Welcome to Above and Beyond Standards Puppy Hall of Fame. We invite you to submit your favorite stories, memories, or simply a testimonial. Be sure to also submit a photo we can share. It is our hope through this page a storybook photo album can be created of our wonderful puppies and we can enjoy in their adventures and proud moments together!
After some extensive research, we found Lauren's website through GANA's registered breeder program.
Communication 5 out 5
Lauren's communication throughout the process was exceptional. We always received prompt response from Lauren to all of our questions (big or small). Even after we had brought Drax home, she was just as quick to respond to our emails and offer advice on ensuring he would have a smooth transition.
Facilities 5 out 5
Lauren and her family welcomed us to their property to visit with the litter. Their facility shows how much they care about all the dogs and puppies as everything seems to be carefully set up to accommodate the dogs and ensure their safety and convenience. Our visit to their place in Jefferson confirmed we had made the right choice.
Our puppy 500 out 5
Drax has exceeded all of our expectations! He has the friendliest temperament and is very affectionate and playful. He has never met a stranger, and he loves playing with other dogs. He is a sharp little guy as well and he was house broken within his first week with us and was quick to learn sit, come and down commands. Lauren asked us what we were looking for in a dog and what our activities look like and Drax is the perfect match as she predicted.
I absolutely LOVE our puppy we got from Above and Beyond Standards back in September. Bowie is the best puppy and super trainable. Working with Lauren was so easy and she was super helpful and communicated with us quickly when we had questions. The puppies are beautiful and loveable and I’m so grateful. ❤️ — with Bowie Zizzo-Gifford
~The Zizzo-Gifford Family
Bennett has molded herself into the family nicely. She’s fun, sweet, playful and extremely smart. She’s taken to training amazingly and we can’t get over how intelligent she is. We love seeing her little face all over the house. Her temperament is amazing. She tolerates anything and everyone. That’s what’s so amazing about her. We wouldn’t trade her for anything.
~The Gluck Family
Update: Bennett is beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most incredible dog I’ve ever met. Her temperament and personality is amazing. It doesn’t matter what situation she is in, she is comfortable and happy. Smart, trained, everything. She has surpassed every single expectation.
We wanted to give you an update on how Charlie is doing. He has been fantastic! He's really smart and learning quickly. He is essentially housebroken at this point, still gets up once a night to use the restroom, but can otherwise sleep through the night. He has learned sit, down and come and is starting to get the hang of walking on a leash. He does like to chew so we have given him plenty of toys to fill the need. Also, he is growing quickly!
We are so happy with Charlie. He is a wonderful dog and we love him so much.
~Nick and Alex
4 Month Update:
Charlie is doing amazing! He is the sweetest little boy. He is so smart and has been so easy to train. He is very eager to learn. He is finally getting down walking on a leash. We also discovered that he LOVES the snow (we took him up to the mountains in Utah a few weeks ago). He is growing fast and already 22 lbs! Thank you again for all your help. We love him so much!
Hi Lauren & Jonathon,
Hope you and family are doing well and surviving bitter cold of this year! Cianna (aka Adeline's Purple Girl) is doing very well - she's 36lbs now. I've also included a picture of her after grooming on Jan 25, 2019. Wish she'd stay still long enough so I could include more pics, but will send as I can. She loves her toys, and to play fetch, so glad our yard is big and fenced. She's a happy little girl and has added so much joy to our lives!
She's been to basic training and received her "graduation" certificate. We hope to start next training again soon. She absolutely loves people and greets so many whenever we take her into stores where pets are allowed. Many have asked where we got her, so we've passed on your website, face book info, and how wonderfully informative and accommodating you both are.
~Linda & Lowell
Hope you and your family are doing well! Just a quick note to let you know Adeline & Alakay's little purple girl Cianna is doing very good. Not so little anymore - 43lbs and about 22" at shoulder. Training is going pretty well. We have a trainer that comes to our house, or, we meet her at stores where Cianna can go in. She absolutely loves and wants to greet everyone! Tried to get her in the pool - she decided "no" for now. We visited many doggie daycares in the area, and chose a great (and clean!!) one that she loves going to every week or two. Wanted to make sure she would be socialized, and that she got to play with other dogs. She keeps us very busy, and she has brought us so much joy. We love her so much - can't imagine life without her!! God bless you and yours! Lowell & Linda
Just wanted to give you a quick update on Hank (Cupid). He had his 16-week vet appointment yesterday and he was 31 pounds!! Our vet thinks he's going to be closer to 70 pounds full grown.
He's been potty trained for over a month now. He rings a bell on our door when he needs to go out. He can sit, stay, wait for his dinner, and give his paw. He is SO smart! He loves fetch and laying in the sun. He also doesn't know a stranger. He wants to be friends with all people and dogs. We don't get far on walks. LOL.
Hope you and your family are doing well!
“Lauren is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and the communication is excellent. We have been working with Lauren to find the perfect puppy for our little girl, who is high-functioning autistic. We have a reservation for one of Anna's beautiful puppies and Lauren is still working with us to ensure we have the perfect temperament. Lauren is always available to answer any question. I researched breeders in several states and Above and Beyond Standards surpasses all breeders.”
Week 1 Update:
Stella was great riding home and did not have to stop once. She is so loving and sweet and is already going to Ally when Ally is having a difficult day.
All of my family met Stella and fell in love with her right away.
The snuggle puppy pack has been incredible. The snuggle puppy, a baby Ben wind up clock, and lullaby has her sleeping without crying.
Week 2 Update:
Stella can sit on command and fetch already!
Ally had a meltdown and Stella was right there.
Thank you so much!
She is doing great and already in tune with Ally. She had one accident but she was trying to tell me. Potty's outside already multiple times.
I cannot thank you enough for everything.
~Leigh and Family
“We got Stella for Ally and she will eventually be an emotional support animal. Lauren and her family are incredible and work extremely hard to match all requested characteristics.
Lauren answers all questions and provides continued support. The puppies are very socialized as they live with Lauren and her wonderful family, including children.
Above and Beyond Standards sends you home with multiple toys, a snuggle puppy, book, a beautiful blanket and bag, treats and food samples, a microchipped, socialized, great temperament puppy with their first set of vaccines.
Stella is everything we requested and so much more. She is so sweet, in tune to emotions, great temperament, and brilliant puppy.”
Lauren's Anna and Kristoff's Teddy Bear Stella- 4 month Update
How is everyone doing? Stella is awesome.
She was the perfect pick and I am so grateful. I am referring you right and left, so hopefully you will get more business from the Raleigh area.
Stella is incredibly intelligent and very sweet. We are working on mouthing/biting and that is getting much better. Additionally, Stella is mostly potty trained at this point with only a few accidents. Stella just started puppy school and is already a star pup. Stella can say hi, bye, sit on command, come, walk on a leash, and she wins at puppy hide and seek every time.
Stella and our 11 year old Emma (Lab/Golden mix) are getting along great now. They share toys and do everything together.
One huge tip I would say is find ways to keep your pup busy. Our personal trainer and the group trainer both suggested using a puzzle bowl for feeding, frozen peanut butter kong, doggie puzzle toys for snacks, and rotating toys several times a day with only 3 out at one time. When Stella is bored, she looks for things that she should not be doing. We also use several games such as puppy hide and seek, hunt and find, and doggie ping pong.
Stella is incredible with our autistic daughter, even during an autistic meltdown. Stella responded so sweetly and calmly to our pain during two accidents at our home, one with me, and one with our daughter.
Everyone that meets Stella wants to know where we got such a beautiful and calm pup. Stella was and is the perfect match for our family.
As you can see in the pictures, Stella found the ultimate toy in Emma's tail. Emma does not mind and it keeps Stella busy. Stella also has learned to take the magnets from the refrigerator, so we have rearranged our refrigerator.
Jay, Leigh, Ally, Emma, and Stella Abbott
We are so happy we found Above and Beyond Standards!! You were fantastic to work with and so helpful from day one. Murphy is everything we hoped for, he is smart and has been so easy to train. He is so sweet, and we are amazed at how calm he is and adapts to different situations. Lawn mowers, hairdryers, the vacuum they did not faze him. He is so handsome, and I think he knows it! We will continue to send you lots of pictures. Thank you again, for a very special puppy. We absolutely adore him!! I will recommend you to all my friends and family!
We appreciate all you did for Murphy and us!
~Diane and Jody
We are just in love! Doyle is so sweet, and is sleeping in his crate right now cuddled up with the toy you mailed. Thank you for all of the things you sent :) He ate his food right up and we quickly learned he needs to go outside right after! Just the sweetest! I have never fallen in love so quickly - he went in his crate on his own a few times today so thinking this is going to go well!
Update: Hi- just a note to let you know that Doyle is absolutely the sweetest and best addition to our family. He was trained so quickly, loves his pen and brings us so much joy. I work a couple of days and have a dog walker come in while I’m gone. She called me last week to see if I minded if she could come see Doyle on her day off :) He’s just the best - even as we fight through this nippiness stage!
Thanks again - we just love him!
~Liz & Family
I know you are always predicting how big the puppies will be so I wanted to let you know for reference that Doyle is growing very nicely! At his appointment last week he weighed in at 27 lbs, at about 4.5 months old.
He is SO precious and sweet. We walk him regularly but we are training with the bells on the door to teach him how to let us know he needs to go out:) Hopefully it will go well!
Thanks again and hope all is well!
“Our family is SO excited to bring home a new puppy. Being first time dog parents, we have had SO many questions and have really appreciated Lauren’s willingness to help us every step of the way. She has been so awesome to work with in the last 6 months as we prepared for this spring’s litters. We also have been very impressed by how she takes every step to be sure she is breeding the healthiest possible puppies performing all recommended AKC and GANA recommended testing. She really goes above and beyond. We can’t wait to meet our puppy!”
I just wanted to check in and let you know we are loving our sweet boy. He is so happy to see us in the morning and is the #1 reason my kids won’t sleep in anymore! He is a LOVE, weighing in at 18.5 lbs at 12 weeks, he still thinks he should be lap size and will grab his puppy and try to curl up in your lap when he greets you in the morning. The kids cannot wait to greet and love on their “sweet teddy bear!”
He has slept for 9 hours in his crate at night without any anxiety, crying or accidents after a short two weeks potty training phase. He might have gone longer sooner but we were too nervous to ever wait for him to wake us up to go potty - I don’t know if it’s because of the set up at your house, but we had zero issues with whining or crying in his crate from day 1! During the day we can stand at the door and tell him to go potty and he will run out to his spot (off leash), go pee and come right back in. He is so smart and has been fun to train as he picks stuff up so well.
We started walking him through the neighborhood two weeks ago after his 3rd set of shots, and he sits calmly to meet ANY stranger - people always comment on how good his temperament seems! He really isn’t so sure about most other dogs he can see or hear but we are working through this and he starts puppy kindergarten next week so he can get more doggie interaction. He really wishes our cat would play with him- he keeps trying to prance around head down in submission to get him to engage, but Myko just looks at him in that “what’s your deal” way... but they are co-existing very well.
We look forward to a less chompy pup, he is definitely teething. I have been impressed with his gentle mouth/bite inhibition for the most part when it comes to little human arms and legs, just hoping he gets through the mouthy stage with us as quickly as can be expected. We will keep in touch for sure and thank you guys for helping us bring home this sweet sweet boy!
~Kate and Family
Update: I don’t have many great pics of him right now except when he is passed out after walks on the kitchen floor because he never stops moving! He has discovered how fun the sprinklers are, when we weren’t watching the other week after they turned off he dug himself a muddy hole looking for it after it popped back down! Thanks again for helping us bring home our sweet crazy pup.
He weighs 46.4 pounds today at 6 months!! :-)
Augie is the best! His color is amazing. He is my husbands new best friend. He loves to play and take long walks. He sleeps in our bed every night and never barks. He is such a good boy. Our family is complete with our Augie the Doggie! He is now 14 weeks and 21 pounds. Augie is filled with love and joy. He is almost 100% potty trained, plays fetch and knows his name. He is so gentle with my two daughters and is just a big love bug. We couldn’t be happier!
~The Godek Family
We picked up our sweet puppy Clara 4 weeks ago from Above and Beyond Standards and we fell in love right away! We can't say enough good things about the entire experience. Lauren was so communicative and helpful throughout the entire process. She prepared us so well for our new puppy and even followed through when we got home with her. Lauren cares so much about the health of her puppies and we know she'll be there for us if we needed anything for Clara again. Clara was housebroken almost right away and is just the sweetest, smartest and most perfect little puppy we could have asked for. During her routine healthy puppy visits to the vet, the vet said she's in perfect health. Everyone comments about how beautiful of a puppy she is. She's brought so much joy to our lives and we can't thank Lauren and her family enough for what they've done for us. We have recommended Above & Beyond to our friends that asked us for a breeder and would definitely get another puppy from Above & Beyond if and when we're ready to again. Thank you to Lauren and her wonderful family!
~Brandon and Christie
Been a while and hope all is going well with you and your family. Clara (who we renamed 'Bark Lee') is now four months old and doing great. She's an amazing puppy. Christie and I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful dog. (I attached some recent pics)
Christie left a review for Above and Beyond on your Facebook page - please let us know if you received it. If you'd like us to leave a review anyplace else, please let us know.
She loves to swim and explore... and she's incredibly intelligent (so she's quite sly at times, as well). All of the health check-ups have gone great and we followed your advice to space out the immunizations, thank you!
If you're ever in Los Angeles, please let us know!
Brandon, Christie and Bark Lee
"We couldn't be happier with the experience we had with Above and Beyond Standards. Months before the puppies were even born, Lauren continually made herself available to answer any questions we had via email and over the phone. In the weeks leading up to pick-up day, Lauren continued to provide excellent guidance as we prepared to welcome home our new family member. Pick-up day was flawless and we now have the healthy, well mannered puppy that we had always wanted. Strongly recommend Above and Beyond Standards to anyone considering a puppy given the excellent communication and the diligent care that Lauren and her husband put into each litter."
~Will & Mirrah
Tito is doing great! He is learning so fast and sleeping longer and longer in his crate over night. Potty training is coming along with accidents here or there. He is starting to teeth. Overall, everyone he meets says he has an amazing calm personality.
The vet’s office was obsessed with how cute he was. He was 16.2 pounds.
We took him to the Sarah P Duke gardens this morning to sit outside in the shade for a little and he loved all the smells.
He starts his formal private puppy training when he hits 5 months and until then we are slowly doing the basics.
Here are some pictures!
We are in love!
Jamie and Matthew
Hi Lauren! Pic of Bailey at our Vet yesterday. She has gained over 4 pounds and is close to 19 pounds now—- getting so big! We are all really loving her and she’s doing so well. After one rougher day, she has gone 8 days now without a single accident in the crate or our house. ( we’ve been really consistent on getting her out but she also has large open space In our house where she is routinely. ) She walks on a leash like a champ now and loves our morning and evening walks—-mid day not so much with this heat! We just had trainer in and are starting to work on truly getting her to heal on walks and putting her on her elevated bed you recommended we get and having her stay there. Bailey immediately got sit within a day of being here ( imagine you all had worked with her on that) and understands sit gets you lots of petting and affection. Working on come and having a fair amount of success. We also have her run to our back door after a walk with “ go home” command at top of our driveway. This is an easy one though as she is eager to get in the air conditioning at that point! Her favorite spot is in the mudroom bathroom lying on the tile over the a/c vent! Have taken her to my best friends house several times to play with her dogs which Bailey loves. We’ve also had friends with younger kids come over and she is really good with them. We think Bailey is wicked smart and so fun/ funny! Brings us all lots of joy.
Of course there are still things to work on—- we have her much better on the play biting and nipping and have strategies to stop when she goes into one of those mouthy phases but still have to work on that at times as she has little periods where she really wants to be mouthy still. Very much a puppy and just trying to make her understand we aren’t available for that type of play!
Everyone who meets her raves over how incredibly cute and sweet she is.
Thank you thank you for this sweet sweet puppy. She is perfect for us. We all adore her already! ( she’s doing very well at night too—- no more accidents since that first night in her crate. We typically get up with her one time during the night which works well with her going down a little earlier than we think she went down with you all. Bailey also stays in her crate for the most part happily during the day when we have to go out and put her there. )
So blessed to have this newest member to our family—- thank you again. Hope all is well in North Carolina!
Laura and family
Hi! Just wanted to share our super cute pictures we had done with Rory. He has just been an absolutely delight and we are so in love with him! ️
He is continuing to grow healthy and happy!
~Leah & Family
This little nugget is so amazing and such a great fit for our family. My golden retriever and Zuzu are inseparable! She weighed 19 pounds at 13 weeks which is 4 pounds heavier than my golden was at the same age. She also may be one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever owned. Not only does she learn a new trick almost daily, she has figured out how to open the gate to the kitchen. My golden stood behind an accordion trifold 18 inch gate that was not connected to anything for 2 years before she nudged it open. At 11 weeks Zuzu figured out that she could put her paw through a new installed gate, pull the gate toward her and sneak through before it swung closed. She keeps us on our toes, she is always one step ahead of us. 🤣.
Thanks again for everything, we are madly in love with our girl!
~Judy & Family
Btw, Buddy is doing great! I posted a message on Facebook a few days ago and mentioned your business. He’s loving our backyard although it’s been pretty hot and humid the last few days. He loves taking walks with us and has been a big hit with the neighbors. My parents come this weekend to meet their grandpuppy. This far he learned to go up and down steps his first day, he’s learned sit and we’re working on stay and most of the time he can make it out to the backyard before he pees and he’s only pooed once in the house on his first night. He’s very smart, funny and loves to be pet and played with. We have him using a maze bowl for his food because he was eating it too quickly. He’s started play biting but not rough stuff yet so we’re doing our best to curb that behavior.
Also we went to the vet on Monday and he’s a very healthy pup with no worms or parasites. We have follow up appointments scheduled in early August.
Thank you!!! We love our Buddy so much!
~Amy & Family
“The past few days have been a blur as we welcomed the latest addition to our family. Say hello to Buddy our 9 week old English Teddy bear Golden Doodle. He is smart, loving, gentle and often hilarious. He learned to go up and down stairs in less than a day and is learning sit and stay now. Potty training, however, is very much a work in progress. 🤦♀️ We’re so excited he finally joined us and can’t wait to share him with our family and friends.
BTW, the breeders we got Buddy from are in Jefferson, NC (not far from Boone for any of my Appstate or NC friends). They are by far the most professional, high-standard breeders of Doodle dogs we found and we did a ton of research. If you’re looking for a healthy doodle puppy definitely check them out: Above and Beyond Standards”