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Parkite starts poodle posse

Submitted by Jennifer Gardner

There is a new play group in town and no, it’s not for kids. It’s not even for adults, really. It’s for dogs. Standard poodles, to be exact.

Park City Poodles, a casual group of standard poodles and their owners, was started in May by Jennifer Gardner. The owners get a kick out of watching their dogs play with each other and enjoy socializing with other poodle owners.

Gardner was a part-time resident before moving to Park City full-time and she was part of in the Bay Area in California, a group of more than 100 poodle owners who meet monthly for off-leash hiking.

Since she is now a permanent Park City resident, she wanted to start up a local group. So far Park City Poodles has organized three "meet and greets."

Gardner would like to enlarge the group and get out and start hiking. Poodles are really fun to watch play with other poodles, she says. They have unusually good balance (think early circus performers) and can stand on their back legs and use their front legs to paw at each other and " wrestle."

Most people don’t think of poodles as athletic, but standards, the largest of the three types of poodles, are very fast runners and agile at cutting and changing directions. They are a very social, playful breed, Gardner says.

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Anyone who owns a standard poodle, whether or not they live in Summit County, is invited to join Park City Poodles. The next get-together is scheduled for Sunday, July 11. For time, location and more information, email Gardner at