Our Standard Poodle is now seven years old and she is fit and healthy. Indeed she still runs and plays as if she is three or four. We try our best to keep her healthy with good food, plenty of walks and exercise for her brain – dog games.
Since we gave up our full-time corporate lives to run our various micro-business – including Dog Remote Control and iFootpath, we have been able to spend more time with her. It was indeed a major reason for us to change our lifestyle. Have a dog can teach you many things including ‘enjoying the moment’ Bobbie never misses a chance to explore, play and give affection.
It would be great to hear what your dog has taught you about living a healthy and rewarding life.
This is a short video of Bobbie playing with her new toy. It has a battery inside making it vibrate and make a noise. It is activated by motion. You can see that she loves it. You will also see in the video how she uses her paws to bring it closer to her.
Bobbie the standard poodle is a great listener. Like many dogs she turns her head to the side. Whether she does this to hear better or whether she does this because she gets great ‘feedback’ from us I guess we may never know. It is of course rather cute. We humans do this too. You may not realise but when someone’s headed is tilted we feel that they are listening to us – when you are next in a meeting observe your colleagues and friends.
Do you share our love of walking and the outdoors?
In England alone, more than 9 million of us walk recreationally at least once a month, making walking more popular than going to the gym or swimming. And in a poll of adults in 2011 that asked people to name the things that bring them most pleasure, walking came in at number 25 ahead of eating chocolate, eating cake and the smell of freshly baked bread.
So what is it that gives walking its widespread appeal? Well, it may have a lot to do with the variety of rewards that walking brings to people. It really can be all things to all people. The exhilaration of a coastal breeze, the views across open countryside or simply having the space and time to reflect on life; a sense of quietness and relaxation that is hard to find elsewhere.
iFootpath – join us on our adventure
Many people love the challenges that come hand in hand with these rewards; finding the starting point and somewhere to park, navigating across remote terrain, overcoming the unexpected obstacles along the way. But for many of the rest of us these are the necessary evils that we must suffer. Well, no more. Imagine being able to enjoy all of the rewards of walking with the challenges taken care of for you. Let me introduce iFootpath…
iFootpath is a website and iPhone App built to inspire people to get out and enjoy beautiful walks across the UK. From town trails to riverside strolls and countryside rambles, we are building a library of walks for people to enjoy be it alone, with their dog or with family and friends. iFootpath walking guides can be downloaded to your iPhone and include live satellite maps showing your own progress around the route(no more getting lost!), full turn-by-turn directions, photographs, historical notes and more.
Join us on our adventure and let iFootpath take all the hard work out of walking for you.
To answer the question, one needs first to look at what exactly is meant in this context by the verb ‘talk’. And when seeking to define a word, the obvious place to start is naturally a dictionary, and here is what the Collins English
Dictionary has to say about it:
Talk: to express one’s thoughts, feelings, or desires by means of words
(to); speak (to)
However, more relevant to us at this moment, is the second definition that Collins also provides:
Talk: to communicate or exchange thoughts by other means, and then cites as an example of this usage the phrase lovers talk with their eyes.
Obviously, there is no doubt that dogs do talk – and most clearly as well — according to the second definition. Just the same, that still leaves less than fully answered the directly-related question as to whether dogs can express themselves through the use of words.
In many ways, the jury is still out on that question. Until not so long ago, the generally held view was that dogs could not talk in the sense that they used words to convey meanings, but recent scientific studies have caused the experts to think again.
We own a lovely standard black bitch called Bobbie. She is everything that we want in a dog. Indeed Standard Poodles offer so much as they are affectionate, clever, great family dogs, athletic, trainable, etc., etc. And as they don’t shed their hair so they can go anywhere in the house.
Standard Poodles make great dogs
So what’s with the need to cross Poodles with other dogs? What else are people looking for? Is it just that Poodles have a bad name? Crossbreeds don’t naturally take the best parts of their respective parents. So if you believe that a Labrador Poodle cross for example is going to be the prefect dog be careful. You may well end up with a food driven dog that chews everything, gets over excited and sheds hair.
They are not so common here in the UK than they used to be. I am not sure why. The grooming is quite expensive at around £45 ($80) every six to eight weeks. But it’s better than having to vacuum up dog hair from house and car. Bobbie loves going to the dog groomers. Not sure what goes on in there but she is always so excited when we pull up outside. But then Standard Poodles are generally happy dogs. They like being with people and other dogs.
Our dog has been virtually free from illness and she is now fifteen months old. Maybe we have been lucky no skin ailments or tummy troubles. We do use a raised feeding dish, which I believe helps with digestion and we feed her a good quality dry food. Fish is her favourite food so she is easy to treat with some tuna. In general I believe Poodles are fussy eaters unlike some other breeds they pick and choose and as we have never fed Bobbie at the table she does not beg. Being a little fussy and not a greedy dog is good as she is unlikely to put on weight if she gets enough exercise but it makes her a little harder to train as she soon gets bored of the same treat.
No, my advice is to stick with a pure bred Standard Poodle and enjoy a fantastic dog that has been around since the Middle Ages. Get to know the breed enjoy their characteristics and be proud to walk your poodle along the street. You don’t need to give your dog a fancy haircut just a nice even cut makes them look great – and with a tail too!. It’s up to you. If you like a fancy Poodle cut them off you go…standard Poodles walk so elegantly that they look good what ever their coat is like. When people see what a great dog you have people will stop to talk to you and admire. And when someone asks what type of dog you have (and we get asked all of the time) say proudly – ‘my dog is a pure Standard Poodle and is absolutely wonderful’