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Jane, Guinness and Murphy
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Happy Birthday Murphy!

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About Me:
I'm Guinness, and I'm writing this because my brother (Murphy) is too little, plus I'm much smarter than he is. My Mom and Dad got me first from Grandview Labradoodles in VT. All my brothers and sisters got to go to their homes first, and I was just waiting for the right Mom to come find me. When my Mom first met me she cried and kissed and hugged me. I knew we belonged together, and I've been taking care of her ever since. I just turned one year old and so Mom thought it was time for another dog. She decided she wanted to "adopt" this time. She found me a baby sister named Izzy, but then it fell through at the last minute. She was so sad, and I hate it when she's sad. Then the DRC "fairy godmothers" called to say there was a little Doodle puppy who needed a new home. So, we went to NJ and adopted my baby brother. Mom cried again...she kept crying all the way home. She says it's because she was so happy. I don't get that. My Mom and Dad don't work anymore...they are retired. They spend all their time with "the boys" (that's what they call us). I have a human brother named Tim who is 24, and he lives home with us. Mom calls him "one her boys" too. Mom says he has Down Syndrome, but he seems just like any other guy to me, so I'm not sure what she means by that. He's fun, and Murph and I love to sneak into his room and steal his socks and underwear...he keeps them right on the floor so we can get them. Mom says they don't belong on the floor and makes him pick them up...bummer. Plus there are six grand kids who come and visit all the time. They love to play with us, and we know we have to be very gentle because they're really little (and easy to "knock over"). We love to go for car trips and on walks. I'm teaching my little brother how to walk on a leash like a big boy. I've had lots of training, and I'm going to be a Therapy Dog soon. I have lots of new friends in the Alzheimer Home, and I like to go there and make them smile. They always tell me I'm cute. I have bad stomach problems so my Mom has to cook "real people" food for's awesome. My brother has to eat dog food...ha ha! We're Irish Dogs...that's why we're named Guinness and Murphy. Mom calls us the Irish Brothers. I was named after Guinness Beer....Mom loves that stuff (Yuck). My brother was already named Murphy by his first Mom....I guess it was meant to be that he should come and live with us. St. Patrick's Day is HUGE at our house. We love it because there's a real fun party and people come and sneak us treats.....and WE LOVE TREATS!

BIG NEWS!!! My Therapy Dog International ID card and bandanna just came in the mail. I'm pretty excited about this. As many of you know, I hate bandannas...but this one is cool. My brother, Murph, also got a gold medal from AKC....they say he's a "Puppy Star". I'm not too sure about that.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
I'm Guinness and I'm a mini ALD, and my brother Murphy is a REALLY BIG ALD. We're the only pets that live in our house, but we have lots of dog cousins that we get to visit.
Where did you get your doodle(s)?
Breeder, Rehome
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
Is there any other breed....I don't think so.
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
My Mom's favorite thing to do with us is cuddle...she LOVES kissing. Her second favorite thing to do is training (we could take that or leave it to be quite honest). Mom likes to take us places and show us off. She loves how people always say how cute we are. She also likes to dress us up and take our picture....we hate that.
Does your doodle(s) shed?
Who grooms your doodle(s)?
Bows & Bandanas...Farmington, CT
Favorite Doodle Products?
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Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Shalper's discussion New Owner...Need some advice
"I completely agree with this.  I think if you have these types of concerns already, then the best thing for the puppy is probably to find her a home with a family who understands all about what it's going to take to raise her, and enters…"
17 hours ago
Karen and Jackdoodle replied to Jane, Guinness and Murphy's discussion Some Great Insight in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"I love this, and so much of it resonates with me. "
21 hours ago
Jane, Guinness and Murphy added a discussion to the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets

Some Great Insight

A local trainer who I admire recently shared this post on her Facebook page. It was written by a trainer/author in Canada.  I love the message and thought that members of the training group would too.  I just ordered the author's book...I'll let everyone know how it is.Lets be honest: There are good trainers, okay trainers, and bad trainers.Regardless of tool used, good trainers have happy and trained dogs and poor trainersdon't. They might have one of the two; happy or trained.A good trainer…See More
21 hours ago
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Haley, Yeti, and Phin's discussion flea & tick / heart worm for sensitive tummies
"I use Frontline Plus and Revolution which are both topical because of Murph's IBD."
Mar 5
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion thoughts about leaving a dog home alone in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Yay....that's great news."
Mar 1
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Mary, Scrappy and Sully's discussion Pet Insurance Feedback?
"There was one extra zero there.  Murph's premium is $938 a year and Guinness is $1078.  Murph is 8 and Guinness is goes up each year and I'm assuming the claim experience is factored in as well."
Feb 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion thoughts about leaving a dog home alone in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"If you really want her to stay in the kitchen with the gate you'll probably have to teach her.  I would put her in there when you're home and tell her to "lie down" and stay (it helps if there's a bed in there so she…"
Feb 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy commented on Ginny Nightingale's blog post Retiring from the puppy raising business
"I will miss seeing your puppies, but I understand wanting to "wind down" at this point.  Enjoy your retirement!"
Feb 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Mary, Scrappy and Sully's discussion Pet Insurance Feedback?
"I have had Pet Plan since my guys were puppies and it has paid for itself many times over.  You might want to ask your Vet what their experience has been before deciding...they sometimes have a good sense for coverage and ease of doing…"
Feb 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion thoughts about leaving a dog home alone in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"My big 72 lb Dood tried once to jump the gate and it fell over.  It scared him so much that he has never tried it again.  It's actually kind of comical because he acts like a tough, full of himself guy and has been "in…"
Feb 26
Jane, Guinness and Murphy commented on Linda and "Toby"'s group Art Cafe
"Great job, Lynda."
Feb 26
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion thoughts about leaving a dog home alone in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"I think you've got some great advice here already.  Is the real issue that she needs to have her potty training reinforced?  I'm not clear on whether she has accidents when you're home or just when you leave her.  If…"
Feb 26
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Maryann,Roo and Tigger's discussion Murphy and Tigger
"Oh what a total cutie!  I'm so happy for you...and what a great name!"
Feb 18
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Sally M's discussion Agression
"I agree with Nancy's advice.  My thought is that some of this is because Penny is not getting the exercise she needs which seems to build up frustration that takes lots of different forms.  My Murphy needs lots of exercise and when…"
Feb 13
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Introducing Maggie!
"Wonderful news....she's a beautiful girl."
Feb 13
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Jenny Brockman's discussion Stinky breath
"When my guys breath is nasty it's usually a sign for me that they need their teeth "brushed".  I use the dental wipes since they both hate having a toothbrush in their mouth."
Feb 8
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Loving Ava
"This is such a beautiful tribute to your special girl.  I'm so sorry...."
Feb 8
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Haley, Yeti, and Phin's discussion Tylan powder in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"I order my Tylan capsules from Wedgewood Pharmacy online and they ship them to me.  If you are interested I can share the would need to have your vet fax a prescription."
Jan 22
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion What do your dogs know?
"Murph is the same way.  He used to take off when he saw me head for the closet where I keep the brush and comb.  To fool him I now store the treats in the same place....that creates a bit of a dilemma for him.  He doesn't know…"
Jan 6
Jane, Guinness and Murphy commented on Laurie, Fudge, and Vern's blog post Why Do We Do It? (In Memoriam)
"This is really beautiful, Laurie.  I think we've all been there.  I remember when we lost our Dalmatian, Dave and I swore there would be no more dogs.  We knew we'd be retiring and "free at last".  I was…"
Dec 27, 2017

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At 10:37am on June 15, 2016, Jaime Garfield said…

Hi Jane I see your from Farmington CT. I went to school at university of hartford, graduated in 1991!! i am the lady down in south florida with Bailey-any comments or suggestions is greatly appreciated. Bailey barks at kids that come into my home. Not usual neighborhood kids, he's fine with them. Maybe new comers or kids that sleep over. Tried leashing him so I am in control. My trainer suggested doing that and rewarding him with a snack on for this time. I wasn't crazy about this idea (why should he be positively reinforced for negative behaviors. Unfortunately, He has already learned when he takes something not his and command him to drop it, he will only drop it for a treat. Again my trainer trained him to do this...Not knowing any better at the time I went along with it. This is my first time with a very large dog (84lbs). my kids are always saying, "mom, why can't Bailey be like the other dogs on our street, friendly and happy to  see other kids" Jaime

At 4:59pm on April 17, 2015, Ann Kendig said…
Hi Jane,
I took Duke to the specialist a couple days ago. He does think that Duke has IBD but he has not been scoped yet. He did have an ultrasound and nothing alarming showed up-no masses. He is now on a wormer for the next days to see if a parasite is causing his regurgitating. His stools are fine and normal. The vet wanted to put him on the hydrolyzed food. I told him I wanted him to speak to Duke's dermatologist first so they can be on the same page with what is going on with Duke. This was the second bout of throwing up for Duke. Right now I'm feeding him 4 small meals a day and he's holding it down, not sure what will happen after he's done with the meds he's on. Specialist said if he starts to throw up again I need him to come in for scope/biopsy and of course to switch his food to they hydrolyzed diet. Do you know if this diet will work long term? I believe the only protein he hasn't had so far is Kangaroo. I spoke to Karen while Duke was having his tests run, she is so knowledgeable and a big help. I'm sorry Murphy is going through all of this. You certainly have been an awesome mom to him!
At 10:59am on January 16, 2015, Cindy and Olive (Ollie) said…
How's Murphy doing? Sorry if I missed your update. I was just thinking about you guys. Hope he's doing ok!
At 12:24pm on March 19, 2014, Nicky, Riley & Boris said…

Just catching up with everything here and sorry to hear Murphy isn't too well. Poor  boy, it's horribly worrying when our furkids are out of sorts.  Hopefully all will be back to normal (whatever that is!) very soon. 

At 12:43pm on March 18, 2014, Carol and Banjo said…

Jane,  I just read your reply in Laurie's latest blog.   I'm so sorry to hear that Murphy is going through a rough patch.   I hope things settle out soon.   I teared up at the vision of you holding and caring for him on the bathroom floor in the wee house of the morning.   Somehow, I know that that dog KNOWS you are his "keeper".   What a magnificent bond you have!   Sending positive vibes your way!!!!

At 5:01am on March 8, 2014, Laurie, Fudge, and Vern said…

Jane, I don't want you to miss my latest blog. Things roll off the front page so quickly! Other than the fact that it illustrates I am a terrible dog trainer, it is highly inappropriate and I know you like that part :) LOL

At 4:02pm on March 7, 2014, Cynthia Whitfield said…

Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this. I wasn't sure how to contact you again after you invited me to be friends. I'm very interested to know you have a son with special needs also. My son was diagnosed at the age of four with "mental retardation" -- now known primarily as intellectual disability, and autism. He's a loving person and quite outgoing for someone with an autism diagnosis  -- but who knows?  He's 20 and functions at about the 2 to 7 year old level depending on the task/activity/situation.

I thought the dog would be someone he could help train as a companion animal, even maybe as a service animal, but Simba, my ALD, is not very interested in people and snuggling --which is just what my son wants, along with someone to play fetch with. SImba doesn't play fetch either, and doesn't seem to have much of the need to please I was looking for.

What's your situation? How is it working out for your son and your dog?

At 7:21am on January 8, 2014, Donna K & Quincy said…

I love that your page says Happy Spring, gives those of us currently living in a deep freeze something to look forward to. :>)

At 7:19am on January 8, 2014, Donna K & Quincy said…

Happy Birthday Jane, the world and DK are a better place for having you in it.

At 6:32am on January 8, 2014, Karen and Jackdoodle said…

She better be nice to me, Aunt Jane! I haven't had a walk in three days and I am going stir crazy! 

Hope you have a great day, Love JD

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Happy Birthday Guinness!

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:00am 28 Comments

Guinness is six!!!!  He's the little guy who brought me here to DK where I've made so many amazing friends.  He has brought us so much love and joy, and I'm so grateful to his breeder who was committed to producing Doodles with great temperaments.  We met his Mom who was the "family dog" and were able to talk to the owners of the Dad who worked as a therapy dog with the owner who was a Psychiatrist in Boston.  The puppies lived right in the house and were well socialized with children.  When…


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Posted on March 1, 2014 at 10:37am 28 Comments

Some of you may have seen to post from Sheri (Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom) about her DK bucket list and a visit this weekend.  Well today was the day.....and I was the lucky Doodle Kisses friend that she visited.  I've known Sheri ever since I joined DK and have always admired her.  She was such an inspiration as she went through so much with Sophie's illness and still always managed to help others.  She has fostered for the DRC five times, and who will ever forget what she did for Honey and…



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