A lifelong dog lover, I, Donna Wright, started a grooming career later in life. After 15 years of grooming, I decided it was time to add a standard poodle to our family, after falling in love with their intelligence and temperament, and wanting to begin competative grooming. Nike joined our family and as she settled in, I fell head over heels in love with this breed. I raised Border Collies for many years prior to Nike joining our family. Nike is such a wonderful ambassador of her breed, and she is the reason I am entirely focused on poodles now. I loved my Border Collies, but I am entirely in love with poodles. The primary difference is the ease of living with them. Both Border Collies and Poodles are very intelligent, biddable, loving, and eager to work, but at the end of the day, the poodles are also happy to just hang out, and being a weekend couch potato is as good as a day spent hunting or swimming for the poodles as long as they get to spend the day with their people, where the Border Collies really needed to be on the go and engaged most of their waking hours. I also have no hair in my house!
In 2015, Rerun joined our family and his journey has been a lot of fun. He is currently in the show ring. He will be 2 in January, and I am expecting great things for his future. He brings an amazing pedigree, is the sweetest boy, has wonderful conformation and an amazing, thick coat. He is a beautiful blue, and so brings a lot of color diversity to the program. He is also from very different breeding than Nike comes from. I plan a litter with Rerun and Nike for 2017.
The goals of my breeding program are first to do what is in the best interest of each dog, second to work towards preserving and improving my lines towards the breed standard as set by the Poodle Club of America. I am working towards becoming a Breeder of Merit with AKC, and should achieve that goal during the upcoming year. Improving my lines means that I choose pairings based not only on conformation, temprament, abilities, and personality, but also put a lot of research and emphasis on health, longevity, and diversity. It is challenging to put together the best of the show and performance lineages while avoiding common ancestors and genetic health concerns. There are new tools available to breeders all the time and I utilize all that will help me make the best decisions to produce the best possible healthy and sound puppies.