In November 2013, Standard Poodles In Need, Recue & Re-home (SPIN) was born out of a commitment to standard poodles and their smaller breed cousins by two friends Bernice McNutt and Paula Bund. Over the last two years Bernice and Paula have been amazed by the number of people that have stepped up and offered their help. They find themselves surrounded by a group of very dedicated volunteers. SPIN has a three person executive, two additional directors and seven foster homes.
Standard Poodles in Need on the Front Lines
There are distinct differences in character between the three types of poodle breeds, and consequently the challenges in their rescue can be different too.
Standard poodles are working dogs who are active, fun, intelligent and easily trainable – when the training by their owners can be channeled well. When training is not done at all, standard poodles can be a bit wild.
Coco-Nut is an example of a standard poodle who did not get the benefit of training. She is an incredibly high energy, actively intelligent and fun dog with a high prey drive. Her undoing was her tendency barks at strangers while trying to chase them away. Her previous family did its best, this kind of dog needs people with a relaxed lifestyle who like the great outdoors and exercise and would teach Coco-Nut self-calming techniques.
The standard poodle characters run the gamut, and all stem from that core working breed heritage: Lev is very tentative around strangers and chases them away; Casey overeats when stressed and channels that extra energy getting into off-limits cupboards and garbage bins; Yoda chases people on fast-moving skateboards. These standard poodles need patient, positive re-conditioning techniques to help them convert their energy into more peaceful activities.
Mini and Toy Poodles have challenges too
Since mini and toy poodles were originally bred to sit calmly and quietly, they typically love to cuddle. And at the same time they have their own set of breed specific quirks and their own set of jeopardies. For instance, mini poodles and toy poodles are often victim to horrible over-breeding conditions.
Desiree, a cute and cuddly, curious and shy Ohio puppy mill survivor was used as a breeding machine. Eventually saved and taken in by the Erie, Pennsylvania SPCA, she was so badly matted that she was in physical pain and had to be shaved under anesthesia. Not surprisingly, Desiree was so fearful at the shelter she acted out against everyone who came close. The shelter team ultimately contacted SPIN, who are now helping her adjust to life in a house with family. Turns out she loves to play with other dogs, and her training to become a companion is making wonderful progress.
Like to Help Poodle Rescue?
SPIN is a non-profit, foster-based organization. The founders welcome your participation in any of a number of ways – donate, volunteer, foster, adopt! For more information and details, visit their website here!