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And that little BooBoo is such a sweet humble little man. He is too cute, throwing his greenies in the air and chasing them at the age of 15!!!!

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15 years ago, before I knew any better, I bought a Toy poodle from a backyard breeder. But I feel that I rescued him. The poor thing had hook, ring round & one other kind of worm. @ 9 months of age, he was being kept in a cage until he was 1 year old & his pups would be recognized by the A.K.C. I quickly had him fully tended to by a vet & now he's a healthy, happy, 15 year old baby. My baby!



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It's amazing how all of us got just the poodle that we wanted, and each one is so special!
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Love the story about Maggie! Well, we certainly all have varied stories to tell, that's for sure!

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6/3/09 12:28 P

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awwwwwww! Yep that pretty little girl picked you for sure!

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Maggie picked us!

Our Shilo left us in December, and then Ginny in early May. By early June I was feeling the emptiness. We found a poodle breeder about 1 1/2 hours away. We made an appointment and went down to make sure she wasn't a puppy mill. And then to see about when she might have a litter of black minis.

We get there and there are lots of dogs! But a nice facility, nice runs, nice housing. She had all the new mommies in an area in the house. And a puppy playground in the living room and in the kitchen. They gave all the pups turns spending time with the family in the house.

As she was showing us the facility it was a pretty morning and there was a small pen just outside the house with three tiny light-colored poodles about 6 weeks old. She told us we could hold them if we wanted.

Well, I didn't want a light poodle! I wanted a black poodle. But we couldn't resist playing just a little. Phil picked up the one girl and I picked up the boy. They were cute and all but nothing special. Then I turned and looked back and here was the third one sitting in the pen. She was 1/2 the size of her siblings. She had odd, compelling eyes (her irises are irregularly shaped which gave her an odd look - she has since grown into those lovely eyes).

She sat there with that little tail spinning like a top and 'willing' me to pick her up. OMG, I picked her up and she started planting teeny tiny poodle kisses all over my face. She let me know in no uncertain terms that I was her human! LOL

Her back, ears and tail were red! That has toned down as she aged, but they are still dark.

I had Phil hold her and then took her back - we were both in love. We met her mommy, a 17 pound apricot and daddy, a 15 pound red. The breeder said she had concerns b/c of how small this little girl was compared to her siblings.

But we put a deposit on her anyway with the proviso that if 'something went wrong' she would allow us to apply it to another pup. She really was nervous about this pup's ability to thrive.

I went down every week to see her. She was now clearly much smaller than the other two. The breeder did not want to release her until she reached 2 pounds.

The second time I took a toy for her to sleep with so when she came home she could smell her sibs. THe second time we went down, she picked her name - Maggie Mae. And what a sweet personality - so much nicer than the other two.

Finally at just over 10 weeks and at 1.9 pounds we brought her home. She checked out fine at the vet's and once here plumped up nicely. It was obvious from all the scabs on her that her sis and bro were beating her up. But soon all that was healed up and we had the most precious baby anyone could want.

She is long in the body even for a poodle but she is only 10 inches tall. She weighs 12-13 pounds depending on the time of the year. All her papers say toy but she borders on mini. We found out later that her dog-mom, Katie, had toy poodles in her background.

So that is how my poodle pal came to live with us.


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6/2/09 12:15 A

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Yeah that is the way April was, she had never been bathed or even brushed, but I saw that beautiful set of poodle eyes and that is what snagged my heart. and thank God for that.

I was brushing her tonight and it has been a week since she has been groomed but she smells so good! My husband tells me stop sniffing her you are not a dog Mommy! I tell him you be quiet! this is my baby! HAHAHAHAHA

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Wow, what a story about little April. It makes me sick to think about all the puppy mills out there and the terrible conditions these precious babies have to live in.

I don't know the conditions that Ava and Breea came from. We bought them online, from 2 different states. I do feel that we saved them from an awful life if someone would have bought them for breeding....especially Ava. There is no way that she could have had puppies. She is way too small and I know some idiot would have wanted to breed her to try and produce an even smaller dog.

Both parties were very nice to deal with but who really knows the conditions without having seen them in person. Breea came from a home that raised show dogs and from the pictures I saw they had nice surroundings for the dogs.

Of the 2 I would say that Ava's home was probably more bordering a puppy mill because they had other breeds of dogs for sale too. Plus she looked like a little rag a muffin and wasn't groomed and smelling fresh like Breea was when we picked her up at the airport.


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Raider was 5 months old when we got him. No one wanted such an "old" dog and the breeder we got him from was seriously thinking about using him for breeding purposes since he was so old and no one had purchased him. He's just the sweetest thing and will lick you to death. I'd never had a male before him. Then Snickers...we went back and got her a day after we got Raider. I couldn't just pick him out and leave him all alone since he'd been socialized for so long with other dogs and now was all alone. I didn't want "small" poodles as we were used to miniatures, but the breeder didn't have any minis. Snickers was oh so tiny when we got her and Raider was of course much smaller than we were used to also! They were already so close being buddies from the same "home" before we made them part of our home. Then two years later we added Buffy. She was sitting in the middle of a pen surrounded by other breeds the breeder was selling. I looked down in the pen and said: "Can I see that little poodle there in the middle please?" My husband knew we were in trouble. I picked her up and immediately handed her to him and he was hooked! lol It took several days for the older two to accept her (Buffy) but she's such a character, who could help but love her? We just laugh and laugh at her antics!

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April is one lucky little girl! Cole came out with a bunch of other pups for us to look at. He checked my husband over to approve our family - we should have figured out then who was the boss - HA HA. My daughter picked Cole out as the one we should take home. As they all followed the breeder back inside, Cole came running back out to see us. A new addition to our family!

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Well Ginger was never treated like that! She belonged to a lady in Fort Worth, Texas. Ginger's poodle daddy was the ladys baby. He was spoiled rotten too! She let him breed with a female poodle and then there was Ginger.
She was 6 wks old when we got her. The lady was going to keep Ginger but for reasons of her own she changed her mind.She placed an ad in the Dallas/FortWorth paper for her.
We were in Dallas and my husband picked up the newspaper and told me we were going to get that little aprictot poodle.
We got there and she was in the living room in a play pen playing.
The lady almost changed her mind when we got there because she kept going over things with me making sure that I really wanted her and that I was going to take care of her. My Ginger was treated like a princess there in that home.
She is my baby and I am so glad my husband got that newspaper that day!
My children were shocked that I got a dog, afterall I never let them have a dog growing up. My daughter said I know why you got Ginger. I think you had a need to take care and nuture something.
Well, whatever I'm glad I love her, as she has brought me alot of joy and happiness.

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Tears came to my eyes when I read about the horrible puppy mill woman and what she was doing to April! You fixed her good! I would have called the police too, but would have been too chicken to do it to her face.

April deserves you!

We bought our guy when he was a year old. We had lost Stevie the Wonder Dog towards the end of 1995, and after a few months of a very quiet house, we were ready to begin our search. Nothing at poodle rescue, nothing. Which is good, I guess.

My husband searched online and found the listing of a breeder on Cyberpet. We called her. We told her we wanted a dog that was already housebroken. She had a dog that was about 11 months old that she was putting up for sale. He was 'too tall' for show, because he was just under 21 inches at the shoulders!

She interrogated us before inviting us to see him. Told us she had already turned down 2 parties; 1 because she felt the man was mean, and the other because the family had a lot of kids.

She liked us. And she agreed to hang on to him for 3 weeks for us, because we were going on a trip out of the country...didn't wanted to start loving him, and then have to place him somewhere while we were away. That would have hindered the bonding for sure!

I bounded in the back seat of the car with him when we picked him up a few weeks later. It took 3 days for my husband to get tight with him; in fact, when he took off dirty clothes and put clean ones on, that dog barked at him like he was a total stranger! ha!

And that dog? Well, he already came with a name. Mighty Joe Young!

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Awwww, thank you Mary for sharing. That's such a great story of April and how she came to be with you! Funny about the puppy squirts though, poor little April! lol



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Little April's Story:

When April was a baby (four months old) I bought her from a breeder (puppy mill) that had never let her feet touch the ground and she had never been out of an elevated cage. Yet she was looking at me with happy shining poodle eyes. I didn't care that that nasty woman was trying to show me 8 week old puppies I saw an eager shining face that was wagging her tail and didn't even know to be unhappy.

I had to get aggressive with the old bat and I told her no I don't want one of those puppies I want that pup there. she said oh no she is going to be bred. I said why don't you let her out and let me see if she will come to me and then we will talk about it. she said no, we don't let our breeding dogs out of the cage, they are not pets to us. (In other words, they are just a business to me). I threatened that if she didn't let me at least hold the dog that I would probably need to call officials and have her investigated because I suspected that maybe her dogs didn't have health certificates like are required in our state. OOOOOh if looks could kill I would be chopped into tiny pieces and fed to the buzzards!

she snatched April out of that cage and threw her on the ground. April screamed! It was about a four ft. hard throw. She tried to get up and she was limping. I said you stupid bitch you probably broke her leg. She said if you want that dog, you will pay double because she is breeding stock. I don't care if her leg is broken she can have babies with a broken leg. OMG I thought I would beat the hell out of her.

Instead I called the police with her standing right there! I told them that a woman was abusing a baby (LOL). I hung up and I told her if you don't want to go to jail, you will give me this dog for the price of those puppies and let me leave before the police come and you go your big butt to jail. I told her I'll give you till the count of 10 to agree. when I got to 9, she said all right all right, but I'm not giving you papers on her so that you can make money on her. I threw the money to her and made her sign a quick bill of sale and away I screeched. I passed the police coming with their sirens on about a mile down the road. I had April in my purse.

I took her to the emergency vet here in Decatur, AL and luckily her leg was not broken but she was sore for days. I had her checked over and to see if she had heart worms or worms and I got her her first shots. She became my little baby. It wasn't maybe 4 hours till she had her tiny shiney poodle eyes back and was wiggling and waggling her tail so hard at us that I thought she was wagging her little tiny head too LOL!

And then we grilled stead for dinner. HAHAHAHAHAHA I told my husband, let's give her a few bites to celebrate her first introduction to the free world. I had no idea! she got the squirts that night and I mean she pooped about 25 times after that steak hit her system. Whew! I got no sleep at all that night as I held her and rocked her and sang to her and let her have water out of the small cap of a water bottle. I took her back to the vet and he said have you not ever had a puppy before? duh! No sir I said. he said well she might have been being fed inferior dry food and you will have to probably slowly introduce to puppy food that is a good quality, but you can't slam her system with something so rich as steak!

So that is my April's story right up to her first celebration and my first experience with baby puppy squirts! I swear I wanted to put a diaper on her.

and I guess this is the miraculous story of how I became the Mommy of a perfect tiny teacup poodle. She is my baby. the trust and love I see in her face cannot be found in the human race I don't believe~!

What is your Pup's story??

Mary

Edited by: MARY1313 at: 5/30/2009 (13:03)
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