Presenting Mr. Theodore Graham

Kathleen and Teddy

Teddy is the absolute perfect puppy for me. Every time he is out in public people just love him and can’t get over how well-behaved he is. My physiotherapist loves for me to bring him when we go for appointments. Teddy just lies there, happy as a clam, watching what I’m doing or taking a snooze. As soon as he sets foot in the building there are people wanting to visit with him. He is a very popular little guy!  Kim Fennel says that every time I bring him, people talk about him for days.

Teddy is converting lots of people to poodle fans! His disposition is just perfect to be my little helper dog. When he is out and about, he is focused on me and not on wanting attention from others. However, when we let him go say hello to people or someone would like to pet him he is more than happy to oblige.

At home Teddy fits into our family fantastically – it’s like he has been here forever.  He hasn’t had an accident for a long time and loves to play with us but can easily entertain himself if we are busy. Teddy is a happy go lucky guy and nothing bothers him; we haven’t found a noise that disturbs him at all. There have even been some fireworks nearby and he doesn’t even acknowledge them. He is calm in the house (except for the puppy zoomies times) and is doing excellent for his age. Even the groomer commended us on him not acting his age because he was more than happy to get all trimmed up.

Thank you so much for giving me the biggest blessing. I can’t get over how beautiful he is and his awesome personality. He makes me smile every single day!

Kathleen Gagnon

Therapy Poodle in Training Gear

Teddy relaxing at home

Phinn is ready for Fall fun

Our wonderful boy Phinny is turning 4 this month! He continues to bring us joy and laughter each and every day. He is a wonderful companion and a well behaved boy; although he sometimes gets too excited when greeting people but is very receptive to gentle corrections!

Phinny has long off leash walks twice daily on our beautiful trail system. The picture shows him ready for the fall with his safety vest on (hunting season in NB) and his beloved tennis ball in his mouth. This boy loves playing fetch and he is very good at it.

 

Ready for some fall fun

Polly – a friend for all seasons

Polly came to live with us in Vancouver when she was six years old. She must have been perplexed to find herself in a noisy, crowded city with bikes and buses whizzing all around her. Nothing in her pastoral upbringing on Fairhill Farm had prepared her for urban life. But when she saw a horse drawn carriage she smiled – finally here was something familiar.

Polly met and exceeded the challenges of a dramatic mid-life change. She was more than willing to be the companion I had longed for. The day she arrived at the airport in Vancouver was truly one of the best days of my life. Polly spent every day walking with me in the city. She moved house multiple times including a move to a new city and she always made friends wherever she went. She had intelligence and a fine sense of fun. She would tilt her head when I spoke to her and people would remark how she seemed to understand whatever I said. And of course she did.

When we walked down the street she would effortlessly match my step, almost floating along beside me with the leash weightless in my hand. I never felt so connected to a dog as I felt to Polly. Complete strangers couldn’t help but break out into broad smiles when they saw her approach. They took photos of her to post to Instagram, young girls formed groupings around her to include her in selfies and professional photographers requested permission to photograph her.

Dearest Polly, we want to thank you for the six wonderful years we had with you and for giving us far more than we could ever give you in return. We will remember how you loved the beach in Oregon and chasing squirrels and watching TV with us. You taught us about unconditional love and your loyalty was never in question. You took a big piece of our hearts when you left us.

Cynthia and Darrell
Victoria BC

Living in Victoria – very cool!

Condo Life

Running on Canon Beach

Snoozing after a long day at the beach

 

Faith finds her inner dog

Greetings Poodle Godmother,

I want to tell you about how I am becoming a dog. I am not yet a year old but this weekend I felt like a dog. It now seems so juvenile to make a fuss when my Mom walks Meg, my Golden Retriever companion. So I sit nicely and let them have their time on a walk. Every morning I go to the local hardware store and I shake paws, get my treats and then stand up against the counter in case any customers want to pet me.

I walk nicely, except when my nose detects a perfectly nice smell. Funny, my Mom is not happy if I want to linger too long. I am learning tricks; one of my best involves a circus move of jumping clear over Meg’s back as she walks in the yard. It is so easy to do especially since I am now as tall as Meg.

My mom has had some men in the house putting in a new bathroom. I really like to watch them but we, Meg and I, have to stay behind the gate. I can jump over the gate from a standing start. Mom put a chair on one side but I jumped that with no effort. Then she put something else on the other side. Still easy, peasy. Then she added even more obstacles: not so easy – so I decided to stay put – after all she gives me nice treats.

I have made a new friend named Coco. He is not a dog, just a silly Siamese cat but he loves when I chew on his back. He purrs and rolls and sometimes makes a funny sound. I think he is trying to bark but it does not work. He has two other friends who love to play paw to paw. They swat; I swat. But they have hooks on their paws that are sharp.

Meg and I went to a new kennel way up on the mountain. We had a lot of fun. There were lots of other dogs to play with and the humans liked my circus moves with Meg. We are off to the vet now as Meg has bad arthritis. Mom told me about it so I am more gentle with her. Mom says “no” when I get too pushy. Since I am now a dog, and not a pup, more gentle behaviour is appropriate. Well we are going on a car ride and my job is to sit in the back of the car and warn cars behind if they get too close.


My Mom says hi. She says to tell you that I am going to Agility Training in January. I hope she can keep up.

Faith MacIntosh
Bridgetown, NS

A Splendid Boye

Boye is quite splendid. He loves the water and making messes; sometimes even Tory forgets she doesn’t think much of him and they play and run together.

He walks very nicely on the leash and is curious, not nervous, of the many
new things that have come into his life.

Here is Boye’s revolutionary new method for growing hostas.

Hosta enhancement with chew bone

 

 

 

 

Another new experience: Boye loved the groomer and looks very handsome.

Sabrina – 16 years old on October 10th


Sabrina is approaching her 16th birthday on October 10th (born October 10, 2001). She is doing very well; still walking one to two miles a day. Here is a video of Sabrina taken in her favorite place at our beach house by the water on Cape Cod. She loves it there! Thank you for Sabrina so very much – she is such a love.

We are thinking of giving Sabrina a bit of company with a sister in her senior years. When are you expecting a new litter?  Are the parents descendants of Sabrina’s parents?

I heard that you may be selling the farm. I am so glad that you will still be a godmother to poodle puppies in the future.

Very best & thanks again,
Marjorie

Bridget – a gem of a poodle

Bridget

This is our Bridget, now three years old. She is fun and smart and a joy to be around. I was visiting your website and saw a video of your farm which I have always loved. Is it up for sale? I want to wish you all the best and hope that you will still be breeding poodles. Your dogs stand out from all the other dogs here. We are constantly asked where we got our wonderful Bridget. I wanted you to know how beautiful she is and thank you for breeding such a gem.
Take care,
Darlene
Mount Pearl
Newfoundland

Reply:  Yes, the farm is for sale.  It is time for me to move to  a home on a smaller scale.   The poodles will be coming with me and I expect to continue being the godmother to puppies for many years.  Kathryn