My name is Marybeth Porter, and I am a veterinarian in Spokane, Washington. My husband, kids, and I love the four seasons. We can ski in the winter, go to the lake in the summer, and enjoy the beautiful spring and fall. It has been a great town in which to raise a family, and we feel blessed to live here. Why Labradoodles? When one of my clients comes to me and asks me what a healthy, good temperament, twenty to thirty-five pound breed is, I have trouble thinking of one that compares to a Miniature Australian Labradoodle. I find them to be wonderful companion dogs with a temperament that wants to please.
I feel very strongly about screening for health and temperament and appreciate the genetics that directly affect these traits. We are a Gold Paw Award Breeder under ALAA's standards and all of our breeding dogs meet these standards. We are very proud of this achievement.
When we bought Gracie, we had a very specific goal. We already had a great Black Lab, and an old Cairn Terrier. My sixteen-year-old, who has ridden horses ever since she was ten, took a bad fall off of her horse in December of 2006. She broke several bones in her back and pelvis. It took her out of school from the beginning of December all the way through the end of her sophomore year in June. She had horrible pain, and had to lie on the couch without moving except to get into bed at night. By the end of March she was able to start physical therapy. We could tell she had a long road ahead of her. She has always loved dogs, and I knew a puppy would be a great companion to help her through recovery. I started researching Labradoodle breeders, and I found Gracie's litter at Alder Creek Labradoodles. Gracie was definitely the high point of a very long recovery. Paige and Gracie eventually certified as Delta Society Pet Therapy Partners team where they volunteered at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center throughout the rest of Paige's high school years.
I decided to take Gracie's daughter, Ruby through the Delta Therapy class and have worked at a local skilled nursing home.
Our first litter was born in 2007, and we have one to two litters a year. We have made many close friends through our Labradoodle activities and feel very proud of our puppies. What started out as a Mother-Daughter endeavor has been an enrichment for all of us. By the way, Paige finished her Biology BA and a Masters in Teaching, and is teaching science to 8th graders in Seattle currently.
Our goal is to provide people with a great healthy family companion Labradoodles.
My name is Paige Porter, Marybeth's daughter. As she talked about, I hurt my back in December of 2006, and we got Gracie four months into my recovery. She has been a great companion for me. I went through physical therapy for almost two years, but Gracie was without a doubt been my best "therapy." After all of the incredible help she gave me, I wanted to pass part of that onto others. We completed classes, and passed the Delta Society Pet Partner Test. She became a registered pet therapy dog.
Once I was able, Gracie and I began going to St. Luke's Rehabilitation where I received a lot of great physical therapy. It takes a special dog to be a therapy dog, and Gracie was truly amazing with her work with the patients she visited. I am now a science teacher in Western Washington.
It is great to pass puppies with her lovable temperament onto others.
Sometimes the photo shoots don't work out--too sleepy!