Testimonial Tuesday

November 4th, 2015

Oops, a day late, but better late than never right? We always love to hear feedback from our families about how their new and old 4-legged family members are doing. Here’s some pictures and a letter we received from one of our families:

“Thought I’d share with you how our Buddy is growing big and beautiful and has given our Black Lab Jake the friend he thought he’d never get! His chocolate coat really is so rich and beautiful! Thank you helping us bring this amazing smart boy into our families lives!”

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Brain Injury Alliance Annual Gala

November 3rd, 2015

Kim Kochman Owner/Breeder Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles with Johnny Chavez of New Orleans in one photo, and Charrice Dotinga with two of our signature multi-generation Australian Labradoodle puppies in the other photo, supporting the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington at their annual gala. Looking forward to this years gala coming up on November 21st, 2015.

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Testimonial Tuesday!

October 27th, 2015

Another week and another Tuesday, which means another testimonial Tuesday! We always enjoy hearing from families how their labradoodles are doing. Thanks for all the wonderful feedback!

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October 19th, 2015

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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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