PUPPIES ARE HERE! 

On 8/20/18, Juno gave birth to eight healthy puppies! Everyone is doing great. Juno is an excellent dam to her pups. I started to supplement them with puppy formula around a week old to help her (and the smaller ones). It's been a joyous experience! We still have a black male and two black females available to pet homes. Please visit the puppies page for more info on what it takes to become part of the Cadeau family.

Pups are out of my sweet, brainiac Juno - Saratoga Honeymoon in June at Cadeau and sired by the lovely and sweet "Lucky" - CH Blackjack Beginner's Luck

Juno and Lucky are both health tested AKC standard poodles. Lucky is an AKC Champion. 

I chose this breeding because I have heard only the most wonderful things about Lucky's temperament. My goal is for my puppies to be sound in structure and temperament. I am very excited to watch these babies mature. If you are interested in one of these pups, please email me.

Link to Lucky's Health Testing

https://www.ofa.org/advanced-search?f=sr&appnum=1541460

 

Link to Juno's Health Testing on OFA

https://www.ofa.org/advanced-search?quicksearch=saratoga%20honeymoon

Addison's Disease in People?? In Loving Memory of Sherri 

Jane Austin, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower - What did they have in common with poodles? Addison's disease. 

Last week, this rare autoimmune disorder took the life of a much loved and respected handler and friend - Sherri Vidrine. Sherri was only 49 years old. At the recent show in Kenner, we were fantasizing about how to celebrate her 50th birthday coming up in September. We made plans to go to the Biloxi dog show together and start the first of the celebrations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Little did I know that would be the last time I ever saw my kind and happy, dog-loving friend. Last Monday, I received the very unexpected news that Sherri had passed away in her home during the night. I was floored. Sherri's death shook me and most of my close-knit Texas and Louisiana poodle people.

Sherri suffered from Addison's, she laughingly told me in passing several years ago at a show. "I have a poodle disease!" She suffered as the poodles do, often in stoic silence. Her illness was seemingly under control, and she boasted of only two hospitalizations in 15 years - one being fairly recently. Otherwise, Sherri led a seemingly normal (for dog people) life. She raised a family, had a loving husband of over 20 years, and played with poodles in her free time. She was a superbly talented handler and groomer, and a staunch support person for newbies and junior handlers. Sherri was a friend to all, and we feel orphaned without her. Dog shows are not going to be the same.

If you are into standard poodles at all and have been doing any homework on the breed, you will have probably read that Addison's Disease (AD) is among the nastier silent killers of this wonderful breed. The disease actually affects several breeds and mixed breeds as well. No blood line is safe. I belong to a couple of support groups, as my very first show bitch Margot was diagnosed at 14 mos. old, followed by Giselle just after her 1st birthday. The two girls were unrelated, soon retired, and both have since passed away due to complications of AD. It was a crushing blow- expensive and depressing, but I moved on, participated in research, and vowed to learn more. 

Almost 7 years later, not much new info has been discovered, though tens of thousands of dollars have been offered up on the quest to wrangle the beast. We now have the VHL test, which kinda sorta can help with breeding decisions in a very roundabout way. We know to avoid stressors like over vaccinating, extreme temperatures, and otherwise stressful situations. We know to monitor our dogs for lethargy, frequent GI upset, anorexia, malaise, and to follow up with blood work if things seem amiss. We often know more than our vets, and we know to advocate for testing that may seem foreign. We know to advocate for minimal vaccines. We know to space rabies, shots. We know the trigger is often environmental and the mode of inheritance  probably polygenic. We know about the ACTH stimulation test to diagnose. We know it's complicated, as I learned when another of my girls, Cali, was diagnosed at over 5 years old! So much we know.. and so much we still crave answers about. You can do all of the tests known to dog and man and still get the wind knocked out of your sails. Such is the nature of breeder life. 

If you are a poodle owner reading this, I urge you to familiarize yourself with the signs/symptoms. If you are considering a poodle, I urge you to do the same but to also not let the risk of AD steer you away, for truly no breed is safe. After all, humans aren't. If you were a friend of Sherri's or even met her in passing, I urge to you keep her light alive in your actions and thoughts. Help new people. Be kind. Offer constructive criticism in an un-offensive way. Laugh at the show. Cry at the show. Lose with grace. Win with even more grace. Be humble.

Love the dogs.

Love the dogs.

Love the dogs.

Never have I met a dog that was afraid of Sherri. RIP my beautiful friend. I will miss you, Red!

The cute little flower arrangement my friends and I sent to the funeral home. I attended the visitation, sort of in a trance. I hope you're smiling somewhere, Sherri.


 

The Lagniappe Cluster & Creole Poodle Club Specialty Show - Kenner, LA August 2-5, 2018 

The 2018 Lagniappe Cluster & Creole Poodle Club Specialty Show were great successes! Thank you to our club members and friends for putting on another exciting show. Our entries were fabulous this year, and our judge was tons of fun.

Check out some of these videos created by club member Barbara Gibson. Isn't she talented?

https://www.facebook.com/CreolePoodleClubFanPage/

To see the results of the all breed shows each day, visit Onofrio Dog Shows here.

To see the results of the Creole Poodle Club Specialty show, click here.

Many thanks to our judge, Mr. Johnny R. Shoemaker & huge congrats to the winners!

I couldn't attend every day, but I was able to show Cocoa over the weekend. It was my first time in the ring in YEARS, and Cocoa's first ever dog show. We had a great time. I was very pleased with her behavior, considering our ONE handling class. :)

 

Cadeau Rite of Passage Hello neck! She did great both days! Cadeau Rite of Passage

News and Brags 

I have to admit, having the Facebook Cadeau Poodles page has made me pretty lazy about posting updates via the blog! It is so easy for me to whip out my phone and quickly upload a post with multiple pictures, video, and links in less time than it takes for a traffic light to turn from red to green. Nonetheless, I do appreciate a website with a current blog, so please forgive me for dropping the ball on my own! We have had quite a fun-filled and exciting year.

It's been almost a full year since Misha was last in the ring. She finished her championship title at home here in New Orleans/Kenner with handler Sherri Vidrine, getting both of her majors on the 1st and 2nd days of the show, thus finishing her title.

The 2018 Lagniappe cluster is quickly approaching, and my little brownie "Cocoa" will be making her debut. This will be my first brownie to enter the AKC show scene. I am both nervous and excited as showing color is not quite like showing black or white poodles.

Misha now lives in her guardian home with her groomer buddy and my friend Kristin at Allstar Animal Hospital. They are a great team. Misha is pictured below after winning 3rd place with Kristin at Atlanta Pet Fair this year.

We are currently attending Deep South obedience classes together and hope to soon be putting CGC titles on Misha, Natalie, Clover, and Camille. Fun!!

Tiffany and her owner/handler Nancy Laurent finished her AKC championship in May after an exciting 2nd in class at PCA. This is huge! I am very proud of them and wish Nancy the best in her future endeavors into the showing and breeding world.

Last but not least - PUPPIES!

Juno has been bred and is expecting puppies mid August. Brown and Black puppies are expected. Sire is Shirley & Bob Davis' (BOSHI poodles) handsome boy "Lucky" CH Blackjack Beginner's Luck. I heard about this pretty brown carrier through my friend Becky Godbey of Magic Hour Poodles. She kept Lucky for a bit and just raved about his wonderful temperament. I am really looking forward to these pups.

Contact me for more info 

 

Gigi goes to the East Coast 

The sweet, little toy poodle GiGi polished off the last few items on her bucket list with Shawn and me before finally moving to her fur-ever home on the East Coast. When I volunteered to help find a small dog for a special someone in search, I really didn’t know what I was in store for! I phoned my friend Melissa of Starlit Poodles and asked if she had or knew of any littles looking for a home. When she described Gigi, I felt it would be a perfect match & arranged a meeting. Gigi had been passed around through no fault of her own. I met her wagging tail and jumped right in, putting her to the test with my grooming, a walk around the dog show, and introduction to her would-be foster daddy and my big dogs. Gigi passed with flying colors! This sweet, little 6lb lap dog greets the world at full force with a joyful intensity. We soon grew very attached and started considering elaborate excuses to delay her departure. Gigi never met a strange dog, cat, person, or otherwise. Everyone is her friend! She rode quietly on my lap in the air plane without making a peep. She was an expert car rider, amateur kayaker (but expert bayou navigator) and friendly ambassador, friend to all! It was so hard to let her go, but I know she will bring great comfort, companionship, and happiness to her new owner.


 

 

Puppies Available! 

We have four gorgeous puppies from Deuce & Tatiana's litter available to perfect forever companion homes.

They are 11 weeks old, very clean and inquisitive, smart poodles.

We expect great things from them as their dam, Tatiana, is not only an AKC Champion and Canine Good Citizen, but also a certified Therapy dog with Canines for Christ. Their sire, Deuce finished his AKC Championship as a puppy, winning the Variety over existing Champions and now is a group winning AKC Grand Champion. When he is not strutting his stuff in the ring, or relaxing at home, he functions as a trained emotional support dog (ESD).

This litter is co-bred with Tabatha of NOLA Standards, and any inquiries about these puppies can be made either through my contact page or hers.

The pups are solid black, and are available on spay/neuter companion agreements to approved homes. You may submit your puppy application via email OR phone interview. We provide a written health guarantee and lifetime breeder support. Pups are microchipped for permanent id, given core vaccines, vet checked and wormed.

Attached are some pics of the pups from this litter! They are brave, adventurous, smart, and loving.

Visiting with Dr. Amster of St.Bernard Veterinary Hospital at their Wellness visit

Tatiana's Ten - 7 girls & 3 boys  

GCH Heart and Soul of a Saint a NOLA's x CH Cadeau Goddess of the Dream de NOLA's

Tatiana whelped her first litter beautifully - 10 gorgeous babies in just under 6 hours! She has been a wonderful dam, reminding me very much of her granddam Ruby, one of the sweetest poodle souls you ever met.

There are a couple of precious little girls from this litter still available on spay agreement as wonderful companion animals. Please contact me for details. These little angels will be ready to go mid June 2017, after their temperament & structural evaluations. For now, they are entertaining me with their antics and sweet puppy breath.


PCA, Tatiana's Ten, & the Mardi Gras Pet Expo 

The Poodle Club of America National Specialty, or PCA, as it's widely known among poodle aficionados, took place at the Purina Farms show site in Missouri this year, a rather dramatic change from the traditional convention center in Salisbury, MD. I am proud to say that I had several Cadeau puppies out there looking beautiful; some even took a ribbon home! 

PCA is the mecca of poodle specialties. Fanciers make plans all year around this event. There are several days devoted to field work, hunt tests, obedience, agility, rally, conformation, parade of champions, classes, dinners, and more. It is a time where breeders and fanciers come together to sleep, live, work, and breathe poodles....Annnd every year, without fail, I am home whelping puppies! Go figure! I would LOVE to attend. I send my dogs and sit by the phone waiting for updates, watching social media for videos and the famous Susan Wilson photos we are blessed with every year!

On a great note, Tatiana whelped a gorgeous, healthy litter of TEN during PCA, but she was resting comfortably at home with me. She came through like the champ that she is, and every baby is now toddling about.

My pups at PCA made me proud with Nathan & Amy (both Jacki pups) taking home class placements and ribbons. Cartier and Misha were a little more naughty (as expected with their young ages) but they still looked lovely, and I was proud to have my name as breeder on their entries. My new owner handlers were able to go and soak up the experience as well, and I am thrilled about all of this. 

Shortly after PCA, the Mardi Gras Pet Expo rolled through the city of Kenner, LA. This was the 2nd year Creole Poodle Rescue was invited to set up a booth for rescue donations, and our best event to date in terms of fund raising for the Rescue! We raised over $600 in 2 days selling T shirts, poodle kisses, cookies, brownies, and other home made gifts made by members of the Creole Poodle Club of New Orleans - all for a great cause! It was also my 2nd year attending. This year I allowed Clover and Camille , my retired show girls, to be used as demo dogs for Andis. We all had a fabulous time with poodle friends!

Stay tuned for fun photos from PCA, the Mardi Gras Pet Expo, & Tatiana's litter :)

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  • Maria Salpietra

    Maria Salpietra New Orleans, LA

    Thank you, Tom! I appreciate the kind regards and are happy you found the links helpful. Little Miss Cali is preparing to be shown in Florida at the opening shows for the big Eukanuba event. We are very proud of her and look forward to her success.

    Thank you, Tom! I appreciate the kind regards and are happy you found the links helpful. Little Miss Cali is preparing to be shown in Florida at the opening shows for the big Eukanuba event. We are very proud of her and look forward to her success.

  • Tom Mangan

    Tom Mangan Australia

    Congratulations on an excellent site with very useful info, advice and links. Beautiful Poodles too! Love Armani and especially Cali, wee petite though she be. Kind regards.

    Congratulations on an excellent site with very useful info, advice and links. Beautiful Poodles too! Love Armani and especially Cali, wee petite though she be. Kind regards.

  • Maria Salpietra

    Maria Salpietra New Orleans, LA

    Hi Autumn, Please visit my links page & on my drop down menu under 'puppies' I should have info about responsible breeding practices. Scroll through some of the educational material if you have time. It will give you a general overview of topics concerning standard poodles. If you have specific questions, please email me. At the minimum, you should look for a breeder who is willing to health test the parents & has good knowledge of the breed standard and how the poodle is supposed to be built as well as why- You can visit offa.org and search for health testing by breed for more info on this - poodles should have minimum of hips, eyes, and skin tested... I would look for those who test thyroid function and maybe even hearts. This could be a very long post so please email me for more info! Also visit the Poodle Club of America website and browse around there. Best advice I can give you is to be patient and research before committing. :) Do not assume that all breeders are honest, fair, or have the dogs' best interests at heart. Take care and thank you for stopping by!

    Hi Autumn,

    Please visit my links page & on my drop down menu under 'puppies' I should have info about responsible breeding practices. Scroll through some of the educational material if you have time. It will give you a general overview of topics concerning standard poodles. If you have specific questions, please email me. At the minimum, you should look for a breeder who is willing to health test the parents & has good knowledge of the breed standard and how the poodle is supposed to be built as well as why- You can visit offa.org and search for health testing by breed for more info on this - poodles should have minimum of hips, eyes, and skin tested... I would look for those who test thyroid function and maybe even hearts. This could be a very long post so please email me for more info! Also visit the Poodle Club of America website and browse around there. Best advice I can give you is to be patient and research before committing. smile Do not assume that all breeders are honest, fair, or have the dogs' best interests at heart. Take care and thank you for stopping by!

  • Autumn H.

    Autumn H. Beaumont,MS

    I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing these beautiful poodles! The more I see them,the more I fall in love. I am strongly considering getting one, and was wondering if you have any tips for me on selecting the right one. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!

    I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing these beautiful poodles! The more I see them,the more I fall in love. I am strongly considering getting one, and was wondering if you have any tips for me on selecting the right one. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!

  • Donna M James

    Donna M James Denham Springs, LA

    I enjoyed your site very much. I just lost my beautiful black standard "Sam" this week. He was 15 years old and such a loving and intelligent companion. I enjoy seeing and reading about others. Maybe in the future I will bring myself to consider another, although none could ever take the place of my loving Sam. Thank you for sharing your poodles!

    I enjoyed your site very much. I just lost my beautiful black standard "Sam" this week. He was 15 years old and such a loving and intelligent companion. I enjoy seeing and reading about others. Maybe in the future I will bring myself to consider another, although none could ever take the place of my loving Sam. Thank you for sharing your poodles!

  • Maria Salpietra

    Maria Salpietra New Orleans, LA

    Thank you for the post. Well-bred poodles are hard to go without for very long. Best wishes in your search and feel free to contact me when you are ready. If I don't have one for you I can help you find one. :)

    Thank you for the post. Well-bred poodles are hard to go without for very long. Best wishes in your search and feel free to contact me when you are ready. If I don't have one for you I can help you find one. smile

  • Birdie Sandifer

    Birdie Sandifer Baton Rouge, LA

    Enjoyed viewing your site ! We had two beautiful standard poodles for over 15 years, one white and one black. Lost them about 3 years ago and am beginning to consider another standard. Please keep us posted.

    Enjoyed viewing your site ! We had two beautiful standard poodles for over 15 years, one white and one black. Lost them about 3 years ago and am beginning to consider another standard. Please keep us posted.

  • Maria

    Maria

    Thanks, Kate! They are surely getting messy. Let the fun begin!

    Thanks, Kate! They are surely getting messy. Let the fun begin!

  • Kate Marie

    Kate Marie New Orleans

    Hey Maria Those Black babies are gorgeous!!!! How exciting for You & Miss Comet!!! :)

    Hey Maria
    Those Black babies are gorgeous!!!! How exciting for You & Miss Comet!!! smile

  • Maria Salpietra

    Maria Salpietra

    Thank you, Ann! Thanks for visiting. I'm so excited about my puppies and can't wait for you to evaluate the litter.

    Thank you, Ann! Thanks for visiting. I'm so excited about my puppies and can't wait for you to evaluate the litter.