A brief history of my “poods”:
Amber is a white miniature-poodle. At 16 years old, she is ready for her drivers license. (Thinking about her in a ;ink Barbie car with one of those loooong flag poles with a neon-pink triangular flag on top … so we can see where she’s off to.) I adopted Amber (and Max, below) at 7 years old in the fall of 2001. She’s an alpha female who certainly knows how to flex her tiny alpha muscles, has baaaad breath, beautifully deep, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes, and pink skin with freckles. She’s slowing down noticeably due to her old-woman-ness. Alternate names: Old Woman, Punk-ass-bitch, Princess Amber, Amber Waves of Grain, Ambivalent, Pinky. The name the breeder gave here was “Glowing Amber Twilight”. (Ugh. Where do they come up with this stuff?)
Max (1995-2011) was also a white miniature-poodle. Maxie passed May 13, 2011 and was one of the most loyal dogs I’ve ever known.
I adopted him in the fall of 2001 with Amber. They were said to be a bonded pair but, knowing them like I know them now—NOT. Max is neurotic, a cuddle-muffin and MUST know where I am at ALL TIMES. He is clownish and jumped right up into my arms the first time I met them. He also pees WAY too much and always has. The things you’ll hear me say most often at my house are “MA-AAAAAX!” and “Max? What’re you doin’?” Unfortunately, my Max is terminally ill. He’s still comfortable though so we’re dealing with it as best we can. He remains irritatingly energetic and happy. (It’s only irritating because I’m not energetic.) Alternate names for Max: Maxie-pants (No. I don’t know why.), Diaper Boy, Boyo, most of the variations of Max you can imagine, and the breeder named him “Maxwell House Coffee”.
Chloe (the perfect dog) is an apricot standard poodle who we THINK is 6 years old. I adopted her from Florida Poodle Rescue January, 2010. She had been a breeder and was probably well cared for most of her life. But her owner died and Chloe, along with the others in the pack, were neglected for an indeterminate amount of time. They were in bad shape. HOWEVER, Chloe has rebounded beautifully and is 62 pounds of love! She is now spayed, far too smart, very calm and affable … I think she’d be a great therapy dog. I’m inquiring around about training for us to do just that. Alternate names for Chloe: Chlo, The Chloe-ster, the Chloe-inator, Burbur, Chewy, and more. July 2010: Just found out Chloe’s AKC name: Majestic Dunnellon’s Dutchess. Great. More royalty, as if Princess Amber wasn’t enough. Another update, August 2010: Have learned Chloe is more likely 8-10 years old.