Zelda & River pups: 3 weeks old

It has been an exciting week for the puppies.  They have moved to the kitchen from our master bedroom.  They now have to deal with all the everyday sights, sounds, and life of a busy home with two 4 year old kids!  This week again I was left taking their photos alone, with no adult hands to help.  However, I managed to get a few decent shots.  Enjoy!

The Girls


Tyna- Blaze Chest Girl

Tyna- Blaze chest girl


Nixie – Solid black girl

Nixie – Solid Black Girl


Numma- Solid Black Girl

Numma- Solid Black girl


The Boys


Douglas- Solid Black Boy

Douglas- Solid Black Boy


Leith- Blaze Chest Boy

Leith- Blaze Chest Boy


I have 4 deposits on this litter.  The last puppy will be held until a better understanding of temperament can be determined.  I have two other homes interested, but they have very specific needs which may or may not be met by this litter.  If you are interested, please contact me soon, so you can be put on my waiting list.  For those interested in adopting one of these little gems, price for a pet is $1500.00 on limited registration (no breeding rights). These pups should be suitable as performance dogs, therapy dogs, and wonderful pets.  The parents are very stable dogs with outstanding temperaments.  They will probably be small to mid size as adults (20-25 inches at the shoulders).  Contact me at anuttapoodle@aol.com for an adoption application.  References required as my puppies only go to the best homes and as forever members of your family.

Click the “LITTERS” link at the top to see more post about these puppies!

River (dad) and Zelda (mom)




The Average Standard Poodle coefficient of inbreeding is around 15%.  This litter is 2.66%  Lower % means lower inbreeding.


Rachel Bohl - February 8, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Between the video yesterday and the pictures today, my heart is full! They are so adorable. Good job with the sit-stays!

Becky - February 8, 2012 - 10:09 pm

I couldn’t get Leith to sit to save my life and he’s so wooly he looks like a cocker!! That boy is going to be a coat growing fool. I was happy to get a bare handful useable out of the 100 or so I took!! Next week will be bath, blow dry, face/tail shave, then photos!! Should be fun. :)

Aiden and Kenzie’s infant baby blankets came in handy. :) I wasn’t sure how the pups would do with the pink and blue behind, but it worked out ok. Black can look really funny with the wrong background.

Pamela Griffis - February 9, 2012 - 11:38 am

Becky, what a beautiful array of my favorite friends. Douglas looks stunning I,sometimes thinks he will just jump out of the screen and lick my face. I thank you for your undying Love of ,that which shall go to other LOVES, but remains in your heart forever. You are an unselfish Person for the real love of sharing Your True Gift.
You are a wonderful !!!!


Pamela Griffis


VIDEO: Zelda x River litter 3 weeks old

I decided to step back from working on the blog to do short video of the puppies.  Please excuse the Star Wars Lego game running in the background.  I had no idea it was so annoyingly loud until I had the video done.  Also Jazz and Mocha were outside barking their heads off playing right by the kitchen windows.   Just think of it as great socialization for your new puppy. :)


Courtney - February 7, 2012 - 3:06 pm

What a darling video! Thanks for sharing. :)

Summer - February 7, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Oh my golly, they are just too lovable. It must be so much fun getting to see them beginning to play and learning about the world. Way cool.
I still have Radar’s baby collar, tucked away safe. Every now and then when something in life is feeling especially hard, I wear it as a bracelet. It’s hard to be completely stressed out when you’ve got a dog who loves you on one side, and a reminder of when that dog first arrived in your life as a puffy cloud of black fur on the other.

BLOG: A New Look!

For the past several weeks I have been searching for a new blog theme/program that would accomplish my eventual mission, to completely drop my static website and use only a blog.  My previous theme did not offer a few important features, as well as being inflexible to change.  I asked friends who blog and also had static websites that they converted to a blog only website.  Some of them are photographers and though I am not a professional photographer, my post are often extremely media heavy.  So, with that in mind, I decided to go with ProPhoto Blog.  It will take me a few weeks to get everything changed over, but I think I have a decent start.

Aside from esthetics, some noteworthy changes are:

1.  There is now a “HOME” button.  Before if you clicked “Anutta Blog” it would take you back to the home, but you had to know it would do that, there was no real home option.

2.  There are now links at the bottom of each blog post showing the previous and / or next blog you can read.

3.  There is a “Subscribe by Email” option listed in several locations throughout the site.  If you choose this method, you will receive email updates about the blog when I post something new!!  This is my favorite feature that was not available on my previous ‘free’ template.

4.  It has a mobile site option.  I’m going to leave it enabled because it does make for a faster load time and organizes the photos and text so you don’t have to zoom to read.

Please bare with us during the change.  I have a lot to tweak.  Let me know what you think so far (both good and bad) and what you would like to see me add!!




Mocha ~ 9 Months old!

Mocha took a trip to my fellow poodle lover, Kathryn Bolin of Aurak Poodles, to get her hair trimmed.  She was looking pretty rough, but now she is simply GORGEOUS!!  Thanks Kathryn!

Mocha is a very interesting dog.  She is different than my other poodles and a bit of an oxymoron at times. Here are a series of Photos to explain my brown girl.



Down Stay's are my FAVORITE!



This is not photoshopped! It was simply serendipity!



You are my favorite, Mom!



I love my kids!



Ok, I can stay. Can I lay down now? It is easier to stay laying down ya know.



Hark, who goes there!

She is a cliche’ of the brown Poodle.  They say they are clowns, they say they are silly, they say they are slow to grow up.  Yep, that’s my Mocha.  Most Standard Poodles are very regal, very gentle, very empathetic to those around them, even as puppies.  Mocha is more like a… well a Labrador.  She’s all about her food, puts on weight easy, and absolutely 100% goof ball puppy!  We love and adore our Mocha girl, she is showing us an entirely different side to Poodles!

Laura Segura - February 3, 2012 - 9:41 pm

I LOVE these pictures of your sweet Mocha! What a gorgeous dog!!!

Summer - February 3, 2012 - 9:53 pm

What a beautiful and expressive girl! She must be a lot of fun to have around. :)

Courtney - February 3, 2012 - 10:58 pm

She’s beautiful, Becky! What a fun post. I literally laughed out loud at the goofy picture of her. Great timing!

Valerie B - February 4, 2012 - 12:35 am

I love Mocha too!

Vaccinations: What I do and why

This blog is going to cover a touchy subject.  Read it and think about what I am saying and decide for yourself, after some thought and reading on your own, what you feel comfortable doing with your own animal.  Again, this is simply what I do and why I do it.

There is much debate about vaccinations, what to give, when, how often in both humans and animals.  I was lucky to have met a very progressive veterinarian in Huntsville, AL who changed my views on vaccinations over 10 years ago.  I had taken Merlot and Major in for their OFA Hip x-rays.  Melinda, my vet and also fellow dog sport enthusiast,  asked me what vaccination plan I used with my dogs and my future puppies.  I told her I just did the normal 5-1 puppy shots every 3-4 weeks on my pups and boosters for the dogs yearly.  She told me that in her mind, the only thing you should vaccinate against are life threatening issues.  If it can kill your dog and the vaccine has proven to be very affective with low risk, then vaccinate.  I asked what she suggested?  She said “I only give Distemper and Parvo, unless someone demands otherwise”. For adults do the minimal Rabies vaccine required by law (3 year shot if the state allowed, 1 year if I simply had to do it to stay legal), and only booster vaccinate adults every few years.

Being the bookworm that I am, I took the boys home after their hip x-rays (which required no sedation, I might add, because they both LOVED and trusted Melinda.) and started hunting information on the internet.  It wasn’t as easy to find 10 years ago, but there were some studies and information.  I took Melinda’s suggestions to heart and my personal pets and any puppies born here have followed this routine, which has modified over the years.  Again, interestingly, the litter with the poorest health that I have produced was also the litter that was vaccinated as babies with a 7-1 vaccine by the litter’s co-owner who raised them to 8 weeks of age.  With only one litter to go by, this isn’t hard data, just something to note.

My current stand is for all co-owners to understand my views on vaccinations and encourage them to either refrain from giving any shots before the puppies leave or give only the Modified Live Distemper/Parvo vaccination I prefer, and that only after the puppies are 9 weeks of age.  There has been much research over the years to agree with what Melinda told me 10 years go and now it even goes as far as to state that once you booster the dog at 1 year of age, titer testing their blood for immunities is all you should have to do for the life of the dog.  Yes, that is right, the LIFE of the dog. PLEASE NOTE:  If you live in an area endemic for an issue that has a vaccination and the disease frequency warrants a vaccination, by all means, vaccinate for that issue.  An example might be you live rural, have a ton of deer who roam and graze your yard, you might seriously think a Lepto vaccination would be a good idea.  Please use good judgement when reading my protocol and suggestions.

Now, many vets do not agree with no vaccination past one year of age (I’m not talking Rabies, which is required by law) even with documented studies, because they fear it will hit them in the pocket book.  Rightly so.  Many Americans will go to the doctor if they need a shot, but will not go just for an annual checkup.  Even more so for their pets.  If they don’t think they need a shot to keep their dog alive, they just won’t go.

Sadly, this is backward thinking.  You should take your young dog to the vet yearly for blood work (titer testing for immunities and do a CBC to check overall health) and blood test for heartworm.  You should take your older dog to the vet twice yearly for bloodwork and yearly for heartworm testing.  Use the vet as you use a human doctor.  Nip issues in the bud before they become chronic or life threatening.

So what do I do with my own pets?  I follow Dr Dodd’s Vaccination Protocol. Read below:



W. Jean Dodds, DVM


938 Stanford Street

Santa Monica,  CA 90403

310-828-4804; Fax 310-828-8251

e-mail: hemopet@hotmail.com

Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable.  The schedule is one I recommend and should not interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory.  It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.



9 – 10 weeks

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy DPV)
14 weeks
Same as above
16 -18 weeks (optional)
Same as above
20 weeks or older, if allowable by law

1 year

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

1 year

Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)


Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus annually thereafter. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian.  In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request.


Some of the above gets modified by the place I live or activities I participate in.  Some states require yearly Rabies.  Some Therapy Dog programs require specific vaccination protocols to cover you with their insurance.  As an example, Therapy Dogs International requires Distemper, Parvo, and Hepatitis puppy shot- but does not require Lepto, Corona, or Influenza vaccinations.  The Distemper / Parvo / Hep only needs to be done as a puppy, not yearly.  If you ever need to board your dog, you might need to do Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccination.

A word on heartworm medication.  There are multiple schools of thought on the heartworm issue as well, but I use Interceptor for heartworms / worms monthly because I feel the one day of medication in my dogs system a month is better than having the heartworms themselves.  Interceptor also controls whipworms, which Heartguard does not.  Because I do rescue, go to dog shows and other high risk worm infection areas, I use Interceptor.  I won’t get a flea pill or a heartworm medication bundled with a flea pill, which is the current popular pill the vets are pushing these days to new puppy owners.  A month long flea pill leaves medication in your dog the entire month.  I’m not going to have some poison floating around in my dog for a month, no thank you.  I will treat fleas when I see flea, not before.

What you choose do to with your new puppy once he/she leaves here is absolutely your choice.  I only give the above as a suggested alternative to full blown yearly vaccinations on a dog who lives the Urban or Suburban lifestyle and is exposed to very little and is kept as a beloved pet.  Think about what fits your lifestyle and needs and go into it with an educated stance. Don’t simply let a veterinarian shoot your new baby up with a cocktail of unneeded vaccinations.  With every shot there is a risk of reaction and who knows what long term damage is being done.  Cancer and Autoimmune issues were once a rare thing in dogs, then vaccinations became popular and so have both issues in our canine friends, be it pure bred or mix breed.  Food for thought.


Rachel Bohl - February 2, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Thank you, Becky. I hadn’t raised the issue with you, but Dr.Dodds’ protocal was what I was planning on using and my vet will go along with it. For flea treatment, how do you feel about the topical treatments? I had used Frontline for several years and then found that the fleas somehow seemed to become immune. We’ve been using Advantage II since last summer for dogs and cats and so far, so good.

Becky - February 2, 2012 - 8:22 pm

I rarely need to use Frontline or Advantage. I did on Merlot because he was out in the woods all the time, doing SAR work. He simply had to have a tick killer on him at all times. No topical treatments for any pregnant or nursing female ever and those topicals are only good for your pet. What about your neighbor who never bathes their dog, much less treats them for fleas. Or the squirrels!! Those things are horrible!

What I do is I treat my yard several times a year to keep fleas from ever taking hold. I am a big fan of nematodes for yard treatment. http://www.fleabuster.com/Products/Biobusters/nematodes.html to learn about them. You can find them in the spring at most feed stores or online. They simply LOVE to eat bugs. It is all natural, safe for everyone, and they will spread into your neighbors yard!!

I also love FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html (To read about it) for yard, in the home, and on pets. I’m sure most of you have heard about how salt works with fleas, but the issue with salt is that it is horrible to work with in humid areas and it will kill your lawn, and I would never put it on my pet. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth works the same as salt but without those nasty side affects and it is safe for humans and pets.

If I live in a moist area, I treat my yard with nematodes (because they will reproduce and spread to other yards), then sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth inside the house a few times a year. If I live in a dry area, then Diatomaceous Earth goes outside as well because the nematodes can’t take the dry, they will just go dormant. I haven’t needed to treat a dog in 5 years for fleas or ticks. Some people feed their livestock and pets the Earth as a wormer. I don’t because my dogs free feed and it isn’t really an option. The Interceptor is my wormer in any case.

Stop fleas at the source (the eggs outdoors and indoor) and you will never have an issue.

Rachel Bohl - February 3, 2012 - 11:29 am

Thanks, Becky. Lots to read up on. I appreciate it! We can have hot humid summers, cool wet ones and hot and dry ones. Its nice to see that there are different products to work with all.