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  • "Dear Glory..."

    When I have a new litter, my grandkids all quickly choose their favorite puppies to spoil. Violet (5) has been keeping a journal for the last few months. Her kindergarten teacher has encouraged all the kids to write daily.  Violet’s mom showed me Violet’s journal page that she wrote the day after the puppies were born. At the time, I didn’t even know which puppy she had named Glory.

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  • 1 Month old and Loving Summer!

  • 5 days and counting….

    Their eyes aren’t even open and they seem camera shy! Really, I think it is just their natural desire to curl up and stay warm but I sure have a hard time getting mug shots. Anyway, here are some pics for now. They are so alike and yet so different and even at this age,  I have managed to start their individual  profiles. At this time, we just have 2 girls and 2 boys still available. I did just hear that one of the girls is to be named Samantha so we are off to a great start! The boys have the blue background and the girls the tan.

  • A few pictures just for fun!

    Christmas was a festive time where everybody  (and their dog) likes to join in.

  • A Little Preview….

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    They have arrived! They were born early Feb.4th and are all happy and healthy and noisily enjoying life.  Baby Goldendoodles are so darling and expressive early on.  When they get hiccups, it’s especially entertaining and each day they just get cuter.

    We have 2 girls and 2 boys  still available so if anyone is interested, let us know if you’ve been thinking of adding a Goldendoodle to your home.V-Puppies4

  • A new family of puppies are born!

    A new family of puppies are born and will be needing homes soon.

  • All Paws on Deck

    A swimming pool in Houston is a definite plus to any home but we are finally getting around to getting rid of an outdated pool and part of the deck. We are making space for our  4 new organic box gardens. It’s a lot of work so naturally everyone pitches in to clear the way for the garden beds. We had to dig out roots and knobs from our neighbor’s Bald Cypress tree and this is where our Golden helpers dashed in to help. They have it built into their DNA to help out their people in any way they can. Charlotte, Lizzy and Cheena stayed by Violet’s side through the toughest of the roots and helped carry them off.

    We will post a picture of the finished project.  The project idea (thanks to Pinterest) looks great on paper and we  just bought our  heirloom plants at the Mercer Arboretum Plant sale yesterday. Hopefully, as the project becomes a reality, the dogs will know the difference between ripping out a troublesome root and our just admiring our  cherished, future organic tomato plants from a distance!

  • Are you having trouble with your puppy chewing?

    We all have our Texas drought stories this year  but  in my life, I have found I appreciate just watching  rain. I will grab a book or something to work on and sit in an easy chair and make good use of our enormous picture windows.   While enjoying the rain the other day, to my disappointment,  I just happened to notice that one of our new Crepe Myrtles in the yard appeared to have  been trimmed badly while the other was untouched.  I donned my raincoat for further inspection and, being the great detective that I am,  I knew right away what set of chompers was to blame! It had puppy mischief written all over it. It’s otherwise known as “Puppy Hieroglyphics”.

    I have had this problem with some of my young dogs ( no names are mentioned so as to protect the guilty). It’s rare that it happens but the fact that I now also have only 3 blueberry bushes instead of four will explain. That happened last year. Puppy chewing can be so frustrating but like with any problem, there are remedies.

    The real culprit is the teething process each puppy has to go through. To start with, for anyone that is interested in numbers, puppies have  14  upper teeth and  14   lower teeth. They begin to loose these teeth sometime between 3 and 7  months and it continues to be a problem until  new teeth come in. They should have their full set of adult incisors, molars and canine teeth between 4-7  months. An adult dog has 21 upper teeth and 21 lower teeth. That urge to chew is just part of growing up and their way of dealing with it. That’s a lot of teeth to deal with.

    After the Crepe Myrtle incident, I just thought to share a few pointers in case it will be a help.

    How do you recognize the problem? There are several ways that are on the top of my list.

    1.  If you begin to miss socks and shoes and find them later and decide that you will never be seen in public with them again.

    2.  If your child can’t find his favorite toy or if they are missing parts.

    3.  If you find yourself tripping over frayed carpet strands.

    4.  If you go to sit in your favorite lawn chair and fall through to the ground.

    5.  If you find  bushes and small trees are badly trimmed unexpectedly.

    So…….if you find yourself thinking that those pearly white teeth are a terrible nuisance , take heart. There are solutions.  21 weeks seems to be about the time the heaviest chewing urges hit. Be prepared!

    1.) Your puppy’s crate is your ( and his) friend. When you can’t supervise your puppy, keep him safely inside.  Be sure and have plenty of play time when you are at home and able to be with him.

    2. Provide plenty of chew toys and try pressed rawhide. Try putting his toys in the freezer or give him ice cubes. Don’t buy toys that are of the shape or texture of anything you don’t want him to chew.  Again, take plenty of time to play with your pup with his toys and have fun together! Nylabone and Kong toys are tough and stores have a great selection.

    3. Declutter  and puppy proof your home and yard, removing tempting objects. You can try putting attractive  little fences around the Myrtles and Blueberries!

    4. Don’t let up on puppy training.  Be consistent in letting your puppy know you are the boss and what you expect. Puppy classes  and Obedience classes are great for puppy and owner alike and can be a wonderful distraction.

    5. Try Bitter Apple and spray some on the tempting objects.

    Your puppy will go through many different stages Just be Patient, Prepared and Positive!

  • Beau

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    I’m sorry for not writing sooner but I just wanted to let you know how much we love Beau. He is so incredible and loved by everyone he meets. Everyone thinks he is a big fluffy teddy bear. He has a thick coat and his coloring is gorgeous. His pictures don’t do him justice but I wanted to send you this one so you can see how he’s grown. Like you said, Helena can barely hold him on her lap. We went to the Vet the other day and he weighed 22lbs. He has gained 10 lbs. in 4 weeks.

    He has the best personality and is very smart. We haven’t put him in our pool yet but bought him a baby pool for him to play in. I was going to wait another month, then I saw the picture of Copper swimming. He was awesome.

    I want to thank you for Beau. We are blessed and can’t thank you enough.

    Jeanne

  • Bella

    Bella-and-babies-vgw2She seems to be on schedule for her new litter in February and is quite round. She is still very active and running and playing normally. So, yes we are expecting and getting prepared. These two pictures were taken in January 2011.  She had 8 puppies last year so we are hoping for 8 more this year. As you can see, she is an excellent mother. The puppies were just a few days old in these pictures. The lighter colored puppy is Bentley. You can see his pictures in some of the previous posts.

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  • Bentley (in green) and his friends and trainer at Texas A/M- Holiday fun!

    Bentley (in green) and his friends and trainer at Texas A/M- Holiday fun!

     

  • Bentley’s graduation

    graduated from the Guide and Service Dog program at Texas A/M this last week. We weren’t able to make it up to College Station but Brianna, his trainer for the last year, posted such a great video of Bentley’s last year to share with us all.

  • Bringing out the best in us

    As a kid, my favorite hangout was the library and I believe I could write a review on every animal book they had at the time. I had a particular love for anything to do with dogs. Since I have been raising puppies, a large part of the joy is knowing that they are going to make a  huge difference in people’s lives. Some of my puppies go into Service/Assistance dog training  and others into training for Therapy work but the ones that go to pet homes, are on a mission of love and comfort as well. They bring so much into our lives and can bring out the best in us kids of all ages.

    I had the pleasure of having Helena and her mom drop by for a visit the other day. I don’t think I have had anyone put forth so many questions about my dogs before and they were so well thought out. I tried to answer each one and had to chuckle as I felt like I was talking to a miniature future college professor. Kids are wonderful. Well, she is also an artist and blessed me with some of her art work and a sweet note about her puppy on the back.  Thank you Helena!

  • Calvin turns 4!

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    My how you've grown.

  • Charlotte

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    She has been such a wonderful addition to our family here. She’s an English Golden Retriever.   She is our 2nd one as we had Sedric for years before we retired him as a companion for a 10 year old quadriplegic child. He is the father of some of our first beautiful Goldendoodles pups.

    For those of you that aren’t familiar with English Goldens Retrievers, they are generally cream or white and typically bulkier than their American counterpart and are known to have a bit of a calmer personality.  Charlotte is inches shorter than our Standard  Poodles but weighs about 15 lbs more. She can almost be mistaken for a small polar bear.

    Her father is from the  Dewmist  line of Champion Golden Retrievers from Sweden and her mom is from a Russian line of Champion Golden Retrievers. Although they are from other countries, they are known as English Golden Retrievers. Although it’s nice to know she has champion lineage, we value temperament most of all and that’s why we chose Charlotte.

    She’s fun loving, great with kids and just wonderful to have around. She has a natural smile and large warm eyes. She loves to swim and get wet if there is a hint of a puddle anywhere. She is a true retriever as she always has to be carrying something.  Thankfully she has learned that our socks are off limits.  She is outgoing but on occasion can be shy when meeting new people. It takes a few minutes   for her to warm up but she loves to show off her tricks.

    We are planning her first litter  in Spring of 2012 and we are looking forward to more Goldendoodles puppies once again.

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  • Cheena and Zane’s Beau

    zzzzzzzzI’m sorry for not writing sooner but I just wanted to let you know how much we love Beau. He is so incredible and loved by everyone he meets. Everyone thinks he is a big fluffy teddy bear. He has a thick coat and his coloring is gorgeous. His pictures don’t do him justice but I wanted to send you this one so you can see how he’s grown. Like you said, Helena can barely hold him on her lap. We went to the Vet the other day and he weighed 22lbs. He has gained 10 lbs. in 4 weeks.

    He has the best personality and is very smart. We haven’t put him in our pool yet but bought him a baby pool for him to play in. I was going to wait another month, then I saw the picture of Copper swimming. He was awesome.

    I want to thank you for Beau. We are blessed and can’t thank you enough.

    Jeanne

  • Cheena’s Photogenic boys

    Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Cheena’s boys. I could only title this one “The Barbershop Quartet”

    Grooming  starts early around our place. With a coat like this- Groomers Beware!

  • Christmas news or should I say ” not news!”

    As Christmas  draws near, I get still get quite a few inquiries about available puppies for Christmas presents. We won’t be having any puppies available until  Spring of 2013 so Christmas will be quiet around here. We do have a waiting list for anyone who doesn’t mind waiting until next summer/spring,  We invest a lot of time in our little ones since  some of our puppies do go on to training for working positions as Service/Assistance dogs .We concentrate on early socialization with all the puppies but since it is a lot of time and  work to raise puppies properly, we only plan a few litters yearly.

    We do want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Have fun and stay safe!

  • Christmas Puppies- They don’t come with a "I will just naturally be your Christmas Angel" guarantee.

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    Around this time of year I get quite a few calls for Christmas Puppies. Happily, I just have never seemed to have puppies available at Christmas. Adding a puppy to your family is already a big decision in the best of times and takes a lot of planning to pull it off. Puppies are a lot like little kids and need a lot of oversight during those early months. If left on their own, surprises of the unwelcome sort may fill your days. Christmas is already a very busy time for most people and adding a puppy during the Holidays can be a bit more of a complication than people realize.
    A picture of a darling puppy popping out of a box has got to be the cutest thing. But, are you ready?
    If you do feel it is the right time, I suggest you plan ahead and be prepared with supplies and schedules ahead of time.

     

    Basic Puppy Supplies

    • A good crate and bedding
    • Stainless steel bowls
    • Good quality puppy food and treats
    • Toys ( I recommend chew toys like Nylabone and Kong)
    • Pressed Rawhide
    • Collar and leash
    • Play Pen and/or gates

    More Tips

    A new puppy can become easily overwhelmed and over tired. Keep his play times short and don’t introduce him to too many people at once.

    Use your kennel often for puppy rest and safety.
    When you bring your new puppy home, the best time to start your training is right away. It’s best if you can set aside plenty of time for bonding and setting boundaries and basic puppy obedience. It’s just hard to do if you have a lot of guests and activities planned. If you do have a Christmas puppy, do your scheduling and you’ll be glad you did.
    When you are scheduling, don’t forget those first puppy visits to the Vet.
    And yes…..don’t neglect the all important  puppy house training. That tidbit comes from a person who had their Christmas presents under the tree become a target for a puppy potty break.  And that would be me.

    Far too many Christmas puppies end up in shelters the next Spring when their owners claim “bad behavior and habits” that are totally unavoidable.

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Golden Doodle Puppies

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We have 1-2 A1 Golden Doodle littlers a year, many to loving families and others to service dog programs, for which they are wonderfully suited.

Grown Golden Doodles

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When a Rainfield Golden Doodle puppy is adopted into a new home, we request updates and do our best to help provide helpful tips and advice to their
new families. 

Golden Doodle Parents

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Golden Doodles are a result of a Poodle and Golden Retreiver parent. Our sire is the majestic Standard Poodle 'Zane.' The mothers are our pet Golden Retreivers.