Older Poodles/Retired Breeders

Our adults of any age have certain requirements. We look for these requirements in a good home for each of them that will be right for their special, individual needs and guarantee a successfull adoption.

#1  A securely fenced yard, 5' high or more, (not electronic, nor invisible) is a MUST HAVE for the scared, homesick poodle's safety during the early months of re-homing.

#2   A quiet home with adults only.  They have not been raised with the higher energy level of young children.  They also need an adult, preferably a woman, at home full time with lots of time for bonding and time to devote to helping the poodle adjust to a whole new way of life.  They have been raised by a woman, always handled and cared for by women.  Men are quite foreign to them at first.

#3  A non urban setting.  They are country bumpkins and need a country type environment for a new home.  Cities are not something they are able to adjust to at their age as a country raised adult.

#4  If there is not already another gentle dog in the adoptive family, then please consider adopting a pair of poodles.  They have always had poodle friends and need the canine companionship.  They adjust and adapt much more quickly if they can go out to that strange new world with a friend from home.

Re-homing is very traumatic at first.  Change comes hard and it is painful for the adult poodle to lose their world as they knew it .. to have to give up all they know for everything new and strange.   We humans know that in the long run, the new home will be much more fun with more individual attention and interesting things to do, but the newly re-homed canine does not know this and is frightened and unhappy.  We are trying to find homes with dog knowledgeable people who will help this homesick poodle ease into a whole new way of life among strangers.  They will re-bond, they will learn to love their new humans, but it will take time.

We  love retired humans for retired poodle breeders.         

We do have a few adults, spayed, neutered and ready for homes.  Contact me via email for more information.  Thank you for reading this!

Addendum January 20, 2018:

These are what I call Special Needs poodles.  They have lived here all their lives.  It is a simple life in the country with their poodle friends and me and my family members who help with kennel work and life.  The poodles needing to be re-homed are retiring breeders.  They do not want to be re-homed..  They are quite happy with their simple life..  it is what they know.  We have a former boarding kennel. Thirty inside large  pens with adjoining individual chain link runs, 4'x 16' that we have roofed over and weather enclosed with glass door panels. No one is ever locked in a box or crated.  There are also seven large 1/2 acre fenced yards off every side of the kennel building and nearly every day all the poodles get out to run and play, in shifts, in the yards.  They are well fed, well loved, handled daily, groomed regularly and happy.  Lots of cookies, treats, and their favorite treat, soft boiled eggs from our own free range chickens.   But ... breeding programs move forward, poodles are bred from age 2 to age 5 and then since they have worked for me 1/3 of their life, I like to find the right situation so for the last 2/3rd  of their lives they can experience normal family life with perhaps one other poodle and not having to share the human they love with 30 other poodles..

The first two to three months are hard on them.  They miss the world as they knew it, they are homesick, they are fearful.  That outside world is scary..  Lots of strange new noises, people, places, traffic, highways... nothing they have ever experienced here.   If I have found the right home, with the right people, in a country setting. people who have time to love, nurture and guide, the adoption goes well and with in the two to three months, the homesick poodle has decided this new world is fun and interesting... but it takes time and work to get there.  They grieve for us and every one and thing they loved here.   In the end they are very happy with their new life but the transition is hard and work on the part of the human adopting them.

So, no, they are not the calm, happy to leave the people they love and are bonded to, not happy to leave their poodle friends and relatives, their yards and country life to go live in a foreign place with strangers. 

If they get to come back to visit me after the first month of two, they seem to put it all in perspective and understand that this world is still here.  We all did not just evaporate.   Then the adoption moves forward with great speed and they are very happy to see us, but very happy to jump in that car (that they had been afraid of) and return to the new world with their new human pack, that they have come to also love.  A lot of our retired poodles come back to our yearly "Poodle Party" which is a family reunion for all our poodles that have left us, pups and adults.   It is an annual September three days of fun!

We  love retired humans with time to dote on our retiring mamas and papas and share their retirement years with them.

© pat 2020