2009 was designated the International Year of Astronomy, fittingly enough all the stars must have been aligned because that was the year that Patchogue Poodles was born. Spearheaded by Liz Wright, Patchogue Poodles really came about as a way to fill a void that was left by the untimely death of Liz’s mother, Veronica.
In August of 2009, Liz purchased two ACA poodle puppies, a champagne female, Allyan Rose (Rosie) the loveable ball chaser who demands your attention when you are in her presence. And a black male Mr. Macho, he is the standoffish I love you but won’t let you know it type. The two puppies grew up together and became what we humans would call, a couple. As of today Rosie and Macho have graced Liz and Patchogue Poodles with 52 beautiful puppies with another litter on the way. The litter names have spanned everything from being named after famous beers to flowers and even condiments. I can only wonder what the next litter will be named after.
The great thing about Patchogue Poodles is that even after the puppies leave, they are never forgotten. The owners often send Liz cards with pictures to show how well the pups have adapted as the newest members of their family, as well as showing them off in any variety of haircuts. Many a times when an owner has to go away, and they bring their poodle to Liz for pet sitting which she does at no charge. Liz says, "I can’t charge them for bringing me a member of the family home."
I watch Liz interact with those puppies and am in awe that she has a special place in her heart for each one of them. It also amazes me that she carefully hand picks the people who can actually get a chance to get a puppy from Patchogue Poodles, she has met every single person that was lucky enough to get a puppy. Patchogue Poodles has sent puppies nationwide, from right here in Patchogue, to Texas and even California. I am sure that the puppy that went to California is riding in a really nice convertible somewhere on Pacific Coast Highway.
After careful consideration, Liz decided to add another female to Patchogue Poodles late last year to take over after Rosie has finished her last litter. Fittingly enough, the newest member of the family is none other than Rosie’s sister three years removed. This beautiful red poodle named Honey Child is perhaps the cutest and sweetest dog I’ve ever met. She has these beautiful brown eyes that just melt your heart when she tilts her head when you speak to her. Honey was recently mated with Mr. Macho and gave birth to five beautiful puppies, which Rosie helped her deliver, I kid you not.
So here we are in August of 2013 and after 52 puppies and a litter on the way, Rosie and Macho were recently wed by none other than Patchogue Village Mayor, Paul Pontieri Jr. Surrounded by family and friends and Honey as the Maid of Honor, they vowed to as the Mayor put it, "keep a clean water bowl and help to each other to bite anyone if necessary." I have to tell you that listening to the vows that The Mayor wrote shows how seriously he took this "muttrimony" and how much he knew it meant to Liz. Mr. Mayor if I had a paw I would high five you with it.
So if you don’t think you know who Rosie, Mr. Macho and Honey are, think again, you’ve probably seen them in any of the parades down Main Street in the last four years. If you haven’t seen them, keep an eye out for them they will be at the next parade. If you would like more information on Patchogue Poodles and perhaps acquiring a new member for your family, please contact Patchogue Poodles at 631-654-5746.