We believe that the development of a happy, sound, healthy dog begins even before they are born, and the time from birth until they leave for their new homes also carries a burden of responsibility for us as breeders. As a result, we do the following to give your pup the best start possible:
We have made a large investment in the diversity of our breeding stock, and that isn't because we believe that dogs with high Wycliffe (whose genetic makeups are found in the largest percentage of standard poodles) are bad. Quite the contrary. We believe that all purebred poodles are necessary to correct the damage done through intense inbreeding. The reality is that even some of the diverse lines we have been blessed to find are inbred, but they are inbred on dogs from different countries, which has allowed them to create diversity in larger numbers of standard poodles. Breeding to "different" dogs is the key to restoring balance within standard poodles and lowering the frequency of certain diseases, etc. We are committed to that.
While written by a cat breeder, this article discusses inbreeding's effect on the immune system. It is our hope that it will help you to understand why we have sought out the dogs currently used in our program and why breeding for color has become very unimportant in the scheme of things. Health (and temperament) must come first.
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I hope this page helps you to know how much we care about the pups we produce. Each pup will leave our home armed with the basic skills necessary to cope in a changing environment. The rest is up to you!
The following were written by unknown authors:
A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS
JUST A DOG
From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.” Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day. If you, too, think its “Just a dog,” you will probably understand phrases like “Just a friend,” “Just a sunrise,” or “Just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks, and look longingly to the future. For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a man or woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, because they “Just Don’t Understand.”
God summoned a beast from the fields and He said, “Behold people created in my image. Therefore, adore them. You shall protect them in the wilderness, shepherd their flocks, watch over their children, and accompany them wherever they may go, even into civilization. You shall be a companion, an ally, a slave.” “To do these things,” God said, “I endow you with instincts uncommon to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion, and understanding, surpassing that of people. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of people. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that of people with any other beast, or even people with other people. Speak to your people only with your mind and through your honest eyes.” “Walk by their sides, sleep in their doorways, forage for them, ward off their enemies, carry their burdens, share their afflictions, love them and comfort them. And in return for this, people will fulfill your needs and wants, which will only be food, shelter and affection.” “So be silent, and be a friend to people. Guide them along the way to the land that I have promised them. This shall be your destiny and your immortality.” So spoke the Lord. And the dog heard and was content.
FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING A LOSS
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you, I loved you so . . .
Twas Heaven here with you! --Isla Paschal Richardson--