No poodle yet just gathering information
Hello Im a young university student living in the Uk considering getting my own dog for the first time. It will probably be in 2 to 3 years depending on whether I decided to do a year abroad as a part of my degree, also I want to save and create a little doggie fund because caring for a dog even little ones is expensive. I am doing research now because dogs and poodles especially are too cute! If I was looking into breeds and rescues when I could get a dog immediately I fear I would take the first one offered to me
I have always loved dogs I practically learned to read by reading a dog encyclopaedia. My former dog was the pic in the avatar and his name was spot and I got him when I was eleven years old. I wasn't one of those kids who got bored with their puppy I cared for him, walked him, fed him and took part in his training until we were forced to rehome three years later because we moved internationally and taking him with us was impossible, we have been moving between countries since.
He was a super energetic and incredibly smart border colli/lab mix and I miss him dearly also my dad's (who I also considered mine although I did not live with him) black lab called Nero died this summer. After my dear Nero's death I realised that I can't live without dogs. I haven't consider 'replacing' Spot before because the mere thought was too painful, he was my best friend, my heart dog. On top of that my father who I did not live with but spent every school holiday and summers with is a very irresponsible dog owner who has gone through a lot of dogs in my lifetime, they were either rehomed or died because of his irresponsibility. I loved every one of them and mourned them all. Because of this I am determent that my dog will have his or hers forever home with me and I would really appreciate honest answers about behaviours and health of poodles so I can make the right decision in 3 years time.
Thank you and sorry for the long post.
When all is done, upon the tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his master’s own,
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonored falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.
Lord Byron - Epitaph of a Dog - 1808