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.
Edited by: STARLASUE at: 6/3/2009 (10:00)
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