manor Lake

February 26, 2009

So it snowed here at Manor Lake again! We couldn’t resist taking some of our Australian Labradoodle puppies outside for some playtime. From the photos below you can probably tell they enjoyed bouncing around in the snow. Enjoy!


February is National Pet Dental Health Awarness Month

February 26, 2009

Importance of Oral Care For Overall Health

Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, loss of teeth and, if untreated, could develop into more serious conditions such as bacterial infections of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys.Skip to accessible navigation

The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that you:

  • Take your pet to your veterinarian for a dental assessment
  • Begin a dental hygiene program at home that consists of at least
    brushing your pet’s teeth and feeding a diet that is good for your pet’s teeth
  • Schedule regular dental exams for your pet Skip to accessible navigation

By following the 3Ds — Daily Brushing, Dentistry and Diet — you can make a huge impact on your pet’s oral health and overall health for more years of companionship.

Dental Development in Dogs

Birth: puppies are born without teeth
3 weeks: a full set of 28 primary teeth begin to emerge,
and then fall out over time
Between 4 and 6 months: full set of 42 permanent,
adult teeth; take your puppy to the veterinarian for his
first dental checkup

Plaque and Tartar

There are over 300 types of bacteria that naturally live in your pet’s mouth. When your pet eats, small food
particles and saliva combine with these bacteria to form a thin film over the teeth. This is called plaque.

Plaque is invisible to the naked, human eye, and must be dyed to be seen.Brushing is a way to remove plaque. However, plaque reappears after 6 hours. Over time, plaque hardens (due to calcium in your pet’s saliva) to form a hard, yellow-brown deposit on your pet’s teeth. This is called tartar. It cannot be removed by brushing. However, your veterinarian, who is your pet’s dentist, can assist in the removal of the tartar.

Without control, this plaque-to-tartar cycle can cause serious health problems for your pet that can include gingivitis, abscess, periodontitis, tooth loss, bone loss, and bacterial infections of vital organs. Plaque turning into tartar is a vicious, progressive cycle. However, it can be broken by practicing the 3Ds – Daily Brushing, Dentistry and Diet.Skip to accessible navigation

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease develops when you do not break the plaque-to-tartar cycle.
If caught early, it can be corrected. If unnoticed, or untreated, it can lead to serious and life threatening conditions. There are 4 stages of periodontal disease:

Stage 1.
Early Gingivitis
Stage 2.
Advanced Gingivitis

Stage 3.
Early Periodontal
Stage 4.
Advanced Periodontal
Flip your pet’s lip and check out her oral health. It is not too late to begin the journey for good oral health. If your pet shows any of these signs, contact your Veterinarian. Describe which of these you have observed and follow your Veterinarian’s advice. Remember, your Veterinarian is your pet’s dentist.Skip to accessible navigation
Possible Signs of Periodontal Disease
  • Persistent Bad Breath
  • Tartar (hard, yellow-brown deposits)
  • Red Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Discolored Teeth
  • Loose or Missing Teeth
  • Difficulty Eating or Chewing
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Pawing at the Mouth
  • Favoring One Side of the Mouth
  • Facial Swelling
  • Irritability
  • Reluctance to Chew Toys
  • Depression
Healthy Teeth For Pets

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Puppy Love

February 24, 2009

Keith, Mollie’s brother came up for a visit last week and enjoyed playing with some of our Australian Labradoodle puppies.



California Puppy Testimonial

February 23, 2009

Thank you Sharil for this kind note!

Hi Kim and Mollie,

I cannot thank you enough for this perfect dog.  His temperament is incredible and we are so in love with him.  Max has slept through the night in his crate since we received him and he is doing great with his potty training and can already sit on command!  He’s playing fetch and is just the most mellow and fun loving puppy.  And best of all, he’s the perfect dog for my husband and his allergies.  I was definitely skeptical about the non-shedding and no odor coat, but it really is true!  Not a hair on my floor or clothes and my husband can hold him without getting watery eyes or sneezing.  They really are amazing dogs.

I’m already trying to talk my husband into another one…  I will send updates as he grows and thank you again for breeding these magnificent dogs!
They are everything you said and more.

Newport Coast, CA

Meet Manor Lake Starbucks Double Shot

February 18, 2009

Manor Lake Starbucks Double Shot or Shotzi as we call her, is from our lovely brown and white parti girl Ally. Shotzi lives with a guardian family in Bellingham, WA. We think she is just a doll!

Why Buckle Up?

February 17, 2009

Why Buckle?

For decades, seat belts have been protecting families throughout the world from a baby in a car seat, a trucker on the road or a passenger in a car. As part of an overall occupant restraint system, seat belts are intended to reduce injuries by stopping the wearer from hitting hard interior elements of the vehicle or other passengers (the so-called second impact) and by preventing the passenger from being thrown from the vehicle.

Quote from NHTSA “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing,” said Nicole Nason, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “But the cost for not wearing one certainly will. So, don’t risk it with a ticket or worse, your life. Please remember to buckle up day and night.”

Research has shown that lap/shoulder belts, when used properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. For light truck occupants, safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent.

In 1955 Ford offered lap only seat belts in the rear seats as an option within the Lifeguard safety package. In 1967 Volvo started to install lap belts in the rear seats. In 1972 Volvo upgraded the rear seat belts to a three point belt.

It has been stated that in crashes, unbelted rear passengers increase nearly fivefold the risk of death for belted front passengers.

BUT what about our pets.

Bark Buckle UP campaign educates pet parents on how to put on and take off safety pet belts and the importance of securing their pet safely for travel.

While most of us, spurred by safety concerns and government regulations, wear seat belts as a matter of course, we don’t always think about restraining our dogs when they’re our passengers. But going without a restraint poses dangers to dogs and drivers alike. In the event of a sudden stop or accident, a dog can become a flying projectile that can injure you, your passengers or be thrown through the windshield. Accidents do happen everyday.

In an accident, an unrestrained animal is dangerous to the human passengers as well. Even in an accident of only 30 mph, a 15-pound child can cause an impact of more than 675 pounds. A 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, a windshield, or another passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers for whom every moment is precious.

Unrestrained pets can also distract the driver, and cause an accident. Even pets that are normally well behaved could be frightened by something unusual and dive for the driver’s feet or lap. Following a car accident, an unrestrained pet could escape and be hit by another vehicle or cause another collision. A frightened dog may attack strangers who are trying to help.

Buckle Up Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle!

February 17, 2009

We received this note from one of our puppy families in Washington D.C. recently to raise awareness about the importance of buckling up your Australian Labradoodle when riding in the car. Thank you Kelly, Cole and Marley!


Hey Kim & Mollie-

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Marley and share story with you all in hopes of raising awareness of the importance of buckling up our puppies! Also do you recommend any certified seat belts?

Marley is just about 4 months and is weighing in at 16 pounds! He has grown so fast. We are attending puppy classes at a local obedience school. He is about 5 weeks along and doing wonderfully. We have taught him sit, stay, NO (still a work in progress), Come (when he is on a leash) and give. The owner of the school is impressed with his progress and personality. In class he is always calm and ready to listen. We have also been meeting up with a local group of doodle owners, there are about 60 in the group! It is so much fun, and Marley loves playing with them all. Last weekend the weather was beautiful here and we went out for a walk… It took forever, because everyone who saw Marley had to stop to ask about him and of course pet him… We also got his final rounds of puppy shots last week, and the vet says he looks great!

On Saturday, Valentines day, we had spent the day playing on the rocks and enjoying the weather on Belle Isle with Marley. After leaving Marley jumped in the back seat and passed right out. I wanted to put him on my lap to snooze, but Cole reminded me he was filthy so we let him sleep in the back. We recently bought him a gentle leader so he was not buckled in with his harness as he usually is. Anyways we were headed up Main St. near cary town and a driver ran the red light at Belmont and T-boned us going 40 mph, hitting my side of the car. The first thing I remember was the impact and screaming for Marley. As we were spinning, I turned to see him and he wasn’t there. After we came to a stop, Marley was the only thing on my mind — Cole jumped out of the car, I knew he was fine. We found Marley on the rear driverside floor under the driver seat. I had to pass him through the window because Coles door is the only one that would open. Before coming to a stop on the sidewalk, we also jumped the curb and went over a fire hydrant. The hydrant ripped though the metal in the trunk and the passenger rear floorboard. We are so lucky Marley ended up on the rear floor of the drivers side of the car, he would be severely injured or not with us had he been on the passenger side. We are all fine and escaped with minor bruising and very sore muscles. The kid who his us was 22, it was his second drunk driving offense and was taken to jail, but seemed to thankfully be uninjured. We just found out this morning that he does have auto insurance and they are covering everything, even vet bills! I am so upset with myself for not having him buckled up, The witness said by the way I was screaming they thought we had had a child or baby in the back seat (he is my baby)…. So anyways buckle up your doodes, and car insurance does cover your pets!

We are sooo sooooo thankful to be ok, especially Marley!

I also attached some recent pictures. Thank you all so much, Marley is such an amazing puppy and perfect addition to our family.

Kelly, Cole & Marley

Washington D.C.

For more information on the importance of buckling up your Australian Labradoodle visit,

Manor Lake Ozzie

February 16, 2009

This is a nice note we received from one of our puppy families in California. Thank you Nancy.

Hi Kim,  I’ve been meaning to write to you for a long time.  Seeing new puppies from Ozzie’s mom and dad finally prompted me send you a note.  Our wonderful Ozzie is a little over 1 1/2 and continues to be a more wonderful dog than we could have ever imagined.  He has surpassed our expectations of the ideal dog in every way.  He is so sweet and friendly and amazingly smart.  He seems to have a sense of humor with both people and other dogs and has a smile and a wag for everyone he meets.  Not a day goes by without someone asking us about him and commenting on how beautiful he is.  He looks and acts like a real teddy bear.

We are remodeling out house and have moved twice within the last six months.  He has adapted to his new surroundings without any problems, staying calm even when we leave him home (which is pretty amazing because we are living in San Francisco on a busy street with sirens and dogs barking – very different from the quite he is used to in Tiburon).  I do bring him with me when ever I can, and no matter the situation, he always waits patiently.

My son and I are continuing to work on my husband with the hopes of getting a second dog from you.  Not sure this will happen in time to get one of his “brothers or sisters”, but we will keep trying.

I thought I would send this recent photo of Ozzie incase someone considering one of Cheyenne and Joey’s puppies wanted to see what they might look like.

Thank you again for breeding such terrific dogs.

Tiburon, California

Information on Early Spay/Neuter

February 12, 2009

We just had a client ask about early spay and neuter, below is some information on this topic.

From the Spring 1998 Illinois Veterinary Bulletin
Early Spay/Neuter: An Overview
By Theresa A. Fuess, PhD, VM-3

“RESOLVED, that AVMA supports the concept of early (8-16 weeks of age) ovariohysterectomies/gonadectomies in dogs and cats, in an effort to stem the overpopulation problem in these species.”

This resolution (1) passed an AVMA House of Delegates vote in the summer of 1993 and has also been approved by the ISVMA. As with other AVMA positions, it is up to each member to decide whether to adhere to this guideline. Having been taught that 6 to 7 months of age is the proper time to spay/neuter puppies and kittens, and having no information regarding the effects of early spay/neuter on the long-term health of the animal, many veterinarians have been reluctant to advise their clients to have their pets spayed/neutered at 6 to 7 weeks of age. However, there is an accumulating body of evidence indicating that the positive results quite possibly outweigh any remaining unknown risks.

Studies conducted on early spays and neuters on kittens (2-10) and puppies (9-13) report that the anesthetic and surgical risk is minimal, providing proper protocols are used. These protocols are described in these references and they do differ from those for a 6- to 7-month-old animal. It is emphasized and that, in addition, special care must be taken to choose only healthy animals for surgery; prevent hypoglycemia, hypothermia, and blood loss; and keep thorough records so that these animals can be followed.

These studies report that anesthetizing 6- to 7-week-old puppies and kittens was uneventful. Spays are reported to be easier and faster at 6 to 7 weeks than at 6 to 7 months because there is little subcutaneous fat to hinder entrance to the abdominal cavity and the lack of vasculature reduces hemorrhage. Finding organs was no harder than on the older animal. The speed of castrations at 6 to 7 weeks and at 6 to 7 months is the same, and the testicles are easier to remove and break down. Finally, the younger animals recovered faster and with less pain.

Several of these studies addressed the question of long-term effects on the health of the animal by comparing, at maturity, groups of animals neutered at 6 to 7 weeks and at 6 to 7 months. The resulting resting metabolic rate and predisposition to obesity of cats neutered in these two age categories have been compared after 24 months of age (5,7). The urethral diameters of male or female cats neutered in these categories was compared at 22 months of age (8).

Many aspects of skeletal dimensions, body weight and composition, physical maturation, secondary sex characteristics or behavioral development of cats (6) and dogs (11,13) neutered/spayed in the two groups were compared at one year of age. The only notable difference found was that the animals neutered at 6 to 7 weeks of age were more likely to have immature external genitalia at maturity; this has no known clinical significance (6,8,11). The benefits of neutering are the same at either age: reduced risk of reproductive disorders and of mammary neoplasia.

Animal shelters, being closest to the tragedy of mass euthanasia, were first to adopt early spay/neuter policies. Even though the majority of animal care and control facilities have a mandatory spay/neuter policy, typical compliance rates are from 50% to 60%, in spite of pre-adoption screening, spay/neuter contracts, and follow-up reminders (14). Early spay/neuter provided the potential for 100% compliance by requiring pups and kittens to be neutered before being adopted out. However, only a small percentage of pets are acquired from animal shelters, so neutering these animals can only have a small effect on the overpopulation problem (10). If veterinarians were to recommend neutering pups and kittens at an early age, a significant decrease in unwanted animals could result.

These studies indicate that early spays benefit the animal, the owner, animal population control, and you, the veterinarian. The animal benefits because the anesthesia is fast and uneventful; surgical procedure is well tolerated and animals recover faster. If made part of the standard puppy/kitten vaccination program, it would also benefit owners by decreasing the number of veterinary office visits necessary upon acquiring a new pet. This convenience to owners would lead to increased compliance on their part and thereby decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats produced each year. The veterinarian benefits because spays and neuters at 6 to 7 weeks of age are easier and faster than at 6 to 7 months, they help reduce animal overpopulation, and higher owner compliance means more business. It also gives veterinarians the opportunity to interact with shelters, pet stores, and breeders and be seen as leaders in animal welfare in our communities.

1. AVMA News Spaying/neutering comes of age JAVMA 1993; 203:591-593.
2. Aronsohn MG, Faggella AM. Surgical techniques for neu-tering 6- to 14-week-old kittens JAVMA 1993; 202:53-55.
3. Faggella AM, Aronsohn MG. Anesthetic techniques for neutering 6- to 14- week-old kittens JAVMA 1993; 202:56-62.
4. Guarneri-Boe MA, Lange D. When to Neuter: the Con-troversy Iowa State University Veterinarian 1995; 57:6-9.
5. Root MV. Early Spay-Neuter in the Cat: Effect on Development of Obesity and Metabolic Rate Veterinary Clinical Nutrition 1995; 2:132-134.
6. Stubbs WP, et al. Effects of prepubertal gonadectomy on physical and behavioral development in cats JAVMA 1996; 209:1864-1870.
7. Root MV, et al. Effect of prepuberal and postpuberal gonadectomy on heat production measured by indirect calorimetry in male and female domestic cats Am J Vet Research 1996; 57:371-374.
8. Root MV, et al. Effect of prepuberal and postpuberal gonadectomy on penile extrusion and urethral diameter in the domestic cat. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 1996; 37:363-366.
9. Mackie WM. It’s Time For Early Age Neutering. California Veterinarian 1992; 46:19-21.
10. Theran P. Early-age neutering of dogs and cats JAVMA 1993; 202:914-917.
11. Salmeri KR, et al. Gonadectomy in immature dogs: Effects on skeletal, physical, and behavioral development JAVMA 1991; 198:1193-1203.
12. Faggella AM, Aronsohn MG. Evaluation of anesthetic protocols for neutering 6- to 14-week-old pups JAVMA 1994; 205:308-314.
13. Crenshaw WE, Carter CN. Should dogs in animal shelters be neutered early? Veterinary Medicine 1995; 90:756-760.
14. Moulton C, Early Spay/Neuter: Risks and Benefits for Shelters American Humane Shoptalk 1990; 7:1-6 and 8:1-9.

Illinois Veterinary Bulletin Volume 6, Number 1, April 1998

How Can You Resist This Cute Face?

February 11, 2009

I (Mollie) was outside playing with this darling little guy, one of Polka’s creme boys and as he was chasing me around he stopped and looked right up at me through those big hazel eyes. Adorable is it not? Simply irresistible we think!!