Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bastille Day

Since being an adoptive care-giver for elderly poodle Atlas almost three years ago, I have kept in touch with my poodle friends, and am regularly invited to poodle events despite no longer having a poodle!

I love catching up with them all and of course, the four-legged company is so darling. I love that I am now an honorary member of their little gang, and I get to be the doting Aunty at lunches and get-togethers.

This Bastille Day, last month, I was asked if I would like to be involved in a special Bastille Day Poodle Fashion Parade with them all. Yes please! I was kindly given a loan-poodle, sweet 13 year old Amy and was part of the group of 23 poodles and their walkers on the catwalk (dogwalk?).  Amy had two changes of clothes from my dear friend Barbara’s pet boutique Yuppy Puppies in Auckland.

Barbara was concerned because she needed French music to play during the show. Yes, I could help her out with that!  I don't know why she didn't ask me first when she thought to herself 'who do I know who is nuts about anything French'.

We put together a fun and jaunty playlist including Fabienne Del Sol, a few tracks from Hotel Costes, Saint Germain du Pres and Paris Lounge compilations, a little Pink Martini, a Serge Gainsbourg and even an Edith Piaf (we found one upbeat track of hers, usually she is a little more… morose, but I do love her).

Barbara had even organised a videographer to film the event, so you can see us on You Tube here. Such fun! After the show, we retired to Barbara’s beautiful home for ladies luncheon. Macarons of course featured on the menu, made by one of the ladies. I was so impressed by that as I have heard they are notoriously hard to make.

Most of the ladies balanced a poodle and a lunch plate on their lap. It seems that many poodles are adorably co-dependent. Hostess poodle Zoey trotted around making sure everyone was ok.

I don’t know what Atlas would have thought of this day. To be truthful, I don’t think he would have known much of what was going on. Being not that sighted and also hard of hearing, he may not have noticed the crowd but he would have enjoyed himself just the same.

And I would have had to help him off the catwalk otherwise he would have fallen off the end. Dear sweet little Atlas. He was there in spirit though.

If you haven’t met Atlas yet, click on the Poodle Chic tag. He was a honey.


  1. You look absolutely adorable in that outfit. Tres chic, indeed.

    Yes, I fondly remember Atlas. There wouldn't be a Rockefeller if you hadn't have gotten Atlas. LOVE my rescue dog...even if he isn't a poodle. : )

  2. Hah, that's so adorable! Your spirit animal is surely a poodle, Fiona. I remember your Atlas well. You look lovely, by the way.


  3. Thrilled to see you are back!
    I grew up with poodles and they are so very sweet and smart. BTW your skin is amazing, thinking I'll backtrack and check out your skin care routine,which I believe you may have posted sometime ago...

    Rita :)

  4. How fun! What a wonderful way to celebrate Bastille Day and do a little good for those lovely pups at the same time.

  5. Too fun! This is proof of how warm-hearted you are. You look gorgeous.

  6. This really looks like fun and you look so pretty yourself, Fiona. I think the poodle in Atlas would have risen to the occasion - he was a wonderful little dog. My own pup has a better range of clothing than I do, so I loved this!

  7. Hi Fiona!
    You look pretty and French. What a lovely and creative idea to celebrate Bastille Day with Poodle Parade!
    Kind regards,

  8. What fun! Love the YouTube video--thanks for sharing it!

  9. Welcome back Fiona! So happy that you reopened your blog . the You tube video was so cute! Everyone and their poodles looked tres jolie! The interaction of the poodles and the kids was also so sweet !


Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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