We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So, just how good a watchdog is that poodle? Are they still with you? Hurts to loose these guys: in this house we believe they are truly on the other side waiting for us. Just as if they were at the top of the stairs where our guys used to wait. Enjoy, love, grieve and then, when the time is right,start searching for the next new friend.
Oh good! Our first experience with poodles was with a mixed poodle with something else. Smartest dang dog ever had! Is it your experience that poodles are way above average in connecting the dots, or was it just this little "mutt"?