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AKC Gazette, “Times Past”

  1. “Charley’s combed columns of legs were noble things, his cap of silver-blue fur was rakish, and he carried the pompom of his tail like the baton of a bandmaster. … If manners maketh man, then manner and grooming maketh poodle.” —John Steinbeck
  2. “The modern Poodle, displaying the most elaborate and meticulous coat trim known to the canine show world, would appear to be a far cry from its working ancestor. In reality however, the fancy grooming of the champion pedigree dog of today is only a refinement of a style that has been known for centuries. … This is not a deranged hair-stylist’s fantasy, it was a practical, down-to-earth adaptation to life as a rough, tough water retriever.” —Desmond Morris
  3. “Once you and a poodle have shared the same leash, you’re hooked! A certain chemistry seems to flow through that leash uniting both poodle and master. Eventually you aren’t even sure whether you are walking the poodle, or the poodle is walking you.” —Jacqueline Susann
  4. “Poodles are Labrador Retrievers with a college education. My Poodle will do anything your Lab will do. After a day of retrieving in the field, your Lab wants to curl up and snore in front of the fire. My Poodle wants to be a fourth at bridge and tell naughty stories!” —Anne Rogers Clark
  5. Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.” —George Jean Nathan


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