I'm sorry to hear about the little girl you lost. A loss by an accident always seems to be more difficult to deal with than a loss by natural causes.
I don't ever remember a time when we didn't have a dog growing up. We had poodles, pekingese and rottweilers. We whelped a litter of pekingese and two litters of rottweilers. This is the first litter of poodles.
This pup will be my 3rd poodle. I agree, they definitely try to train their humans. They are very smart and have a unique way of communicating with us that I love.
I am aware that they can change color. The poodle we had growing up started out as a cafe au'lait. He ended up as a cream.
My oldest poodle, Boo, started out black. She's 11 years old now, and while she's still mainly black she does have some silver streaks in her ears.
I thought it was most common for them lighten in color as they grew older, but Asti is getting darker. She started out almost cream-colored, but she's grown significantly darker. That's fine by me though. I've never seen a champagne before, and apparently they are somewhat rare. I find that funny because she looks absolutely dirty!
At any rate, I imagine by the time old age sets in she'll be white.
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