Remembering Comet - 3/13/05 - 9/22/18 

    ** I realize this is long, and it's naught to me who reads it or who doesn't. We all grieve in our own ways, and I find writing to be therapeutic. My only message, really, is that if you can, be there with your best friend as they leave this world. They will be scared and looking to you for comfort, guidance and support. Was it hard? You bet. I DID give my children the option, but they stood firm on wanting to be with her at the end, and I couldn't be more proud of them for having the courage to do so. **     

     A little over a week ago, my children and I made the joint decision that it was time to let our sweet Comet go. Over the past few months, she had been repeatedly falling, could not stand up on her own nor walk very far without assistance, and, the big tell, she stopped eating. Comet was my first poodle and a once in a lifetime dog. My daughter was 2 years old when we made the 1,000 mile journey to Virginia to pick her up, making frequent stops because my toddler was in the process of being potty trained. I had searched for close to a year for the perfect poodle. "They" will tell you that the perfect poodle does not exist. "They" would be wrong. Comet's breeder, Edith Coradazzi, grilled me. I remember during my search sending out nearly 50 emails initiating contact with breeders. I had a list of questions, and Edie answered them all, then turned the interview on me. When she decided, finally, that I would be acceptable, she had me ship some clothes and a crate to her home. She let me choose (remotely) out of 2 of the girls that she felt would suit what I wanted. Although very similar, I chose the rose collared girl. She put my clothes in the kennel with that puppy for the weeks until I made the drive up to VA. When I walked in the front door, out of the 11 pups, the rose collared girl turned towards me first. I can only assume it was because she recognized my familiar scent. 

     Many have wondered about her name. That is what happens when you let your 2 year old child name the family dog! Comet loved to jump. She was a vivacious and brilliant pup. Jillian (my daughter) said she was like a comet. It seemed to fit. I attended a puppy match in Folsom, LA, about an hour from home, where I was building a new construction as a real estate investment project and happened to see a sign advertising the AKC sanctioned event. Comet and I stopped in to check it out, and we were instantly grabbed up by Meg Wood, a handler who lived about 30 mins from home. Was it fate? Maybe! Meg exchanged grooming lessons for help with her beautiful Airedales, and an unbreakable bond was formed among the 3 of us. 

     In the midst of these new beginnings, and shortly after acquiring this pup, Jillian, Comet, and I were forced out of our home due to hurricane Katrina. I remember when my grooming supplies all fit in a fishing tackle box. That is what I took so that I could keep her in show coat regardless of the circumstances. Grooming her became my therapy as I struggled with the loss of my home, community, and displacement of my close-knit family. We spent 6 months in Marietta, GA, and I was fortunate enough to have help from breeder/groomer/handler Michele Polito (Allure poodles), who took the better part of her day helping me trim and talking to me about show coat. Michele was from New Orleans. I will never forget her kindness and generosity to a newbie. She was incredibly selfless and knowledgable.

     Meg's house in Metairie had sustained less damage than my own which was only a couple of miles from one of the levee breaches, but her fence had been lost in the storm, and her grooming assistants were displaced. She invited me, Comet, and Jill to come home and stay with her until my house was livable again. I accepted, and the journey continued. Eventually I was back in my home, and Meg moved to North Carolina.

     So much happened in my life in the years that followed - another child, marriage, divorce, bankruptcy, new relationships, breakups, relocations, new career paths, school, more school, new dogs, puppies. The list is long, but Comet was my faithful companion through every item. She was my comfort when I was sad, my napping buddy, my study partner, my babysitter, my grooming and show guinea pig, my puppy raiser, my walking buddy, my running buddy, my confidant, my therapist, and my best girl. I used to joke that if she had thumbs she would have made my coffee. I often called her my best half and my right hand. My children grew up with her loving presence, and she was one of the few constants in their lives. I should also mention that she was an exquisitely talented counter surfer, food thief, and trash aficionado. I had to make many changes to the kitchen in order to meet her talents. She could take pizza out of the box without disturbing its position on the counter, trash out of the foot-pedal lid, and meat out of a sandwich without disturbing the bread. I'm not even lying. We laugh often about her antics. She was always my first choice as the canine partner when socializing a new puppy. She was both social and confident, eagerly greeting the world with a wagging tail. She instilled this confidence into her charges. She was a shepherd to the poodles and cats. It was only with her assistance that I was able to recover my Armani when he was lost and terrified in full blown flight mode and unresponsive to his humans. I released Comet off of her leash, and she navigated the dark ditch and brush to get to him. If she could've spoken, I imagine she must have said "Get in the car, fool. You're being rescued." Armani immediately snapped out of it, followed her back, and jumped in the car. Just like that.

Comet remained active, jumping the baby gates in the house until she was about ten years old. As she progressed, it was harder for her to do the things she loved. We got her a wagon so she could still be included in our walks, for she would try to the point of exhaustion to keep up. As fate would have it, Meg came to town earlier this year while Comet could still get around. I took Comet and my children to the dog show in Gonzales to see Meg, and what a blessing it was to do that. Comet was like a stubborn old lady and refused stay in her wagon at the show. She walked around the entire center with a pig ear in her mouth, greeting everyone and generally owning the place. She slept for the next 3 days after that exertion! I still chuckle about that.

Very recently, as she failed, and in between sobs, I explained to my beautiful children what was happening to our dog and what options that we had. While hard to swallow, the three of us agreed that her time was closing in, and we wanted to be with her at the end.  As a family, the three of us faced the harsh reality of saying goodbye to our girl.

I am fortunate enough to have relationships with two of the most amazing veterinary clinics. One is around the corner and the other in mid city New Orleans. I opted to take Comet around the corner since they know us, and my other vet was going to be out of town. In her final days, I reflected on our life together. I can count the times that Comet was sick on one hand. She had an ear infection when she was a pup and once again as an adult, kennel cough that she contracted at a dog show, and diarrhea when she was a new dam. That's it. She had diarrhea in her final days and it was indicative of a GI bleed as well. She was failing before our eyes and could no longer walk, stand, drink water, or eat on her own. We still held her up and hand fed her home made meals. We dragged her dog bed from room to room so she could hang out wherever we were. We pushed her in her wagon so she could come with us on walks. She still made a faint "woof" twice nightly, soft as a whisper, for me to get out of bed and help her to the yard to do her business. She was in a great deal of discomfort but ever stoic in her pain. That was my girl. She enjoyed life until the end. She loved her wagon rides and had one on her final day. I took her to my mom's so she could say good bye to her friends and family there. 

We made the appointment for Saturday morning, Sep 22. Coincidentally, it was my late friend and handler Sherri Vidrine's birthday. I didn't realize it until the day, and the thought brought me into a bittersweet emotional state. It felt as though I was giving my dear friend the best birthday present in the world. I was giving to Heaven a piece of my heart and soul. We spent the morning loving on Comet and trying not to cry. She mostly refused her breakfast. We took her for her last wagon ride. As we made our entrance into the clinic, the sympathetic faces ushered us into a private room. I laid her giant fleece bed on the cold table and we gently placed her on her familiar bed. This is when I started to break down. It was really hitting me that these were to be our final moments with the best dog on the planet, and it really sucked to believe that. My children and I tried to get it together for her sake, and we loved on her as the tech shaved her leg and placed the IV catheter. They gave us a book to read and let us take as long as we needed. We read a book together. When sweet Dr. Amster peeked her head in the door, I nodded at her. She said some soothing words to my kids. Comet lifted her head to greet the vet, and Dr. Amster gave her a loving look and head pat. She reassured the crying kids "This is how you want it to be, guys. I know it's hard but this is the best way to go." I concurred. Our beautiful girl spent her final moments embraced in the loving arms of the people she would have laid down her life for on any given day. I told her to go find Sherri, Giselle, and P-nut and whispered "Good girl" in her ear as she slipped away. We should all be surrounded by so much love, compassion, and peace in our final moments. Pictured below, the book they gave us to read and us saying goodbye to our girl before Dr. Amster came in.

 

 

Happier times 

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.


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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.