Saturday, December 29, 2007

"The Brother's Poodle" Pippin and Bosco had a wonderful time this Christmas. They each received a ball, Pippin got a new bed, Bosco got a purse, it was inexpensive and he just pulls the stuffing out anyway.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The close of another year.

2007 was a good year.
Many wonderful things happened in my family. The most special for me was the addition of my new son-n-law John.
My daughter is now married to a wonderful young man that will be reshaping my website. They now live in the Twinsburg area. Life is very different now without Jamie here, but I am so happy and blessed that she found the love of her life.
Of course she took Jenna (rat terrier)with her so the poodles are without their little sister, but they do get to see each other at lest once a week.

I am also a great auntie again. My niece Shanny had her first baby a week before Christmas. Her name is Isabella and boy is she cute. Shanny's little dogs, Pixie and Bam are now big brothers. Yes, our families love our pets!

Well, the start of the New Year will be a changing point for me. I plan on being more organized. I hope to build my business so Jim and I can retire in about 10 years if not sooner. I will still groom some dogs but I will be scaling back some. I have already put the weight limit on for the new year. No dogs over 40 pounds, it's just to hard on my back and neck.

I hope to have some other products that I make for pets on the new website. I make bows and collars and have been told by my customers that I should sell them. You know how the customer is always right? so I will.

Tip for the week
With all the yummy food this time of year, please be careful not to give your pet treats that can cause harm to them.
Macadamia nuts should be avoided. In fact most nuts are not good for a dogs health since their high phosporus content is said to lead to bladder stones.
Chocolate is made with cocoa beans and cocoa beans contain a chemical called Theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.
Fatty foods are hard for a dog to digest and can can very bad to the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis. This can threaten your dogs health and is potentially fatal.
Onions, especially raw onions, have been shown to trigger hemolytic anemia in dogs.
It is always best to treat your pet with things such as carrots, a small bite of apple (just the flesh), a piece of chicken. You know, just use common sense. The very best is a treat from takes all the guesswork out of what to feed as a treat.

Till next time.
Poodle hugs,

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"The Brother's Poodle"

Today was an exciting day for the boys. They went for a car ride. This is a big deal for Pippin, he loves to ride. It all started back three years ago come November 27Th 2004. You see, that is when he came to live with us. My friend and poodle breeder, Sandy Walter, placed him carefully in his little crate and sent him off from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in PA. Sandy and I talked on the phone shortly after she left the airport to told me that he will be departing soon from there and then catch the connecting fight from Pittsburgh and then on his way to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. I was so excited to finely be getting my baby poodle after months of waiting. The day soon turned into a nightmare when I received a call from Sandy telling me that little Pip was mistakenly placed somewhere and that the airlines could not find him. Oh, the horror that came over me. How can an airline misplace a puppy? Well, hours and many many tears later from Sandy, me and the girl at the ticket window at Wilkes-Barre, the call we were all wanting for came. "Your little dog is on his way to Charlotte" That's Charlotte North Carolina. What is he doing on a plane heading to NC? The airline assured me that he was going to be put on the next plane back to Cleveland as soon as possible. All I keep thinking about is that poor little puppy. How is he feeling? is he scared? is he hunger? did he mess in his carrier? The airline called me when I was on my cell phone with Sandy so I had one person talking in one ear and another in the other. Sandy was so mad about the situation and she let everyone know it! Hours later we got conformation that he was getting on a fight so I went to the fight tracking website to watch the plane take off. I waited and waited, but it was not leaving. Finley, it was in the air and my phone rang. It was the girl in Charlotte, she told me that the pilot held the plane to see if the carrier would fit in the passage hold because the plane that Pip was on was not heated down below to carry animals. The pilot tried the under the seat thing, but it did not fit then he tried back with the airline attendants but didn't think is was safe enough so he had Pippin taken off the plane. That poor little guy stayed in Charlotte for 6 hours until there was a fight that could carry animals to Cleveland. The time came to pick him up and we all were so happy. At the airport, we sat and waited to finely see that lone little brown carrier with that little white poodle. He was so happy to see us. He must have felt that we were his family. And ya know? he didn't even mess himself. I knew right from that day, that Pippin would be my special little buddy. So, that is the story of Pippin's big adventure. To this day, he loves to go for rides!