Testimonials Page 5
It feels like a long time ago (June) that
we drove out to your place. I have been
meaning to send you a note and some
pictures much earlier than this. We
received Arlo's certificate in the mail,
so thank you. I The time has flown by
and Arlo is like a can't tell you how much
we adore and truly enjoy Arlo. He is a
delight and he has an absolutely
charming and endearing character. He is
bright, eager to please and has been
easy to train. We have had him at two
sets of classes and plan to do some
agility work with him in a few months.
He loves people, all shapes and sizes and
ages and gets on well with other
dogs.-all of which he gets a lot of.
In one picture you will see two red poodles.
One poodles is Arlo (at 6 months) and the
other is another Paris poodle -Rufus
(Horatio& ?) (at 4 months). We met Mary
and Rufus by accident and we have been
getting together with the dogs ever since.
and wrestle together for hours. We just had
the weekend. Arlo is now 9 months and
Rufus 7 months. Rufus may be a little taller
than Arlo now. Arlo is just over 50 lbs when
we weighed him about three weeks ago. We
have also met other Paris poodles - Clover
(-the same age as Rufus) and Bodhi - a
couple months older than Arlo.

It is a bit like joining a club.
He can be very mellow and calm and at the same time he is athletic and energetic and
is always ready for new challenges and new adventures. We include him as much as
possible in our activities. I have attached a few of the many many photos we have
Some friends of ours
- Barb and Ken are on
your wait list for a
and Flame so we are
looking forward to
this. Arlo has been a
great addition to our
lives. Thank you again.

Juanita, Ron and
This is Paisley.
She lives in Ottawa with her family.
Paisley's kids want to write some
things about their dog. When we
receive the letter we will post it
Here we are approaching 18 months and I just
want to let you know how much we love and
appreciate Sisko. He is such a fun boy to be
with and he is very popular wherever we go.  
He is still stopping traffic - literally and
almost caused an accident while innocently
walking at heel with his beautiful effortless
gait. Someone on Alderbridge slowed right
down to get a better look and wave at him and
there was nearly a 3 car rear-ender.  A little
girl's dad stopped us one day to tell us that
she waits by the window to see him go by
because "He's the most beautiful doggie in
the neighbourhood"

We met Roxy 2 and Pepper at the dog park a
few weeks ago and it was lovely to see them
all together.  Sisko's a big boy at 26+ inches
and 60lbs.  He had an extensive haircut a
month ago and looked very poodle-ish and a
bit skinny for a few weeks but he's back to
being delightfully fuzzy and sturdy looking.  
He objects to having his back legs and tail touched
but we're desensitizing that bit by bit and he's just
beginning to get comfortable in the car, but those
are small things compared to the joy he gives us
when he sits besides us and rests his head on our
knees or sleeps on our feet.  These photos were
taken at the beginning of December when he'd just
His ears seem to be OK these days, we've got the
been groomed but they show him as he is and you
can see his lovely stripes. His brownish/apricoty
His ears seem to be OK these days, we've got the
patches seem to be slowly changing to blue and his
light colored bits are more silvery. Still loves his
squeaky toys and learns a new one by name in
minutes. I keep track of your web site all the time
and have dreams of more poodles and may one day
indulge in one more ( older rescue dog perhaps) but
realistically he's all we could have wished for and
we thank you for him.

All the best to you and your family both poodle and
The Warrens
BC Canada
Tampa Tribune on-line article about Paris Poodles Mishka!
Hardworking dogs are offered free eye exams

Tribune correspondent Petcetera

Published: March 26, 2010

Updated: 03/26/2010 05:55 pm

Golden retrievers, Labradors, German shepherds and bloodhounds: They're all breeds typically
associated with search-and-rescues and crime-fighting.

Not poodles.

Mishka is giving service dogs a different face. The 2-year-old standard poodle and her handler, Jenny
Logan of Tampa, were recently certified by the Sarasota Search and Rescue team to work "wilderness
finds." Mishka also trains with Bay Area Recovery Canines, where she's learning to detect human

"All dogs have the nose to find something," Logan says, "but the difference between a regular pet and a
search-and-rescue dog is training the dog how to tell you when they've found something. That's

Search-and-rescue dogs rely on their eyes, ears and noses for their vital work, so keeping them
healthy is especially important. For the second year, Logan and Mishka will take advantage of the
ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event, which offers free eye exams during May.

"It's a wonderful thing to have offered to you," Logan said of the event offered by the American
College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. "It is preventative medicine - if anything is wrong and we can
catch a condition early, we can treat it. And there's no charge. That's phenomenal in this day and age."

It takes about two years of training before a dog is ready for a real search-and-rescue, and the dog
must continue training for at least 16 hours a month. Logan started working with Mishka when she got
her as a 12-week-old puppy.

"I picked Mishka because I love the breed and - while they are not used for it as often today - they are
wonderful retrievers."

Last year, Mishka's eyes got a clean bill of health from veterinarian E. Dan Wolf, an ACVO member with
the Southern Eye Clinic for Animals in Tampa.

A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Wolf plans to participate in the eye exam event for his
third year in a row.

All active working dogs certified by a formal training program or service organization are eligible.

The ACVO event "allows me to provide service to a population that sometimes goes underserved," says
Wolf, who saw a handful of service dogs during the 2009 event. "The working dog population is
essential to those people who need service and for search and rescue."

Whether or not your dog is gainfully employed, it's important to detect eye problems early. Wolf
recommends taking a look at your pet's eyes every morning and check for these signs of problems:

1. Redness in the white part of the eye.

2. Squinting.

3. Cloudiness of the cornea (the clear front of the eye through which we can see the eye color).

4. Any mucus in the eye.

5. Any change in their vision. The pet may not pay attention to things as easily, may not see as well in the
dark or may stumble over a step, etc.

If you know a service dog that could use a free eye exam, register at www.ACVOeyeexam.org beginning
Thursday. Once you sign up, you'll get a list of participating clinics to contact.

Write to pet-lifestyle expert Kristen Levine at Fetching Communications, P.O. Box 222, Tarpon Springs
FL 34688; e-mail kristen