In July 2006 my other daughter, Anne-Sophie, was
quoted in the Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) on
an article about dog versatility
A good dog needs a good job
All dog breeds were bred to do a job. It's your job to train
them. By Sarah A. Ferrell
Anne-Sophie Marchal grew up holding the leash of a poodle. Her parents were
breeding smart and beautiful poodles before she was born. Anne-Sophie came to
Fredericksburg to attend Mary Washington College, bringing her own poodle
soulmates with her.
Are poodles versatile? You bet. Marchal explained that poodles of all sizes
excel at "conformation shows, agility sports, all types of obedience work,
hunting, retrieving and field trials, tracking, and make exceptionally smart and
gentle canine good citizens and therapy dogs."
Describing her family's life with poodles, Marchal says: "My parents have
shown poodles for over 20 years, both in the United States and in Europe. They
have eight world champions, and have sold many dogs that earned agility and
obedience titles; several also went on to become police dogs.
"Our dogs have posed with models for Vogue magazine, and have acted in
movies," she adds. "My parents have been very selective in breeding smart and
healthy dogs, with a focus on selling puppies to responsible owners with good
Marchal knows that a poodle is much more than a pretty face.
"One of the things I love about my standard poodle, Abby, is that she can
clean up and look very pristine, but when I don't feel like showing her off I
can take her for a walk in the woods or swimming in the river," she says.
"She is very enthusiastic. I love that she is able to accommodate my many
hobbies. When Abby looks at me, I can tell she is really thinking. As silly as
it may sound, for her to think and try to please me by being good makes me
respect her and love her."