Monthly Archives: October 2016

New foster: Kininky

My latest foster (i.e. foster #4) is a male Poodle mix named Kininky.



I picked him up last Monday (October 10) and he is fitting into the current human-canine pack quite well.


He likes to connect physically with both dogs and people, which is a behavior that Morgan is not enjoying but Sandy is tolerating it, surprisingly. Ricky, on the other hand, is quite happy to have a cuddle buddy.


At night, Kininky sleeps in a pen beside my bed because Sandy is a tad territorial when it comes to my bedroom. She has ceded control of my bed to Morgan but everything else within the space is her territory, so keeping Kininky in a pen at night just makes sense. Moreover, he is much smaller than the other three (and only 20lb), so he could get into trouble if he were to start wandering around the house by himself at night.


However, during the day he has full reign of the house and backyard, although he has yet to learn how to use the dog door. He is currently available for adoption through the PetFinder page of the Arizona Poodle Rescue group.


Yesterday, Kininky and I participated in the Arizona Poodle Rescue group’s adoption event at the PetSmart on 90th Street and Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale. There were twelve Standard Poodles and poodle mixes at the event, and the energy and excitement was tangible. Kininky and I had a blast at the event and talked to a lot of potential adopters (he and I quickly determined that he garnered a lot of attention when I held him, so we did that a lot), so am hopefully that someone will submit an adoption application for Kininky this week. He is a sweet dog and is ready to find his forever home.

Foster -> Adopted

Ricky, my current Standard Poodle foster, was adopted today…by me. Yes, I am now officially a “foster failure”.

It was never my intention to adopt another dog; I have my hands full with Sandy, my Golden Retriever/Yellow Labrador mix, but there is something special about Ricky. He is such a sweet dog, and is getting along well with Sandy and Morgan (the other Standard Poodle in the house).



Unfortunately, he has a Class V heart murmur, and the right side of his heart is slightly enlarged, so he may have health issues later in life, but he’s not letting those issues slow him down much. He is still on three meals a day, but is now eating significant amounts at each meal, which is keeping his energy levels up throughout the day. He went to the groomer for the first time last Saturday and behaved perfectly, so will be on the 4-week grooming rotation that is currently in place for Morgan.

Right now, he is asleep in the dog bed in my home office. I guess getting adopted takes a lot out of a young dog.

Zombie sanctuary

For years, Morgan has claimed that there were zombies living in my backyard and I never believed him. I guess I stand corrected.



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