I don’t know why they call them “Standard” Poodles when they’re anything but Ordinary.
I first heard about the Standard Poodle Club of the Desert at Poochellawhere I take my dogs for grooming.
The SPCD is a social club that is comprised of over 350 poodles and their people. They have meet-ups once a month from November through April to promenade oodles of poodles in a walk along El Paseo in Palm Desert. Then everyone meets for breakfast.
The goal is to socialize and share their love of the breed with the community. And it is a sight to see. I thought I would check it out even though my preference runs towards shelties.
After all, poodles are sought after canine companions, known for their intelligence, hypoallergenicstylish coat and good nature.
Fun fact: the poodle of yesteryear was originally used as a hunting dog in Germany.
To properly walk them, you have to look as good as they do.
I never had a Standard Poodle. As a kid we had two miniature poodles. Maybe because I was tiny at the time. Pom Pom, the male, was black. Trixie, the female, was white. People usually conjure up images of poodles elegantly prancing around a show ring. My mom had ours coiffed but never in a show ring. Although at the time they did run the show & appeared pretty high maintenance.
At the beginning of October 2016, Het wrote a list of his life lessons. Sadly, he died unexpectedly and suddenly two weeks later at the age of 37. The one year anniversary of his passing is coming up this month. I would like to share with you a selection from his 34 philosophical quotes on living. His life was cut short and he had so much more to give. But even in times of mourning there are moments to feel good about. Think about it:
Our brains are our greatest asset and our worst enemy.
A smile can hide the deepest pain.
The fabric of life is change. We can’t often stop it. We can’t always fight it. Acceptance is, most of the time, the best way to deal with change.
We barely understand ourselves, yet we’re confident that we can understand others. That’s kind of silly when you think about it.
The best moments in life are spent in the company of loved ones – regardless of what you’re doing.
Nothing in life has meaning, other than the meaning we put on it.
Accepting that we will die one day, is key to knowing how to live. – Het Patel
Life Lessons from Dogs
Living moment to moment, no worries whatsoever, an innocence, acceptance, playfulness and trust that escapes most of us humans. Refreshing! If only we could live like that!
We can all cope with the battles of today. It’s when we add the worry of tomorrow, and the regret of yesterday, that we break down. – Het Patel.
I would like to introduce you to our new little furry female family member, a one-year-old sheltie named LAYLA.
Big brother Jia Jia is thrilled to have her and considers Layla his dog.
She brings some sunshine to our days following the one month anniversary of Don’s passing. We are still grieving and Jia Jia was very depressed and moping around. Now he has come back to life. Layla too for that matter. It’s a bittersweet story of how we got her.
Don was the instigator because he started sourcing breeders when we were last in Palm Springs. He located a breeder in the Kootenays (British Columbia) and asked me to make the call. It was a husband/wife team. They were expecting a litter in May but I told them we would be fine with an older female for our male sheltie. They had a female who they were planning to breed and would be happy to let her go after she had a litter. We decided to take a trip in June to see her. Believe it or not, Don drove most of the way there and all of the way back. The dog was Layla. Jia Jia and she immediately hit it off. We saw the puppies too, which as you can imagine, were totally adorable. They were not ready to let her go as she was coming into heat at that time. So we went on our way and said we’d be in touch.
We got the call early August that she did not get pregnant as planned, so they were going to have her spayed so that she’d be available for pick up. I asked Don what to do as his health had deteriorated to the point of not being able to look after himself at that time.
He said “go for it.” He met her and loved her. Said she’d be great company for Jia Jia and good for me too. So I said okay. I made plans to pick her up in Summerland early September where they were headed to a dog show. It was also half the driving distance to where she lived.
Then about a week after Don passed away the breeder called and told me that Layla was very sick. She had been spayed but didn’t come out of it so well. She stopped eating for several days and seemed to have a possible problem with her esophagus. They would not be able to sell her and they thought they might have to put her down. I was doubly devastated now. This was the dog that Don, Jia Jia and I made the trip out to see and now not only can we not have her, but she might not even make it. I asked them to please keep me posted on her progress nonetheless. Hoping that they would at least be able to keep her should she survive.
Fast forward two more weeks. I received an e-mail that Layla was eating again and x-ray showed that all was fine. Clean bill of health from a terrible scare. It was just an alarm and she had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. She was available once again. So I made a quick decision to pick her up the very next day in Summerland where the breeders were showing one of their dogs. They were not even planning to take her. And I was lucky to get a hotel room because everything was booked for either the dog show or a classic car show.
She’s a very sweet, smart, playful little girl. It took her all of one day to get settled. My only disappointment is that Don not be here to witness how well the two of them get along together. But he is responsible for finding her and he did meet her (above photo). I’m very thankful for this gift from Don. At least this story has a happy ending. I absolutely adore her!
It’s also Jia Jia’s birthday. Today he turns 14 years young!
He offers sound advice for those who ask how come he’s doing so well for his age. His answer: “live in the moment, eat well, sleep well, find time to play, be selective with who you kiss, go for lots of walks, hang around with younger dogs, look like you’re smiling even if you’re not, go with the flow of the waveswhenever possible, when someone throws you a bone just eat it, but most of all make sure you are with someone who loves you for YOU!”
He’s in touch with his feminine side
If you follow your heart you might make a few wrong turns but you’ll never get lost
Happy Birthday my Love on the most LOVELY day of the year!
The BAD NEWS is time fliesWow…we’re almost into the second week of August. How did that happen? The GOOD NEWS is you’re the pilot or the driverSo don’t conk out too soon. “Whoa………..let’s take the bull by the horns and get a move on partner! No time for a bath; we’ll just dust off”Make the most of the rest of your SUMMER