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With years of experience raising and training dogs, Katherine is in charge of the daily care, socialization and training of the Lewis Manor dogs and puppies. Katherine loves dogs and first learned about breeding growing up as her family bred AKC Airedale Terriers. Since Katherine was homeschooled, as part of her education she studied many Veterinary books and also volunteered a number of times at various veterinary offices where she observed office calls and went out on barn calls. Having been through many deliveries, Katherine brings her knowledge to the Lewis Manor nursery to ensure safe, healthy deliveries.
Katherine started researching labradoodles and got her first labradoodle in 2004. Moxie was naturally a performer and quick learner. Seeing her abilities, Katherine started trick training with her at a young age. Moxie has been Katherine’s right hand dog and was recently chosen for the main canine role in a movie. While on set, Moxie enjoyed performing and hanging out with the film crew. Moxie has been an amazing, intelligent dog and made Miles and Katherine fall in love with doodles!
With her border collie Freckles, Katherine started training for search and rescue at 17 yrs.old. Miles used to help her with search practice by hiding for Freckles in the woods. Rain or shine, hot or cold, his love for dogs (and secret crush on Katherine) made him a willing subject to sit out in the middle of 100 acres for long periods of time. 🙂 At 18, Katherine joined a search and rescue K-9 unit where she and Freckles passed the NYS federation search and rescue certification. She volunteered on this K-9 search unit for 4 years and learned a lot about training search dogs and was able to work with some very experienced K-9 handlers.
Katherine has also taught dog obedience classes and worked as a trainer doing in home visits to help dogs and their owners communicate better. With training experience ranging from search and rescue dogs, trick training, obedience, behavior modification and therapy dogs, Katherine’s background and experience ensures that the Lewis Manor puppy raising and training program is first class.
A custom cabinet maker by trade, Miles uses his many skills to build things for the dogs and puppies like fences, whelping pens, inside play areas, etc. Miles works as the production manager in a high end cabinet shop in Syracuse four days a week and uses his free time to work on cars, juggle flaming torches, and decorate wedding cakes.
Miles loves dogs and enjoys playing Frisbee in the backyard with them in the evenings or skateboarding with them down the street. The dogs also like to accompany him when he fishes in the Seneca River behind their house.
He is good at dog obedience and has raised a labradoodle therapy dog who passed her therapy test at 6 months of age. Together, both Miles and Katherine’s backgrounds allow them to be a great team.
Emily is a mom to four. She works part time as our website administrator, bookkeeper and family liaison. Emily has always been a dog lover having owned Labradors and German Shepherds and is now enjoying her time learning about the very special Lewis Manor Labradoodles!
Nani and her family made the decision to move to Central New York 12 years ago and recently joined the Lewis Manor team as our office manager. She has many years of experience as a manager of both a summer camp/ retreat center and veterinary office. She enjoys the day to day tasks of keeping things flowing and organized so everyone can do what they do best! Nani shares an office with our Director of Puppy Development along with our new moms and puppies. She says it makes for a great day getting to witness the interactions between the new moms and their puppies each day, and watching them grow! She enjoys the opportunity to snuggle with the pups and of course always with the Mamma. Nani has three grown boys and lives with her husband, cats, her 12 year old Labrador Lea and her 10 year old Weimaraner Zeus. Currently Nani is having fun learning all about our doodles!
Director of Puppy Development
Krystina has been working for Lewis Manor since the Summer of 2016. She manages the guardian and breeding program as well as raising the puppies from birth through 8-weeks. She loves meeting each new puppy, learning each of their individual personalities and watching them grow over the course of their 8-week journey together.
She found her love and passion for raising animals from a young age, her family having many pets themselves and raising their litter of Golden Retriever puppies.
In her free time Krystina enjoys going for walks and spending time with her own pets, she has 3 dogs and a rabbit who love getting the opportunity to meet lots of Labradoodle friends. She will often bring puppies and some of the mamas and papas home.
Shawn has been a professional animal trainer for about 20 years, 18 of which he worked and trained animals in a zoological setting. He has experience training a wide variety of species of animals, everything from elephants to puppies! He has worked with some of the smartest animals in the world, and remarks at how smart the labradoodle breed is. Some of Shawn's favorite parts of his day are our daily field trips, whether it be to the airport, a park or one of the local stores to socialize the puppies. He enjoys getting the pups out to help them grow up to be well rounded dogs. As well as training the puppies, he also does many of the Go home deliveries. He enjoys bringing the puppies to their new family and helping them settle in. When he is not training animals, Shawn likes to hike and travel. He enjoys spending as much time in nature and seeing new parts of the world as possible.
Tina is one of our trainers at Lewis Manor. She has been training dogs for over 20 years. One of her favorite parts of training the puppies is getting to see the them go through our training program and see how much they can progress and how much they grow, before they go on to their forever homes.
She shares a home with her husband and children along with her many pets, which includes six dogs among other creatures.
Dog Trainer, Veterinary Assistant
Resident Puppy Nanny
Sadly Moxie is no longer with us, Moxie loved being busy in the nursery watching the newborn pups and she was always ready to clean them up after a meal or keep an eye on them. As the puppies grew, she supervised their play outside and make sure there was no fighting and things didn’t get too wild. She also helped in the office by getting the phone when it rang and bought it to us.
Moxie was our first labradoodle. We got her as a puppy and she was a wonderful member of our family. She knew an array of tricks and often entertained us with them. She did everything from being an A student in obedience classes, to training on a search and rescue team, and had 3 trick dog titles. She was also in a movie, playing the main part, a dog named Valentine.
When she was not working, she enjoyed swimming, fetching a tennis ball, and watching movies (her favorites being Milo and Otis and 101 Dalmations).
Does this sound like your dream job? We're always looking for valuable team members! Lewis Manor Labradoodles is dedicated to raising the best possible Australian labradoodle puppies, who are ready to grow up and be great, well rounded dogs in their families and communities. We're about excellent customer service with the families who buy our puppies. We're there for them every step of the way from initial questions, through the adoption process, to years later when they have a question about their senior doodle. We are a team of energetic, motivated people who love what we do and are always learning how to do what we do better. We are on a mission to raise Australian Labradoodles who have the best possible start in life and are always looking for other like-minded, motivated people to join our team. We offer exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions. Please e-mail Katherine if you're interested in a job with us!