Bridget: A long life full of love and happiness


I am saddened to tell you that our Bridget passed away this past October. We are so very grateful to have had her for 16, almost 17, years. This summer we celebrated her birthday in great style at our house in East Hampton with an evening walk on her favorite beach. She had slowed down the last two years, but we can happily report that she had the very best life. She was truly our family member. Our two children were mere toddlers when you sent her to us, and now they are young adults.

Bridget didn’t have a mean bone in her body, and she would lean on guests and look at them with her big doe eyes and melt everyone’s heart. She was a bit famous in among our family and friends as she had bountiful energy when outside, yet was sweet and docile when home. She was very attentive yet comfortable in her own skin and was never needy.

We all miss Bridget very much, and we know we need time to mourn her, but we also look forward to welcoming a new poodle puppy into our family when the time is right.

Tamara and family

Rosie the Snow Poodle

Happy New Year!

Rosie completed her level 1 obedience training with ease, we still work on the lessons and she continues to amaze us with how smart she is. At Christmas she was well behaved around the tree and our many visitors.

Rosie absolutely loves playing in the snow and sits patiently when she comes in to get her paws wiped.



Ziggy Turns One Year Old

Ziggy Lulu is one year old! She was groomed shorter than we would have liked for the middle of winter, but her adorable curls were too matted, beyond redemption by slicker brush or comb. Her adult coat has now come in—very curly and still very soft, but a bit more woolly than her puppy coat. I will need to be more vigilant if she is ever to be able to sport bracelets (or poodle leg warmers). Ziggy’s lovely groomer, Yvette, commented on how beautiful Ziggy’s poodle fur is—so soft and fluffy. Thankfully, her new beau Spock, a black standard Schnauzer, still recognized her for their daily romp in the yard.

We will likely start the next level of obedience training in April, after which we’ll think about what we might do next—continue visiting seniors who readily dispense liver treats, maybe agility or rally, or perhaps Ziggy might like to help out in the library by having little kids read stories to her to improve their confidence as readers.

Patti & Mark

The Passing of Oliver – an incredible and loving dog


After 14 and a half years of unconditional love, Oliver passed away on Friday, December 22rd. He was an incredible dog and loved everybody that he met. He will surely be missed.

We are happy that we have Augustus. He and my son have become best friends. We are all getting ready for celebrating his 1st birthday in January.

Patrick and family

Finn & Lucy Enjoy a Snowy Christmas

Finn & Lucy enjoy a winter outing

Finn & Lucy enjoy a holiday snooze

It has been a nice winter thus far, lots of aimless walks and quiet nights in front of the fireplace. I took a few weeks off over the holidays and we hiked almost every day. They are my constant companion. Only work keeps us apart and even though they are bed hogs I wouldn’t want to turn out the lights without them there.

Thank you for gift of poodles,



Enjoying the Season of Snow

Things are going great here in St. John’s. We’ve had a wonderful holiday with lots of snow for outdoor activity. Last night we all went sledding – Waylon and Sally included. The snow is perfect for running and chasing. Sally continues to outrun Waylon. And Waylon continues to be frustrated by her speed and agility! Despite the challenge of catching her, he’s stubborn and doesn’t give in. The result: two very exhausted but happy poodles.

Today was mild, with light fluffy snow – perfect for a family walk through the park. We rarely get a ‘family picture’…. but here it is.

Here’s to a healthy and exciting 2018.
– Ingrid & family