After 20+ years of being without a family companion dog… Jack has become a member of our family. We’ve had one wonderful Standard Poodle, Brewster… who was such a hard act to follow that we didn’t even try to replace him. And Scout… our son Chris’ Standard who was the loveable goofball of the family… and now… Jack.
Update October 24, 2012 – I drove out to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA to see my good friend Anne before she left for the sunny climes of Florida for the winter… and to see if Jack would enjoy his first time running on an open beach. Jack was most enthusiastic about the fine white sand along the path through the dunes… romping and playing, putting his nose in the sand and running back and forth. Then he reached the top of the dune hill where there is a steep set of stairs down to the beach below. I don’t know what he thought of the wide expanse of sand or the ocean beyond… but, he ran all the way back to the porch and no amount of persuasion would temp him to the stairs again. So we’ll have to try again when public beaches open to dogs in the off-season.
Update October 18, 2012 ~ Road Trip!! This time to Atlanta, Georgia to see the Sam and Ben and Chris and Kim… and meet Huckleberry. Huck is lonesome now that his companions are gone… Belle last year and Scout this past summer. It’s been hard on him, but he enjoyed having Jack around for a few days. We had the opportunity to visit a huge new Dog Park nearby and were impressed with the facility, the variety of dogs and Jack’s behavior with the other dogs. He’s learned a lot at Dog Gone Runnin’ Farm about being in a pack and socializing with others.
Update October 8, 2012 ~ A few recent photos. We’re about to leave on our second driving trip… a long one… to Atlanta to see Chris and Kim and the boys. Jack has been a good traveler… hope this time too. Weighed him yesterday at 49 pounds.
Update September 16, 2012 ~ We’ve known and loved some special Standard Poodles. Here are a few of our closest that I have pictures of…
Brewster was our first Standard Poodle. Chris grew up with this sweet, gentle dog. He moved with us to Boston in 1987 and when Chris went away to college in the fall of 1989, we lost Brewster that December.
This is Chris’ lovely Scout. We lost him in July of this year at age 12. We miss you Scout. We so wanted Jack and Scout to meet but it was not to be.
Of course we have to put Jack’s picture in here among the Poodles!!
This gorgeous lady is Star. She is Jack’s mommy and lives in CT with breeders Delana and Mark Severs at Mandala Standard Poodles. There are not two more caring and careful breeders of this wonderful breed of dog.
Jack made some new friends on our long driving trip in August to Ohio. Here are pictures of Cooper (M) who lives at Burr House in Wauseon, Ohio. Cooper runs all the way to the street and gets the paper out of the box every morning. And HarperLee (F) who lives with our friends Jim and Suzanne Blaser in Cleveland. HarperLee shared all her toys with Jack. A lot of them looked familiar!
August 5, 2012 ~ Pictures from July. Jack loved having Sam and Ben here.
Me, too! Miss you boys!!
Update July 13, 2012 ~ Jack is almost seven months old and about 41 pounds. He’s going through a growth spurt and his legs look impossibly long to me. But… he’ll be growing in to them in the next couple of weeks. He will probably be around 60 pounds which is about what the breeder said his parents are as adults.
These are pictures from May and June and one from just last week. There are more from when the boys were here first week of July. I’ll put them up as soon as I can. Ben and Sam loved Jack and the feeling was mutual!! He was lost the days after they left.
These photos are from Jacks first few months at home with us.
These first pictures we took when we visited the puppies February 7th 2012. The puppies were 6 weeks old. They weren’t ready to go to their homes but were so sweet and playful, we fell in love at once. There were 10 in the litter… 5 bossy girls and 5 sweet boys. Jack and Macy were the biggest boys and we waited for Delana to choose between them. She and Mark chose to keep Macy and we brought Jack home with us on March 11… 11 weeks old.