Poodle Lit. 101/2

Longer Poodle Lit. post-1929

We must check the references for longer Poodle-books because some (gasp!) aren't about real Poodles; we haven't checked all of the following (good luck!):

Anthony, Edward, drawings by Morgan Dennis, Every Dog Has His Say (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1947), 63 pp. 28 poems about different breeds of dogs (including Poodle) which originally appeared in Women's Home Companion.

Armour, Margaret, The Imposter and the Poodle (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1940), 256 pp.

Baker, Charlotte, The Green Poodles (Eau Clair, WI: E.M. Hale, 1961, 1956), 218 pp. Series: Cadmus Books. "A cute little mystery for 8-10 yo readers with Poodles and dog training as a backdrop. Heroine is a silver Miniature import named Juliet. Was my favorite book as a child; has enough 'how-to' for me to drag poor Coco out in the yard for 'training' sessions. (What a gem of a Poodle to tolerate the things I subjected him to--plain conformation-wise but a BIS temperament! I wish I had him today!) Has good simple descriptions of Poodle coat-care and grooming, temperament and training. Also has nice drawings. Searched for a very long time for a copy for my daughter." LD, 17/2/2000.

Barker, Kathleen Frances. Champion. The Story of a Bull-Terrier. (London: Country Life, 1936), 158 pp. Oversized (4o). A black Poodle is the love of the Bull Terrier of the title's life. Marvellous colour and black and white illustrations.

Barne, Kitty, Dog Stars (1951), 238 pp. Novel about seven dogs being trained for movies. Includes Peke, Skye, Poodle, Bulldog, Afghan, Chow.

Barr, Stringfellow, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, Copydog in India (NY: Viking, 1955), 127 pp. Author wrote several erudite adult books and this book about "a poodle who lives in Virginia and wants to learn to read. Standard Poodle runs away from home to go to India to consult with the great wise men. His way is smoothed by the wisest one of all who has seen him coming and leaves instructions on his travel agenda. Copydog talks while he is in India (and so does the Camel and all his other friends), but when he returns home to his children he doesn't know how to speak English anymore. This is a fantasy that would make a great children's movie." E. LaG., 13/09/98.

Beatty, John Louis (1922-1975) and Patricia Beatty, Witch Dog (NY: Morrow, 1968), 254 p. geneal. table, map 22 cm (juvenile fiction). Story about Prince Rupert of the Rhine's Poodle, Boy. However good an introduction to the English Civil War this book may give a juvenile reader, the character of Boy is developed in an unlikely direction for any dog, let alone a clever Poodle who became a favorite with Charles I and his children. For more information about Boy, see Army dogs.

Bemelmans, Ludwig, illustrated by the author, Father, Dear Father (NY: Viking Press, 1953). Bemelmans, his 13 year old daughter and her Poodle, Little Bit, tour Europe.

Bentz, H.G., 'Three's Company' (with an introduction by Brian Vesy-Fitzgerald) (London: Victor Gollancz, 1953). 191 pp. Dogs, including Poodle.

Berendt, John, The City of Falling Angels (New York: Penguin Press, 2005). On pages 316-317 he refers to a poodle: "Wasserman [Berendt describes him thus: Jack Wasserman, a New York international-trade lawyer who was an associate of corporate-takeover specialist Carl Icahn] was having a late lunch at a corner table in Harry's Bar [in Venice] when I joined him. He introduced me to a well-behaved black standard poodle sitting under the table, nursing a bowl of water. The poodle had been named after the British war secretary who had been Lord Byron's friend, traveling companion, and executor, John Cam Hobhouse."

This seems to be the only reference to the poodle. I don't know if you want to include it under literary references, famous people's poodles, or both. I think it was just included for atmosphere as the poodle doesn't reappear or have any importance to the story line. Berendt does quote Wasserman as referring to another some important characters as working like dogs, but his poodle doesn't seem to work very hard.

Berenson, Laurien, "Melanie Travis" Poodle mysteries: Hush Puppy (NY: Kensington, 1999; Watchdog (NY: Kensington, 1998); Hair of the Dog (NY: Kensington, 1997); Dog Eat Dog (NY: Kensington, 1996; paperback, 1997); Underdog (NY: Kensington, 1996; paperback, 1996), winner of Dog Writers of America's 1996 prize for fiction; A Pedigree to Die For (NY: Kensington, 1995; paperback 1996; G.K.Hall Large Print Paperback Collection, 1995). "Sleeping Dogs Lie", Canine Crimes Anthology, edited by Jeffrey Marks (NY: Ballantine, 1998). Easily followed but nevertheless gripping mysteries chockablock full of Poodles. See: Leslie Mizell, "Oodles of Poodles, the Melanie Travis Mysteries", Dog & Kennel, June 1999, pp. 62-4.

Berenson, Laurien, "Melanie Travis" Poodle mystery #7: Unleashed (2000). "Much more tightly-written than the earlier books, with much better character development and plot. The Poodles are wonderful, as always, and Ms Berenson injects discussions about good breeding practices and a nice perspective on obedience training, too. The use of conformation lingo is much more widespread in this book, without all the explanations, which is suitable when you consider that the sleuth is not such a dog-show novice anymore... I wonder if it will frustrate non-savvy readers, however? My only two quibbles involve the use of intellectual property rights in the plot... not quite as correctly handled as the dogs are ... and the driving. We either need a map of the area or to hear less about the length and direction of car trips which have nothing to do with the plot. I wonder whether east-coasters who are more used to this type of travel will feel the same? Summary: Ms Berenson has hit her stride with this book! Finally, a good mystery, not just good 'dog-related' mystery." KM, September, 2000.

Bischoff, Ilse, Drive Slowly--Six Dogs (NY: Viking, 1953). 162 pp. black-and-white photos; illustrations by the author. Memoir of a household dominated by Poodles (and Dachshunds). See also The Wonderful Poodle in the younger readers' section, below.

Black, George. The Silver Prince (1995). Life and times of an incredible friend, Peppi, a Miniature Poodle. Canadiana.

Bruce, Kate Mary, The Poodle Room (London: Heinemann, 1954). Novel: youthful married Edwardian heroine, Laura, has fling; results resound for three generations; she owns poodle, Chef, who is memorialized by a "black malachite poodle which a susceptible architect had inserted in the white marble fireplace...; falling in love with her, he had said it with poodles." This sensible, perceptive architect left another in the back drawing room. The novelist is less so: seldom-glimpsed Chef dies from eating a chicken bone on p. 87, but not before lying at her side "gazing into her face with yearning liquid-chocolate eyes, thrusting his silky pointed black muzzle into the palm of her hand, and giving it an impatient nudge every now and again..." (p. 56).

Bulgakov, Mikhail (1891-1940). The Master and Margarita (1967). "In a letter of 1931, the early Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov told Stalin, 'In the broad field of Russian literature in the USSR I have been the one and only literary wolf. I was advised to dye my fur. An absurd piece of advice. Whether a wolf dyes his fur or has it clipped, he will still look nothing like a poodle.'" That same writer makes a number of visual references to poodle-themed decorations in his Master and Margarita, including one character who carries a walking stick with a knob decorated with a poodle's head - an apparent allusion to Goethe's Mephistopheles." (TD,10/04).

Burnford, Sheila, Bel Ria (London: Joseph, 1977; first American edition, Boston: Little Brown, 1977; German-language edition, 1978; Bantam, 1979; available on tape), 204 pp. Author of The Incredible Journey starts this story in 1940 on a dusty road in France crowded with refugees and strafed by German Stukas. Among the dead is a Gypsy woman, among the abandoned survivors, her little performing dog, a white Poodle, Bel (whose companion is a small monkey). Re-named Ria, she wanders in France, England, at sea during WW II.

Byles, C. A., "A Lament for a Dog's Demise," The Illustrated London News Christmas Number, 1935. Print: 12 3/4" x 8 3/4" with 1/2" margin. Illustration occupying top half depicts funeral procession conducted by various creatures, ducks, peacock, monkey, hounds, etc. Five-verse poem appears between open stage curtains in bottom half (caveat: "Rainbow Bridge" represents an improvement):
1.
"Who'll sing his dirge?
'I,' said the monkey.
'With my little cape
I look quite the monk in my funeral crape,
I'll sing his dirge.'
2.
Who'll bear the pall?
'We,' said the hounds.
'Though we never did like
His fore-and-aft rig/still, he was a tyke,
We'll bear the pall.'
3.
Who'll draw the car?
'We,' said the swans,
'We admittedly shine.
As poets aver, in the "death-hym" line,
'We'll draw the car.'
4.
Poodle of the shaven rump
And baboon-like, grizzled snout!
Some might dub thee freak and fromp
Every decent dog should flout,
'This truth came borne with bier and pall'
-- Be shaved both ends, or not at all!
5.
Yet thy mistress deem'd thee fair,
And for thee she weeps in vain,
Poodle, with thine outré air.
Wherefore farewell! We share her woe,
Go, poodle, where good poodles go!"

Caras, Roger, The Bond: People and Their Animals (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997), 144 pp. Contains two stories about Poodles and the people they own, including "a particularly sweet story about the actor Jack Lemmon and his beautiful black Standard Poodle." (DS, Jan. '99)

Cate, Rufus, God Made But One: Duchess' Chocolate Truffles (Winchester, OR: Lone Pine, 1991), 96pp. 21 photographs. This is Cate's biography of his hunting dog, Truff, a Miniature Poodle, a must-read for Poodle-lovers. Among the author's best stories: Upland gunning. Walked around his vehicle with his hunting buddy and their 12-lb dog wearing a rhinestone collar, and found himself face to face with resting hunters and their tired hunting dogs: a couple of German Shorthaired Pointers, a Weimaraner, and an Irish Setter; these hunters were taken aback by Truff but kept their composure and instructed that there were no birds in the adjacent area since their dogs had just been over it thoroughly. Whereupon Truff did her stuff in full view, and put up bird after bird after bird. And became a "legend in her own time." Order this wonderful book on line, or write to: Lone Pine Enterprises, PO Box 795, Winchester, Oregon, 97495 USA; $US14.90 buys two, including handling charges.

Chandler, Raymond, and Robert B. Parker, Poodle Springs (1989). "Raymond Chandler's last detective novel. About a town like Palm Springs where everyone is rich and everyone owns a Poodle. Black Poodle named Inky plays the piano." CM, 27/2/98.

Cobb, Mary, Top Dog (1960). 230 pp. Novel about the dog show world in the USA features Minis.

Davis, Howard Charles, Poodle's Grave (London: Hale, 1981). Haven't checked this title...

Dalgliesh, Alice, illustrated by Flavia Gag, The Davenports and Cherry Pie, (NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949). 196-page "chapter book" about a Poodle who comes to live with a family in a made-over barn in Connecticut; neighbors help the radio program family.

Dawson, Lucy Collins, Neighbors (London, late 1940's?). 72 pp. Author lived in English countryside during WWII, sketched local dogs-visitors, including Poodles. 12 colour plates and numerous drawings throughout the text.

Dennis, Patrick. Around the World With Auntie Mame (NY: Signet, 1958, 1959). Irrepressible adventures of the world's most uninhibited bachelor girl in the funniest book of that year; cover illustration includes Poodle.

De Santis Iosue, Madeline, Spooky Speaks (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1978). 61 pp. Author's Poodle, from dog's point of view.

Edwards, Leo, Jerry Todd's Poodle Parlour (NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1938). 203 pp. Story about kids in Tutter, Illinois who open a poodle parlour.

Excellent, Miss Matilda, The Dog Who Knew Too Much (London: Jay Landesman Ltd., 1979). 133 pp. Illus. John and Mary Hiscock. Poodle is main character in who-done-it.

Forester, C.S., Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Boston: Little, Brown, 1948 and a complex bibliography thereafter). "Hornblower and the Examination for Lieutenant," p. 214: "'Black Charlie won't ever forget that I lost his pet poodle overside from the cutter in Port-O'-Spain when he was first on the Pegasus.'"

Frank, Robert, Richistan (New York: Random House, 2007). See dust-jacket, and, if you wish, compare this Poodle-related social commentary with the National Rifle Association's anti-Kerry poster published during the USA's presidential election campaign (2004). For more Poodle-related social commentary see Poodles in language and Poodle music, and the several Georgian cartoons in our art history section Charlemagne until 1890 (or so).

Gautier, Jean, A Priest and his Dog (NY: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1957). 123 pp., b&w drawings.

Geeson, Eileen, Cha Cha's Diary: Dog Tales (GB: Kingdom Books, 2001), 72 pp. Family-dog diary written as if by a Poodle, by a British Poodle breeder and author of The Complete Standard Poodle and The Ultimate Book of Dog Grooming(2001).

Geewald, Richard, Das ist des Pudels Kern (Essen: Bilgut-Berlag und Druderei, 1934), 50pp.

Gibbs-Smith, Charles Harvard, Yankee Poodle. A romantic mystery (London: William Heinemann, 1955), pp. xii. 255.

Goodman, Jack, ed., with an introduction by James Thurber, The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1943). Contains two complete novels, three novelettes, and thirty-two short stories and articles. We don't know which materials relate to Poodles; probably contains some wonderful Thurber; perhaps something brand new to us!

Gray, Ernest A., The Dog That Marched to Moscow (London: Bodley Head, 1959). See Army dogs.

Haddon, Mark, the curious incident of the dog in the night-time (Anchor Canada: 2003--our edition, and/but this is an international best-seller--a bibliographical fireworks). A Standard Poodle is the murder victim in this mystery told in the first-person of an adolescent with Asperger's syndrome.

Haldane, Charlotte, illustrated by Roland Collins, Fifi and Antoine (England: Harville Press, 1956). 236 pp. Story about Crufts BIS winner, a white Poodle owned by a pretty young widow and her small boy, coveted by an eastern potentate for his daughter, who negotiates through a handsome young diplomat who is indignantly refused; this is nevertheless the start of Fifi's adventures.

Harrison, Lyn (Lady Lyn Harrison, wife of Australia's Sir Eric Harrison). "Clippy" (Sydney, NSW, Australia: Oswald Zeigler Publications, ca 1960?). Hard cover. Illustrated. Foreward by Lady Aileen Slim. "Story of Sir Eric and Lady Lyn Harrison's silver Miniature Poodle 'Clippy' (short for 'Eucalyptus') during Sir Eric's tenure as Australian High Commissioner (i.e. Ambassador) in London and the typical Londoners whom Clippy met, such as UK PM Harold Macmillan and HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother who asked if he'd like to go outside to pee perhaps to ensure he wouldn't do so inside Buckingham Palace. Clippy had good discernment as he took an instant dislike to the then Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies. Typical of the genre of Poodle books written and self-published by wealthy society ladies back when the Poodle Club of NSW had a silver collection to rival any British army regisment. Sic transit gloria mundi." GL, 26/06/2000.

Hartwell, Nancy, Something for Laurie (NY: Holt, Rinehard & Winston, 1962). 189 pp. Story of teenager and her harlequin Poodle puppy.

Havers, Elinore, Gay and the Ponies (Guildford: Lutterworth, 1964), 128 pp. Crown Pony Series. Gay, a small white Poodle, lost and exhausted, is rescued by Joanna on Twinkle, and Penny on Kim, and becomes Joanna's dog and settles down with Scuttle, another Poodle, and other pets. She learns to ride Twinkle with Joanna and unexpectedly helps both.

Haywood, Carolyn, Eddie the Dog Holder (NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966). 187 pp. Juvenile fiction includes Poodle, among other dogs.

Heal, Edith, illustrated by Abbi Giventer, What Happened to Jenny (NY: Atheneum, 1962). 63 pp. Jenny enjoys magical adventure with her Poodle, whom she discovers can talk.

Heald, Tim, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (NY: Balantine #28903, 1981). A Simon Bognor mystery involving Poodle; funny.

Herbert, A. P., Ballads for Broadbrows (London: Ernest Benn, 1930). 127pp. Collection of poems, songs and pieces which have mostly previously appeared in Punch; reference(s) to Poodle(s).

Herriot, James, The Complete James Herriot, vol. 1 (London: Michael Joseph, 1989), chapter 99, pp. 635-9. Penny, a brown Toy Poodle ("small but tough and very game"); gastroenteritis cured.

Highsmith, Patricia (1921-1999?). A Dog's Ransom (NY: Knopf, 1972). Cliffhanger mystery starring a Poodle.

Hugo, Valentine, Les aventures de Fido caniche (1947); see "Gordon's Poodle Visuals".

Jagoda, Robert, A Friend in Deed (NY: W.W. Norton, 1977). Murder mystery starring Standard Poodle, Friend.

Kuprin, A. I., The White Poodle and the Elephant, trans. Musia Redbourn (London: Hutchinson, undated). Hardback. 96 pp. B/w illus. Colour frontispiece.

Laughlin, Florence. "George's Red Car", HERE, BOY! Lots of Stories for Everyone Who Likes Dogs, illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis, (Whitman, 1966). Whitman Books#1752; 156 pages; a Tween Age Book. "George's Red Car" is about a French Poodle.

Lister, Stephen, The Dog that Never Was (London: Peter Davies, 1975). 216 pp. The further adventures of Father Delorme and Lady Baskerville. About a small, white, and somewhat unusual Poodle named Bonzo; also about international espionage.

Lusk, Martha B., Poodle: an Illustrated History of the Reign of Ikus P.Q.R.S. Aroonus (Lincoln, NB: Centennial Press, 1977), 154pp. Biography of headstrong Poodle, a family pet named Ike.

Masson, Madeline, Memoires of a French Poodle (Capetown: Howard B. Timmins, undated). Decorations by Nadine Desmond, with decorated endpapers. 18pp. Memoirs of life as a puppy in Belgium, travelling through Europe and going to live in South Africa; ends with growing old gracefully. (Same genre as Harrison; see above?)

Meek, Colonel S. P., illustrated by Kurt Weise, Pierre of the Big Top, the Story of a Circus Poodle (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1956) 203 pp. A fictionalized account of a Poodle in the circus for all ages to enjoy.

Millard, Adele, Dogs in Fact and Legend (NY: Sterling, 1977), 96 pp. Tales of real-life dogs, legendary dogs, storybook dogs, and including a Poodle.

Monteaux, Fifi, Everyone Is Someone (NY: Farrar, 1962). 138 pp. Biography of symphony conductor written by his Poodle, Fifi.

Nadworny, Laura, J.P. Rufio: Entrepreneur (1976). Little Poodle insipres author to start dog business. Softcover. 125 pp; photos.

Nies, Barbara, The Heart and the Cross: the Story of Crystal, the Miracle Dog (Cumberland, MD: Commercial Press, 1994). 24pp. .

Noir, Bête, as told to Paul-Marc Henry, Poodlestan: a Poodle's Eye View of History, illustrated by Peter Ustinov (New York: Reynal, 1965), 114 pp. A light-hearted view of Poodle history, which is, unfortunately for us, but fortunately for the author's certifiably uninhibited imagination, not referenced. (See also Rare..., under Henry, Paul-Marc, as elsewhere).

Pfahler, Muriel Bennett, Memoires of Prince Michael (Dorrance, 1960), 48 pp. Autobiography of the author's Miniature Poodle. Coloured photos and b/w drawings.

Pfahler, Muriel Bennett, Prince Michael Becomes a Celebrity (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1961). 66 pp. More autobiography of the author's Miniature Poodle. Coloured photos and b/w drawings.

Pilgrim, David, The emperor's servant: four tales of the Napoleonic wars (London: Macmillan, 1946). 123 p. We haven't seen this; picked it up during a "poodle" search on the webside of the National Library of Canada (1997). Likely to contain a story about one of several "army Poodles" (see Army dogs).

Powell, Dilys, Coco, a biography (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1952). 122pp. Biography, by a journalist/broadcaster/writer, of her SP, Coco, her first dog and his first couple of years. Rings true. Perfect hospital book for a Poodle fan with stitches: it's witty but doesn't make one laugh aloud.

Pulver, Mary Monica, Ashes to Ashes (NY: Berkley Publishing Group/Diamond edition, 1992). Features a black Standard Poodle, Michael D'Archangelo ("Mike the Poodle"), in a minor but critical role. A Peter Brichter Mystery. (Author also writes, under pseud. Margaret Fraser, the Sister Frevisse Mysteries--medieval mysteries, similar to Brother Cadfael.) "The guard dog chosen by the family after the wife has been kidnapped is a black Standard poodle, Michael D'Archangelo (Archangel Michael is the leader of God's armies). The book is okay (I'm an avid reader of mysteries), but the portrait of the Poodle is an absolute hoot and something that I will always remember. I heard Monica Pulver speak at a mystery writers' convention and she talked about Mike the Poodle. She is not a dog person, and so asked her horse-keeping friends what sort of watch-dog they would recommend, since her protagonist is into breeding horses. Their view was that having a big, 'traditional' guard dog around would scare off potential buyers--apparently, we would all be stunned to learn how many $40,000 horse purchases are impulse buys! One horsey type had a Standard Poodle and suggested that no one was ever afraid of HER dog, even though he could and would protect her to the bitter end... so Ms Pulver created Mike, who is very thoroughly trained, but, in true Poodle fashion, thinks the protection work is a big game... much to the dismay of the would-be intruders!" (KF, Jan '99)

Richardson, Myra Reed, illustrated by Don Freeman, Finders Keepers (NY: Viking, 1951). Adventures of three 12-year-old boys, a Poodle, a St. Bernard, a Scotty, a mother bear and two cubs, and a number of skunks.

Roundhead pamphlets RE Prince Rupert of the Rhine's white Poodle, Boy, and including a lengthy poem (elegy); see Army dogs

Rowdon, Maurice, Elke & Belam (NY: G.P.Putnam, 1978); 250pp., photos. Adult non-fiction; account of Poodle and Saluki who have learned the alphabet and communicate with people. English edition: The Talking Dogs (London: Macmillan, 1978).

Sequerent, Will, Your Golden Jugular (NY: Macmillan, 1970). Mystery featuring missing heiress, blood feuds, a champion Poodle, hippies, mobsters, and deduction by private eye Samson Roach.

Sarton, May. "Lament for Toby, a French Poodle," Doggerel: Poems about dogs, selected and edited by Carmela Ciuraru (New York: Everyman's Library, Alfred Knopf, 2003), pp. 234-5. "The great Toby is dead,/Courteous and discreet,/He of the noble head,/Remote and tragic air,/He of the trim black feet..."

Sharp, Marjery, Melisande (London: Collins, 1960), 80 pp. Inspired by Julie Andrews' Poodle, Shy.

Simon, Neil (1927- ). American playwrite. Neil Simon Rewrites (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1996). "Dozens of references to his Poodle, Chips. He writes about a six-months period after Chips suffered torn tendons and cartilage in his right hind leg, during which Simon 'gently massaged four times a day without fail, for three to five months' Chips' leg. 'After a while, I thought I was being had. Chips was walking well around the house but when he saw me, he started to limp.' This was a pet shop puppy, purchased when he and his wife first became engaged. He 'wanted to take her [his intended] to a jewelry store and buy her a ring. Instead, she led me to a pet shop, looked around, and spotted a scruffy silver-gray Miniature Poodle sitting on the floor tied to a table leg. She pointed to him and said, "There's my engagement ring."'" (LAB, 6/1/2000).

Sindall, Marjorie Aylwynn, If Wishes Were Poodles (Heinemann, 1958), 208 pp. Story for teenagers.

Slocum, Margaret, Dogs I Have Known (NY: Vantage, 1987), 51pp. illus. with photos. An account of the author's various dogs, including a Poodle.

Steinbeck, John (1902-1968), Travels with Charley: in Search of America (NY: Penguin, 1997; 1962) ISBN: 0-14018-741-3. Translated into French by Monique Thies: Mon caniche, l'Amérique et moi (Paris: Del Duca, 1962) 252 pp. Steinbeck and his French-born "bleu" Standard Poodle go west in outfitted pickup truck. Must-read for Poodle lovers. Film made from this book (see Old-timey (and not so old-timey) photos) unfortunately not available in video.

Stevens, P. (ed.), Real Animal Heroes, True Stories of Courage, Devotion, and Sacrifice (Chico, CA: Sharp & Dunnigan, 1988). 168 pp. Illustrated by drawings. Includes at least one Poodle-related story.

Susann, Jacqueline, Every Night Josephine. (NY: Bantam, 1970) ISBN 0-55310-828-X. Very funny book about the author's Miniature Poodle, Josephine.

Themerson, Stefan, The Mystery of the Sardine (NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986). 193 pp. "When an unknown black Poodle inexplicably explodes in philosophy professor Timothy Chesterton-Brown's back yard..."

Thurber, James (1894-1961), Thurber's Dogs (NY: Fireside paperback from Simon & Schuster, 1992) ISBN 0-671-79219-9 pbk. Pp. 197-241: classic essays about the author's Standard Poodles, particularly Medve and Christabel.

Torrey, Marjorie [Chanslor, Marjorie Torrey (Hood)], Penny (NY: Howell, Soskin, 1944). 126 pp. Illustrated by the author. Coloured plates. Young Penny and her black Poodle, Pouf, wander through adventures mostly including a same-age boy and his terrier.

Vail, Virginia, The Pet Makeover (Scholastic, 1990). Girls groom a show Poodle too closely right before a show; will their business fold because of the misadventure?

Valton, Arno, and others. The Play (Tallinn: Perioodika, 1984), 175pp. Short stories by young Estonian authors. This title comes up under subject heading poodles in the British Library catalogue: now you're on your own!

Waddel, Herb; Ruth Hayward; George Etzell et al. Favorite Dog Stories (Standard Publishing, 1971). Juvenile; collection of short stories, one about a Poodle.

Walker, David Esdaile, illustrated by Alan Howard, Pimpernel and the Poodle (London: Faber & Faber, 1959).

Waugh, Evelyn, "On Guard" (1934), Waugh in Pieces (Boston: Little, Brown, 1999). "...the heroine of 'On Guard' (1934) is guaranteed a dismal spinsterhood when her jealous poodle, Hector, in a bid to repel all suitors, bites off her ravishing nose." Anthony Lane, "Waugh in Pieces", New Yorker, 4 October 1999.

Welch, Alma Edith M., Always a Mimi: A True Poodle Story (NY: Vantage, 1978), 223 pp.

White, Stephen, The Program (NY: Doubleday, 2001). Pg. 200, the author introduces Anvil, a black Mini who participates in the Federal Dog Security Program (DOGSEC). "Anvil has a nice part in the novel, along with the hero of White's series, Dr. Alan Gregory's dog, a Bouvier. One funny part occurs a few pages later when Anvil is placed on top of a sideboard to get him out of the way for a moment....just a very well-trained Poodle who knew never to jump off his grooming table!" (CP, 17 Sept. '01)

Willard, Barbara, Snail and the Pennithornes (London: Epworth, 1957). Black and white illustrations by Geoffrey S. Fletcher. Willard's first novel for children: a story about two South-African-domiciled children who spend a summer holiday around the coast of England and Wales and embark on various adventures with their Poodle, Brown Beaucaire.

Williamson, Beatrice Glynn, illustrated by I.G. Williamson, The Magic Poodle (London: Faber & Faber, 1937), 245 pp.

Wilson, Sandy, The Poodle from Rome (London: Michael Joseph, 1962), 198 pp.

Wooding, Andrew, Charlie the Dog in ...oodles of Poodles (Kingsway, 1990), 215 pp.

Noted: Engler, p. 114, notes that the poets Eduard Friedrich Mörike (1804-75) and Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) rhapsodize about Poodles in their poems. We have not yet tracked down which poems.

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