As you know, Sugar Dogs International, Inc. does NOT provide you with a dog. We suggest that you apply with Florida Poodle Rescue online and rescue a dog, even if it’s not a Poodle. Many breeds of dogs as well as mixed breeds may spontaneously alert. There are many reliable rescue groups; use the ‘net to search. We support rescue over purchasing a dog and offer these cautions:
BE CAREFUL buying a dog off of the ‘net as some of these dogs may be stolen.
Always take your dog to the vet immediately after taking possession of it whether you rescue it or buy it. Schedule the vet appointment before you pick up the dog so that on your way home, you can take the dog to the vet. Always ask that the dog be scanned for a micro-chip before being vaccinated. You don’t want to vaccinate someone else’s dog.
If you want a puppy, below is a quick list of breeders with possible Poodle puppies. These breeders know what we are looking for in a diabetic alert dog and/or medical alert dogs. We’ve had multiple clients tell us of 4 month old puppies alerting coming out of the shipping crate to meet their new diabetic child, teenager and adult person at the airport. Remember we request that the pup stay with its mother until it is 4 months/16 weeks old. This gives the pup way more confidence as it explores the world with you.
Our Breeders of Distinction are listed below:
Ruby Red Standard Poodles. Louie & Stormy Martucci may be contacted at StormyMartucci@yahoo.com. Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of “Kalua, a diabetic alert dog.” As of 8-19-19, she has 8 red Standard Poodle puppies that are 9 weeks and 2 days old. The are simply beautiful – see the Sugar-Dogs-International-Inc page on Facebook for beautiful photos. See also the Ruby Red Standard Poodles page on Facebook.
Other breeders with proven bloodlines who support our work:
DarlasRedStandardPoodles.com – 352-293-4549 – Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Samson, Theo, Brew and Carmie
Kandyland Poodles – KandyLandPoodles@comcast.net – Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Tao
LeMar Kennels – 239-543-3837 – LeMarKennels@yahoo.com – Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Stormy, now known as “Remi” and living the life of Riley with his beautiful dog trainer/owner and his adopted brother Theo.
Shirley E – 813-752-9598 – Breeder of Distinction – Breeder of Paula’s Peaches N Cream and Ed’s Sugar Dog Mocha – Shirley also offers beautiful grooming and dog sitting.
aVIP – A Very Important Pet – Nathalie B. – MAY occasionally offer puppies to Sugar Dogs members. Contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Grooming salon in Pinellas County, FL.
Of course there are many other great Poodle breeders in our area and the Tampa Bay Poodle Club (or your local Poodle Club) is the best place to start if you are looking for a puppy or if you are interested in confirmation or “showing” your dog in AKC or 4H events. Many of our juvenile diabetics take dog obedience a step further and show their dogs. Agility is also a nice option for dogs and kids or adults. As with any physical activity, test, test, test because the person and the dog may become distracted by the activity.
Our training program begins with Lesson One, crate training and potty training your dog. It is all much easier if YOU learn the material before expecting your puppy to know it. Please plan to register with Sugar Dogs International and learn the training method BEFORE getting your Sugar Dog candidate. It’s easier on you and the dog.