Ali-Ann Standard Poodles started in the late 1990’s with Ali coming to live with us from Jan Wender of Empire Kennel in Sioux City, IA. I was visiting Jan to pick out a puppy. Ali, the mother of the puppies, had caught my eye during the visit. When she looked at me I could tell she was more than an elegant looking dog. After several long conversations, we had Ali meet my children and she came to live with us.
Ali did not disappoint us as an intelligent and adoring companion. I tried my hand at showing her in conformation. I learned I had a lot to learn. Ali was major pointed, and although deserving, Ali did not attain her AKC Champion title. Ali, Empire Boji Alibis, became our foundation of Ali-Ann Standard Poodles .
Dara, Ali-Ann Empire BiltOn Lemerle (2002) and Carmen, Ali-Ann Kwik Pik Encore (2003) are Ali’s daughters who are behind Gina. Ch. Ali-Ann’s A Long Kiss Goodnight, Gina is the only dog to have Ali-Ann Standard Poodles on both sides of her pedigree.
We have learned a great deal since our first litter 20 years ago. We are quite proud of the beautiful, biddable dogs we produce.
My husband, daughter and I live in rural Fargo ND, which is on the MN/ND border. Most weekends you can find us at our lake cabin when not at a dog show. Currently, we have four standard poodles who live with us.
Where did it start?
I started out my dog career showing in 4-H. Bingo, a German Shepherd/Old English Sheepdog cross and I were awarded Honorable Mention and received a plaque in 1976. I was introduced to the Standard Poodle when we received Nikki, a silver second hand poodle in the late 1980’s. I was hooked. I’ve had other breeds of dogs. I found the intelligence and biddability of the standard poodle to be remarkable. I love the fact poodles don’t shed. I have trained in obedience, rally and agility. I have shown in both the U.S. and Canada. I have done therapy work in nursing homes.