Rudy: a poodle for all seasons

Rudy was our first standard poodle. Born on April 7, she came bouncing into our lives during the summer of 2009 and has been an important part of our family ever since. When we began considering getting another puppy, we could not imagine getting a dog from anywhere but Fairhill Farm. Companionship, love, enthusiasm – Rudy has added so much to our lives.

Rudy joined our family when we had two middle school children and lived in a home in a rural subdivision in Elmsdale. She camped, attended cross country bike races, track meets, hiked, snowshoed and came along in whatever we were doing.

Rudy’s lifestyle has changed several times over the last twelve years. After the children left home, Rudy moved into a two bedroom apartment for several months and then a one bedroom rural cabin while we built a new house. Rudy currently lives with my husband and me on our 90 acre farm where we produce maple syrup. Most days, she walks or snowshoes several kilometers on our trails. During maple season, she stays with us in the Sugar Camp greeting visitors.

Happiest with family members present, Rudy travels well, is adaptable to changing environments, easy going, social and friendly with both humans and other animals. Two years ago, our grand-pup, Maggie was added to the family. Rudy has adjusted to her regular stays with us without an issue. She showed the same flexibility when we added a kitten to our household a year ago.

In the fall of 2014 Rudy was very sick due to unknown causes. Thank you again for your support at the time. By 2015, Rudy had regained her health and activity level. She does not seem to have any ongoing health issues from that time. Her current health is amazing. She has some stiffness in her hips when she gets up, some age spots and fatty deposits. She remains as enthusiastic and ready to go on a walk or greet visitors as ever. People are always amazed when they find out Rudy’s age. We would like to get another puppy while Rudy is active and in good health.

Ginger, trusted pal, is gone

My trusted pal Ginger passed away while on our morning walk. She was happy to go on our outing. We got to an intersection by the sports field and she dropped. When I arrived at the veterinarian’s she was gone.

Ginger and I had 12 great years and I am truly grateful for
those 12 wonderful years.

God bless you.

St Mary’s Parish
Prince George, BC

Syd – a farewell for the very best






Our hearts 💕are broken
Our tears are flowing😢
TODAY we lost someone
Who was  WELL WORTH knowing

SYD, Kathy and Dave’s beloved standard poodle
Was a  dog of  GREAT renown

Known FAR and WIDE and all around town

He  surely was ONE of the VERY BEST
By the BEST
Admired and loved WHEREVER he did go

His manners were IMPECCABLE
Never EVEN took a bite

In fact, never gave a single soul a FRIGHT
And for those who have met him they will NEVER forget him


Didn’t gobble his food, only chewed, always polite, never rude

Syd’s  patience, while waiting for bacon

How squirrels were chased, but always out of reach

How he loved  to run,  and how he loved to  walk on the beach

The way that he tilted his head, understanding EVERY  word that was said

The tail wags, when you tickled him under his chin.  I’m sure that he definitely managed a grin.

Syd was LOVED, he was CARED for,  his life was the BEST
May you go peacefully SYD,   be at rest

May the squirrels be waiting to give you a chase
May Walter be up for a very fast race
May you know that we loved you

We’ll love you forever
There never was a dog who could have been better.



Theo – A Tribute

~ Fairhill Farm Spyglass Theodore ~
March 20 2006 – September 17 2020


Our beloved Theo has “crossed the bar.”

The period of our sadness and grief pales in comparison with the many years of happiness and companionship which we have enjoyed. He was a regal representative of his species.

Theo was a friendly dog, greeting everyone with affection and receiving an abundance in return. On one occasion he attempted to leave with the FedEx delivery man! He loved attention, often demanding it with a gentle paw-push or a nose-nudge. Social gatherings included his working the room after which he usually found a place to relax and recuperate.

In accordance with his gentle nature, he left us with neither a whine nor wimpier – a class act.
Science tells us that dogs have 25% of identical human DNA – we suspect that his share was much more than that.

Theo will be cremated with one of his favourite “woollies” and a granite marker will be procured for him to join the gallery of our three other standard poodles. They will have excellent company.

We acknowledge loving caregivers, Dr. Lois Fiander and her assistant, Holly, his faithful groomer, “auntie” Gwen Lohnes, dog sitters, Steve and Joyce Nickerson, Agnes Moase and his breeder Kathryn Diefenbach.

In tribute to Theo: 

Crossing the Bar

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Brian and Ros

Poodle Serendipity in Twillingate

We four are at Twillingate at a campground with our Roadtrek. Tori and Boye are enjoying the change in scenery.

Out of the woods came two standard poodles. We let all the poodles off leash and they had a ball.  As it turned out they were relatives! Phoebe and Gilbert – red and black with Keeper being the father of both. Boye‘s sire was also Keeper. They really had a family time. The owners are from Nova Scotia but living in Cornerbrook for the last seven years.

We spent only one night in a motel when we were in Newfoundland and “the queen” made the most of it.

“I am ready for bed!” Victoria Reine has settled in.


Lesley and Jean and Tori and Boye.


Ginger: the darling of St. Mary’s Parish

Father Gil & Ginger 2009

Ginger 2019

Ten years ago I came to fairhill farm and you suggested that Ginger would be the best fit for me. Today she is 10 years old and still very much the puppy. She had her checkup a few weeks ago and the veterinarian said that she was in excellent health – including her very good teeth.
I am grateful to you, Kathryn, for you steering me to Ginger. She is a great companion and friend and is the darling of St Mary’s Parish here in Prince George. We have our regular walks and she is always happy to see me when I come home.

Thank you for giving me many happy memories.

God bless,

Gilbert J. Bertrand OMI
St. Mary’s Church
Prince George BC