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Trudy Harlow
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Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Ear infections in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Karen can bet money that I’m going to disagree with her. My dogs ear infections stopped almost entirely when I switched him to a grain- and chicken-Free diet. In fact, I can GIVE him ear infections by giving him crummy milkbone type treats.…"
Nov 11, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Dolly Dykhouse's discussion Henry's allergy testing results in; grass and a question about Cytopoint in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"You can read the blog on my page about how I dealt with similar issues with my GD. My solution was to change his diet, and it worked. There are mixed opinions on whether diet can affect external expressions of allergies but my dog is living proof…"
Jul 16, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Josh Adams's discussion Groomer in DC? in the group Doodle Grooming
"Not in DC proper. We go to Dogma in Shirlington in Arlington"
May 8, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to AliandShooter's discussion Itchy Doodle in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Allergies. He’s young, but it sounds like seasonal allergies. Many doodles suffer from them. Karen can tell you dosages of OTC meds that he can take at his age. If it continues, you might try fiddling with his diet, which is what we ended up…"
May 6, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Marni and Hanna's discussion "Pre-Treatment" for shots in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"I can’t speak to the effects of the Benedryl but any time you can spread the shots out, it’s a good thing. We don’t give repeated vaccinations to our dogs except for the required rabies, but instead check titers. Happy Hanna did…"
May 1, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Jennifer and Jack's discussion Mitral Valve Disease in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"We have a large-mini F1 goldendoodle who was born with a heart murmur. Because of his size (50 lbs) he was referred to a cardiologist when he turned 8. He’s had echocardiograms once or twice a year since then. He’s now 10 and his heart…"
Mar 25, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Ava's not eating again in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"I’m assuming you still don’t have a diagnosis?"
Jan 28, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Update - Ava's really sick in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"You might try just writing all your questions down so you can get them out of your head and then take them to the vet and go over them there. Meditation is excellent but this should help a lot too."
Jan 2, 2018
Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Update - Ava's really sick in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Just checking in to see if there's been any more news. Still praying for you both, and I hope you were able to have a bit of joy in your holiday, even as worried as I know you are."
Dec 31, 2017
Trudy Harlow replied to Nga and Cinni's discussion Hair from ears in the group Doodle Grooming
"We don’t strip our dog’s ears unless he’s got a really bad infection. My vet and I agree that stripping irritates the ear canal and creates a better environment for infection. There are a lot of people who feel otherwise and so I…"
Dec 23, 2017
Trudy Harlow replied to Kaitlin and Ludo's discussion Another diarrhea post... what to consider? in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Is it possible it’s the kibble? Possibly she’s reacting to chicken? If she’s got recurring diarrhea, I’d be looking at her diet as well. By the way, back in the old days when I fed my dog rice (he’s raw fed now), my vet…"
Dec 18, 2017
Trudy Harlow replied to Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie's discussion Mystery Limp with NO Other Symptoms in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"I would think at the very least, an X-ray is in order. Please let us know what the vet says."
Dec 11, 2017
Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Update - Ava's really sick in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"Stacy, how heartbreakingly hard to go through this discovery period. I am so sorry — we all are. While we wait with you, please know you are in our prayers, as is of course Ava."
Dec 4, 2017
Trudy Harlow replied to Stacy's discussion Ava struggling in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"She obviously is in pain. I'd take her in to the vet for a full checkup, perhaps including ultrasound and xrays because of the tumor. I don't know what kind of tumor it was, but it's possible you need to consider that it has popped up…"
Nov 25, 2017

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About Me:
I am retired. Paddy came to live with us when he was 8 weeks old. We got him because I had had 2 knee replacements and needed an impetus to go walking, plus I was alone in the house all day and wanted some companionship. I sure got both!
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 have a male blonde Goldendoodle named Paddy. He is now 6.5 years old and is extremely curly-coated, unlike most F1 Goldendoodles. He is loving and playful, the happiest dog I have ever loved. He adores his Agility classes and chasing the deer that come into our yard at our country home. His dad is a very large miniature poodle and his mom a regular-sized Golden. Paddy weighs 50 lbs and looks very much like his dad, except for his shorter neck and his fluffy Golden tail.
Where did you get your doodle(s)?
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
I wanted a breed that didn't shed (we had a Siberian Husky before), that was gentle with children (we have small grandchildren), that was playful and intelligent and fun-loving.
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
We love to walk up to our local Starbucks and sit outside. Paddy is the official greeter there -- all the children and shopkeepers know him, and he gets lots and lots of pats and sticky hugs. He also loves competing in Agility, He loves the challenge and thinks the equipment is his playground. He loves to go in the car with me as I run my errands, and he enjoys play dates with his friends.
Does your doodle(s) shed?
Who grooms your doodle(s)?
Professional groomer at a locally owned pet store.
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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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At 3:02pm on June 18, 2012, Kemp Rader said…

We just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Kemp, Ripley, Shiloh, Oliver & Truman

At 6:08am on June 18, 2012, Laurie, Fudge, and Vern said…

At 7:01pm on March 3, 2012, Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle said…

Trudy, I noticed that paddy tyested positive for dust mite allergies. Dust mites allergies cause very serious reactions in humans, often producing asthma attacks requiring hospitalization, and in dogs produce the kinds of allergic reactions you are seeing in Paddy. This could very possibly be the cause of Paddy's itching and ear infections. My Jack tested positive for both types of dust mites as well as storage mites, and his immunotherapy has completed controlled this without drugs or side-effects. I thought you might like some information from the veterinarian's website:

What's interesting is, as they mention in this article, this has happened to dogs because of their being domesticated as indoor pets. So prehaps even more than food, this is a case of dogs developing diseases that their ancestors did not have in the wild.


At 6:48pm on September 29, 2011, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…
Thank you so much for the friend request. I enjoyed taking another peek at Paddy's pictures.
At 7:52pm on September 28, 2011, Trudy Harlow said…

Wow, Nancy -- but I've seen other doodles treated this way. Sometimes it seems the groomer has tried to get rid of every last little mat (which can require a severe shave like this).  I really, really hate the way the head looks, and I see a lot of doodles done this way by groomers who just don't know what to do about a doodle.  That's why I trim Paddy's head myself.  The good news is that this pup's coat will grow out and you can rectify the situation!

Thanks for encouraging me to submit Paddy's picture.  You know, I don't fuss over him (other than his health -- he has eating issues [not interested a lot of the time] and allergies) like many of the other folks do on this board, so I just assume he's not the "beauty" type of dog the calendar might be interested in.  I guess no harm in giving it a try!  Also, the quality of these pictures may not be up to snuff.  I don't own a really good camera right now -- at least, I don't own one with a fast shutter -- so it's hard to get quality pictures of Paddy.

Nevertheless, I'll see if I can find the calendar entry info and send a couple of these along....If you have the info, I'd sure appreciate it.

Thanks for all your nice comments!

At 7:34pm on September 28, 2011, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…
Paddy is certainly beautiful. I am so glad you told me you uploaded new pictures. I enjoyed watching them.  I think, for the calendar, he point is for the doodle to look like a doodle and not a poodle or a ??? After all it is supposed to be representative of goldendoodles and labradoodles.  Paddy looks like a doodle.  This is our foster, fresh from the shelter and I think this is what she is trying to avoid:Poor baby, this is not how we want to  have doodles represented.  This is not Paddy's look. And, those people who shave their doodle's faces - which is a personal preference and perfectly fine. But, for a calendar of doodles - it doesn't qquite represent the doodle look. I am sure that a submission for a poodle calendar wouldn't have a doodle looking face accepted.  I think you should submit a picture of him for the calendar - short or long.  He is a real beauty.
At 2:08pm on September 28, 2011, Susan and Sasha said…

Welcome to DoodleKisses Trudy...

I just love your photos of Paddy!

What a cutie he is.

Sasha sends Great Big Doodle Hugs to her new friend...

You're going to love it here...  Enjoy!

At 7:25pm on September 27, 2011, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…
Trudy, I would love to see more pictures of Paddy.  I just saw the one you posted in the grooming group.  He is very short but doesn't look shaved.  It is a great look.
At 7:20am on August 26, 2011, Ann Kendig said…
A belated welcome to DoodleKisses.  I hope you are enjoying this site!
At 3:05pm on July 18, 2011, Tina, Clover, Plus 5 More said…

Trudy Harlow's Blog

An update on Paddy's Raw Meaty Bones diet

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 10:46am 11 Comments

We have now been on RMB for nearly 6 months and Paddy is doing extremely well.  Last year at this time, he had had one long, continuous ear infection -- we'd get it treated and cleared up, then as soon as we finished the treatments, we'd be back at the vet's with another one.  This year, since January, he has had only one ear infection, and that was in, I think, March.  Yes, he still itches pretty regularly, but he has no hot spots, very little discoloration on his feet and around his mouth,…


After a couple of months on Raw Meaty Bones....

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:59pm 23 Comments

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post this follow-on to my blog about switching Paddy to RMB.

It's been a mixed bag, but mostly good.  He still has some itching -- although, prior to all the trees bursting into bloom here (and my starting to sneeze continuously), his itching was markedly reduced.  In fact, it had all but disappeared.  With the tree pollen -- which he did not react to on the allergy test we had done last year -- he is itching a lot, especially on his face, and he has…


Making the switch

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 12:39pm 12 Comments

As Paul Harvey used to say, "And now for the rest of the story..."

Early this year, through the Raw Feeding group on this website, I ran across the Yahoo Raw Meaty Bones discussion group.  I joined and "lurked" for a while, reading the posts.  I have to say, I was totally intimidated by the idea of switching Paddy to a diet of nothing but meat and bones.  Like most dog owners, I was raised on the idea that bones, especially chicken bones, are bad for dogs.  So how could he eat them…


Itching, Scratching, Ear Infections: Why we switched to Raw Meaty Bones

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 5:53pm 21 Comments

Paddy and I have taken a long, circuitous route to get to this point.  When he first came to live with us, at 8 weeks old in 2008, he was on some premium brand puppy kibble, and he graduated from there to the adult version.  I was careful to give him grain-free, quality kibble.  After feeding Purina One to my last dog, it was a revelation to me -- all the new, organic, healthy kibbles were just amazing.

We stuck with this diet for two years.  And then, in the midst of my sister's…



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