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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Crackers and Tipsy Trifle

"Any Trifle Left?"




"Some Dogs Have No Manners"


"Ladies First!"


"Fleas Navidad!

"A Little Too Much Sherry in the Trifle"

"That's why they call it a 'Tipsy' Trifle!"


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Saucy Vixen

We are so excited to welcome "Sun Valley Saucy Vixen"-- a stunning little red girl, who came all the way from Canada to join our program ...Some day...After she grows up...and passes all her health testing!
(Hmmm....She might be mis-named--Nothing "saucy" about her at all...
"Lizzy" as she is known in her wonderful Guardian Family,
has a temperament of sweetness and calm--for an 8-week old puppy, that is!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Honeymooners

Lola hooked up with handsome Tegan Park Mandaluck up in Portland at the end of November...
Here she is impatiently awaiting his call...


Looks like Lukie needs a cigarette.

This gorgeous puppy is from Lola and Luke's previous litter together...fingers crossed for more of the same at the end of January!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weather is Turning...

"I'm cold...Throw another Labradoodle on the bed, Mom."
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Is My (Guardian) Family Looking for Me?

"Luna" aka "Lulu"
This beautiful apricot-creme puppy is 12-weeks old with a soft, non-shedding "allergy-friendly" fleece coat. We have held her back from Lily's most recent litter to include in our breeding program when she completes all health testing.  While we are really enjoying her sweet, attentive, intelligent nature, and playful puppy frolics, we know that it would be much better for her to find the permanent family who may even now be looking for her!

I am eager to please and almost crate-trained! 

Although I really enjoy snuggling, I am a lot of fun too


I am going to be "The Easter Beagle" for Halloween

I am already good at "fetch" games

They tell me I will mature to a "large Medium" at about 35-40 lbs., give or take 5 lbs.  

A "Foster Family" will take care of one of our untested breeding puppies until she passes health testing.  If the puppy passes all testing, the family may become a "Guardian Family" for a set number of litters (in our home) from the mature dog, after which she will be retired and become their own dog.  There is no charge for this, although we do take a deposit and expect the family to pay for "pet-related" expenses, while we cover all "breeding-related" expenses. (If the puppy does not pass testing, the Foster Family has first rights to purchase the puppy at a discount, or can accept a different puppy from another litter.  Luna has already passed her eye testing and will have hip x-rays at 6-8 months.)

If you reside in the (Greater) Bay Area, have a "fenced-in" yard, are home "much of the day," and are interested in finding out about being one of our Foster/Guardian Families please contact us for more information.

All the Best,
Kristin

"Spreading Joy Through... Labradoodles!"


Email:  GoldenGateLabradoodles@gmail.com
Telephone: 650-576-9068


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Friday, September 9, 2011

A Surprise for Lily

Lily did an amazing job as a first-time Mom.  We were happy to rely on her remarkable innate canine instincts about raising her litter in the best possible way. Her puppies are 8-weeks old and leaving soon for new homes.  And Lily has missed her human family...

Hmm...Someone's at the door...

Could it be...?

Is it?  Is it?...

IT IS!!!

Lily is very happy to be back at her permanent home with her real family.
                                     Thank you Lily!
Bye, Mom!

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Mind Your Manners

Life-lessons taught by Lily, other adult dogs, and a puppy's littermates build the foundation for developing acceptable behavior within the human family and with other dogs.
Puppies learn bite inhibition, how to vocalize, and how to interpret dog body-language.   They take turns being dominant and submissive. They learn how to share space and food, and most importantly, where they fit into the pack order.
 
Lily teaches a puppy to submit to leadership



This puppy is a quick study.

They are eager to put their lessons into practice...


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Smarty Pants

We look for opportunities for the pups to start on basic skills they will need such as "come" and "sit". These guys have learned to "sit" for a piece of kibble, and are working on remaining sitting before they get petted or have their ears scratched. No question Australian Labradoodle puppies are smart
Great eye contact for 7-week olds!

Seven at once, including Lola's two younger pups!

The pups at only 5- and  6-weeks old. (The younger puppies are going along with it, but are not exactly clued-in as to "and why are we doing this?"!)

Many puppies have a natural desire to retrieve; others you will have to "educate!" By making it "worth-their-while" with a tasty treat or just a pat and a "good dog", most dogs can learn to fetch reliably.   (This is a great skill to teach your dog, as it makes it possible for your dog to get a lot of healthy exercise when you don't have time for a run.)

Below this child is teaching a puppy to fetch a soft toy (click on the video to view it larger on Youtube):



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Monday, September 5, 2011

Pool Party!

What better end to the summer than a sunny afternoon by the pool?  The puppies have already had their smelly little feet washed many times in the sink and bathtub, so the paddling pool isn't too alarming.  Then a little romp in the grass and a dry-off on the warm paving stones.  
"Come on in, the water's great!"
"Marco!..."



"I Double-dog dare you!"


Downward Dog 


"Why is there always an obnoxious male flaunting his six-pack and showing off on the high dive at these pool parties?"


Working on water retrieval skills

No big deal. We're water dogs!

Just waiting for the BBQ to fire up...
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