Hemi’s family sent us a few new pictures and told us:
Just had to pass this photo along to you of Hemi and myself on the hammock. Right after this was taken, he tried to stand up. Not a good idea….I don’t know how I managed to stay on, but he fell off. He is definitely more graceful in the water than on land.
A couple of weeks ago we had him on the pontoon boat. (He loves to jump in the water with us). He swam to shore and piddled on everything then swam back to the boat. Somehow he cut his foot pad on something, probably on a sharp rock. Blood all over in the boat. What a mess. He’s all healed up now, but was a stylish looking dog for a week with one bandaged foot and white sock!!!
The other pictures show what Hemi looks like when he’s waiting to go for a walk!
Hemi really turned into a big strong dog and he has a big strong heart to go with his size. I have two of Hemi’s sisters here (hopefully) bred to Einstein. His sisters, Desta and Della, are equally big soft hearted girls that want nothing more than to be loved. I thank Janna for all the great updates I get on Hemi, I am sending this to owners of the littermates and Tigger and Robyn’s litter as well, I would love to hear how these pups have all turned out. Some of you have sent pictures, this is what keeps me ticking. When you share pictures I do not give out forwarding addresses unless both parties agree to correspond. She wrote:
My 14 year old son decided it was a good idea to see if his back pack fit on Hemi. Needless to say…he had to loosen the straps for it to fit! This dog will let us do pretty much anything to him, he’s so tolerable…and trusting.
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This is awesome, they have taught Hemi so many things, I would love to go and see this guy one of these days. His sister Della is going to be bred to Einstein this spring (if he can find a stool so he can reach). Hemi’s family wrote:
This is my son giving Hemi a ride in a clothes basket. He gets him to sit in there, then pulls him all around the kitchen nice and slow. I just caught the end of his ride in this video. As you can see, Hemi is thanking him with kisses on the arm. He loves it. Cael has to help him get into the basket though, as that big tail of his gets in the way. So Cael has to tuck it around his body so Hemi can fit in there. It’s so funny to watch my two teenagers play with this dog. It makes my heart so happy to see it!
I can’t believe the size Hemi got to! Being Winnie’s first litter I estimated maybe 80 lbs. tops but that is obviously not what happened. This is a very gorgeous speciman of an F1B Labra Doodle. I have his full sister, Della, she will be bred to Einstein this sping. I have not weighed her but my guess would be about 80 lbs. so pretty big for a female. I would love an update from the people who adopted females from this litter about how they matured. I sincerely thank Jenna for all the updates I have had on Hemi, he is quite the character! She wrote:
I’m just sending a few pics of Hemi just being Hemi. He can be so goofy sometimes.
Thankfully, I have no new stories of any mischief! Our renovations are finished now and our house is back to normal, so hopefully his little escapades are over! ( and no, that’s not a rawhide in his mouth, just a Nyla bone. ) My husband weighed him the other day, and he’s 107lbs, of pure happiness!!!
I am in shock at how big Hemi has become! He is an extremely handsome dog! His family wrote:
Hope you had a great summer. All is well here. We had an awesome summer, spending weekends at our cabin. Hemi loves the lake. We had him to the vet this week for his yearly vaccinations. He is 99 lbs, and 27″ at the shoulders. As my daughter puts it, he’s 99 lbs of pure happiness. I say of chocolate-y goodness. He’s such a joy! It’s a bit challenging trying to balance on a hammock with a 99lb wiggly dog! But he was so happy to be up there! His tail wouldn’t stop wagging.
Some new pics and an update on Hemi:
Just sending you a couple of photos of Hemi, and holy sweet Jesus, he is 94lbs! He has the biggest barreled chest I have ever seen! I’m thinking we need to monitor his food a little bit. This guy loves to eat! What do you think?
We keep him active, I walk him in the early morning and always end it with a game of fetch with his tennis ball and then again in the evening. Depending on how much time I have at lunch, we sometimes play fetch at noon too. My son, whose 13, plays” hockey” with him every morning before school and sometimes again in the evening. This game is basically a “keep away “, which Hemi just loves. As soon as he hears the hockey stick slide on the floor, he gets up from wherever he is and comes running. It tires him out, and my son loves it just as much, as it sharpens his stick handling skills. It’s hard to tell who is having more fun!
We’re right in the middle of the muddiest season. Hopefully in just a few more warmer days, the streets will dry up. But one thing that’s a positive, Hemi has NO qualms about getting into the tub. He knows the routine already. I have never seen a dog love his baths as much as Hemi. (He doesn’t get a bath with shampoo every time, just a rinse to get the mud off) He will run ahead and beat me to the bathroom and stand beside the tub waiting for the ok to get in! It’s so funny.
Anyways, just thought I’d say hi. Hope all is well with you. I know that you’re keeping yourself busy as usual!
Here’s Hemi with his favourite toy of all, his tennis ball.
Some great new pictures of Hemi to go along with this great update from his family:
This is a photo of myself, the kids and Hemi at the cabin. We’re on the top bunk. Hemi is not allowed on the beds, but when he saw me up on the top bunk, he tried to climb the ladder, so my husband lifted this big lug, all 84 lbs of him, up there. He loves the cabin and lake life in the winter just as much as the summer. He’s the dog I’ve always dreamed of, a real family kind of dog. He loves all of us and just wants to be with “his people”.
He spent the time at the lake running along side of us down the toboggan hill, and running back up, or sometimes hitching a ride with us in the big sled back up the hill. He also would go out to the fishing shack, running along side the skidoo. Then at the end of the day, he would claim the spot in front of the wood stove, completely exhausted. But always ready to do it all again the next day.
I know some people would say that he is just a dog, but to me, he is so much more. He’s my companion, my always happy to see me guy, whether I’m gone 5 minutes or 5 hours. He makes me smile every day and I enjoy him so much. He impresses other people too with his personality, his calmness and laid back disposition. He’s a big guy, but doesn’t use his size to be pushy or obnoxious. And he is so smart. I’m sure that your other dog owners say the same thing about their dog too. I guess you raise a bunch of smart and wonderful dogs, Margaret-Ann.
Anyways, I could go on and on. Wishing you a Happy New Year and a healthy one too!
Hemi’s family sent over these new photos and wrote:
Just sending you a photo of Hemi by the tree. What a handsome big guy!
I’ll send you one of all of us…if we ever get any taken!
Hope all is well with you. Later. (And stay warm…brrrr!)
Here’s a new update and pics from Hemi:
I’m sending you a couple of photos of Hemi. The first one is at our local rink. My husband has been making the ice and Hemi often accompanies him. As you can see, he gets a bit wet! It was very cold today, and the water quickly turned to little icicles on his face and feet. His eyes look a little freaky in that last picture!
He loves the snow. It’s fun to watch him try to bury his tennis ball. He still bats the ball around with his front feet, like a cat!
All for now. Hope all is well with you!
Thanks to Hemi’s family for this new photo and update:
Here’s a snap shot that my husband took. He’s just chilling out, hoping for the ok to go lick the dishes, which he never gets! Sometime I’ll have to get a video to you of him fetching. He’s really come a long way since the last time I sent one to you. Hope all is well with you and your critters!
I don’t have any more mishap stories of Hemi lately.
A new photo of Hemi and this update:
I don’t know Margaret-Ann…for someone who wasn’t so sure about getting a dog…well, just take a look at this photo. It’s self-explanatory!
All is well here with Hemi. Our life is so “full” with him in it. We’re enjoying him so much. I figure that since he doesn’t have the shaggy coat like his litter mates, and has the added grey instead, his personality must make up for it!
Hemi’s family sent us this nice picture of the handsome fellow, along with lots of news on his summer:
We’ve spent every weekend at the lake so far, plus a few days during the weeks. Hemi loves the lake, especially swimming. He has his special fetching stick for the water, and loves to retrieve that. And we’ve had him on the boat quite often as well. The kids can’t keep up with him in the water, he swims too fast!
And the motion sickness has stopped!
Have you heard from any others owners from his litter about the grey showing up in the coats? Hemi sure has lots! It will be interesting to see what he’ll end up with in a few months.
He’s a good dog, and I still tell him that often. And so smart. He knows the “sit” and “down” command with a finger signal, (as well as the verbal). But he’ll do it with just the finger command. We’re in the midst of teaching him to roll over. There’s so many different tricks to teach dogs, I’ll see what I can all do with Hemi.
He still follows me from room to room, but sometimes if he’s in a deep sleep, he won’t notice right away.
But his favorite thing to do is to play is fetch with his tennis ball, either in the house or outside in the backyard. I’ve even ventured out to the park to play, but usually when I know it won’t be busy. He still has a puppy mind and gets distracted quite easily. His recall is pretty good, but not good enough for me to totally trust him yet.
And I just had to share this with you as well: After our morning walks, I get him to jump into the tub to hose off his sandy paws (there’s just enough dew on the grass to make the gravel stick), and he enjoys it so much that sometimes he jumps into the tub while we are showering. That happened once to me, then realized I need to close the door all the way! Surprised the heck out of me! My daughter just had the same experience this morning with him! Surprised her too. And the look on his face is priceless, I swear that if he could talk, he’d be saying, “wow, that was so awesome, let’s do that again!!!”
Everyday this dog makes me smile:)
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Here is a video of Hemi showing off his awesome fetching skills. His family also said of him:
Hemi is doing great. He has the game of fetch mastered now. It was my son who taught him, with a hockey stick and ball of all things. Hemi is very “toy” motivated. He loves to play fetch. We will get him to “wait”, then throw the ball. He has to look at us before he’s told the “ok go get it”. Sometimes the ball has rolled to a place where he can’t see it, and then he has to use his nose to find it. He just loves that. I play this game in the garage sometimes and purposely hide it so he has to use his sniffer to find it. He’s so proud when he finds it!
He also likes to find the kids. They will hide somewhere and he had to find them. So fun for Hemi and the kids!
We’ve had him on the pontoon boat twice, and he did very well both times. No puking. The last trip to the lake he made it without getting sick as well. So hopefully he’s growing out of that.
People still stop us all the time to ask what kind of dog he is. He is starting to get his “doodles” as you called it. He also has quite a bit of grey! Especially in his brows.
Anyways, he’s such an awesome dog and we thank YOU! You put a lot of work into breeding good pups, and it shows.
Another update from Hemi’s owners tells us:
Hemi’s doing great. We’re at the lake for a week now. He’s really liking the lake life, especially the swimming! People come up to us all the time to ask what kind of dog he is, commenting on how adorable he is and his huge paws. My father in law jokes that he thinks one of his parents is a Great Dane! Honestly, his paws have grown so much!
We had our annual Hogfest last weekend in Englefeld, which consists a slow pitch tournament, kids carnival, fireworks and then the big supper where they roast 12 pigs over open fire.(sounds kind of red-neck doesn’t it!) Anyways, our small town of 200 grows triple that or more. People and dogs everywhere. Hemi did pretty good. There were a lot of distractions, but he behaved himself for the most part. And he handled the fireworks fairly well. I did leave him in his kennel for the beginning, then came back half way through. He was just fine. I brought him outside in the backyard and play fetch while they were going on to distract him. He was a bit scared, but I didn’t cater to it.
At the lake here there are dogs everywhere. It’s a good learning session every time we go for a walk. And challenging sometimes too. Not every dog owner is responsible!
My brother and family are coming this week. They have 2 boys, 8 and 5. I will have to keep an eye on them with Hemi. They aren’t used to being around dogs. I don’t want Hemi to all of a sudden develop some bad habits.
We’re working on retrieving. He loves to go fetch, but bringing it back is another thing. He knows “stay”, “sit” and “down” so far, and can do a”sit-stay” and “down-stay”.
Anyway, just thought I’d give you a little update on Hemi. Oh, and by the way, we put the bells back on the door at home, and he has “jingled” them when he needs to go out. We don’t have them here at the lake, but he’s going to the door to let us know. He hasn’t had an accident ever here at the lake, and it’s been a very long time at home, over 2 or 3 weeks maybe?
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Here are some great new pictures of Hemi and also a nice video. It’s clear that he’s learning a lot, and is very much at home with his new family!
We received a few new pictures of Hemi already, along with the following story from his owners:
We went to Saskatoon today to run in the Bridge City Boogie. Tons of people. Hemi did very well. He was scared at first of all the people around, and they had a band with very loud drummers…that freaked him out. So the guys took him away from it, and he was fine. However, he got sick while driving to Saskatoon. Good thing he was in his crate! Poor guy, I guess I’ll know that he can’t have ANY breakfast before we travel. I just gave him a very small amount, but it was too much! He was fine on the way home, even though he ate and drank.
Then after that we went to a barbecue where there were a lot of people, and lots of very young children. Hemi did so well with everyone. There was no biting, jumping or anything annoying. Everyone was impressed, as was I.
He is peeing on command now, with just the odd accident in the house. Little turd still doesn’t go to the back door when he needs to go! But the nights are good, just a little cry when he first goes I to his crate.
He’s a good dog, and I tell him that often:) He is so very attached to me. My daughter tried to get him to go outside the other day, and when Hemi realized that I wasn’t coming, he wouldn’t go! It made me giggle inside. He eventually went.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to the day when I can say that Hemi is housetrained and ringing that bell…but not today! Soon, I’m sure of it. He WILL ring that bell!
This is one of Winnie and Cesar‘s March 3rd, 2013 males, he looks right at home. This pup kind of stood out from the rest right from the start with how quick he picked things up, they are all very willing to please but this guy would almost stand on his head to please me. He came from the barn to the house to be bathed before he left, one tug coming in, one tug to start down the basement steps and he had it. This Mr. Hemi uses his front feet to chase the ball, dig it out of his crate and chase it around the pen. I am so pleased with the great home he is going to live in for the next 15 years! Hemi stayed in Saskatchewan, I am putting more and more pups into this province and have several in Manitoba now, still Alberta is my top selling province! This is what his new owner has to say………………….
Oh wow. He is so awesome! Walks so well, I am impressed.
The ride home went well. He cried and howled only until we hit pavement, about 2 min or so. The rest of the way he was quiet. We carried his kennel out of the car with him in it. He wasn’t so keen on coming out. We carried it to the backyard and opened the door and just let him take his time to come out, which he did after just a few seconds. Boy, was he thirsty! Gave him a big bowl full of water, he stepped in it and drank some, gave him some food too. He was hungry also.
Took him for a little walk around the block. And wow, right by my side. Even in the backyard without his leash on, he wants to be right by my side. He is going to be so amazing. The neighbour kids met him, and there was no jumping or licking or nibbling. They were amazed that he just sat or laid there to be petted. Thank you for doing the work you did with him this far. He is so calm and happy. We have him in the house right now, and he’s chewing on a Nyla bone.
He’s afraid of our back steps. They’re cement and there’s only 3 steps, but he’s not too sure about them yet. Also, kind of freaked out about our basement ones too, and they’re right when you walk in the front door. Will work on it and I’m sure it won’t take long for him to get used to them.
Anyways, just want to thank you again. He’s a keeper! So adorable!