Contessa Le Rouge

January 30th, 2016

As many know, “Princess” Camo, my lovely little toy poodle passed away last May. After months filled with precious memories, but saddened by her passing, I decided living without a doggy was not for me. I’ve had three toy poodles since 1968, all lived into their teens, and long ago realized that’s the breed for me. In November I started looking for a new doggy and am delighted to report my search has ended. I now have a new little companion sharing my residence.

Tessa (Contessa Le Rouge), my new puppy, is a Red Toy Poodle born November 28, 2015. She’s an AKC registered Pedigree dog with an Asian lineage (Camo was a European Toy Poodle). When fully grown she’s expected to weigh around six lbs (Camo weighed 6.5 lbs). So the overall size should be similar. Her AKC registration number is PR18820403.

Tessa is very active and playful. Hasn’t yet realized why the dog in the mirrors won’t play. She quickly made herself at home and scampers throughout the residence. I’ve taken her out on the grass and carried her on a few walks. And I’ve also learned to look down before taking a step in any direction. She barks for attention and is proving to be a very good companion and one possessed of very healthy teeth. I expect a fresh supply of band-aids will be needed. I’m looking forward to many years together in our new home (which closes escrow February 1st).

She was spotted in an advertisement by my friend Barbara Beaty who emailed me the website link. I phoned the breeder, a very nice lady (about my age) in the Banning farming area. Arranged a visit Thursday afternoon and quickly decided Contessa (my choice of names) was the doggy for me. Betty Andersen, the breeder, an extremely accommodating and knowledgeable dog lover said to call her anytime with questions, for vaccination updates (which she does free), or for boarding (hers is the best price I’ve ever come across). I’m delighted to have made her acquaintance and, of course, to have found my new doggy companion in her kennel.
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Facts Every Toy Poodle Owner Should Know

“The smallest of the Poodles, your Toy is a highly trainable, very intelligent, athletic, and versatile breed.

While you might have chosen a Toy Poodle because they are lovable and loyal companions and excellent dogs for small living spaces, your dog’s ancestors were considerably larger. In fact, toy poodles were bred from the larger, Standard Poodle, considered a brilliant water dog. This explains the classic, pom-pom poodle cut­a functional style that kept the standard poodle streamlined in the water, but warm at the joints and organ areas.

A cute and colorful breed

To be a true Toy, your Poodle must be 10 inches or under (at the shoulder), and weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. Their curly coats appear in many colors, from apricot and café-au-lait, to black-and-white and shades in between. While the coat is relatively shed-free (making them a good dog for allergy sufferers), it needs to be clipped and groomed every four to six weeks.

Unusually alert and sensitive

You’ve probably already discovered that your Toy Poodle is a sensitive dog that wants to be a member of the family. The breed has an uncanny ability to read body language and anticipate owner commands, sometimes acting before you speak or gesture. But this sensitivity can also make some toys skittish, snappy, or territorial. They may be quick to bark and act suspicious of strangers. And while they’re good family pets, the toy has a reputation for not being the best dog around small children.

The Toy Poodle is generally a healthy breed, although they are prone to watery eyes, digestive problems, heart disorders, and skin conditions. Still, you can plan on many good years with your Toy because their life expectancy is generally between 12–15 years. As with all dogs, regular visits to your vet will help ensure that you have a healthy pet for years to come.

Contessa 3


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January 29th, 2016

     Thanks to my good friend Barbara Beaty I now have a new puppy. Her name is Contessa, she’s eight weeks old and full of energy. This morning she discovered the floor-to-ceiling mirrors throughout the house and can’t get the other dog to play. She’s having lots of fun. And I’ve learned not to take a single step without first looking down. Looking forward to lots of fun days ahead.


Female Toy Poodle Puppy Search

January 25th, 2016

          As many know my lovable little puppy, Princess Camo, passed away last year a month before her 17th birthday. I continue to mourn her passing and am also grieving a bit over not having a doggy companion. So I’ve finally started searching for a new little doggy friend.

          Camo was an apricot hair color female toy poodle who weighed less than seven pounds. She was the third toy poodle I’ve shared my life with. Her two predecessors were both black and male. Camo left me preferring female doggy companions and a preference for an apricot or similar light hair color. 

          I’m now actively seeking a female toy poodle puppy under a year in age and preferably with apricot hair color or a similar lighter color shade. I’m prepared to travel anywhere in Southern California to see a puppy for I’m not interested in getting one I’ve not seen. I also have no interest in working through a third-party puppy broker. Also, I have no intention of showing or breeding the puppy I hope to find.

          Please share this message with anyone who might be able to facilitate my search. (UPDATE: My search ended January 28th when I found a new puppy. Thanks to all who sent information and notes of support).


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Cirque du Soleil – “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities”

January 17th, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Stage
          My sister Judy and I attended the Saturday Jan 16th performance of Cirque du Soleil – “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities”. The performance venue was in a huge traveling tent pitched in the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium parking lot. This latest Cirque presentation opened in December and runs through Feb 7th.

          The Los Angeles times gave the show rave reviews and I fully concur. Reporter Daryl H. Miller wrote “The show, in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, also excels at making the familiar seem new, a not insignificant feat. Because, let’s face it, after 28 years of visits and a superhuman fertility of shows, Cirque has become so ubiquitous that fatigue sometimes sets in. But this time, even the most familiar acts deliver surprises.”

          The evening’s entertainment, which might be termed an acrobatic musical, consisted of more than a dozen acts. Among them were a solo trapeze act, incredible stacked cylinders balancing act atop a levitating platform, areal feats performed by muscular male conjoined twins billed as “two Siamese twins”, an unbelievable balanced-chairs act, a shape-shifting clown, trio of contortionists, a yo-yo artist, and much, much more kept the audience entertained and consistently surprised.

          The Time Machine theme, robots, train looping through the audience, costumes designed with an early 1900 look, and music written for the performance and so many costumed routines not only served as a backdrop to the acrobatics, but also earned top honors for their place in the production.

As reporter Miller wrote, the show “inspires wonder, awe, excitement, suspense … and an itch to make more frequent trips to the gym.”

          Cameras are not permitted during the performance. Judy and I arrived early, took photos of the stage and of ourselves sitting in the wheelchair section. One of the staff insisted at least one of the photos had to include me wearing his special hat.

Judy & Bond at Cirque du Soleil 2a

Judy & Bond at Cirque du Soleil 1a

          The link to information about the show is: and the  Los Angeles Times review link is:

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