How did Stony Hill Standard Poodles start? What is our story?
Hi, I'm Charity, a 25 year old girl with a passion and love for this incredible breed. I live with my 4 younger sisters and our parents on a beautiful family farm in the Southwest corner of Missouri. My story starts when I was very young. I grew up with dogs and always loved them. I was taught from a young age to respect, love and appreciate all of God's amazing creatures. But I've always especially been drawn to dogs. There's something so special, personable and amazing about the relationship you can share with these incredible creatures. I don't remember exactly when I decided I wanted a poodle but it started out as a desire of mine and grew into a dream that was fulfilled the year I turned 17 and brought home my first two Poodles, Cosette and Shreihben. Since members of our family have asthma and allergies our doggies had to mostly live outside. I knew Poodles were hypoallergenic and didn't shed so we'd be able to have them live inside with us. AIso I was drawn to their intelligence, grace and beauty. I told my parents I would raise puppies to cover the cost of my doggies if they would allow me to get them. So in February of 2017 my dream started coming true when I finally brought home my first Standard Poodle puppy, 9 week old Cosette! She was a brown that matured to a beautiful cafe au lait color. I fell in love with her and she was my shadow. She was a very special girl and a great poodle for me to how to groom. She did well with it and I still remember her first haircut I did when she was just a baby and how she fell asleep during it! That spring I brought home Shreihben, my first boy and Stony Hill Standard Poodles was formed. Only after owning them did I come to realize what amazing temperaments this breed has!
Fast forward years later and I am completely in love with the breed. I have learned so much over the years with regards to health, temperament, color, birthing and raising happy, healthy puppies and so much more. I have a love for raising puppies and a passion for this particular breed. Not only are they gorgeous, hypoallergenic and intelligent but they also have the most amazing personalities and are so versatile. They are amazing companions and make great hunting dogs. They are highly sensitive and intelligent which makes for wonderful service and/or therapy dogs. They grow very attached to their family and can be wonderful watch dogs as well. Needless to say this has grown and become a family effort. While it is mainly my project and I still do the majority of it my family has pitched in to help when I need it. It is a lot of work, dedication and takes much time, love and sacrifice but at the end of the day I love what I do. I dedicate myself to raising happy, healthy puppies who will bring joy to their new families.
I tend to be someone sensitive to the emotional needs of both people and animals and I hate all of the animal abuse, puppy mills etc that are rampant. I can't stand to see animals suffering and being abused. So here at my program I focus on raising doggies the right way. In my opinion that includes keeping our adults as loved house dogs and likewise having their babies born and raised in our home with love from day one.
I had no idea
When I decided I wanted to breed Poodles, I had no idea what was ahead of me. All the long nights and sleep lost, the cleaning, laundry and hours spent bathing and grooming little (and big) bodies. I had no idea that losing a tiny puppy that just couldn't make it, can tear up your heart like that. That one moment you could be laughing so hard and the next could find you in tears. I didn't realize the sacrifices I would make to be sure they are all happy and healthy. The fun times I would miss out on and the hours I'd spend caring for them when I didn't feel like it anymore. But I also didn't realize the pride and joy I'd feel watching them grow up from tiny, helpless babies to beautiful, fluffy puppies. And the awe that would flood my heart as I witnessed brand new, poodle babies entering the world. The love I'd feel cuddling them close and the satisfaction of watching a pile of clean puppies peacefully sleeping. The excitement I'd feel as the perfect families came along and the beauty of watching them meet those who will love them forever. I had no idea but now that I do I wouldn't change anything. I love what I do. I'm in my happy place when I'm right with the poodles. I'm so grateful to my parents and siblings for their help in raising happy, healthy and beautiful puppies! ~Charity
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