Hello! My name is Julie Jenkins and I am the Owner, Top Dog and MidWoof of NorthStar Labradoodles. I, along with my husband, Shawn, and two children, live in Springfield, Oregon and enjoy taking full advantage of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer!
Australian Labradoodles came into our lives in 2009 when our son Teagan was a toddler and our daughter Payton was on the way. By that time, we had realized that Teagan was allergic to the fur of our two dogs. We were devastated when they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge within months of each other, but couldn’t see raising our kids without a dog in the family.
We researched breeds that were allergy friendly and non-shedding, which led us to the Multigeneration Australian Labradoodle. They are amazingly intelligent, trainable, healthy, lovable and fun – the epitome of a designer breed and the perfect family dog!
We first adopted Dyson and fell in love from day one. When Teagan isn’t playing sports or reading (voted to rewrite the encyclopedia series), he is thinking up daily doggy adventures. He is also our primary ‘sanitation engineer’. Payton, our little princess, is the artist and social butterfly of the family and loves playing dress-up with the dogs, taking puppy pictures and training the puppies.
Dyson inspired us to form NorthStar Labradoodles. Simply put, we love everything about Multigeneration Australian Labradoodles and want to share that love with other families! That led to a new addition to the family – Roux! Oh my goodness, those eyes! We’ve learned to not look directly into them or we will be slave to her bidding.
Within a month after welcoming Roux into our family, our lives took a drastic turn. We discovered that I had Stage IIIB Breast Cancer and have spent the last few years fighting and SURVIVING with my family. Dyson and Roux continue to be my therapy dogs throughout this, whether they are keeping me company or playing with the kids.
Shawn was an architectural designer before this, but my fight with cancer inspired him to pursue a career in nursing to help other families in their own health battles. When he isn’t in class learning about germs in Microbiology or the intricacies of the human body, he is caring for our NorthStar Labradoodles and our kids.
NorthStar Labradoodles is a Boutique Breeding Program. We choose to only have up to three litters at a time in order to truly give the dogs and puppies our complete love and attention. Our dogs do not have large litters, so this allows us the time to train and love all of our puppies under our care. Our entire family raises, trains and socializes our dogs. We do not have staff or others here to do what is our Labor of Love. NorthStar Labradoodles offers a unique and individualized program with the highest of standards. We dedicate the time and care to raise healthy, happy, well-rounded puppies. While each puppy is crate trained for bedtime, they are never left in a crate. In fact, our puppies are born in our room and have the run of the downstairs once they grow older. When they begin the weaning process, we take time each day to individualize the puppies’ attention, without their siblings, so that we can give them more personal attention and better match them with their new families. Larger programs may claim to do similar socialization and training, but how could they with so many dogs and puppies? We raise our NSL puppies the way that we would want our own puppies to start their lives out.
We understand that proper puppy socialization is key to a happy dog. And with two children, each puppy is not only well socialized, but also loved more than you can imagine!
We only work with top breeders who are as committed to this labor of love as we are. This is why we are a Gold and Silver Paw Breeder for Excellence in Health Testing with the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA).
With our dedication, we are proud to provide a Three-Year Health Warranty to give you additional peace of mind. This allows you to appreciate and simply enjoy your new bundle of love – a NorthStar Labradoodle!
We strive to do the Right Thing in every aspect of our lives and to provide for our pets as they have for us – with Love and Purpose.
And that is our Mission. Love and Purpose.
We believe it is important to give back to the world what it has given to us – Loving Support – a portion of our profits are donated to the Oregon Cancer Foundation to help other families battling breast cancer. We are also proud supporters of PROJECT TUTU-who ride to honor survivors, raise awareness and support
important programs for young women with breast cancer in the YSC Tour de PINK.