Meet Arthur, My New Standard Poodle

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Some of you may have read when I wrote about my beloved standard poodle, Poirot.  I haven't talked about losing Poirot in October after three months of illness, which were much more painful for my husband and me than for him.  Those three months were excrutiating and the sense of loss was terrible.  Even though you know that it hurts to lose a pet and you are sympathetic whenever a friend or family member goes through that loss, when it happens to you, you are gob smacked all over again by how much it actually hurts! 

Even my vet, Dr. Cohen, was saddened by the loss of Poirot.  She sent me flowers.  Then the staff at Friendship Animal Hospital sent me flowers. Finally, the hospital made a contribution to their research program in Poirot's name.  I was really touched by their kindness and sympathy for my grief.

My husband and I resolved that we would go without a dog for a few years - well, actually my husband resolved that we would go without a dog for a few years.  We would wait until our daughter Lise Courtney graduated from the MBA program at the University of Chicago and we caught up a bit with family and life in general.  After all, it is harder to get away when you have a fur baby at home we told ourselves. 

Right - well you know how those rationalizations end.  At least, they ended for me with intense searches of the poodle rescue websites within a week or two.  My breeder had retired and had no puppies to ease the pain of Poirot's loss.  I started the search with the closest rescue site - MidAtlantic Poodle Rescue which is located in Baltimore and I branched out to New England, down south and out to the midwest - sure that my poodle was there waiting for me to rescue him or her. 

Poirot was named for Hercule Poirot, the dapper and brilliant Belgian detective with a glorious moustache in Agatha Christie's mystery series.  The two seemed to be perfectly matched since my Poirot was clearly brilliant as only poodles can be and he had intelligent brown eyes and a bit of a moustache when he needed a trim.  We had talked occasionally of what we would call our next poodle - Miss Lemon (Missy for short) for the long suffering secretary to Poirot? Or perhaps Captain Hastings (Hastings for short or maybe Captain?) for Poirot's friend and side kick.   We weren't sure.  Maybe we would get a female and call her Agatha.  Who knew?

Then I found him.  Arthur was there waiting for me on the Mid Atlantic Poodle Rescue site.  His previous family had given him up because he was diagnosed with Addison's and they chose not to deal with his condition, no doubt for emotional and financial reasons.  Addison's is a condition involving insufficient function of the adrenal glands and is common in standard poodles.  It is very manageable with a monthly shot of percortin and daily pills of prednisolone.  Poirot was diagnosed with Addison's when he was about two years old.  When I saw that a family had given up a poodle because he had Addison's I knew this was my dog.  I had no problems dealing with an Addisonian poodle. I already have a great vet, who has become a true friend through the years of treating Poirot.  I knew that Arthur belonged with us.

Then there was the question of the name.  Captain Hastings, Poirot's good friend and cohort, is actually Captain Arthur Hastings.  The stars had aligned.  This lovely black standard poodle had to be ours.

I called the rescue organization and asked about Arthur.  Someone else had already put an application in ahead of me.  She was a nurse who lived in Baltimore, close to the woman who runs the rescue group.  The nurse would be able to give Arthur his monthly shots.  She lived in Baltimore.  She was ahead of me in the running!  I couldn't believe someone else was going to get my Arthur. 

I explained that I had lots of experience with Addisonian dogs.  I would get my vet to give Arthur the shots.  The woman on the other end of the phone listened patiently.  She had to let the nurse have first dibs.  The nurse was supposed to get back to her at the end of the weekend.  I told the woman that Arthur's name was perfect in our family.  She was sympathetic!

After a few more days of waiting, I called again.  The nurse had not followed up with getting Arthur - and he was ours! 

We picked  up Arthur the Monday after Thanksgiving and he has been with us since.  Like many rescues, he is very skittish.  I think he was abused by his previous owners.  He is not everyone's friend like Poirot was - but he is much more affectionate once he gives you his trust.  I am excited to watch him relax and become a secure young pup over time. I will keep you posted!

 

 

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Lise Howe
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Michael Jacobs - we needed Arthur as much as he needed a family! thanks for your kind words about Poirot.  

Jan 10, 2020 06:25 AM #8
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Lise Howe - I am happy that you and Arthur found each other. He is lucky to have you in his life. 

Jan 10, 2020 06:42 AM #9
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I think he is the one who has changed our lives! 

Jan 10, 2020 06:44 AM #10
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Hi Lise - sorry to hear about your loss. Arthur is lucky to have such a great new home! 

Jan 10, 2020 06:58 AM #11
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Joe Pryor
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Our dearly departed standard, Hope Elizabeth, had that disease. She lived and loved for 14 years. Now Henri our overgrown toy poodle is the love of our life. We are poodle people.

Jan 10, 2020 07:20 AM #12
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Will Hamm
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Sorry for your loss in October but happy for Arthur to become part of the family.  

Jan 10, 2020 07:33 AM #13
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Lise congratulations to the new addition to your family.  He looks like an Authur.

Jan 10, 2020 08:18 AM #14
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Lise,

Isn't it grand when the stars align?  So delighted that Captain Arthurs is part of your family.  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Jan 10, 2020 11:04 AM #15
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Kathy Streib
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Lise- I am very sorry about Poirot but happy that you found Arthur, for his sake and yours. It is so hard to lose a fur baby and a loss that you don't get over. Thank you for taking in and giving your love to Arthur. 

Jan 10, 2020 05:38 PM #16
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Lise Howe
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Joe Pryor - I have always loved your picture on Active Rain with poodle in arms - they are special children aren't they? I had no idea you had dealt with an Addisonian dog too - 

Jan 10, 2020 06:53 PM #17
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Lise Howe
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Kathy Streib - as pet lovers we all go through that pain and sorrow - we know it is coming but it never gets easier when it comes! 

Jan 10, 2020 06:59 PM #18
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Lise Howe
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I completely agree about the stars aligning - when I was talking to the rescue lady I was trying hard not to get all goofy and stars aligning on her since I didn't want to scare her off but that was exactly what I was thinking - this is my dog - so give him to me! NOW - lol

Jan 10, 2020 07:00 PM #19
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Lise Howe
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Will Hamm - he is keeping us on our feet now - turns out he is a bit of a chow hound - and since he is so tall - nothing is safe on the counters! 

Jan 10, 2020 07:01 PM #20
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Lise Howe
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George Souto - Thank you - we are so happy to have Arthur with us! the house seems complete again

Jan 10, 2020 07:02 PM #21
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While I knew you had a new fur baby, I didn't know the story and I'm sitting her sobbing, Lise. It seems like we went through our familial losses at nearly the same time. The craziest thing is that when it hits you, it feels like your heart is being ripped out all over again. It had been awhile (12 years) since we'd lost a pet so, I had forgotten just how much it hurts.

I am so sorry you lost Poirot. What a lucky dog Arthur is and what a story! My BFF had an addisonian dog also and he lived for a very long time with the diagnosis. Crazy thing - she's a nurse and she took Max (her addisonian poochie) to the vet for his shots too!! 

I have to say that I had a client who needed to adopt out her kitty and told me before Charlotte died. Truth be told, I cried with my dogs but, my house just didn't feel right without a cat - so, I would have adopted in a week or two also, if I hadn't already 'found' our Emma Belle! 

And, another thing - I had no idea you had a daughter in Chicago - I have a son there! Lots of parallels and we didn't even know it!

Jan 10, 2020 08:13 PM #22
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Jane Peters
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What a great story, Lise. And Arthur is so lucky to have been found by you. You are going to give him a great life.

Jan 11, 2020 12:22 PM #23
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Hi Lise,  I am glad to meet Arthur.  I am sure he is happy to be a part of your family.  We are in the process of trying to find a new dog, as we lost one in September.

Jan 11, 2020 09:50 PM #24
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Lise Howe
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Debe Maxwell, CRS = I had no idea we had so many connections - I will have to call you some time!  Too many connections to cover in a comment! 

I can't believe anyone would let an Addisonian dog crash once you knew he had Addison's - it is so simple to manage.  I am glad that we were able to get Arthur and give him a safe place. 

Jan 12, 2020 05:16 AM #25
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Lise Howe
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Bob Crane - I am so sorry that you lost your dog in September.  It hurts so much to lose a four legged member of the family whom you love.  I hope you find a new pup soon.  What kind of dog are you looking for? 

Jan 12, 2020 05:18 AM #26
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Lise Howe
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Jane Peters - We are so lucky to have found Arthur - and he is a much loved little boy.  I wish he were easier to photograph but he is so dark that his features don't show up well.  Probably a good thing since you would all be subjected to lots of pictures of him! 

Jan 12, 2020 05:20 AM #27
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