Manor Lake Gunther at Home in New Jersey

July 6, 2009 by

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Kim and Mollie-

He is honestly so far beyond our expectations…no one can believe a dog can be this cute and this good. He is adjusting very well to his new home…sleeping through the night, starting to eat well, climbing stairs with confidence, attending 4th of July parties and being the hit, allowing all these kids to bother him with SO much attention and love : ) He is good at coming on command already! And you were right…he absolutely loves being outside. Total sweetheart…thank you!!!

Julie and Rick
New Jersey

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Keeping Your Australian Labradoodle Safe on the Fourth of July

July 3, 2009 by

4th of July Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

Being safe and taking steps to protect your dog will ensure you have a great holiday.

The July 4th holiday is upon us. As many American dog owners have the day off to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they surely will want to spend part of this day with their pooch and include him in the merriment. While that can be a nice idea, Lorriane Corriveau, a wellness veterinarian at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana, says that dog owners need to use common sense when letting Fido join in the festivities.

“Some dogs love to chase those spinning and swirling objects on the ground,” she says, which can cause burns and other injuries. “Others are traumatized by loud noises. Owners can help with tricks that can be as simple as putting cotton in their pet’s ears to muffle the sound.”

Corriveau offers the following tips to ease the stress on your dog during this particularly “explosive” holiday:

  • Don’t leave your dog alone outdoors on the 4th of July, as he may escape and runaway to avoid the loud noises.
  • Don’t take your dog to fireworks shows. Instead, take him on a picnic earlier in the day to celebrate.
  • To distract your dog, turn on the radio or TV for some background noise.
  • Explain to your children and neighborhood kids that sparklers and firecrackers can be quite frightening for a dog.
  • Fear of noises can get worse as a dog ages. A veterinarian can advise you about giving your dog a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm his fears if he is extremely stressed.
  • Be sure to pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects after the festivities are done so your dog won’t risk being injured by them later on.

http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/fourth-of-july-tips-for-dog-owners.aspx

Stella’s Creme Australian Labradoodle Puppies

July 2, 2009 by

Here are some more cute pictures we took today of Stella’s creme Australian Labradoodle Puppies. For additional information on these sweet puppies email us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com.   

Stella puppies 2

Stella puppies 1

Manor Lake Nora’s Chocolate Australian Labradoodle Puppies

July 1, 2009 by

Here are some fun pictures of our chocolate medium puppies from Nora and Eddie, they are now two weeks old and getting cuter by the day! Enjoy the pictures, for additional information on these puppies email us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com.

This is a photo of Manor Lake Posh Spice- she is a past puppy from Nora and Eddie. Thought you might also enjoy this!

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Stella’s Creme Australian Labradoodle Puppies

June 30, 2009 by

Here are some cute photos of our sweet puppies from our Stella and Ty. These puppies are creme, creme/apricot in color and will mature at a medium size. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com.

Introducing Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle To Your Cat

June 30, 2009 by

Several people have asked us how to introduce their cat or kitten to their new Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle dog or puppy- here is an article from The Feline Advisory Bureau.

Introducing the dog

While dogs and cats have often been portrayed as enemies, it is usually a great deal easier to introduce a new cat to a dog than to another cat. While both animals may be wary of each other initially, they do not see the other as direct competition and can actually get on very well. If your dog is used to cats he may be excited initially at having a new one in the house but he will soon settle down and the novelty will wear off very quickly. He will begin to see the new cat as part of his pack. Many dogs will live happily with their own cats while chasing strange felines out of the garden, so you will need to take care until the cat is seen as one of the household.

Likewise if your new cat or kitten has previously lived with a dog then it will be much less likely to be frightened for long and will become confident around the dog more quickly.

However, initially safety must come first. You will need to keep everything under control until the dog and cat have got used to each other. Stroke the dog and cat separately but without washing your hands to exchange their scents. The cat will then take on the smell profile of the house and become part of the dog’s pack. Once again the large pen is ideal for first meetings to keep the situation calm and the cat protected. Let the dog sniff the newcomer through the bars and get over its initial excitement. The cat may well hiss and spit but it is well protected. If you have a large pen then you can put the cat in this at night in the room where the dog sleeps and let them get used to each other for a few days or even a week, depending on how used to cats the dog is. Some dogs, especially those not used to cats or of an excitable or aggressive disposition, need extra special care for introductions. They should be kept as calm as possible on the lead and made to sit quietly. The new cat should be given a safe position in the room and allowed to get used to the dog and approach it if it wants. This may take quite some time and requires patience and rewards for the dog if it behaves well. For quieter dogs and those used to cats, introductions can be made by using a strong cat carrier. Keep the dog on a lead initially, place the carrier on a high surface and allow controlled introductions which are short and frequent. Most dogs will soon calm down when they realise the newcomer is not actually very interesting. Progress to meetings with the dog on a lead initially for safety. If your dog is rather excitable then take it for a vigorous walk first to get rid of some of its energy!

Breeds such as terriers or those breeds which like to chase, such as greyhounds, may need to be kept well under control until they have learned that the cat is not ‘fair game’! Young pups are likely to get very excited and may try to ‘play’ with the new cat which is unlikely to want to join in! You may need to work hard to keep things calm and be aware that a sudden dash from the cat will induce a chase. Praise the dog for calm interactions, make it sit quietly and use food treats to reward the dog for good behaviour. Again, associate the presence of the cat with reward for calm behaviour. When you progress to access without the lead make sure there are places where the cat can escape to – high ledges or furniture it can use to feel safe. Never leave the dog and cat together unattended until you are happy they are safe together. The cat’s food will be hugely tempting for any dog, so site it up and out of the way of thieving canine jaws! Likewise a litter tray can be pretty tempting and should be kept out of reach of the dog if it is likely to snaffle the contents.

©This information sheet is produced by the Feline Advisory Bureau

http://www.fabcats.org/behaviour/introducing/info.html

Manor Lake Wally in New York City

June 30, 2009 by

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Dear Kim and Mollie,

Wally, our beautiful puppy from Nora and Eddie, just turned 6 months! He is so smart, sweet, gentle, and of course, handsome. Wally is a funny little guy too–he keeps us smiling and laughing every day.  He is a true neighborhood celebrity–everyone either knows him or wants to meet him! Wally greets everyone with a wagging tail and lots of kisses. He loves to play fetch and tag, and always lets us know when it’s playtime!

Wally strolls around Gramercy Park every day, and gets lots of play and socialization from his many doggy friends in our neighborhood. On the weekends, Wally has been getting acclimated to our beach house in Shelter Island, NY. He absolutely loves to be outside, and went swimming for the first time last week.

We are so incredibly excited to have Wally as a part of our family. He has brought so much joy to us, our families, and our friends over the last 3 months. We can’t thank you enough!

Deena and Rob
New York, NY

Manor Lake Marbles

June 26, 2009 by

This is Manor Lake Marbles, he is playing with his Busy Bee Toy and enjoying relaxing outside on Kim’s porch. He is a apricot and white Parti Australian Labradoodle from our past litter with Ally and Cosmo, so cute we think!

Marbles

Make Your Own Dog Tag For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

June 25, 2009 by

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Martha Stewart’s Pet Project

A Q+A with Martha plus her DIY dog tag instructions

By Rose Froesek | Photography by Anders Krusberg / The Martha Stewart Show and Johnny Miller

Our favourite doyenne of domesticity, the queen of craft, Martha Stewart, is not only known for her impeccable taste but also for her love of French Bulldogs, in particular, her two Frenchies, Francesca and Sharkey. To dog lovers who watch The Martha Stewart Show, the pair are recognizable stars in their own right, frequently appearing on her show to taste test dog biscuits and give their paws-up approval for dog themed projects. Now, with the introduction of Martha Stewart’s new pet-keeping website, marthastewart.com/pets, we dog people finally have one-stop access to Martha’s wonderful pet projects, as well as a place to check out the musings of Francesca and Sharkey, written in their very own blog, The Daily Wag. Step-by-step instructions for over 30 projects are already posted on the site and a new craft will be introduced monthly. There are also pet-related videos from The Martha Stewart Show, hundreds of articles pulled from Martha Stewart Living, pet quizzes, advice, and photo contests for pets wearing holiday-related costumes. With Martha’s love for pets apparent in this venture, we asked her a few questions about her own menagerie.

5 Questions for Martha Stewart

Q: Did you have pets growing up?

A: Yes, but only a couple. We had a dog named Shiner for a few months but my mother could not cope with six children and a dog. We also had a pet crow. I think that’s why I have so many pets now!

Q: How many pets do you have now?

A: I share my home with two dogs, five cats, and 25 red canaries. That’s not to overlook my three donkeys, five horses, and more than 100 chickens.

Q: How long have you had your two dogs? Were they adopted or rescued?

A: Francesca and Sharkey are four years old. They came from JustUs Frenchies in Maryland. Some of my cats have been purchased, some adopted. Four of my horses have been purchased and one is adopted.

Q: Do you subscribe to a particular training method?

A: I treat my dogs like little children—I talk to them, reprimand them gently, and spoil them. They want to please, which makes training very easy.

Q: What activities do you like to do with your dogs?

A: I often go for long walks with Francesca and Sharkey. They are very active dogs who enjoy outdoor activities as much as I do. They also like to run after the horses and the four-wheeler. They are constantly with me and they especially like to visit town, go window shopping, watch movies, and drive in the car.

Make Martha’s Pet ID Tags

Use Martha’s downloadable template and easy-to-find materials to create a cute customized ID tag for your dog.

Tools and Materials

* Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheets (available at craft stores or online at goestores.com)
* Regular or decorative-edge scissors
* Hole punch

Instructions

1. Download Martha’s Pet ID tag template to your computer’s desktop. marthastewart.com/images/ content/web/pdfs/2009Q1/ pet_tags_blank.pdf Open the file and type your dog’s name and your phone number.

2. 2. Print tags on a Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheet. Cut out with regular or decorative-edge scissors and punch a hole where indicated. Bake according to package instructions; let cool. Seal both sides with matte clear-coat spray before attaching to collar.

http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/martha-stewart-s-pet-project/2672

Fun Recipes for Your Australian Labradoodle

June 24, 2009 by

Recipes For You and Your Dog
Creature Comforts
By Jessica Nosek
Oh! What to do with these long, dark evenings?|
Why, a little impromptu party of course! Take a cue from countries that not only know winter, but embrace it. If the season is dragging you down, these recipes are sure to fire you up.

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Zest from 1 orange
6–12 whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon
8 cardamom seeds
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cups raisins
1 cup blanched almonds
2 cups vodka
1/4 bottle port
2 bottles Burgundy wine
Simmer spices in vodka for about an hour. Remove from heat, add orange zest and raisins, and allow to sit overnight. (But if pressed for time, this mixture can be used immediately.) When close to serving time, strain the infused vodka and combine with wines in a large saucepan. Heat slowly to a simmer.

Serve hot in glasses with almonds sprinkled on top.
Fondue Neuchâtel
Serves 4
1 clove garlic
1–1/2 cups dry white wine
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups grated Emmenthal cheese
2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
1 Tbsp cornflour
3 Tbsp kirsch
White pepper, grated nutmeg
and paprika to taste
French bread, cut into
1-inch cubes, for serving
Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the clove of garlic. Light the flame under the pot and gently heat the wine and lemon juice, stirring continuously, while gradually adding cheeses. When the mixture begins to bubble, add blended kirsch and cornflour. Cook 2–3 minutes, seasoning to taste.
Using fondue forks, dip French bread into the hot cheesy mixture—and enjoy!
Even the dog’s got the winter blahs? A little gingerbread will add some spice to poochie’s life.
Doggie Biscotti
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup milk powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Then in a separate bowl, mix together all the remaining wet ingredients. Blend wet into dry until well combined. Form into two balls and shape each into an oval-shaped log, approximately 4” wide. Place on a baking tray and bake at 250oF for 30 minutes or until golden-brown. Let logs cool, then cut into slices and place slices on baking tray. Bake at 325oF for 5 minutes, then turn the slices over and bake for another 5 minutes.