Avidog Conference and Scottish Connections

by cvladmin on August 6, 2017

This past week, Kyle, Molly, Aidan, and I attended the Avidog Conference in Lebanon, Indiana with our dear friend, Alastair McKinney from Lomond Hills Labradoodles. We met Alastair and his family a few years ago when we took our entire family on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland and Scotland for Christmas so that we could tour Kyle’s ancestral home in Kilmarry Knapp, Scotland.

We immediately hit it off with the McKinney family and have shared many breeding tips in the past few years and also shared our breeding dogs to improve each other’s programs. We were honored when Alastair came for a fortnight visit and to attend the Avidog Conference to learn new breeding, puppy raising, and puppy temperament assessment ideas. We look forward to implementing a number of their unique and creative techniques to improve our puppies and mamas’ experience. We truly go to the ends of the Earth to be the best breeders that we can be.

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A New Commitment: Continuing Education

by cvladmin on July 31, 2017

We sell dogs NOT puppies. Just as a wedding does not predict the success of a marriage, adopting a puppy does not guarantee that you will have a perfectly trained dog at a year. It is VERY important to invest time and energy throughout your dog’s life to keep a well trained dog. I absolutely cry when I see one of our puppies at one year of age still behaving badly. A dog’s behavior is 90% influenced by his owner. That is a ALOT of responsibility for the owner. My goal is to start blogging tips and tricks to help you have a well behaved dog and family member. Everyone will benefit!

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Corabelle on the Belle of Louisville

by cvladmin on April 19, 2017

On April 18th, Corabelle attended the “Who Works the Rivers” event on the Belle of Louisville: a 100+ year old stern-wheeler based in Louisville, KY.
The event is an opportunity for local high schoolers to consider careers in the waterways industry.
A number of employers in the area send ambassadors to discuss the industry, the jobs it offers and how to prepare for those jobs if one is thinking about a waterways career.
We have a harbor service in Jeffersonville, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, and so participate in this event whenever it is offered.
This year, CVL Corabelle, retired mama dog and our company mascot attended the event and was the star of the show.
She was perfectly behaved and still affectionate and charming and had her photo taken with about 40 of the 100-or-so teenagers and their teachers and sponsors who attended the event.
She, of course, had a blast.
She also wore the company colors and the industry-compulsory hard hat.
Big fun.

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We Love These Kinds of Notes…

by cvladmin on March 27, 2017

Mindi,

 

Thank you so much for sending JJ a birthday card on her 1st birthday. We had a family pizza/birthday party for her.  Even gave her an edible birthday card.  She had so much fun.

 

I can’t begin to tell you how precious she is and how much we love her.  She is absolutely everything we had hoped for, and she’s perfect for our family. She is gorgeous, and she has the most loving and playful personality. She will be the 4th labradoodle at our lake this summer.  One neighbor has 2, and another neighbor has one.  The neighbor with one had a birthday party last summer for their dog and invited his 7 litter mates.  JJ was too young to attend, and she hadn’t had all her shots so we didn’t want to expose her to anything.  This year she can join in all the fun.

 

We’ve had several people ask us where we got her, and we have told them about you.  People always stop and talk to her when we take her on walks, and our mail lady brings her a treat everyday, and we also told her about Colonial Village. The 2 year old dog next door things she is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and barks her greeting each morning for JJ to come out and play.

 

Again thank you so much for providing us with our “perfect Puppy”.

 

Blessing to you and your family.

 

Wes, Jackie, and JJ

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Lomond Hills Rory of Fife

by cvladmin on February 7, 2017

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to take our six children to Scotland to trace his ancestral history. It was such an amazing experience showing our kids Castle Sween where his ancestors lived and the precious little fishing village and chapel where his family lived, worked, and worshipped. While in Scotland we had many adventures in Edinburgh and Glasgow, we also ventured to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands to visit Lomond Hills Labradoodles. It is located outside the charming town of Cupar in County Fife. We had such a wonderful time visiting with our new friends, The McKinneys. Brenda and her son, Alastair, run their breeding program very similar to ours and we became instant friends. We are a family run breeding program and our children loved meeting another family like ours but now with an adult son. My husband loves everything about his homeland and it was fun to see our two passions of all things Scottish and all things Australian Labradoodle come together!

Rory of Fife came to us in January. He brings a unique pedigree and great health testing to our program and we cannot wait to add this little Gaelic gem to our program! Kyle wrapped his family’s tartan around Rory and we have given him the distinction of being an honorary McMillan!

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