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Ten Tips for Feeding Pets Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching us, which we know is a hard time not to give in to your dog’s sad eyes when they look up at you during dinner time. Some leftover scraps aren’t bad for dogs so if you do give in, here are the top ten tips from on what is safe and unsafe to give your dog.


  1. No to Alcohol- Alcohol is definitely a big no for pets. What we people may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal. Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruit cake (the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor), as well as unbaked bread.
  2. Yes to Green Beans- Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.
  3. No to Chocolate- Chocolate is a well known off limits indulgence for pets. During the holidays however, baking chocolate is used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes hit the table. Make sure this holiday season that your pet does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind.
  4. Yes to Macaroni and Cheese- If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.
  5. No to Xylitol- While you may be making the healthier choice by cooking with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, sweeteners containingXylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.
  6. Yes to Cranberry Sauce- Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.
  7. No to Grapes- Many people are unaware that grapes, and subsequently raisins, can be toxic to pets. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.
  8. Yes to Mashed Potatoes- Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.
  9. No To Alliums -Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be ingested by your pet. While it is true that small, well-cooked portions of these foods can be okay if your pet is used to it, ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.
  10. Yes to Turkey- Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.


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ALAA Photo Contest!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The Australian Labradoodle Association of America has launched a photo contest on their Facebook page. Now is your chance to show off the most adorable picture of your Australian Labradoodle, vote for other cuties, and potentially win a prize!

alaa photo contest


  • Voting starts tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th
  • Contest ends on Friday, December 20th (voting ends 12/19)
  • Only one submission per person
  • Winner will receive a Lupine leash and collar

To enter, click the link below:

  • Must “Like” the ALAA Facebook page in order to participate in the contest


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Update on Manor Lake Lila!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Hi Kim and Melissa,

We are truly in love with Lila!  She is almost 9 months old and she is such a beautiful girl.  She is very loving and wants to be with us at all times. Our Lila Doodle loves to cuddle!  As you can see she keeps us warm on these cold New England nights! Lila loves to play and has become a pro at catching the frisbee.  We call her “the athlete of the family”.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!  Please feel free to share them 🙂

We will write again soon!


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Thank you so much for the update on Lila! She has grown so much and looks absolutely beautiful! We are so happy to hear that she is adjusting so well to your family and is still the cuddle bug that we remember her as. That is great that she has such an active lifestyle too. We definitely miss her around here and love the update and pictures and would absolutely love to share them.

Thank you again and give Lila a HUGE hug for us!

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Manor Lake Donates to Wounded Warrior Program

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


On September 4th, 2013 we were contacted by Shannon regarding her husband, Jay, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012. Jay suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD because of his injury and although he was qualified for a service dog through All American Dogs Foundation, he has terrible allergies and they could not match him with any dog. Jay has been around doodles before and has not had any issues with allergies around them. Shannon was researching dogs and came across our website. She saw that they were “top of the line and very well bred” as well as “good for allergies and asthma,” which is why she reached out to us.

Shannon shared with us her husband’s story:

“On July 7th 2012 he was on a mission with his company.  The mine rollers went ahead of them and cleared the area 3 times before they drove their strykers in.  They were on a resupply to some of the guys who had run out of food and ammunition.  My husbands vehicle parked in an area that had been cleared and previously driven over ahead of him.  He opened his door so his team leader could talk to him and the team leader stepped on a bomb.  This man was my husbands best friend and he lost both his legs.  My husband suffered a concussion that rendered him unconscious for a few minutes.  He came to and they worked on Chris, the guy who was seriously injured so they could get him on a flight out of there.  They wanted to take my husband also, but he refused to leave his guys.  They continued on their resupply mission and 45min later hit a 120lb bomb that totaled their vehicle.  Again my husband suffered another concussion.  They stayed put while waiting on a new vehicle and then continued again. The next day July 8th they hit another bomb that totaled another truck, and again my husband suffered another concussion.

My husband being the tough, proud leader he is continued without saying a word to his leaders.  It was 2 weeks later when they were in a pre-mission meeting that Jay knew he couldn’t go on.  He was sitting there listening to what they were going to do and where they were taking their guys.  He didn’t comprehend any of what his First Sargent was saying. He didn’t know what he was supposed to do with his guys and he didn’t know where they were going.  He told his First Sargent and they immediately air lifted him to Kandahar hospital.  He spent 2 weeks in Kandahar before they sent him to Germany.  While he was in Kandahar I was able to talk to him and he swore to me that he was ok. I knew differently though. He didn’t remember family members, places we had gone and things we had done.  Three concussions in less than 24 hours is not good for the brain.  They explained it as shaken baby syndrome in an adult.  He was the same funny, joking guy I loved, but things were very different in his brain.  From Germany they sent him home to Washington.  Madigan has been great with all his tests and therapy.  He has a great team working with him and he is better than he was.  He was diagnosed with PTSD in December and has had a very hard time dealing with that diagnosis.  He is a proud man, who went through 3 deployments with no problems and it was this 4th that did him in. “

Shannon e-mailed us her husband’s story which was very emotional and touching and we wanted to help out as much as we could. They recently attended a family retreat for PTSD survivors and that is where they learned about the All American Dogs Foundation. They train PTSD service dogs for soldiers and vets and they have been talking with a trainer who will be helping train their future dog. Shannon told us that it “will be a team effort between her and her husband.”

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On Friday, September 13th, Jay and Shannon drove up to Bellingham, WA to visit our puppies and were happy that they would be able to take one home that day! Jay and the puppy (which he named “Tango”) bonded instantly. As Jay was telling us his story of his time in Afghanistan, the puppy walked up to him, smelled his hands and gave him kisses. Tango rolled on his back and loved the attention that he was getting from James. Tango was calm and sweet, and we knew he would be a perfect match for James, Shannon, and their four children.

We were so touched by his story and donated the perfect match for him and we are excited to hear about Jay and Tango’s training together. Below are some pictures of that incredibly special day for all of us.


Jay and Tango bonded instantly, and we knew they were a perfect pair!
Jay, Tango, Owner/Breeder Kim Kochman, and her assistant, Megan

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Happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Revival Animal Health is one of our sources for new veterinary information and a supplier of wonderful supplies, today we wanted to share their greeting on their behalf for a wonderful Labor Day! Take a rest and have a wonderful weekend!


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DIY Treat Recipe!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Hard Work Rewards


2 2/3 cups rice flour
Approx. 1/4 pound
chicken breast
1 teaspoon chopped
Approx. 1 cup water


Cooking pot
immersion blender

How to do it

1. Preheat oven to 320°f and cover the baking pan with parchment paper.
2. Measure the rice flour.
3. Cook the chicken in water and let cool.
4. using an immersion blender, puree with 1 cup of broth.
5. Mix all of the ingredients together with a hand mixer or a stand mixer to form a smooth dough.
6. form small nuggets and place on the baking pan.
7. Bake a 320°f for approximately 20 minutes.


• Let the biscuits dry overnight on the pan. they will be good for at least 3 weeks
• Parsley is a diuretic and can have a laxative effect. It also gets rid of bad breath.

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Manor Lake’s Pinterest!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Did you know that Manor Lake has a Pinterest? Follow us for adorable puppy pictures, testimonials, products that we love, and great articles!




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Keeping Your Dog Safe For The Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

10. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!

It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

9. Don’t Put Insect Repellant on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use

The same tip applies to applying “people” sunscreen on your pet. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

8. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets

If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

7. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home

The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

6. Have Your Pet Properly Identified

If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

5. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry

It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments. The ASPCA states that while not highly toxic, “excessive drooling and gastrointestinalirritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

4. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets

While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

3. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”

If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

2. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets.

The ASPCA lists chlorates as a harmful chemical substance found in some matches that, if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty in breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.

1. Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too.

Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.


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Keeping Your Dog Cool During The Summer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Is your dog having a hard time staying cool during the hot summer months? Here are some great tips on how to keep your dog cool!

  1. Make sure your dogs have a cool place to rest, with water available. A shady spot in a garage, under a porch, or under a tree. A cool tile, concrete, or dirt floor can also help them cool off.
  2. Trim their coats. For long haired breeds, get them a shorter haircut during the hottest days of summer.
  3. Find a container to hold a dog and some shallow water: a rubber tub, a shallow washing tub, a children’s wading pool, or anything else that will work. Don’t forget to take the size of your dog into consideration.
  4. Put some water in it fairly early in the day. If what you are using is outside, the sun will give it a chance to warm up a bit. If you are filling it from the hose, don’t fill it and then put them in it directly, because it would be cold. The shock might be too much for them.
  5. Put them in the water. Let them stay and play in the water, if they like
    • Some dogs might go to it naturally, others may need to be encouraged. If it is big enough, maybe you can sit with them.
  6. Let them stand under the water, or pour water over them.


  • Remember that dogs don’t sweat to cool off.
  • Keep towels handy. They will be messy when they get out, and they will want to shake off their fur.
  • This might not be so effective for your cats.


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DIY Eat- PB and Banana Treats

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

PB & Banana Treats

Treats for all! These quick, healthy snacks can be made super teeny or extra large depending on the size of your dog, and pack parsley power for freshening breath. Tasty and easy to make, they’re perfect for taking on walks, for training, or just plain old treat time.
This recipe is easy to tinker with. You can substitute dried mint for half of the parsley, if you like. And don’t hesitate to adjust the size of the treats to accommodate very small or very large dogs, baking them a few minutes less or a few minutes more, as needed. If your dog has challenges chewing, grind the rolled oats in a food processor before adding them to the mixture. Makes approximately two-dozen treats.


1 banana, peeled
1 cup oat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried parsley
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2 to 2 inch) coin. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.


TipIt’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats before handing them out.

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