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Old 01-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #78661
 
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oh Rou! I'm sad for you but also very excited for her!!
YAY for a book!
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yes! it's very exciting! she's been making the rounds of all the TV programs in the country talking it up and did a big signing in Toronto this week.

i should send my uncle a text and see if she'll be coming here to sign so i can get an autographed copy instead of buying it for my e-reader.

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PerriP, tell me what you think of poodles! Minis and toys, to be exact. I'm seriously considering one as my next dog and first small dog--this would be some years down the road yet. All the ones I've come across have been very sweet, except for one, and his owner was clueless so no surprise there. I'm a very experienced dog owner and have done a ton of training work (obedience, nose, agility, some rally), and my current dog is what you might call special needs (shy/anxious) although at this point after years of training she's pretty normal. I may already have a breeder in mind, but of course it depends where they're at in several more years. It's a very well respected and responsible breeder, anyway, so any of their pups should be solid temperamentally.
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yes! it's very exciting! she's been making the rounds of all the TV programs in the country talking it up and did a big signing in Toronto this week.

i should send my uncle a text and see if she'll be coming here to sign so i can get an autographed copy instead of buying it for my e-reader.


So exciting! Is this the family member that had been an Olympian?
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #78665
 
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I grew up with poodles but my first three dogs as an adult weren't poodles. I got one after I lost my last two dogs. One of my guys was about 35 pounds and stairs were uncomfortable for him and he couldn't jump for the last couple of years so I lifted him and carried him up and down the stairs when we went out (I lived on the third floor) so my prerequisite for my next dog was "small enough to carry like a football, sturdy enough not to get hurt".
Enter Finlay who is a perfect size. I love poodles but they can have an attitude. One I grew up with growled at me every single day (even when kissing me). They are very smart and in my experience catch on very quickly. Also some tend to be barkers (I think this is true for many small dogs). I think boys are easier than girls but that's most likely just a preference.

They don't shed so great for allergies but that also means baths and regular grooming.

I would have never considered myself a poodle lover until the last few years.
They are a fun breed.

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:32 PM   #78666
 
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In a room full of 1L students... like 70+... I was the only girl with curly/wavy hair at least the only one letting it be its natural self anyway
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:23 PM   #78667
 
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PerriP, tell me what you think of poodles! Minis and toys, to be exact. I'm seriously considering one as my next dog and first small dog--this would be some years down the road yet. All the ones I've come across have been very sweet, except for one, and his owner was clueless so no surprise there. I'm a very experienced dog owner and have done a ton of training work (obedience, nose, agility, some rally), and my current dog is what you might call special needs (shy/anxious) although at this point after years of training she's pretty normal. I may already have a breeder in mind, but of course it depends where they're at in several more years. It's a very well respected and responsible breeder, anyway, so any of their pups should be solid temperamentally.
Not to butt in, but I had standard poodles for years and they were fantastic.
(Just wanted to cast a vote for standards. Departing now. )
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Sorry, not sure how to multiquote. Anyway, thanks for the input. The reason why I'm not considering a standard is because at the point when I get another dog I'll be over 60 and hopefully we both (hubby and I, that is) will be retired, so a smaller dog will be both more convenient and more manageable. I think smaller dogs can be barkier, but also people tend to not train them not to bark, so it's kind of a cycle. I did train my current dog not to bark because she was very barky as a puppy. Later I tried to train her to bark on command and she wouldn't do it, lol. She is a very smart dog (border collie mix), so that I can handle. She tends to teach herself tasks, lol.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:37 PM   #78669
 
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I need to do some more laundry but I don't want to move.


My dads best friend always had toy poodles. Trixie was his first. I loved her. She was very sweet. She died when I was in high school, and he had a few more afterward. Little spit fires. I've never been around a standard, other than seeing them from a distance.
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yes! it's very exciting! she's been making the rounds of all the TV programs in the country talking it up and did a big signing in Toronto this week.

i should send my uncle a text and see if she'll be coming here to sign so i can get an autographed copy instead of buying it for my e-reader.


So exciting! Is this the family member that had been an Olympian?
yes, it is. she's written her autobiography and very courageously left nothing out.

and some scumbag says that she's hanging out her dirty laundry.....



then another one calls her "horse face"...



ggggrrrrrrr.........

eta. my aunt is one of the most amazing people i know and she was a personal hero of mine LONG before she met my uncle. i realize that my view of this is coloured by her being family and the absolutely amazing way she is with my cousin, who is severely autistic, but i don't think she deserves to be spoken about that way just for telling her story.

i comfort myself with the realization that she could whup those guys in seconds flat!

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Sorry, not sure how to multiquote. Anyway, thanks for the input. The reason why I'm not considering a standard is because at the point when I get another dog I'll be over 60 and hopefully we both (hubby and I, that is) will be retired, so a smaller dog will be both more convenient and more manageable. I think smaller dogs can be barkier, but also people tend to not train them not to bark, so it's kind of a cycle. I did train my current dog not to bark because she was very barky as a puppy. Later I tried to train her to bark on command and she wouldn't do it, lol. She is a very smart dog (border collie mix), so that I can handle. She tends to teach herself tasks, lol.
I meant to add earlier that some of the smaller ones can have knee issues. One I had growing up had bad knees (not the one who growled at me all the time. That was his mom). Several at the poodle rescue have knees that pop in and out. I'm not sure if it hurts them or not. One of the professional groomers who teaches us says she sees it a lot with smaller ones (not specifically poodles)


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Old 01-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #78672
 
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I hope you can see this. Please note the sexy black socks in the first pic, LOL
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:36 PM   #78673
 
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Perrip, couch tuner. Just saying :-)

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:15 PM   #78674
 
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ms. scrills, you are SO gorgeous!
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:47 AM   #78675
 
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This week, I've been bringing soup for my snack at work.
I figure if I'm going to snack, it might as well be something warm that makes me happy, and not overboard on calories (this soup is about 100-120 calories per cup and I bring a cup).

This morning my coworker laughed at me and said, "soup is not a snack"

can soup be a snack?
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ms. scrills, you are SO gorgeous!
Ah, thanks!
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PerriP - you tell that co-worker to hush!

a curly can snack on whatever she darn well pleases and the rest of the world MUST accept it!

so *there*!!!

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Old 01-23-2014, 08:20 AM   #78678
 
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Well I'm officially an aunt again for the 11th time

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Wow, Scrills!

Cooooooooooool!
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:44 AM   #78680
 
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LOL, I want to stick up for you, but soup in not a snack, LOL. I would consider it a small meal. Tell her that you eating more small meals throughout the date

(please note, I am a soup hater)
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