Team Sam and Luke Wiggle and Waggle in Pasadena

Wiggle Waggle Walk’s Team Sam & Luke rocked it. They charmed the socks off of everyone and participated in a good cause—a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society. Sam and Luke don’t know it, but they were just about guaranteed a great home when they arrived on the planet. Not so true for many pets out there. That’s why we’re supporting the care and adoption of the many animals the Humane Society helps. This year, with the help of our really generous friends, we were able to raise over $400!

We are all so tired tonight…we had a great time and wore ourselves out. However, we don’t want to leave you pictureless. There are more to come from our friends who also had cameras. (Puparraza was challenged to both participate and photograph). A few to get us started.

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The Sudsy Dog Antidote To The Mean Groomer Problem…

So Luke’s grooming got interrupted and he ended up with a crazy-big head on a skinny little body. He looked silly. We needed to undo the silly look and we needed to have him experience getting groomed by someone who is NICE to the dogs that come in for their salon time!

Enter our friend Cindi. I have known Cindi for a million years and from several lifetimes ago…in her current life, she’s a fabulous groomer and a co-owner of Sudsy Dog in Lakewood, CA. (Highly Recommend!!)

Cindi, who was nice to Luke the whole time (even though he was completely oppositional to the entire process), was able to undo a lot of the mean-groomer-damage and get rid of that ridiculous pom-pom of a head he had going. Pictures below.

As I’ve said before, if you live in or near Lakewood, you should go to Sudsy Dog. If you don’t, it’s worth the drive. These are nice people who are nice to you and to your dogs. A cool small business providing a good service to their community and the dogs who live in it!

Oh, and PS….Luke’s doing much better. We continue to desensitize him to getting grabbed and jostled. But no dog should be handled by someone who is putting their hands on them in anger. There’s no “desensitizing” for that!


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Watch Out for This Local Groomer…

I’ve been stewing about this for about 10 days now…I’m just not sure how I’m going to handle the mistreatment of my little pupster.

Here’s the story. And let’s keep in mind that Australian Labradoodles are known for their sweet temperaments.

Last week I was planning to take Luke and Sam to the Southern California Doodle Romp. Before we went, I’d wanted to cut back Luke’s coat because he’s about half & half straight puppy coat and curly new doodle coat. He was starting to look a little weird. So I made an appointment with **** Grooming for the day before the Doodle Romp. I was going to be busy in the afternoon when he’d be finished, so I scheduled my fabulous errand-running, problem-solving-genius assistant Jenny go pick him up.

I got a freaked out phone call from Jenny—and folks, this is a woman who never EVER freaks out—telling me she’d just seen the groomer grab Luke’s face in anger and shake him and hiss angrily in his face to hold still, stop it, etc. Jenny was absolutely beside herself at the mistreatment of this very sweet (if completely uncooperative) puppy who was only four and a half months old! Clearly they were not done with him, but I told her to get him out of there and away from those people immediately. According to Jenny, a rather tense scene ensued where Jenny was quite verbal with them about her opinion of their treatment of Luke, pointedly removed him from the groomer and neither paid nor tipped them.

The next part is sort of so weird that’s almost worse than the mistreatment of Luke (I said almost). Since I dropped Luke off with them early in the morning, I’d set up with the manager (or owner?) that I would call in later in the day with my credit card number when they could give me a total for the cost for his grooming. I hadn’t completed this part of the transaction with them before Jenny called me and we got Luke out of there. When I called them, they didn’t admit to or apologize for anything, even though it was clear that I knew what had happened and it was clear that they knew that I knew what had happened. That’s absolutely not ok. They took my money, knowing that I knew they’d been hurtful toward my dog in my absence. And they knew that I knew they had done it. I just can’t get over that. What kind of people are these?

Their actions also mean to me that they fully intend to keep an abusive groomer in their employ and that, as a matter of course, they do not treat the animals well in the owners’ absence. Very scary for those of us who don’t believe in physical punishments or abuse of any kind for our animals.

Later that night when I was telling my husband about this he knelt down and was playing with Luke, who for the first time ever displayed symptoms of being head shy. He’d never been like that before with us…that broke my heart. And now we are working with Luke to help him become desensitized to having his face touched, nose playfully grabbed and jiggled (as opposed to grabbed and shaken in anger), and generally playing around with his head. I’m so mad at these people for hurting my sweet little guy.

Here’s what I’m not sure about: I know I’m going to do something, but I’m not exactly sure what. I didn’t witness the abuse in person, but I trust my very upset assistant. I also know what I’ve seen subsequent to the grooming, where my pup displays flinching behaviors that he never did before. Do I name names here? (I’ve enjoyed this blog being all about the positive fun stuff.) Or do I give bad reviews online via Yelp? Both? Do I also demand that they refund the amount charged to my card? I don’t know….

I’m still working on this. I’m going to do something by the end of this week. Update to follow soon. But DosDoodles does not stand back and tolerate the abuse of the doodles or any other animal.

For now, however, we move back toward the positive. See the next post for the Sudsy Dog Antidote to the Mean Groomer Problem…

Romp a Doodle Doo!

Sam and Luke and Luke’s littermate Elton got to go to the Southern California Doodle Romp today. The 10th Annual Southern California Doodle Romp, to be exact. We had a great time and we got to meet a couple of other relatives. We found Lilikoi and Lily, both are cousins to Sam, Luke and Elton! That was fun.

Pictures below are of the romp, not so much the Dos Doodles…plus Luke was off making friends. No time to hang around for pictures!

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Dog Beach Sunday

Luke the Social Butterfly

I love Huntington Dog Beach. Really. It’s one of the coolest places on the planet. Dogs everywhere, nice people and the ocean. What’s not to love? If you are a fan, I encourage you to go to the website to make a donation.

Making friends




We had such a nice morning at the beach. Luke was a social butterfly. He was all over the place, meeting everyone, saying hi to all the other dogs. He was a hit! You’ll notice in the photo of Sam above, he is heading toward me while Luke is taking off in the other direction. That is what it was like all morning. He was just all over the beach trotting right up and saying hello to everyone who looked interesting to him. So cute.


Right in the middle of things

If there were families, Luke was in the middle of it. If there were children, he made a bee line toward them. If there was a dog that seemed interesting, he was checking that out. However, If there was a big wave, he hightailed it right back toward the beach and the safety of dry land. I guess that it’s fun to go splashing in up to his knees, but he’s not ready to be a big ocean dog just yet. I do think chasing balls into the surf is in his not too distant future!

Charming everyone


This is Max

We also had the good fortune to meet a great doodle named Max. We had such a great time chatting with his owner Sue, and taking pictures. It’s just another on a long list of reasons the dog beach is such a fun place to hang out on a Sunday. A picture of Max below.

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The rest of the pictures from today are kind of random, but with the we’re-at-the-beach (or heading there or coming back from) theme. I didn’t get too many photos of Sam because while Luke was off being the Huntington Dog Beach Ambassador, Sam was kind of glued to me. Anyway, here they are:

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If you don’t know about Sudsy Dog…

…you really ought to!

I’ve got both dogs in training classes and there is homework. I have to take the dogs to new places as often as possible, but at least two times per week. I have my work cut out for me with Sam. I take him so many places with me already, I will have to change my routines and think of new places for him to go. I need help coming up with ideas!

It’s easier to find new places to take Luke because everything for him is a first. That list is rapidly growing shorter, but for now it’s still easier.

Yesterday I took the dogs to Sudsy Dog in Lakewood on a double mission. I needed to have them be somewhere new and Luke really, really needed the hair around his eyes trimmed. I could not get him to hold still for me at all, so I enlisted the help of my friend Cindi Heslin, who is one of the owners of Sudsy Dog Wash. We got a couple of pictures of Cindi—and that’s Yasmin in the background washing a dog in a couple pictures. She’s Sudsy Dog’s other owner. Very nice people here!

So Luke got a trim on the grooming side and a wash on the self-dog wash side. This is a really great dog washing place. It’s super clean and these folks have a really nice facility. If you are in the area (it’s worth a trip over, if you are not), check them out!

Sam hung out behind me, hoping that if he was quiet enough I’d forget to give him a bath. Nope…not today, buddy. Your bath is after the dog park on Monday!

Some pictures of Luke’s adventure below. All taken with the crummy cell phone camera. Quality is not so hot, but still cute.

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