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Doodles behind bars?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen and Jackdoodle Jan 13. 10 Replies

Does anyone know if the 3 doodles in the Facebook post this morning from Doodle Famiily have been reunited with their family yet? The picture shows 3 collared, seemingly well-groomed doodles in a…Continue

Dumb question about DK procedures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrea, Belle and Honey Apr 13, 2017. 3 Replies

I apologize for repeating a question I asked before, but I forgot (oh my aging brain) and can't find the previous answer.  How do I send a friend request to someone?  Thanks.Continue

US Supreme Court and Wonder, the Goldendoodle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jun 30, 2016. 7 Replies

Among their plethora of talents, Doodles can be trained as service dogs, and can even attract the attention of the US Supreme…Continue

How to tell if a dog is dominant, and what to do about it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane, Guinness and Murphy Dec 20, 2015. 8 Replies

I've been told by the trainer at Belle's day care farm that she is a dominant dog.  What are the characteristics of a dominant dog? Can anxiety be a factor, or an alternative cause of dominant…Continue

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Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Carol and Truffle's discussion SERIOUS Car Sickness
"Hi Carol. Truffle is so cute.  My 3-year-old Belle has always had a problem with gagging, vomiting and massive drooling in the car.  The vet has decided that this is likely not caused by anxiety, but by motion sickness. She is not…"
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Stacy's discussion Wildlife adventures - and the day I didn’t want dogs anymore
"I’m probably tempting fate by saying this, but so far none of my dogs have ever been able to catch wildlife, though much delicious deer poop has been consumed. The cats, however, oh the cats. We live in an area surrounded by woods, and mice…"
Jun 2
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Michelle Bowman's discussion Weight of F1B mini goldendoodle
"Belle is a mini who is almost 3 years old and consistently weighs 14.7 lbs.  At 16 weeks she weighed about 8 lbs, so she falls on the subtract a few lbs side of the doubled 16-week weight formula."
May 30
Karen and Jackdoodle replied to Andrea, Belle and Honey's discussion Natural flavor in the group The Food Group
"I'll add one caveat. There is an emulsifier agent in wet, soft, and/or semi-moist foods, both human and pet foods, that is believed to contribute to digestive diseases in both people and dogs, and that's carrageenan. That's one…"
Apr 14
Karen and Jackdoodle replied to Andrea, Belle and Honey's discussion Natural flavor in the group The Food Group
"IF (and that's a big "if") Honey does have IBD, and that IBD is the eosinophilic type of IBD, (which is the type that is triggered by specific foods, and is not the most common type), the culprits would much more likely be major…"
Apr 14
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Andrea, Belle and Honey's discussion Natural flavor in the group The Food Group
"Thanks Karen.  I'm worried that my little silky terrier Honey wound up with IBD, and Sophie the Cat's kidneys failed at the relatively young age of 14, because of something noxious that I unwittingly fed them, so I am looking at…"
Apr 13
Karen and Jackdoodle replied to Andrea, Belle and Honey's discussion Natural flavor in the group The Food Group
"Natural flavorings are ingredients derived from natural sources which approximate or enhance the flavors of certain foods.  Clear as mud, right? It's pretty complicated. Here's a good article about natural flavorings, which are way…"
Apr 13
Andrea, Belle and Honey added a discussion to the group The Food Group

Natural flavor

What exactly is "natural flavor," and is it an acceptable ingredient in dog food?  I have a vague recollection that something negative was said about it a while ago, but a search brought up a lot of results which seemed to mostly just mention that it is in some foods. See More
Apr 13
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Maya B.'s discussion Choosing a Puppy and Socialization Advice
"In addition to the sound reasons already articulated for choosing Puppy #3, please also consider that not all dogs are appropriate for therapy work.  Reducing the risks of genetic issues, and behavior problems due to a less than optimal early…"
Apr 11
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Stacy's discussion Is potty training hopeless?
"The thought of Maggie moaning in the garage is so sad. Do you leave Katie in the garage with Maggie? Is there a way to temporarily make the garage more comfy for her while you continue to work on teaching her that carpet is not to be potted on and…"
Apr 2
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Mammadood's discussion Puppy won't play ball anymore
"This is probably nutty, but it worked for Belle.  At first she would take her favorite Holy Roller ball out of her toy box and either drop it at my feet, or throw it at me.  Then I would throw the ball and she would run and stand over the…"
Apr 1
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to J and Luna's discussion Long time no doodlekisses... Sad update
"J and Luna, I am so sorry to hear your sad news.  I certainly understand your desire to protect your beautiful Luna from the debilitating, and frequently useless, trauma of traditional treatments.  I recently had to make a similar decision…"
Mar 30
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Christyn Unzueta's discussion How big will my mini goldendoodle get? in the group Mini and Medium Doodles
"My mini ALD weighed 4.18 lbs at 8 weeks and now weighs 14.7 lbs at almost 3 years old. Both of her parents were larger, but the weight of the parents, while relevant, is not necessarily determinative. A pretty good indicator will be the pup’s…"
Mar 28
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Stacy's discussion Crate Size - is this crate too small?
"Belle is also a short little mini.  One of her nicknames is pogo stick. She loves to eat paper, especially tissues. Until she finally learned “no jump” I had to stand on the top rung of my kitchen step ladder to blow my nose. When…"
Mar 22
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Karen and Jackdoodle's discussion Those Who Have Healthy Paws Insurance, How Much Have Your Rates Gone Up Each Year?
"Karen,  I'm sorry to hear Healthy Paws is being difficult.  I have, fortunately, had no need to contact them since the initial purchase, so only know that their representative was very helpful then.  Have you looked into…"
Mar 20
Andrea, Belle and Honey replied to Karen and Jackdoodle's discussion Those Who Have Healthy Paws Insurance, How Much Have Your Rates Gone Up Each Year?
"I enrolled Belle in Healthy Paws when she was 9 weeks old.  She has 90% coverage with a $500 deductible.  There are no lifetime, annual or per incident limits, which was important for me because I previously had uninsured dogs who…"
Mar 20

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I am a retired, widowed empty-nester currently living with Belle, an adorable, feisty doodle puppy, and Honey, a 12-year-old silky terrier and cats Sophie and Roxie.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
Labradoodle Belle came home on August 8, 2015, and she is so lovable. She is an apricot mini with a liver nose and beautiful green eyes. She has been enjoying puppy socials and the occasional visit to doggy day care, and she starts puppy training class on October 10th.

Tracking Belle's Weight:

August 8, 2015 - 4.18 lbs @ 8 weeks
August 26, 2015 - 5 lbs @ 11 weeks
September 12, 2015 - 6.3 lbs
September 16, 2015 - 7.2 lbs
October 4, 2015 - 8 lbs
November 7, 2015 - 12.6 lbs
November 28, 2015 - 13.2 lbs
December 30, 2015 - 13.7 lbs
Where did you get your doodle(s)?
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
I was hoping for a relatively small dog with a lab's mellow and friendly personality but less copious shedding. So far, I think I have hit the jackpot with Belle.
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
We are having fun running around the back yard with me yelling "leave it" and "no sticks." I also enjoy training with Belle, who has begun to understand "better hurry pee, "better hurry poop," "sit" (with pointed finger), and sometimes "no cats." We're going to start on "down" soon.
Does your doodle(s) shed?
Who grooms your doodle(s)?
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Would you be willing to Dog Sit on occasion for other DoodleKisses members? (You are NOT committing to anything by saying yes - you are just saying you might be willing to do this if you were acquainted with the other member and the circumstances were right.)

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Belle Wins Over an Inveterate Dog Disdainer

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 10:04pm 18 Comments

My mother has never enjoyed dogs.  She also has never understood why any sane person would want a canine companion.  Years ago when my then partner gave me an adorable puppy for Valentine's Day, my Mom's response was "are you going to keep her?"  (Actually the dog stayed around much longer than that partner.)  So I gave up long ago showing my Mom cute pictures, and telling her funny anecdotes, about the many wonderful dogs who have graced my life. 

Then Mom, who is 103, fell…


Do doodles have a sense of humor?

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 1:20pm 7 Comments

I have suspected for a while that despite all my efforts (a la Doggy Dan) to establish myself as the leader of the pack, Belle has concluded that I am here for her entertainment.  I carefully refrain from playing with her if she brings me a toy to start her favorite game of fetch, as only I am supposed to initiate play. That doesn't stop her from constantly bringing me a variety of toys she hopes I will throw.  One day, I was standing by a counter folding laundry and suddenly a soggy tennis…


Belle Makes Progress at Day Care

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 12:14pm 8 Comments

I wrote a while ago about Belle (14.8 lbs) failing the admission evaluation at doggy day care because she didn't know how to behave with other, mostly bigger, dogs.  The owner of a small local day care on a farm agreed to work with Belle (whom she refers to fondly as her "wackadoodle"). Belle started playing under close supervision with a few calm, small dogs. Gradually she was allowed to run and play (mostly run) with a variety of larger, but trustworthy, dogs.   Belle wants to show you…


A tale of unintended consequences.

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 6:28pm 10 Comments

I just got home from the emergency vet. The trainer from Belle's doggy day care suggested that I try the Pet Corrector when Belle jumps on my back after being stopped once with a firm "no."  She has gotten much better about that, but in exchange she has resumed chewing on the wooden rungs of my computer chair.  She never minded the bitter apple, and has gotten used to the horseradish solution (although she prefers it with gefilte fish).  Time outs make no impression on her when she wants to…


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At 5:49am on April 13, 2017, Ginny Nightingale said…

Hi Andrea--if you have questions, you can send them to me now. I will try to help--I assume this is Belle that is the guardian dog? And that she will go to the breeder to have the litter?

At 12:37pm on December 20, 2015, Maryann,Roo and Tigger said…

Many many thanks for meds for giving me hope for Roo.  Merry Christmas to you and yours

At 1:27pm on December 19, 2015, Maryann,Roo and Tigger said…

Hi Andrea - Thanks for your generous offer to send the unused meds.  I can certainly use the Vetmed and Silex for Roo.  I am so sorry that you had the opportunity to have to have these on hand.  It's so hard..!

It's sounds like you are having a good time with Bella and so is she.

My address is 31 Hidden Valley Road, Monrovia CA 91016.  Please let me know the shipping cost and your address and I will send you a check. 

Nice to have you as a friend on DK

At 6:18pm on October 4, 2015, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

I love my camera! Cameras take such better pictures - inconvenient in that you have to actually carry them with you though if you want to take a picture.  I finally got a smart phone but it takes such crummy pictures :-{.  

8 pounds it so tiny!  The smaller they are, the sooner they are done growing.  Ned grew very little past 6 months and was done by 8 months, and he is 28 pounds - technically a mini but huge compare to Belle.  She is so cute.  I love her coloring, especially her eyes.



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