Thursday, September 15, 2005

Referring To The Last Post

But with no syllabic restrictions...about the dog in the bed trying to take Bella's place in her absence. 50 pounds of ridiculous standard poodle:

While comforting and calming,
in NO way compares to the amazingly comforting sweetness of your very own 32-pound girl-child.

No offense, Delta, but just LOOK at her, wouldja? She's so sweet she makes my back teeth hurt.


  1. The dog picture is cute. But, Bella, my gosh, THAT FACE. She is the perfect combination of photos I've seen of the two of you. Simply stunning child.

    I'm thinking of getting a poodle/lab mix. I want to go to the Humane Society and look. But, am afraid of the consequences. DH always had black lab hunting dogs in the kennel outside. He is a neat-freak. My parens are never home and they have a cock-a-poo who is kenneled every two months or so when they go away for days. They'd feel better if we took him too. Am babbling but I know you know dogs. And I am up late and don't have to work tomorrow. :)

  2. Why, thankee, ma'am!

    And if you do go the lab/poodle mix route (and thank you EVER so much for not using the cursed term "Labradoodle" *shudder*) DEFINITELY get one from a shelter and not a "breeder". These things are the biggest ripoff. They are NOT a breed, they are a mutt. They are NOT "hypoallergenic", and most do shed. The Lab people and the Poodle people are equally infuriated by the "Labradoodle" charlatans who are breeding mutts and charging more for them than you'd pay for a show-quality purebred of either breed.

    If the dog HAS to stay outside, I think Labs handle that better. Poodles are very much people dogs, and I don't know any breeders who would sell to you if they knew the dog was not going to be a housedog.

    If there is the possibility of the dog being inside, you can't really go wrong with a standard poodle. They're fabulous with children, do not shed, and don't have that "doggy" smell, even when wet. The flip side of that is that they must be groomed regularly, because that hair just grows and grows.

    And they ABSOLUTELY still hunt. Lots of them. I'll email you some pics to prove it to DH!

    But for low maintenance as the top priority, I'd go with the Lab.

    You will easily find either breed in purebred breed rescue organizations.

  3. Your daughter is so cute! She looks like she will be a proud, true Southern Gal! I went to college with many of these types of girls and always admired them - always a lady but strong with a lot of will and determination.

  4. Yep--Steel Magnolias. See my post from August 31 for my thoughts on just what you express.

    WHY can't I make hyperlinks that work?

  5. Bella has the most beautiful eyes!
    And perfect eyebrows. And on a poodle-related note, I once met a lady who was training a poodle to be a leader dog for the blind. She explained that they were perfect for people with allergies because they don't shed. And they are also very intelligent and took to the training really well. Just thought I'd mention that!

  6. Awwww.... how adorable is she?

    Such a cute little button nose!


  7. wow! she really is a beauuuuuty :)

  8. Hmmm, posted a comment last night that evidentally got lost in cyberspace. I wanted to know if Bella had the same pooper outer belly button as Delta. I swear, I couldn't keep my paws off that doorbell! I'd be poking it all night long. Bella is so beautiful. Her eyes are mesmerizing. You must be a total tool in her hands.

  9. You know, they are advertising the Lab/Poodle breed in the papers here for $300! Unbelievable, isn't it?

    I like poodles b/c they are smart. DH doesn't hunt, but all his brothers do/did and those labs were his dad and brothers hunting dogs. It's just the shift from having an indoor dog (which I will definitely have) from what he knew growing up.

    I just think a friendly lab and a smart poodle would be a good mix to find at the Humane Society or something. I will keep you posted. We're not ready to take the plunge yet. Thanks for your email too! I will definitely rescue, when/if we get one.

    My brother asked Natalie if she wanted a dog and she said "no, I want a cat." (Lance is allergic to cats.)

  10. Michelle--Alex and I are SO allergic to cats. It's terrible. We're also kind of grossed out about how they can traipse through their litterbox, then be tromping all over your kitchen counters, tables, and furniture. Blecch. And yet we like them.

    In the Poodle History Project (yes, there is such an incredible thing online), they note that the "Labradoodle" program begun many years ago in Australia never managed to solidify the "hypoallergenic" aspect, but they do report that temperaments are nice and fairly consistent. But they are MANY generations down in their breeding, not doing 1st-gen crosses.

    What they were going for in Oz, ostensibly, was a guide-dog for people who were allergic to "regular" dogs. LIke Elizabeth noted, there are MANY poodles in service work--lots of minis are "hearing" dogs or assistance dogs, and lots of standards are guides and heavy assistance dogs. The drawback to a poodle for a disabled person is the high-maintenance respect of the grooming. It's a lot to ask of a blind person or a disabled person to keep a poodle groomed, unless they could have a professional do it regularly, and keep it short. I do know several groomers who groom service-poodles for free.

    One goal of the "Labradoodle" thing in Australia was to produce a dog who people are not allergic to (i.e. don't shed), and yet whose hair doesn't grow eternally like a poodle's. Apparently, that just ain't happening. If hair stays the same length and doesn't have to be cut, it SHEDS. If it does NOT shed, then the hair will grow and grow and grow forever.

    Wow, you guys really know how to get me yakking! I'll stop now!

    DOGS=GOOD. Period. ;-)

  11. Margalit, I think that's just a tuft of hair...dogs don't have bellybuttons! Once the umbilical cord is off, the skin heals completely smooth.

  12. I'm not much of a dog person, more of a cat chick, but I'd get a "labradoodle" if for no other reason than to laugh for days at the name of the breed! We have a lab/dalmation/pit mix, and try as I might, I can't come up with any good names for that mix, and I'll be danged, he has no belly button, not that I'd ever considered puppy belly buttons before.

    Anyway, what I actually INTENDED to comment on was how completely adorable (and up-to-something) Bella looks in that picture! ooh I just want to pinch her little cheeks! Then hide in the closet and see what mischief she gets into! what an expression!

  13. Darn it! I can't think of a good Dal/Lab/Pit cross name, either. Too bad he's not half bulldog and half shih-tzu, then he could be a bullsh...oh, well.

    To us poodle people, the scores of "doodle" mixes drive us CRAZY. They're usually very cute, but geez, don't slap a name like "schnoodle" on it and pretend it's anything but a mutt. (not that there's anything wrong with "mutts" per se...a good dog is a good dog is a good dog.)

    You're right about "the look". See last night's post. Urgh.

  14. Oh My Gosh, would you be pissed to know what my parents paid for their "cock-a-poo." He's a good, cute doggy but is definitely a mutt, whose "breeders" can command a good price for his "lines" looks, or something? I dunno.
    He inspired me to check the poodle-mix breeds, yet with a DH to convince there is really NO WAY I could justify paying several hundred for whatis a cute widdle mutt (a subject you've enlightened us on)!

  15. My parents had some kind of peke-a-poo or something when I was born, but he died when I was three and I got my first poodle...that was all she wrote!

    You cannot believe the prices some of these Labradoodle and Goldendoodle breeders are commanding. One thing that's driving the fanciers of all 3 of those breeds NUTS is that these people will claim that because of "hybrid vigor", these mixes breeds are healthier. Well...when you're talking about breeds who SHARE genetic disorders, like hip dysplasia and PRA, you're not adding any "vigor" into the mix! Plus, these are not the type of people to be doing any genetic or health testing on their breeding animals, anyway, so they have no idea what's lurking in the gene pool.

  16. I'm still laughing at "labradoodle"

    When I was little we had a scruffy curly muttly thing that was a peke-a-poo, and being little and silly, I would play peek-a-boo with it. She'd actually cover her eyes with her paws, cute, very cute.

  17. So, Erin, your fascination with poetry began with games of "peek-a-boo" with a "peke-a-poo"? Heh.