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Jane, Guinness and Murphy
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How Cold Is Too Cold

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane, Guinness and Murphy Dec 19, 2015. 68 Replies


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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 Christine's discussion Anyone’s doodle dealing with seasonal allergies?
"Murphy has Spring seasonal allergies.  Because it only lasts a few months we did not go the allergy testing route.  We knew it was some sort of pollen/ allergen that's only around in Spring/early Summer.  This year we tried…"
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom's discussion Is It Just My Imagination or Are The Majority of Doodles in Rescues Male?
"I've never gotten a dog where I actually chose the sex.  Our first dog (an Irish Setter) was a wedding gift, and he was male.  Then I saw a picture of a Lab who was being rehomed and I fell in love, and he was male.  Then there…"
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to J and Riley (and Luna)'s discussion Staying off furniture in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Neither of our dogs are allowed on the furniture, and because we never started it they don't even think it's a possibility.  If you calmly, but sternly remove her whenever she jumps on the furniture she'll eventually figure out…"
May 16
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie's discussion Spay & Gastropexy Surgery - After Care Advice? in the group Health and Medical Issues (for our pets)
"My vet always prescribes a pain killer for the first couple of days post surgery and it really helps to keep them quiet."
May 5
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Haley, Yeti, and Phin's discussion Kennel Garuding in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Exactly, Karen.  I never discipline Murphy for this behavior, although I have always let him know that I disagree with it by giving a verbal cue and removing the need for the guarding.  Because I have eliminated or controlled the…"
May 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Haley, Yeti, and Phin's discussion Kennel Garuding in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"I watched your video of Yeti growling a few times, and it looked so familiar to me.  Our Murphy was a resource guarder (among other serious training issues).  He was most often guarding me, and when it got to the point where he was…"
May 3
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Barking in crate when mom is watching in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Oh those ribbons.....he was amazing!"
Apr 30
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Barking in crate when mom is watching in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"I did a nose work class with Guinness, and we enjoyed it.  Dogs were not expected to be crated while they were waiting.  He was able to sit by my side.  Maybe you could ask if the crate is absolutely required.  Does Maggie seem…"
Apr 30
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion One of my favorite trainers in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Years ago when I was first training my Doodles a trainer explained to me that dogs learn contextually and so it's okay to have different expectations for them depending on the situation.  I thought that might be confusing, but he worked…"
Apr 17
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Puppy training in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"YES Willow!!!!!"
Mar 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Stacy's discussion Puppy training in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"That sounds great, and it also sounds like you've already done a lot of the basic work so this is a perfect time to introduce a more formal class.  I think working on "commands" is important because it gives you a language to…"
Mar 28
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Rosalyn Ancrum's discussion flea prevention and breeder website
"I agree with that.  Murph is on Revolution instead of Heartgard because of his IBD.  I learned yesterday that they have just released a "new and improved" version which will now supposedly be effective against heartworm, fleas,…"
Mar 14
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Adina P's discussion Boca has turned into a water snob
"Yes, and Murph is so set in his ways that he refuses to drink the water at Daycare.  He goes all day without a drink and when he comes home he is parched."
Mar 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Adina P's discussion Boca has turned into a water snob
" Murphy will only drink fresh cold water.  If it has been in the bowl for more than about 15 minutes he won't drink it.  He lets me know by going to the refrigerator and staring at it.  He knows that I refill his bowl…"
Mar 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to c zoomer's discussion Dog psychology research 2019 in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Thanks Karen!"
Mar 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Cay's discussion Puppy barking at TV in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Murphy will react to a dog (or any animal) on TV.  Even if the animal is not making any noise, he has a sixth sense and will even wake out of a sound sleep.  I respond the same way I respond to any behavior I don't like with…"
Mar 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to c zoomer's discussion Dog psychology research 2019 in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"Do you have a link to the article?"
Mar 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Amy's discussion Persistent diarrhea for years
"Good luck.  We struggled with the GI issues and ultimately had the endoscopy done.  Once we had the diagnosis (IBD) and knew exactly what we were dealing with we were able to treat him appropriately.  He's now on a low dose…"
Feb 4
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Laurie, Wally & Charlotte's discussion CYTOPOINT for Atopic Dermatitis
"Yes, Murph has a tough time in the Spring for about 6 to 8 weeks.  We have always used Apoquel during this time since it's easy to start and stop with Apoquel.  Because Murph had a pre-cancer growth a few months ago the Vet and I have…"
Dec 27, 2018
Jane, Guinness and Murphy replied to Cay's discussion 8 month old puppy hating being brushed more and more in the group Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets
"You may find that this is a "two person job".  I can brush my mini by putting him in a "down/stay" and being very gentle and giving lots of praise and a few treats during the process.  For my "big standard…"
Dec 27, 2018

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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, Jasper 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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