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Old 12-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Only black and white poodles in Gatineau Québec so Sushi is a "movie star" here. To be honest I am very proud of him so I rarely mind stopping.

These small moments sometimes turns into life lessons like that day when we were walking in Keene Valley, NY with Sushi. We heard someone screaming at us and saw a women of a certain age coming out of a car. I could hear her saying "Is this a Standard? OMG this is a Standard, please wait, please wait", so we waited for her.

When she reached us she leaned to give Sushi a big hug. Sushi was surprise but he let her hug him and cuddle him and he gave her one of those sweet kiss poodles give. She then looked at me and said “ I lost my standard poodle Peter, he was 14 years old, I miss him so much”. She had tears in her eyes, I didn't know what to say. Then she said “These dogs are so special, Peter was my 4th Standard”. I said “When your mourning will be over, you could adopt another standard”, She then replied “No, I can't, I am 84 years old, I will not live long enough, Peter was my last standard, my last dog”.

She didn't look that old but even if she would have I would probably have said the same stupid thing because I never realized that when we get really old adopting a dog becomes a problem because we'll probably die before him.

We talked for another 10-15 minutes while she was hugging Sushi, it was a wonderfull moment, I should have asked her where whe lived, we were only visiting but we go there every year, I could visit her with Sushi, the only thing I know is that she lives in Elizabeth Town, NY.
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Yeah I definitely don't mind at all when people stop and ask. It's really the families in my area that say to their kids "okay go and pet the puppy" as their kids run ahead of their parents and up to me without asking (and if anyone has read one of my first threads Gryphon came to me home absolutely terrified of kids and unwilling to socialize with them).

I don't have a problem with stopping to chat (if I'm not busy, or not running (I get asked for cigarettes when I go running, too, drives me nuts)!), it's more of getting cranky with people who just make the assumption. The assumption that their kids should put their face up to my dog who is just learning to trust kids, and the assumption that because I am there I am free game to entertain their kids for them.

I don't really have any issues with adults like this, there is a neighbor though who squeals at Gryphon, and rewards him by yelling GOOD BOY, HERE I COME, I'M COMING TO PET YOU. It just makes me want to die on the spot, how do you deal with that? I don't want to ruin her happiness, but I want her to stop reinforcing bad greeting behaviors in Gryphon. This happens everyday. This is probably the biggest thing that's wearing me down with my dogs interactions in my neighborhood.

I think I am just a Scrooge haha! Wish I could save money like a scrooge :P
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Only black and white poodles in Gatineau Québec so Sushi is a "movie star" here. To be honest I am very proud of him so I rarely mind stopping.

These small moments sometimes turns into life lessons like that day when we were walking in Keene Valley, NY with Sushi. We heard someone screaming at us and saw a women of a certain age coming out of a car. I could hear her saying "Is this a Standard? OMG this is a Standard, please wait, please wait", so we waited for her.

When she reached us she leaned to give Sushi a big hug. Sushi was surprise but he let her hug him and cuddle him and he gave her one of those sweet kiss poodles give. She then looked at me and said “ I lost my standard poodle Peter, he was 14 years old, I miss him so much”. She had tears in her eyes, I didn't know what to say. Then she said “These dogs are so special, Peter was my 4th Standard”. I said “When your mourning will be over, you could adopt another standard”, She then replied “No, I can't, I am 84 years old, I will not live long enough, Peter was my last standard, my last dog”.

She didn't look that old but even if she would have I would probably have said the same stupid thing because I never realized that when we get really old adopting a dog becomes a problem because we'll probably die before him.

We talked for another 10-15 minutes while she was hugging Sushi, it was a wonderfull moment, I should have asked her where whe lived, we were only visiting but we go there every year, I could visit her with Sushi, the only thing I know is that she lives in Elizabeth Town, NY.
I have tears in my eyes reading your post... Sometimes it is those moments in life that take our breath away....
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I have tears in my eyes reading your post... Sometimes it is those moments in life that take our breath away....
Me tooooo! This just tugged at my heart. I did not think of it from that point of view. My parents are in their later 70's and they have a 12 or so yr old Maltese that is definately showing his age. As obnoxious as he is they love him dearly. It made me think of what will happen when he passes. Taking him out on walks gets them out on walks and reasons to get up in the morning....
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Oh, julietcr, that is so touching! I waited so long to get my poodles that I feel like I would never want to be without one again. But the lady is really being unselfish and thoughtful! I just wish she could still enjoy a dog, but fostering wouldn't be right because the dogs would come and go without having the time to establish a relationship. But also, both my grandmothers lived to be 100 years old, so one never knows--maybe she COULD have another dog! Or what about if she adopted an older dog or had a contingency plan for a home in the event she died before the dog did.

But MaryLynn, I have to admit my dogs don't really get that much attention when we're out. My neighbours call them "the girls" and I see people pointing them out to others when I'm driving around with them sometimes, but that's about it. But I have to admit that I am always tearing around like I'm on a mission; even when the dogs are out with me (if not in the car) it's usually because we're on a run, so I'm not that approachable probably.
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Haven't had a problem so far... most kids here ask before they pet Molly and she loves it! In fact, last night our apt complex had a tree trimming party and after Molly had been greeted by what I thought was everyone, she kept whining very softly while focusing on someone across the room about 15-20 feet away . After a few minutes I realized she had not been greeted by this person yet, so I called to him and he came over and gave her a pat and she shut right up! She's definately an attention whore!
MaryLynn, I have a neighbor lady just like yours....she also drives me up a wall but I only see her twice a week so I put up with it cuz it makes her happy and it really doesn't harm Molly since it's so infrequent.
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I have to say as a whole if we are out and Remington isn't working it does not bother me as much... However when he is working and people come up and pet him when he has his vest on, it makes me very angry. I have been in a store and had people come right on up with him laying at my feet while I am looking at something and squat down and start petting him... I am not good at confrontation, but my mother snaps at them that he is working and DO NOT PET HIM! Ha ha it is kinda funny because she takes up for him then... it is the only time she does, the rest of the time he is "just a dog" as she sees it.... But she doesn't like poodles... And Remington didn't get a good start with her, as she let herself into my house unannounced the first time she met him, and I was in the shower.... He barked and growled her right out the front door... Now she rings the bell and says "Mindy I am here, can I come in?" Remington runs to the door tail wagging and little half barks like he is saying "Grandma is here!" he is excited to see her, wish she were as happy to see him lol
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Haven't had a problem so far... most kids here ask before they pet Molly and she loves it! In fact, last night our apt complex had a tree trimming party and after Molly had been greeted by what I thought was everyone, she kept whining very softly while focusing on someone across the room about 15-20 feet away . After a few minutes I realized she had not been greeted by this person yet, so I called to him and he came over and gave her a pat and she shut right up! She's definately an attention whore!
MaryLynn, I have a neighbor lady just like yours....she also drives me up a wall but I only see her twice a week so I put up with it cuz it makes her happy and it really doesn't harm Molly since it's so infrequent.
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Krus is a large white poodle and we get stoped all the time but the best is when he she's anyone in a wheel chair he will just sit down beside them and put his head on the arm rest and not move he knows all the older ladies on the way to the park and is a flurt and loves if kids give him hugs some days it takes forever to get to the park but he loves it.well in his pic here he's pink but right now he's white until spring
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Yes, I get a little bit annoyed when people rush over and want to squish Bonnie's hair all up while exclaiming how soft she is, like Leumann they mess up her freshly groomed top knot and I have to fluff it up again. It's like they just can't keep their hands off. I never say no, though, because I know there is nothing as nice feeling as curly poodle hair. Jazz is still young and doesn't particularly like strangers running up to pet him. Also, he's getting big so they look at him carefully first, but Bonnie isn't big and potentially scary (how Jazz could be scary, I do not know LOL).

Yah, you are a poodle grinch, but I can be a grinch, too. I usually walk where there aren't many people, so it isn't much of an issue.
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