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My husband and I began a search in the fall of 2004 for a service dog to assist my husband (C5-C6 quadriplegic, due to a motorcycle accident in 2001) in his daily activities. Being partial to Labrador Retrievers, I began to search for organizations that used Labs in their training programs. My husband, on the other hand, was interested in a non-shedding breed in order to minimize all the extra housework for me associated with a shedding dog (he’s such a sweetie!).
I searched for a while in vain for the perfect dog, but then "Voila!" I found the answer to our dreams, the Australian Labradoodle! Because we were unable to find a service dog organization that trained Labradoodles exclusively, we knew our chances would be slim for Matt to be matched with a Labradoodle as there are no allergy problems in our family.
Well, we decided to take matters into our own hands: Our first goal was to train our own service dog for Matt. Our vision is to develop a training organization for Labradoodle assistance dogs. Our mission is to produce a superior line of Labradoodles much like the founder of the breed, Wally Conran of Australia, with an extraordinary talent for assisting people with disabilities.
The beginning of our first dream came true when we brought seven-week-old Down Under’s Scooby Doodle Doo home to live with us in May, 2005. Since then, Scooby has exceeded our wildest expectations! He developed into a wonderful service dog, a true testament to his breed. The only problems Matt has in public now is getting around without 20 people stopping and asking about Scooby!
Scooby was the foundation to our breeding program. He has now retired from breeding, but produced a wonderful daugher, Velma Doodle Doo (also retired), who is the mother of all our current breeding gals. We started our breeding program very slowly, because we wanted the absolute best foundation stock.
We currently train the vast majority of our breeding stock for service work. Some of our dogs will work for Matt or for me (Peripheral and small fiber neuropathy due to late-stage Lyme disease, which causes severe pain and balance issues). Others are working dogs in guardian homes.
We also have many pet puppies who are currently service or therapy dogs. Our vision to provide dogs to serve as assistance dogs for people with disabilities, in honor of my husband Matt’s daily struggle with life as a quadriplegic, has finally come true!
Ausm Hank (cream) and Ausm Charlie (chocolate) are two brothers from the same mother (our Velma). Hank is a working service dog for a thirteen year old girl. Charlie is in training to be Hank's back-up. Both are also certified therapy dogs! They have their own Facebook page: Hank n Charlie Merrill.
Scooby was the foundation of our breeding program. It is with great sorrow to announce that he has passed away. Scooby was a working mobility assistance dog for my husband Matt.
Jetta is part of our breeding program. She is currently working as a PTSD service dog for my assistant manager who is attending college in Maryland.
Molly is one of our breeding gals. She is about 8 months old in the picture on the left. Her coat color has silvered to a beautiful café in the right picture taken at 18 months. Molly is in training for mobility assistance.
Khaleesi is part of our breeding program. She is now a whopping 24 inches tall! She is in training for mobility assistance.
Lucy lives in a guardian home with her full sister Rieslin (different litter, same parents Velma x Good Day Rufus). Lucy is a working PTSD dog and Rieslin is in training to also become a PTSD dog. Lucy is one of our breeding girls and is 23 inches tall!
Bailey is in training to be a seizure alert dog for a fourteen year old girl. She has passed all of her health testing and is apart of our breeding program. Bailey lives in a guardian home.
These are just some examples of our special Australian Labradoodle line. We have produced many other puppies who now have careers as service or therapy dogs.
Ausm Splinter In My Foot is in training to become a service dog. Splinter is Molly's son and has her fabulous eye contact and eagerness to please and learn new things. He has passed all of his health testing and is apart of our breeding program.
Ausm Atticus is an 8 month old puppy from Khaleesi's first litter. He is a big, sweet, goofy gentle giant who is being trained to provide support to the youngest victims/witnesses of domestic violence/violent crime in New York City.