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Toy Poodle

BY MR. AND MRS. JOSEPH CANNAROZZO, CALISA POODLES

W e have been actively involved in the Poodle fancy since 1976, with over 125 cham- pionships around the world, bred or owned by Calisa Poodles. Our first homebred puppy was also our first homebred champi- on: the white Am. Jap. Ch. Calisa’s Casanova of Norjean, in 1980. There were two equally lovely boys, Ralphie and Mickey, sired by Joe’s first Poodle and our first champion, Ch. Norjean’s Mark of Distinction, out of the puppy-pointed Arundel Pucker Power. Nor- ma Strait took “Ralphie” and rapidly finished him, owner-handled, and sent him to Japan. Even with his extremely limited stud career in the States, Ralphie can be found in the background of many of the top-producing white Toys today. Mickey went to a wonderful couple and was neutered, as were all of our puppies, show quality or not, that went to permanent pet homes. The beauty and challenge of the red color attracted us early on. Our first litter in reds produced Ch. Calisa Crimson Glory, the first red female to win an AKC Specialty BOV in the early 1980s. Show- ing the red puppy “Glory” in her first show to RWB to a seasoned Open Bitch, handled by Richard Bauer, was Lisa’s first and only foray into the point show ring. However, Glory was only the begin- ning of many firsts in reds: Calisa produced the first America and Canadian champion red dog, Canada’s first red puppy champion and first red Multiple Group Winner, the first red National Spe- cialty Winner, the youngest red Poodle to win a US Specialty (his first time in the ring), the first red female AKC puppy champion, the first red American and Canadian puppy champion, and the red all-champion litter of four, making their red American and Cana- dian champion and AKC specialty-winning parents red Top Pro- ducer Poodles in both countries. We also sent the first red Poodle to

Ralph at 11 Months Old

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