Poodle Thinking

Poodle Dreams 1

Poodle Dreams 2

I always wanted a dog.   When I was a kid, my Auntie Vee got a poodle.  He was small and brown and his name was Pepe.  It wouldn’t have been my choice for a dog, but at that point, Pepe  was as close as I came to having my own dog.  When I walked past my aunt’s house on the way home from school and Pepe was  in the yard I would lean over the cyclone fence and pet him.  He would follow me from one end of the fence to the other, then watch me as I walked away towards home.  When Auntie Vee took him to the Vet she always asked me to come with her.  The Vet made her nervous, so I would sit in the front seat with Pepe on my lap and hold him when he go his shots.

I kinda forgot about Pepe, until about a year ago I started to think that I’d like to have a Standard Poodle.  I’m not sure why, I think it has something to do with them being big and soft.  And the few Standard Poodles I’ve known were friendly, and smart and gentle (as well as big and soft).  I can’t really picture a poodle on the farm, but they herding dogs. Although watching a poodle herd seems like it would be like watching a sheep herd sheep.

Anyway, when I first opened up Laura Israel’s box of fabric and found all those poodle appliques, I didn’t think much of it.  But when I sorted through them and saw how many there really  were, I became curious.  Was this a sign?  Did Laura have a thing for poodles too?  I emailed Lindsay, who sent me the fabric on behalf of her friend Michael, Laura’s son.  Neither of them knew why Laura had so many poodle appliques, she was into Siamese Cats if anything.

I’m not planning on getting another dog anytime soon, so maybe the appliques are  omens, or maybe they are just what all my poodle thinking has conjured up.  Like Pepe, not exactly what I had in mind, but good enough for now.

Poodle Dreams is sold.


11 thoughts on “Poodle Thinking

  1. When I was growing up, my friends had a big white standard poodle named Pierre and he was awesome! He wasn’t at all prissy like a lot of poodles. I think they’re awesome dogs.

  2. This is totally awesome!!! Poodle love is like no other!! So glad you’re feeling better. Now if only you could manip a little plane ride to sunny Fla. for a brief respite…

  3. The completed pillow is just lovely Maria. All those florals and colors came together so nicely. I am glad you share your creations with us!

  4. Maria, I love this book and based on your experiences with Pepe I have to recommend: Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Perhaps you’ve already read this.

  5. This is such a beautiful piece, and such a haunting story. I never had unfulfilled desires until I became an adult. Annie

  6. I have a miniature poodle named Pip. He is smart as a whip, athletic and has a sense of humor. Not a foo foo dog. My husband and I adore him. The pillow is so cute, very retro !

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