[bct] Re: poodles as guides

  • From: "Angie Matney" <armatney@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 08:59:19 -0500

German Shepherd Dog.

On Sat, 18 Feb 2006 23:10:21 -0500, Lynnette wrote:

>What is a GSD?
>Thank you.
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Curt" <catucker24@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:10 PM
>Subject: [bct] Re: poodles as guides

>> Pam,
>> I think Guide Dogs of the Desert   was the first school to train
>> standard Poodles.  Some schools are also  training the Labradoodle, a
>> Lab/Poodle cross. You got a good price for grooming, I have a friend who
>> pays $85 to get her pet standard poodle groomed. For now, I think I'll
>> stick with my GSD.
>> Curt
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Pam Quinn
>> Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:55 PM
>> To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [bct] poodles as guides
>> Hi Maria and list,
>> Not that many schools are training standard poodles yet but they are
>> becoming more popular.  I think it's mainly the miniatures and the toys
>> that are more high strung. Josef is my third Leader Dog. My first was a
>> shepherd-huskey, and my second a golden. Of the three, my
>> shepherd-huskey was the most high strung but she was a great worker.
>> I've been very fortunate in that they've all been excellent workers.
>> Josef is actually the tallest of any guide I've had, which I really
>> like. He's bigger than a lot of standards so is considered a Royal
>> Standard. He weighs around eighty pounds. As far as temperament, he is
>> awesome; very calm, well behaved and friendly. He is quite the cuddler
>> too and I must confess, we let him sleep with us. A real plus to having
>> a poodle is that they don't shed. They're also hypoallergenic, so
>> anybody who is allergic to dogs isn't bothered by a poodle. If there is
>> a drawback in that they don't shed, it would be that you have the added
>> expense of having them trimmed. I like to have Josef trimmed at least
>> every six weeks. This can be very expensive, but I found a groomer here
>> in town who will do it for $30. I get his hair cut all one length,
>> except that his face, feet, and the base of his tail are shaved. Then he
>> has a poof at the end of his tail (what there is of it), a poof on the
>> top of his head, and the hair on his ears is a little longer. 
>> Josef has a slower pace than my other dogs. I've heard it said that a
>> poodle works like a shepherd, minus the pull. I'd have to agree. They
>> are very careful, and quick to pick up routes and phrases.
>> Gosh, maybe I should have done a podcast about this. 
>> Talk to you all soon.
>> Pam

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