By AKC Standards of Perfection, there are ONLY 3 sizes for Poodles:
“Standard”, “Miniature” and “Toy”.
As pictured here, the “STANDARD POODLE”, Percy is above 15 inches tall. This measurement is taken from the floor (ground) to the top of his shoulders (withers).
The “MINIATURE POODLE” Niko is between 10 inches and 15 inches tall and the “TOY POODLE”, Sandy is under 10 inches tall.
Sadly, since the introduction of “Doodles”, the Standard Poodles are becoming harder and harder to find.
Why Doodle when you can Poodle?
In addition to the rescue and rehome work, we are also involved with helping “special” Poodles who have become a part of our “hospices” program. For example, Niko came to us with bladder stones which required an immediate surgery for him to survive.
Niko’s surgery went fine. However this loving and joyful Miniature Poodle sadly developed a grade 4 heart murmur, is deaf, going blind, requires various prescription drugs and a special dog food. He was no longer adoptable, but enjoys playing with everyone and sometimes going with me to visit residents at various Nursing Homes.
There is also Sophie who was un-adoptable as she developed urinary and anal problems which required special medications food. At 13 years old, she has no teeth left, is deaf but greatly enjoys going on long walks with me.
Thank you for your donations!
Our Mission Statement has always stated: PICKET FENCE POODLE RESCUE AND RE-HOME will accept an adoptable Poodle who is either abandoned in a shelter, or purchased/rescued by any concerned person, or living with an owner who can no longer care for the Poodle.
Yet, for various reasons, many wonderful, adoptable senior AND special needs dogs have been surrendered to us. Despite their age or needs, most have come to us in good health; such as little “Polly”, who at 13 years old, was adopted.
Over the years, several younger Poodles came to us needing a new family. However, we quickly learned that these Poodles have various medical, emotional and mental issues which required a special environment, prescription dog food, monthly shots, testing and/or various medications.
Their issues and medical conditions made these Poodles difficult to adopt. So, they are placed into homes willing to accept a hospice situation.
Many other Poodles needed extensive and expensive dental work. This procedure and x-rays are risky, extremely painful and stressful for these Poodles. We all know that it is needed to help them feel so much better!
Healing takes time, love and patience. Only then have I truly seen what difference all this work makes in the Poodle’s life! They eventually smile, enjoy everyone and everything and become the loving Poodle they had once been. I have also seen them start playing and running again.
I am truly blessed and thankful for the ability to financially help these Poodles feel better through your donations. And then find them a loving “forever more” family to enjoy before they fly into our Great God’s loving arms.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
Adapted from the book: The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
Please keep in mind that the TRUE HEROES of this world are those who are willing to open their homes, lives and wallets to ALL of our Poodles… and not me. While I greatly enjoy and truly love what I do, I am only a small part in the lives of our Poodles before they go to their “Forever More” families.
THANK YOU to those families who have been most willing to adopt our special needs and senior Poodles. These Poodles have done nothing wrong, but provide unconditional love to the families who owned them.
They have come to us in need of a “forever more” home with a family willing to love and care for them until they go into the arms of our Great God!
You already knew this, but listen to this song which says it all…
GoD and DoG