She is doing beautifully! So wonderful
Just wanted to send you an updated picture of Barkley. He is now 6 months old and doing great. We start obedience school next week. He brings us lots of joy and we love him so much!
I hope you and your pups are doing great.
Here is a picture of Kyra (7/11/15 Litter). She is growing up fast and is doing great.
We can’t thank you enough for such amazing dog. She is super smart, sweet, and gets along with everyone (humans and dogs).
Kyra is currently attending training and it’s the smartest puppy in the class– she gets each command within 2-3 tries. She also won the “Dog of the Month” award at Daycare for her sweetness and temperament.
She is amazing!
We are considering a brother or sister for Kyra. We’ll see…… 🙂
I wanted to send you an update on Finn. He is now 6 months old and weighs in at 65 pounds. He is extremely loving, cuddly, and smart. He loves to ride in the car, go to the dog park, play fetch, and meet other dogs and people.
Thank you so much for entrusting us with this sweet boy.
Raleigh and Lizzie
Rick & Kate Patterson
Leeta I am so in love with our doodles. We have had many dogs. Only one other was as incredible as these two. The only dog I ever disliked was the beagle we brought you. We are still fixing things she did. Including triple fencing, damage to the house and the child proofing we had to do. Oh well we tried everything.
Winnie and Heidi are a joy. They have learned to whisper recently. LOL. They have learned to love each other and neither is top dog. We have daily laughs over things they do. Heidi lays on her back with a tennis ball and tosses and catches it. Prefers that to catching and retrieving it like Winnie. They are so very smart and so loving
Bonnie and Mike
I thought I would send some new photos of Stella! She weighed in at 32.5 lbs at 21 weeks old. We love her so much!!
hope you can open the photo….love our Buddy Rambo. We visited you on July 2, 2010 and brought him “home!” Love him soo much, he is quite the swimmer at the cottage and very protective of all of us and his friend, Kitty. Just wanted you to know how much love and affection we have because of your compassion and love for what you do. A question for you, Mia the golden retriever was Buddy Rambo’s mom. She was a little older and may have passed by now. My adult son loves our dog but at the same time, as he marries and gets his first dog, he actually wants a golden retriever. Do you also have golden retriever puppies or know of a breeder that would be of the same beauty and quality that Buddy Rambo’s mother was?
his buddy Penny Blossom. My daughter brought Penny home in July. They have bonded wonderfully. Hope this comes through and that you are able to enjoy and use it.
I just wanted to give you an update. We have a girl from Chakeeah & Casher. She is 12 weeks now and weighs 17.9 pounds. (She’s about 4 pounds larger than our older doodle when she was that age) She has been doing really well with potty training the past week. She is going to the door and ringing the bell to let us know she has to go out! She definitely has an attitude! She loves to wrestle with our older doodle! They seem to be getting along well so far!Juli
Assuming he passes, we can begin therapy dog training!
We wanted to thank you again!! We are in love with this little girl! She was such a great traveler on our 6 hour trip home! We have spread the word on the fantastic job you do!
Tracy and Paul Ganter
Hi Leeta, we are so happy with our dog that we got from you! We renamed (Circles) and call him Foozie. He is smart and so well behaved everyone that meets him falls in love with him! I have a small home daycare and he is incredibly gentle and patient with the children.
Leah & family
He is very much loved by us and the girls at our vet office. We have made sure he has his shots as needed and he also is now microchipped. Duke is sporting a John Deere collar with Green Bay Packers name tag that we have had engraved with his name and our contact info. Duke likes to go for short walks on his blue harness you gave us. And he sleeps in our king size bed with the blanket he was given that smelled like his siblings. Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we love having him.
I just wanted to let you know that things are going fabulously with Chowder. She adjusted quite well after that first night and is doing great. She is such a sweet girl. Thank you so much!!
I remembered you wanted me to send you some pictures of Buddy, and of Buddy and my son Blake.
Buddy is getting big already, we had him at the vet on Wednesday and he is already almost 13 lbs.
Attached are some pictures for you.
Olive is adjusting very well to her new home. She did vomit in the car on the way to Milwaukee on the 1st, but recovered quickly and had a successful car ride to Chicago yesterday 🙂
She is eating well, going on walks, playing at the park, enjoying toys, and had a wonderful time meeting our nieces and nephews and her doggie cousin.
She is VERY cuddly and can fall asleep anywhere (as you can see by the photos).
We can definitely tell that she has had experience with a crate! She seems to already understand where it is appropriate to go to the bathroom.
We love her so much and are thrilled that she is happily part of our family.
Jess and Dan Dwyer
Just wanted to give you an update on Mr. Briggs. He’s almost 6 months now and going like a weed! He is extremely smart and knows all kinds of tricks. He loves to cuddle, play with kittens and be outside. He is very laid back and gentle. Couldn’t have asked for a better dog!
I hope you received the letter and photos of Tait. We are so happy with him and love him oh so very much! Like Blaze, he is so smart and friendly. He loves everyone he meets and of course, thinks, they love him back. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for Blaze and yes, we still do miss him greatly. Tait has brought us much happiness, smiles and laughter. He is growing so quickly (almost 50 pounds) and is so full of energy. He really makes use of our large fenced in backyard and loves the long walks we go on. He starts Obedience Class on Thursday and he got to go trick or treating at some animal related businesses this week dressed as a clown which really fits his personality.
Thank you Leeta, we wish you the best!
Debbie, Gary and Tait West
Here are a few pictures of Apollo:)He is now 4 months old. He loves being outside and playing in the water bowl still. He does very well with his baths and brushing.He seems to get curlier fur with every bath. He is growing so fast and getting so big.
He also enjoys bossing his big brother around. He never stops playing.
He has been a wonderful addition.
He has learned to jingle his bells to go outside and took potty training well. He is very smart and well behaved over all.
Hope you like our pictures, we will keep you posted as he grows up:)
Thanks again for Apollo
Thought I would send a picture of Tobias and Marisol. She is growing like a weed! She did go gray, very light in her forearms. The back of her legs are brown. She has more brown on her face and ears. The only thing that stayed black is the last half of her tail! She is very pretty! She is doing great and her and Tobias get along, also. She would love to eat all day!
I will send more pictures later. Hope all is well with you!
Our youngest daughter’s dog is in the last stages of lymphoma and won’t be with them much longer. What are you anticipating for spring litters this year? She is pregnant now so wants to wait until spring. Will you have litters of golden doodles? I think if they get one from you that might make us your best customer ever!! 🙂 let me know your spring puppy plans. Thanks again for our new best friend!!
Hope you are doing well! We’ve been meaning to email you to let you know that Roxy (“Paula”) is doing great, getting bigger and cuter everyday, and getting lots of love from our family. Here is a picture of Roxy with Drew. We’ll send more soon!
Patrick, Carrie, Drew, Bella and Parker Dlugosch
I just want to know if you would have in future another goldens but with creamy/brown color I would love to have a couple in home 😉
here is a Lola with here cousin Rex 😉
Here is a few pictures of Bruno at 3 months old (Chelsia and Cabela’s litter). We have been at softball tournaments almost every weekend since we took Bruno home and I think he enjoys them as much as we do. He is so sociable and loves to be pet and cuddled with everyone. We even had an umpire ask where he got him after he complimented us on what a great disposition he has (he had been watching him through the weekend) and we passed along your contact information to him. Bruno became Jena’s team mascot and even made the team picture. Everyone just loves him.
Thanks again. We will send more pictures as he grows.
Hi Leetta it’s Marci from Canada.Well I made it back with no problems along the way.I just wanted to tell you that Jett is a wonderful dog,he’s learning more things already.I take him for a big walks twice a day and he loves it.We live on the edge of town so I have easy access to a big walking path,and he seems to love it.I must say that keeping your pups for 10 weeks is the best thing a responsible breeder would do.Plus the fact that you are so good with all your dogs and you can tell they love you for it.It was so good to meet you in person I’m glad I made the trip to get him.I love him so much already and I am going to write an awesome review for your website.I have total respect for what you are doing with your dogs and your rescued ones,in fact that would altimately be my dream job,but the opportunity has never come my way.Oh well ,I’m glad to see someone loves these dogs to help them out.More people need compassion for them in times of need. Thanks again for taking such good care of him and I will give him the best life he deserves,I love him so much already.Thanks Marci
Hi it’s Kari Schuh, Liz’s mom. I wanted to update you, we only have had for 5 days and it is going so well. She is amazing!! This was her first time up north at our place, in the water and on the boat, she did great! Also she does great in the car. She just goes with the flow. I am so happy we have her.
Here’s Rambo lovin’ on his brother
Just wanted to send some photos. We got Seamus from you on January 25, 2014 ( dob 11/18/13)
He is 6 months now and gorgeous. He’s going to be a big boy, he weighs about 65 lbs now. He has finished puppy class and is onto basic. He is by far the most trainable dog I have ever worked with, I’m certain he’ll pass his canine good citizen with no problems.
He’s the envy of the neighborhood.
They are the best !!!!! Already have learned sit and are starting to ring bells at door to go potty . let us know that you got pictures and how you are doing. would like to come for visit when weather warms up and will bring the boys. Would that be ok?
Merry Christmas Leeta,
Hi Leetta! Thanks so much for talking with me today. We are certainly grieving the loss of our Tucker but I think a new puppy will be the healing touch my husband needs. We are looking for a laid back, curly male and understand that if I get you the deposit I can have the pick of the litter. Thanks so much for listening to my grieving heart. I am attaching a couple of pictures of our Tucker….he has left a giant hole in our hearts. Blessings to you.
Justin and Jill Urbanek
Remember me? Tomorrow will be Abby’s birthday. We picked her up from you, she was the only one left in the litter from Cabela and maybe Mia?? She is such a laid back loving dog. I can’t remember if she is 3 or 4 tomorrow…but she has been such a joy to have. She share’s our home with Willow, our standard poodle who is 2 years old, and they get along so well. Seems like they are big sis/little sis! She loves getting her hair brushed on the grooming table, or any where for that matter!!! We just love them both so much.
Hi!We picked Josie up Memorial weekend. I just wanted to send you a pic of her and let you know she is doing great!!! She definitely has some energy and loves to play in the dirt! Thanks for the great puppy!!!
Amy and Josie
Leeta,We LOVE HER! Even when we are exhausted with keeping her from chewing on us, our clothes, our shoes,and the rugs, playing tug-of-war to wear her out, or making the multitude of trips down the stairs to have her go to the bathroom (we live in a raised ranch), and have just about reached the limits of patience, one look from her and we just melt!
Caileigh is “a frisky pistol”, to quote my husband, Bill. Everyone who sees her thinks she is adorable and so loveable. She LOVES everyone she comes in contact with, though she isn’t completely cured of showing that love with a few nips now and then.
What a love she is! She races into our bedroom as soon as she’s awake in the morning and tries jumping up on our bed. During the day, she follows us when we go to another room, including the bathroom—her most favorit place to sleep during the day. Yesterday she discovered how much fun it is to peel off some of the toilet paper and leave a trail of shredded paper behind her.
She actually watches t.v., particularly the hockey games and actually tries to catch the moving skaters as she follows their movements.
Last week Caileigh and I attended her first puppy training class. She’s very, very smart and can be quite independent at times. Her training is progressing very well. She sits, even without command and comes—when we get her attention. She also, fairly consistently obeys the “down” command. We’re still working on her nipping/biting as she has not yet lost any baby teeth. Most of the time we can distract her by providing a stuffed animal/tug toy. She LOVES playing catch with a tennis ball down the hallway and tug with her squirrel.
When hungry, she barks demandingly until you give her food and water. Though she does not bark to go out, she is pretty well house-broken, except when we aren’t paying enough attention and she gets a certain look in her eye, silently telling us it’s time to go out. She now sleeps from about 9:30-10:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. and goes immediately she gets outside.
Caileigh is quite the explorer. One of her favorite pastimes is prowling in her “jungle” —our perrenials (mostly phlox and daylillies) in the garden. The plants are still a bit taller than she is so all we can see, if at all, is the movement of the plants as she moves in and around them. We had a new fence installed in the back yard yesterday (our old cedar fence was more than 20 years old and a section of it was blown over last month during a storm).
She still gets car sick when in the car longer than a half-hour. Last week we traveled out to our get-away home near Galena, IL (a 2 1/2 hr. trip). She was car sick on the trip out and on the trip home. However, she manages the trips to the vet (15-20 mins) with no problems. Though very nervous initially, she is gradually becoming a better traveler—though she wants to be held and, so far, is not willing to ride in the back seat or on the floor in the passenger side well. The vet recommends I get some Benadryll before we go out to the Apple House next week so we will see if that helps.
She has had two distemper shots, frontline and heartworm doses once and will have a second dose of each in the next two weeks. As of yesterday, she weighs 19 lbs and is doing great. She still has her hernia which the vet says will be taken care of when we have her spayed.
I’ve attached a few photos. Please let me know if you are able to download them.
Hope all is well with you.
Leeta,I’ve attached a couple of photos of Caileigh exploring her new home.
The trip home was uneventful except for a small bout of car sickness near Portage. However, in fairness to Caileigh, she did everything she could to warn us we needed to stop. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a place until we got to Portage and by the time we stopped the car to let her out, she was already sick. However, after she did and went to the bathroom, she promptly fell asleep and slept the rest of the way home.
Once home, she discovered the backyard grass and plants on the patio. She seems to think she is a vegetarian and tries tasting the leaves of various plants we’ve already planted this spring—which we keep stopping her from eating.
She already has us well-trained. No accidents in her crate or in the house so far. At 3:00 a.m., she discovered how to navigate the front steps, inside the house and outside (we live in a raised ranch—8 steps from ground to front door and 8 more steps from front landing to main living room floor). However, she refuses to come in the front door by herself and wants to be carried over the threshhold. We just sit and wait her out. Eventually she comes in.
She seems a bit off her feed, though she has been eating the dry food you gave us, a bit at a time. How much should we be feeding her and how many times a day? She is drinking plenty of water.
Her favorite things are (a) rolling in the grass and running alongside of us; (b) chewing on the soft frog and hedgehog toys; scolding us, and sleeping.
She’s really something! Will keep you posted.
P.S. The extra $100 in our check is a donation to the shelter.
Hi Leeta, Just a quick question for you. We took Rosie to the Vet yesterday and they asked if her parents had been checked or certified in regards to their hips. They did not see any problems, but just wanted to know for record keeping.
Jett My Super Good BoyThis breeder is excellent.She takes such good care of all her dogs,and she has a few.Very well organized and dogs are all clean and healthy.I traveled all the way from Canada 1400 miles there and back,and it was absolutely worth it.My Jett is a very good dog and has learned so much already.I highly refer this breeder to anyone as she is a wonderful lady with a big heart.It was truly an honor to meet her and all her dogs.I would get another,but do not have the room.Excellent breeder,do not pass this one up you’ll surely get a dog that you will love forever.
Dirk-CooperWe love our puppy cooper, formaly know as dirk. Perfect health, going on 12 weeks, well taken care of. Came crate trained. Whined for maybe 5 minutes when we kennled him up at night when we first got him. Loves his kennel now. Transaction was smooth and easy. Were able to pick out of a couple of litters. Favorite Part, when she let all the puppies out for us to look at. Highly recomend this breeder and dog rescue. Will and do refer as much as possible. Will send pics to their website soon. Dirk, Amy and Cooper
Got one great pup, and adding another very soon!
The farm does look run down and yes there are a lot of dogs, but those dogs are taken care of. It is a north woods kind of place and some people are not accustomed to that. When our family visited we were greeted by many dogs who immediately stopped barking and walked away when the owner told them to. The puppies had no flees, ticks or mites despite being outside and in the barn. All the dogs were friendly and gentle…and our pup has been nothing but a great addition to our family….obedient, gentle, smart! we are getting another very soon!
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I recently purchased a f1b doodle from Left a and let me tell you, I have never been more humble and envious of the LOVE that flows from that farm. I highly recommend that everyone experience the or a alone. AWESOME! Left a has the biggest heart I have ever encountered. The puppy is fantastic!
I can see why on the surface someone may think Have A Heart Rescue / Golden Barns may be a puppy mill. That is NOT the case. Letta has chosen to use her 10 acre farm and home as a dog rescue. She also successfully breeds healthy poodles and labradoodles. Her choice for the first lead her to also do the second with the knowledge it would help pay for the rescue. All the dogs she rescues are spay or neutered as they go through the intake process. No adopted dog leaves without spay or neutering. Unfortunately even though she has agreements with local vets the cost of sterilization does impact the time between arrival & a vet visit. Letta & her staff are selflessly giving of their time and resources to all of the animals in their care. Have A Heart is an inspected and licensed facility. As to the cleanliness, when I adopted my dog from her in early February 2014, I observed one of the many scheduled clean-ups that happen many times during the day. Letta is required to keep records of the MANY cares she preforms EVERY day for her charges. I drove 2 hours to come here for our new dog & I would encourage anyone to find there next 4 legged family member from this shelter.
I recently purchased a male goldendoodle from Leetia at Have A Heart. We drove 2.5 hrs to purchase this puppy. When we pulled up we were a bit taken a back w/ all the dogs running around & not the nicest looking place. But once you get out & talk w/ Leetia & see how much she loves all those dogs & keeps them fed, bathed, happy & healthy you realize that any money she does get goes right back into those animals. I was afraid going not knowing what I was going to find but we could not be happier. If I had money I would give it all to her so she could do more for herself, she is so unselfish & makes everything to favor the animals. I didn’t give it 5 stars only cuz it wasn’t the cleanest place but again I would get another dog from her in a heart beat.
I got a puppy from here and could not be happier. It is evident that the woman that has devoted her life and home to the animals she cares for on her 10 acre farm. She was honest and answered every question I had with complete knowledge and has ethical standards unlike a lot of breeders out there. I admit I was uncertain when I pulled into the yard with lots of dogs running around, but all were friendly and well-behaved! I was shocked at what I saw…I think her ingenious way of “training” the dogs to stay on the property, not excessively bark, leave the cats alone, and potty outside, not jump up on guests, and just generally behave (There was not a single “fight” the entire time I was there). I can’t recommend highly enough this unconventional shelter! My puppy (I now have 3 dogs…that all get along famously!) is the most mellow, loving, intelligent, and well-behaved I could have ever dreamed. If you are considering getting a puppy, dog, or cat, I suggest you check this out before looking anywhere else. I could easily gone home with another adorable and friendly pet if I caved in to my 8 year old son’s pleas as he was surrounded by friendly dogs and loving every minute of it!