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Sherman is now in Hong Kong. He is relaxing on the
kitchen floor with his "blankie", that Beth sent, and a
chew toy. Grant is reading him a story. The
process at the airport went smoothly...Sherman was a well behaved
boy. At one point they take them out of the carte to
inspect them and then they are expected to go back into the crate
(they cannot leave the airport without being crated).
Sherman went back into his crate without any issue...good boy
We have been smothering him with hugs and kisses...and he has won
our hearts already. Thanks again for
everything...Sherman sends his kisses.
Rita from Hong Kong
I hope that this December
finds you well. Today, December 14th,
is the first birthday of the Irish Goldendoodle known in your
records as “Sally”, but who became “Sophie” when she arrived at our
home in Wisconsin. When we were searching for a puppy,
there were a couple of things that stood out to us about your
business – First, the easily understood explanations of the genetics
involved that can be found on your web site. Secondly, the beauty
of the animals themselves.
Another thing that stuck in my mind, though, was
the testimonial letter from a lawyer (Maggie in Iowa). Being a
lawyer myself, I made a mental note to send you a testimonial myself
on Sophie’s first birthday, just to let you know how she’s doing.
She is absolutely delightful! I work from
home and she is with me most of the day. Due to some
unfortunate circumstances, we weren’t able to do formal training
this past summer as we had planned, but she has responded
wonderfully to training with me here at home – which we attribute
all to her being so smart. She knows: come, sit, lie
down, up, off and sit (for use if she is up on something), stay, pen
(for sending her to her kennel), car (as in “get in the”), go in/out
(of the house), go potty, go poopy and heel. She also responds
to hand signals for sit, lie down and stay. She responds to a
finger snap and point when you want her to come. She responds
to a soft whistle. When I get dressed to go to court, she
knows I’m going and goes directly to her kennel and lies down on her
own. We have a crushed gravel path around our property, and
she respects that as her “fence”. If she should go a little
past it, the command “path!” sends her back inside the perimeter.
This is one very smart dog.
She is litter box trained. In the morning
and early evening, I take her out to the garage, where she does what
is needed. It is so nice not to have to walk a dog
outside in our often questionable Wisconsin weather.
Solids are scooped up and disposed of in the toilet. The dog
litter deals with the liquids and we clean out the box once or twice
per week, as needed. We installed a dog door in the door
between the house and the garage so she can go out on her own, but
she discovered that she needed a human present in order to be
acknowledged for her accomplishments, so she comes and gets one of
us to personally witness the feat.
As is often mentioned by others on your site,
the coat is unbelievably soft. After people comment on her
beautiful color, the next thing they mention is how soft she is.
She doesn’t have that “dog smell”, and doesn’t need to be bathed
nearly as often as we might have expected.
She has grown to 65 pounds and appears to be
staying there. She is completely healthy and happy. She is a
celebrity at the vet’s office, where the staff just loves her color,
her soft coat and her delightful behavior. (They tell me that
she’s actually very well trained for a 1 year old, so I must be
doing something right…)
She loves to play with the kids, and comes into
my office to enforce break times when she decides I’ve been sitting
at the computer too long. She will chase a ball
endlessly and loves to race and be chased around.
Before our purchase, we asked you about concerns
that the Irish Setter component might make for a high-strung dog.
You assured us that the Irish grandparent worked as a therapy dog
and that you wouldn’t breed the Irish Goldendoodle if they weren’t
wonderful dogs. Sophie has done you proud. She is
as gentle as can be. If one is concerned about something she
is eating, you can open her mouth to get it out, even if it’s her
favorite food. She complies with the vet poking and prodding
her in examinations. She rolls with all the “loving” that
little kids can dish out. She is always pleasant and
affectionate. She warns us about people approaching the house
but, once introduced, she is everybody’s best friend.
From the beginning, I have taken her with me to pick up the kids
from school, and she is loved by all the children – not to mention
the teachers and other parents.
Sure – she’s only a year, and gets a bit less,
shall we say, “compliant” with commands when new friends or other
dogs appear, but she is learning more and more with each day.
We hope to get enrolled in a formal class this spring.
My wife was not a dog person. She really
had to be sold on the idea of buying a dog, something our kids
actually did do by means of repeated PowerPoint presentations (long
before the recent Microsoft commercials came out showing a kid doing
the same thing). Now, Karen is Sophie’s biggest fan. It
is impossible not to love this dog.
Sophie is a wonderful and
beautiful dog. She is a member of the family (picture
attached) and it is hard to believe there was ever a time when she
here. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful
animal. It was truly a pleasure doing business with you, and
we are grateful every day that we have her here in our home.
We would recommend you and your animals to anyone.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Jerry, Karen, Grace, Richard and Claire -
Hello Michael. I purchased an Irish Golden Doodle from you last
summer. Her identification is Tess 072. She is now all grown up,
beautiful and much loved. We named her Chelsea after a borough in
London where I was born and raised. I thought that was an
appropriate name for her because it is a very diversified and
colorful place to live, reminds me of Chelsea with her multi
heritage and beautiful red coat. I have attached her Canine
Good Citizen Certificate for which I understand I will get a $100
I hope all is well with you.
I just had a message from Mater’s groomer,
Kathie at Platinum Paws, and one of her other clients wanted to know
who Mater’s breeder was. I sent the info, so I hope they call!
I told them Sam looks much like Mater did at that age.
We can’t even begin to tell you what a special
dog Mater has turned out to be. He is very active volunteering
with Paws and Think, Inc,. He’s registered with Delta Society,
but P&T keeps him pretty busy. (They even put his picture on
bottles of Mater Merlot for a wine-tasting fundraiser and they sold
out!) Tom has taken him through testing now as well, and they visit
the VA hospital downtown. Everyone LOVES Mater! I take
him several other places – adult day care, children’s grief support,
and Paws to Read. It seems wherever we go now someone will ask
us if that is Mater! He’s become a local celebrity of sorts!
He has a great personality and a joy in life that is so very
special. We can’t thank you enough for this wonderful guy!
My daughter took some wonderful photos of him
that you might want to post. I’ll attach my favorites.
Kathy & Tom, and Mater of course!,
enjoyed meeting you and seeing the puppies. You have a nice
family and nice way about you and the dogs.You are calm, gentle, and kind.I believe we are confirmed for the next litter.
is adjusting very quickly to her new home. She becomes more
adventurous and playful everyday. I was able to get her to the
vet yesterday afternoon. She checked out just fine.
She's a good eater, sleeps reasonably well during the night and
seems to be very happy in her new home.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…..hope you and your family had
wonderful holiday. Sorry it has taken me so long to get you some
pictures of Izzo. He has been a wonderful addition to our family
and brings us nothing but joy. He was so very easy to potty train
and has the best temperament. Everywhere we take him people
ask us where we got him and what kind of dog he is…..people think he
looks like a stuffed animal. All of our friend tell us we won the
dog lottery with this one! We cannot imagine life without
I hope you are doing well. I have attached our
receipt from the vet as proof that we had our puppy, Darcy, spayed
last month. Our address is still the same for the check for
reimbursement - ****, Chicago IL 60614.
Darcy is doing
great! We continue to get compliments on her unique coat color and
on her sweet disposition while walking around the neighborhood. She
has been a great learner and eager to please on the training. It is
hard to remember life before we brought her home!
attached a few pictures so you can see how she's grown.
Jeanna Chicago land
Michael, just a few lines to let you know how happy we are with
Suave (2M). Here is a picture of my daughter and Suave who as
you can see has grown a healthy dog.
in the Dominican Republic
Just a follow up about our little girl...who is now 47 pounds and
still adorable…She continues to be a delight in our life, happy,
healthy, and a lot of energy. She loves watching birds without doing
anything about it -- just watching in total silence; stalking
chipmunks and squirrels in slow motion can keep her entertained for
hours. Easy to train, she loves the clicker, and the fact that she
isn't doing amazing tricks has to do with the laid back nature of
her owners, not her own ability to learn anything.
we thank you so much for Amanda who just turned 7 months.
and Tom in Denver, CO
is doing just great. She is very well known all over town.
She weighs about 60 pounds now. She is one big mush.
Anyway, got together with Daisy, her sister at the beach 2 weeks
ago. They had a ball running all over the place. You
should have several pictures attached to this message. Just
click on the forward arrows at the bottom of the screen. If
you don't have it, I'll send re-send them to you. Daisy is
getting her hair cut on Monday. Bill is now using our groomer,
who loves Ruby.
in greater New York City
I purchased Rusty from you in September 2005.
I asked you to pick me a dog that would be calm and had a friendly
disposition. You did! Rusty is the best dog ever.
He is a celebrity in our neighborhood. The best mannered, best
looking, most friendly, and the dog everybody wants to pet.
has brought so much joy to our family and is my best friend.
He follows me everywhere and I take him when I run all my errands on
Saturdays. Stores are disappointed when he is NOT with me.
Everyone who meets Rusty says the same thing. What a beautiful
dog, so well behaved and friendly.
His health is excellent.
Rusty weighs 75 lbs. and eats a can of peas or green beans with
1 cup kibble twice a day. He gets moderate exercise and
loves to play fetch. His favorite past time is chasing
squirrels, or chewing sticks.
I notice you have
smaller doodles on your web site. Do you still breed the big
ones like Rusty?
I cannot thank you enough for breeding such a
GREAT dog! I am 5 years from retirement; we will buy another
Golden Doodle then from you I hope! Please share these
pictures on your web site. Rusty is just the best golden
doodle anyone has ever seen.
I hope you are well.
put me on the list for another Ginger/Jackson puppy.I would LOVE to have a male and female!: )
in Lithia, FL
just wanted to say that the puppy is doing wonderful in her new
is so cute and she has not shed a bit! She has adjusted well and we
are enjoying her immensely! Everyone has fallen in love with her and
has wanted the place where I got her; so if you get a lot of
requests from the southeast, don't be surprised!
My husband and I purchased Kami (your
given name to her) from you on 12/11/09. Kami is such a wonderful
dog! We bring her everywhere with us because her disposition and
temperament are phenomenal! While we were taking her to dog
obedient training classes, we had so many people telling us she
should be a therapy dog. Therefore, we took Kami to take the Canine
Good Citizen test, which she passed with flying colors, and we are
in the process of being assessed to be a member of the Delta Society
(a non-profit organization dedicated to improving human health
through service and therapy animals).
Please reimburse us
the $100.00 for Kami passing the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.
You can certainly post the attached pictures of Kami and this
testimonial as to the quality of your breeding.
Thank you so much for our wonderful dog!!
Camille & John
We want to thank you for the wonderful puppy.
He had a good trip last night without any problems. He slept most of
the night. He loves the children very much. They took Jesse for a
short walk this morning and they had a good time. Jesse is a very
good puppy and he is, I can say, trained. He barked this morning to
go outside. The children are very excited. And again, Thank you.
Maria in Goshen
you enjoy these pictures of our puppy, who we have named Colby.
It is really amazing how quickly he has worked his way into our
growing quickly and checked out great at his vet visit. He
slept through the entire exam, including when she clipped his nails.
He raised his head and glanced at her once while she took his
Hi Michael & Family,
I just want you to know that TJ is doing really well!
He is a little over 4 months, and weighs about 25 lbs. He is
growing right before our eyes, and everyone thinks THEY are his
favorite because he gives so much affection. He is pretty well
crate trained and is eating twice a day. He had the nicest
temperament, always friendly and playful if someone is
available, but otherwise quiet and calm when it is appropriate.
He seems to be capable of transitioning from playful to calm
very easily. And he just met the Weirenga's dog Mattie a
couple of weeks ago and Mattie tried to make TJ know that she was in
charge but after awhile the tables turned and TJ was running
the show, and ultimately they played together so nicely. They
were acting just like each other, batting each other with their big
paws, and laying on their backs with total trust for the other dog,
chasing each other. It was awesome! TJ also likes
to play with a friends border collie and won over a
friend's giant schnauzer who at first definitely wanted to be
in charge, growling and bared teeth and all, but all of
the sudden, gave in and let TJ jump and play with him. Can
you tell we're happy with him? Also, are there any of your
dogs and/or TJ's siblings that might've come to live anywhere
reasonably near us?
We got Daisy from you last July.
She is just the best dog ever. Very fun loving and active.
Gets along well with people. Loves to play. Wonderful temperment.
At the same time she is a good watchdog too! Best dog I have
ever owned. I bring her to my office all the time and she is well
behaved, smart and was easy to train.
Would highly reccommend you and the
goldendoodle to anyone.
did very well!! She can do about a 15-20 minute down-stay with very
few corrections. She sits on command and does Down on command.
We worked on her jumping problem and she is almost broken of that.
We have been working on controlled walking and heel lately.
She is so smart. The only thing I am having a hard time with
is Come. But I'm told that is one of the last commands puppies
learn so that we are in pretty good shape.
for your interest!! She is doing great!!!!!!!!!
such a sweet, mellow dog - I've been taking him pretty much
everywhere with me - bike races, friends' houses, etc. and he always
just goes with the flow and adapts to the situation.He pretty much slept
through the night from day one and learned sit the second time I
tried with him. Definitely a smarty-pants.
so much - I'm so glad to have him in my life!!
Bear was perfect on the ride home. He lap traveled
spreading his love. He was a little shy coming in the
house. I am sure we will miss the little shy moments
because he quickly became a hoot. Loving his toys and
playing. He already has a favorite yellow chicken that
he actually retrieved for us. We are in love.
Thank you for our new addition.
Bill, Collene and kids from Chicago
Ginger's 7 months old already. She's a very good puppy and listens
went to Minocqua, Wisconsin. She
just loved the water and playing with the kids. When we
returned, she went to the groomer. Here's some updated pictures of
She is a beauty...inside
and out! We would love it if you would use her picture! (We're
pretty proud of her!) Her coat is gorgeous.
Amy in Clearwater, FL
all's well - here are a few pics of Reagan on her first birthday,
first round of golf!She
has been a great dog - learns very fast and is super friendly - only
negatives are that most everyone that sees her wants to know
everything about her( I may have business card made for her) , and
that she has learned that she can swim with her back feet on the
bottom, kind of a walking swim, but just need to find a deeper lake.She retrieves very well, catches frisbee, and is learning to
He is so calm and gentle most of the time (especially compared to
the neighbor's Bichon puppy). He seems to get a little wound up
around the boys so we are working on the nipping/jumping (still
nothing compared to the Bichon). The neighbors, including the
ones that are petrified of dogs were really surprised by his
demeanor and love him too.
Most importantly, my husband, skeptical that a dog with any
part poodle was a bad choice, is convinced that he's the smartest
dog he's ever seen.
Michelle in Brownsburg, IN
be in your area on 5/7 or 5/9 and thought you
want to see Dusty as 1 year-old.She has turned
to be better than we could have hoped for and we
very happy with her.
and Nancy from Anderson, IN
He is soooooo ADORABLE! His plane was a
little delayed but we finally got him at
. We thought he would be timid and so obviously scared at
first but boy we were wrong. He had PLAY on his mind and so we
did for a while before we left the airport. He loves to give kisses.
He is exactly the spunky little pooch we wanted. Also, he
REALLY likes my husband and I couldn't help but wonder if it is
because he is used to a male taking care of him--I don't know but my
husband loves it…Well,
we LOVE him and his cute little personality so THANKS SO MUCH!
Marisa from Stewart
all absolutely love this dog! He is awesome. Thanks for the good
breeding and initial training you do with them.
We just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and
your family. We also wanted you to know that our puppy, Rusty, is
such a blessing to our family. He is so smart! Everyone comments
on how beautiful he is. We have been complimented by our vet,
groomer and kennel on how well behaved he is and how smart he is.
They all made sure we knew that in general, doodles are all over
the map. But thanks to your responsible breeding program, we have a
wonderful companion. We want you to know how grateful we are.
Christmas blessings to you all. Barb & Bob
many people have told us that Lucy feels like chenille.
There's nothing like having a dog that I love to touch. Lucy
Karen and Goeff from Ft. Wayne
has had her last shots and today we found her playing with her tooth
on the floor!She has
gotten quite a few permanent teeth in by now.Dr. Murphy and everyone at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic are in
love with her and want me to just bring her in whenever I'd like.In fact, Dr. Murphy is considering one of your doodles as she
recently lost one of her dogs.
and Rick from Indianapolis
We absolutely love our little girl. She is soooo funny. Zoe is
finally getting along with her. Kalli is house broken and can sit
and come when called. She loves to play ball. And I take her
everywhere with me. She is going to our church retreat next weekend!I just visited the website and I am glad all the puppies are
I fell in love with the chocolate ones-especially the phantom one. I
know we will get another one at some time.
was just checking out your site....GOOD JOB! Your dogs are so
beautiful. My vet just raves about Justice. Who is the dog on your
homepage? It looks just like Justice. Same litter???
just to tell you about Lucy. She is doing quite well. I
think our dog trainer seems to think she would be a great agility
dog. Lucy is the youngest dog in her class, but everything is
easy for her. She's very smart, picks up on things very
quickly and willingly. She loves to please. She's a very
from Ft. Wayne, IN
We wanted to send you a
note to update you on Charlie, a puppy we adopted from your family.
When we brought Charlie home in October 2010, we had no idea how
much joy he would bring to our everyday lives. He’s the best
puppy – energetic, snuggly and good natured. We take him to
our local park daily and haven’t spent a day there without receiving
compliments on Charlie’s entertaining behavior or good looks.
J Charlie loves birds, squirrels, squeaky toys and running as
fast as he can. He’s incredibly athletic and can keep up with
any dog he meets.
Charlie grew very quickly – he’s long and slender, but very
muscular. The vet tells us he will top out around 45
pounds, which is just perfect. He did quite well when he was
neutered, though he wasn’t a fan of the plastic cone we had him wearfor a few days afterward!! We
came home after work one day to find it in shreds outside of his
crate. He really showed that plastic cone who’s the boss!!
We hope the spring is treating you well – looking
forward to the summer!
Rob and Amanda
am sending you a picture of our dog. He is now 6 months old. He has
been a real pleasure and fits right in with our family. He is also a
very smart dog. He has been #1 in his classes. I have also taught
him how to go up a ladder and down a slide.
His coat is
quite curly, but is very soft and hasn't shown any tendency to matt
yet. The coloration remains golden red with cream highlights.
His gait is very nice and his looks get frequent compliments on
he bonded to us quickly and is very affectionate. He appears
intelligent and loves retrieving. House training is going
Doug from Kalamazoo, MI
dog made it to Philly okay. When we went to pick him up and he was
certainly shaken, but we plopped right down on the airport floor and
snuggled with him and he began feeling better. He got sick once on
the car trip home, but didn't seem too phased. We brought him in and
gave him some water. It was very sad to see him at first. He backed
up against a wall in the kitchen and just looked around. I could
just image what he was thinking. Where are my brothers? Where's my
Mom and Dad and all the others I'm used to. This does not look like
my home. I put a fleece blanket in his crate and he took a short
we brought him out and let him run around. I could almost hear
him when he smelled the grass and snow: 'Hey I know what this
is!" He and Myles ran around and played. So far today he hasn't
had one accident inside. Although I take him out regularly,
especially after he eats or drinks. He ate a good supper and has
seemed to settle in quite nicely by the end of the day. He even had
a small fight with a trained attack leaf; it was a tie. But he
didn't seem to mind; he enjoyed the completion. He's napping now.
found out from my sister-in-law that my husband always used to say
every dog needs a boy.Attached
are pictures from this afternoon of Strider (we named in the car
ride home) and his boy Myles.
you for allowing us to adopt such a wonderful new member in our
and Myles from Philadelphia, PA
Bryan and I wanted to give you an update on our girl,
. But mostly, we wanted to thank-you!
has brought us such joy!!
be 6 months old next week and she’s doing great.
is so smart and she’s the hit of the neighborhood, training class
and vet’s office (in other words, she’s spoiled rotten!).
We get questions and comments all the time. Everyone
loves her coat, especially the color.
just had her groomed to give her some relief for the summer.
I’ve attached a picture of her at the lake a few weeks ago.
She’s really beginning to enjoy the water!
thought you might like an update/pictures of Copper. In case
you forgot, he was from Carrie and Jackson's litter last May.
Copper is doing great! He is a little smaller than we were
hoping - 46 pounds - but we love him just the same! He loves
playing with the kids and could not have a better temperament!
My 3 yr old has been known to take a bone right out of his mouth
without so much as a growl from Copper! He also does not shed
AT ALL! I have been in touch with a few of the owner's of
Copper's siblings via the "doodle forum" and we love to
compare pictures of your beautiful puppies!
New Year, Michael!Thought
you might want an Emmy update...she's doing beautifully!Gibbs LOVES her.They
are best buddies and play constantly which is exactly what we had
hoped would happen.
is adorable. You can tell he has been around little boys because the
first thing he did was climb into my sons lap. It made Matthew's
day!! Koda looked scared but warmed up in no time.
from Sairport, NY
Our dog "Sully" is a Irish Golden, you sent him to us in Rochester
NY in October, 2010. He is an absolutely wonderful dog, everything
you promised and more. He is healthy, and beautiful, skin, coat,
hips heart+++! He gets along wonderfully with our 6 year old and our
small dog. He goes to work with me every day at the animal shelter
and loves all the students in my classes. He was easy to
house/crate train and has passed basic obedience. He has a
wonderful temperament, gentle and laid back. Everyone is amazed at
how low key he is for a young sporting dog mix! Thank You for your
dedication to this wonderful hybrid. Working at a shelter for the
past 13 years I get to see the horrific results of bad breeding
practices particularly for pit bulls. Please continue your positive
work for these wonderful dogs! (And Sully is neutered, I will leave
the breeding to the experts!)
Thanks Again for Everything,
Attached please find the certificate of sterility that our vet
provided after spaying Maisey at the beginning of July. My
recollection is that you offered a $200 refund if we decided to
have her spayed.
Just so you know, Maisey has proven to
be a delightful, energetic, well adjusted puppy. We certainly
have our hands full with her and two small kids, but the kids love
her and she has burrowed her way into our hearts.
sure to keep in touch and provide pictures as she grows up.
Matt South Burlington, VT
Michael! Just wanted to send you the latest picture of Dash.We just love him.He's
a little spitfire full of spunk and personality.Everyone comments how gorgeous he is. Thanks for everything!
is home and asleep in her crate. What an amazing beautiful
puppy! She's a little doll and I can't get over how well she
took the flight and how sweet she is!! She ate, went potty and
settled right down. I will stay in touch and send pictures.
I only hope I can breed puppies that are as adorable as she is.
from Lithia, FL
adore our puppy which we named Lakota. Even non-dog lover's
fall in love with him. He does not get into any trouble in the
house when left alone and he loves all people and animals. His
disposition is excellent!
I don't even know where to begin how happy
we are with our Irish Goldendoodle puppy (Sunset & Rufus) we
named him Hank O'Doodle. He is so smart, he sits, stays
and walks on a leash very well for only 10 weeks old. Hank is
doing so good with his potty training too, he goes in his
section of the yard only. He is so good!! We love him so
much and kiss him often. Do you know how big he will get? I have
friends that say he will be about 60lbs (I hope he gets big). I
have attached a few pics of Hank with my granddaughter and one
of him after his bath and blow dry.
Thank you again so
much for breeding these beautiful, smart puppies! I will keep
you updated with more pics.
Our goldendoodle puppy (Riley) is unbelievable...the perfect dog!!!!
Riley is just 14 months old; he has a golden colored coat, a great
personality (everyone in our neighborhood knows him), etc. etc.
Sunshine Acres and Michael more than delivered as promised and I do
not hesitate in recommending him.