Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My boy Hudson and the best birthday presents ever...

Hudson has now been here at our home approximately a month, but it took this sweet boy only a few days to totally worm his way into my family's heart!

My birthday present from my husband this year was paying the expenses for me to go to a dog show weekend where Hudson's breeder flew in and showed him, then this lovely fellow went home with us. It was an extra special weekend not just due to getting to meet his breeder in person but also some good friends of ours, the Kelso family whom we have known for over 15 years, came to the dog show on Saturday to visit.

Prodigy's Content of Character "Hudson"
Co-owned by Melanie Schlaginhaufen & breeder Heather Bryan of Prodigy Poodles

Nest to the wonderful time spent with friends, perhaps the most special birthday present I received was a photo shoot of Hudson by my friend Veronica Kelso.  The one above is one of my favorites!

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But back to the birthday presents, thank you everyone!   Best of all,  Hudson will always be linked in my mind to that fabulous, fun birthday weekend.  Thank you to my wonderful husband Rick, and to the Kelso family (Veronica, Johnnie, Peter and Maria) plus Veronica's sweet Mom Cleeta who came up to visit and to Veronica for her gift of her wonderful photographs (and a yummy chocolate birthday cake too!). I could go on and on but won't bore you with my non-dog related presents.  And many thanks to Hudson's breeder, Heather Bryan (Prodigy Poodles) for showing Huddy to a Best of Breed Parti Poodle win and getting him halfway to his UKC championship at the Sunday shows!

UKC Dog show folks, you will see more of this lovely boy in the future!  And I look forward to meeting more wonderful Poodle folks like those I met at Hickory. Also, thank you for all the comments on Facebook about Hudson (to my Florida friend, Huddy says to tell you he forgives you that you have nicknamed him Peanut!)  LOL, it kind of fits!  He is a precious little peanut.

All in all, best birthday weekend ever.  God is good.


  1. Oh my dog, He is one handsome fellow! I have never seen a black and white in full show coat. Most of my parti colored poodle friends are all kept short coated like me. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo!
    Happy Belated Birthday!

    1. Thank you so much for the compliments on my boy! I don't know how long I can keep his groom looking like this as I don't have the skills that his breeder has, that is one reason I wanted photos while he still was groomed this way. Thanks for birthday wishes! Turning 57 was kind of painful, as far as I don't like the "number" but it ended up being pretty good, due to the arrival of Hudson and having such a fun weekend with friends. Age is just a number, after all!

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