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Remebering my Kona



This is the hardest Blog to post here on DK.  When Kona came into our lives she opened a whole new world of friends and doodles to Love.  If I hadn't decided on a Labradoodle after getting Buddy I can't imagine how different my life would be.  She brought so much love and so much spunk with her, she is so missed.  It feels like a chapter ending now with both Buddy and Kona gone.  But, a new chapter has started with my Baci and soon to add a second.  Thanks DK for opening the world up for Doodle people to make friends and have fun together!  I Love you Kona, go play with Buddy!!!

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Tigger Talks: Murphy is a bossy 3

Hi Tigger here - I haven't posted for awhile because I had to take care of Murphy.  She felt really sore all over and would not play much at all.  She is really feeling great now and what a bossy pants!  I am bigger and smarter but I have to pretend she is in charge because she is a "girl"  and it is just not worth it to argue.  So I just stand back and let her go first and then I do what I want anyway.

She is also a suck up.  She won't leave the yard even if the gate gets left open, which hardly ever happens so she should take advantage, you know. It would be a waste of time anyway as she would just run to Mom when she discovered we had sneaked out.  Even I come after awhile.  It's fun to smell new smells, but I get tired and thirsty so I let Mom "catch" me.

She is one strange dog about the TV.  Everyone knows it is flat, does not smell, and worth no attention whatsoever. I have even seen Dad lift her up to the TV to sniff for herself.  Yet every time it makes noise she barks like it is Bear outside.  Talk about crying "Bear"!  That's a girl for you; makes no sense at all. 

Murphy does let me run interference for her sometimes at the dogpark, so she still needs me. I love to go to the dog park, but sometimes too many of the boys are ganging up on my Murphy, so I come and straighten them out.  I am more fun anyway as I know about sniffing and mounting annd back-talking.  Murphy just lays down if she gets too many around her.  Kind of weird, I think, but you know, she's a girl (eye roll).  We do have fun at the dog park though.  We can really run.  Mom says I am slowing down, HAH!!  Little does Mom know that I am just trying not to embarass Murphy by running so very very very much faster than she can.

I heard Mom telling Dad that Murphy "was in charge" now that she felt good again.  I am so proud of myself!  I did not say a thing.  Who cares who gets fed first, so long as they get fed.  Roo always ate first, jumped in the pool first, but I was the strong and steady one.  Constantly on the look out for deer, bear, ducks, interlopers ALL!! I get more food than Murphy and that is really all I care about - FOOD!!

Paws are tired signing off, Tigger





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Hartley turns 13 today!!

8343659678?profile=RESIZE_710xMy Hartley (F1LD) turns 13 today!!  He moves a little slower, his eyes are a little cloudier, his hearing is more selective!  But, he happily retrieves his ball and is the est big brother to my younger dog. Happy birthday to my best boy. 

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Grade 3 Heart Murmur

my sweet cookie got her first exam today. She is 6wks 3 days old. She has 3/6 Left Systolic Heart Murmur. I have researched and I am still not sure what to think. She has has been having a rapid growth  spirt. She is a puppy from my Daughters ( Duke and Daisy ) she is still with her mother and litter mates. I will bring her home in a week. Vet said bring her back in 2 weeks, told my daughter not to sell her. These puppies are all loved. They are not being sold, but givien to family and freinds that we know will love them. Could never be a breader, want to keep them all. I’m just so worried about her, in love with her. Any experience with heart murmurs?

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Doodle Addiction Symptoms

I read this on Facebook and laughed so hard. Enjoy!



POTENTIAL DANGER OF DOODLE HAIR ~ In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance found in the hair of ALL Sizes of Doodles. This substance, called "amo-bacter canine" has been linked with the following symptoms in female humans: *reluctance to cook *reluctance to perform housework *reluctance to wear anything but sweat pants or leggings, any attire that makes one ready for a quick outside jaunt *reluctance to work except in support of a Doodle romp, rescue event, agility circuit or with a grooming table. *physical craving for contact with Doodles (may be an addiction) Beware! Some human males are also affected but are reluctant to admit it... If you come in contact with a female human affected by this substance be prepared to talk about Doodles for hours on end. This was a public service announcement ... Surgeon General's Warning: Doodles are expensive, addictive, and may impair the ability to use common sense. They also tend to be like potato chips... you can’t just have one!

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Atticus was on the Jimmy Fallon Show

As you may know, Atticus was in a skit on the Jimmy Fallon show which was taped yesterday, and aired last night.  Here is the link to last nights show; just go to the February 12 episode, and the segment with Atticus begins at 14 minutes and 21 seconds.  Atticus' name in the skit is Shelby



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The Power of the Dog

This week's very difficult topic on The Doodle Kisses Podcast: "End of Life Care" brought to mind a poem by Rudyard Kipling.  

I wish to share this poem with the readers of Doodle Kisses. 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?


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New f1 goldendoodle owner. Meet teddy.

3757271245?profile=RESIZE_710x3757273031?profile=RESIZE_710x3757273401?profile=RESIZE_710xHello! I just picked up my f1 goldendoodle 3 days ago, his name is teddy and he is perfect. We love him so much already. I know this is asked alot, but we are really curious what coat he will have. (Hoping for a shaggy coat and the doodle beard/furnishings) ive been researching like a crazy person about doodles so i knew what i was getting myself into. Heres some pics of my cutie. Would love anyone's opinions & comparisons. Thanks :) 

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I've just binged the DoodleKisses podcasts!  I loved them all but I don't remember which one brought up the comment about how you feel about letting strangers pet your doodle   Anyway, how do you feel about it? 

My husband wants everyone to pet Picco because he's so soft.  Picco is shy around new people and I don't think he's all that comfortable with it and neither am I.   I'm not one to pet others dogs either.  I will with my friends dogs just a little to say hello.   Am I being selfish, protective, or just weird?  I'd like to hear how others feel!

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sad news

i have not been on here in  years  my Rufus  passed away saturday at 9 years old he will be missed greatly as he was our first family dog he chased squrires and was such a kind hearted dog  great bread to have i am so great i had the chance to see these pictures on here  when he  was so young great memories  

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We are devastated

Bentley has been a member of Doodlekisses since the beginning.  I haven't posted for a while.  But I wanted to share that he left us suddenly on Saturday morning.  Not sure if life will ever be the same without him... he was the best.   He was my buddy my pal and my friend..His sister Olive (black Chihuahua) is looking all over for him.  They have been together for 12 years...



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Guinness and Murph have been "brothers" for nine years and they are totally  bonded.  They are clearly "brothers from different mothers" since Guinness is ten and a mini ALD, while Murph is nine and a standard ALD.  They have their occasional "disagreements" but for the most part they are always together and although their personalities are REALLY different, they seem to love being together.  For a long time I've noticed that when I'm busy during the day and not paying direct attention to them they take their "naps" laying side by side and they almost always are in the EXACT same positon.  When I say exact, I'm not kidding.  Thier paws are crossed in the same way; their tails are tucked the same; their heads are facing the same way.  Lately I've been trying to watch them when they first lie down to see if one copies the other....nope that's not it.  They just seem to position themselves in the exact same way.  Does anyone else with multiple Doodles see this happening...what's going on?  Here's  a photo from this morning....see what I mean?3657627637?profile=RESIZE_710x

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Wild and Crazy Girl

Well, I think I finally figured out how to post correctly.  Our 5-year-old doodle girl has always been extremely active.  She likes to run and play in the yard or at the park inside the tennis courts. She is pretty well trained, sit, stay, wait, on your bed, etc.  When I am home with her she is perfect.  However, as soon as the doorbell rings all "H" breaks loose.  I have tried controlling the door, but it just doesn't seem to work.  It's to the point where when my family comes over I have to put her inside the office with a gate away from everyone.  She is a big girl and I am afraid she will knock my grandkids on the floor and hurt them.  They so want to play with her but I just do not trust her to be gentle.  When she gets excited and jumps up shell put her mouth over your hand almost like she's going to bit you, but never does.  That would frighten the kids for sure.  I was wondering if anyone can recommend a trainer in the Henderson area that could help with this.  It's always been just me and my husband.  We don't get many visitors that I can practice the sit and wait thing at the door.  My kids are afraid to just walk in with the grandkids because of her excitement.  She does, however, let my adult children into the house to take care of her while I am away.  They, of course, are not afraid of her but she will aggressively jump all over them and run all around the house when they come in.  They immediately escort her to the back yard for fear she will pee in the house from excitement.  She will go crazy out back then settle down once they come in it's crazy.  I just want to get to the point where I can open the front door and let someone in without first escorting my crazy girl into the office. We love her and just want her to be part of the extended family.3541315347?profile=RESIZE_710x

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Update on our girl, she's such a sweet dog, more human than dog, honestly I don't think she's like any dog I've ever had. She is so smart and loves everyone that comes over, especially our family. What a great traveler also, she love riding in the motor-home and we take her for car rides all the time. She's a big tall dog, and we here that often, "She's so big", the reason we call her 'Bear'.  Skin allergies are the greatest issue with her, but keeping her bathed, groomed and flea protected seems to keep that under control. She's a lover of all animals, when camping we meet up with so many critters, dogs and birds, she listens well to commands to leave it. I am so glad we rescued her...or did she rescue us...I think it was mutual. 

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Loving Baker

Sadly, we lost Baker last week from lymphoma.  The story is somewhat different, I think, and I wanted to share some of our experience in the event another DK dog is affected the same way.

He had been acting a bit 'off' (not wanting to climb stairs, little things like that) & it's easy to pass that off as sore hips, because he was 10 years old.  Thinking back, at that time, he was losing the fun parts of his personality...Baker was a smiler at everyone he liked, a real, big smile.  My granddaughter tried & tried & no smile.  Every night at 8:30, he would run & get a toy to prance around with...stopped doing that.  Lots of little things that made Baker Baker were no longer there but we didn't put it together.

A few weeks later, his right eye started weeping & almost instantly clouded over.  We ran to the emergency vet who diagnosed uveitis (inflammation in the center of the eye) & told us she suspected cancer.  The canine ophthalmologist drew some fluid from his eye for testing, which came back positive for b-cell lymphoma.  He had no swollen lymph glands, just the eye that kept getting worse & was ultimately removed.

He had X-rays of his abdomen & lungs more than once, extensive blood work, ultrasound of his abdomen & lungs, every test recommended by every vet (we had 3) & all tests came back normal.  Again, no swollen lymph nodes ever.

He was on chemotherapy for 9 weeks with the blood work prior to a treatment always fine.  The vets were pleased with his progress.

Suddenly, he took a turn & was falling down, disoriented, & very weak.  We let him go when the emergency vet detected high blood pressure & a slow heartbeat, which, after testing with medication, indicated the cancer was in his brain.

Was it there all along?  I suspect so, perhaps in the area where it allowed him to function but robbed him of his personality.   

We had no pet insurance, but there was no question that we would do anything to have more time with him.  He was wonderful, one in a million, & was loved so much by so many.  

What I'm trying to say...if your dog is acting 'different', pay close attention & try to put two & two together.  I don't know if it would have made any difference in the end, but we missed it & the vets missed it.  We were hoping for a lengthy remission period & ended up with none.

These doodles are exceptional dogs & we all hope for long lives for them.  Get pet insurance so you can do all you can if your beloved dog gets sick.

We will miss Baker forever.

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