A Poodle helps with the grief of losing a loved one

It is certainly not news that poodles, as well as cats and other dogs, have been shown to be helpful to people in many situations.  The use of therapy dogs for those who suffer terminal illness, children with special needs, hospital patients, people who are homebound and incarcerated inmates has been of great benefit.


poodle with a woman

Poodles offer us a special love like nothing else


Hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities and schools have used therapy dogs for decades and they provide an invaluable service to those they visit and interact with.

It is a fact that positive endorphins are created when a poodle or another breed of dog or cat interacts with a person suffering.  The animal provides comfort and companionship that is combined with the unconditional love that exists with a dog.

When my father died recently, back in November of 2013, it was very hard on my family, especially my mom.  They were married for 59 years and it was a very difficult and painful loss.  After the funeral, we had friends and neighbors visit as the days went by, but one special visitor gave my mom a wonderful gift of warmth and love.

Everyone gave their kind support and sympathies during a very sad time and everyone’s thoughtful words and visits were very much appreciated.  But when my wife and I brought Lucy our Poodle over to her house for a visit, she jumped on my mother’s lap and just gave licks and got hugs, it was very special.

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Lucy the mini poodle gives a kiss


She took my mother by surprise a few times when she just turned her head and gave a few kisses and licks.  You can see the delight and surprise in my mom’s face when Lucy showers her with love.  It certainly brightened her day and took her mind off of her grief.  If a poodle can do that for someone, even for just a moment, that is the greatest gift of all, isn’t it?


Thousands of Poodles, dogs to be beaten and eaten in Yulin Dog Eating Festival

I have a really weird and silly question for you.  Would you beat, torture and eat your poodle for fun at a public festival?  I didn’t think so, but what about a dog that doesn’t belong to you?  Well, I know that you shudder to even think about that possibility as do I.  But it is actually the case in China at the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in China.

Dogs like Lucy, our Poodle, are eaten as a part of the dog eating festival every year in Yulin, China

There is a sad reality about the way that dogs are treated in the Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang region of China.  On June 21, 2013, another yearly tradition of a Dog Eating Festival began to the dismay of concerned and loving dog and poodle owners like ourselves.

Some animal rights organizations have claimed that tens of thousands of dogs are slaughtered each year for this so-called festival.  Many dogs are electrocuted, burned and even skinned while alive.

China has no animal welfare laws such as the ones in effect in the United States and other nations.

What can people do who are opposed to this kind of animal cruelty on such a huge scale?  There are a number of petitions we can sign online to help get the message to those in the Chinese government.  We can let them know of that this kind of treatment of animals is unacceptable and that it is time to end this dog-torturing food culture that deems dogs like our beloved poodles and other dogs just a piece of meat that can me maimed at will just for food.


Here are links to some of the petitions being circulated on the web:






If we all sign these and get our animal loving friends and fellow poodle and dog owners to sign, we might just be a little closer to putting a stop to this barbaric practice and take a big step closer to ending this dog cruelty in China once and for all.


Poodle and dog-friendly hotels that let your pet stay for free

I don’t know of too many poodle owners and dog owners that want to leave their pets behind when taking a family vacation or a road trip.  If you do take your poodle or pup with you, chances are you will have a tough time finding a place that allows pets and you will have to pay extra fees.  Sometimes those fees can be pretty hefty.


Lucy the poodle

Lucy, the poodle, is always up for a road trip!

But, my fellow dog owners, there is good news.  Laura Goldman of ilovedogfreindly.com put together a list of the pet friendly hotels that allow dogs and do not charge a fee.  Here’s a list of the 4 hotel chains that you can bring you entire family, even the four legged ones.


Kimpton Hotels – The largest boutique hotel company in the U.S. charges no fees for pets, nor does it impose any size or breed restrictions in its nearly 50 hotels. Even extras like cozy dog beds, food bowls and gourmet treats are supplied free of charge. However, there is a fee for special pet packages that include services like pet massage and doggie pedicures. “Our creative packages and complimentary amenities add value to each guest’s hotel stay and ultimately set the stage for stress-free pet travel,” Steve Pinetti, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release.


La Quinta – Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome and stay for free at more than 700 La Quinta hotels nationwide. When you make a reservation online, write a note in the “Special Requests” field indicating you’ll be bringing your pooch; when booking by phone, let the representative know you’re traveling with your dog.


Motel 6 – This budget-friendly chain was also a pet-friendly pioneer. Along with leaving the light on for you, Motel 6 will welcome your pooches “unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law,” according to its website. Be sure to declare your dog when you check in.


Red Roof Inns – “You stay happy, pets stay free!” this chain assures its guests. More than 345 Red Roof Inns in 36 states welcome one pet per room, with no additional charges. You must declare your dog when you register. “Just because you’re furry, shouldn’t mean you have to spend the night in the car,” notes RedRoofLuvs Pets, the chain’s Facebook page dedicated to its fur-legged guests. Be aware that due to local laws, only service dogs are allowed at Red Roof Inns in Oxon Hill, Md.; Flushing, N.Y.; and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


Read more from this article here: http://www.ilovedogfriendly.com/2011/08/4-hotel-chains-dogs-stay-free/#.UUsATVtAT2A


Traveling is too much fun not to be able to share your trip with your poodle or dog.  Finding a place to stay where you can bring your pet with you shouldn’t be so hard.

If you have stayed in a hotel or motel that allowed pets, let us know which one it was.  Share it with us by leaving a comment below this post.


New legislation is re-introduced to help cut down on puppy mill poodles and dogs

Most poodle owners know better than to ever get a dog from a pet store or a puppy mill.  But sometimes, an un-suspecting and well intentioned person can obtain a puppy through the internet that has it’s origins in one of these dreadful puppy mills.


Lucy was a rescue, not a puppy mill poodle

Puppy mills are still a serious problem in the US and there is a connection between the internet and puppy mills that allow this substandard industry to continue and to thrive.  Hopefully, some new legislation that has been introduced once more into the senate will help to close a loophole that is present within the system.

Here’s more on this story from a very good article we found at care2.com.


This week two senators reintroduced legislation that would help protect thousands of dogs around the U.S. who are  suffering in puppy mills by regulating breeders who sell directly to the public.

The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that currently allows thousands of breeders to sell directly to the public via the Internet, phone or mail without any oversight.

Under current laws, only breeders who sell to pet stores and brokers are regulated and inspected by the USDA, and even they are only required to provide the most basic care.

The PUPS Act will close this loophole and bring all commercial breeders under federal oversight by requiring any breeder who sells, or tries to sell, more than 50 dogs annually to be licensed and inspected. It will also add a requirement that dogs get exercised, or allowed access to an exercise area, for at least 60 minutes every day.

“As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents,” said Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Puppy mills are able to completely evade federal oversight by taking advantage of a pre-Internet loophole in current law, but the PUPS Act would change that.”

Read more from this article here: http://www.care2.com/causes/puppy-mills-thrive-thanks-to-internet-loophole.html


We always try to educate the public with articles, posts or videos that help the people who are not yet aware of the situation with puppy mills and how bad they really are.


Here is a video that shows just how awful a puppy’s life can be when it is subjected to one of these places.  In almost all cases, a dog’s life at a puppy mill is a living hell. Let’s all contribute to spreading the news about puppy mills and get them all closed down once and for all.  Poodles and dogs of all kind deserve better!




Best 15 Dog Ads – For Dog, Poodle Lovers (Video)

Here’s a great collection of 15 Dog Ads and Commercials from all over that were put together in a youtube video.
Have yourself a good laugh and watch all the way through. Enjoy!

I wish there were some poodles in the ads, but they were great to watch. I haven’t even seen any of these myself, while watching tv at home, but they were great.


Poodle, Dog Food Recall Alert – Nature’s Variety INSTINCT® Raw Organic Chicken Formula

Nature’s Variety announced that they have done a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This recall is being done due to pieces of clear plastic that were found in some bags.  This posed a potential choking risk to pets. According to sources, the source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

natures variety

The following statement comes from Nature’s Variety’s own website.

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Read more on this at their website here


If you have purchased any of the Nature’s Variety Original Chicken Formula medallions with a “Best if used by” date of 10/4/13, you can return the unused portion for a refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.


Smart Poodle Learning Several Tricks

Poodles are not only very beautiful and cute, they are also extremely intelligent. They are eager to please and are often quick learners. They have a strong memory for things and learning tricks is a practice that many poodles enjoy and excel at.

Take a look at this adorable little miniature poodle practicing many complicated tricks including a backwards figure eight!

I think you can teach a poodle to do almost any trick with the right guidance and some tasty treats! This little poodle really seems to want to please and learn. If I could just get Lucy to fetch my morning coffee, that would be super cool!


Iron Workers Rescue A Poodle From The Kennebec River

The story was in the news the other day about how two Iron Workers Rescue A Poodle From The Kennebec River. The black standard poodle was still wearing it’s tags and collar when it was found floating down the freezing icy waters.

Sergeant Paul White and Corporal Harlan Stanley are heros and they even got a picture taken of them with “Hoku” the grateful black standard poodle that was rescued from the frigid waters. Hoku somehow got onto the river and floated on a small piece of ice that was not much bigger than he was.

Watch the video below for the story as it was reported by the news team in Bath, ME.

I love hearing about stories like this one, where people are just so happy that they can be a part of saving a life. One of the men who rescued the dog said that once it was done, he knew it was a good feeling. The dog was returned to it’s owners and it was a happy ending for all.


11 year old Poodle rescued from severe abuse by a San Diego man

An 11 year old Poodle rescued from severe abuse by a San Diego man made the news today.  This poor little poodle was severely neglected and kicked so hard that it lost it’s vision in both eyes.  Officials from the San Diego Humane Society say that the man who abused this poodle is facing criminal animal cruelty charges.

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This is Freddy, the poodle, after he was rescued


On November 19, officials from the Humane Society and Society for the Protection of animals responded to a call regarding the welfare of a dog. The caller reported having seen Oswaldo Velasquez kicking a small white dog that seemed to be in poor condition. Upon inspection, the dog, Freddy, was indeed in bad shape. Freddy’s fur was severely matted. Also his right eye appeared to be infected and was protruding from the socket. Based on Freddy’s condition and the allegations of abuse, he was impounded under protective custody to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

The dog was evaluated by medical staff and treated for his injuries. Unfortunately, even with treatment, Freddy lost vision in both eyes due to the nature of the injuries he sustained. Freddy was rehabilitated and when healthy, adopted into a loving home on January 8, 2013, according to officials.

On January 15, Velasquez was arraigned and charged with a felony count of PC 597(b) animal cruelty and on misdemeanor count of 597(f) for failure to provide veterinary care. He faces a preliminary hearing on February 25. The San Diego Humane Society led the investigation of this crime, following the tip they received.

Read more from the original article here


Stories like this one about Freddy and the abuse and neglect he suffered really make me ill, but it is necessary to inform our readers about situations like this.  We need to be kept informed and continue to aid these animals and to try to eliminate this from happening.  At least this man is charged with the crime and will be punished accordingly.

What are your thoughts about this story?  Please put your comments in the comment box below.


Poodles make excellent therapy dogs

The warmth and comfort of a dogs loving touch can calm and soothe the body, mind and spirit of a person.  Millions of poodle owners and pet owners know just how healing it can be to have a quiet cuddle with your four legged furry friend.

poodle with an elderly woman

Poodles make excellent therapy dogs

But on another level, a real trained therapy poodle or dog can provide those in need with a life changing experience that can really help to boost spirits that so desperately need some extra love and comfort.  Those challenged with being bed ridden in hospitals or those dealing with life changing disabilities and enduring hardships get a special kind of a boost from therapy dogs and service dogs.

Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes and they bring a wonderful gift of love with them everywhere they go.  By holding, petting and just seeing the loving eyes of a therapy poodle or therapy dog, a person can feel loved and comforted in a way that is genuinely healing to them.

Therapy dogs are an important part of many institutions like schools and hospitals or nursing homes.  In most cases, these institutions require that the therapy animals have passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test, as well as having had special training.

While many different sizes and breeds of dogs have been used as therapy dogs, a small dog, like the miniature poodle, can be ideal.  A large dog like a Golden Retriever or a Labrador may be too big to sit on a person’s bed.  People like smaller dogs for that reason and they can easily be picked up ad placed at an elderly persons bedside so the patient can pet or play with the dog.

The Poodle is a perfect candidate for being a therapy dog.  It is one of the most intelligent of all of the breeds of dogs and it is a quick learner.  Many poodles are therapy dogs and even a few have been employed by the Japanese police force as worker dogs.

They are both beautiful and smart, as well as hypoallergenic, so they are a great breed for those who are sensitive or suffer from allergies.

The standard poodles and the smaller ones have been used both in hospitals as well as many school programs.  One such poodle is a white standard poodle named Ariel, who assists in reading programs and comforts students at Rodriquez Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas.

While Lucy, our beloved gray miniature poodle is not trained to be a therapy dog, she provides the members of this humble household with the loving comfort only a dog can offer.  It’s the simple gift of love that can change a person’s life in the most magical way.