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.

 

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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?

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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.

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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!

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Can you bring your poodle to the dentist?

Can you bring your poodle to the dentist next time you go in for a procedure? Well, there is a therapy dog named Brooke, who accompanies her buddy, Dr. Paul Weiss to his dental practice.  It is so amazing how great a therapy dog is and how much they can help to change the experience of people that they work with in all kinds of situations.
Brooke (pictured below) is helping out patients deal with the stress of having to go through the difficulty of dealing with a trip to the dentist.

This therapy dog is helping ease anxiety at the dentist

 

Marilou Rich Owczarczak, of Lancaster, NY, shared this photo of the dentist and his dog Brooke, who he brings in every day to help patients with the stress of having to face the dentist chair.

Maybe my poodle Lucy will come to my next dentist office with me and help me stay calm under those dental cleaning tools!

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First Poodle to be getting new cancer treatment

A story is just out about the first Poodle to be getting new cancer treatment at the UT’s college of Veterinary Medicine.

Arwen is a sweet little gray poodle, who has had trouble breathing, but since that was the only symptom, it was a shock to learn that she had a massive tumor that was wrapped around her heart and lungs.  It took some time to discover the problem, as Amanda Stoermer, Arwen’s owner, explained.  The vet finally did an x-ray and discovered the suspicious looking mass in her body, that turned out to be a thymoma.

After being told by her oncologist to just take her home and make her comfortable and accept the inevitable, Amanda persisted in finding an alternative to simply saying goodbye to her beloved poodle.  Her search eventually led her to discovering a new technology that is being used for the first time at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

The following statement is from wbir.com about this new treatment for cancer for pets.

She’s the first patient to undergo Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, or IMRT.
Dr. Nathan Lee, a radiation oncologist at the vet school, said this new way to deliver radiation is much more accurate.

“The difference is that the field shapes are constantly changing throughout the treatment, and the dose rate is constantly changing so that we can modulate, or vary the intensity of the radiation, over the field so that we can target the tumor area and avoid the normal tissues in the area down to a couple of millimeters,” he said.

Read the entire story here

 

Here is a video about this story about the First Poodle to be getting new cancer treatment at UT in Tennessee.

 

While the treatment costs around $4000.00, Arwen’s owner Amanda says it’s worth it.  If you love your poodle as much as I do, you understand completely, that the cost is worth it to save little Arwen’s life.  So far the new treatment is working and the tumor is shrinking.

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Welcome To Poodle Care!


Welcome to PoodleCare.net and thanks for visiting us.  If you love poodles and poodle-mixes, this is the place for you.

Poodle Care is all about those wonderful and amazing dogs known as Poodles.  We also love all of the wonderful poodle mix breeds, such as the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Malti-Poo, Cockapoo and all of the other poodle breeds.

We collect stories, share videos, news and health tips, and write original articles all about standard, miniature and toy poodles and all of the poodle-mix breeds that are loved the whole world around.

If you have a poodle and want to know more about poodle health, poodle videos, poodle heroes, famous poodles and stories, you have come to the right place.

We try to share the best information about Poodles and the latest news, as well as keeping up with the newest and best health information about caring for Poodles.

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The unconditional love your poodle has for you

To me, the most incredible thing about having a poodle is the unconditional love your poodle has for you.  This is true about just about every dog I have known or heard about.  When my poodle greets me every day, it is as if she hasn’t seen me in weeks and gets as excited as can be.

I can leave the house for 20 minutes or an hour and come back and get the same excited and warm greeting all over again.  Our poodles and dogs give us so much in return.  Whenever we call their name or look right into their eyes, the spark of love begins to fill the room and I can just feel the connection between my wonderful little poodle and myself strengthen.

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The unconditional love our poodles have for us is inspiring

The unconditional love your poodle has for you

Naturally, no two poodles or two dogs are alike.  Sometimes people will adopt a stray or a shelter animal as a pet and it is not as social or friendly towards everyone the same way.  Some dogs require a little more than others but in general, dogs have an extraordinary capacity to show unconditional love for their companions than practically any human being can.

Dogs also show unconditional love when we get upset with them. They might put their head down and realize what they did was wrong. They might then come up to you and lick your face or give you their paw to show you that they are extremely sorry for what they have done. Maybe your dog is lying in your favorite chair or sitting area that you would like to sit in. You ask him or her to move and your dog obediently does what you want them to. They move to another resting area without any complaint whatsoever.

We might call their name and our dog comes running up to us, wagging his or her tail wildly. They are showing us how much they care and how happy they are that you are giving them some kind of attention.

Sometimes we might just dismiss or take for granted the unconditional love that our dog shows us constantly. We should always be aware of it and show how much we do appreciate it because one day our dog might not be there waiting for us at the door because God has decided to take him or her. You do not want to have any regrets so take the time out to show your dog the unconditional love that he or she has shown you.

Read the entire article here

 

Poodles and dogs of all breeds also are our protectors and warn us of intruders and people who come up to our door before they even knock or ring the bell.  I have read many real stories of dogs who have been truly life savers and heroes, warning people of a fire in the middle of the night and saving entire households and families who might have been killed in their sleep.

There are also stories of bravery far beyond the imagination such as the dog who took a bullet by getting in between a would-be robber and it’s human companion and owner.  Many times, a dog will happily risk it’s life to save the life of it’s owner or friend.  The loyalty and deep love our pooches have for us is truly miraculous.

There was a story in 2008 of a poodle-mix who saved a baby’s life that it had found left in the frigid cold in Canada.  The story about Peeka, the Lhasa Apso-Poodle appeared in goodnewsblog.

 

Peeka, a five-year-old Lhasa Apso poodle, began to whine and bark incessantly at the back door of the family home on the morning of Feb. 3, 2007. Peeka would not let up until owner Ed Anderson decided to look outside and see whether there was a reason for the animal’s outburst.

There on the back porch, in the –29 C weather, Anderson spotted a sleeping infant girl, wrapped in a towel and a comforter.

Anderson called police while his wife, a registered nurse, cared for the baby.

See the original story here

 

Stories like this and many more come to mind when we think of how selfless and compassionate our poodles and our canine companions can be.

How do you feel about the unconditional love your poodle has for you and in what ways does your dog show it?  How are you grateful for your dog and how will you show your love for your poodle or dog today?

Please share this post with others who might also feel strongly about the unconditional love our dogs have for us.

Here is a DVD that I am sure will melt your heart and it is all about the unconditional love dogs shower us with.  It is available through our Amazon link here.


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Protect your poodle from ticks

Every year thousands of poodles and all kinds of dogs are bitten by ticks, some of which carry lyme disease.  It is very important you take steps to protect your poodle from ticks.

Ticks are parasites and they are related to the spider family.  Ticks can be found all over from the suburban back yards to the deep woods and are a threat to your dogs health.  The chances are usually greater in the warm weather for your dog to be bitten by a tick, not because there are more ticks, but there is more exposure to the outdoors during the warm months.

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Bring your poodle to the vet after it has been bitten by a tick

 

Protect your poodle from ticks

There are products you can use on your pet for protection such as frontline, which is one of the most well known of these products.  The drawback is that it contains powerful neurotoxins which many people do not like to use because of the toxicity of this formula.  There are some natural products and home remedies or concoctions that will do the job just about as effectively.  You can also choose to get a flea and tick collar, which is a little better than applying the frontline directly to your dog’s coat and skin.

I have read that adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your poodle’s or dog’s water dish will help greatly as a natural flea and tick repellant.  Others suggest adding some of the B-complex vitamins to your pet’s water to help reduce the risk of getting bitten by parasites.

Essential oils can be used very effectively to prevent and repel ticks and fleas as well.  Here are some of the ones that are recommended by some experts.

You can use any of them or combine a few together.  The ones that are most often used are citronella, cedar, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosewood, thyme, oregano, juniper, myrrh and geranium oils.

If your dog is bitten by a tick, it is pretty easily removed if you do it properly.  Try to get into the habit of inspecting your pooch regularly for ticks and if you do daily brushing or grooming, just look your pup over thoroughly to see if there are any unwanted guests.

Here are the suggested steps to safely remove a tick from your dog from vetmedicine.about.com.

  • Use latex exam gloves to examine your pet for ticks. Examine using good lighting.
  • Check your pet daily for ticks by thoroughly feeling for any lumps under the hair. Pay close attention to ears, around face, eyes, legs, and belly.
  • Ticks will range in size from the size of a sesame seed to the size of a fingernail (engorged).
  • When is tick is found embedded in the skin, use a fine pointed tweezers at the point of attachment, and grasp the tick head firmly. Remember to wear latex gloves when doing this.
  • Using slow, steady, and firm traction, pull the tick straight out from the skin.
  • It is critical to NOT squeeze the tick body at any time — this can inject more potential pathogens in to you or your pet while the tick is embedded.
  • Cleanse the skin with mild soap and water.
  • If a small part of the tick breaks off, you can try to remove it as you would a splinter, but it is probably best to leave it alone. The body will ‘eject’ it in time.
  • Place the tick in a jar of alcohol, noting the date, in case of future illness. Tick identification and location of tick infestation will be important.

The original article may be found here.

Take a look at the video below on the proper way to remove a tick from the body of your dog.  You can use a tick remover or a pair of tweezers.  Do it carefully and be sure to remove the tick straight out without squeezing the body.  This will only inject more pathogens into the dogs bloodstream.  Using latex gloves is recommended, so you do not come into direct contact with the tick.

If you are serious about being able to protect your poodle from ticks, you should not be without a tick removal tool, which you can get from Amazon.com by clicking on the link below.  You don’t want to be without one when your poodle gets bitten by a tick.

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Video Tribute To Poodles

I thought I would share this fun Video Tribute To Poodles, which l saw on youtube.  The music is a touch too heavy for my taste but it’s a great video slide show featuring all different kinds of poodles, big, small, medium and in just about every color.

Poodles are an incredible breed, and, although they originated in Germany, they are the national dog of France.  They are a very popular breed all around the world, especially in the United States, where I live.  Poodles have been around for centuries and have long been a favorite breed of dogs in much of Europe, where it was the principal pet dog of Spain during the 18th century.

Poodles are very intelligent and are eager to please.  They have been known for their agility and their ability to be trained.  Poodles have won awards at many of the dog shows including “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show both in 1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010.

Video Tribute To Poodles

Here is what wikipedia had to say about the Poodle and their temperament overall.

Of note is this breed’s keen sense for instinctive behavior. In particular, marking and hunting drives are more readily observable than in most other breeds. Even Toys will point birds. Classified as highly energetic, Poodles can also get bored fairly easily, and have been known to get creative about finding mischief. Poodles like to be in the center of things and are easily trained to do astonishing tricks involving both brains and agility. They have performed in circuses for centuries, beginning in Europe, and have been part of the Ringling Circus in its various forms from its inception. The Grimaldis, the famous British clowns Kenneth and Audrey Austin, “developed a stronger circus act” with a clever Poodle named ‘Twinkle,’ the success of which allowed them to continue performing even as octogenarians.”

Above excerpt taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle

 

I hope you enjoyed watching this Video Tribute To Poodles and if you liked it, please share this post and the video with friends you think would enjoy it as well.

 

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Do Not Feed Your Poodle Diamond Brand Puppy Dog Food

We wanted to alert our readers to a recently announced pet food recall.  Do Not Feed Your Poodle Diamond Brand Puppy Dog Food, as it may have potential health risks for your puppy.

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Don't feed your poodle puppy Diamond Brand puppy food

A voluntary recall has been declared by Diamond Pet Foods, due to the possibility of contamination from salmonella.  The puppy formula has been added to the list of dog food brands being recalled.  This time, it was done voluntarily by Diamond.

 

The company is recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food and Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.

Production was suspended on April 8 at a Gaston plant in South Carolina, where the possibly contaminated food was produced; the same plant that made mold-contaminated food in 2005 that killed dozens of dogs nationwide.

The company urges pet owners who purchased the particular products in the following states to check the “Best Before” codes on the product to determine if use should be discontinued: Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food:

  • 6lb – DLR0101D3XALW, “Best Before” Date 04 Jan 2013
  • 20lb – DLR0101C31XAG, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013
  • 40lb – DLR0101C31XMF, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013
  • 40lb – DLR0101C31XAG, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013
  • 40lb – DLR0101D32XMS, “Best Before” Date 04 Jan 2013

Diamond Puppy Formula – dry dog food:

  • 6oz Samples – DPP0401
  • 8 lb – DPP0401B2XALW, “Best Before” Date 07 Apr 2013
  • 20 lb – DPP0101C31XRB, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013
  • 20 lb – DPP0101C31XME, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013
  • 20 lb – DPP0401B22XJW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013
  • 40 lb – DPP0101C31XME, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013
  • 40 lb – DPP0401B22XJW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013
  • 40 lb – DPP0401A21XAW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013
  • 40 lb – DPP0401B21XDJ, “Best Before” Date 07 Apr 2013

Original source article can be found here

If you are hearing about this for the first time, Do Not Feed Your Poodle Diamond Brand Puppy Dog Food.  If your puppy or your poodle has any symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, or anything out of the ordinary, make sure to take your pup to the vet.
We try to keep up with any and all pet food recalls and will post them here as soon as they are made available in the news.
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