Wow, am I really making a blog post? Has it been forever yet? Let me tell ya people, I am thrilled to be able to log in and get a post done after so long. Brief month long history: We arrived in Huntsville, AL in early July after a month long ‘bounce between family member’ stay in Arkanas in June. Because we are crazy people, the following week we headed down to the Gulf for a 5 day mini vacation even though the house was still mostly in boxes. Fun was had by adults, children, and Poodles! After arriving back in Huntsville, we had to get the kids registered for school and pick up school supplies, because school starts here in AL on the 5th of August! Keith started back to work on the 18th of July. It was nice having him all to ourselves for two weeks. My mom is still battling lung issues and has been in and out of the hospital all summer with pneumonia, pleurisy, and fevers. Yes, the same issue from many months ago is still plaguing her. Yesterday she was feeling better than she has in weeks, but it seems to be cyclic, so who knows. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Recently, I met Gloria and Kelsey near Chattanooga to do a quick trade. River has a hot date with a Tintlet girl and I was finally able to pick up my boy Sirius!!! He reminds me so much of our boy Major from long ago, it is creepy. Sweet, gentle, and huge even if he is black instead of cream. This boy is a lover, not a fighter. Our Miniature Poodle, Lina, has been the most upset by the addition. The little diva was NOT HAVING IT! She is the baby and liked it that way, thank you all very much!! She has improved and I think once she realizes he isn’t a threat to her love, attention, and meal ticket all will be well. I’ve been focusing on giving her a lot of attention when she is sweet to him, crate time break to reflect on her actions when she is nasty. So far so good! Sirius is totally frightened of her, which is comical. All she has to do is raise her lip or tense her body and he will back up or drop a toy he was holding. Lina is only 10lbs soaking wet and 12 inches tall at the shoulders and although I have not measured him yet, I am guessing Sirius stands close to 27inches. Lina is proof size doesn’t matter, it is all in your attitude. On the flip side, Jazz loves him! They are related and it shows in their play style, like two old friends separated for years and happy to be back together. They chase, romp, bump butts, play chewy face and have a big time. The only downside is Sirius has a lot of coat, very very thick coat. This weather is far hotter than in the mountains of North Carolina. He is feeling the heat and lacks stamina.
AKC / UKC CH Tintlet Anutta Secret Keeper
Sirius has not been around many children, yet he seems to really enjoy the concept of small humans. They intrigue and often baffle him. I have watched him closely to see how he would react to their shenanigans and he has handled it all with grace and charm. The balloon sword was the only thing he though scary, so I had the kids drop it on the ground and allow him to come up and sniff it if he wanted. After a thorough inspection, he was soon chasing them around the house while they slayed all the foul pirate marauders. It has been a very long time since we had such a calm, laid back Poodle in the house. I think even with his massive size, it will not be like having another large dog.
Thank you to Gloria and Kelsey for taking such good care of my boy until he could come home. Now to see if he has enough energy and motivation to do performance sports. Time will tell!