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I've had a few people asking about Paris' story lately, and I know I haven't posted her full story before.

Be prepared for a bit of a book here!!! lol! Many of this will be quotes from the forum I was on when the whole story unfolded too...




I've been grooming since Aug 2006. Within a year of starting the job I had decided I WILL get a spoo one day. I figured it'd be a long way off though, as my current dog, Riki, had some dog aggression issues with strange dogs. Dreams are free though hu!

Where I work, there's a vet clinic right next door, I get along with all the people there really well, including the head nurse, Sue. Sue, at this time, had an old ridgeback and a boxer, and took them to work with her every day.

12th April 2007:
Yesterday an old lady in her 80s with a terminal illness demanded that either Sue took on her 1 year old spoo girl, "Paris", or they [the vet clinic] euthenise her.
It was over time that I found out the whole story, but the elderly lady, Clair, had previously had minis, and for unknown reasons I think a friend from Australia bought Paris for her?? I believe the friend was to take Paris in the event Clair couldn't keep her, which was the reason the breeder allowed her to go; because she was assured of a home in any case.

Clair was diagnosed with a terminal illness and sold everything, to live in a [parked] caravan with Paris. Paris was a growing puppy, she chewed things, she ran and bounced and played. She was far too much dog for Clair! She had to be kept tied up due to the lack of a fence, when she was let off she would pull away from Clair easily, and would frequently be chasing the race horses on the nearby beach. Apparently Clair tried taking her to an old fenced graveyard so Paris could run without getting away, but it took Clair 3 hours to catch her again. It was soon after then Clair was moving to a nursing home, and the Australian friend decided (??) she didn't want/couldn't have Paris. Clair, I guess, worried about a good home, and perhaps didn't trust many people in her life, so decided the best course of action, in her mind, was to have Paris euthanised, at her vet clinic which happened to be next door to my work.

It was when one of the junior nurses was balling her eyes out about this darling young poodle, that Sue agreed to go talk to Clair (again) about surrendering Paris. Sue never wanted a poodle, but figured rehoming would be easy enough. Clair agreed to Sue adopting Paris, I guess she trusted her, but she made the ultimatum; "If you can't keep her, I want to be there when you put her to sleep". In other words, either you keep her forever Sue, or you kill her. !!!! Obviously, Sue kept her.


Paris is tugging my heart strings, she's an utter sweety, she's not confident but given her turmoil lately I can understand that, she's not scared or nervous, just unsure and not confident. She is well behaved and extremely good natured, but has no obedience at all and doesn't know how to come or stay or anything. But she does try!
I first heard about her when Sue came in to work ask if I'd groom a poodle for her. She never knew about how much I wanted a white spoo before then either!
This was what I first saw when I bought her through to groom her:


I nearly cried shaving her gorgeous poms and topknot off, but she had huge matts too, and would benefit from starting over even if Sue wanted to keep the poodle look. She's so pretty!! I'll be popping next door to bring her over for a weekly brush out, and Sue will at this stage happily give her to me, but she may yet fall in love too. lol.



Basically then over time I'd brush her every week and give her a bath every couple of weeks, and for a long time we kept her shaved down like that. On the days I gave Paris a brush I'd often bring Riki to work, so I could get the girls out the back where Riki had no claim on territory and let them hang around. Riki is an idiot when meeting other dogs, but as long as they're not pushy to be in her space she'll ignore them, and Paris never pushed Riki and would simply back off if Riki got snarky at anything.

End of June 2007 and one day after giving Paris her bath, I took her for our first ever walk around the block.
I am finding it so hard to not fall for her. She *needs* some training and more work put in to her, but she just proved to me she will learn and accept new rules perfectly fine. *sigh* I may see if I can take her on walks more often now And I shall keep dreaming.

September 2007
I was at the clinic one day chatting and because I'd clipped Paris back again only yesterday (she had mud gumboots!) I was retaliating at the vets comments of 'woolly jumper' with 'not so woolly jumper' and had to add, yet again, that I'm dieing to shave off her face properly. So Sue said ok, do it. "It'll grow back if I don't like it. Do it." We were heading back inside within seconds, I wasn't giving her a chance to say no!! I have been sooooooooooooooooooooo wanting to shave that face back since I set eyes on her!


A month later we managed to shave her feet off too and I continued to walk her in the afternoons and found any excuse to bring her over with me. I also slowly started growing her legs and topknot out a bit and turning her into a proper poodle!



December 2007
Oh man I have fallen for this pup. I am trying so hard to not be hopeful of getting her, cos I don't want to get hurt if it doesn't work out! As it is at the moment I'm very happy to just have daily access to her!

Mid Jan 2008, Sue says something about how I should do agility with Paris, after me saying I want to do it, so I find a club, and joined and went to some classes with her (basic obedience for a start) I'd do it in an evening during the week, so Paris would come home with me for a couple of hours after work, we'd go to class, and I'd drop Paris back at Sues on my way home.
Paris proved to be smarter than her blonde bimbo attitude had shown!

Feb 2008
it made me laugh when I got told that this morning when Paris (along with the boxer & ridgeback) were let out of Sues car to go out the back of the vets (like they have done 5 days a week ever since forever), Paris instead ran around the front and sat at my closed front door. "I wantz to go to the gwoomers' tho!" which made people watching laugh. hehe.
From then onwards, Paris started helping herself to my shop in the mornings rather than go into the kennel at the vets. I usually got to work before Sue did, so I'd just leave the front door open and sure enough Paris would be bounding in by herself as soon as Sue got there too!


March 2008
Oh but gosh I am falling for this girl like I've never fallen for a dog before. Sure I love Riki, she's an awesome dog and always will hold the special spot in my heart, but sheesh I've fallen *hard* for Paris! I never knew a dog could do this! lol. I am hooked on her, and want more. :p The prospect of the 4 day weekend of easter this weekend is hard, I am avoiding thinking about it so as not to have tears pricking my eyes; it means 4 days of not seeing Paris!!! I had a day off last week, and I still went across town to work so a I could take Paris out for a walk.
September 2008;
I went next door to the vet clinic and told them our offer had been accepted on our first house and Sue was like "Now, you are definitely taking Paris aren't you?" I was like "try and blimmin STOP me!!!" hehe.

omg I'm crying now. She WILL be mine! At long last, no more 'if' or 'probably' or 'one day', but WILL!!! SOON!!!

In September I found Paris' breeder and pedigree [looked for a spoo with the same birthdate on NZKC and found one, rang the breeder, and bingo!] and it turns out the breeder is really nice, and we still keep in touch a lot. Paris' litter sister [the one I found on NZKC] is a very nice winning champion show bitch.

The fence at our new house was finished the day before my birthday, so I went over that night and collected Paris

Paris is home!!!
So I woke up on my birthday to a spoo in the house and we've never looked back.




heh, dunno if it was worth reading the whole book for, but that's our story anyway!!!
 

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I read the whole thing :) such a great story, makes my own hopes higher for getting my own spoo someday. So glad you have each other!
 

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Aww, Paris looks so much more confident and Happy in contrast between the first and last photo!

I'm so happy you two found each other :)
 

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What a great story. So how did you get around Clair's stipulation that Sue had to keep Paris? Or had Clair's illness completely removed her from the discussion by that point?
 

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Thank you so much for sharing this!
It made me teary eyed!!!

Yes, what happened to Clair?

<3 Paris!
 

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That is a wonderful story. I'm so glad that you shared it with us! Paris is definitely your dog isn't she? It seems to me that SHE decided :)
 

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Thanks FD for the Paris story! As usual,
your story telling abilities always amaze me!
Now my curiosity about how you and Paris
came to be is satisfied! What a pair you two make!!
 

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I cried like a little baby! Paris knew you wanted her which is why she made a point to visit you first thing in the morning. Now when you bring her to work, does she go to visit Sue?

She is SOOO happy. I love that last photo. Like her other ones, it shows an absolute joy to be with her loving friends and family.
 

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OMG, I'm crying too! Such a touching story. I think it shows that we do end up with the pets we were meant to be with.
 

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I am so glad that you have Paris. And it is obvious that Paris knew what she wanted. No doubt she is a very smart spoo and was meant to be in your life. What a great story to share and one that you can always cherish. It just makes Paris and your bond all-the-more special. :)
 

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Can you believe there's a word limit on posts, and I hit it? It's 10000 words incase anyone is wondering.... LOL!!!

Ok, so Clair is STILL AROUND!! And still lucid too!

For a long time, as Paris spent her days with me at work, would get walked by me in the afternoons, and went to training with me every week, Sue would update Clair on how Paris was doing. She'd told Clair all about the stuff me and Paris were doing together, and how much we obviously loved each other and how well Paris was doing with training and showing etc. Sue gave me the reply letter to read, and it was rambling on about how much she misses Paris, but her heart just breaks to hear about her, and Amy sounds wonderful "oh but I still wouldn't want anyone else to have her you know Sue, she's still yours"..... :doh:

Anyway, so another update with some photos I'd taken was sent to her another time, and the reply THAT time said that her heart is broken too much and she doesn't want anymore updates please. ????!:wacko: Weird old lady.

We decided that she clearly KNOWS how much time me and Paris spend together, so if any word got back to her about me and Paris being out at shows, or together at work or whatever, then she already knows we do that stuff.

At the time of the groomalong, when I won it and the newspaper was talking to me to do a story on us, I glazed over all the facts, but did tell them I didn't want it to say I'm her owner, just cos it was easier to not worry about it. The title of the article was "Pampered Poodle Paris Wins Owner Groom Prize" :doh: obviously the article also went on to say the same thing, right inside the front page too, with a big photo. We were expecting to hear something from Clair, but by that time Paris had been living with me for 11 months! We were gonna fob it off as a mistake by the reporters if Clair ever made an issue, but we never heard from her.

We no longer care. Paris is mine. :)
 

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It's like a fairy tale! What a lovely story and so glad Paris found her dream home. It was meant to be.
 
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