Terry Jester owns and operates two kennels:
- Rocky Mountain Rawhide Bulldogges
- Powder Valley Poodles
Fall Newsletter 2018
Hi folks! Here I am again, in an identical bed, in the wonderful Inn at Port Ludlow in Washington state once again writing you your much deserved and long time coming newsletter. At least this time I’m not sick, have had no surgeries and the only chemicals in my body this time around is a mighty jolt of caffeine from some very good coffee. Looking out the window and down to the docks below I’m watching a family of five half-grown otters playing, wrestling and tumbling around as they enjoy the crisp fall air, cold rain and each other. Diving off the dock, they chase each other briefly and then disappear into the choppy waves brought on by the icy wind and rain. I sure hope I get to see them again.
New International Champions AND
BEST IN SHOW!
We’ve had plenty going on since the last newsletter. We have three new International Champion Puppies. Rowdy, now retired and living the good life of a pampered pet in Boulder, CO produced all three. His daughter, Powder Valley Lady Bug’s Last Toot (Tootie) took the 9 to 12 month championship in 4 shows over two days during the first weekend in October at the IABCA show in Greeley this year. Her half brothers, Solo (Powder Valley Rowdy’s Milinium CMDR), and Chewie, (Powder Valley Rowdy’s 2nd. in Command), also achieved their championships in the puppy class 3 to 6 months. And, Chewie was VERY well-liked by many of the judges — one of whom is an AKC poodle breeder and judge — so well liked that he was awarded THREE Best In Show Puppy ribbons out of the four shows he was in. We couldn’t be more proud of these three! Stan Matsumoto, the AKC judge and poodle breeder said that Chewie’s head, face, and most of all, expression, were about as perfect as was possible and he was an exceptional poodle puppy.
I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU! to my Powder Valley Poodle puppy wranglers and guardian homes for Tootie and Solo. Both Cathy, with Tootie and Michelle, with Solo did a fantastic job showing the puppies even though they had never even SEEN a dog show before — much less taken a puppy into a show ring. They did a great job as is evident by all the Best of Breed titles and new championships. Thanks again, ladies!
And, as soon as I get the proofs back for Chewie and Solo I’ll add their photos as well. Could not have asked for a better weekend at the dog show! I can only devote one weekend a year to showing our dogs and puppies. We have to make it count!
Retiring dogs and some new faces
This last year we retired one of our most popular boys — Tango Haus Powder Valley Rowdy. A wonderful producer of beautiful, smart and capable miniature poodle puppies. His sons, Solo and Chewie, will continue his line and I hope have the same positive impact on our puppies for years to come.
We also retired Roscoe, (AKA “The Happiest Dog on Earth”) one of our miniature goldendoodles. His younger brothers, Yankee and Augie, will be taking over his duties as our “go to” boys to breed with our standard poodle girls to produce our beautiful and popular mini and medium goldendoodle puppies.
Also retired this year are girls: Jersey (standard Goldendoodle), Dandee, (standard poodle), Lady Bug and Cous Cous Cootie, (miniature poodles), and Cameo, (toy poodle).
Retiring later this year will be our beautiful silver standard doodle, Maya. She will most likely have only one more litter, due spring or early summer of 2019.
To take their places we have our three new champion puppies, of course, Tootie, Solo and Chewie, as well as several younger dogs and puppies that are still being evaluated and tested. As a teaser, their names are: Silver (that should give you a hint as to whose puppy SHE is!), Tricks, Kimber – Too, Flash, Spice, Autumn, Foxy, (Powder Valley Robbie’s Red Fox in Socks), Munchie, and Honey. Be on the look out for these puppies and dogs as they pass their tests and become featured on our “Up and Coming” page.
That’s it for now folks. I’ll add photos to this addition of the newsletter as soon as I can get my hands on them. Take care and have WONDERFUL HOLIDAYS!!
Spring Newsletter 2018
Welcome to our “We Put It Out When We Can” Newsletter! I’m confined to bed with neck surgery, a “massive” ear infection (according to the doctor), and a new laptop. So guess what? You guys get a newsletter! I’m also on a whole lot of chemicals that my body isn’t used to so I sure hope all this will make sense. I guess you’ll let me know!
Spring is a great time to think about signing up for a dog or puppy training class if you have not yet done so. Dogs typically LOVE going to class and ANY socialization with other dogs and people in a controlled setting is beneficial.
For those who hike a lot with their dogs I suggest a rattlesnake avoidance clinic. I can greatly recommend Sami Mann of Fort Collins, CO for these clinics. She offers several over the year– usually starting around April — and they are reasonable priced, very comprehensive, and — most importantly — VERY effective. Her number is 970-568-7195.
Life is much easier with a well-trained dog. You can do so much more and have so much fun — not to mention a well-trained dog can have a job, like visiting the lonely in a nursing home, or entertaining residents at a rehab center or hospital. A trained dog is a pleasure and our Powder Valley Poodles and doodles are typically very easy to train — so go for it!
If you visit Our Female Poodles and Up and Coming: Our Breeding Dogs of the Future, you will notice that we have added quite a few more dogs to our program. The reason is because so many have or are retiring this year. Standard Poodle Dandee, miniature poodles Lady Bug, Leah, and soon-to-retire Cous Cous Cootie. Jersey, our steadfast producer of wonderful service and therapy dogs will have her last litter this summer. And with the unexpected scaling down of our bulldog program we are trying to make up for it in our poodles and goldendoodles. When Pansy, our beautiful International Champion Olde English Bulldogge retired last year at the age of 6 years — so did our Olde English Bulldogge breeding program. I had kept a puppy from Hana to replace Pansy (Hana didn’t like the whole “motherhood” idea so we spayed her after her first litter) but the puppy didn’t pass our stringent tests. Her hips were not good enough to breed.
So, after having our own line of beautiful, healthy and wonderful bulldogges for so long — we had to retire our Olde English Bulldogge line. We are still breeding our Olde French Bulldogges but no longer breed the Olde English.
On a happier note —
For anyone wondering what happened to the golden retriever “Oz” who we had purchased to be a stud dog for our program (and then decided to go with another dog instead — nothing wrong with Oz, just wanted a deeper color) we gifted Oz to a program that matches service dogs to disabled veterans. (It is a wonderful program and we give them many puppies every year). Here is Oz with his Navy veteran Earl, who served in Viet Nam. The Veterans Puppies for Life program will take care of all of the training Oz will require to be the service dog Earl needs.
For more information on The Veterans Puppies For Life program you can contact Frank Griggs, program coordinator at FGDENVERCO@gmail.com or 303-946-3321. Every veteran that receives one of our dogs through this program is a Purple Heart Recipient. You can also contact Terry Jester at Powder Valley Poodles at 970-568-7585 (landline — no texts please) or email at: Arriniranch@aol.com to ask how YOU can help donate one of our puppies to this very worthwhile program.
Alright, that’s it for now. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. We have some new questions and answers.
Everyone have a fun, safe and WONDERFUL SPRING! Get out on those great trails with your WELL-TRAINED dog and have a good time!
Summer Newsletter 2016
Now for the fun stuff!
April Newsletter 2016
I am VERY happy to announce that our bulldogge, Rocky, (Jester’s RMR Roc Me Gently) at his very first outing as a show dog (and he hopes, last) not only achieved his International Championship title with three V1 ratings (the highest rating a judge can give) but he ALSO took home THREE BEST IN SHOW ribbons. To say these four judges liked him is putting it mildly! All in all, Rocky was awarded with:
- Best In Show Reserve Rare Breed
- Best in Show Reserve, Bred By
- Best in Show, Bred By