Don’t dogs just love a good sniff, especially when going for walkies. They sniff dog bums, trees, posts, dead possums, and flowers. I think it’s their way of checking their emails.

Jazz
Jazz
Sheba
Sheba

These are my dogs Jazz and Sheba. They are Labradoodles, which are a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. Sheba is smaller than Jazzy and a big sook. When I am writing at my computer she lies near my feet, usually behind the slipper chair. Jazz is named after the music Jazz and she is also a big sook. She doesn’t fit behind that chair so she lies on the floor behind my chair. Makes it difficult to move about.

They have wool Poodly type coats which are non-shedding. The Labradoodle was developed by the ‘Australian Guide Dogs’ as a ‘hypo-allergenic’ dog for visually impaired people with allergies to pet hair. They are beautiful, loyal, affectionate dogs, great with kids and somewhat intelligent. Their coats are quite high maintenance and need to be clipped regularly.

Jazzy got very stressed when she first went to the doggy groomers and had widdle accidents for the week after. The vet said ‘don’t go back to the groomers’. So guess who has to clip the dogs. Yes, poor me and I’m hopeless at using shears.  See that photo of Sheba – well, put it this way, she doesn’t look quite like that anymore. Maybe with practice!

Jazzy and Sheba come from a place in the mountains called Doodledom at Cloudcatchers Labradoodles. It sounds magical doesn’t it? It’s located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast near Mount Warning.

Mount Warning is located in the largest volcanic caldera in the Southern Hemisphere. The mountain is called Cloudcatcher by the locals.

A lovely lady, Kathy Young, runs Doodledom and she adores Labradoodles. She is so nice that she sends our Labradoodles doggy birthday cards on their birthdays.

Now that’s dedication.