Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Scout and Murray L'Abbe on the Rocks

Scout and Murray On the Rocks...Oldie but goodie, from July 2010
Melanie Schlaginhaufen

Well it seems that Poodle clowns Murray, age 2 and Scout, age 6, were in the water once again this past weekend. These two can take even the most picturesque setting (this time at Great Pond, Aurora, Maine) and add a bit of humor.

This one I call Scout and Murray On the Rocks (no, that is not a new drink!)

Chris has been so kind through the years to send photos for the poodle blog, as well as photos of "real dogs" for my dog training blog.

Rick Miles is another wonderful Poodle photographer who has been very generous in contributing photography for my articles through the years.

Thanks Chris and Rick!

Also special thanks to Scout and Murray!

Quick note now, nine years later...(February 2019) Rick Miles, perhaps I need to work on an article about unusual colors of poodles, since not everyone knows they come in multi-colors! I would love to introduce your lovely black and tan phantom poodle puppy to the blog readers. I only recently purchased back the Poodle blog, and am working on rebuilding the readership that we once had.

Nothing like an adorable puppy and her antics to interest poodle lovers, so if you and your pup want to help, just let me know!

Also, I would love to do a tribute to Houdini, your beautiful black Standard Poodle, with some of your favorite photos and memories of him. I would even love to know what you feel contributed to his longevity, because even though their time with us is always too short, not many of us have had the blessing of having a Standard live to be sixteen years old. Houdini was a very special boy, and I know he is dearly missed by everyone who came in contact with him.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Grieving a Special Friend

This article was originally published here on the Poodle blog in 2011. Because I have been speaking to several people recently who are deeply grieving a beloved pet, I decided to update it and repost, in hopes that it might be of comfort to someone.

I have sat where you are sitting. I have stood where you are standing. I have stood frozen with my hand on the door because I dreaded opening it--I did not want to go into a house that was missing the dog I so deeply loved.

A friend of mine is today, as I write this, grieving a dog that she lost way too young. I want to share something with you what I just shared with my friend.

Although at times it feels like yesterday, it was ten years ago that our lovely Standard Poodle Lizzie was diagnosed with lymphoma. We spent the summer that year driving her back and forth to a wonderful veterinarian that was almost an hour and a half from our home. She did not respond to the treatments as well as we had hoped. Often her blood count would drop dangerously low, and she would have to miss a week before the next treatment, until she was stronger.
We were told that dogs do not lose their hair from chemotherapy treatments. But Lizzie did. Poodles don't have the same type of hair as most dogs, their hair is more similar to a person's hair and it did start to come out as the weeks passed. It was hard to see our lovely girl with bald patches, and even harder to watch her stumble when we took her outside to play. Her lymphoma had spread to her neurological system.

That August we made the decision to stop the treatments, and Lizzie had a fairly comfortable month before it was time to let her go. When it was time, our local veterinarian was kind and compassionate.

Lizzie was only eight years old. I was totally unprepared to lose her at such a young age. In addition, my teenage son had just been diagnosed with cancer, and was in between surgeries at the time that Lizzie left us. I was an emotional wreck.

One day while sobbing on the phone, I told a friend that the thing that bothered me the most was the thought of Lizzie sitting at the "Rainbow Bridge" looking for us. Lizzie had some separation anxiety during her life, always acting very distressed as we walked away if we had to leave her for boarding or even grooming appointments.

My friend told me that years ago when she lost a beloved dog companion, she had asked God to show her what happened to her dog after he died. She did not tell me what she had experienced, but just encouraged me to pray that God would show me.

Several nights later, I was laying in bed, praying and crying softly while I asked God again to please give me some peace about Lizzie. I told God how I hated the fact that there is nothing in the Bible that tells us for sure that our pets will be in heaven.

I am not sure if I was asleep or if it was a vision just before sleep, but suddenly I could see....the most gorgeous green grass, unbelievably colored flowers...and there was Lizzie, playing with some children who appeared to be around six or seven years old.

Lizzie was performing some of the "tricks" that I had taught her years before...a child was giving her the cues and she was doing her "spins" and "sit pretty", while the other children were clapping their hands with delight. Then they would run and she would run...and they would flop down on the grass with her. Lizzie was giving kisses and receiving hugs.
But best of all...Lizzie was totally focused on these children and she was definitely "in the moment", very happy, not looking around or showing any signs at all of worrying about anything. Her coat was beautiful and black again, and she was full of life, no stumbling, no sign of illness in any way.

There is a Steve Green song called "Safely Home" that is written as if God is speaking to us after we have lost someone we love. it says "They are strong...and free...they are safe...with me".

Last week (update, 2011) we lost our Gusto, a/k/a "Goose", an older Standard Poodle who lived with us for the last five years after his owner passed away. Goose was the happiest and most cheerful doggie soul I have ever known. I hope that today he is being a clown, playing tennis ball (his favorite) perhaps with children who have always longed for a special dog like him. They may not have had a dog while they were on earth, but Gusto can give them great joy now. I am sure they will find him a fun and most faithful friend. But still, my heart longs for him and misses him.

Deepest empathy goes out to my friends who have recently lost special dogs...Silvia, Teresa, Veronica, Maria, Cleeta, Peter and Johnnie. I know how much it hurts and my heart goes out to you. But have peace and know that they are...once again....strong and free.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dog Food, Controversial Info You Need to Know

Nutritional Information Almost Too Scary to Share!


To assure safety and wholesomeness of pet foods, state and federal regulatory agencies prescribe or permit ingredients. Additionally, ingredients must be described on labels by precise nomenclature dictated by alphabet agencies such as AAFCO and the FDA.

The problem is, those who sit on the committees deciding what can or cannot be approved may have commercial links. They can push through ingredients that should not be in foods, and prevent the approval of those which either rub prejudices the wrong way or which may create unwelcome competition to their own interests. On the other hand, state regulators (a manufacturer must get approval from each individual state) may have little nutritional knowledge or academic credentials, but a lot of power.

Nutritionists who are consulted by regulators to help make decisions about ingredient approval are steeped in the reductionistic point of view. Since they believe nutrition boils down to percentages - % protein, % fat, % fiber, etc. - almost anything can be an approved ingredient provided these numbers are known.

Where there are deficiencies, a few synthetic vitamins here, a few additives there (all properly "approved" of course), and all is well. The end result of this unholy marriage between commercial interests, prejudice, scientific naivete, and regulatory dictatorship is the official American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) listing of approved pet food ingredients. Here are ex­amples of what has been officially approved... and I'm not kidding:

1. dehydrated garbage
2. polyethylene roughage
3. hydrolyzed poultry feathers
4. hydrolyzed hair
5. hydrolyzed leather meal
6. some 36 chemical preservatives
7. peanut skins and hulls
8. corn cob fractions
9. ground corn cob
10. ground clam shells
11. poultry, cow and pig feces and litter
12. hundreds of chemicals
13. a host of antibiotic and chemotherapeutic pharmaceuticals
14. a variety of synthetic flavorings
15. adjuvants

On the other hand, if a manufacturer wants to be innovative and pack as much natural nutrition into products as possible, important ingredients are not approved. For example, even though it has been proven that the amino acid, L-carnitine, may be deficient in processed pet foods, it has been forbidden. Proteoglycans such as glucosamine and chondroitin and other ingredients such as col­lagen, all of which have been proven to help prevent and alleviate arthritic conditions, have also been blacklisted.  Special natural foods that are particu­larly nutrient dense, such as pollen, composted sea vegetation, sea salt, omega-3 fatty acids, various biologically active phytonutrients (dozens of these have been discovered and their proven effectiveness has created a class of beneficial ingredients known as nutraceuticals) and even some organic ingredients cannot be used because they are not "approved."

There is no question of safety here - as regulators pretend - for these foods have been consumed for eons by animals and humans without ill effect.

Animal food regulatory absurdity becomes apparent when the very ingredients banned for pet foods are sitting on shelves in grocery and health food stores fully approved for human consumption.

"Approved" ingredient regulations cannot be trusted. Banning nutri­tious natural ingredients and approving dehydrated garbage and feces makes it clear that the agenda of regulation is something different than encour­aging optimal nutrition.
Once again it becomes apparent that if you want what is best for yourself and your pet, then you better rely on your own common sense.
This above post is copyrighted by Wysong, Inc. and is reprinted with permission. Interested in more information?  Visit the Wysong website and also be sure to read other articles concerning dog food and nutrition on this blog.  On the Wysong website, you can also sign up for their free emails concerning "100 Truths".  The more I read, the more convinced I am that we have got to be more careful in our selection of pet foods, and our dogs really do need more fresh food from our kitchen, because it is impossible to get "complete and balanced nutrition" from feeding commercial pet food alone.
How many dog food companies are going to tell you this type of information?  So far I have heard it from only one head of a pet food company, and that is Dr. Randy Wysong!   No, I don't sell Wysong or any other pet food. You can find Wysong at upscale pet supply stores, you can buy it direct from Wysong at www.wysong.net or click the Pet Food Direct widget on my website and order through my affiliate link with Pet Food Direct. I personally have had good success with ordering directly from Wysong, as far as very quick service plus they have wonderful educational materials available. If this is the first you have heard of Wysong, please be sure to visit their website! I rotate dog food, as Dr. Wysong has always suggested, and as of the date of reposting this article, 12/10/18, I am also using Canidae and Nature's Recipe.

Friday, December 7, 2018

We’re BACK!

Hi everyone! You probably haven’t seen any new posts on this blog in the past couple of years. This is because my Mom sold the Poodle blog, when she got busy with other things.

But, I missed having a place to share my thoughts and photos with you! So Mommy contacted the person who purchased the blog and she sold it back to us! It may take awhile before the Poodle blog starts gaining steam again, and you may see something on the site from the previous owner that we haven’t yet deleted. Please bear with Mom while she gets back in to blogging mode! 

Meanwhile, stay in touch and tell your friends who love Poodles, including partis like myself, to follow us! And Mom says be sure to send us any Christmas or holiday photos you might like to share! Who knows, you might see your photo in my next post! 

Love, Hudson (aka UKC Ch. Prodigy’s Content of Character) and his mom, Melanie Schlaginhaufen 

Photo copyrighted by Veronica Kelso, all rights reserved. May not be reproduced in any fashion, or used on any other  website, without the photographer’s permission. All content on this website is also copyrighted by Melanie Schlaginhaufen and may not be reproduced without written permission. Thank you for respecting our copyright! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fun Update from the Dunlap Gang!

On Memorial day, I received this wonderful "Joey's Journal" entry from my friend Charlene Dunlap of Canine Horizons.  Honestly, I think every day is a holiday for the dogs who live with Charlene and Glenn! Since I haven't featured her crew in a while, I thought my readers might enjoy this update with some fun photos.  Thank you Charlene, for allowing me to share them with Poodle Blogger readers!

We hope you are all having a very pleasant Memorial Day.
Since we've been rather confined the previous three days due to our fortnightly groomathon, we decided we'd spend the cooler part of today in activities.  After our morning yard walk, the boys and I went to the training building for more activities.  Sydney wanted to work on her tan and did not accompany us indoors.
         First thing Scotty always does is run to the mail box and open and shut the lid.  Funny boy! 
  Then up the ladder ~~
  ~~ moving so fast he was just a blur! 

             So fast that you can see through him in places!!  Interesting, huh?
 The camera was moving this time trying to keep up. 

   : But, I finally got them to be still enough for a good picture. 
(Note from Melanie, aren't they just the cutest boys EVER?)
After breakfast, we went to the college. 
 There's a walking path around the campus and a side path with a bridge over a stream.

 Glenn didn't know I took this - teehee  Usually, he's with Sydney and Scotty and I'm with Joey
 unless I have all three!
 At home, Joey saw Glenn outside fixing a faucet leak -  the boys tore outside and tracked him to the barn-
 Scotty greeting his dad - see Joey biting Scotty's leg!
This one of the doggy doors out of the house-
And, coming back in (to the reading room)
                                Hope we didn't overload your computer with pictures today! 
                                                              Charlene with Joey, Scotty, and Sydney

Charlene, I can NEVER get enough, as far as photos of your three lovely Parti crew. Readers, if you enjoyed these photos, you will REALLY love the short movies and videos of these dogs doing all the amazing tricks and behaviors she has taught them for her Poodle movies. Some of the shorter movies can now be viewed on her website for free!  Check out these videos and more at Joey and Scotty's website:
                                                                The Parti Boys

As always Charlene, many, many thanks for sharing your dogs and their adventures with us!  Melanie

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Spring!

Nothing says Spring like a happy young Poodle bouncing through the wildflowers!  This one belongs to Susan Wilson, of Five Star Poodles.  For more photos and information on her lovely Poodles, see her website, www.fivestarpoodles.com.

Thanks so much Susan, for sharing this photo!

Poodle Blogger

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Is Poodle Blogging for YOU?

Blogging Anyone?
            Want to be the next Poodle Blogger?

I have truly enjoyed developing this website by adding training and other articles, and then blogging articles, short posts and interviews of Poodle people over the past few years. However, to be totally honest, I am working on a couple of other major projects this year, and Poodle blogging has taken a back seat. I have run out of things to talk about, whew, that was hard to admit!

This blog is easy to use and maintain, becaue it is on Google’s free “Blogger” program.

Costs for me are keeping the domain sites, which I have registered as www.poodleblogger.com and www.poodleblog.com on GoDaddy.  So this truly is the least expensive website that I own (in comparison to my dog training sites, which are on Joomla and hosted by a website provider.  I did invest several hundred dollars up front to have someone design the logo (of the Poodle typing his blog) and setting things up in an easy-to-use template and of course I have thousands of hours invested.   Website work is NOT my forte.  I am a dog trainer and a writer, not a Poodle breeder or blogger at heart.

I am looking for someone who might be interested in purchasing this website or partnering with me.   I am open to an outright sale, a trade of some sort if you have products or even someone who knows how to monetize a blog, who sells products giving me a small percentage of sales.

If you are a breeder, or you sell products that appeal to Poodle owners, then you are the type person who could most benefit from this blog.  Even a dog groomer, trainer or boarding kennel owner who wants to increase the business they receive from Poodle owners would benefit. If you want lots of traffic, you could have questions and answers, or perhaps even add a Forum where Poodle folks congregate.  Definitely a Poodle Rescue organization could easily re-do this website and have a unique site, where you do more than just highlight available dogs.  Articles could educate Poodle owners,  teaching people about proper care of Poodles and educating them about Poodle health issues, etc
I am not a breeder, have no products to sell (other than my small Amazon store and 4 simple e-booklets which I have listed on my KnowingDogs site).  I am retired from grooming and training.  I still am a Poodle fancier and dog show exhibitor, but with only one show quality Poodle and no breeding plans, there is really no reason for me to have a Poodle related website.
BUT….Poodles and Poodle folk are quite fun!  Do you have any interest in this blog?  I am open to an outright sale, $1,500 or best offer. That would include transfer of ownership of both domain names, the lay-out with logo, and use of training articles. As far as keeping past blog posts, those that are written that include other people’s dogs would require their permission, but if I trust you enough to let you take over the blog, then you could retain the right to use my own articles and photos of my dogs.

If you have something to sell or trade, perhaps we could do that instead,if you don't want to invest cash up front, or if you are sure your products will sell, then a percentage of sales might work.

So in other words, I am just putting the word out and am open for offers, suggestions, etc.  The ideal owner of the Poodle Blog website would be someone who likes to write, but if you don’t, but have other reasons for wanting this website,  I can write for you once a month for a small fee as what I am trying to eliminate is writing that products no income. If you can pay $50 per article, I can research issues and send you content, if you want the blog to sell products but are concerned about the writing aspect. 

Some people might enjoy just putting together a website that highlights different breeders from the past and present, and use the blog simply as a hobby (as I have).  Of course people who have something to sell can benefit from this site.   I have comitted to a rather large writing project and will be training a therapy dog this year, so I simply don’t have time to figure out Amazon stores or write to retailers and look for people who do affiliate sales, etc.  Writing comes easy to me, but the “ins and outs” of website work do not. But you might be the person who DOES have that kind of time and energy, and if so, this blog is ready for you!  You may even have a child who is a college student who is website savvy, that could monetize this blog to make extra money.  There are unlimited possibilities.

So what does it need?  It needs someone who knows how to bring in more readers, and get those readers to purchase something!  I don’t mind continuing to write for the blog OCCASIONALLY,  I just don’t have what it takes to make the blog make money and I am trying to prioritize in life to things that either directy involve my dogs and my enjoyment of them, or writing projects that have an opportunity of bringing in some income.  I would even consider donating the site to a rescue group, if they were able to pay me to write a couple of articles for them each month, as that would at least bring in a little bit of income.

So…if you are either:
A Poodle Rescue Organization who wants a website that will appeal to all types of Poodle people so you bring in more donors and can sell products;
An Ethical Poodle Breeder who doesn’t yet have a blog;
A Poodle Club looking for a place to showcase educational articles and breeder and rescue referrals;
A Person who makes something that Poodle fanciers want to purchase; or who simply enjoys writing and publishing Poodle news;
A website savvy person who knows how to make money through internet sales, Ebay, Amazon and other affiliate sales,
then this website is valuable to you!!!  If you have any interest, please email me .

If you would like to know more about me, including the accomplishments I have had in over 35 years of being in dogs, numerous publications in which my articles have been published, etc, see the About Melanie link on www.knowingdogs.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!