Macey has a ticket on the 5:00pm Rainbow Express.
Im typing this now so that I can get through it with her by me instead of while I am missing her.
Since her diagnosis 2 years ago, she has been on 4 meds and some cardiac dog food to keep her Chronic Heart Failure at bay.
Even covered in peanut butter or with my extra add-ins like homemade yogurt, eggs, blueberries and her all time FAV--Zucchini, she hated it.
I know that her brothers Duke and Hank will meet her on the other side and they will all be together again. Macey and Duke were always together before his went on his Rainbow journey.
Im hopeful that they are able to be together again.
I know that the story of how we came to get Macey is on an older post but I love telling it so here goes: My hometown has a radio show on KDOM that is called the Swap Line, you call and say Ive got some old tires to give away, I'll trade for some canning jars...Stuff like that. Well one morning I was in town and my Dad called me from work and said call this number and see if the dog they are giving away is our neighbors. If it is, tell them you will take it and we will help it find a better home..(they kept it tied up) I called, it wasnt the neighbors but it haunted me the 3 1/2 hour drive home so when I got home, I asked Todd and Emma what they thought about it. We decided she was going to move to Wisconsin!! I called my mom, now being back in Wisconsin, asked HER to go visit the dog but I had ONE rule --If the dog jumps on you--Dont take it.
She went, the dog jumped on her, she took it!! My mom is smart!
Now to get Macey back to Wisconsin. My Mom brought her to Todd's Mom, Todd's Mom brought her 75 miles away to my Sister, my Sister's Husband drove her to Wisconsin to a meeting he was going to and I picked her up there. Drove an hour and she was FINALLY HOME!!!
My dream of having a Golden Retriever literally fell into my lap. We were so very happy to have her and she needed a new home, due to a divorce and a new girlfriend who didnt like her.
We were HAPPY to accept the challenge of training and teaching her about her new home!!
Soon after she arrived, we decided to try a litter of Goldendoodles. We had Hank our Labradoodle at this time, he shed a lot and we like the Goldendoodle better for a family dog.
Macey had her first litter about a year after we brought her home and she has been involved in the raising, training, protecting, nurturing and mothering of every single puppy that we have had here. There is not a single puppy that has left here that Macey has not influenced the behavior of in a positive way. What she gave to each of our puppies as far as socialization can not be replicated.
She is a true Matriarch in our Pack!
Macey has been a friend and companion to us since the day she came home.
She is Todd's partner and sidekick. If he is doing a project or chores, she is always right by his side or seeking shade under the 4-wheeler or nearby.
She has a tender heart and seems to know when we are down and need her by our side. She has never let us down.
She had several litters of beautiful puppies for us.
She welcomed our new dogs when they came here.
She is our companion and friend.
She is kind around our family and friends.
She is always on the sideline, here for us when we call.
She will be missed and her memory Cherished forever.
Please enjoy the photos below of Macey with our puppies and our family.
All of our little Doodes have a home and are doing great!!
The Puppy Palace is officially back to being a "shed", the gates, pens and toys have all been scrubbed clean and packed away for our next Doodle Adventure!!
Im looking back on our photos from the past 10 weeks and I can not believe that so much was crammed into such a short amount of time! I also cant believe how fast it all went.
There was defiantly some very stressful times added in there too......
Three days after the puppies were born, Emma and Todd left for the Philippines! Emma was going for a month to deliver babies and Todd escorted her to make sure it was all "legit" and snuck in a vacation too.
On Mother's Day,
My Mom came and stayed with us for a few days.
We had to go take a little
and see the river..which was still flooded from all of the snow we had last winter.
Back in the CB communication days, her "handle" was Amoco Annie
..so of course we couldnt pass up this photo!!
This was the first litter in many years that was not all homed either before they were born or soon after. We decided not to keep our Pick of the Litter due to Emma moving around so much in her last year of Medical School. I know I want to be able to go see her, and leaving our adult dogs is difficult, a puppy is nearly impossible.. and of course the now famous Seven!
We were so thankful for all the post sharing and interactions that helped Seven and Blue find their Forever Homes! They and all of their littermates are in the BEST homes and are definitely going to have a great life!!
Thank you for all your support and for giving us and our puppies a place in your home and heart!.
Reign has been a super mom to her litter of F1b Standard Goldendoodles!! She has been calm, content and so great. I am really proud of her. She is also.......
TOTALLY OVER IT!!
Yup, the Puppymoon is over and she is ready to get back to her normal life out of the whelping box. So are the puppies. They are getting big and need more space!
We are going to be moving them to the big Puppy Palace this weekend.
Now the real work ..........Oh, I mean FUN...begins!!
We go from feeding a sweet little nugget a sip
of Goat Milk.
chow down !!
We still have a few pups available from this litter. Please send in a contact form if you want more information.
oh boy did she ever deliver the Goods!!
Reign had 9 beautiful puppies on Thursday April 27th.
We have 5 male
and 4 female puppies.
There are both merle and black with markings. The black pups are going to fade to a blue/grey color.
Enjoy their journey on our YouTube channel!!
Please contact us to add one of these elite puppies to your family!
Those of you who know me and have been following us know that we have had several attempts at having our own litter of Bernedoodles but it was not in the cards.
This week I was scrolling on a website during my lunch hour and a puppy came up that grabbed my attention............Orange String Female.......
Orange String Female was 7 months old.
She has beautiful markings.
Her parents are both OFA certified and have top pedigree.
She has been playing with her littermates on a farm learning to be a great family pet.
She had a killer smile.........and captured my heart.
We might not have the same hesitations and discussions as some families when it comes to adding a dog to our "Pack" but we definitely have a HUGE conversation.
Can we spend the money?
Is the breeder reputable and trustworthy?
Do we want the chaos of a puppy?
Are we ready for training?
Will Nala get along with her?
Will Todd still like Sherry once she gets here?
Here comes the "Storm" so we will know the reality soon enough!!
Welcome to the "Pack" my dear girl. Cant wait for you to come home.
There isnt really a quote that I can find that makes it better or easier. If I eat healthy for a day, I want to reach my goal weight. If I am going on a vacation, I want to leave now.
If I am ready for a litter of puppies, I want them NOW ALREADY!!!!!!
"Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing that they simple act of waiting"
" A watched pot never boils"
"Always Late but worth the Wait"
"Good things come to those who Wait"
"Wait for it..................."
"Paience is learned through waiting."
"Worth the wait"
We have been doing a lot of waiting in the last year. Waiting for our dogs to go into heat.
Waiting for their prime breeding days.
Waiting to see if they are pregnant....just to find out that they were not.
Although I still would really love to raise a litter of Bernedoodles, we are putting that on hold and going back to what we know---
I wish that the dogs were born with a gauge so we could know when they cycles were going to begin....Did you know that it is only every 6-9 months? Reign was 2 in July and has only had 1 heat cycle. The cycle begins with spotting and they will accept a male dog after about the 11th day. They are fertile for about 48 hours around day 11-14. We get progesterone tests done at the vet so that we can best determine the optimal breeding day. Since we dont own our studs, there is a lot of planning involved.
MOST of my vacation days are used traveling to studs and caring for our puppies!!
As ridiculous as it is....I have a light colored blanket in the pen that Reign sleeps in. Every morning, I hope to see some spotting. It's like in ancient days when the servants ran in to see if the queen was ready to produce an heir or not.
Nala isnt getting any younger so we are anxious for her to have an another litter. She is always the best mom and has amazing temperament puppies. She has had litters from 3 different sires and they all have been perfect.
The plan for her is to be bred to a Golden Retriever that we found on a Dog Dating site! YES...even dogs are internet dating these days.
We have heard from many people who are interested in the Reign puppies and once I post information about Nala's litter, I expect that will be well received also.
I know that people have moved on and found a puppy elsewhere, which I probably would have done too but, I know that once we do get a litter on the way...They will be awesome!!
We have had over 1 1/2 years off so Todd and I are Puppy Ready and can not wait to be back to raising some superior Goldendoodles for some very lucky families.
Reign and Nala playing in the Snow
Macey, Reign, Nala and Leighla waiting for Todd to give them a treat
Until next time.
Our Bernedoodle litter has fallen through again.
Although we are disappointed not to have puppies this summer,
we were able to spend an ENTIRE WEEK
with Emma and Jimmy and that was a true true gift!
Emma is staring her Medical School rotations in August and Jimmy is in the service. Going to Texas to see their homes, surroundings and just spend quality family time was Awesome!! Being able to do the Mom Run to Walmart for a toilet brush and paper towels somehow made me feel that I was connected to her new apartment!
This move of Emma's has effected me more than when she was in Missouri. Every time I think of her starting her rotations, I get a lump in my throat and I start shopping for flights. I think it is because she will finally be in front of patients. Since wrapping her dolls up in toilet paper casts when she was about a year old, this has been her path. I am SO proud and SO excited. I just hate to be missing a minute of it.
Todd is my voice of reason...apparently people dont bring their Mom's with them on the first day of Surgery Rotation.............that's messed up as far as Im concerned!!
Breeding this past Summer, Winter and Spring were disappointingly unsuccessful.
We always make sure that our girls are healthy and tested for their most fertile days.
The stud dogs that we partner with are always proven and health tested so it was pretty upsetting not to get the pups that we were planning. Especially from Leighla as she was getting older. She has now been fully retired and is full time companion to Emma.
I recently read an article about the oral tick medications having some adverse effects on dogs. Nala, Leighla and Reign were all on Bravecto and none of them got pregnant. I also know someone who had to take one of her studs off line because his sperm count plummeted after wearing a Seresto collar. Although none of these suspicions can be proven, we are NO longer using any of these products.
Here is the FDA article:
I am confident and very excited for our Fall/Winter litter plans.
As the ladies go into their cycles and breeding dates are set,
I will continue to update our webpages and social media accounts.
Until then............Enjoy the view.
I have to admit, I have been enjoying my mornings free to prep dinner or maybe even get in a short workout or breakfast BUT.....I am missing my little Doodes!
I even found myself feeling jealous the other day when I saw on Facebook that someone I know is on a wait list for a Goldendoodle.
My first response was WHAT??? .........then reality struck.
I cant be all things to all people, especially if I dont have any puppies!!
Our intent has always been to intentionally raise well socialized and tended to puppies, not to just get a lot of pups on the ground.
But, I am still missing "them".
Finding out that Leighla wasnt pregnant was very sad for our whole family and those on her wait list. Leighla's puppies have always been so fun. They have great temperaments, cool coat colors and Leighla was a great mom. The science says she should be pregnant, but nature gets it's way no matter what. We had progesterone tests done to know for sure when her breeding days where.
I drove back and forth in Wind, Rain, Ice and Snow from our house to the stud's home the week before and after Christmas, including Christmas Eve!!! Jessica, the stud owner, was so gracious and excited for us too.
Sadly, it wasnt to be. Emma and Jimmy were so excited to get a Leighla 2.0. Jimmy even had a backyard fence ready for "Okranamous Jones" We are all feeling the loss of those cuddly awesome pups that were not to be. Now we will get Leighla spayed so that we can be sure she stays healthy and lives a LONG LONG life!
So what is next?
We are waiting for Reign to start her heat cycle. The plan is to breed her back to an English Retriever.
These will be Reverse F1b puppies--3/4 Retriever.
Yes, they will have a higher shed trait but Oh, the dogs that they will be!!
Reign's DNA and PenHip scores are tremendous making her physically a great Doode Mom candidate. Add in that goofy temperament and these are going to be awesome dogs and fun fun puppies to raise. The dad, Murphy, has a well bred pedigree and the quiet kind temperament that has made the English Retrievers so desired. He's quiet handsome too!!
I get first pick!!! Not even going to pretend otherwise!
Nala is going to be bred to Leo, a Bernese Mountain Dog. Jessica has been so gracious to offer us a 3rd go at the stud fee that we paid for Leighla so we are going to use Nala for a final try at a litter of Bernadoodles.
Here is Jessica's website if you are interested in knowing more about them: https://www.cwbernedoodles.com/
Because of Nala's DNA, these will probably be all red with maybe a little white. Im sending in a DNA sample to get an updated color panel on her so we can know what color of puppies to expect. Her leg/knee seems completely healed. She is back to running loops around Reign and enjoying the snow. We know she is up to the challenge of being mom to a clutch of little Berni's for us this Fall.
Emma and Jimmy will take first pick, if they still have Puppy Fever.
Ive been looking for a 3rd female to add to our pack but I just have not found the right one. I had cash in hand and was ready to go to Ohio to pick up a Poodle that someone had for sale. Something in my "gut" told me it wasnt right SO I called her, apologized and came home. I recently saw another poodle that a small breeder was selling but the timing was a little off for us. Yes, I would like to have more puppies available more often but just getting a dog to have one, doesnt fit with our vision.
Our goal continues to be to raise the best puppy and grown up dog that we can...Even if we have these gaps in available puppies.
I'll have to refer back to this post to remind myself that I missed the chaos of a new litter when we're next in the midst of the chaos!
Have a Happy Spring
My farm is my favorite place to be. Cant wait to share what's happening here.