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Cathy Murphy
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  • Winthrop ME
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Aug 16, 2018
Cathy Murphy replied to Michael's discussion HELP - My ALD is licking & biting his leg
"Something similar just happened to Finn.  I noticed him licking his front leg.  He ended up irritating what may have been a black fly bite.  I monitored it for almost a week, used the topical spray from a previous hot spot but just…"
Jun 28, 2018
Cathy Murphy replied to Bethany's discussion Possessive dog over dead squirrel
"Oh My YES!!!  Finn was off leash once and found a raccoon carcass (too big to pick up thank goodness) so I was able to leash him.  He has swallowed frozen mice, moles and frogs that he finds or hunted.  He also will happily play with…"
Apr 6, 2018
Cathy Murphy replied to Steph's discussion harness recommendation?
"We use Sensation by Soft Concepts- it is a front harness- only 1 buckle and goes over the dog's head easily.  It has helped a lot with pulling.  "
Dec 29, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to Maureen Floerchinger's discussion Naughty AND Nice! Santa needs HELP
"He is adorable!!!  Two things that worked for Finn at that age were training class (and short practice sessions a few times per day-tires out those little brains) and DAYCARE (can you say slept most of the next day).  His daycare was great…"
Dec 3, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to Binny P's discussion Shame cone recommendations and keeping a puppy calm?
"You can also try a Kong that you stuff with healthy treat/kibble then freeze it (or a clean marrow bone).  I can't remember how old your pup is or if he had tummy troubles so don't want to recommend something that would upset his…"
Jul 1, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Wildlife Woes
"Sounds familiar!! Finn is after everything!!  Hunts frogs in the tall grass, then tries to play with them- needless to say that never ends well!!  Then he carries it around in his mouth like his little pet- UGH.  2 weeks ago big ugly…"
Jun 27, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to DJ's discussion Pet sitter cost?
"I have an in home , first year teacher for Finn and I pay $30 and also stock the fridge!"
Jun 9, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to Haley, Yeti, and Phin's discussion Is there such thing as too much flea and tick medicine?
"Hi there- I have an IMHA doodle too.  How is your pup doing???  My Finn is staying gradually improving!!  What a rough stretch though!  The Ticks have been unbelievable here in Maine!!  Hope your Doodle is beating IMHA and…"
Jun 1, 2017
Cathy Murphy replied to Paulette & Cooper's discussion Update on Cooper
"My heart is broken for you and your sweet boy. Cooper has been blessed to have had such a loving family. You are in my thoughts."
Dec 21, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Caroline Thompson's discussion New puppy nonstop crying in her play pen
"Can you tire her out then get in the pen with her.  Settle her down with a treat/blankie and just hang out.  If she falls asleep great- let her be.  When she wakes right out for potty so she has no time to get stressed.  Maybe…"
Dec 12, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Paulette & Cooper's discussion Cooper's Mystery Disease
"His giardia  test was negative which is why he just got sicker.  We think Finn's immune system went berserk when he was making antibodies to his Lepto vaccine that he had receive the week before.  In autoimmune diseases the body…"
Dec 11, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Paulette & Cooper's discussion Cooper's Mystery Disease
"Finn started out of the blue (October 10)with diarrhea so put him on chicken and rice.  When he REFUSED to eat the next day and vomited we headed to the vet ( with sample).  The thought was he had eaten something although I was 98% sure…"
Dec 11, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Paulette & Cooper's discussion Cooper's Mystery Disease
"So sorry your Cooper is sick.  My Finn is fighting IMHA- Immune mediated hemolytic anemia an autoimmune disease.  His hematocrit (RBC) dropped to 11.5 and he had to have a blood transfusion.  He was and still is very lethargic.…"
Dec 10, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Mary's discussion Goldendoodle puppy eating absolutely everything outside! in the group Puppy Madness
"Just a different thought- Is she hungry?? When we got Finn the amount of food the breeder told us to feed him was a bit less than he needed.  He would literally try to eat the grass.  Luckily we saw the vet 2 days after we brought him home…"
Dec 4, 2016
Cathy Murphy replied to Cailey Carson's discussion Harnesses in the group Puppy Madness
"I love the Sense-sation soft touch- It made such a difference when walking Finn.  I clip the harness and collar together ( a leash with a bigger clasp is helpful) and my 64 lb boy walks so nicely!!  "
Nov 16, 2016

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About Me:
We have a golden doodle puppy that is 10 weeks old and named Finnegan (Finn).
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
Where did you get your doodle(s)?
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
After reading about them and talking to people it seemed like a golden doodle would be a great addition to our family!
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
play in and outside, cuddle,
Does your doodle(s) shed?
Who grooms your doodle(s)?
Favorite Doodle Products?
He loves the Kong, Twist and Treat and all rope chews!

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At 4:02pm on October 11, 2015, Cheryl and Finnegan said…

Hi Cathy, I just saw the comment you sent me.  So sorry, I don;t check my page very often.  Thanks for your kind comment about Finney.  Your Finnegan is adorable too.  We started with puppy classes and then Canine Good Citizen training.  I researched the various therapy organizations and chose Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs.  We tested through that organization and Finn got his certification but there are others that are national.  Therapy Dog iInternational and Pet Partners come to mind.  Then we joined a local therapy dog organization that already had a reading program in place. To go into the hospital, I had to get B&B in touch with the hospital volunteer office so that B&B could add the hospital to their list of insured facilities. Others here have started in libraries or in nursing homes.  Some places will let you in with a well behaved pup if you explain you want to socialize the pup (at least that was my experience).  I took FInn in to several nursing homes.  Most people love the idea of therapy dogs and you'll find that  they welcome you, as long as you go in and ask first, register your dog with them, etc.  It's a wonderful experience to share your dog.  Good luck.  WIll be anxious to hear how you guys progress.  DId you join the therapy dogs group?  

At 8:02pm on August 29, 2015, Lynda Kamrath said…

Welcome to the Educators with Doodles group.  We need some new energy in this group, so hop right in.  You will all get used to the new schedule.  These dogs are very adaptable.

At 8:42am on July 7, 2015, Deb Reed said…

Thanks for the friends request.  I didn't even know about that.  I just accepted you.

At 8:33am on July 7, 2015, Deb Reed said…

Good luck with the new pup!!  How's it going so far?  Lots of work at first but so worth it. Just remember it does get easier over time.

At 7:37am on June 23, 2015, Deb Reed said…

Hi Catherine,  You must be soooo excited.  My Annie was born last July 27th.  She's almost one!  The love of my life. The doodle breed is wonderful!  I live in NH.  Deb

At 5:59pm on June 22, 2015, Kathy and Sam said…
My baby is supposed to be born on July 4th!
At 11:38am on June 22, 2015, Kathy and Sam said…
Hi! I saw your post and had to respond! I'm getting a golden doodle at the end of the summer. I live in the Adirondack Mountains, not too far from Maine. I hope to see many posts from you! Enjoy your baby. I can't wait!


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