Greetings:
I have decided to take Queenie to daycare once a week so she can get some of that Queener energy out (one part of a larger "peace at home" plan) she loves it, of course, and they always report that she "plays non-stop."

Yesterday they told me she had made particular friends with another big black dog named Ella, and the staff was so pleased about this because Ella is normally quite shy, and Queenie coaxed her into playing, and Ella had fun.
I was so proud of my girl, it brought a little tear to my eye. Just thought I'd share.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
Greetings: I have decided to take Queenie to daycare once a week so she can get some of that Queener ... Catherine & Zoe the cockerchow & Queenie the black gold retriever & Max the Pomeranian & Rosalie the calico

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience about Queenie with the group.
Nice that she got Ella to play with her.
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I have decided to take Queenie to daycare once a week so she can get some of that Queener energy ... fun. I was so proud of my girl, it brought a little tear to my eye. Just thought I'd share.

that's a cute story, I love when people share them, thanks!

btw, how's life with Max going? any new pictures?
I have decided to take Queenie to daycare once a ... a little tear to my eye. Just thought I'd share.

that's a cute story, I love when people share them, thanks!

Thanks I like hearing that people like them! And I like hearing them from others, too.
btw, how's life with Max going? any new pictures?

I think you may have seen all the pix so far. I should take some more outside. I still haven't lined them up in order of height, which is the picture everyone wants to see.
Life with Max is really fun though. He is a great little guy and gets along famously with everyone. He has a little barking problem but I am using time outs and he is getting better quickly. Tiny lap dogs do not like to be separated from the ones they adore, as I'm sure you know.

He loves to play with Queenie and with me, and is still working on convincing Zoe he came close a week or two ago, so I think he might be able to. She still plays with me so I think she would enjoy racing around with him.
Max is great to curl up with in the evenings while reading or watching tv. He's so cuddly! And his little face is so cute and foxy-loxy, that I feel completely happy whenever I see him. Of course I feel that way about the girls too, don't get me wrong. But he has been a splendid addition to our household and I love having him there.
And how is poodle pup life?

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
I think you may have seen all the pix so far. I should take some more outside. I still haven't ... with everyone. He has a little barking problem but I am using time outs and he is getting better quickly.

Cali recently found her voice. I don't think she made a sound for the first
6 months I had her and now has started barking when she hears noises, seesstrange things (like the new ceiling fan in our bedroom), when I come home from being away and when she wants to play. Maui, on the other hand, is getting better at not sounding like a car alarm when he hears something outside. He still makes the occasional sounds but not as much as before. I guess he is trying to make up for Cali finding her voice.
Tiny lap dogs do not like to be separated from the ones they adore, as I'm sure you know.

I know it and love it.
He loves to play with Queenie and with me, and is still working on convincing Zoe he came close ... he might be able to. She still plays with me so I think she would enjoy racing around with him.

Maui and Cali really get along nicely. I haven't had a problem yet so I am hoping it stays that way. The one thing I noticed about having two dogs is that you really have to make sure to give them separate times with you because when my schedule got really crazy at work and I wasn't home as much for about 3 weeks, the dogs started playing more with each other instead of with me. I really missed playing on the floor with them and all the toys so now I am back to crating one and playing one on one with the other for a few minutes every day. It's a nice way to give them some individual time, which they seem to enjoy, and also let me stay in the fun too.
Max is great to curl up with in the evenings while reading or watching tv. He's so cuddly! And his little face is so cute and foxy-loxy, that I feel completely happy whenever I see him.[/nq]I definately know what you mean. I just light up every time I see one of my dogs. When Cali prances across the room, I just have to smile. She has an adorable trot, kinda like she owns the place. While she was not very affectionate at first (with her kisses), lately she has started to be and she was always a snuggler. And everytime I see Maui, I know my day is about to get better.

As for kisses, he still tries to give me at least 1000 kisses a day, which I love. Luckily for me, he still likes being held and being a Momma's boy, even though I have been working more hours at work and my mom (a school nurse and off the entire summer) is the one who is home with them during the day. The dogs are lucky that they are rarely home alone on any given day.
And how is poodle pup life?

Pretty good. We did have a slight scare a while back when I looked out the window right before putting the dogs out to go potty and saw a huge owl staring at me from 2 feet in front of the stairs. It had killed a large rabbit that was almost the size of Cali. I scared it off and then let the dogs out on short leashes with me there the whole time. During the day, I see quite a few hawks and now at night, I have owls to worry about. Luckily, my parents are being cautious and everyone is on the same page about going out with the dogs and staying out the whole time.
Other than that, we are trying to keep busy. Maui has one more beginner agility class before he graduates. I found a great trainer who has obedience classes, agility, flyball, etc so we have been going there for a few weeks. After the beginner class is over, I will either do the intermediate class or flyball. Maui also has a birthday coming up, he is almost 2, his birthday being on the 28th of June. I can't believe how mature and calm he has been these past few months.

Either that or it just seems that way in comparison to Cali! He is still a Momma's boy and today in the pool wouldn't let me forget it. While Cali was content laying under the chair in the shade, Maui insisted he floated on a raft with me. He is very good and just cuddles with me the whole time so it is not a problem doing that. Since it does get hot, I splash them both with water or put them in to swim for a short cool off. A few weeks ago when we were uncovering the pool for the first time, Maui was up on the deck with me.

He must have thought there was something fun in the pool because before we even got the cover off, he jumped right in. He fell thru the cover and started swimming around in a small circle trying to figure out what happened. I couldn't help but laugh and call him over to me so I could lift him out.
We spend a lot of time outside, either in the yard, up at the pool or down by the creek on our property. The dogs are great water lovers so they swim in the big pool, the creek and they also have their very own baby pool. We also visit the local parks and go for bike rides. Cali likes going on the bike and riding in the basket (something I haven't done with Maui yet because I am not sure if he'd stay there).

While Cali definately has more energy (being a puppy and all), she is very much more "go with the flow" and easy going than Maui. She easily lets me do pretty much anything without squirming, such as brush her, clean her teeth, put a diaper on when she was in heat (to protect the furniture). She never tries to jump out of her carseat and doesn't mind being held in a sling bag.

BTW, did you ever get one for Max? I bought the sling that you mentioned before and I like it for the most part. For more detailed feedback, just ask.
As for kisses, he still tries to give me at least 1000 kisses a day, which I love.[/nq]What is it about mini poodles and kisses? Sammie can give Mimi and Anna as many kisses as he wants, but I don't like being licked. So what does he do? He stealth kisses. He jumps up on the bed or couch or wherever I am, comes up for snuggles and to look really cute, pretends he is going to follow the no sliming me rule, but always sneaks in at least one quick lick.

When I remind him of the no kisses rule, he looks at me like of course he didn't try to break the rule, he is just an adorable fluff ball without a devious bone in his body. When he can't talk me into letting him lick me all over my face, he beebops over to one of the girls because he must lick someone at least
500 times before he can go on with his life, but he never gives uptrying a stealth kiss on me whenever he is close enough to manage one. The other dogs not only accept just fine that I only want kisses when asked, but also don't feel compelled to get in a minimum number of kisses per hour. Is that a poodle thing or what?

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
As for kisses, he still tries to give me at least 1000 kisses a day, which I love.

What is it about mini poodles and kisses? Sammie can give Mimi and Anna as many kisses as he wants, ... don't feel compelled to get in a minimum number of kisses per hour. Is that a poodle thing or what?

I only ever had poodles so I am not sure. I do know that the poodle I had growing up was also a kisser, though not nearly as much as Maui. Cuddles was her name and she fell somewhere in the middle on the kissing meter. My rule on kissing is that Maui can't kiss me when I first get out of the shower (he's notorious for waiting until I first step out of the shower and then starts kissing my legs to get the water off) and he can't kiss near my mouth. He's allowed to kiss my cheek and is pretty good about following this rule. It's funny because he also knows that my dad doesn't mind kisses so he gets a lot too but my mom would rather not have them and Maui mostly respects that.
The other dogs not only accept just fine that I only want kisses when asked, but also don't feel compelled to get in a minimum number of kisses per hour. Is that a poodle thing or what?

That's always been my experience with tiny lap dogs until Max. He simply is not a kisser, and I am really happy about that. He will give an occasional kiss but really is a good snuggler and also likes to gaze at me adoringly, which can only make a person feel good about herself (although at times a person feels rather undeserving of such worship, such as when a person has been absorbed in something for hours and suddenly looks up to see a dog gazing adoringly at her).

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
Cali recently found her voice. I don't think she made a sound for the first 6 months I had her and now has started barking when she hears noises, sees strange things (like the new ceiling fan in our bedroom),

This is a sign of intelligence in dogs noticing new things in their environment. I like to say "that's hard to remember when your dog is barking at your new doormat" as Zoe once did.
when I come home from being away and when she wants to play. Maui, on the other hand, is getting ... sounds but not as much as before. I guess he is trying to make up for Cali finding her voice.

That's right. He is acting superior. Zoe did turn 4, which we at rpdb have scientifically determined is the perfect age, but never is a dog more perfect than when another dog is misbehaving. When I reprimand Queenie or Max, Zoe comes trotting to my side and looks at me as if to say, "look at how well-behaved I am don't you just love me best??"
Max is great to curl up with in the evenings ... foxy-loxy, that I feel completely happy whenever I see him.

I definately know what you mean. I just light up every time I see one of my dogs. When Cali prances across the room, I just have to smile. She has an adorable trot, kinda like she owns the place.

I seriously did not expect the dancing. My other dogs do not dance. The dancing, the prancing, it's simply irresistible!
And how is poodle pup life?

Pretty good. We did have a slight scare a while back when I looked out the window right before putting the dogs out to go potty and saw a huge owl staring at me from 2 feet in front of the stairs.

That must have been scary! (Although there is the cool part of seeing an owl up close and personal.) Max and Queenie love to hang outside in the evenings. I'm counting on Queenie to keep the owls away. Somebody tell me if that's a bad assumption. She's pretty protective of her little man, not to mention her yard.
Other than that, we are trying to keep busy. Maui has one more beginner agility class before he graduates.

Yay, Maui!
Sounds like you all are having a blast. The only place we can swim together is the river and unfortunately it's a mile hike to get down there, so it depends on how my knee is doing on any given day but we made it down there last week and I waded in and Zoe swam quite a bit but I can't get Queenie the "retriever" to go in deeper than her belly.
BTW, did you ever get one for Max? I bought the sling that you mentioned before and I like it for the most part. For more detailed feedback, just ask.

I wound up going with something that looked more like a messenger bag, I have 2 actually, one in a basic black and one in a fun summer stripe. So far I have taken him into the airport to return a rental car and no one knew a thing. I have yet to sneak him into a restaurant, as the people I go to restaurants with have objected. However, one of these here days I'm going to take him grocery shopping, maybe next week as he is going to have a play date in town with a pug.
The one sling I was able to find in town and try in person was too small for Max and he kept trying to jump out. He also seems to prefer a rigid base in a bag. I am interested in your experience with the sling, so do tell!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico