Sunday, July 29, 2018

Litter box has been added!

I am happy to report that these three week olds did not miss a beat when I added the potty box to their space.  They all maneuvered over the three inch barrier to use it.  Yes, mistakes are still being made but most of them get to the box most of the time.  I think they are all doing awesome!

See that little potty spot?  Good puppies!!

They like the big bear.  :+)

ADNE 'THADDEUS' DOOD - Active stud.

8 weeks.

When Thaddeus was whelped, I was so excited to have my first phantom marked puppy.  I had been color DNA planning for quite some time and my goal to produce phantoms in the future was becoming a reality.  Since Thad's birth, I have been fortunate enough to purchase an additional male and a female from two unrelated breeding programs to hopefully produce more of them in the future.  My fingers are crossed that these new purchases will pass my testing protocol as well as Thaddeus has!


When I was considering getting a dog, I had some particular considerations, allergies being the most significant.  I also live in a small ranch house and, though I have a good-sized yard for play, I wanted a smaller dog that would “fit” my house and not be something of a bull in a China shop.  I did a considerable amount of research relative to allergies and began to focus-in on doodles.  Then, for some months, I made a point of approaching every doodle and doodle owner I encountered to interact with the dogs and discuss the allergy issue with the owner as well get a sense of temperament and energy level, etc.  I quickly came to the conclusion that a labradoodle (and particularly, an Australian Labradoodle) was the dog for me.  I researched local breeders and settled on Annabelle Doodles, partly because of proximity, but, primarily because I appreciated Joyce’s more natural approach to breeding in general.

Then it was merely an issue of size.  As I said, I wanted a dog to fit my space.  Also, I’m getting a little older myself and wanted a dog that was small enough for me to lift comfortably.  On the other hand, I also wanted a dog that was big enough to run and play with me and to keep up.  Originally, I had Joyce put me on a list for a “medium” litter.  However, after meeting a number of labradoodles in my neighborhood and around town, I began to be concerned that, if my medium turned out to be of the larger variety, it may be considerably bigger than I wanted.  At the time (rather coincidentally), Joyce had a new litter of miniatures that included a phantom (black with brown) that she was interested in placing as a potential stud.  She guesstimated that this particular pup’s ultimate weight would be about 28lbs.  That seemed about the perfect size for me and I jumped at the chance to be the guardian of Thaddeus Dood. 

That was a year ago and Thaddy is now the little man about my house.  I work at home and so he and I spend considerable time taking breaks in the yard playing ball or frisbee.  He has a tendency to want to hang onto his toys and not return them to me but Cheerios work wonders and he will fetch and return his frisbee all day for a little “o” reward.  He is energetic and ready to go out and play any time but not before sitting obediently at the door to allow me to put on his collar.  He’s very good with other dogs and wants to play, play, play with them.  He can be cautious and protective when first meeting new people but, in a matter of seconds, or a minute or two, he is hopping all around them, tail wagging like mad.  I suspect partly because of his nature and partly because of training, he rarely ever barks.  As energetic as he is, he also enjoys quiet time and will snooze or occupy himself with a toy while I read or play music.  He’s incredibly well behaved, smart as a whip and a wonderful companion.


  • Date of Birth:  7-11-2017.  A mating of ADNE Lil Abner x 'Gunny'.  Both parents are non-shedding.
  • Size/Color/Coat:  Thad is a 17 inch , 25.8 lb. black and tan phantom with a wavy fleece coat.  DNA Color Code is - BbEe, Ky/Ky, at/at, no parti genes. Incorrect Coat is Normal.
  • Cleared by Parents for the following through DNA test results:  Degenerative Myopathy, Exercised Induced Collapse, von Willenbrand Disease, Progressive Rod Atrophy 
  • Thyroid/Blood Work and TgAA - Done 7-16-18 is all normal with TgAA at 1%. Hemolife Labs HML#123305.  OFA#HY-TH528/12M-PI
  • Hip Results:  Done 7/16/18 PennHIP is .32/.30. Radiologic Diagnosis from eVet shows Normal Pelvis and Elbows with hips rated as 'Excellent' in conformation.
  • Patellar Luxation (knees) - Normal.  OFA  #HY-PA1988/12M-VPI
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes - Normal.  OFA #HY-LP82/12M-VPI
  • Cardiac:  ECHO & Auscultation was Normal on 10/28/18.  OFA #HY-ACA72/15M-VPI
  • Eyes: 10/28/18.  Extra Eyelashes; otherwise Normal. OFA#HY-EYE1731/15M-VPI

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Little Baby Pink Girl

I had cleaned up the pup area and put down clean bedding and added a huge teddy bear that sat in the corner of the pen with its legs on the bedding.

After a bit of time, I checked in and saw this.

Pink Girl is the tiniest pup in the litter.  She obviously felt the bear's leg made a great pillow for her little head.  She sure is small but not scrawny at all.  Pink has a plump belly and hangs out with her siblings with no issues at all.  :+)

Friday, July 27, 2018

All smiles as JONNIE CACHE goes home with her guardian family!

I could not have asked for a better placement for this little treasure!  This family already has a sweet male ADNE doodle and just 'fell in love' with Jonnie when seen on my Home Page.  It is a match made in heaven for sure!  I was hoping for another well behaved dog, well mannered children and a stay at home parent for little Jonnie and got it all!  Thrilled does not even cover it.  :+) good!!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2018


The babes continue to fatten up and all of them wobble around the pen like balls with legs.  Sometimes Daisy even nurses in the sitting position and then I s l o w l y watch her melt until she is supine.  The pups chug her milk down, I can hear them in the kitchen!

About three days ago, I began making a milk blend with some canned puppy food to give to the pups.  I provide a small meal twice a day now to help Daisy manage this large group.  By this week, I should see a big improvement on their ability to walk, drink water/milk blend and will also introduce a litterbox.  It is all a learning curve, so I don't expect miracles but will look for improvement.  As I provide more food, Daisy will be grateful for a break and then we begin the weaning process in another week or so.

Some of these pups really favor their daddy, Wyatt.  Their heads are huge and the bodies really bulky and thick.  I see it in Green & Light Blue males; and also in Purple Girl - who should have been a boy she is so heavy and burly!  Some are a mix of the two and a few, like Red, Rose and Pink Girls, favor their mom. We will all watch them grow to see if I am right.  :+)

Each pup has a color descriptor.  Caramel is any shade of cream or apricot that will have hazel eyes and brown pigmented nose, foot pads and eye rims.  Pups whose same areas have black pigment are called Cream or Apricot.  The Chocolate pups will more than likely dilute to a cafe shade.

Navy Boy - 2 lbs.  (Caramel - potential GH)

Peach Girl - 2 lbs.  (Chocolate/Cafe)

Rose Girl - 2 &  1/4 lbs.  (Cream)

Silver Girl - 2 lbs.  (Apricot - potential GH)

Green Boy -  2 & 1/4 lbs.  (Black)

Red Girl - 1 & 3/4 lbs.  (Caramel)

Teal Girl -  2 lbs.  (Chocolate/Cafe)

Pink Girl - 1 & 1/8 lbs.  Holds her own within the group.  (Caramel)

Light Blue Boy -  2 & 1/2 lbs.  (Black)

Purple Girl - 2  & 1/2 lbs. (Huge head on this girl! - Caramel))

I can feel a difference in their coats as well.  Some will have Wyatt's easy care coat but will be a bit thicker and longer.  Daisy's coat is also easy care but grows like crazy and has a 'fluff' to it.  Of course, coats change textures all the time based on hormones and the mature coat but it will be fun to compare and guess what each will do.  I so look forward to adult pics of these guys!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Curious Jonnie finally gets to check out Daisy and pups.

Jonnie is beyond intrigued with what is going on in the pup room.  Several times, I have found her in the room and quickly removed her and put up a barrier.  I watched Daisy's reactions closely.  Daisy is an extremely tolerant doodle with a soft, gentle nature.  She never did anything to Jonnie's 'infractions' except to body block her.

Today, however, was too cute to not capture.  Watching Daisy's nonchalant attitude with Jonnie around gave me the signal I was looking for. 

Jonnie looked at me as if to say 'Can I watch?'

Maybe Jonnie is getting some lessons for the future?
I always have a plexiglass barrier that Daisy can easily jump over to keep the puppies in their safe zone.  This allows Jonnie to watch them but not mingle with them quite yet.

Jonnie and I continue to work on rewarding proper behavior.  When she comes to me and sits, she is praised and rewarded.  When she comes to me right away when I call her name, reward.  When I ask her to go 'In Your Crate' and promptly sits, she gets her bowl of food with praise.  If she doesn't do it right away, I wait until she does and reward.   This gentle type of training is great for a young pup that cannot go to training classes yet.  By not rewarding jumping on you, tugging your pants, biting your fingers, etc., the pup learns that proper behavior begets great benefits and unwelcome behavior gets you nothing. 

Positive praise is interaction and attention that your pup thrives on and forms a great bonding experience. :+)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jonnie, almost ready for a guardian home placement. (Should be placed with her new home on 7/27!)

She is doing rather well and learning the ropes here at ADNE.  Today, we were working outdoors together, she was my constant companion as I was clearing up brush and such.

Who would not smile with that face showing such concern for your safety?
She has her vet appointment next week for Distemper and Parvo shots.  Once that is done, I will be taking her to a puppy social class as often as I can to expose her to all types of dogs.  Training will continue until the proper guardian home is found. 

Jonnie loves to cuddle on the couch, follows you everywhere and has a healthy curiosity.  She does not seem to be a big chewer but that can change as soon as new teeth begin to present themselves.  Thank goodness she does NOT have a yippy, high pitched bark but a solid 'dog' bark - a major plus in my world!

After eating, she promptly follows me outdoors to 'do potty'.  Gotta love a pup who gets down to business quickly.  :+)

Week #2 - DAISY X WYATT! Updated!

For giggles, look at the group shot of Daisy and her pups when they were born and compare it with the one for this week.  Isn't it amazing how fast these pups grow?

During the past seven days, their eyes and ears have opened and I found a couple of them out of the pool this morning!  That usually means they were latched on really tight when Daisy jumped out for a break.  I will be rearranging the pen today with 'new furniture'.  :+)

The first pup to pop open her peepers was Silver Girl.  Imagine my surprise when I went to say 'Good Morning' and she was looking back at me!  Eyes opening on Day 10 is not unusual but still a bit early.

Today, I took pics of them in one of my planters located at my front door.  The temperature was great and the lighting (most of the time) was decent.  I do love summer litters when I can take most of my shots outdoors.  I love natural light and did not use my flash.

Look at how much they have grown!

Red Girl enjoying her snooze - 1 lb. 4 ounces.

Love her white goatee! Teal Girl - 1 lb. 6 ounces.

Rose Girl enjoying a bit of sun on her pretty head - 1 lb. 8 ounces.

Green Boy appears to be smelling one of the flower petals. - 1 lb. 12 ounces.

Silver Girl, popped her eyes open first! 1 lb. 6 ounces.

Peach  Girl, a replica of her sister above but in chocolate.  1 lb. 6 ounces.

Lt. Blue boy is the heaviest pup in the litter. 1 lb. 15 ounces!

Purple Girl is 'robust' in size at 1 lb. 11 ounces.

Pink Girl is a 'Dainty Dot' compared to her siblings, but healthy and active.  11 ounces!  :+)

Navy Boy thinks this is a perfect spot for a nap in the shade. 1 lb. 4 ounces.

'New furniture' arrived and is in place.  Pups seem to be quite happy and I won't wake up to pups feeling 'lost'!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Another trip to Massachusetts!

Well, at least it won't be during a work day or a holiday like last time!  Golly, traffic was brutal getting back home.

Tomorrow I am off to pick up little Jonnie Cache (pronounced like the country singer Johnny Cash) from my breeder friend, Marci of Tango Wool.  Believe it or not, I think Jonnie is the biggest pup in the mini litter and she is not very big!!

Last week when I visited, I did some swabs for a couple of genetic tests and color DNA and the results were perfect for my ADNE stud match ups.  It has been years in the making but I finally have the potential for producing tri-colored puppies if the rest of the testing goes well.  This has been a goal of mine for several years.

Bernese Mtn. Dog
I have always loved the Bernese Mountain Dog color combo.  It is a combination of a black and tan phantom with the addition of white on the chest, chin, toes, head and sometimes a tip of the tail.  I find the colors magical together.


Names have meaning for me and Jonnie's interpretation is 'a gracious gift'. Cache means a 'secret place of treasure'.  Jonnie's mom's nickname is 'Billie'- I think you can all see the connections.  Another tidbit is that my now deceased older brother was named Johnny.  It's a sweet spot. :+)

I am looking forward to introducing Jonnie to all the doodles here and watching her grow a bit.  Hopefully, a local family will be interested in becoming her guardian.

Here is what a tri-color Australian Labradoodle looks like: 

This handsome boy is from Canadian Doodles and his name is Porter.  He was instrumental in me striving to produce one like him.  :+)  You can see the similarities with the BMD above but in a much smaller size.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


When the pups were three days old, I moved them to the pup room because the weather has been so warm.  The sunlight is wonderful there and so good for the pups and their mom.

All they really do is nurse and sleep like any infant.  Yes, there are times when they cry for a variety of reasons such as: can't find a sibling to buddy with, a nipple is not conveniently close by or there are more than one that want the same 'favored' nipple.

Daisy has been doing very well with no issues so far.  Her one regret is that she is not allowed in the pool to swim during this time as the pups cannot be wet or damp.  Until they are about 2  1/2 weeks, they cannot control their internal temperature, so the environment must be controlled for them until then. Both Daisy and Wyatt love the water.  :+)

Here are their one week old pics - don't expect much as they are pretty much 'blobs' at this time!  Also be aware that the pups look much bigger in the pics than in reality.

There is availability in this litter.

Peach Girl - 15 ounces.

Purple Girl - 1 pound.

Lt. Blue Male - 1 lb. 4 oz.

Rose Girl - 15 1/4 ounces.

Red Girl - 12  5/8 ounces.

Green Male - 1 lb. 1 ounce.

Silver Girl - 15  1/4 ounces.

Teal Girl - 13 5/8 ounces.

Pink Girl - 8  1/8 ounces.

Navy Male - 14 ounces.

Monday, July 9, 2018

JONNIE CACHE will be arriving soon!

This little miniature phantom girl is expected to arrive on Saturday, July 14th.  I went down to visit her a week or so ago and felt she would be a great addition to the ADNE family.

Of course, I am looking for a wonderful, local guardian home for her.  Jonnie will be about 20 or so pounds at maturity and has a friendly, social personality.

Please contact me via phone or email if you have any questions! or 207-676-5579.  Thanks!

The above pics were taken of Jonnie at the breeder's when she was 7 weeks old.  She was very easy to handle and cooperative.  We tired her out after our photo session and she promptly went to sleep.