Danny's Memorial Page

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Danny was my little enigma. The dictionary defines an enigma as somebody or something that is not easily explained or understood: a paradox, conundrum, problem, mystery, riddle, puzzle, question, perplexity. This definitely describes my Danny. We sometimes called him "Difficult Danny." He was very smart, athletic and agile. Nothing, not even bad knees (he was diagnosed with 2 bad knees at his new puppy visit and has had surgery on the left knee), could slow him down. Danny was quite a character. Unlike all of my other toy poodles, he was very high strung . He was nervous, skittish, and extremely temperamental. I was never been able to completely housebreak him. For the last year, he had to wear a belly band. He woulde lift his leg and mark all over the house and he liked to find hidden areas in the house to poop. He developed the nervous habit of licking his front paws (this is a nervous behavior not caused by his allergies), blankets, carpeting, etc. The hair that had gotten stuck in his teeth from the licking rotted out his gums and teeth.

I know he loved us in his own way and we have learned that we have to accept that.

Danny has an overbite; was cryptorchid; has really bad atopic allergies causing him to chew the hair off his body (each year the allergy issue last longer- to the point where it became an all year long issue - we finally seem to have the allergies under control); his hind paws are pigeon-toed which makes him walk strangely-his rear end swishes from side to side as he walks; he has extremely thin, fine hair; he has anal gland issues; and his body is often covered with large, hard sebaceous cysts.

Danny developed a very nasty nasal cavity infection (December 2014). By the middle of March 2015, even after being on an oral antibiotic and antibiotic nose drops he was still having problems. We ntired different antibiotics. They exrayed him but weren't able to find the cause of his spasms. As the year progressed, the awful episodes got worse. His entire body would spasm and he couldn't breathe when he was having an attack.

On December 28, 2015, I made the hard dedecision to put him down. By this point he was such an unhappy little guy. His little body would just be shaking all day.

This is a video taken on 12/16/14 to show to our vet of Danny experiencing one of the attacks. This is just 2 minutes of the attack which lasted about 30 minutes. The video file is large, almost 18 meg and is a .wmv format (I don't know if it will run on the Mac platform).

Click here for the video








April 23, 2005


April 26, 2005


Danny opened his eyes!


May 12, 2005


6 weeks old

about 5" tall and 1.4 pounds



With Auntie Sondra June 22, 2005



September 24, 2005




March 26, 2006


August 12, 2006


April 18, 2006


Danny after his knee surgery May 2007.

Danny's femur was lacking an apporpriate groove for the patella. His vet carved a groove into the bone during the surgery. Although his right knee is also not good, thus far, he has not had to have surgery on it.


July 2, 2007


April 3, 2006


September 29, 2007


September 29, 2007



June 29, 2008


June 29, 2008


June 29, 2008 at Andy's


The following 7 pictures are from November, 2009



You can see the pink of the skin in the picture above. Allergies cause Danny to scratch and bite himself causing him to tear out the hair on his body.






December 11, 2009


December 11, 2009


Danny has very thin hair and absolutely no boddy fat so he gets cold easily. This is his favorite place to stand during the winter months!



Danny's New Sweater





April 11, 2010

May 6, 2010

Danny finally has hair again.

December 17, 2010

December 18, 2010

The following pictures of Danny were taken on January 10, 2011




Because of Danny's bad atopic allergies, he chews off his hair if it isn't covered. We bought him a new t-shirt today which fits him perfectly, both in size and in what it says!

February 9, 2011

Danny just got brushed and shaved


November 11, 2012

Danny is now 7 1/2 years old

March 2013




January 15, 2015

Danny is almost 10 years old now. Hard to believe how fast time has gone by.


February 1, 2015






Video Clips

These video clips are in the .wmv format. Downloading will be reather fast if you have high speed Internet but will take a long time on dial-up.

Andy and Danny 1

filmed 8-2-08

1.3 meg

Andy and Danny 2

filmed 8-2-08

3.4 meg

Danny Walking around

filmed 9-13-09

Danny has a strange-looking gait. He is rather pigeon-toed on his hind legs and swings his hind legs under his body when he walks, almost like he is walking on a tightrope.

Regarding the lawsuit filed by Hildegard Patton against Carol Kay

Carol Kay and Hildegard Patton have agreed to settle the litigation between them involving several posting and emails on Internet sites maintained by each of them concerning two poodle dogs once acquired by Kay from Patton. Carol, for her part, hereby issues a statement apologizing to Ms. Patton, if the medical information posted on her website concerning the health and medical conditions of the dogs has been construed or interpreted by any readers to impugn the integrity of Hildegard Patton, the name “Gold Star Toy Poodles,” Gold Star Poodles, or of her poodle breeding practices and the quality of her poodles in any way. Ms. Kay’s only intentions were to provide information to assist others in obtaining further knowledge and understanding of canine health.

Hildegard hereby issues a similar statement apologizing to Ms. Kay for statements she posted regarding Ms. Kay which suggested Ms. Kay’s actions in posting the medical information may be the result of any health issues relating to Ms. Kay or to any acts of Ms. Kay.

Both Carol and Hildegard affirm their mutual respect for each other, acknowledge their respective accomplishments and express appreciation that this unfortunate misunderstanding has been mutually resolved and put behind them.

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