Our family discovered and fell in love with the labradoodle and goldendoodle breed in 2004 while searching for an all around friendly, intelligent, low to non-shedding family dog. When our neighbor first mentioned the breed to us, Beth remembers saying "a whater-doodle?" and that's how it all started...
Our kids have always been a very big part of LVD. When they were younger, they would help socialize puppies, keep the play areas clean, help feed and water, etc.. Now that they're older, they have chosen to help out even more.
Julianna, now 16, still does a lot of the puppy work, along with being Beth's right hand gal. She assists with breeding's, picture sessions, puppy play socialization days, and puppy delivery trips. Julianna also runs Lakeview's Instagram page, watches our past puppies when their families go away, and countless other things!
Joey, now 17, runs his own construction company, Engelbert's On-Shore Construction, specializing in shoreline construction, but still makes the time to do all of our grounds work. He also accompanies (and chauffeur's) Beth on many of the puppy delivery trips!
Josh, now 26, helps out wherever help is needed. At the end of the day, after working his full-time job,
Gianni is Josh's little guy, and at 4 years old and he's our official "Puppy Socializer & Puppy Whisper!"
Jake, now 25, has spent the last few years exploring opportunities in California, Florida, and New York. We were lucky enough to have him close by for summer 2018. While here, he happily stepped right in to help with cleaning, bathing, and grooming our adult dogs. We miss seeing him everyday, but look forward to having him back "home" for a few months next summer!
Amanda, Gianni's mom, continues to help us with phone calls, especially when Beth is running behind!
Andy and Beth, whose ages are a mystery, are at the helm of it all.
In the meantime, Beth takes care of the other behind the scenes work. Some of which includes breeding's, both natural and artificial insemination, ultrasounds, whelping litters, checking weights, trimming toenails (every three to five days on puppies who are newborn to eight weeks old!), dewormers, vaccines, microchips, and puppy vet check-ups. She also gives our adults haircuts, otherwise known as "The Beth Cut"! Picture taking, picture taking, more picture taking, and picture editing. Beth is also in charge of running and updating the website, along with facebook. She handles emails and spends countless hours talking by phone daily with perspective families, while keeping in touch with our past families, especially now through our facebook "family group", and answering any questions they may have. She is in charge of keeping the calendar organized, scheduling appointments, planning (and hosting) our yearly doodle romp, our yearly eye cerf clinic, and hosting our puppy play socialization days for each litter when the puppies reach 6 weeks of age. Beth makes sure to prepare for puppies to go home by putting together their binders and going home bags, and also making our delivery trips to Albany, MA, CT, NJ, NYC, Long Island, and PA to bring our puppies to meet their new families!
We wish it were as easy as living in "puppy heaven", as we hear so often, but having amazing puppies and creating a relationship with so many of our wonderful families makes it worth the work! We've been told that getting a puppy from us is like gaining a whole extra family, and we can imagine anything better.
Joey, Julianna, Gianni & Josh