I'm a retired medical professional--an RN
for over 37 years and have worked in a variety of environments.
For the last 26+ years, I've worked as a Special Education
School Nurse for the NYC Dept of Education. I was in an
all special education school with "kids" aged 14-21. I retired
in 2013 and moved to the country outside of Lake Wales, FL in 2014.
I'm a member of several dog
clubs in the NY/NJ area---the main one being an all breed obedience club--
Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club, Inc. where I have
served as Training Director for 4
years and as a Board member for 3 years. I'm currently and
Honorary Lifetime member.
Other clubs I belong to--Watchung Mt. Poodle Club (NJ), Poodle Club of
Orlando and Imperial Polk Obedience Club, where I serve on the
Board of Directors, Training Registrar and Instructor, as well as take
classes. I'm also a member of the Bearded Collie Club of Central
Florida and the Bearded Collie Club of America.
I got into poodles 22 years ago, totally by accident. Although I had grown up with
dogs practically all my life, I had never had poodles before and really
was not interested in a such a frou-frou breed. After all, I was used to
German Shepherds, Terriers and a Flat Coat Retriever. We had finally
moved to a house in Staten Island from a small apartment, but only had a
split rail fence--totally not good for a puppy. I told my hubby
Allen that as soon as we got a better fence, I was getting a puppy.
So the research into what breed started. I had several breeds on
my "short list"-a French bulldog, a Boston Terrier, my number one pick-a
Welsh Terrier, or a mini poodle. My son, who was 11 at the time,
absolutely and flatly ruled out a Frenchie and a Boston. I started
calling around to Welshie breeders. Because we had guinea pigs at
the time, the breeders refused to sell us a puppy. After all,
terriers are "vermin" dogs and a guinea pig can certainly be viewed as
vermin by them. Well, the only thing left was a mini poodle.
I thought I did my homework
and went to a "breeder" who sold me a little, 10 week old, mismarked
black pup with a bunny tail as a mini for $500. I didn't really know a thing about the breed, didn't know the breed
standard, what testing should be done on parents--nothing. But I did
want a pure bred dog to do obedience competition with. Turned out,
that puppy was actually a toy poodle. And it turned out that he
had a very common genetic problem to toy dogs-luxating patellas, or
slipping stifles. By the time Scruffy was 2, he could barely walk.
I had one knee surgically repaired to the tune of $1500, but Scruffy
continued to limp regardless. I did manage to put some obedience,
agility and rally titles on him, but he retired from competition very
early in life (age 3). I lost Scruffy on Sept. 17, 2013 at
age 18.5 yrs old.
While I was showing Scruffy in
Novice obedience, I found myself missing a big dog. I had never
had such a tiny dog before, and Scruffy was an oversized toy at 11".
I went to some poodle specialties, and saw a standard poodle for the
first time and fell head over heels in love. Some great folks who
had been in the breed a while took me under their wing and introduced me
to their breeder. I got on her wait list for a puppy--I wanted a
black male, and I was willing to wait. Well, her girl was bred and
didn't take, so I stayed on the list. She was bred again 6 months
later and unfortunately, only had 1 puppy. So I was referred to
another breeder who had bred to a sibling. Finally, after a
year of waiting, I had put down a deposit on a week old boy.
The next 7 weeks were going to take FOREVER!!
In the mean time, life goes on,
even when waiting for puppies. And while we were waiting for that
puppy to be ready to come home, my son was graduating from Junior High
(or Intermediate) school. Unfortunately, I missed his graduation,
by having to have an emergency appendectomy at 3 am
the morning of his graduation! Thank goodness my sister was only a phone
call away and could take him to graduation. And wouldn't you know
it, the very next week I was supposed to get my puppy! Being as
stubborn as I am, I was NOT putting off getting my pup. So staples
and all, I demanded that hubby take me to get my puppy or I was driving
myself. Nicky and I took to each other right away. It was
instant love, and had been a love affair for 12 years. He
was always by my side. However, he was not black! At 6
months old, he started turning this funky color--had no clue what was
happening. Another long time breeder told me I had a blue.
Huh? I said. A blue? What's that? By age 3, Nick
turned into the most stunning dog you could ever imagine-blue gray hair
and silver skin.
Nick totally changed my life.
He gave me a love of this breed that even surprises me sometimes.
He was the most incredible competition dog and took a fledgling
trainer further than imagined. Because of Scruffy, I teach
obedience classes, but because of Nick, I am a UKC (United Kennel Club)
and ASCA obedience and rally judge, and an AKC and ADPT (Association of
Pet Dog Trainers) Rally judge. Nick passed his screening tests and
has produced 4 litters. Many of those pups are competing in
various activities with various registries. I lost Nick, the love
of my life, on Feb 14, 2010. I will miss him forever.
Because I compete in Conformation
(how well does the dog conform to the written breed standard) and
performance activities--obedience, rally and agility, it is important to
me to have a sound, healthy dog to compete with. This is what my
breeding program is based on-producing healthy, beautiful, physically
and mentally sound standard poodles. I don't breed often--usually
when I'm ready for my next competition dog, so my breedings are very
carefully planned to produce the best pups I can produce. Each breeding
is planned well in advance, often more than a year. My girls are
not bred until they are physically and mentally mature-usually after age
3. That also gives me plenty of time to do their health
screenings. Both parents are fully screened, and although this
does not absolutely guarantee health, it does really increase the odds
of healthy pups. A waiting list is always taken for these
wonderful performance and companion pets. References supplied on
request. Puppy Application
puppies are sold by limited registration contract only. If, during
your puppies lifetime, you find you are unable to keep it for ANY
reason, it must be returned to me. I am available for the lifetime
of your puppy--I'll always be puppy's "mammaw". And Mammaw always
loves her grandbabies.
Blu Majic Poodles does NOT produce
mixed breeds nor provide stud service for the purpose of producing
mixes, nor do we produce "Royal Standards" (extremely large and usually
coarse looking standards) or "Moyen/Klein" sized poodles (often smaller
standards or very large minis created by mixing mini and standard
poodles). Blu Majic Standard Poodles are pure standard poodles--no minis
are mixed in to decrease size. Our girls tend to range in size from 21-22"
and our boys are 23-25" when full grown. Of course, that is
not a hard and fast rule, just a guesstimate.