I couldn't have a dog when I was a kid, so of course I adored them. Growing up in the 70's, my best friends neighbor had a miniature poodle. That's when I got hooked. As a teenager I poured over dog books and studied every breed. I dreamed of having a show dog and doing my own grooming and handling. When I was finally able, in 1982, I got my first poodle, a beautiful apricot miniature out of an AKC top champion producer. I had big plans for Jake and me, but it was not meant to be at that time. The world was a lot smaller without the internet. It was hard to find accessable mentoring, and I had to work and provide for my son as a single mom and my show dreams didn't happen. I did breed to some outside champion lines and kept Jakes line until his last decendant, Summer, left us in 2017. That's 35 years! During that time I had toy poodles as well. And then in 2016 I got my first standard. Jess.
I thought I might dabble in some obedience or other sport with him since I quit working weekends and had more time in my life. We began training and I took him to his first UKC conformation show at 10 months. Boy were we out of place! LOL! We've met some great people and learned a little (need to learn way more). Shortly after Jess's first birthday we brought home Scarlett, and then it was ON! We've done so many fun sports with the guys and hope to do a lot more. These poodles will just do anything! They aim to please! I'm having the time of my life, and am just thankful that I got to realize a tiny piece of my childhood dreams.
My husband, Greg, and I live with our 4 standard poodles, Jess, Scarlett, Ivy and Julie, and one 18 year old toy poodle, Josie. They are all house pets.
I didn't have a kennel name when I got Jake in 1982. Or when his breeder offered me an unrelated female to breed with him (Jenny). But I had to decide on a name by the time my first litter arrived. My son's birthstone is a Sapphire, and I got Jake on his 3rd birthday, and...it just sounded pretty, so Sapphire Poodles was born. My first Sapphire Poodles puppy was "Sapphire's Sea Breeze Sabrina" or "Bree" born in February, 1985. And the rest is history. My kennel name is often imitated. But, I'm the original.
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