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Our Gilda- CH. Arreau's Don't Stop Believing- was supposed to be at PCA this week, but due to circumstances beyond my control, her handler decided Monday not to go. By then it was too late to find a way to get her to Missouri, and likely too late to find a handler. So, while I am gravely disappointed after maintaining her hair for the nine months since she became a champion specifically for this show, her handler did groom her and got some lovely photos. I hope you enjoy them.
 

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What a disappointment. She’s gorgeous, just stunning.
 

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Thank you everyone. I do not know yet where we go from here. I am grieving the loss of Iris and my head is spinning. I would love to clip her down and just let her be the junk yard dog she longs to be. The maintenance is unreal and I have a baby in show hair who is coming up to coat change. I am considering clipping her down and sparing her neck hair and topknot. But my guess, today, is she will get clipped down and give my arms and back a break.
 

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Oh Cherie that is so horrible. My heart hurts for you. I can’t believe the handler would decide that very week not to go, not giving you enough time to make other arrangements. The work involved in keeping up that coat for 9 months with no actual show to attend is unfathomable. Do you have any nearby poodle specialties soon? Maybe one of those could be her final show? Of course if you decide to shave her down without another show no one would blame you though... all that work! She is gorgeous!
 

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Oh my goodness! She is gorgeous. I would be livid and so very disappointed as you are. I can't stand unreliable people. And you were given no time to make other arrangements. That's just unconscionable. I'd fire his backside and spread the word. I tell you, this is just a terrible thing he did to you. And now you're dealing with grief for Iris. I'm just so terribly sorry.

I think if this show is the only one you had in mind and there isn't another that means a lot to you, clipping her down might give you the needed rest and start you on the road to accepting her as the junk yard dog she is. Hahahaha...You're so silly and I'm kidding of course. I just laughed when you said that. I know how difficult a show coat is to maintain and it must be doubly...no, (that would be a mini) ..............triple the work of a toy. Yes, top knot and tail, a little left on the withers or neck area and make the rest easy.

I'm really sorry for this disappointment. But the main thing is she's a happy dog and she is gorgeous, with or without all that hair. (((hugs)))
 

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I am so very sorry Gilda did not get to go to PCA. She, like so many of your poodles, is so beautiful. I can remember the first apricot standards I ever saw and am thrilled to see that now, 30-40 years later, they can compete on equal footing with blacks and whites.


It's every poodle fancier's loss that Gilda was not at PCA to show what a really beautiful apricot standard should be. I hope you can make it next year either with her or with another one of your dogs. They deserve a PCA!
 
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