Sunday, April 22, 2012


Tuesday is my birthday!  I will be eight and feeling great!  The day before I have my annual check up at the vet.  For some reason, I always visit my vet right around my birthday?

Here is my birthday joke for all of you:
     Did you hear about the suspenders that got arrested?
     They held up some pants!  Tee hee!
Mommy and I thought that was really funny.  We do have a unique sense of humor.

I hope the weather will start to warm up again.  It was cool and kind of rainy the last few days.  Another coincidence, I got my hair cut right before the weather got cold!  I've been a chilly dog the last week.  My hair looks really cute though!  Here is a picture of Boomer! and me.

Rudy the Cute Poodle

Monday, April 16, 2012

A New Video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's a new video that Daddy made.  He worked very hard on it.  I think he did a great job!  Mommy and Daddy said that it was a lot of fun visiting the kids.  It's hard to believe that was almost a year ago.  It was snowing then, and it snowed today!  Coincidence?

The Proud Poodle

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It Feels Great to be Turning Eight!

In two weeks I will be eight years old!  WOW!  Time flies.  I still feel like a young pup.  The weather hasn't been as warm the last few days so our outdoor activities have been limited a bit.

Mommy and Daddy had an event last weekend.  It was for Kidney Education Day.  (Formally called Gift of Life.)  This year they decided to focus on overall kidney health.  It was a smaller audience as it was also a holiday weekend, but very educational and some nice people.  They really liked my books.

We hope to visit a few schools before the end of the school year, we just don't know which ones they will be!  Mommy continues to come up with different marketing ideas.

A very nice young woman used my book (Rudy's Incredible Kidney Machine) to explain dialysis to her first grader's class.  She is a dialysis technician from New York.  She said it went very well and our book was extremely helpful.  I was very happy.  I like to help!

We received a very nice review from a children's librarian for Rudy O'Tooty.  It is posted on our reviews page at if you care to take a look.

A lot has happened lately.  We just finished five events in five weeks.  We like that!  Mommy said it keeps her feeling well prepared and less nervous because it is easier to keep the momentum when we do them more often.  Daddy made a new video we will post soon.  He's very good at it!  I'll keep you updated!

Rudy the Mature Poodle

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Every April we remind you about the importance of organ donation, especially living donors.  The need continues to expand.  With over 100,000 people waiting for a life saving organ transplant, it is imperative that we keep educating people.

It's too bad that the U.S. doesn't have the same organ donor system as Belgium.  In Belgium you are automatically considered a donor unless you opt out of the program.  Imagine all the lives that could be saved!

This April I thought I would share some interesting statistics about kidney disease.  1 in 9 people are affected with kidney disease.  Over 382,000 are on dialysis.  Dialysis is a process to sustain life, but it is not a cure.  Kidney disease touches many lives.

My family has been affected by kidney disease.  I have kidney disease and my Mommy has been on dialysis twice before her two kidney transplants.  Daddy is a living donor.  These are some of the reasons we feel strongly about our goal.

Some of you may be too young to donate organs, but you can talk to your friends and family to teach them what you have learned.  It's important to share information.

My tip this month is to learn something that interests you and share it with others.  Hopefully they will  continue sharing it and many people will learn.

Rudy the Never to Old to Learn Poodle