Dear Terry, We wanted to share an update on Gryffin from the Rick Grimes and friends minidoodle litter. He is 17 months old, and has fit into our family perfectly. We all adore him!
You guessed he would mature at 30 pounds. At his recent visit to the vet, he was 29.7. He is an ideal size for us. He’s small enough to fit in the backseat with the two girls, and big enough to occasionally be a pillow for them. He adores snuggles and has decided he might just be a lap dog after all. If anything, his fur has lightened up a bit overall, although he has some neat variations throughout his coat.
Gryffin also loves time with his family, exploring new places, pup playdates (he has quite the social life including several best buddies in the neighborhood), meeting new friends (human, canine, feline, etc.), working for treats, and–now that he is a mature gentleman–sleeping in. He self-regulates really well with food. We offer him two meals a day, and he eats what he is hungry for. He is not the bravest dog in the world, which is fine by us, as he seems to know how to keep himself out of trouble. One day a little while back he acted terrified of leaving the house and absolutely refused his morning walk. We found out later that a coyote was in the area that morning and had attacked a dog within a few blocks of our house. Clever boy!
We haven’t pursued canine good citizen with him yet but we plan to, and don’t expect him to have any problem. This probably goes without saying, but he does not have an aggressive bone in his body and only wants to befriend everyone he meets. For a while we had an issue with him jumping up on some of his beloved humans but he has now learned to sit and look charming instead. One of the training tasks that he currently finds the most challenging it to be put into a “stay” while we allow the girls to walk ahead of us. He thinks it is his responsibility to keep tabs on them, but has responded very well to this exercise. Once we give the release command, he catches up to them in a hurry!
I think moderate energy is a perfect description for him, which is exactly what we wanted. He loves walks and playtime, but as long as he gets his regular exercise he is pretty mellow the rest of the time. We recently got the permit to allow him to be off-leash/under voice and sight control on certain Boulder trails and he’s doing beautifully with it. Today he hiked about 4 miles (I’m attaching a couple photos). He loved it and has pretty much been sleeping since we got home.
He has become such a part of the family that it’s almost hard to remember life without him. Thanks again for helping us connect with such a wonderful dog and companion.
Robin (and Eric, Cordelia, & Beatrix), Colorado
Joey update! I have to share with you Joey’s latest accomplishment. In his height class, he is the #7 agility poodle nationwide! He has been doing so well, I could not be prouder of him. Currently working towards qualifying for nationals – we are close! if we make it, we will head to Reno in March. If we qualify he usually gets a placement. He is the most loving goofy boy, still pushy and determined to get what he wants. I’m so impressed that you knew what he was like when he was so tiny. I absolutely adore him and I’m so grateful you suggested him. Hope all is well with you. Bev, CO (Scroll down the page for updates from earlier in Joey’s amazing agility career!)
Hi Terry – I hope this finds you well and ready for good holidays. I wanted to share with you that Bria successfully completed her Canine Good Citizen test a couple of weekends ago and the ripe old age of 19 months. She was the first and only puppy in her current class to pass the test and she was a rock star. She continues to be a delight. I know I’ve mentioned that she’s my first dog ever and I continue to be amazed at how dear she has become to me and to our entire family. Everyone who meets her adores her. I attached a pic of us just after the test. (The test was done at Bass Pro Shop – hence the grizzlies in the background.) I hope you have wonderful holidays. Take care. I have a friend who’s thinking about a pup for his son, I’ll send him your way when he’s ready. Rachel
Hey Terry, I wanted to send along some pictures of Frisk for you to enjoy. He’s 8 months old now and has completed levels 1 and 2 of Sami’s training class and earned his Canine Good Citizen certification from the AKC. He serves as my Emotional Support Dog for my anxiety and has been coming to work with me since he was 6 months old. I’m hoping to try and start train him as a full psychological service dog once he’s a year old. He has been a perfect fit for us and has grown up so beautifully. And he’s very well behaved (most of the time. He’s still a puppy after all). Thanks and I hope you like the pictures! Katie
Just wanted to say hello 🙂 We love Griswold (aka Giovanni from the “Italian Names” litter) to the moon and back. He got his first haircut last week and looks ever so handsome!! A few of our friends have gotten Doodles from you so we have a gang now 🙂 We hope to add to our family with another doodle in the next few years. Keeping an eye out! We appreciate you making our family complete. Kindest Regards, Missy and family
We wanted to give you a little update on Gryffin (formerly known as Daryl). He is a lovely puppy. He is four months old and about 15 pounds. I asked the girls what we should tell you about him. Beatrix (age 5) said, “He’s the best in the universe because he is the cutest, fuzziest, and fluffiest.”All very true. Several strangers have told us he’s the cutest puppy they have ever seen. Cordelia (age 8) said the best thing about him is how much he loves people. Oh boy does he love people! He is deeply attached to his family, and as you said, never meets a stranger. I think one of very favorite activities is meeting new human friends. He loves new canine friends too. He can be cautious with new dogs at first but as soon as they show themselves to be friendly, he is ready to play, play, play.
He is potty trained and knows how to ask to go outside when he needs to. He was not a big fan of the crate so once he could hold it overnight we started letting him sleep in our bathroom, behind a baby gate. He puts himself to bed and rests quietly until he asks to go outside to pee around 5:30 AM. Then he will go back to sleep if we ask him too.
The vet and the groomer have both been very impressed with him, and how sweet, tolerant, and friendly he is. He is still a mouthy little guy but we know that is normal for his age and we are working on it.
He was the star pupil of his puppy obedience class. Our trainer said she thought he was the best-tempered miniature goldendoodle she had ever met. She also regularly told the other families in the class that we were “cheating” by working with him because he learned things so quickly. We graduated from the introductory class last week (see photo) and will begin the intermediate class next month. He absolutely loves training and brings a great focus to our sessions. He is now fairly consistent with sit, down, touch, watch me, place, leave it, drop it, and come. We are working on distance and duration with stay. We walk him twice a day and he will walk nicely on the leash for somewhere between 2 blocks and 2 miles depending on his energy level, the heat, and how many distractions there are.
Most importantly, we just adore him and find a lot of joy in him every day. Thank you for connecting him with our family!
Robin (& Eric, Cordelia, & Beatrix)
Hi Terry, What a wonderful little puppy Louie is! At 13 weeks he is nearly housebroken. He sleeps 8 hours at night. He really hates being left alone but we do it every day for short periods of time. He is very smart. He already knows come (if not too distracted), sit, lie down, shake, drop it and is working on rolling over. I will run out of things to teach him! We have followed Cesar’s pack leader philosophy and Louie naturally walks on heel most of the time. My friends and neighbors can’t believe how cute and good he is. One of them asked for your information. We have fallen head over heels for him and my husband can’t wait to get home from work to see him! Thank you for giving us such joy, Vicki
I hope you are doing well. I wanted to write to you to tell you what exceptional puppies you produce. Bria (your Pisces) continues to be a delight. Even as I type this she is sitting in my lap. We adore her – as does just about everyone who meets her. She is eager to meet everyone – dog and human alike. She has been super easy to train and this summer we’re hoping to get her Canine Good Citizen certificate. She has most of the requirements almost naturally. She does struggle with the length of the stays but that is only because she is just as energetic and confident as I had hoped she would be. My son is hoping to take her as a therapy dog for children with cystic fibrosis as part of his service commitment his last two years of high school. Thank you for how thoughtfully you raise your puppies. You increase the good in the world. Take good care. Rachel, Colorado
Hi Terry, I know I should be waiting longer to tell you that Stella (Kate) has settled in, but she already has. Amazingly well! The first day we wondered why she wasn’t eating much, but that has resolved itself. We have fallen DEEPLY in love! Sometimes when I watch her, I actually tear up. It is ridiculous how in love I am. She is perfect! Already retrieving, pottying outside, and sleeping 9 hours last night. Every morning, we are waking up around 7:30 and having to wake her up. Crazy I know. I did some light trimming/grooming on her this morning. Easy peezy. She has always sat perfectly in front of us. Like every time. We now say sit, good girl of course, but she came already knowing this. I can’t imagine this was taught with all of her siblings, or was it? Or does it come from the breeding, since many are therapy dogs, etc.? We are curious. She loves our back yard, her kennel, napping with Rick, ALL of her toys. Follows us everywhere. No problem coming up the stairs. I could go on and on, but I think you are getting it by now (Smile) Thank you so much for everything. I am telling people that we just got really lucky with our breeder. We are a very happy household indeed. Kindest regards, Rick and Connie
Terry, Wanted to drop you a note and let you know that Lexie has settled in just fine. She is now 14 weeks old and is such a joy. She is 100% potty trained to the pad, and hasn’t had an accident in over 2 weeks (now watch, she will show me). Butch and I sit and laugh at her all the time. She knows she is the Queen and we are here to do her bidding. She is rapidly coming along with commands – she is sleeping 6-8 hours each night, eating good, knows her bed and doesn’t mind being put in it at all.
I am attaching a picture of her taken today – after her first grooming experience. She did great. She never meets a stranger and enjoys playing with our neighbors 2 dogs. She thinks she is just as big as they are. Butch and I laugh and say that if the tiny red sister was expected to be the live wire, Terry should see this one. As you can probably tell, we love her very much and are so happy she is a member of our family. Thank you again for our Lexie.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Sandy and Butch
Josh is a young man with very special needs. He and his family have been waiting for “that special dog” to be Josh’s best friend for quite a while. His wish was granted when “Robbie”, a half standard poodle and half golden retriever was presented to him just before Christmas. Now Josh has his very own puppy, best friend and therapy partner all rolled into one. ~ Terry
Hey, Dog Whisperer! 🙂 Yesterday we had a great day!! Had so many errands and therapy in Fort Collins, so I just packed Robbie up and off we went! We pottied at every new stop. Not a whimper. Josh sat in the back and “entertained” him. We are all so happy! 🙂
Everyone is in love with Robbie! When are you planning your next 1/2 and 1/2 goldendoodles? My friend wants one! Alan also just asked for your information for someone that was asking him where we got Robbie! 🙂 Hopefully we can send you more new business!! We are SO pleased. Josh is totally captivated! He doesn’t even ask to play video games or watch TV. He just hangs out with Robbie. Just what this mother’s heart was wanting for her son!! Thank you. Thank you. I could just cry right now, my heart is so full. Blessings and Merry Christmas!! Raylene and Family, CO
Timber turned 2 today! Thank you again for such an amazing dog. Timber is so loving! We have so much fun and share so many laughs! Timber still loves agility, fetching balls, and squeaky toys. He has almost completed his therapy dog classes. He loves people, especially children! People love him, too. Especially his soft fluffy coat. I had to include a pic of him watching his favorite TV show, lol! Hope this finds you both happy and healthy ~️ Robin (For even MORE great pics of Timber, scroll down!)
Hi Terry – hope all is well at the ranch. Hard to believe its been 2 years! Im sorry I haven’t written sooner. Joey is amazing (Powder Valleys Joltin’ Joe). He started competing at agility in April, he is already at the excellent level – close to masters! (5 titles) Mostly first places.
You described his personality to a T – he is indeed pushy, but in a good way. He loves to train and will bug me until we do something. You had said he would not be a great pet dog for anyone inactive – so right! Its impressive when a breeder really understands the needs of a puppy.
At 4 months he pushed his way to sleep out of the crate. I gave in. He sleeps on a dog bed, never an issue. His favorite is when he knows its bedtime he runs and jumps onto my bed and pretends to be asleep on my pillow – its hilarious. He moves when I get into bed. He was super easy to potty train and to train in general. In short, he is brilliant.
He is not only qualifying in agility – but in Time to Beat he has come in second just after a much more experienced border collie! I hope to take him to nationals, possibly next year. But he is already a champion in my book.
He’s funny and incredibly sweet – not an aggressive bone in his body
He has drive and loves the game
He was never destructive at all.
He plays the drums
He is learning to skateboard
He loves pillows
Attached are some pics of him.
(shown below – scroll farther down the page for puppy pics!)
I absolutely adore him. Thank you for the honor of loving, owning and playing with him.
August 25, 2015 Hello Terry, (name withheld for privacy) was so happy to see Jake’s (Gigolo’s) first puppies! The markings are perfect ~ a mixture of both parent dogs.
These will be great dogs I am sure. We certainly love our Jake!
(Name) and Jake are doing wonderful together. Jake has traveled some this summer with us ~ including a road trip to Saint Louis, Missouri and a flight to New Bern, North Carolina. Jake was so calm and well mannered. We got an ESA pass to fly Jake with (name) (letter from his therapist) and it was no problem. Even flight attendants commented on how good Jake was ~ one stating that Jake was the best dog she has ever seen on a flight! He sat right at our feet the whole flight (four planes total coming and going) without a whimper.
(name) began kindergarten this year. He is still on an IEP but is making great progress. We have seen how Jake helps (name) to stay focused and be more engaged with others ~ especially when (name) is walking Jake. (name) is so proud. Jake also helps (name) to calm down ~ they love to read books together. (name) is also learning to be responsible as he feeds, walks and performs poop pick up duties for Jake. We made a book for (name) ~ My Dog Jake ~ that we can share with you on our next visit. Thanks again for everything. — Kathleen & family
Terry, This is Boo going after the dumbbell. He got his Open title in May, and his Graduate Open in June, both with 3 first places. We will try for a Utility certification for him, wish us luck. — Peggy and Boo. Note: Boo is a son of Pixie and Rowdy. Boo has achieved the equivalent of a Masters degree, and now is going for his PhD! Scroll down for more about Boo’s remarkable accomplishments and pictures of his many ribbons and awards. — Terry
Good morning, Terry! Wanted to send an updated picture for you. Josie (formerly Chanel) is a beautiful girl! People stop us when we have her with us. They want to know where she came from because not only is she gorgeous but she’s very well behaved for a puppy. I often hear people whisper about how she’s prancing. She has a show stopper gait. 🙂 We love her to death. She’s a dream on the grooming table. I believe she’s going to be a light apricot. Love the contrast with her white markings! Her color is better than I had hoped for. Thanks again! Rachel, FL
Scroll down for an early update on Josie, plus photos of her very first puppy trim!
Hi Terry! Lady is doing GREAT! After watching our other two dogs ring the potty bell to go outside Lady picked it up all by herself! This is probably the easiest and smartest puppy I have ever had — and I’ve had a lot! Just wanted to tell you thank you again we absolutely adore her! ~ Kathleen, KS
Hi Terry! I just wanted to tell you what a joy little Grackle is! He is just wonderful! He is so affectionate! And he’s already ringing the bell to go outside!He has not had ONE accident in the house (at 9 weeks!). We are having a blast with him. He is as smart as they come and we wanted to tell you how overjoyed we are with him and how thankful we are. Thank you, thank you for helping us pick him out.
Linda and family, CO
Hi Terry! We just wanted to send you some photos of Freya and let you know how she is doing. She is amazing! We love her so much. Every day her personality gets bigger and bigger. She is not afraid of just about anything- very inquisitive and very curious about everything that happens around her. She goes everywhere with us and Coda (our big white standard poodle). She has even started to try and swim in the bath tub and in the lakes we go walking at. Freya gives Coda a run for his money! They play constantly and he is busy teaching her the ropes of how to be a good barn dog. Freya loves the cats (who are decidedly indifferent to her explorations). She learned her name within the first couple hours. She also learned come and sit really really quickly. We’re currently working on lay down, but we’ve almost gotten shake down! – Brittany, CO
Hi Terry, Hope all is well at Powder Valley. Just thought I’d send you a picture of Ava taken in January 2015. She is 7 months old in this picture, and about 50 pounds, and she’s still growing. Love her, and she is just the sweetest dog ever. Loves everyone here and is the darling of the neighborhood. Thanks again for breeding such a terrific dog. – Alice , Colorado
Well I have been waiting until we picked a name to send you an update. We are almost certain that Chanel is now Josie. She is precious! We love her so much already. She’s doing awesome with crate training and house breaking. In fact, she slept until 6:30 this morning never making a sound or having an accident in her kennel. She tortures the cat (who honestly seems to enjoy the attention) and she follows our old dog around just in case he decides he wants to play. He’s enjoying her, too. She seems to have brought a bit of life back into him. He wrestles with her and sometimes gets the energy to run around the yard with her.
We are so impressed with how smart she is! Not only is she doing great with going outside to potty, but she’s actually catching on to the fact that we want her to go in a certain area. I’d say 85% of the time she goes there…..even stopping in the middle of play time to run over there and relieve herself, then bouncing back over to finish playing. We are just blown away that she’s catching on in less than a week!
I was anxious about how should we do with our boys. I thought she might be afraid of them since they’re so much bigger and kind of loud. But I was wrong! She stays right with them, wanting in on the action. This is their first puppy and they adore her.
Thank you, Terry, for breeding such wonderful dogs. I told you before I stalked your website for four years while waiting for the day we were ready for a puppy. I was always impressed with your breeding practices and I’m even more so now. Thank you for our sweet little Josie! She is perfect!
Terry – Thought I would send you some updated pictures of Major. As you can see, Jack and Major are inseparable. He is doing very well! – Amalie, South America
Hi Terry! Cora is 6 months old now! And about 14-15 pounds depending on the day. She is so incredibly happy and energetic, follows us around the house, loves playing outside, and is very good at come sit stay and fetch. She is very smart. She was even sleeping through the night in her kennel after not too long. She loves everyone she meets (and she loves people) and everyone loves her back. We love her so much!! Thank you so much for our baby!! Cora and family, Phoenix, AZ
Hi Terry, I just wanted to let you know that little Ollie is doing great and adapting to our home perfectly! 🙂 We are so happy with him. He did great on the way home and did really well through the night and woke me up every time he needed to potty. He is so loving and sweet and never leaves our side. Thanks again for everything, you made it a great experience for us! Hannah, Colorado
I remain permanently disabled per the Social Security Administration, I am devoting the rest of my life passing forward the hope that you two ANGELS gave me. Thunder goes far beyond any dog (and many people) in saving my life and giving it purpose. Thank you two beautiful people, I hope someday I might meet you so that I can hug & kiss you both.
Wish I could show you the ear to ear smiles & laughter that Thunder & I are honored to receive, but the hospital has a patient privacy that prohibits my taking pictures or video of the kids–which I understand & agree with…so you’ll just need to imagine, kids on dialysis, chemo, wearing bandannas to cover their hairless heads-ALL SMILING, GIGGLING, LAUGHING AND EYES GLOWING WITH JOY—I hold back my feelings until I’ve left and I in my wife’s car driving home–then I cry like a baby nearly the whole 40 minute ride home. Knowing hope large your hearts are, I know that you’ll understand–besides I have Thunder licking my tears away.
~Steve (BI/TBI Survivor & SD/TD)
Thank you again for our precious Ruby! Sarah, Mike & Megan
Terry- Just thought we’d fill you in on our first day. Gretel (formerly “Magpie”) did just fine on the ride home, and was curious enough to press her face against the window most of the way. She’s been eating just fine and hasn’t had an accident in the house yet (fingers crossed…). Sleeping is great too, she barely whined overnight as we followed your guidelines.
Thanks again for bringing such a great dog into the world. We love her dearly.
David and Family, Fort Collins, CO.
Hi Terry and Toni, Ronin is doing just great! We are pleased to see how quickly he is picking up on potty training. Today he went to the door, went right out and pooped! Yea! He climbs up a long flight of stairs all by himself to come back in. Last night he didn’t cry at all, we did take him out once to be sure he was comfortable.
I’ve been giving him longer periods of time in his playpen, at first he cried, we had to be firm. I had a lot of work to do today, I have been on the computer working for 1 1/2 hours and not a peep. He is very playful and fun when we do take him out to play. We are in love, what a wonderful boy he is, Becci P.S. Your book has been a big help understanding how to avoid some training pitfalls 🙂
Hi Terry and Toni, I just had to share a photo of Ronin, (“little main man”) in his 1st grown up cut. Terry, your advice when I was having problems with Ronin starting to pee in his pen was right on. We cut the size of his pen down and we haven’t had a problem since. Ronin is the best dog ever! He is smart, he has learned so many commands. He really wants to please. A lover and people dog he is good with even my 2 year old granddaughter when she visits. He is having no accidents and is learning to use a bell hanger at the door to let us know when he needs out. He is a real clown and he loves his toys. Terry, he was worth every minute we waited for him. We are so thankful we found Powder Valley Poodles,
Dear Terry and Toni, Hope you are having a good summer! Time is flying and Timber is 6 months already 🙂 Kayaking is his new favorite activity which is in close running with swimming. He also also loves to run in the rain! The squeaky mouse toy got traded in for the stuffed kitty. Timber graduated from puppy school! We have now started some agility training. He is so easy work with and is eager to please. We can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful and loving dog 🙂 Hope you enjoy the pics 🙂 We can’t help but laugh!! Robin
Previously: Timber is already 5 months old! Not that long ago we were counting down the days to pick him up. He continues to be a character. He has completed 2 weeks of formal training and is doing awesome 🙂 He is down to loosing his last tooth, that is holding on for dear life. He is very much a water dog! He will ask to get in the shower, get in the bathtub and sleep, and loves the lake! Thanks again for such an amazing companion! His personality has brought us a million smiles and laughter every day 🙂 Hugs, Robin
Previously: Hi Terry and Toni! All is well at 4 months! Timber is 30 pounds and a character! He still loves water, chasing balls, and now likes cat toys. Timber has great manners and trains easily. He goes to puppy play class on Fridays and loves to socialize 🙂 We are still laughing at his acrobatics and silliness. The pic is after a swim. Hope all is well with you! – Robin
Terry, Here are a few recent pics of our little girl Sophie. I can’t believe she is two already! She is the sweetest, most lovable little bundle of joy! She enriches our lives every day and she almost has us trained! She communicates her wants and needs through her little paws and soft cries. We recently moved out of the condo and into a house in Dillon so she has a bigger house and lots of open space. Because of the larger house, we placed sleigh bells on the back sliding door which she will ring when she needs to go out. Sophie is very smart and probably just a little spoiled — that’s OK – right? – Tom and Donna
Terry, we cannot thank you enough for our well rounded, loving, playful, little cuddly happy ball of black fur, Webster. “Oh”, and lets not forget smart, smart, smart! We lost Abby’s brother of 9 years and were concerned how she would react to a new family member. You guided us through the meeting process and as you can see our concerns did not become an issue, they bonded very quickly. Each day is a joy waiting to see what he will explore and learn next. “Looks like the planter will be 1st”. Christmas was a hoot, you can just see visions of sugar plums, Pet Smart and toys dancing through his head. You are so appreciated! Deb and Steve, Loveland,Co.
I’ve been taking him to agility trials since I got him. He watches intently and is so well behaved in his crate and around the other dogs. It’s hard to believe he isn’t quite 6 months old. He has gotten compliments like “he is a well put together poodle.” I haven’t weighed him lately, but he looks so grown up – he grows in spurts and stays pretty proportional. People don’t believe he’s such a youngster. Attached is his visit with Santa, he leaned right in. Larry is a dog person and all the dogs seemed to immediately trust him. Joey didn’t care that I walked away from him. He’s pretty confident and comfortable in any situation Ive put him in. Thanks for privilege to have him. I simply adore him. Bev and Joey, Denver, CO
Update on BeauJo! He is up to 24lbs and doing great! We have been so impressed with his demeanor. Great with the kids, and just as lovable as can be! We also ran into his “uncle” Dunkin recently. Hope things are well! 🙂 — Kelin, Fort Collins. CO
Natalie adopted Allie to train and then place with her elderly parents in California. It looks like she’s doing great!
Thought you’d like to see this picture of Allie in Home Depot (below, with flowers). She’s doing just wonderfully! She’s weighing in at 23.4 pounds! My parents are keeping up with her progress daily, and she’s going to make the best companion dog for them!
UPDATE: Allie handled the transition from living with me to living with my parents without a hiccup. She’s doing great. 42 pounds, gorgeous, and literally the best in her level two obedience class – my mom – who is training her now — says it’s a little embarrassing how far ahead she is and how quickly she learns in class! – Natalie
We just got back from a show in Topeka. Boo got his Rally Novice title and on Sunday he got his first leg in Rally advance with a 94 and first place. — Peggy and Boo
Update July 2014: Boo and I did a show in Sioux Falls SD. It was our best show ever. We had 2 first place ribbons and 2 second place ribbons. While we were there, a club member asked for your kennel name and your name. She really liked the looks of Boo, his size, and how
he worked in the ring. I don’t know her name only that she belonged to the Sioux Falls Kennel club. Hope all is going good for your poodle family. Boo and I keep busy training and meeting new doggie people. — Peggy and Boo
Update August 2014: Boo was awarded high-point in his trial on Friday at the poodle specialty show! Over the weekend we were in the ring 5 times. We were awarded one first place, 3 second places, and 5 qualifying ribbons. He also won a crystal vase, a glass paperweight and poodle bag. — Peggy and Boo
Hi Terry, Thought you would enjoy this! Bella is still tiny and I hope she stays tiny… My family loves her! And I thank you for the joy she had brought to our family. I have a lady who will be looking for a puppy that I did give her your web site. Again, Bella is loved! Thanks, Denise, Littleton, CO
A year after our Labrador Retriever died, we were finally ready for a puppy. We surprised the kids with a long car trip one Friday evening… 10 minutes prior to arriving at Powder Valley Poodles we told them we were picking up a puppy, and they were so excited! Stella has been a great addition to our family. She quickly came out of her shy shell to keep up with our 4 and 6 year old boys. She has taught them to be responsible and to be leaders, as they help raise and train her. She loves everyone she meets with tons of enthusiasm and they immediately love her. She is a very smart, happy muppet of a dog. — Andrea L.K.
Hi Terry, I’ve been meaning to write you for a while about how our wonderful, cute goldendoodle Roxy (formerly Syracuse) is doing! We started training classes when she was 12 weeks old and I am proud to say that she is the STAR of her class!! She 18 weeks old now, is so close to being house trained and LOVES people! The first 4-5 days with her were a dream- she didn’t get carsick, she slept the whole night, and was so calm. Even now she is very calm for a puppy. We are clicker training her, which she takes to very well and really has a desire to work – her focus is incredible! We believe she is going to be an incredible therapy dog as she loves the kids and is very tolerant- you can hold her any way you want and she will be happy 🙂 Thank you for such a wonderful goldendoodle! Kylee A.
Terry: I have been meaning to email you for over one week. I just wanted to provide you with an update on how Merlot is doing.
We spent the first three nights together, sleeping on the couch in the living room. She, Martini and I all shared the couch and slept peacefully through the night. She is now able to sleep in her pen by herself from 9:00 pm – 7:00 a.m. without so much as a peep. She doesn’t like doing her duty in our side yard but she is very, very consistent about going on her puddle pads, bothpee and poo. She is walking on a leash very well and she loves to chase Martini when he is chasing a ball.
I took her for her first wellness check up and she was excellent. The doctor and nurse fell in love with her. She has been micro-chipped and she will be seeing the doctor every two weeks through July for the rest of her shots. She is the best puppy I have ever had and we are so happy to have her be part of the family. She is very good too, at the Day Spa. I take her with me every day and she is so quiet, nobody even knows she is there. Thank you for breeding a fantastic baby girl. I have already recommended you to several friends in town who are looking for puppies in the near future.
Much love and appreciation, Pam, Steamboat Springs, CO
Hi Terry, I have been meaning to write you for some time now and share a pic of Hugo / Oboe with you. He is a GREAT dog. And you did well suggesting him for me – he is laid back, a good companion, but also playful. He is super smart, learning fast, impressing everyone he meets and growing.
Dear Terry, Yesterday “Tahiti” came and joined our family. Her name is now Miss Kitty and she has settled right in. Toys are being discovered (the rope is big fun) and the cats are slowly investigating this new black beauty that just looks at them. Miss Kitty has soundly stolen all our hearts with her gentle intelligence and cuddly personality. Than you Terry for the love and care you show your wonderful dogs and the sage advise you shared with us. We will be back in a year or so if Miss Kitty needs a friend. Thank you so much! C&D H. 3/2013
Terry: Little Sophie is one year old today!!! She is such a little sweetheart and I love her so much. She is very playful — loves to play ball, tug of war with toys, and chewing on toys. She has lots of toys! She loves to stretch out on front of the fireplace and sleep. She loves to play outside too. This winter, she has had lots of snow to play in. She still spends lot of time curled up on my lap — still my favorite!!! I can’t believe it was almost a year ago when I first saw her on your website. Thank you so much for my sweet little bundle of joy!!! – D.S.P. 2/2013
Terry & Toni: I just wanted to give you a quick update along with a few pictures. I know every person that is lucky enough to get one of your poodles thinks that theirs is special. However, Sophie truly is!!! She is doing wonderful. She is a happy, playful puppy who also enjoys lap time (my favorite). After the first week, she sleeps all night now without going out. I am really glad of this because the last time we went out in the middle of the night, there was either a wolf or coyote staring at us — scary!! Sophie has learned to sit already. She also likes to play ball and, usually, brings it back. She is my constant companion and I’m loving every minute. Thank you!!!!!
Dear Terry and Toni, Just a note here to let you know that we made it home safely to Spearfish Friday night. Daphne was a trooper for the looonnnggg car ride. She slept most of the way, including our stop at Texas Roadhouse in Cheyenne. Daphne went easily into my “puppy purse”, took a nap and was a perfect angel while we had a late lunch/early supper. I’m afraid with the long car ride home Friday we got Daphne a bit off schedule. We played and played after getting home and it was nearly midnight before we got to bed — Daphne in her kennel beside me. I was pleased that she let me sleep until a little after 6:00 Saturday morning.
Yesterday was a busy day, exploring her new home, meeting the rest of the family (our two cats) and getting used to the new surroundings. Several friends and neighbors were very excited to meet our new baby and came to visit. It was fun but we were wore out early and headed to bed shortly after 9:00 PM.
This morning Daphne got me up a little earlier — a little after 5:00 AM. I think Daphne is a morning person/dog. She is very happy and playful in the morning. There aren’t many things that will get me out of bed at 5 AM, but Daphne has and I’m even okay with it. We just wanted to say THANK YOU again! All are thrilled with Daphne, and she seems to be pretty happy with us. The potty training/house breaking is coming along. She has been going outside in our yard pretty well. Pictures will be sent in the near future. — Thanks again, Melody, Spearfish, SD
I wanted to let you know how much Thunder has meant coming into our family. He has given Steven a renewed reason to live and something to work toward for many years to come. Our plans with Thunder are enumerable, but in every case, it means good things for those young and old. Of course the first and foremost will be his service to Steven, and so far his companionship has relieved a great deal of anxiety for me as well. We were so pleased when we had his first real haircut done recently. Now we can see his exquisite body and we get many ohhs and ahhs from the neighborhood on walks.
And, the groomers adored him so much the whole place had something to throw in about his great nature and how well he did for them throughout the whole procedure. He was so well liked, the front desk lady kept him sitting with her until we arrived! And he’s a real lover. He licks and kisses and loves to play, especially run get and bring back the ball. When he grows into his adult body, his beauty, intelligence, and delivery of service will be awe inspiring! Thank you so much again for bringing these wonderful dogs into so many lives. We love you for it. — Deborah S.
Terry and Toni, Before the update, please accept our thanks for your professionalism and kindness. Milano is a delight; his upbringing shows. Milano is now Barney. We tried out half a dozen names and that one stuck. (If you’re fans of How I Met Your Mother you’ll know his namesake.) Barney made it home without incident and was introduced to Coco by our neighbor. Coco is not yet a fan; he’s snapped several times so they are both being carefully watched. We have three stairs from our back door to the yard. On his first approach, he struggled to get his round little belly up. Since then he’s learned to hop up the stairs like a bunny. Super cute. You were right, Terry, about him being a quick study. He’s also learned how to get out and in the house. He’s peeing and pooping outside. Just one pee in the house. (at 8 weeks-old!) Barney follows Mary-Claire around the house although we’ve limited his access to just a few rooms. He slept with her last night and did well. He went out twice and took to his crate (almost) immediately. We’ll transition to crate/pen/pad in several days. We’ll keep our eyes on your website for the next puppy class. You’ll see us there! Best, Joan , Fort Collins, CO.
Hi Terry, Just thought we would send you a picture or two and a little update. Everything is going great, Bosco is adjusting well for only being with us two and a half weeks. We plan to take lots of photos of him with a real camera but for now here is a couple pictures of him we took with our iPhones. We take him pretty much everywhere we go he is such a well-rounded friendly pup! Thank you so much for bringing him up in such a great environment and giving us the guidance to continue that. Thanks again Terry! 🙂 — Catie, Denver, CO
Hi Terry, Just wanted to let you know how much we are loving Maggie! She was one-year-old on the 30th! Mary is having a party for her next week with her friends and their dogs. Maggie is so smart and brings such joy to us all. Thanks, Lori and family, Broomfield, CO
Hi Terry, I wanted to send you a recent picture of Dixie (pup from Breeze and PePe). She will be a year old on April 30th. She is AWESOME!!!! She is beautiful, healthy and very, very smart. We now have to spell things out that we don’t want her to understand, since she now understands English. We spoil her terribly and she is getting ready to go on many camping trips in the summer. She also know lots of tricks and has been the star of her training classes. Thanks again for a wonderful pup, — Lisa and Dixie
Hi Terry, here is a quick update on Ebony, now officially Bella. We are able to read her clues when she needs to have a BM, and so most of those have been outside, and most of the time we get her outside to ‘do her other business’. The last two nights we have played with her especially just before bed, and then our teen takes her to snuggle in bed while she does her homework, takes her out once more, then we put her in her pen, where she goes into her kennel and doesn’t make a peep all night. We have left the kennel door open so she can use the pad, which she does a couple times a night, then goes back to sleep. I am thinking I will keep this up until she is able to hold it all night. We are excited that she can kind of fetch already, loves to contentedly chew on her bone, or sit on our lap, and a favorite activity is to chase and bat a ping pong ball around on our hardwood floor like a cat would play. She has gotten used to being quiet when I take her in the car in her travel container (when I am in the car by myself). And all the neighbor kids love her! SO, all the training is going well. Thanks for raising such an easy to live with puppy! — Blessings, Lori and Paul, Loveland, CO
Hi Terry, Just a note to let you know Riley (AKA “Bart”) has really settled in. He weighed 4.6 lbs on Tuesday and the vet said he is a great dog. He is bounding around the house and he loves running after leaves blowing in the back yard. He is such a sweet baby. We adore him and his big brother is starting to play with him, the first few days he ignored him with a “send him back” attitude. Take care and thanks for our sweetie. — Suzi, Aurora, CO
Terry and Toni, Just an update on “Trifle”. After family urging, we changed her name slightly to Truffles (my favorite candy!). She is so sweet. She is very well-behaved. She has had two, count them–two, accidents of the potty kind since LAST SATURDAY!! It is amazing she is so disciplined for such a tiny baby. We are SO appreciative of your great puppy training. She is a wiggly, kissin’, tail-waggin’ little ball of love. At first she was wary of leaving the living room/dining area. Now she ventures slowly and cautiously into the kitchen and bedroom. She’s getting braver. We play together a lot and she loves running from us and then turning to chase us. Her VERY FAVORITE thing to do is the limbo under the dining room chairs and table bottom rungs–back and forth, back and forth. It is like a labyrinth in there and she scoots in to escape the large, bothersome humans trying to pick her up–and, I might say, it is very effective. She likes to chase Sparky, our cat, and is totally bummed when Sparky jumps onto something out of her reach. She barks her displeasure at that tactic. Ain’t fair play. Her favorite toy, and we bought many, is Sparky’s old rubber ball! Last night she slept THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! She sleeps on our bed between us (as you suggested) in a soft-sided carrier with her cute, pink receiving blanket you gave her. We really haven’t had any problems with her going to bed. She cries when her bladder is full and as soon as she returns to bed, she goes to sleep. We love her a mighty, big lot! I’m so glad I found your name on the internet!!! I take pictures constantly, so I’ll keep sending updates. — Marlene and Brian Loveland, CO
Dear Terry and Toni, Zorro and I want to thank you again for your match-making and kindness. We are very happy with our new found friendship. Zorro is a wonderful, sentient being — he’s SO smart, affectionate, cooperative, AND mischievous! — Thank you again! Love, Anne and Zorro (aka “Amos”), Fort Collins, Colorado
Boo is doing great last night he slept all through the night :-), yesterday I took him outside and the neighbors’ rottie barked at us instead of ducking his head or backing up he put his head up and walked toward the noise, he also walks on leash like you have already trained him to walk on the leash, have you been practicing that? He is a cutie, the first weekend in April we take our first road trip, a dog show in NE then on to KS to visit my new grandsons, then on April 16 his first trip to the dog trainers. Thanks Terry, Boo is really a sweetheart. — Brad, Peggy and the Boys
Hi Terry, First of all congratulations on Annie and Pixie puppies. They look so cute. I am sure they will be as wonderful as Arrow. Arrow doing great. He learned how to go up and down the stairs pretty quick. His potty training is going well also, he does not have much accidents and actually goes to the door when he is ready to go. The only thing that we still working on, biting us when he plays. But he is getting better with that also. He have grown so much, we can see the different already. Everyone loves him so much, we are so happy that we found you!!!!! Attaching couple of Arrow pictures. Take care, Liliya
Terry and Toni, Attached are a couple of pictures of Kodi in his Halloween outfit. Believe it or not he actually likes the outfit and the attention he gets. Maybe with this costume his daddy can get candy! We have thoroughly enjoyed Kodi. He is as much of a character as you indicated. Very physical and yet a true lover. The entire neighborhood receives his attention when we go for a walk. He certainly doesn’t want to deny anyone the opportunity to recognize his “magnificence” and show proper affection. Take care and thanks for the wonderful addition to our family you provided. — Helen, Kelly and Kodi
Hi Terry, Just thought I’d let you know that Piper (from the December litter) is doing great! She is super well behaved, and thus far has only managed to destroy one pair of shoes, which isn’t too bad in a family with three kids who leave shoes out all the time!! She makes us laugh! She has such strong hunting instincts in such a little dog and loves the water! We can keep her out of the pool, sprinkler, stream, rain puddles….. Her obedience training is going well although I don’t think she will ever be quite as flashy as the herding dogs I’ve had. She is much, much braver then the sheltie or belgian and that is worth more then a few points in the obedience ring!!! We took her on her first airplane/ camping trip last weekend and she could not possibly have been any better! I was a little worried we were throwing too much at her all at once (airplane, camping, a rodeo, and a HUGE thunderstorm) but she played happily, greeted everyone, or lay quietly in her little bag–she even when to a restaurant and slept quietly in her bag under the table. Oh she did end up with some brindle on her face and lower legs and she also has some white on her back but neither are really very noticeable. We are enjoying her very much !– Lindsey
Thought you might like to see a current picture of my Teddy at 5 months old. My Teddy is still just as sweet as he was when I brought him to my home. He will not let me out of his sight. He loves people and animals. He sleeps with me and usually falls asleep in my arms.
Just figured out my phone can send pictures! That makes it easier. We call her “Coco” (and Coco Beans, Coco Puff, you get the picture:) She is doing great! Loves all of us, keeps Pickles the Bichon in shape, loves to go places, ride in the car. Gardening is her favorite thing. I can’t imagine how we got by without her. The kids are at a perfect age and she’s blended easily into our lives. She’s not getting away with much though corrections are gentle as can be since a small distraction is all that is needed and it’s like “what is it I was doing? oh well, can’t remember,” (it was an entire second ago). She’s a delight, we love her! Thank you! Hope Pixie and Breezie and the bull dogs and pups are well. I’m grateful we found you and Coco!! Sincerely, Jill and family, Centennial, Colorado
I am very proud to be the owner of a 2008 Rocky Mountain Rawhide Toy Poodle puppy, distinctive red in color. I named him “Rufus” (he was, “Little Red”). Along with being just so cute, he has a wonderful disposition and personality. He is a special joy because he has been eager and ready to learn as evidenced by his being housebroken at four-months of age. He came to me highly socialized and in love with everyone he meets — animal or human. — Dorothy, Fort Collins, Colorado
Hi, Terry and Toni, Olive is doing well. She still loves laps and snuggling but she is also full puppy. She likes to play and have fun and then poops out on someone’s lap. She is doing well with my daughter’s dog and all the family members she met so quickly as a result of the Easter holiday coming up so fast after we got her. We take her outside several times a day so she can go but she still has some accidents in the house. She has several toys but still loves the snowman that you sent home with her – she sleeps with it. She is cute, healthy, bigger, and a delight for us. I am at my desk right now and I have a bed for her “ON” my desk. She loves it and is sleeping in it right now – a little worn out because she just had a bath. I hope you are doing well, Mike
Hi Terry, How are you? I just wanted to write you and let you know how Blitzen (Buzz) is doing. He is doing great. He has figured out our doggy door. Yesterday and today he went out on his own to go to the bathroom. He loves the snow. Today he was running, jumping, and eating the snow. He loves to be outside. He is sleeping through the night. We did figure out really fast he does not like blankets or anything covering his head. The burrow bed that we bought him he lays on top of it, rather then inside of it. We changed his bed in his crate. He uses his burrow bed to lay on when he is not in his crate. He is getting along great with the other dogs. He loves the boys. He follows me around all over. When I am cooking or in the kitchen doing something. He is either right under my feet or lying on the rug in front of the sink. He is eating good. He is eating 3 times a day. He poops about 4 times a day. He is going outside to do that. As we speak he is right under my chair eating a bone. He is learning quickly. Everyone loves to watch him play. Have any of your other babies joined their new homes yet? If they are anything like buzz they will have a blast. I hope all is well with you. Don’t worry about your baby. He is doing good. We love him lots already. I will write you soon to let you know what else he is doing. He is doing something new everyday. Talk to you soon. — Tiffany
Hi Terry and Toni, Tyler is doing great, he has been with us for a month now and he has made himself right at home. He loves playing with the Cavalier, they have a good time playing wrestlemania and catch that cavy by the tail. He was at my vet last week and he weights in at 5 lbs. My vet thinks he is a very nice poodle with a good disposition, very curious but not scared and shaking. The housetraining is going great and he usually makes it outside to take care of business. He is a very sweet boy and loves to snuggle on the couch when I am knitting or watching TV. I am so happy I found you and have the privilege of loving one of your dogs. I know I have not made a mistake and we are very happy with this puppy. Keep up the good breeding so others can have healthy happy puppies. Thanks again, Trudy, Brighton, Colorado
I’m sorry it’s been so long to write. My name is Bronwen and I bought my perfect little Bella from you a little over a year ago. You used to call her Tinkerbell. She is the best companion I ever could have imagined after I lost my beloved Mr. Crackers. Bella fits right in to my life style, it’s amazing. My Mom in the nursing home with brain cancer waits patiently every day for Bella to come lie down in her bed and be her comfort, she is an exceptional dog. She doesn’t mind the grandkids noise, and her best friend is my 12 lb calico cat who plays all day with her, but would never hurt her. Some day I’ll figure out how to down load pictures off the camera or phone and I’ll send them to you. I have a couple of retiring friends that are interested in buying a pup from you. I told them your web site and that to look at Breeze and Pepe’s new ones, but there are more colors and sizes, but everyone likes Bella’s size. She’s 4 lbs. Thanx, Bronwen, Boston, Mass.
Terry, I took Wilkes to the UKC show in Longmont on 7/20 and entered him in the 5 month-old Standard Poodle Puppy class. He was the only puppy entered, so after the class I asked the judge to be honest with me as to his UKC show potential. He said Wilkes has a lot of potential, has a “great top line” (whatever that is) and is an “outstanding mover if his handler doesn’t mess him up” ! Judge also suggested that I take a handling class!! I’m not sure if I will continue to show him in confirmation as an altered male, but am definitely proceeding with his obedience training with possible shows in that area later on.
He continues to be a great pup, a real dream to train, very thoughtful and with a good attention span. And soooo sweet and calm! He and Scarlett are inseparable, though she seems to realize that her days as top dog are numbered. He now weighs 46 lbs. and is 22″ at the shoulder! Hope y’all and your critters are well! – Caela
Thank you! Great Testimonial! Do you have any current pics?
I can translate what the judge said for you! A “Topline” is the dog’s back as viewed from the side. It should be even and should not bounce up and down or side to side when the dog “moves out” (trots off). A great topline usually means that the dog is a “fluid mover” (your judge said “outstanding”, that is VERY nice) meaning that there is little or no excess movement (up and down, side to side, no bouncing) which is good as it implies the dog is very well put together and should have few if any orthopedic problems. A “handler messing him up” means that the handler allows the dog to move either too slowly, too fast, or in the wrong gait which doesn’t show the topline to its best advantage. Showing is fun when you have a really good dog (which you do). A handler class would be easy, quick and allow you to really show him off to his best potential.
To anyone looking to purchase a dog or puppy from Powder Valley Poodles: I have bred, trained, and owned Standard Poodles for over 25 years. They are in the top tier of canine intelligence, capable of learning an average of 250 words/commands-object names (versus the average canine’s 150 word capacity); they are extremely eager to master skills, very sensitive to their owner’s/handler’s needs; as a retrieving breed–they naturally deliver items to hand. They are one of the least allergenic canines and they can be groomed to accommodate virtually any climate. They are naturals for working as Service /Assistant /Therapy /Mobility and Companion Dogs!
Terry Jester and the team at Powder Valley Poodles have not only created the ideal environment for raising the best potential Service and Therapy Dogs, but they have also established the groundwork for producing the healthiest dogs with the best natural temperaments for this work. I suffered a brain/spine infection which has left me disabled.
One very important factor in choosing a good Service Dog is HEALTH. Powder Valley Poodles only breeds thoroughly health tested Sires & Dams, in addition to their great AKC lineage. While health is important, it also takes a very special dog to perform this type of work and the combination of Terry’s dedication and love of Standard Poodles along with her many years of experience as a behaviorist has resulted in an environment of socialization, learning and performance unlike any I have seen or experienced! My 11 week old Standard Poodle arrived at our home, already housebroken and following almost all of the five basic commands (sit, down, stay, come and heel~~heel is a work in progress)….and he was not even one of Terry’s “started puppies”–had little formal training.. WOW, I never was able to get my puppies that much on track at such a young age!
For the past year I have done vast amounts of research, talked and corresponded with breeders, disabled owners of Service Dogs, dog trainers and group forums for disabled users of Service Dogs from all across the country. In the end, my final decision was to seek one of Terry Jester’s Standard Poodles and consider myself very fortunate to be able to say that she picked the exact perfect poodle for my needs. That’s what she does, she matches the right dog for the tasks and the people, and she is the perfect matchmaker! In only two weeks, the progress that my dog and I have already made makes me confident that he and I will always be happy together and that he will be the very best Service Dog possible for me!
KUDOS TO TERRY, TONI AND THE POWDER VALLEY POODLES FOLKS!
Acquired Brain Injury Survivor