My Experience with Wine Country Doodles April 24, 2012
As Sam is lying by my feet (or sometimes on my feet) I want you to know I feel complete HAPPINESS!
After having to put our “old” dog to sleep several months ago our search began for a new puppy. This dog would have to meet my many requirements for a “great” family dog. After doing a lot of research, I decided that a Labradoodle was the right breed for us. Now for the hard part, finding the right breeder?
I did lots of searching around on the internet and talking to many breeders on the phone, some sounded reputable based on their websites but would never even return my phone calls or emails. Many of them sadly appeared as puppy miss, not what I was looking for!
I live in Santa Rosa and was not afraid to travel to find the right breeder and puppy. Low and behold I found Wine Country Doodles just a few miles away here in Santa Rosa. I sent an email to Annette requesting information about her brand new litter of puppies. I had a reply from her within a few minutes. We spoke briefly on the phone and she invited me to come over that same afternoon to see her 1 week old litter of 5 and to talk some more.
I was greeted by the “mother dog” Amei, who couldn’t have been any sweeter, as she happily accepted me into the puppy room and proudly let me look at her babies. I ended up spending about an hour with Annette asking her lots of questions and she in return asked me questions as to what we were looking for in a dog? I was also able to meet the “sire” to this litter, very sweet and eager to run and play and meeting her other dogs as well was very important part to this process to me. These dogs are well cared for, happy and relaxed around “strange” people. Needless to say I was very impressed and left Annette with a deposit for one of her puppies. I also followed up with about 5 people that have dogs from Annette from previous litters, the people I selected to talk to had all wonderful things to say about their dogs and Annette. Some have even come back for a second dog!
My kids and I have followed this litter for 10 weeks now. We have visited every week, sometimes twice a week so I feel like I couldn’t have made a more informed decision. My kids have been able to watch these guys grow and have had the opportunity to play with them during this waiting period.
The most important visit was about 5 weeks when I brought my trainer over to confirm (or not) that I was making the right decision. It was time to pick a puppy!
We arrived with a few “props” ready to test the entire litter. We used a whistle for noise, opened up an umbrella etc looking for any undesired behavior and also watching for their “recovery response”. These guys passed with flying colors! We expected to see some startling at least but these guys were all very confident and secure and us making noises and moving around with funny looking objects did not even face them a bit. My trainer also interviewed Annette as to how long she has been breeding dogs, what her dogs are like, describe the litter and what the puppies daily routine is, feeding, vaccinations, training,
After spending a few hours there his words were “you can’t go wrong with any of these puppies, they will all be great dogs. Annette obviously know what she is doing, she is doing everything right for these dogs, very impressive”.
So thank you Annette for doing such a wonderful job raising these little guys to this point. I promise we will continue to do a good job raising our Sam from here on out. I would HIGHLY recommend Annette and Wine Country Doodles to anyone looking for a Labradoodle,
M. Young, Realtor
Owner of L112 Sam Born Feb 18, 2012