[bct] Re: poodles as guides

  • From: "Lynnette" <superlynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 13:10:25 -0500

Thanks much.  this morning my foggy brain came up with that but I wasn't quite 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Angie Matney 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 8:59 AM
  Subject: [bct] Re: poodles as guides

  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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