"I just had a very sad e-mail from the family who adopted one of our rescue mini poodles. Five years ago, a good Samaritan rescued Chuck from a busy street in Charleston SC. He had been hit by a vehicle, was hurt and frightened, and a nameless person stood over him in the street until the police and animal control arrived. He was taken to a local shelter and treated, then came to us for recovery and placement. He was adopted by a family with four children and became their constant companion. They contacted me every year on the anniversary of his adoption, and told me how he chased deer and rabbits from the garden, and was always watchful of the children.
Last night, Chuck put himself between their five year old and a five foot rattlesnake. He killed the snake, but was bitten four times in the process. In spite of treatment, he died early this morning form the bites. He truly gave his life to protect his family, and is a real hero." (CH, 24/8/06)
Caniche Peak is in Mount Robson Park, British Columbia (Latitude: 52° 45'00" N; Longitude: 118° 22'00" W; NTS map: 83D/16); named by Arthur O. Wheeler in 1922; name listed in the BC Geographical Names Information System. The summit resembles in shape the head of a Poodle; the French word for Poodle was chosen "to further distinguish the name." Reference: Akrigg, George Philip Vernon, 1913-, and Helen B. Akrigg. British Columbia place names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997).
Nelson, a black Standard Poodle, accompanied his owner on a walk early on Sunday, 23 November 2002, in Trail, British Columbia. He spotted a car which had gone over a 15-metre embankment on a switchback road, and had landed on the driver's side some distance from their path. Nelson went to investigate; commenced to bark; when his owner continued to walk, Nelson refused to leave the car and barked more insistantly; this alerted the elderly driver of the car, who waved a towel to attract notice. Firemen and police extracted the driver from the car, and he was treated in hospital for cuts and bruises. Nelson's owner credited the dog for the rescue, saying that if the dog hadn't insisted on staying at the scene, they'd have walked on. --Canadian Press wire-service item, published in Vancouver Sun, 26 November2002, page B13, column 2.
Jean Pitts, of London, Ontario, fell down a flight of stairs while shaking out a rug, broke her ribs and was unable to get up. Her three-year-old Mini, Andriette, ran to find daycare operator Lori Vanden Boomen, who was out walking her two human charges. Andriette approached them, doing her best Lassie impression, barking and running away, returned, still barking, and ran away again. Vanden Boomen followed Andriette to her injured owner, and called an ambulance. From The London Free Press quoted in Dogs in Canada, August 2001, p. 19.
"...there was the beloved Standard Poodle who, on his death, was wrapped in Billie's [Billie Holiday's] best mink coat for his cremation." Article about Billie Holiday (1915-1959), by Alice Jurow, BARk, Fall 2001, Number 16 (website BARk.
Pam Prostang of Harvey Township, Ontario was walking her Standard Poodle, Ruby Blue [Tyldesley Sky Dancer (CKC Ch. Sanvar Time to Fly ex Tyldesley Ode to a Blue Joy)], at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2001, when she heard a loud rustling in the underbrush and suddenly found herself face to face with a black bear. The bear lashed out at Prostang and ripped open her right arm; Ruby stood her ground and scared off the animal, thus giving Prostang time to run to safety. "Poodle scares bear and saves day," article picked up from Lindsay Daily Post, published by Peterborough Examiner, Friday, September 28, 2001, p. B3.
A Miniature Poodle lived feral for eight months in Demark: "...Henning... saw it first in March, 1997....he watched it ably catching mice like a cat..." Eventually, he lured the dog into his house, took him to a vet to be cleaned up, the vet discovered a tattoo which identified that the dog came from a kennel three miles from Henning's house, and had been bought as a breeding dog because of his fine pedigree. He was only eight months old when he escaped (probably because of children that harassed him) and lived as a stray for eight months more. He remained with Henning and attached completely to him." See: W. Johannsen, "En vild dvaerg puddel," Hunden (Danish Kennel Club magazine), 3/99. Translation/summary by Dr. Helmuth Wachtel, 3/99.
"The Associated Press 1/22/03 3:49 AM
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Everyone knows dogs aren't allowed at school. But no one told a 54-pound poodle, who spent more than two years roaming the Central Oregon Community College campus before his capture last week.
"The dog slept under an awning at the school bookstore, avoiding people when they got uncomfortably close. The school staff called him Little Buddy and students dubbed him the Rasta Dog because of his mounds of coarse, charcoal hair.
"School employee Steve Huddleston and veterinarian Byron Maas finally nabbed him. They took the pooch to Central Oregon Animal Hospital, where a groomer removed 10 pounds of hair.
"Maas performed a checkup and declared the dog in good health.
"'This is probably one of the worst breeds of dogs to go wild because they require so much care,' Maas said.
"No one knows how the dog arrived on campus. Perhaps abandoned, he appeared with a recently clipped coat and a collar without tags.
"'I fell in love with him from day one,' said Huddleston, who began putting out a bowl of food out for him. Eventually, the staff chipped in for a bed and a heated water pail.
"The staff placed ads in the newspaper and called humane societies -- no luck. That is when COCC staff started a cat-and-mouse game, with the poodle winning each round.
"'He's smart, one of the smartest dogs I've ever come across,' Huddleston said.
"Animal control officials brought out large traps designed for bears in which the gate closes when the animals seeks the food inside. The dog never took the bait. Then, veterinarians made three separate attempts at drugging his food.
"They thought if the dog became groggy enough, they could get a leash on him. Despite fairly high doses, the Rasta Dog bolted each time.
"'We think he just had so much adrenaline going that he would have enough energy to escape,' Huddleston said.
"The staff later sought special permission to fire a dart gun to tranquilize the dog. The city denied the request, citing laws against using firearms in city limits.
"So everyone just got used to the dog's presence. Huddleston or another employee would yell "Little Buddy!" each morning, and the dog trotted down the campus slopes to receive his daily meal.
"The routine went on for more than a year. the dog slept under bushes around campus and observed the bustle around him. All the while, his hair grew, becoming matted and tangled.
"The dog's movement became stiff. He began bumping into trees and was nearly blind from all the fur in his eyes.
"'His health was definitely going downhill,' Huddleston said. 'It motivated us to try again.'
"This time, Maas used a stiff drug cocktail on the dog's meal. It didn't knock him out, but it sedated him to the point that finally they leashed him.
"After neutering the poodle, the group waited to meet the new dog, now called Winston. Instead of a timid or hysterical dog, they met a pooch who rests his head on people's laps and nudges hands asking for affection.
"'He was a bit scared, but I think he realized he was being cared for,' Maas said. 'He was much more mellow than on campus.'
"Lori Willis, the bookstore manager, will soon take Winston home to meet his new friends -- her husband, two young girls and their Labrador named Cinder. Willis said her girls are excited to have a new companion to love."
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