Halloween treats come in furry bundles of joy for Lisa Mutsaer

Caroline McGuigan kisses her Goldendoodle, Lilah, as they enjoy a fall day on Oct. 23. James Ferguson photo
Caroline McGuigan kisses her Goldendoodle, Lilah, as they enjoy a fall day on Oct. 23. James Ferguson photo
By James Ferguson
Oct. 21, 2014

Lisa Mutsaer has a new batch of puppies ready to go.
Her Goldendoodles are popular around the Island, said Mutsaers, the owner of Avonlea Miniature Goldendoodles.
“These pups are finding homes so quickly that it’s amazing how many people love Goldendoodles. We’re hoping to get 100 sold before the end of this year.
“We already got a new batch of puppies for Oct. 31 and we’re expecting more next spring.”
Caroline McGuigan said Goldendoodles are always a joy to be around.
She is a Goldendoodle enthusiast and owner of a miniature Goldendoodle named Lilah, as well an average-sized Goldendoodle named Bentley.
It’s almost like they’re children because they want what a baby wants – attention and love, McGuigan said.
“They have some characteristics of dogs, but they’re just kids pretty much. Just really furry kids.”
The Goldendoodle is a mix of a Golden Retriever and a poodle, with the personality of both.
The breed is intelligent, eager to please and love to learn, making the dogs easy to train, said the website to Avonlea Miniature Goldendoodles, a dog breeding company that began back in 2012.
Mutsaers moved to P.E.I. six years ago, hoping to own a family-run pet store.
The dogs are raised in the country home of breeder Lisa and her husband, Josh Mutsaers.
They own a hobby farm that houses many animals, including puppies.
The breeders said the dogs require a moderate amount of exercise, and because they don’t shed, they are low maintenance.
The fee for each dog is $2,000 with a deposit of $650, which is non-refundable.
The Avonlea Breeders website states the breeders will deliver each purchased puppy by hand in the Maritimes whenever possible.
It also states the breeders have add-ons with the purchase, which includes coat clippings with a fee and free nail trimmings.

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