Here I am with my new baby doodle in the breeders home when we first met.
We found Lucy on Mothers Day. When she was just four weeks old. Lucy was the runt of the litter so she was tiny.
Terreeia raised Standard Poodles many years ago and she loves them. When we get a second dog, we want a Standard.
Terreeia’s Standard Poodle was a show dog. Her name was Sharday named after the singer Sade.
Terreeia had two, Sharday (above and below right) and Barclay (below left).
Barclay was her first Standard, and she was looking for a puppy. A breeder said she knew a couple who had to leave the country with a two year old male standard that they had to give up.
Terreeia said, ‘No I really want a puppy’. She said “You should at least meet this dog, he was an obedience champion, just go meet him”.
She went to meet him, and he was in the backyard. He pranced around like an elegant, mini horse, he was so beautiful, she loved the way he moved, so she took him home.
He was understandably upset that he wasn’t with his family anymore so he completely avoided her. Wouldn’t eat, kept his distance.
So her friend said, let’s leave him here along and go out for dinner and see what happens when we come back home.
The minute she walked in the door, he jumped and ran to her, licking and jumping on her as though he were screaming “Oh my goodness, you’re home, you’re home, I love you. They were in love ever since.
Barclay & Sharday
Over the years we’ve talked about getting a dog but we travelled too much. Now that my live course is virtual, getting a puppy became a reality. When we talked about what kind of dog we would get, her only request was “Anything with an ooodle so they won’t shed or smell (she has allergies)”. Standard poodles love water and hers would often jump in the shower with her.
We fit right into this meme going around social media:
We have been on waiting lists all over the country for months and months. Since everyone got a dog during the pandemic, even the local SPCA had a 6 month wait list.
This was my favourite joke that went all around social media:
During the month long wait, she sent me photos, this was one of them, along with the caption “Dinner was really good”.
My nephew Markus counted the days until her arrival just like I did. He came with us to pick her up. She cried all the way home and I cried with her. Leaving your Mom and siblings would be hard.
She slept with us in bed that night and didn’t cry (thank goodness) and she’s been great ever since.
In preparation for her arrival, I searched high and low for a pet gate and after seeing them all, ordered this one (below). We are very happy with it.
It also doubles as a mini-kennel in a pinch! It also comes in a longer version.
Apparently, I am not in puppy hell. The first two nights when I woke up around midnight and took her outside to pee. Nothing. So then I waited until early morning.
Now, after she’s been with us three weeks, when I wake up at 5 or 5:30 am, I take her outside and then I’m up for the day.
This was Lucy, hanging out of her bed to get cool (below). She’s so cute the way she walks out of her bed and flops down to lay on cool, hard surfaces.
At first we were worried about how she blended in with our floors, but now we are used to looking down every time we move.
Then last week Terreeia announced “I’m going to get her face clipped, so you can see her face to see if you like the poodle clip”.
I loved it. And then I realized, it was hard for her to even see before with all that hair growing in front of her eyes!
After I bought this black and white harness for her (below), I realized she was completely on trend (below).
By the way, the best dog accessory is this water bottle! I have two. One for the car and one for the house. You squeeze it into the dish and whatever she doesn’t drink, goes back inside. Genius!
In my studio, she sits at my feet all day, and the first couple days she would watch me come and go all day (without following me). And then Wednesday, I had a meeting so I left the office. After that, she now follows me everywhere and will rarely let me out of her sight.
Now I have a new ritual, when I leave, Terreeia brings her outside so she can watch me drive away and she says it’s better because she doesn’t run all over the house looking for me.
But she still tries to follows me as I walk back and forth from my studio into my house. Not sure how to get her to trust me again. Sometimes she looks so comfortable as she’s sleeping, but as soon as I move, she’s my shadow.
Here, Lucy had just dug a hole into the herb garden so Terreeia had just given her a bath (below) as I left the house waving:
Then, this past weekend a rare June heat wave started. Lucy was so hot she didn’t eat dinner last night so Mom and I decided to give her a trim.
Apparently, we will not be getting hired at a dog grooming studio anytime soon. But they are all booked out at least one month, so now I can’t even get professional help ASAP to fix the hack job we did on her – eeeeek (below).
Terreeia and I are so in love with our little bundle of joy! She brings so much love and happiness into our life we are thrilled to have her here! My family loves her too! My sister Elizabeth along with her kids want joint custody. I’m happy to have dog sitters so close by! Now I know why people have Instagram accounts for their pets. Because they want to take photos of them all the time 🙂 Here’s Lucy’s Instagram account.
So far, house training is hit and miss but she was pad trained at the breeders, so occasionally if I don’t take her outside quick enough, she’ll go on a pad.
Otherwise, I would have liked knowing right away that you basically have to take a puppy out every two hours. . . I didn’t learn that until I bought this really good puppy training book on the third day.
Over to you my lovelies, did you get a dog this past 18 months? I will work with a puppy whisperer but have not arranged it yet. Any dog training tips would be appreciated. I know I need to be trained right along with her!
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