News, fresh off the Farm

We are suspending most activities for the now extended Emergency Stay-At-Home order. Events that were scheduled until May 20 are postponed. Trials scheduled beyond May 20 will not open for entry until we see that a reasonable expectation exists for the events to be held on schedule.

We had a successful CARO two-day event on the weekend. Got one in between lockdowns. Take what we can get.

Restrict

Everyone needed a rest after that. Poodles that compete need to nap, poodles that are retired needed to catch up on quality time with Papa. Papa needed to be there as a big security blanket. Looks like we get to do a lot of this for a few weeks.

finger COVID : Face Covering Policy

Coming Attractions

The CARO Working Class only event on April 18 is postponed, date TBA. The May 19 event is also postponed in light of the extension to the Stay-At-Home order.

The PCC Scent Detection Trials postponed from January 24 when we were in lockdown has been officially rescheduled to May 30 with Judge Jane Book. Watch for updates on the Premium List and entry opening in early May. With the short interval between the end of the Stay At Home and the Trial date, it will be a very close call whether the trial will or can proceed at all.

The BDKOC Obedience Trials postponed from February 6&7 are re-scheduled to June 12&13, 2021. No change in the Judging Panels.

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

Having some time during the shutdown to think of new ideas for old products did yield results.

Ezee-peanut

A new intermediate peanut holder that accomodates the larger (60-80cm) Fitpaws peanuts in a modular system that can expand to hold single or multiple peanuts and bones in various configurations with add-ons. Easily adjustable, easy to tailor to your needs. And it goes in a box that can ship Canada Post. More Details ...

Health & Lifestyle

I was cleaning the fridge the other day, while watching a PBS program on Climate Change. When you see a little puddle of water on the floor next to the fridge, it is a sign that the evaporator drain is plugged and the auto-defrost water isn't going down to the pan on the condensor. So while you are pulling out all the shelves and bins to take the back panel off, it is a good time for a deep clean. So back to the TV show, and they are talking about the carbon footprint of new appliances, from mining raw materials through shipping to your door. It adds up. So it is good for the environment to fix what you have, but not so good for the economy. Everyone says they want you to be 'Energy-wise' when buying new products just so long as you keep buying new products. Large appliances used to be called 'durable goods' because you might keep using them for 20-25 years like my parents did. I don't think they are designed to be quite so 'durable' these days. You have to make it happen.

According to the schedule, Roxane is here on March 23 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.

Sports

Just finished up the Poodle Club of Ontario Rally & Obedience weekend. First trial of 2021, first chance we've had to have a trial since the lockdown. And the only one before the next lockdown started.

PCD

A well attended trial, Obedience and Rally both filled in accordance with the guidelines. Everyone was well-behaved. Oscar got two legs towards his PCD with Amanda handling. Her first foray into Obedience, normally she is pretty focussed on Rally.

Entertainment

Poodle Poetry & Pynky

Black & Blue

Poodle Poetry

Some poodles are black,
some poodles are blue.
add fourteen days
and you get forty-two.


Pynky & the Brain

Pynky & The Brain

Are you pondering what I'm pondering Pynky?

I think so Brain, but I maybe 42 is the answer to "the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything".

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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March 6/7 PCO Rally & Obedience

Tentative schedule is to have the Premium, Entry Form & Waiver open and available on or after February 15. Entry methods will be mail/hand-delivered entry and we will open it to direct electronic entry as in the trial in November. There is no assurance that 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.

Note: The March 6 Rally Obedience Premium List will be a separate document from the March 7 Obedience Premium List, and each Event will open on separate days. So if you are looking to enter just rally, don't be alarmed if you see the Obedience Premium and can't find the Rally. It will just be released on it's own day. This should be the week of February 15 with the return to colour-coded restrictions.

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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 13 February

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