News, fresh off the Farm

A few years ago we had a winter that seemed to go on so long that months into the year we were referring to dates like January the 102nd.


Why am I getting the feeling that we are going to be in 2020 for so long that we will be referring to dates like 102nd day of December, 2020. Argghhh. I better not have to write too many cheques.

2020 was quite a year to reflect on. There was a lot that has happened for which we should give thanks. Debby and I would like to thank everyone who has stuck with us through the year, for saying "yes, we can do this" even if it had to be done different.

Thank you. Stay safe and be kind.

finger COVID : Face Covering Policy

Coming Attractions

Not yet postponed - PCO Rally & Obedience Trials scheduled for March 6&7. Watch for updated information mid-February after the current "Stay at Home" and Lockdown orders expire.

Postponed indefinitely - BDKOC Obedience Trials scheduled for February 6&7.

CKC Scent Detection Trial January 24 for the Poodle Club of Canada is also being postponed indefinitely. A new date will be selected and advertised once all the approvals are in place.

Our new consolidated Events Calendar is up and running. Easy to do when so much is on hold with COVID lockdowns. A place for everything, and everything in one place. … 2021 Events Calendar.

Recovery Room

Learning from Loop-eez. And adapting to your needs.


I've learned to make these clear performance guides in a wider range of sizes, both to serve specific requests and to make shipping more practical. Get your friends together and order up to 5 nesting tubes that ship in the same box as if one. That gets the postage down quite a bit. Debby has also been using them for more things, and they aren't just for Agility - especially if you have challenges getting a CDX because of the Broad Jump. More Details ...

Health & Lifestyle

Some random household tips from the Kitchen@thepoodlefarm

  • Use a wok to make popcorn on the stove. Preferably a plain steel wok that is properly seasoned. A little oil, medium heat, just enough kernels to make one layer on the bottom. And a LID! Shake occasionally.
  • For cleaning wood surfaces, mix Lestoil and Murphy's Oil soap with water for removing mildew while protecting the surface.
  • Freeze garlic bulbs whole. When you need a clove or two, just break them off, peel and chop. The garlic won't sprout or freeze hard.
  • Washing dishes in the sink might use more water than the dishwasher but uses less energy, has a smaller carbon footprint, uses less aggressive chemicals and won't etch clear glass dishes.

According to the schedule, Roxane is here on 26 January with "Curbside Drop-Off/Pick-up"service in accordance with COVID protocols and best practice. The schedule for the first half of 2021 is now available. More info.


We had a successful CARO trial on December 13, and it didn't snow. Working Class only so there were no pictures, and results are hard to publish in a way that makes much sense. We did see a few new Working Class Champions get the big ribbon - congratulations to Rica, Jazz and Krystal.

HITThe Poodle Club of Canada held a weekend of CKC Rally & Obedience trials here in November. Thanks to Mary Monteith, Ted Leslie and David Pateman and all the helpers and volunteers who made this a safe and successful trial. Michaela Bouzkova and her Malinois CC got a HIT in Open 18B on Saturday.


Poodle Poetry & Pynky

Black & Blue

Poodle Poetry

Some poodles are black,
some poodles are blue.
the forecast is gray,
overcast, and gloomy too.

Pynky & the Brain

Pynky & The Brain

Are you pondering what I'm pondering Pynky?

I think so Brain, but if the glove were on the other hand would he be a Proctologist.

Face Covering Policy

Due to the rapid increase of the coronavirus cases in Ontario, and the need to change the behaviours of some for the benefit of all, we are implementing immediately new consequences for failure to wear a face covering at The Poodle Farm. Going forward, anyone found not wearing a face covering anywhere on the property of The Poodle Farm, with the sole exceptions of:

  1. the "Ring" while actively training, competing or instructing; or,
  2. in your vehicle

will be required to leave the property immediately. Any fees for training or for ANY sanctioned trials will be immediately forfeit and you will be marked excused from further competition. In addition, you will be barred from ANY group classes or entry in sanctioned trials or any other group activities for 120 days from the date of the infraction. You may still participate in 1-1 supervised private instruction at the discretion and availability of the Instructor.

We regret having to take these measures, but we cannot be seen as condoning poor behaviours or failing to take action to control the spread of COVID. The Poodle Farm is fortunate to have a facility that can continue to offer supervised group activities in a safe and comfortable environment that meets all Provincial, Municipal and local Standards and we intend to continue to offer activities for owners and dogs for as long as we can.

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February 6/7 BDKOC Obedience

Given the current COVID lockdown and the best CKC permitted practice, entry will not open until we are reasonably certain the event can proceed. This reduces the risk of having the event be cancelled or rescheduled when the entry is already open and filled. It allows for eTransfer entry fees to be left unprocessed until the event date, which simplifies the return of fees if the event is cancelled. The eTransfer can be cancelled or allowed to expire, just like voiding a cheque.

Tentative schedule is to have the Premium, Entry Form & Waiver open and available after January 23. How far after is yet to be determined. Entry methods will be mail/hand-delivered entry and we will open it to direct electronic entry as in the trial in November. It is unlikely there will be time for mail/courier entries to arrive so please plan accordingly. Experience shows it can fill in hours if we offer the electronic entry option. Be prepared, make sure you know how to "Fill and Sign" a PDF using the Adobe Acrobat Reader or comparable app either on a computer or your mobile device.

Adobe logo Visit the official Adobe Website to download Abode Reader DC your computer or the Adobe Mobile App if you want to try from your phone or iPad.

Note: E-mail attachments of photos of hand-written entries are strongly discouraged. This is a result of past experience with clarity and completeness of the information making the entry incomplete as first received and returned to the entrant per CKC rules. By the time it is re-submitted the trial is full and the entry is relegated to the wait list.

Updated 14 January

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