Our second newsletter brings us into Spring with some important new health tests now available :


prcdPRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Optigen now provides an easy DNA test which will definitively show if a dog is affected or a carrier.

The ALA in Australia were the first dog association in the world to make prcdPRA testing a compulsory and mandatory test requirement of their breeders. The ILA  will also be doing compulsory testing and hopes to provide these tests for breeders.

Kathy of Jersey Doodles contacted Optigen and was informed that there is a newly available test for Golden Retrievers.

DNA Canine Heritage Breed Test  -  MMI Genomics has a new test available to genetically determine the breed composition of your dog.
*INTERESTING NOTE - Krista Waitz, Rainmaker Ranch, ILA Executive, worked with MMI Genomics and with the ALAA provided 30 blood samples during the company's early test stages.

vWD (von Willebrand's ) in Golden Retrievers   -  recently a breeder had a Goldendoodle breeding dog test positive for vWD, proof positive it is indeed a disease carried in Golden Retriever lines.  However, according to a health survey done by the Golden Retriever Club of America, the incidence of vWD in Golden Retriever is less than 1%.  

Thyroid Problems in Golden Retrievers   -  this same survey has also shown extremely high incidence of thyroid problems, even higher than HD.  According to the GRCA survey  -

358 out of 1444 had hypothyroidism or hypathyroidism - 25.6%


Additions to archives since last newletter
Feb.   5, 2007  Subject: source for DNA testing  LINK TO POST
Feb. 15, 2007  Subject: female vs. males   LINK TO POST
Feb. 15, 2007  Subject: Hip tests & anesthesia   LINK TO POST
Feb. 16, 2007  Subject: Steam cleaners   LINK TO POST
Feb. 28, 2007  Subject: Addisons discussion  LINK TO POST
Feb. 28, 2007  Subject: Pup not suckling  LINK TO POST
Mar. 25, 2007  Subject: Transition to solid food   LINK TO POST



Fun For Kids section in Resource has some 4-piece & 16-piece Doodle Puzzles, games and links to fun and educational websites for kids


Velma's Pets as Therapy - Murphy Brown is a therapy dog in New South Wales, Australia bred by Dr. Kate Schoeffel.  



Delilah & Living with Lupus - a story of how living with a Dood has helped put a woman's Lupus in remission.  Correction from last newsletter :  Moss Creek's Delilah was bred by Sherri Smeraglia.  LINK TO ARTICLE

Doggy Tales Reading Program - Doggy Tales gives kids a reason to wag their tails.  Casey, a Goldendoodle bred by Sherri of Smeraglia's TeddyBear Goldendoodles is helping school kids learn to read.  LINK TO ARTICLE


New articles

   Mar. 31, 2007 - 'Del Monte Pet Products Voluntarily Withdraws Specific Product Codes of Pet Treats and Wet Dog Food Products' - Please read this article on more products being recalled -

   Mar. 30, 2007 - 'Dry Food added to recall' - The recall has expanded to include dry foods as well. For more on this story see CNN.com

  Mar. 17, 2007  -  'Menu Foods Recall Information' - list of affected foods

Mar. 17, 2007  -  'Recall of Pet Foods manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc.'  -  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has placed a warning and affected pet food list on their site -

Feb. 22, 2007 - 'Bark to the future' - Chic canine crossovers like the spanador and the cockapoo are redrawing the doggy map of Britain, by Kathryn Hughes of the Guardian Unlimited - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2018477,00.html

  Feb. 20, 2007 - 'Protection by Dogs, Part 1' - Two Labradoodles, bred by Cindy of Blue Ridge Puppies, have been trained to protect their owners as 'alert dogs'. Link to a video new story on FoxCarolina.com. Click on 'Protection by Dogs, Part 1'

Feb. 19, 2007 - Don Burke on Channel Nine's "Mornings with Kerri-Anne" shows and discusses some of Australia's favourite hybrids. Link to video segment on You Tube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXHJWYyZXp8

Our next newsletter will be June 2007.  Wishing you a safe and happy Spring.


Blue Sterling