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Blog Entry posted on: October 28, 2012
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Blog Entry posted on: June 13, 2012
Chip is the father. The pups will look like Romeo but smaller. 30-35 pounds.
Blog Entry posted on: June 11, 2012New puppies! We haven't had puppies in 5 yrs and we are so excited to have goldendoodles. We have raised Golden retrievers, labrador retrievers and german shorthair puppies for 30 years. I am tired of cleaning up dog hair that is all I do at work, I don't want to do it at home all day too. Here is a picture of my Romeo. He is 5 years old and is a full size goldendoodle. These puppies will be about 30 to 40 lbs and all black. (see above) Come and see them!
Mini Goldendoodle puppies born 6-9-12. Juliet is 3 years old today 6-11-12. This is Juliets story. I had a golden named Dharma and she gave birth to Bob. Bob was Dharmas 1st puppy and I couldn't get him out of her. I was on my way out the door to the Uof M and all I had was Bobs tail sticking out of Dharma and I couldn't get him out. So I was on the phone with the vet and I said what do I do? I don't want to pull his tail off ? I don't remember what the vet said? But, what did I have to lose? If I don't pull he will be dead anyways. So I pulled with gloves on to get a better grip and next thing you know-- opps some of his tail came off. I did get him out and I worked on him for about a half an hour to get him breathing normally. More puppies kept coming out as I worked on Bob. hence is how he got his name. The new owner of Bob came to pick him up and I gave him his little bit of tail, with a Tale.
Blog Entry posted on: August 29, 2011
Wow! summer has come to an end and yes, I am tired. I get up and check on the
dogs at 4:00AM. I like to start my day knowing everything is okay and thank the Lord
for all the great customers and my faithful employees.
After all the kids go back to school we drop down to a few dogs. We have our Dog Squad training, Gun dogs, Daycare dogs and we have started boarding for the rescue Brittney not owned a Brittney and they are really nice dogs.
Time flies by so fast. Woody a Yellow Lab comes to daycare everyday of the week
to play in the pool and is the best dog to get along with any new dogs that come in
and need to feel welcome. Woody has been coming since a puppy, that was 7 years ago. We had a Schwans Doggie Sundaes Birthday party for woody. Woody also has 2 jobs going across the street to Avanti for Girls on Wednesdays to sit and be loved up while being read to. He also has class with the Alexander house here at Blaine Kennels on Wednesday nights and gives children unconditional love. We all love you Woody!
Thank you Barb Clark for sharing Woody with so many people and Dogs.
During Daycare we only let 4 dogs at a time play and clean up every time a mess occurs. Plus we clean the toys all day long too.
Blog Entry posted on: April 5th, 2011
Spring is in the air. This is the time when puppies and adult dogs get into trouble. Our phone rings a lot more for training questions in the spring than any other time of the year. With just 3 trainers we have over 75 years experience. Call today for training that works!!
One of the biggest problems we help our clients with is training their dogs to come when they are called. I'm not talking about shaking the box of treats, crunching the foil bags or opening the car door. I'm talking about “come rover” and he comes.
We are in the progress of stepping up our training program. We have 6 beautiful acres here and a huge deep pond for our dogs to swim in. This is an ideal location for training your dog to come!
Now it is time to do some spring cleaning. On top of my cupboards, oh I dislike this job. Get everything down wash it and change the paper towels, the windows will be next. This is the time.
I enjoy having a small house only an hour to do windows. See you soon!
Love Colleen and Dale
Blog Entry posted on: January 25th, 2011
I didn't die! Really I didn't die I have no excuses. I got yelled at for not keeping up on my blog
and now I want to know what you want to know? About Me? Dogs? Training?
Okay you asked for it, I'm going to talk about me.
I have been doing lasering for animals and humans for over a year now. I'm getting testimonials together and figuring out how to start another web site. I don't like to start a new project until I know exactly what I want to do. As you can see from
reading my website I like to do everything that is natural for my pets and myself.
I bought a new poodle “Chip” now I live with Chip and Dale. When I bought him I didn't want
to buy him because he had runny eyes. I lasered his eyes twice and no more runny eyes.
My employees come to work sick because they come in and say “I came in because I know you will make me feel better!”
The other day I went to the dentist and they wanted to do a root canal and I said no. The dentist asked me what I was going to do? And I told him I was going to laser my tooth. I had lased my tooth the first day and it didn't hurt much after one treatment after 5 days I could only feel alittle Pain at the root and after 2 weeks it was all gone. I'm going to go back in soon so the dentist can see I didn't do anything to that tooth.
I will try to blog more. If I don't and you want more call me
up and yell at me and I will get right on it.
Love Colleen 763-786-3616
Blog Entry posted on: November 23th, 2010
What do we have to be thankful for? Wow, that is a loaded question. - Yesterday I was cooking organic eggs for a dog being trained here. The owner brought tuna, chicken, eggs and I went to go and get yogurt and cottage cheese for this dog. Another dog came with all chicken for his raw diet. On the other hand I have some friends who just left for haiti and packed their bags full of food for the poor haitians. These friends of mine are in their 70”s and will endure hardships they have never experienced in their lifetimes. I know they will be changed individually upon their return home.
What a wonderful country we live in. Thank you to all our military and God!
With all the ice we have been having I have gone thru 6 bags of water softener salt.
That is what we use here so it doesn't hurt the dogs paws. I scoop salt out of my water softener and throw it out my door so the dogs don't slip and fall and for my self when I go out and clean up after them.
When you go for a walk and get home, wash your dogs feet off because it will burn your dogs stomach and paws. With what people and the city use on the streets and sidewalks it has melting agents that will burn your pets underside.
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you and your family!
Love Colleen and Dale
Blog Entry posted on: September 30th, 2010
Reread my 4-02-10 blog on ticks. Many people don't know spring and fall is the worst time for ticks
I'm told it is time to blog. Many people ask me what is my favorite kind of dog?
Well, it's a dog that doesn't shed these days.! I have raised labs, goldens and shorthairs for over 25 years and I am tired of cleaning up hair. So I have changed to Poodles and goldendoodles or labordoodles.
I guess I like all dogs or I wouldn't do what I do. I feel a family picks a dog to their life style. If you like to hunt you'd pick a hunting breed and yes, poodles are hunting dogs. I am going to see when I can get my poodles into the groomer and get shaved down today. During hunting time my husband likes the dogs shaved down so we can see the ticks on them and so they don't collect all the stickers and burrs in their fur.
We try to help people match the dog to what kind of life they lead. Small dogs are really the in thing right now. Every dog has its good points and bad points. The smaller the dog the harder it is to potty train. That is why I chose a medium size poodle this time. White dogs have runny eyes and their face looks stained most of the time if you don't wash their face everyday! With dogs that need to be groomed you have to keep up on cleaning their butts, ears and eyes or you have vet bills.
Large dogs knock over little children just moving around, so think about your family now and later.
We do all the training here to help you with all your training needs. From potty training, jumping, coming when called, etc.
Check out our training site, Dog squad site and Dales Gun dog site should be up real soon. Again if you have questions or comments call me, Colleen or Dale @ 763-786-3616
Tiffany has been with us for 14 years and she can answer any question you my have too!
Blog Entry posted on: August 28th, 2010
I'm up, I was laying in bed thinking about what I had to say. 1st I had to make coffee, feed my dogs, get the paper, check on the dogs, drink my coffee then start blogging. So here it is.
Subject: Micro chipping your dog!
On 4 different occasions micro chips have helped our puppy customers get their dogs back since I have been micro chipping my puppies before they go to their new homes.
The first instance a veterinarian scanned a dog that came into his clinic, (I think in North Dakota) and found that it was stolen. The owner got his dog back.
Next, A neighbor said it was their dog and I said scan it and that will tell you. The real owner got the dog back.
The third was where a man picked up a German shorthair pointer from the pound. He called the vet who micro chipped the dog and my vet Dr. Stan Fagerness said I think that is one of Colleen's dogs. I was able to tell
this man how old the dog was, what training it had and what a great deal he just received.
Just yesterday Dr. Stan Fagerness was called again with a lost Golden retriever and he said I think that is one of Colleen's dogs. Tiffany, a trainer at Blaine Kennels, received the phone call and knew what to do. Tiffany looked up the micro chip number because Dr. fagerness knew what year he micro chipped this litter of Golden retrievers. Since she knew how old the Golden retriever was, Tiffany looked in my file and found it was a Gigi' puppy. She found out who owned the dog and called them. It just so happened that these people are in obedience class with their 3rd puppy and we knew the other dog too. Workers doing work at their house let the dog out. This dog is 5 years old and had never before left home. If it happened to them it can happen to anyone.
I wanted to share these stories so you could learn a proven method of keeping your pet safe. Get your dog micro chipped, I have to do my new puppy Chip. I'll be getting that done sooooooon!
Many people don't register their pet after they get them micro chipped. Which is why I get the phone call. My name is on the emergency contact when I sell a puppy. We have been here for 25 years and open 7 days a week so I figure I'm the best one to get a hold of, if you lose a pet. Plus Dr. Fagerness registers the micro chip on his end, thank goodness he does his paper work. Finish your paper work after you get your pet micro chipped, you may not get as lucky as these people. Call me,
763-786-3616 I like to hear your comments or stories too. Thank you for reading Colleen.
Blog Entry posted on: August 19th, 2010
What do I do when I get up at 3:00 or 4:00 A.M.? Well, I get out of bed and put my tennis shoes on to start the day and thank the Lord I can do this every morning for over 25 years. Then I make coffee, I let my own dogs out and feed them, walk over and check our doggie guests, get the paper, pour myself some coffee with creamer, do some laundry, read the paper, have another cup of coffee and then I really get going. My mind works the best before 6:00 A.M. especially to write anything, ask my Web lady. Today is no different.
Today I want to talk about maintenance on your dogs. I just got done cleaning my dogs ears and brushing their teeth. All my dogs have been trained by Tiffany and this is a God send. My dogs get on a Box and sit while I perform these tasks on them. We do lots of ears, teeth, nails and baths on dogs and it is really nice to have them sit still.
It is no different than you taking care of yourself. They say people live longer if they take care of their teeth. The same holds true for dogs. It is a lot cheaper to brush your dogs teeth than go in and have them cleaned and put under to do it. I had 2 small poodles and didn't know this 25 years ago and as they reached the ripe age of 17 they smelled like they were dying from the inside out. I couldn't even take the smell when they sat on my lap. So brush your dogs teeth!!! I've got the best products too.
We have brushed dogs teeth for 10 days while staying with us and the owners couldn't believe the difference when they returned. The gums weren't red,the teeth were cleaner and they smelled better too.
Okay ears. I can't believe it, it's 5:30 A.M. already, what have I done with 2 ½ hours? Ya ya ears.
Don't let this get out of control, go to your vet if your dog keeps shaking it's head. Dogs that have to be groomed have lots of hair in the ear canal, so take care of it. I have had Labs, Goldens, shorthairs, rotts, Poodles, shih-tzus and now goldendoodles and all of them need to have their ears cleaned regularly.
Just taking the time to keep your pets clean will save you lots of money at the vet in the long run.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.
My employees get here at 6:00 A.M. So I have to go and greet them and see what our day holds for us.
May God Bless you and keep you all safe!
Blog Entry posted on: July 29th, 2010
Don't ya hate it when you get weeds in your crack?
Well I found a solution in the Pioneer Press the other day. I don't like using things that could harm animals and I have to keep them away from whatever I use for a few days. You all know how hard that is.
All you need to do is buy a gallon of white Vinegar add 2 cups of salt and 8 drops of liquid dish soap.
It was so cool how fast it worked, except I got to close to my morning glories and killed some, so in other words be careful, only put it on the weeds in your crack.
Good luck! You know you can call me and exclaim if you want to. Colleen 763-786-3616
Blog Entry posted on: July 27th, 2010
What can I write in my blog?
Whatever I want, I'm told.
I am so thankful. My husband Dale has been sick for 2 years and hasn't been able to work. Anyone who has had a sick spouse can understand. You basically have to do the work of 2 people. No matter how small the tasks might be, it all adds up. Dale is finally feeling better and hoping to be back to work real soon. Dale trains gun dogs and the Dog Squad dogs.
I am so excited and appreciate all the small things that I never even thought of. Dale and I have gone out to lunch, yes! Think about it not going out to eat with your spouse for 2 years. We even barbecued last night for the 1st time in 2 years, we prayed and thanked God for this wonderful food and companionship.
I also want to thank all of our wonderful customers/friends who have been so understanding about getting their dogs trained to be gun dogs. Again I want to say, thank you. We love all of you and we don't take too much for granted. Thank you God!!!
Love Dale and Colleen
Blog Entry posted on: July 19th, 2010
In the Know!
People call me all the time for advice and I have to decide what would be the most beneficial for you to know.
Between fire crackers and storms, it really can make life somewhat miserable for pet owners. I get calls for example; My dog shakes all the time when it storms, wets themselves and won't move. I ask “What do you do?” The answer is always I try to comfort them and love them up. WRONG!!!
You are only reinforcing them to be scared plus most of these people are afraid of storms too.
My husband Dale and myself have broke many a dog from being gun shy/ or storm crazy.
1st Ignore the behavior.
2nd Play with your dog. I don't usually train with treats but this is an exception.
3rd Turn all the lights on, turn the TV or radio up loud and ignore the storm.
This is the same philosophy for a dog being gun shy, but we use a pigeon to get the dog excited. Dale will take something to read and the dog to the gun club and sit and sit and sit. It may take several trips to the gun club. Then you play with the dog with a bird and they forget all about the gun shots and start having fun. Don't be afraid to call.
This is all we do and we do it Well!
Dale and Colleen 763-786-3616
PS. Dale even broke one of my dogs from Car Sickness. He put a pigeon in a cage in front of my poodle, Prince. All he could do was concentrate on that bird and forgot all about getting sick.
Blog Entry posted on: June 15th, 2010
The 3 Don'ts ~ Pet Safety Tips
1. Don't let your new puppy out with fire crackers! This is the time when most dogs go missing. Exposing them to fire crackers is also how you can make your dog afraid of lightening, thunder and loud noises. Put your dog away in it's kennel or in a room. Turn the lights on and play loud music for them so they don't hear all the noise. Call me ~ Colleen if you need help 763-786-3616
2. Don't let your dog eat the mushrooms in your yard. Tiffany's dog ate one last year and was sick for 3 days. I don't know what kind they are, do you?
3. Don't let your dog stand underneath you while you are using a knife. I had a customer the other day come in with her lab, it had stitches in it's foot and I ask why. She told me he was under her while cutting up something. Later I go home cut up something and dropped the knife on my foot (yes I'm okay) . Then I put my dogs in another room. Don't learn the hard way. Plus, I hate going to the vet when it is my fault. Once I was shoveling with this brand new shovel that had a nice new sharp blade and my golden retriever was chasing the shovel and I hit her in the shin and cut her leg open and had to take her to the vet. I hate that when that happens.
Yesterday someone was telling me about their dog getting sick from drinking pond water. They got home went to the vet and then had to go to the U of M. This is the 2nd dog this summer that I have heard of that happening to, don't let your dog drink foreign water. Call the vet from where you were when they drank it and the vet can usually solve your problem faster and save you some huge bucks.
“Thank you!” Someone came in yesterday and said “I washed my dogs collar, I never thought to do that.” No, Thank you for reading.
Call me if you want something or to just comment 763-786-3616
Blog Entry posted on: June 3rd, 2010
My new blog is from a client I recently gave a tip to, thanks John!
"I called Colleen at Blaine Kennels after several unsuccessful attempts to rid my carpet of cat urine smells. She told me to try a recipe that she uses for getting the smell of skunk off dogs. "If it works on a dog then this should take that smell out of your carpet." She was right, it worked perfectly!
I followed her recipe of:
-1 Quart of hydrogen peroxide
-1/4 cup baking soda
-1 teaspoon dish soap
I first tried a small area to make sure it was safe on the carpet and then I scrubbed it into the entire living room floor. My nose and I lived happily ever after.
Thank you Colleen."
Blog Entry posted on: May 17th, 2010
My opinion 5-2010
Does your dog stink? Well give it a bath. I hate stinky dogs. My dogs get a bath almost every week. My husband picked up our little poodle puppy and said pee yew, you stink you need a bath. So today he will get a good bath.
After 30 years of dogs, I have learned many things to be aware of:
Like Golden retrievers get hot spots from sand and dirt festering under their skin. Keep your dog clean.! Did you ever smell their collar? You change your underwear when you take a shower so why not change their collar. Wash it or have an extra collar.
Is your dog wiping its butt across your floor? Get their anal glands extracted? Can your dog see? Or does their face stink? Shave or clean that face. It has old stale food on its face and drips water all over the floor. Is your dog shaking its head? Clean their ears out and or take them to the vet, this is nothing to play around with.
Have you smelled their breath? Whew! Brush your dog or cats teeth. I have found that the petz life oral gel really works. It has peppermint and grapefruit extract that helps with their stomach and eats the tarter off their teeth. Save yourself vet bills by just taking care of your pet.
Thank you for letting me vent!!
Blog Entry Posted on: April 22th, 2010
My opinion 4-2010
People keep asking me what I think of Frontline on their pets. Remember this is only my opinion.
I've seen many animals (cats and dogs) get very sick after this was applied and while with some animals nothing has happened, the use of chemicals worries me. On the package it says use rubber gloves when you apply. Well, right there it raises a flag. Why would I put something on my pet where I had to wear gloves? My grandchildren pet my dogs and put their hands in their mouths. My thought is chemical free is the way to be.
So what do I do? Glad you asked! I use an all natural product that we sell. I spray it on my puppies, cats and adult dogs. I feel it works, for example, my husband went hunting up north where there are lots of ticks. My husband's friend put frontline on his dogs and they had also received the lymes shot. His dogs got lymes disease and mine did not.
I also give my dogs garlic pills made for dogs (that we sell here) everyday to boost their immune system. In the great plagues the people who ate a lot of garlic lived thru it. Garlic helps keep fleas, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks away too. When my husband came home my dogs got a natural flea and tick bath, we combed thru their coat and got all the ticks off that we could find. We didn't find them all till they filled up with blood and then I saw them and pulled them off.
I have been reading natural ways to help my pets for years. With the internet now a days you can find anything. As always remember to use your common sense and go to your veterinarian they know best.