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Old 12-23-2010, 02:43 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Barb,thanks so much for the pics and telling me about how much your husband cares about your poodles.
I just love that last picture,the way your poodle is "admiring" your husband,lol.
Looks like there should be hearts floating through the air =)
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I think for me the biggest difference between my standard and other dogs I've had is that Liberty really wants, and works on having a relationship with me. She's very intuitive. . . I swear sometimes she reads my mind. She's happy if she's where I am, whether it's in the mountains, visiting friends, or laying in a hospital bed next to a sick child. She adapts to different situations very well and goes from athletic and energetic to quiet, calm and snuggly quickly, depending on the situation and what's expected of her.

She's not picky about food at all. She'll eat anything, including jalepeno peppers that accidentally dropped on the floor and got licked up before I could pick it up.

I'm addicted to this breed. I think I'll always have one.
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She's happy if she's where I am, whether it's in the mountains, visiting friends, or laying in a hospital bed next to a sick child. She adapts to different situations very well and goes from athletic and energetic to quiet, calm and snuggly quickly, depending on the situation and what's expected of her.
That sounds so perfect!!
I would really like to do some hospital visits with my spoo.I have done this with a friends Whippet before and it is so satisfying to watch someone that is so sick and not feeling well perk up when they see a furry friend =)
Thanks for your info,I really appreciate it =)
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My sister has a standard poodle also. her husband doesn't like pets, but tolerates them.

not any more. her spoo has changed the errors of his ways ... heh. he's all about her dog.

temperance is my love. my heart dog. i love love love this dog. it's a poodle thing .. .i used to only like big dogs like my lab/rottie and my german shepherd. then i got my cairn terriers ... and then i fell in love with my son's labx who lives with me. and now. well i got temperance, a black spoo and i LOVE LOVE LOVE her. i love her.

and i am planning my next spoo. fall 2012.
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LOL faerie,sounds like you are very smitten with your spoo =)
What is it that you love so much about her?
If you can explain,I know sometimes it's hard to put into words.
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Spoos and cons don't belong in the same sentence!

I love every single standard poodle I've met and I've met so many. They can be really wild babies, so be ready for that if you're going to get a puppy. Once they've hit adulthood, they generally calm down. Most are very trainable and listen very well if well trained. They are scary smart however and have their own minds. For example, if you keep telling them to the do the same thing over and over, they will see it as pointless and pretend to not hear you. Border collies are said to be smarter but they'll keep doing the same trick over and over while a spoo will use common sense and dismiss you. Guess who is actually smarter?

Every dog is different so I can't really say that all will do one thing or another. Most are smart enough to realize that frequent treats for good behavior is a privilege not to mess up and will not take advantage of you by counter surfing or trash diving, but there are occasions where good ones will (like mine did after we have to stop giving her table scraps when she developed allergies to many things) or some just will no matter what.

I like that most won't stuff themselves full of food until they vomit. It hasn't been my experience that they eat everything and anything, including inedible hazards, which is good. But I mean adults, not puppies.

Energy levels seem to be on the lowish side once they're mature. But some are crazy active while some are downright lazy. It depends on the individual, of course.

At most times, they really seem more like children than like "just a dog".

I can't say enough good things about standard poodles and would recommend them to almost any GOOD owner. If you work a lot, or are away from home a lot, don't get one. If you don't believe that your dog is part of the family, then don't get one. These are not an aloof breed. They form very strong bonds with their favorite person and really the whole family. They are like children and need mental stimulation (the more the better to exercise and occupy their expansive minds). They also need love and attention. They need to be part of your family, sitting on the couch with you while you watch tv and going with you on road trips. Treat them like a member of the family and they will reward you with years of devotion and unconditional love.

When a spoo looks at you, you could swear human eyes were looking back at you. You don't get that blank doggy stare. When I tell my spoo, Ginger, that I love her, she looks into my eyes and gives me a kiss every single time. Every one that meets her loves her. Even people who don't like dogs. They are just unlike any other breed.
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Wow,what a tribute =)
Our furkids are part of our family and we even have to keep a small picture album in our truck so hubby can brag on them and show them off.
There are two pics of our 2 grandchildren in there and the rest are of our furkids,lol.
We like our furkids more than we like most people =)
Your Ginger sounds like a real love!
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She is. I love her more than anything in the world! She's just too good for words.
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