Saturday, December 21, 2013

My foundation girl, Annabelle.

I can't believe Annabelle will be 11 years old on January 12, 2014.  This is one amazing Labradoodle! She is a character in so many ways and the most loveable creature on this earth.
What better time to celebrate her than at Christmas 2013.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

NELLIE BLY has her permanent home - THANK YOU, Santa!

Merry Christmas to me and this family!
Nellie has found her permanent Guardian Home.
There is a wonderful ending to the sad event of Nellie's first placement having to give her up due to family circumstances.  I am sure Ro will be happy to know that Miss Nellie Bly is happily bonding with her new family. This lucky girl is now living in a private school campus surrounded by other dogs and doodles, tons of kids and activities with a stay at home mom.  Everyone is smitten by this special girl and she is getting lots of attention and playtime with her human siblings.

Going for lots of walks and experiencing all kinds of new smells and sights, Nellie is a happy girl. She loves playing in the snow with her kids and especially catching snowballs.

Christmas IS full of miracles and we all just witnessed one.  Thanks so much for every one's support and I know that all of you will have smiles on your faces when you read this updated post.

PS - As stated above, I so appreciated every one's positive comments when an 'anonymous' poster was rude  but have eliminated the original post now that Nellie has her permanent home.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

What a shot to welcome the holiday spirit! (FELIX IS RETIRED)

Tis the season..... and our very debonair and handsome stud, FELIX GUMSHOE wants to be the first to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases and most healthful and safe NEW YEAR from the ANNABELLE DOODLE family.

Felix is the perfect candidate for my Home Page holiday pic as he is a black turning silver - and what better color to ring in the festivities.  :+)  If I ever keep a girl from him, I think I will name her 'Silver Belles'.  :+)

Thank you so much Deb for capturing this terrific pic and sharing it with me!  KUDOS!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Nellie Bly and my grandson.

Nellie loves kids and people - big or small.
What a bond these two have after such a short period of being together.
A more adorable pair would be hard to find.  :+)

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It was love at first site for Nellie and our grandson.  Both of them played outside together and snuggled in the Lazy Boy and climbed through the dogie door as well.  Kids and puppies simply have the best times!  Nellie has an exceptional demeanor.  :+)

I am so looking forward to her being placed in a Guardian Home so she can have lots more training and undivided attention.  Although Nellie loves to be patted and fussed over, she is just as content playing with a toy by herself.  Amazing for a 14 week old pup.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dublin is visiting today and so enjoying all the ladies... big and small.

Dublin watching over little Nellie Bly.
Don't you just love the colors?
What a palette of furry crayons!
'Come on' says Dublin.  'Let's play chase'!
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Dublin is here to get his one year health testing done.  What an amazing fellow he is!  His guardian, Cynthia has done a wonderful job of training him.  You have to be impressed when you have a stud who does NOT lift his leg to urinate!  He was taught to only squat so no shrubbery, flowers, buildings or wheelchairs are ever marked!  What a wonderful bonus that is!!

This boy was easily embraced by all my girls as the above pictures show.  Dublin's temperament is Divine and he easily meshes into any place, person or animal.  He adores little Nellie Bly and plays with her gently. 

We are all pulling and praying that this boy will pass his testing with flying colors because to not use him to produce offspring would leave a great hole in the world of breeding.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A definition I embrace...

Recently, I was reading articles about different breeds and came across a very common sense definition of what a dog breed is:

The following excerpt from the University of Oklahoma's website:

"...this definition from The Genetics of Populations by Jay L. Lush helps explain why a good definition of "breed" is elusive.

"A breed is a group of domestic animals, termed such by common consent of the breeders, ... a term which arose among breeders of livestock, created one might say, for their own use, and no one is warranted in assigning to this word a scientific definition and in calling the breeders wrong when they deviate from the formulated definition. It is their word and the breeders common usage is what we must accept as the correct definition."

Sometimes, when I read something, a light goes on in my head.  The above quote makes so much sense. When man met dog, it was 'a convenience'.  Both could offer something to each other which was of benefit. It was not defined by some 'expert' sitting at his computer to tweak how the next 'breed' should look. Each dog type developed a relationship based on need, companionship, ability, intuitiveness, structural design and temperament. How sad that this incredible journey between man and his beast has been reduced to a beauty pageant by organizations such as the AKC and other dog fancier clubs.  I often wonder why such organizations place so much on 'looks' rather than health.  What these show boats have done over the years is create slumping spines on Shepherds, breathing difficulties on English Bulldogs, cranial issues with King Charles Spaniels..... the list is endless, all in the name of a 'look'. What happened to the DNA that each original breed contributed to its offspring that defined itself as a sighthound, for instance?  Or a herding breed?  Or a foot warmer, for that matter!

The common sense expressed in the above quote gives me hope that the future of our breeds will be allowed to go back to their roots and be rewarded for historic value based on performance. I doubt it will ever happen but that is why I breed Labradoodles - a hybrid that DOES allow breeders, like myself, to make breeding decisions not on how many champions are in a pedigree but instead on complimentary temperaments and solid health scores.  I am so grateful that hybrids such as Cockapoos, Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Schnoodles, Maltipoos and others are winning over the general public BECAUSE of their diversity.  Let's not forget how cute they are as well!

Get a cup of tea or perhaps a pot of tea and watch this video for a real eye opener about the negative impact shows and clubs have done to dog breeds.  It is long, disturbing and so true.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Miss Nellie Bly was my pick from the Maine Coast Labradoodle litter of Sadie Smiles and my stud, Percy Jaxon.  She is an adorable dark apricot/red beauty with a white chin and patch of white on her chest.  I don't expect her soft wavy coat to shed at all.  She is bright, sweet, cuddly and has a nice conformation.  Nellie's size stats will be around 25 lbs. and 16 inches. I am hoping for great things from Nellie Bly - who was the pen name of a famously spirited American Journalist/reporter in the 1800's.

Nellie Bly is a character and loves to be with people - big or small. Nellie is not a terribly gregarious girl, but not shy either - a very nice blend who would do well with anyone.  Loves to be held and patted and is a very good girl when being groomed.  Great combo of genes in this girl.

12 wks.

It is evident that Nellie fits like a glove with her family and they all pitch in to take her for walks and playtime outside - along with cuddles and training!  For a first time dog family, they have all done an exceptional job.

7 months.
12 wks.


We received Nellie Bly in 2013 and feel blessed to have her in our lives. We were intrigued by the guardian dog arrangement for two reasons: first, it was a more affordable arrangement for us; second, and more importantly, we knew we would be getting the pick of the litter, a puppy that Joyce thought was so special that she would want her to reproduce. Indeed, Nellie has a wonderful temperament and we have loved having her as part of our family.
Joyce makes her expectations explicit and clear and works to make appointment times and breeding times manageable for all involved. The guardian relationship is not for everyone as there is work involved but Joyce does a great job of explaining everything that is expected. If you want a spectacular puppy and dog in your life, this could very well be the way to go.

  • DOB:  August  15, 2013. NELLIE BLY is from the mating of Percy Jaxon, a second generation Cockapoo and Maine Coast Labradoodles Sadie Smiles. Nellie is a lovely dark apricot wavy fleece non-shedding coat. 
  • Size/Color/Coat: Approximately 16 inches tall and 23 lbs. Color DNA is: BBee, at/at, DD, Kb/Ky, Em/E and S/S. She does not carry the parti gene.
  • DNA test results: Normal/Clear for Exercised Induced Collapse, von Willebrand's Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy and CBP for Progressive Rod Atrophy.
  • Thyroid/Blood Work/Chemistry's and TgAA - Done 1/20/15 with Hemopet - Normal.  TgAA is below 1.
  • Hip Structure: PennHIP 60% (.48/.43) and OFA Prelim is 'Good'.  Done at 17 months.
  • Patellar Luxation (knees) - OFA certified Normal.
  • Elbows - OFA Prelim of  'Normal' at 17 months.
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes - OFA certified Normal.
  • OFA Eye Exams (annual test) - OFA certified Normal on 11/19/13. On 10/28/15 shows E1 Cataract - Significance Unknown. This does not represent current potential compromise of ocular comfort, vision or other ocular functions per OFA's definition.
  • Heart - OFA#HY-CA1406/26F/C-VPI. No evidence of congenital cardiac disease. 10/27/15
  • IC - Normal for correct coat gene.

Monday, November 11, 2013

I am back!

I had a nice little break once the pups all left and visited my daughter and her family.  Every time I visit, we do a small painting project together.  This time, we finished the hall and completed painting the mopboard around her large kitchen.  It is so nice to finish projects.

My grandson and I built many structures with blocks and 'magnetic tiles' which were pretty awesome!  All in all, a nice break.  Came home to numerous phone and email messages which took several hours to address and am now going to eat dinner and snuggle with all my girls, including little Nellie Bly.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My hectic 'dog' days will soon be a thing of the past (for a little while).

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This morning I met Rafael's (Black Collar) new owners in Portland, Maine as I was also meeting Dublin's guardian for some testing and a visit.  Rafa's family pic has been added to the 'Going Home' post of Phineas x Muddie Pearl's litter and is a wonderful end to a great group of pups.

After Dublin had his 'perfect' heart exam, I enjoyed some tea at his home (which is beyond warm, inviting and gorgeous!) and wanted to share the above pic.  What a joy this large medium boy is.  So friendly and gentle natured.  His long, fluffy, curly soft coat is a lovely shade of light red or dark apricot depending on your eye.  Dublin is a lap dog and any lap will do - all 19 or 20 inches of him manage to drape on you.   :+)  
Our fingers are crossed that this hunky stud will be servicing our girls soon for solid medium puppies in shades of apricot, cream, red and black.   I do believe his 'dance card' will fill up quickly.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This is the weekend that Pearl and Phineas' puppies go home.

Lilly was the first to go.  It was a day to celebrate!
Flynn is going to be such a fun addition to this active family.  
This is one happy couple!  Quechee is finally going home!
The Bruce family happily adds Rafael to their home!
Okay, Barbara is definitely outnumbered by all these males.  There are two more sons at home!
And Milo is a male fur baby!  I don't think she minds though.  :+)

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I do hope that all of the above families enjoy their new addition.  It is never an easy task to bring in a new puppy into a busy family but if you 'grin and bear' it for a few months, consistent training will erase the first tough weeks in no time!  Enjoy the ride.

:+)  Joyce

Thursday, October 31, 2013



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Milo, Lilly, Quechee, Black Boy and Flynn (hiding underneath the group) are
celebrating your incredible achievement!

By the way, we had the best trip to the CERF vet this morning.  I had fed the litter a slightly smaller portion of food early.  Then a good friend of mine, Heather of Blueberry Cottage Labradoodles, gave me this great idea of putting a filling into a PVC 'elbow' joint.  I bought several of them yesterday and after washing them, put just a swipe of peanut butter in both ends of the five elbows and placed them into the back after I loaded the puppies in.  SUCH happiness...and content puppies!

After having their 'snack', each of the pups kept putting their paws and faces on the windows of my wagon to look out.  I have never seen so many smiling faces on passerbys!  People honked, waved and laughed all the way down Highway 95 as I drove to Portsmouth, NH for their exam.

I just know that a lot of people went into work today in a wonderful frame of mind after witnessing these five cuties peering out the windows as they traveled down the road.  What a way to start the day!  :+)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Early Spay and Neuter Day!

I dropped off the group bright and early this morning for their exam, microchip, stool check (again) and surgeries and just received the call that all are doing well.  Resting from the anesthesia but I should be able to pick them up around 3 pm.  So glad all went well.  Whew!

Am in the middle of steaming the puppy room for their coming home party.  :+)  They will be penned for a bit and then have restricted access to the outdoors until pick up time.

At around 5 PM, I will give them all a bit of soft food.  If that stays down, I will feed them more around 7 PM.  Both Milo and Quechee had wet muzzles when I got home which tells me they are still feeling a bit queasy from the stress of surgery, anesthesia and a bumpy ride home. With the 7 PM feeding, I will give them a pain killer to keep them conmfortable. Tomorrow, they will be jumping beans, but their outdoor area will be very much restricted so they don't overdo themselves. At the time of this typing, all is quiet.  :+)

Update:  I fed them again at 7 PM and let them out to potty.  They enjoyed the fresh air for about 15 minutes than I huddled them all back into the crates for the night.  I expect howling tonight but that is normal for a first night of crate training.  They do have a friend while here so I hope all of you got a Snuggle Puppy for them to buddy up with at your home.  :+)

Update - Wednesday am - The pups are full of themselves this morning - just look at the picture!  Ate their

breakfast with abandon and the four with surgeries also had their last pain med.  I have closed off the puppy playarea (artificial turf) and they have the 'paved' areas for exercise and pottying.  It gives them space but confines their ability to run too much.  They are wrestling and playing happily with each other.  All is well.  :+)

Here is the group in the converted 'crates'.

The boys are settling down in their bed.

The girls are doing the same.

And Black Boy is wondering why the heck does HE need to be confined???
Black Boy was not neutered today but all are learning 'crate time'.

Monday, October 28, 2013

We are ready for Trick or Treating!

Captian MILO forgot his eye patch!  9 wks. 9 lbs.
Captain FLYNN spots a pirate ship on the horizon!  9 wks. 10 1/2 lbs.
'Land ahoy'! says Captain Black Boy.  9 wks. 9 lbs.
LILLY, the Good Little Witch!  9 wks. 8 3/4 lbs.
And, QUECHEE, the Friendly Witch!  9 wks. 9 lbs.

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This coming week is full of vet appointments and traveling.  Today started it off with their nine week picture segment based on the spirit of Hallow's Eve.  Surgeries are tomorrow and eye CERF's are on Thursday.  Pick ups begin on Friday and run through Monday.  

Baths are on the schedule for today as water on surgical sites is not recommended.  Crate training will also begin tomorrow and more inside time than outside time will be on the agenda.  I hope all of you are ready!  :+)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Many people wonder if the dam of a litter miss their pups.....

I think we can be pretty much assured that life goes on and the comforts of being home outweigh any 'twinges' of guilt as Muddie Pearl enjoys the first fire of the season at her home.  Gotta love her expression in this photo - pure contentment.  The 'leg hug' is just the frosting on the cake.  :+)

Friday, October 25, 2013

A novel method of training: Flexible - Affordable - Personal

What do you mean 'I can train my puppy while driving to work'?  Huh??

'Finding a training center that has classes that work with my schedule is difficult as most of them are in the evening, when I am not at my best.'

'I can't train my puppy when the kids are constantly interrupting.'

Do any of the above scenarios sound familiar?  What if I could provide you with a training approach that can work within your optimal time frame - even if you are driving, eating, vacationing, bicycling, or going for a walk?  In other words - during a time that fits your lifestyle.

I had a wonderful conversation today with an inventive trainer that offers a unique puppy program for breeder clients as well as pet owners. Most people cannot resist the cuteness of a puppy; but raising one to not bite your ankles, or pull on the leash or jump up on everyone takes commitment, time, patience and energy. Each puppy and family is unique with special circumstances so puppy training should never be approached as a 'one size fits all'.  With that said, I hope you will take a few minutes of your time to read what this training style has to offer.  I found it to be a fascinating method that offers so many opportunities to train your puppy effortlessly.


Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Welcoming a puppy into your home is such an exciting time and whether you are taking your first steps into the dog ownership world or you are a seasoned pro, I know you will have many questions about training and getting ready for the big day.  
This is a great opportunity to ensure a smooth transition for you and your new puppy from the first day they arrive home. We will cover even the smallest of details so you'll be able to move into this new phase of your life with the confidence and knowledge that will enable you to enjoy all the wonderful experiences a new puppy brings to a home.

We will discuss preparing your home and yard, healthcare that will be required in the first year, doggie first aid, nutrition, adjusting your schedule(s) to meet the puppy's or dog's needs, crate training, housebreaking, how to get the puppy to sleep through the night, their developmental stages and supplies you will need. You’ll have many questions, I'm sure, and I am more than happy to answer them all for you so you can start your new life together fully prepared and with as little anxiety as possible!

The Right Start Program is a series of 6 classes are essentially based on a 'train the trainer' methodology. You will learn the skills required to teach your puppy proper social skills and basic obedience commands.  
  • We'll start by discussing the most immediate topics just before you are scheduled to bring your puppy home, including any specific requirements you have in your household. This will ensure you are well prepared for the first few days of puppy parenting.
  • It is best to have the second appointment 1-2 days after the puppy arrives, so any immediate concerns or challenges can be handled swiftly and any new questions you have can be answered right away.
  • The third class is usually timed a few days later to ensure everything is going smoothly and you have a strong training foundation in place. This is the biggest portion of the adjustment time and learning curve that you will experience so it is vital to have all the support that you’ll need. We will do some review of previous training and then begin to move on to leash training, teaching the puppy to ‘sit’, and the ‘off’ command should be reinforced at this time to make sure the puppy will not jump up on people when they are older.
  • The next 3 classes are about a week apart and we will cover new topics or skills each time, as well as do some review for the previous appointments. The amount of material we will be covering in this first month may look like an endless list homework but don’t start to panic! You will be surprised at how much of it is second nature to you. All of this will be broken down for you in easy to follow steps and it won't be nearly as challenging as it seems at the moment.  I have done this coaching many, many times and everyone mastered it quickly and easily.

The cost of the 6 - 1 hour Right Start Classes is $350 including all taxes. This is a $100 discount off the regular price of $450 with your Breeder’s coupon code.  I have provided a detailed outline of the complete Right Start Program for your reference.

Right Start Program detailed outline:
Class 1 of 6: 1 wk to 3 days before arrival
supplies, housebreaking, crate training, night time, schedules
Class 2 of 6: 1-2 days after arrival
housebreaking review, night time review, crate training review, nipping and biting, hierarchy
Class 3 of 6: 3-4 days after arrival
housebreaking follow-up, night time follow-up, crate training follow-up, nipping & biting review, developmental stages, leash training 1, sit command, off command
Class 4 of 6: 10-14 days after arrival
nipping & biting follow-up, sit review, off review, nutrition, first year health care, social skills, come command
Class 5 of 6: 3 weeks after arrival
come review, sit follow-up, off follow-up, leave it command, mine command, down command, leash training 1 review
Class 6 of 6: 4 weeks after arrival
leash training 1 follow-up, out command, first aid, final review, next steps

Many of the skills are practiced and reinforced while you are enjoying play time with your puppy, not in formal training sessions.  Let's face it, all work and no play just isn't fun!  Plus, your puppy is pretty much ADD at this age so that would be setting you both up for failure!  Think about it more like guiding or mentoring, instead of instructing. My techniques instill gentle, loving, consistent leadership that will provide great bonding opportunities and ensure you will have a happy, content and well-behaved best friend.

I know all of the wonderfully rich experiences you are about to enjoy and am so excited for you! I look forward to talking to you soon and your first homework assignment is to get your camera ready. Take lots of pictures and videos and remember to embrace every moment along this journey. They just grow up so darn fast!



To register for the Right Start Program call Tammy at

Why use Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts or phone conferencing?

One of the most important advantages of these methods is you are able to begin training, and receive valuable support during a critical period, without exposing your puppy to locations frequented by other dogs. Until puppies are 16 weeks old they are not fully protected from common illnesses, even if their vaccination schedule is followed diligently. Simply allowing the puppy a washroom break in an area frequented by many dogs exposes them to significant risk.
Isolating them from other dogs does not mean limiting their exposure to experiences. Puppies have the ability to learn so much, even at 2 months of age, and your skills as a handler have such an impact on their successes. They have so much ability and potential! Just imagine leaving the vet’s office after their final vaccine and expertly walking your well behaved puppy out to explore their great new world.

Phone and video conferencing from your computer or any mobile device also removes the geographical barriers that make physical classes so challenging to attend.  You are able to schedule calls during your daily commute, between classes at school or your work appointments, when the kids are napping, or even on your lunch break! There is no set time on a specified day (ie. 4pm every Tuesday) as you are in full control of your own scheduling.  This is ideal for people with fluctuating work hours and if something does come up unexpectedly, you can reschedule quickly and easily from a computer or any mobile device.

There is no travel time, which can be significant, and when each family member is on a different schedule, it does make it easier to find a free hour for everyone to be able to participate. You can even have your nanny or sitter join in from their home which helps provide consistency in the training techniques for your puppy.  Eliminating the commuting factor can be a huge advantage and take a lot of pressure off when trying to coordinate a time that works well. You could be in the comfort of your home for one class and the next week, join your family in a group conference from your hotel room in Singapore!

I have been providing training sessions in person and by phone with families (for their puppies) since 2004 with great success. Our conversations allow me to gather precise information that is key to the success of the training. It also enables me to explain why I am choosing one technique over another for your specific situation.  What works for one household often won't work for another and that is what sets personalized, private dog and puppy training so far above all of the other training methods. Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts add an extra visual dimension to the phone call, and all these methods work brilliantly!

If you have a Skype, FaceTime or Gmail account you are all ready. I’ll contact you for each appointment and you simply have your application open, or be ready with your phone. This technology is available to us free of charge and it’s easy to use. Why not take advantage of it?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CHARLOTTE 2-STEP is another breeding hopeful for ADNE! - RETIRED IN MAY OF 2018.

How fortunate I was to find a local guardian home for this sassy, smart, friendly and gorgeous girl! Thank you so much Sullivan family for welcoming Charlotte into your home and hearts.

1.7 years old

I do believe that Charlotte favors her daddy, Tango Wool Rodeo.  I could not believe the quality of Rodeo's coat when I met him.  Then I was bowled over by his incredible demeanor - so sweet and
friendly.  Let's not forget, her mommy is our loveable cuddle bear, Figgy Puddin', who knows no strangers. Figgy's lavender coat color  is so unique that people just look at her with their jaws open. Obviously, this was a great match up!

Being able to meet, touch and take pics of my upcoming breeders is always a treat.  It is why having them in a local placement makes my job easier.  

10 weeks old.

Here are some words from her guardians:     

Our Funny Valentine! The perfect description for our sweet Labradoodle, Charlotte.  When we brought Charlotte home a year and a half ago, we brought home equal parts humor and love. Charlotte is the first one to offer kisses in the morning; and will sit in your lap for extra pats and hugs the minute you sit down with your coffee.  She is a big cuddler and so lovable!
16 weeks old
Miss Char-Char has been a great addition to our family.  She keeps us on our toes stealing our slippers and running circles around the house with us in hot pursuit!  She can be very persistent when she is ready to play and will put her toy right in your lap and sit patiently, sometimes for many minutes, until you throw it!  She might even urge you on with a couple high-pitched barks.  She is a spunky ball of furry fun.  Sometimes too spunky, but we are working on that.  She is taking us to obedience training and we are learning!  Ha, ha!

In all seriousness, she is brilliant and loves the challenge of agility training. You can see the wheels turning when she is trying to figure something out.  She loves to play hide-n-seek with our daughter, Kate, and is able to outsmart Master Dan when they play their “thinking” games!  We love her and wouldn’t change a thing about her sweet disposition and lovable nature.

  • Date of Birth:  June 14, 2013. A mating of Annabelle's Figgy Puddin' and  Tango Wool Copeland's Rodeo. Both parents are non-shedding.
  • Size/Color/Coat: Approximately 18 inches tall and 30 lbs. Color DNA is: Bbee, at/at, DD, Kb/Ky, S/Sp. Charlotte is Cream with Apricot ears. Her coat is a non-shedding soft fleece.  
  • Cleared by Parents through DNA test results: Normal/Clear for Exercised Induced Collapse, von Willebrand's Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Progressive Rod Atrophy and many others through Orivet test labs.
  • Thyroid/Blood Work/Chemistry's and TgAA - Done 2/3/15 with Hemopet - Normal.  TgAA is below 1. Thyroid levels Normal on 4/13/16 HML87475.
  • Hip Structure: PennHIP 90+% (.35/.34) and OFA Prelim is 'Good'.  Done at 19 months.
  • Patellar Luxation (knees) - OFA certified Normal.
  • Elbows - OFA Prelim of  'Normal' at 19 months.
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes - OFA certified Normal.
  • OFA Eye Exams (annual test) - OFA certified Normal OFA#: HY-EYE367/46F-VPI on 5/5/17, 4/19/16, 4/12/15, 10/30/2014
  • Heart - OFA Auscultation was Normal on 4/23/15.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The pups' mom came to visit today. Pearl definitely knew her brood!

Look at the positions of the pups....
All of them are showing respect and submission - heads and tails down.
Pearl has inspected each and every one in the belly up position.
She also played with them but always made them submit.  She is teaching them respect.
Pearl is showing them 'Mom is the boss lady'!  Pearl is erect, legs somewhat stiff and head up.
Pearl is still a kid at heart and could not resist the tunnel.  :+)
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I always groom and bathed my guardian home girls before they go home to their families again but my guardians asked me to wait as they had an event to go to.  So she came today.  There was no mistaking that Pearl knew her babies!  She even sat to let them suckle although milk has been gone for quite some time.  It was great to see her again and watch her interact and train her babies.  Dogs really do have their own language and parenting skills!