Archive for March, 2009

Office Etiquette Tips for Your Australian Labradoodle

March 31, 2009

Office Etiquette Tips

Many of our clients get to take their Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle dog or puppy with them to work- here are some fun tips for bringing your pooch to the office. Below is an article from the ASPCA website.

Are you lucky enough to bring your dog to the office? Here are some helpful hints to earn your four-legged intern the Employee of the Month award!

Dog-Proof Your Digs

If you’ve ever brought home a pooch, you know the drill- dog-proof your workspace as best you can the day before your pet’s first day on the job. This may mean taping up loose electrical cords and wires, putting markers and other toxic but tempting office supplies away in drawers, and removing plants, rugs and breakables. Once you think your workspace’s completely resistant to canine-related havoc, lie on the floor and look around once more to get a dog’s-eye view. Did you miss anything?

But I Feel Fine, Mom!

Please make sure your doggie’s vaccinations are up to date before he does the 9-to-5 with you—if not, you could be putting him and other pooches at risk. If he’s just recovering from an illness or surgery, or if you think he may not be feeling well, let him take a “sick day” at home. (And of course, if you ever think Scooby’s ill, please call your vet right away.)

Miss Manners

Brush up on your etiquette basics a few days before heading into the office. Go over Sit, Stay and Come, and you should be off to a great start. Please note, if your little furry one still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the whole manners thing, you may want to hold off on bringing her into the office until she’s honed her skills. Face it—constant barking and jumping up on your colleagues can be a bit distracting in a business meeting—no matter how cute she is!

In Perfect Harmony

Talk to your colleagues and cube-mates before the big day. Are they scared of dogs? Do they have allergies? We know dogs are cute and cuddly, but alas, they aren’t for everyone. Even if a coworker isn’t frightened, she may not want your pooch’s sloppy kisses either. Consider bringing a baby gate and fashioning a makeshift playpen or ex-pento keep your dog away from those who aren’t fond of the fur kind. Be considerate of others, study some urban etiquette, and your pooch will be the Emily Post of the four-legged set!

Come Prepared

Your doggy daypack should include food, treats, bowls, a leash, and paper towels and pet-odor remover to clean up any accidents. Bring the dog bed, blanket or towel she likes to lounge on and her favorite chew toys to keep her occupied. Also, think about whether your job will require you to be away from your pup at any point; you may wish to bring an ex-pen or baby gate to cordon off your doggie area. And as always, make sure your four-legged intern is wearing a study collar with an ID tag.

On the Road

If you drive to work, be sure to secure your dog in a safe, comfortable manner. Buckle her up in a doggy seat belt or car safety seat like the ones shown here. If you commute via mass transit, you’ll probably be required to transport Fido in a carrier that can be fully closed (get the straight dope from your transit operator). A lightweight, collapsible carrier like the one from our ASPCA Collection is perfect for this task. It can also pull double-duty as a safe hangout/hideout for your pup if things get hectic at the office.

Expect the Unexpected

Even a well-behaved, usually docile pooch can feel threatened in new environments, especially around unfamiliar dogs. Assume you don’t know your dog’s personality, and just to be safe, expect unpredictable behavior. If you know your pooch doesn’t love other dogs, consider leaving him at home or keep him close to your desk and away from coworkers’ canine companions. Save the socializing for after hours on his home turf! You may also wish to consider bringing your dog in for half-days for the first week or so. This will ease him into your schedule and greatly ease any anxiety or stress he may have—and help build a positive association with the workplace.

Take Out the Trash!

Most dogs can’t resist the delectable smell of that wilting sandwich lingering in your coworker’s trash can. Aside from making a mess and spoiling his appetite, your dog’s naughty behavior could lead to a more serious problem if he eats something potentially toxic. According to the ASPCA’s Dr. Steven Hansen, your neighbor’s trash could be the site of harmful foods, or it could harbor bacteria that result in painful bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. Distract your roaming Rover from others’ garbage, and keep your own can clean for a healthy day.

Break it Down

The key to a hard day’s work is, of course, the ten-minute break. Plan your breathers around Fido’s needs so you two can enjoy time-outs together. Who knows, maybe you can get your other dog-owning colleagues to come along on a group walk. And plan to have lunch with your furry sidekick—are there outdoor restaurants nearby or a patch of grass where the two of you can relax over a sandwich and a chewie?

Home, Sweet Home

Time to clock out! The perfect way to relax after a tough day’s work? We recommend a good grooming session. Read our helpful tips for some ideas for keeping it fun for both you and Boo Boo. Plus, he’ll be looking good for tomorrow, should you decide to give him a more permanent position!

Copyright © 2009. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). All Rights Reserved.


BARKUS Wine & Treat Event

March 30, 2009

BARKUS Wine & Treat Event


April 4th, 2009

Healdsburg, CA

Honoring the God of wine Bacchus, Mutt Lynch Winery is planning BARKUS, “the Dog of wine”.  Brenda Lynch will be pouring her tail waggin’ good Dog Series and Canis Major wines.  And the canine twist – her wines will be paired with tasting morsels… for your dog!  A portion of proceeds from the day will be donated to the Healdsburg Animal Shelter. For more info visit

Biodegradable Poop Bags For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

March 27, 2009

Flushable, Biodegradable Poop Bags are Genius


Flush Puppies now has poop bags that are even more environmentally friendly than those biodegradable blue bags everyone is using for their dog’s messy business. Made of a polymer similar to gelcaps, Flush Puppies dissolve in water so fast, you can throw them in the toilet and flush them away. I was skeptical of bags at first; they feel like the thick, heavy plastic bags. But over the last week I’ve had, unfortunately, every reason to try them. My dog Jolly has canine vestibular syndrome: a temporary inner ear balance disorder that translates to lots of accidents. To be graphic, in this situation, you want to throw the poop in the toilet, but that requires picking it up with toilet paper, which is not robust enough to protect your hand. I tried the flush puppy with trepidation. Would I end up sheepishly calling my building’s super to explain about a clogged toilet? It took two flushes, but it went down. I was still worried it might clog my pipes, so I tried an experiment. In one glass of water I put a Flush Puppy and in another I put a blue biodegradable bag with water. Within a half hour the Flush Puppy glass looked like a milkshake; the blue bag was intact. The Flush Puppy bag curdled, shriveled, then started to shred itself like a tissue. The company that created the bags has a fantasy that people will start flushing their poop bags all the time to prevent pollution when you throw them out. Doubt it. But for in house accidents or hiking, these bags are a godsend.

A 15-bag packet is $4.

Carol Vinzant

Loews: A Hotel For Presidential Dogs and Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

March 26, 2009


So your dog’s grumbling about not getting a vote in the Presidential election? Now he can celebrate the “Indoguration” his own way (yes, Rover, it will involve meat in some form). Loews Hotels, arguably the granddaddy of pet-friendly travel, is offering a “Presidential Pooch Package” up until April 29, the 100th day of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Sign up for the package (starting at $139/night including accommodation) at one of 17 locations nationwide and your pup will be greeted with a stars-and-stripes scarf, a dog bowl and mat and a special “Stars and Stripes” room-service meal (see recipe below) delivered at your convenience.

The chef at Loews’ Santa Monica, Calif. location tells PEOPLE Pets the colorful red, white and blue meal — which was formulated in conjunction with a licensed veterinarian — is human-quality, and of course he’s tried it himself. His human review? “Just needs salt and pepper.” (As for our Labrador, he lapped it up in five seconds flat and, thankfully, digested it just fine with no, ahem, adverse side effects.)

The package is just one offshoot of the chain’s pet-pampering amenities. Loews began fully embracing pet guests in 2000, and since then has launched a variety of room service items; a “Hound of Music” program in Nashville (your pet’s barks set to hit songs on a CD); “Outward Hound” for adventurous dogs in Denver; and “Su’ruff Camp” in its Coronado Bay, Calif. Location.

We checked into two Loews – San Diego and Santa Monica, Ca. – and found the chain actually lives up to the claim “pet friendly.” As traveling pet owners know, many hotels, motels & B&Bs making such claims are actually only pet-tolerant. Loews, however, knows you need an accessible patch of grass and a plastic bag to get through the day with your pup in tow. And they’ve got spare leashes, beds, collars, and other accessories for forgetful owners to borrow.

Want to take a stab at whipping up the Loews “Stars and Stripes” room-service meal for your dog? Here’s the recipe.

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup cooked sundried tomato fettuccini
1/2 cup cooked white star shaped pasta
1/3 cup dried blue corn kernels
2 TBSP Olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg, whole


Place the dried blue corn in cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from the fire and let cool down until fully rehydrated. Saute the ground turkey in the olive oil, then add the egg and scramble until turkey and egg are fully cooked. Add the red fettuccine strips, the white star pasta, and the blue corn kernels and let cool to the touch. Serve in Loews bowl. The portion size will vary according to the size of the patriotic pet.

Sara Hammel

Choosing The Right Name For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

March 25, 2009
Tips On Choosing A Pet Name

While perhaps not the same as naming a child, some serious thought should still be put into choosing a name for the family pet. Below are some tips to consider when choosing a name for your four-legged family member:
  • Animals respond better to one or two syllable names, so keep it short.
  • Remember that this is a name you will be calling out, so make it easy to say and something you are comfortable with.
  • It is best to avoid names that sound like commands such as “no” (Joe…).
  • You may want to wait a few days to see what your pet’s personality is like before coming up with a name.
  • Take into consideration your pet’s size, breed and gender.
  • Don’t give your pet a name with a negative or aggressive meaning; they just might live up to this.
  • Avoid names that sound similar to other members of the family.
  • Use a name that is slightly uncommon. Avoid names like Fido, Spot and Fluffy to avoid confusion when calling your pet in public places.
  • If there are children in the family it is a good idea to let them participate in naming the new pet.
  • Brainstorm and write down possible pet names.
If you have adopted an adult pet that already has a name it is best to stick with this name or change it just slightly to avoid confusion.

23rd Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, California

March 25, 2009

23rd Genesis Awards March 28th, 2009

The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California

The 23rd annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Humane Society of the United States, brings together the media, celebrities, and philanthropists in a star-studded Beverly Hills ceremony honoring major news and entertainment media for producing great works in television, film, print and the arts that raise public awareness of animal issues. This year’s public figures that will be honored at the awards for making news on behalf of animals will be Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Together they will receive The Wyler Award, one of The Humane Society of the United States’ most prestigious honors. For ticket information or to find out more about this event go to

Urban Dog Etiquette For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

March 19, 2009

How to properly promenade your pooch in public

City-dwelling dogkeepers are faced with greater challenges than their suburban and rural counterparts. Without a large, fenced yard for exercise, the city dweller must take to the streets three or more times a day with Fido or Fifi in tow. Crowded sidewalks replete with joggers, construction scaffolding and double-wide strollers turn each outing into an obstacle course. The following tips will make walks safer and more enjoyable for you, your dog and your neighbors.

It’s the law

Most cities and counties have some form of leash, license and pick-up-after-your-dog laws. These ordinances are designed to protect both the dog and the community at large. When leashed, a dog is safe from traffic and unable to follow his instincts to chase children, investigate garbage cans or dig up landscaping. Whether a dog is friendly or aggressive, a leash keeps him in check and allows the public to pass undisturbed. Some communities have leash-length restrictions. Whether it’s the law or not, keep leashes to six feet or less on public sidewalks. Retractable leashes should not be used in areas frequented by joggers, skaters or cyclists; the thin line blends into the background and,all too often, athlete and dog collide.

Licensing a dog enables an animal control agency to return a lost pet to his rightful owner. Also, licensing fees often support local animal control efforts. In addition, the number of licenses issued gives government officials an idea of how many dogs are in the community, statistics that are very helpful when planning dog runs, shelter expansions and the like.

Pooper-scooper laws are essential for both the health and beautification of the community. Canine diseases and parasites are often shed in feces, which puts other dogs and children at risk. And no one enjoys maneuvering through unsightly piles of dog waste when out for a stroll. Pick up feces using a plastic bag, and knot the top to control odor and flies before disposing of it in a waste receptacle. Train your dog to urinate in gutters or on nonliving vertical surfaces, such as lampposts or hydrants. Avoid trees and flowerbeds.

Etiquette lessons and safety tips

The well-trained city dog needs to respond to a minimum of four basic commands: “Sit-Stay,” “Heel,” “Leave it” and “Come.” When you’re waiting at a traffic light, a dog in a sitstay is out of harm’s way. And while walking nicely on a loose leash is enough for most forays, there are times when your dog will need to be at heel position, which keeps her under control at your side.

The command “Leave it” is employed when it is necessary for Fido to avert his gaze. Whether he’s being tantalized by chicken bones or a jogger, getting your dog to break eye contact with “forbidden fruit” before he acts enables you to draw his attention to safer rewards and pursuits. Or, should the dog slip his collar or break his leash, a recall command (“Come”) could save his life. Most, if not all, of these commands are taught in basic obedience/manners class. Contact your local shelter for a referral to a class near you.

Remember that dogs can be frightened by sudden loud noises, such as running children, motorcycles, skateboarders and in-line skaters, to name a few. Be aware that such situations may demand quick and complete control on your part to prevent your dog from lunging or biting.

Before leaving home to run errands with your dog by your side, take a moment to consider which places permit dogs and which do not. For your pet’s safety, leave him at home when he is not allowed to go into an establishment with you. A dog left tied to a post or parking meter is an easy target for teasing or theft.

Remember the good neighbor policy

Keep in mind that not everyone loves dogs, so it’s up to the urban dogkeeper to present a dog who is well-socialized and under control. When riding in an elevator, sit your dog in a far corner to avoid door-dashing each time the elevator makes a stop. Do not allow Fido to jump up on other riders, even when the greeting is friendly. Hurry through lobbies or take freight elevators and back exits if the building rules mandate it. Never allow your dog to soil in front of the building’s entrance. If you have a young pup or dog-in-training who can’t control himself, be sure to carry paper towels and odor neutralizer.

Many dogs enjoy the company of other canines, but always ask before allowing your animal to launch himself at another dog—for both their sakes. The same is true regarding children. First ask the child or her parent, “May my dog say hello to you?” before allowing physical contact. The greeting should not include jumping, bouncing off or grabbing at the child—even if it is done in the spirit of friendliness. If your dog is physically challenging, consider using a head halter for better control.

When we choose to keep dogs in crowded urban areas, we take on additional responsibilities. Unfortunately, when little consideration is shown for the neighbors, more doors close to dogkeepers. On the other hand, with a little training and thoughtfulness, more businesses and public areas will begin to put out the welcome mat for both you and your dog.

Cheyenne’s Cute Chocolate and Creme Australian Labradoodle Puppies

March 19, 2009

Below are photos of our darling little chocolate and creme Australian Labradoodle puppies from Cheyenne and Joey. These cuties are going to be six weeks old tomorrow, and will mature at a large miniature/small medium size. For more information on these puppies please contact us at or

Darling Australian Labradoodle Puppies

March 18, 2009

Below are some photos of our sweet puppies from Charlotte and Kingston. They will mature at a medium size and are creme/apricots and caramel in color. For additional information on these darling Australian Labradoodle puppies please contact us at or

What To Do If Your Australian Labradoodle Is Poisoned

March 17, 2009

Don’t panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your pet.

Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. This may be of great benefit to your vet and/or APCC toxicologists, as they determine what poison or poisons are involved. In the event that you need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.

If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

The telephone number is (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service.

Be ready with the following information:

  • The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
  • The animal’s symptoms.
  • Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
  • Have the product container/packaging available for reference.

Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.

Be Prepared

Keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—(888) 426-4435—as well as that of your local veterinarian, in a prominent location.

Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. The kit should contain:

  • A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
  • A turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
  • Saline eye solution
  • Artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
  • Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
  • Forceps (to remove stingers)
  • A muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting)
  • A can of your pet’s favorite wet food
  • A  pet carrier

Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.