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No More Shaming

Is it just me, or are many people very judgmental about how someone acquires a dog?  I am all for adopting from a shelter and giving a dog in need a home, but I don't think people should be looked down upon for going to a reputable breeder.  Now don't get me wrong...I am completely against the numbers of dog stores out there that fill their supply of adorable puppies from horrible puppy mills, but working with a responsible breeder, who actually does everything properly, really shouldn't be an issue in my opinion.  Both Murray and Piper came from a breeder.  Murray was a case of "when you know better, you do better", because I didn't do much research about Piper's breeder but luckily everything worked out.  I was pickier and more careful with Murray.  I have come to decide I would like to mix where my future dogs come from.  I like choosing a newborn puppy, meeting it's parents and raising it with all the background knowledge that is available with a …

How Murray Came To Be

Growing up, I had a few different kinds of dogs, but none like a Goldendoodle.  We had several mutts, and a Saint Bernard.  I was convinced Saint Bernards were the dogs for me.  I think I had seen Beethoven a few too many times!  When Jamie and I got married and bought our house, I was on the hunt for our first dog after the first month.  We agreed on a Golden Retriever puppy, Piper.  Off to Vermont for Piper we went.  A few months after we brought Piper home, my cousin showed up with her brand new baby, a fluffy Goldendoodle puppy named Chester.  We fell in love, but we weren't thinking of a second dog yet.  Fast forward four years and we began talking about a second dog, a new puppy, for our 5th anniversary gift to each other..but what kind...what would we get?  Well, all it took to make that decision was hopping on the internet and seeing a new photo of Chester scroll across my screen.  We were sold, and on the search for our new Goldendoodle baby.  We settled on a breeder in O…

Guest Blog Post...Me!

~This is a little strange, but I am my first guest blogger here on Murray's Mouth.  I recently started a second blog about my life as an almost 40 year old living in rural upstate New York.  My first opening post is below.  For anyone interested in following or reading more, the address is www.almostfortyinfc.blogspot.com ...Please don't feel obligated to follow it, it may be of no interest to you, just thought I'd share.  Please feel free to share with anyone that might be interested too!  Thanks!


Almost forty...yep!  Two years to go and I fully expect age 39 and 40 to be tough for me.  Living in Fulton County...yep!  Not exactly the most hip and happening place in the world.  Trying to make the best of both the age thing and the location thing.  This is why the title made such sense to me.  I have been blogging about my love, dogs, for about seven months now and I have discovered I love to blog!  I don't expect anyone to want to read what I write, but I enjoy it whe…

My Friend Ollie

I had been away from Facebook and my blog for about 5 days now, and today when I finally logged in, my heart sank a bit.  My Facebook friend, Ollie Doodle, got some upsetting news.  I wrote a few times about Ollie back in November, and kept you updated along the way.  Well, yesterday Ollie went for a follow up/review of his major surgery back in November.  The news wasn't great.  He is accumulating fluid in his chest cavity once again.  They believe it's the same troublesome fluid as before.  It is building up more slowly, but nonetheless, it's still there.  Ollie and his family are in good spirits, but we all can imagine what that news would feel like.  He is awaiting his vet to contact the specialist to see if anything more can be done.  Whatever the outcome, I would love to be able for his mom to see lots of prayers and good wishes here.  I know the POTP is a strong force to be reckoned with and I would sure appreciate it.  I know it makes me feel better to know there i…

Skin Problems Are Here To Stay :(

I have decided I absolutely knew what Murray's skin issues were...many times  They began from the time he was 8 weeks old and continue to this day.  Right now I have settled on a very slight case of  Demodex Mange.  It sounds awful, I know.  It's not contagious and it is manageable.  For Murray, it amounts to occasional red bumps that appear down his spine, clustering on his butt end above his tail.  The worst bumps basically look like big pimples or boils, but most look very much like black heads on humans.  With cleansing and air exposure (after we clip him and trim back the thick fur) they mostly scab up and go away until the next bout shows up.  Our vet tries to convince me it's some kind of allergy, and it very well may be.  I just keep thinking about how young he was when it showed up, what it looks like in comparison to photos of mange I have seen, and the fact that we cannot find a trigger to point to an allergy.  For a short time a shampoo with sulfur helped clear…

Dogs Make Great Listeners

I love it when I find topics and ways to mix my teaching with my love of dogs.  I have even been picking up items here and there to slowly transform my classroom into a dog themed classroom.  I teach 5th grade, so that age of kids just eat it all up.  I also hope I am influencing a class of kids to find a level of love and respect for animals that they will carry through their lives.  We are using dog dishes to hold things like pencils and crayons, and I have finally found a good use for all my old dog calendar photos.  Hello lamination machine!  :) ...but one of the best ways I have learned to mix dogs and students is with reading.  Now I only WISH I could bring Murray into school all day with me, but that's not going to happen anytime soon, but families with kids and dogs at home can certainly utilize this tip.  Too often kids are called on to read in class and while reading, they might feel nervous and they often get interrupted by a well meaning teacher (or another student) to…

Black and White Sunday

This was a snow play date in-between my TWO sicknesses.  Yes, this flu keeps visiting and is why my posting has been scarce.  We had lots of fun this day!  Happy New Year blog friends!