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My SPoo puppy is here, and I'm totally in love with him. Well, when I'm not ready to strangle him, anyway. The little guy has aspirations of being an operatic heavy metal singer. He's also inquisitive, happy-go-lucky, has shown good resilience and recovery, and has been a trooper about housetraining in the pouring rain.

We got a bit of a break between deluges yesterday, and I was able to get some pictures. I think he wants to follow in his big sisters' pawprints, and be a parkour dog.

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0344 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0345 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0349 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0361 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0362 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0363 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0364 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0367 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0373 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0398 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0405 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0415 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0416 Sunday by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-18 Simon DSC_0426 Red by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr
 

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Oh, my, from those pictures with the lounge chair he is very confident and doesn't discourage easily. Congratulations.

He's looks bigger than I expected. How old is he?
 

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He's 12 weeks old as of yesterday. He weighed 14 pounds at the vet on Monday (both of us think he's a bit on the thin side at the moment), and the top of his head nearly reaches my knees. His sire is 26" tall, and his dam is 27", so I'm expecting him to in that range as well.
 

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Wow. In my logical mind I know that body style makes a big difference in how much a dog weighs compared to his height, but it keeps right on surprising me when taller dogs weigh less than heavy boned shorties. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think getting one older like that is an advantage. Mine that came as older babies were such confident, easy going souls. I know that's a database of 2, but can't help feeling that way.
 

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So how's your guy doing? I'm like the military when they say all plans go to hell with the first encounter with the enemy. Not that the puppy is an enemy, but planning is one thing and dealing with a real, live puppy is another.:)
 

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We finally a) got a break in the rain; and b) actually had time to take pictures, so here is today's photo dump (will be two posts, since it's more than will fit in one). Please excuse the fact the he desperately needs a good brushing and FFT trim. It's rained for probably ten of the fourteen days he's been home, and between that and car shopping, we haven't done much of anything.

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0565 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0566 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0577 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0581 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0583 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0596 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0597 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0609 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0617 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0620 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0628 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0632 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0633 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0636 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0646 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

To be continued...
 

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Part two.

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0647 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0650 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0652 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0667 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0673 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0678 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0689 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0695 Pop by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0698 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0699 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0702 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0706 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0724 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0762 Silence by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-29 Dogs in Yard DSC_0764 Charcoal by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

And that's it. I'm still fighting with my camera some, but I'm glad it's cooperating as much as it is.

Leo is delighted to have a new playmate. Lily seems to think that if she could just ignore him hard enough, he will disappear. Simon is just having fun and learning how to dog.
 

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He definitely looks the happiest of the 3. Maybe that's just puppy or poodle expression. He is going to take more coat care than the others. Needless to say that brindle coat is my favorite.
 

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Poodles definitely have a tendency towards that open-mouth smile! And very toothy play, which I also see, haha. He looks like a charming handful, and like he's settling in great!
 

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I guess I could add some more pictures....

First of all, it, was too good not to make into a meme....

https://flic.kr/p/2m6D2yW
We started on a Dutch clip.

2021-5-31 Simon's New Clip DSC_0225 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-5-31 Simon's New Clip DSC_0236 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Stinker....

2021-6-5 Dogs DSC_0360 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2021-6-5 Dogs DSC_0361 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Getting scruffy looking...

2021-6-5 Dogs DSC_0282 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Then, between first the rain, and now the heat and humidity, I decided to heck with it, and took him down with a #10 blade into a Miami.

2021-6-6 Simon's first Miami clip DSC_0394 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Lily isn't a fan....

2021-6-7 Dogs DSC_0439 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Little brat was trying to steal my camera.

2021-6-7 Dogs DSC_0467 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

There is something in the grass.

2021-6-18 Dogs #2 DSC_0515 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Whatever could it be?

2021-6-18 Dogs #2 DSC_0518 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Hmm... that looks like... a paw?

2021-6-18 Dogs #2 DSC_0522 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Oh, hi Simon!. Yeah, I guess the grass did need to be cut...

2021-6-18 Dogs #2 DSC_0524 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

This pretty much sums up the personality differences between Simon and Lily.

2021-6-19 Dogs DSC_0021 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Having a discussion over dental care, maybe?

2021-6-25 Dogs DSC_0339 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

You'll have to imagine the "zoom" sound effects...

2021-6-25 Dogs DSC_0381 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Finally getting a handle of that face! Yes, the hair around his nose is lighter that the fluff. Blues lighten as they get older.

2021-6-25 Dogs DSC_0403 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

I promise he has two eyes. He still moves around a lot, which makes scissoring.... complicated.

2021-6-25 Dogs DSC_0477 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

These are just a selection of photos taken since the last post. If you want to see all of them, you can check out my Flickr page. Rosemary Elwell
 

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Oh, my, you have courage tackling that coat yourself. I wouldn't know where or how to start, and I've body clipped a horse in the past. After the haircut he looks half the size he did in the first pics.
 

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Have you ever read the cozy mysteries by Laurien Berenson that have poodle-owning school teacher Melanie Travis as the main character with her poodle breeder aunt as a main supporting character? They show the dogs and there are often descriptions of what they go through with washing, brushing, clipping and scissoring show dogs and also describe the more regular coats on the retired show dogs. Fun books.
 

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Have you ever read the cozy mysteries by Laurien Berenson that have poodle-owning school teacher Melanie Travis as the main character with her poodle breeder aunt as a main supporting character? They show the dogs and there are often descriptions of what they go through with washing, brushing, clipping and scissoring show dogs and also describe the more regular coats on the retired show dogs. Fun books.
I've read a bunch of them. I've got the earlier ones in paperback, but then she said she was quitting the series. I found out a couple of years ago that she had started back up, but I don't have all the newer ones.
 

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I wondered when they stopped coming out what was up, thought maybe her publisher had quit on the series and when they started up again thought maybe she'd gone indie. Not indie at the prices that are on them though. I think I have them all, and my early ones are paper too, but for a long time now it's Kindle or nothing for me.
 
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