Everyone Loves Pumpkin Soup's Pups — Including Hugh Jackman

June 26th, 2015

LucyLoo.2This pic was sent in by the owner of Lucy Lu, this gorgeous Australian Labradoodle relaxing by the shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Lucy Lu is the daughter of our popular Manor Lake Pumpkin Soup.

Her owner and constant companion had this to say about her darling Lucy Lu,

“I know I have said it before, but we could not love this dog more!  We have three girls who just absolutely adore her.  She is loved on constantly!  I think there is not a day that goes by that we don’t say “Lucy you are the cutest dog we have ever seen!“, “Lucy you are the greatest dog ever!” and “Lucy I love you so much!“.  She truly is the best!  Thank you again.  We can’t imagine our lives without her!”

If you’re keeping count, that’s seven exclamation points. That’s a pretty enthusiastic endorsement if you ask me. And why wouldn’t it be? Our Pumpkin Soup (Punkie), is one of the kindest, gentlest, and beautiful little ladies.

Other owners of pups from Pumpkin Soup have had this to say about their puppies:

“She is smart, alert and playful and has a lovely temperament. A real doll.”

And also:

“ALLEGRA is the sweetest!!! The whole family is mad about her, even her slightly jealous french bulldog brother.”

Here’s a pic of Allegra and her jealous brother. Oh, did I mention that Allegra is owned by Hugh Jackman’s family? Yes, that Hugh Jackman. If you do a Google image search for the words “Hugh Jackman” and “Allegra,” you’ll find that this sweet little pup has received Kardashian-level press.

If you’re interested in owning your own dog from our sweet Pumpkin Soup, check out our available puppy page — we have adorable puppies available right now from from Pumpkin Soup and Manor Lake Habanero (Hobbes).

Just think, not only will you get a wonderful companion that you’ll simply fall in love with, you can drop Hugh Jackman’s name every time someone compliments your dog!

Here are some pics of the Pumpkin Soup pups we have available:


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Don’t Miss the Krewe of Barkus Parade!

June 22nd, 2015

BarkusIf you’re able to make it to New Orleans for the 2016 Mardi Gras celebration, make sure that you schedule your visit to coincide with the Krewe of Barkus parade on January 31.

The Krewe of Barkus is an amazing Mardi Gras parade featuring dogs dressed in a common parade theme. Last year’s theme was Barkus Wars: Return of the K9which — according to Manor Lake’s own Kim Kochman who was there for the festivities — was an exceedingly enjoyable event.

The Krewe of Barkus (a krewe is an organization responsible for putting on parades and floats — Mardi Gras has hundreds of them) was started in 1993 as a way of  promoting the adoption and rescue of homeless animals in New Orleans.

Like most krewes, the Krewe of Barkus has an annual king and queen, and only rescued dogs are allowed to write an essay for me reign as queen, which is a phenomenal tradition. This year’s king was a 12-year-old wirehaired Dachshund named Andouille Lemarie (Dewie) and the queen was a gorgeous Labrador/Pit bull  mix named Ashley.

The parade is a wonderful way to enjoy Mardi Gras, celebrate dogs, and to help support homeless animals. You don’t want to miss it. And we’d love to see the parade taken over by Australian Labradoodles!


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Australian Labradoodle: First Therapy Dog Allowed in NYC Courtroom

June 10th, 2015

Maggie walking with MarieAustralian Labradoodles are being recognized for their astounding ability to function as both service and therapy dogs. Their incredible intelligence coupled with their calm dispositions make them the perfect pets for people with disabilities or in need of comfort after a traumatic experience or a major life change.

We’ve already told you about Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles’ work with the Wounded Warriors providing companions to individuals suffering from PTSD, but here’s another amazing example of Australian Labradoodles being used as therapy dogs.

One of our clients sent us this article from the New York Times: Therapy Dog Helps Woman Testify at Assailant’s Sentencing Hearing.

The story tells the harrowing tale of a woman testifying in court to the abuse and confinement she and her 5-year-old daughter suffered for five months. As she testified, she hugged and found solace in her Australian Labradoodle therapy dog, Paz.

This was the first case in New York City where a therapy dog was allowed to accompany an adult into a courtroom.

Reporter Joshua Jamerson writes: “With an outgoing demeanor, Paz captured the attention of court officers and the judge. Justice Ingram told the woman that he hoped good health, counseling and ‘her comfort dog’ would help her ‘put this behind her’ and ‘get on with her life.’”

The article is a difficult and heartbreaking read, but we’re thankful that Australian Labradoodles like Paz are able to bring some comfort the afflicted and assistance to those struggling through their own difficult issues.

If you’d like more information about trainers and training for service and therapy dogs, the ALAA has some wonderfully helpful links on their ALAA service dogs page.

ADDENDUM: We received an update to this story this morning so I am updating this post:

I was so flattered that you mentioned the work being done by my dog, Paz, a 5 year old Australian Labradoodle whose support of a crime victim was discussed in the NY Times article on June 10, 2015. Just for clarification, Paz and I are a registered “Pet Partner” therapy team; I am Director of Children’s Services at the NYC Family Justice Center in Brooklyn where Paz and I were priveleged to provide support for the courageous victim described in the NY Times, including, accompanying her to court.

I feel that labradoodles have the capacity and intelligence to provide the support required to assist crime victims and I’m hoping that Paz has set precedent for the use of therapy dogs in court to assist victims during what is often difficult and traumatic proceedings. Again, thank you for mentioning Paz and I’m hoping his successful work in court inspires others to do the same. Charlotte Bednarsh (aka Paz’s mom)

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Changing Lives, One Labradoodle at a Time

June 4th, 2015

shasta Matching families with the perfect new member is what drives us at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles, so we cherish every testimonial we receive.

But it’s testimonies like this one that really warm our heart. When someone is so blessed with their companion that they’re still thanking us four years later, we feel like we’re genuinely changing lives—and that makes all the difference.


Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of Shasta coming to me, and I want to tell you how much I love her. I know you hear this all the time from your puppy parents, but she is really wonderful and makes my life so much better.

She has learned so much in these four years; she is the most cooperative and loving dog I have ever known. My whole family loves her and looks forward to our frequent visits. Fortunately Shasta is a very good traveler and passengers on our flights often comment on her good behavior.

The more enrichment and attention I give her, the more she thrives emotionally. She comes to my office and greets the students before settling into a chair quietly during their lessons. She is not only smart but very pretty! Thank you for giving me such a wonderful companion.

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Manor Lake’s Community Commitment

May 29th, 2015

CharriceManor Lake was excited to donate a puppy to the Whatcom County Boys and Girls Club, Key to Our Future Gala.

The Key to Our Future theme echoed the Boys and Girls Club desire to provide kids with programs and resources to help unlock their potential and empower them to discover their future goals.

The gala was held to raise funds for all the club’s yearly activities—and it was a smashing success! There were nearly 500 attendees and the event raised more than $300,000. In fact, just the Sponsor-A-Child portion of the fundraiser, alone, raised over $90,000.

Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles is proud to be part of such an important and worthwhile community event.

BONUS: Pictured holding the puppy we donated is our own, Charrice. If you’ve called Manor Lake any time in the last nine months, she’s probably the one you’ve spoken with!

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Wounded Warrior Pups: Then and Now

May 27th, 2015

If you pay any attention to the Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle blog, you’ve heard us talk many times about about our work with wounded warriors.

We’ve told you all about Jay’s harrowing story and his special Manor Lake companion, Tango. We’ve even told you about the time Jay and Tango met Greta Van Susteren.

Some of the guys got together this last weekend with their Manor Lake dogs and we just had to share how these dogs have grown! They look fantastic.

Thanks again for all you’ve done!


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People Love Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles

May 13th, 2015

The reviews are in and people are in love with their Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle companions.

We’re regularly sent updates and reviews and they have wonderful things to say about working with us.

Here are a few of the many five-star reviews from our Facebook page:

“Couldn’t be happier with Moose! I am so thoroughly impressed with my Labradoodle I would love another!”—Jean

“I couldn’t be happier and couldn’t have a happier, smarter, wonderful pet. Manor Lake is the real deal. They are the BEST in the business.”—Jacob

“Today, I was asked by my niece to recommend a breeder. I told her this and I want to tell you too “If I was looking to bring a new member into our family, I would call Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles! I trust Kim with helping me find the right fit for my family.” Communicate with Manorlake and they will help you with the process to make sure both you and your new baby are perfect for each other!”—Allison

“We couldn’t love our Murphy more, he is one of the family! He is incredibly smart and loyal as well as sweet and lovable.”—Rachel

“Would not hesitate getting another “family member” from Manor Lake! Kevin makes a great impression on everyone he meets! He is “the best” puppy ever! I can at last wear black and not be covered in fur or dog hair!! Perfect “boy” for our family!”—Barb

“I don’t think there are words for what Manor Lake has done for us. Thank you just isn’t enough.”—Shannon

“Manor Lake Piece of Cake (Sara Lee) is quite possibly the perfect animal. She is loving, calm, happy and absolutely gorgeous. I can’t go out in public without being stopped by people who agree that she’s perfect!”—Donnie

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Photos from Manor Lake Forever Families

April 17th, 2015

We get tons of great photos from the forever homes of our Australian Labradoodles. It makes us so happy to know that our pups have found their perfect families! Here are a few of the favorites we’ve received lately.

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Governor Scott Walker: We Have an Australian Labradoodle for You!

April 2nd, 2015

scott-walker-cover-why-we-chose-620x395Governor Scott Walker, we want to help you out!

The New York Times recently suggested that a presidential campaign run by you could be hampered by your allergy to pet dander—and they may be right!

From Washington (who had a Black and Tan Coonhound named Drunkard) through President Obama’s Portuguese Water  Dogs, Bo and Sunny, dogs have played a—sometimes important—role in presidential politics.

Nixon’s “Checkers speech”—named after the black and white dog he received as a gift—helped make him more accessible and keep his name on the Eisenhower ticket, just like Roosevelt’s “Fala speech” before it.

There’s something special about dog ownership that humanizes a candidate and makes them relatable to the average American. Most of us know what it’s like to have and love a special pet, and we trust people we know have similar bonds with their animals.

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Cayenne.M. know that pet allergies can be a difficult and debilitating issue to deal with, but you’re in luck! When Wally Conran started breeding Australian Labradoodles in the 80s, it was to create allergy and asthma-friendly dogs that had the temperament of service dogs.

Mission accomplished.

Not only are our Australian Labradoodles allergy-friendly, they barely shed. It’s true. I’m around them all day—every day—and seldom find a stray hair anywhere on me! And they are the sweetest dogs.

We would love to donate an Australian Labradoodle puppy to you and your family. Simply contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com, and we’ll get the ball rolling. We promise that adopting your own Australian Labradoodle would be the best part of your campaign!

Just do us a favor: don’t follow President John Adam’s example and name your dog “Satan.”

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5 Tips for Conquering Separation Anxiety

March 26th, 2015

Cayenne.M. anxiety can be a genuine concern for dog owners, but it’s probably not as prevalent as you might think.

Many actions that get lumped in with separation anxiety are actually boredom and bad behavior.

True separation anxiety is different than just being bad and will occasionally be seen in other behaviors:

  • Dogs will often demonstrate anxiety by jumping up whenever they think you’re leaving or following you from room to room.
  • They’ll often start pacing, barking, or whining the moment they think you’ve left, even if you’ve only gone into another room or outside for a few moments.

Boredom and naughtiness can include many of the same behaviors that an anxiety-ridden pooch might display like chewing, scratching, barking, or howling. But in the bored dog, it happens after they’ve been alone for a while. Dog’s with separation anxiety will start losing it almost immediately when they think you’ve gone.

If you think your dog might be suffering from some separation anxiety issues, talk to your vet and maybe a behaviorist. If the situation is really bad there are medications that some have found really helpful. But medicating away difficult behavior should always be a last resort.

Here are a couple tips that will frequently help deal with your anxious pup.

1. Lower the drama of leaving and returning

Don’t make a big thing out of going away or coming home. Your dog needs to get to the place where they see periods of separation as a normal part of every day life.

When you have to leave, simply leave. When you get home, don’t make big, dramatic entrance with lots of loud, animated discussion aimed at your dog. This only makes your dog think that you’ve been as anxious as they’ve been.

2. Change your leaving rituals

Part of lowering the drama is eliminating some of the regular behaviors your dog associates with you leaving. Look at the things you do and see if you can change them to cut down on your dog’s anxiety.

Do they associate grabbing your keys with getting ready to go? Try keeping your keys somewhere else where it’s not so obvious, or occasionally grab your keys when you’re not leaving.

Do you run the blow dryer as part of your morning ritual? Does you pup see the blow dryer as the first ritual that tells them you’re leaving? Try occasionally running it throughout the day until they associate it less with preparation for being alone.

If you can, occasionally leave through different doors.

These aren’t behaviors you need to take part in all the time, but long enough that they quit seeing them as signals that they’re about to be abandoned.

3. Leave distractions for your dog

A Kong full of Kong Stuff’N Puppy Paste is a wonderful distraction for a dog and can keep them busy for quite a while. You can also train your pup to look for treats you’ve hidden while you’re away.

We had some friends who would hide treats in safe places for their dog with separation anxiety to find when they were away. It was fun to eventually see Charlie get excited when they were leaving because it meant the game was afoot!

4. Tire them out

There is so much pent-up energy that is released when your dog is anxious. Planning walks or play time before you have to leave is a helpful way to redirect some of that energy.

Get up a half hour earlier and take your dog on a walk/run. You’ll both benefit!

5. Have a crate available

While we might think of a crate as a terrible enclosed space, we need to think about things from a pooch’s perspective. Dogs have a natural instinct to be in a den and can find a crate to be a comforting place. In fact, many dogs will be much more secure in a crate than they will in a wide open house while you’re away.

Getting your dog comfortable with a crate when they’re young can help a lot when they’re older. Once they’ve discovered that secure place that’s all theirs, all you need to do is leave the crate open in the the room when you leave. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Remember, punishment for anxious behavior is only going to exacerbate the problem. One of the best things you can do (and this is in any situation with your dog) is demonstrate cool, strong, and assertive leadership.

They’re looking to you as their pack leader and the energy you give them is going to return to you in their behavior.

And once again, if all else fails, make sure to talk to your vet or a behaviorist. They’re going to be able to give you some helpful advice tailor-made for your beloved pet!

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