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Australian Labradoodle: First Therapy Dog Allowed in NYC Courtroom

Wednesday, 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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People Love Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles

Wednesday, 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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Awesome Feedback from Manor Lake Customers

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

GorgeousOne of the most rewarding aspects of any job is knowing that you’re providing a service that’s both meaningful and helpful. We’re constantly blessed by an inbox overflowing with thankful emails from families who have adopted their own Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle.

Here are just a handful of the testimonies and images that we receive every day:

“Just wanted to let you know that Theodore ‘Teddy’ is doing very well!!!  He has a wonderful personality, very playful at times, but also calm and curious.  He is a wonderful addition to our family!”—Baton Rouge, LA

“We so love Gibbs, and he is such a nice dog. He loves everyone that he meets. Thanks for breeding such nice dogs!”—Bullard, TX

car“I just thought I should let you know that Boo is fitting in so well in his new home. He is a very smart little puppy and my older labradoodle is so pleased to have a friend around all the time.

“I fell so very lucky to have him in my life. I cannot thank you enough for picking me to be his parent.”—Seattle, WA

“We have SO enjoyed having Max as part of our family.  He has an incredible loving and friendly temperament, and likes nothing more than to drop one of his toys in front of our 7-year old . . . inviting her to chase him around the house.

“We just love this puppy to death and can’t imagine now having him as part of the family.  So glad we decided on a Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles!”—Lakewood Ranch, FL

“She loves to be around our kids and other dogs.  She also loves water, fetching and digging in the sand at the beach. We have taken her sailing a few times and she does well on the boat. We absolutely love her and could not have asked for a better puppy for our family.”—Palos Verdes Estates, CAIMG_6914

“Just wanted to give you an update on Channing, he is such a good boy. He has adjusted amazingly. He is obsessed with leaves and paper . . . So cute watching him play. Thank you for such a wonderful puppy.”—Miami, FL

“Just wanted to send an update on our sweet Dolly. She is the BEST. So loving, so sweet, so smart. I can’t even begin to describe how funny she is. She LOVES to play fetch with her tennis ball from the minute she wakes up til the minute she goes to sleep!!

Please don’t ever stop breeding these wonderful dogs! The world needs more of them!!”—Syracuse NY

With as beautiful and good-natured as our multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are, it’s no wonder that we’re constantly receiving emails from excited new puppy companions!

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Manor Lake Loves Our Wounded Warriors

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

We can’t do enough to say thank you to our veterans. So when the opportunity arose to work with the Wounded Warrior Project, we jumped at the chance.

Being intelligent dogs with people-pleasing demeanors, and non-shedding, allergy-free coats, Australian Labradoodles were bred to be the ideal service dogs. We couldn’t be more happy to see them going to these battle-scarred warriors.

From the bottom of our hearts, Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles thanks you!

Wounded Warriors #2


Wounded Warriors #1

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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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7 Reasons Australian Labradoodles Are So Popular

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

SnowpupIn an ABC Eyewitness News story about the most popular dog breeds in America, Labradoodles made the top ten most-desired dog breeds in Houston, Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco. Not too shabby for a breed that, all things considered, is fairly new to the scene.

Here are seven reasons the breed has become so popular:

1. They’re perfect service and therapy dogs.

Introduced into hospitals and nursing homes, these dogs have done so much to assist in people’s rehabilitation. We, at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles, regularly donate dogs as companions to wounded and traumatized veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project. The traits that make Labradoodles such stunning companions enable them to become remarkable service animals.

2. They’re virtually allergy free.

In fact, they were originally bred to operate as service dogs for people suffering from allergies and asthma. While no dog is completely allergen free, Australian Labradoodles are very low-dander dogs.

3. They hardly shed.

I’m surrounded by Labradoodles all day long, and seldom find hair on any of my clothing. Besides the loss of periodic “dead” hair, they rarely lose hair at all.

4. They’re incredibly easy to train:

Imagine the good-natured intelligence of a Lab combined with the alertness and attention of a poodle. These dogs are driven to learn and possess an innate desire to please their human companions.

5. They’re available in multiple sizes and colors:

One of the traits driving the Labradoodle’s popularity is the fact that anyone can find one that fits their vision of an ideal dog. You want a smaller lap dog? The Australian Labradoodle has you covered. You want a larger lab-sized companion? You can find that, too. Beyond size considerations, you can find them in multiple colors like cream, apricot, red, chocolate, etc.

6. They have the best personalities:

I’ve always been attracted to the sweet nature of Labs, but would find myself somewhat annoyed with the spastic energy of younger Labs. With an Australian Labradoodle, you have the gentle, easy-going, loving nature of a Labrador coupled with the sensitivity of a Poodle. It’s really a perfect mixture of the strengths of both breed’s personalities.

7. They have a wide appeal:

We have an international clientele that comes from a wide spectrum of lifestyles and income ranges. The Australian Labradoodle doesn’t just appeal to the Hollywood trendsetters or debutantes—everyone loves them. Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles provides dogs to young families, older couples, Fortune 500 CEOs, and A-list Hollywood stars. There seems to be no end to their popularity.

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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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Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle Videos- YouTube

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Do you have any adorable videos of your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle? We would love to see them and feature them on our YouTube channel! Please send us videos to To view some of our videos, check out our YouTube Channel at


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Top 10 Winter Retreats With Your Dog

Monday, November 11th, 2013

City Dog Magazine is a dog magazine that focuses on the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco) so this is a great source of information and articles for our local families out there! With Winter creeping up, what better way to enjoy it than with your furry friend? City Dog Magazine lists their Top 10 Winter Retreats in the Northwest. Hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!

1-Percy in AZ snow

1. Quinault Rainforest, Olympic Peninsula, Washington
What better time to explore the rainforest than when it’s raining? And rain is what it does on the west slopes of the Olympic Peninsula, one of the few places on the planet that’s home to temperate rainforests. While the Olympic National Park is off limits to your water loving Lab, the trails of the Olympic National Forest are not. Take your buddy out for a walk on one of the fine trails near the south shore of Lake Quinault. Admire towering trees that were old when Lewis and Clark came to the Pacific Northwest. And after the two of you have had enough raindrops falling on your heads, hunker down for the evening in a cozy lodge; you in a comfy chair, your furry buddy on a cushy rug in front of a warm and drying fire. The Lake Quinault Lodge ( offers dog-friendly rooms and out-the-door access to trails and the magnificent rainforest.

2. Pacific Beach, Washington
Just south of the Olympic Rainforests and north of bustling Ocean Shores are the quaint and quiet communities of Pacific Beach, Moclips and Seabrook. You won’t find rows of restaurants, casinos or shops here. The main attraction is the beach. And in winter a procession of storms rolling off of the surf adds an intense and stunning score. Don’t miss it! A slew of dog-accommodating cottages and lodges in these beach towns ( welcome you and your retriever to settle in and watch the waves roll in. Of course in between the stunning storms you may want to get out and walk, run or saunter along the area’s wide sandy beaches. Looking for a fine dining experience? Consider the Ocean Crest Resort (, a coastal Washington institution. And your dog is welcome in some of their cozy rooms.

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon
One of the finest and most popular beaches in the Pacific Northwest, everything that makes Cannon Beach a hit in summer applies to winter visiting as well. Miles of spectacular shoreline, all public and all open to you and your sand-sniffing setter spread north and south from this artsy resort town. Watch storm-charged breakers bash Haystack Rock, Cannon’s 235-foot signature sea stack and quite possibly the most recognized natural feature along the entire Oregon Coast. Take a hike through Ecola State Park through salty maritime forests to a series of high bluffs for supreme storm watching. Cannon Beach ( has plenty of dog-friendly lodging options including the elegant Hallmark ( and Surfsand Resorts (  The latter greets your buddy with a pet basket upon arrival.

4. Crescent City, California
Northern California has no shortages of great beach towns for winter walking and storm watching too. And Crescent City in Del Norte County along the Redwood Coast makes for a great off-the-beaten path destination. While the trails of Redwood National Park and the adjacent Redwood State Parks are off-limits to your curious canine, two fine Redwood Coast beaches welcome them (leashes required). Head a few miles south to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park’s Gold Bluffs Beach or to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park’s Crescent Beach located just minutes outside of Crescent City. Frolic on wide sandy beaches beneath towering bluffs sporting humongous ancient redwoods, firs and spruce. When it’s time to dry out, warm-up and settle in for the night, head back to town where a number of hotels including the Quality Inn and Suites Redwood Coast are dog-friendly.

5. Huntington Beach, California
If the rain is something you wish to leave behind, then perhaps a retreat in sunny Southern California is more in order for you and your storm-shy Basenji. Consider Huntington Beach. “Surf City USA” is more than just a good place for rain-ridden Northwesterners to soak up sunshine; it’s a bone-a-fide dog-friendly community. Within the city’s eight miles of some of the finest beaches in southern California, is Dog Beach. Here your surf-sniffing buddy has over one mile of wide sandy beach to run, dig, fetch and splash—unleashed! Afterwards the two of you can walk or jog along the city’s miles of trails. When it’s time for some grub, head to Huntington Beach’s Central Park where you’ll find the renowned Park Bench Café ( with its doggie dining area and canine cuisine menu. It’s one of the dog-friendliest restaurants in the west. And when it’s time to retire for the evening choose from many dog-friendly hotels, including the oceanfront Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.

6. Palm Springs, California
Prefer a little more warmth with your sunshine? Shun the seashore for the desert and head to Palm Springs where you and your Pomeranian can be pampered with winter warmth. Soak up the desert sun while strolling down Palm Canyon Drive. The area boasts several fine dog parks including one off of Civic Drive sporting old-school fire hydrants. The Civic Center Dog Park has separate areas for big and small dogs and is lit until 11 pm allowing the two of you to enjoy a refreshing desert night. And if you prefer to experience some desert wilderness, head to the nearby San Bernardino National Forest and the Salton Sea State Recreation Area for good hiking and camping options.

7. Lake Tahoe, California
If it’s a winter wonderland you desire, head to the mountains of Lake Tahoe. Here you and your snowbound hound will have no shortage of snug lakeside and mountain cabins and condos to choose from—and miles of snow blanketed terrain to ski and snowshoe across. Squaw Valley ( is one of the dog-friendliest ski villages in the west. If you’re ready to play in the snow in the form of cross-country skiing you can bring along your buddy at Tahoe City’s Tahoe XC ( and Hope Valley’s Cross Country Ski Center (

8. Methow Valley, Washington
One of the finest places for dog-friendly cross-country skiing, and just a few hours away from Seattle is the Methow Valley. Located on the east slope of the Cascades where the sun shines liberally throughout the year, you’ll find over 200 kilometers of groomed and interconnected ski trails here. An active association ( maintains these trails that weave through forest and farmland and tie together the communities of Winthrop, Twisp and Mazama. A growing number of these trails allow your dog to tag along while you’re making tracks. And when it’s time to bed down for the evening choose from among a wide array of dog-friendly lodging options in the valley ranging from the economical Blue Spruce in Twisp to the centrally located and cozy Winthrop Inn (

9. Klamath Falls, Oregon
If it’s all out adventuring you desire for you and your snow loving husky, head to Klamath Falls in south central Oregon. Here abutting the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge you’ll find the Crystal Wood Lodge ( billed as Southern Oregon’s Premier Pet-Friendly Destination. Aside from catering to dogs with dog bedding in the lodge’s rooms, dog-washing facilities, and a doggie-day care, are five miles of dog-friendly hiking trails perfect for traversing the property’s scenic 130-acres. Home to Briar’s Patch Sled Dogs, you can go on a dog sledding adventure led by a musher and dog team that competed in the Iditarod.

10. Victoria, British Columbia
If your winter retreat plans call for more urban sophistication, look no farther than beautiful Victoria, on British Columbia’s spectacular Vancouver Island. Quaint and cultured and welcoming to travelers with both two and four legs you’ll find plenty to do here during the long winter months. The city has two off-leash beaches where your buddy can frolic along a scenic shoreline while you take in sweeping views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. As a result of its recently launched Paws in the Parks program, Victoria now contains over a half dozen off-leash parks ( for the two of you to sample. And with leash your pooch can take to several miles of well-groomed trails in close-to-downtown Beacon Hill Park or several large outlying regional parks like the one in East Sooke. You’ll find no shortage of dog-friendly accommodations and your buddy will have no trouble meeting a few new friends (both human and furry) within this historic and charming city.

2-Ollie in the snow


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Manor Lake’s YouTube Channel

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Did you know that Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles has a YouTube channel? To check out videos that our families have sent us with their new puppies, click the link below!

Stay tuned for more videos!


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