A few years ago I went into a local animal control and found a very shaken Standard Poodle. He was totally shut down and frozen with fear. The more you spoke to him the more he quivered and cowered in the back of his cage.
I inquired about him at the front desk and was informed he was an owner surrender that came in the day before. I was told his name was Bentley, he was 3 1/2 years old, not neutered and that he had been an outside dog. This was all the info they had.
Already having two dogs at home, I was not looking for another. However, he pulled at my heart strings and I left my name and number and asked animal control to call me if no one adopted him by the weekend.
I really had never had any experience with the Standard Poodle breed. But something about him… maybe it was those big brown eyes? Whatever it was, the spell was cast.
The call came a few days later and off I went. I figured I would find him a good home. Once he had a chance to settle in, I had him neutered so he would not fall into the hands of a backyard breeder. I learned that when breeding labradoodles or golden doodles, that the male had to be the Standard Poodle when crossing / mixing these breeds in order to produce a non shedding dog.
Long Story, made short ……………….. I searched high and low for a Standard Poodle rescue in Michigan. I found the closest one was in Illinois. I quickly fell in love with this big brut and he became part of my family. A few years later my old Maltese went to the rainbow bridge. I was combing the pet ads on Craigslist. I clicked on Free Stuff on a whim and could not believe my eyes – but there was a Standard Poodle. I won’t even get in to the dangers of posting any animal for free on Craigslist. Of course, I emailed immediately and a lady called me the next morning and off I went. More than anything I did not want this dog to fall in the wrong hands/ home. Again I was blessed- this time with a sweet little girl named Molly. She was 2 and had never had any vet care, lived on a farm and was tied to a barn. Yep, I kept her as well. She and Bentley are now inseparable.
I served on the board of the Humane Society of Bay County in 2012. I have been involved with many rescues and have fostered several dogs in my life. I believe in doing a home check and getting both vet and personal references before placing a dog in a permanent home. I have many contacts with other rescues in the state. I am so very attracted to the Standard Poodle breed and the sweet sensitive nature of them. I do not want to see them fall in the wrong hands. This is why I started a Standard Poodle Rescue in MI. If you need to surrender your Standard Poodle for any reason – please contact me first before taking it to a shelter. This is so stressful and scary for a dog. I am willing to offer a safe place and promise to do everything necessary to assure you that I will find the right home for your standard poodle.