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Changing Lives, One Labradoodle at a Time

Thursday, 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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Wounded Warrior Pups: Then and Now

Wednesday, 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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Christmas Joy: Finding Your Dream Dog

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

SofieOne of our favorite holiday things is finding our inbox stuffed with the most adorable Australian Labradoodle Christmas pics.

You can see many of those pics up on our Facebook page.

Occasionally the pictures will come with heartfelt words that reinforce the reason we’re so passionate about Australian Labradoodles. They’re an amazing breed that makes them the best companions, but don’t take our word for it.

Read what Heather had to tell us about her lovely Sofie:

“She has been such a delightful addition to our family since we brought her home in June. She’s just what I dreamed of! Sofie is intelligent, funny, and playful. She’s so great with my kids and enjoys spending time with the family.

She loves car rides and she brings tons of attention everywhere we go. The groomers have been very impressed with her personality and temperament, as well as her beautiful coat!

Sofie is my dream dog and I’m so thankful to have she as part of our family.

Thanks again for matching us with the perfect dog—we love her!”

Thanks Heather! Helping people find their dream dog is what drives us at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles.

Happy Holidays!


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Merry Christmas from Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, and want you remind you of some of our wonderful gift opportunities.

We have some gorgeous puppies available. And though we’ll try to get your puppy to you in time for Christmas, we can always get you a picture, collar, and leash to put under the tree. Imagine your loved one’s surprise when they find their home will be welcoming the addition of a delightful new companion.

Already have a puppy? We have puppy packs (which come in three sizes) containing everything you need to get your puppy started off right.

Lastly, make sure you have everything you need to keep your Australian Labradoodle looking its best with one of our grooming kits—you can see the contents HERE.

If you have any questions, make sure to give us a call at (360) 303-0497.

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Dog Friendly Road Trip

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
We came across this great article full of beautiful places that are dog-friendly so this is perfect if you are looking to make a road trip anytime soon. We know how fun it is being able to include your canine companion in your journeys! 


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Do you feel a sense of freedom when staring at a map or atlas, knowing that you can just pick any one of the roads you see, hop on it and let it take you to somewhere new?

This feeling of freedom is why road trips have long been a favorite activity for adventurers worldwide. As temperatures rise and the frost-covered trails begin to thaw, our minds wander to destinations we’ve put on hold for the winter.  If your dog is anything like mine, as you pack for your trip, your pup follows you EVERWHERE as if to say “you’re taking me with you right?” Then when he sees “his pack” come out, his tail starts flying, swinging his entire body back and forth. This time he’s saying, “yup! I call shotgun!”

If you have a dog friendly road trip planned this spring, we’d love to hear about it. Where are you heading, what will you do when you get there and what are you packing specifically for your dog?

If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few recommendations from our friends, dealers and ambassadors.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, CA (and NV)

If you like to hike, bike, paddle, swim, camp, backpack, the list goes on and on, Lake Tahoe has it. When we asked George Richter of Dog Dog Cat ( if he thought Lake Tahoe was a dog friendly road trip destination, he had this to say:

“South Lake Tahoe has an incredible environment for adventurous pet lovers.   Dogs or no dogs Lake Tahoe is spectacular and bringing your pet along for the experience makes it even better.   My favorite places to go with our dogs are the amazing Tahoe Rim Trail, or Nevada Beach.   The “Rim Trail” is fantastic for trail runners, hikers, or Mt. Bikers in the summer months, and cross country skiing in the winter and it stretches 100+ miles around the mountain tops surrounding Lake Tahoe.   Nevada Beach is a sandy beach with beautiful clear Lake Tahoe water and an amazing view of Mt. Tallac Tahoe’s highest peak and it is located next to a dog friendly campground just a few minutes from South Lake Tahoe.    Lastly SLT has a long list of Pet Friendly hotels for any budget.”


Cajun in Moab

Moab, UT

Famous for its mountain biking, splitter crack rock climbing and canyon exploring, Moab is always a great road trip destination. Plenty of dog friendly camping and lodging options await is this southern Utah high desert town. Don’t take it from us that this place is dog friendly, but definitely take it from local Moab rock climber, base jumper and major dog lover Steph Davis.

“Moab is very dog friendly: most of the trails and things to do are on BLM land which does not discriminate against dog friends. The famous desert climber Jimmie Dunn always says “Any place that’s good for dogs is good for humans!”  And that pretty much sums up Moab :)”.


Animas River Durango

Durango, CO

Just a short two to three hours from Moab lies the slightly larger mountain town of Durango, CO. Don’t let the “slightly larger” comment throw you off. Durango is a quaint town with a strong outdoor mountain culture home to just over 17,000 residents as well as one of our favorite brands, Zuke’s Pet Treats! We had to ask them why they thought Durango is a great dog friendly destination. Grant Berry said “Durango is a community that is absolutely full of dogs, and people who are passionate about dogs. Whether it is the local off-leash dog park, or the world class singletrack available minutes from downtown, there is no shortage of places to have fun with your mutt. The Animas River provides a great place for all to cool off in the summer, and businesses downtown often put out water bowls and treats to keep pups fueled. Overall, Durango is a great place to be a dog.


Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

Asheville, NC

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina lies one of the southeast’s premier road trip destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, artists, families and anyone seeking mountain landscapes and fresh air. If you need a little help finding pet friendly adventures when you get there, stop by and ask our friends at Diamond Brand Outdoors. Sarah Merrell of Diamond Brand recently sent us this note:

“Asheville is a very dog friendly destination, we have many locations that not only allow dogs, but are fun for dog owners and have amazing scenery.  Some great destinations in the Asheville area include the Mountains to Sea Trail, Bent Creek, and also a number of trails in Pisgah National Forest like Looking Glass Rock Trail and John Rock Trail, which both offer breath taking views, and Grave Yard Fields which includes a beautiful waterfall.  Many of these trails include streams so that your dog can stop for a drink, and thanks to Asheville’s climate, you can usually hike any time during the year without it being unbearably hot or cold. ”



Adirondacks, NY

No matter the season, there are multiple recreation opportunities in the Adirondacks. According to, this park is over 6 million acres and has over 2,000 mountains, 40 high peaks, and more than 2,300 lakes and ponds connected by 1,500 miles of rivers and 30,000 miles of brooks and streams. This park has it all! Spend the summer paddling miles of lakes, hiking multiple peaks and climbing clean granite. In the winter, you can ski, snowshoe, ice climb and more. “The Adirondacks are most certainly a Dog Friendly Destination!” said Sara Ellis of Dawgdom in Saratoga Springs, NY.   “Whether it is a quick easy hike or an all day adventure our trails are dog friendly, often welcoming off leash goers!  Favorites are the less known – Shelving Rock State Park, tucked away on the Southeastern side of Lake George is a favorite of mine so much so we ended up wedding there with all 3 dogs of the time, Sadie, MavDog & Fred.”


Here’s some gear you should consider bringing for your road-tripping canine:


  •    Packable Dog Bowl – keep your dog hydrated whether being active or spending hours in route.
  •    Dog Bed – dog beds are a signal to dogs that they have a place that they can rest and let their guard down – especially in unfamiliar environments. Plus they just like them!
  •    Dog Pack – if you are heading out for long day hikes, mountain bike rides or overnight hikes, dogs packs are a great way to let your dog carry their own gear and water.
  •    Extra Leash – It’s always good to keep an extra leash handy in the car. One of our favorite road trip leashes is the Just-a-Cinch Leash that you can quickly slip on and off for quick pit stops.


Do you have a favorite dog-friendly road trip destination? Please share by leaving a comment below or tell us on our Facebook page.


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ALAA Photo Contest!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Happy Monday from Manor Lake!

Have you been voting for the cutest Australian Labradoodle in the Australian Labradoodle Association of America’s (ALAA) photo contest?  Voting for the contest ends THIS Thursday (December 19th) so make sure to get your votes in before then!

Here is the link to the Facebook Photo Contest:

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Update on Manor Lake Madison!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Hi all…I keep forgetting to send you some pictures of Madison.  She is such a joy and delight and enchants everyone she meets (2 legged and 4 legged alike). She’s now 5 1/2 months and is quite well behaved…although we do have to watch things like socks on the floor which is always preferable to her many toys spread throughout the house.

warm regards,

Janet and Bruce

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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 Astoria In Her New Bed

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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How cute is Manor Lake Astoria snuggling in her comfy pet bed! We got this bed at Costco and she just loves it! What kind of bed does your doodle like?


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