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 :)