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BISS CH Bokar Polly-Wolly-Doodle
10/12/2002 - 12/9/2017
Owner: Lauren Richmond & Bruce Deely, Carolyn Nusbickel, Sue Heubner

After a rough beginning in a first home that didn't work out well, Polly was returned to her breeder, Carolyn Nusbickel. Carolyn kept her for several months to observe and determine her behavior and temperament. Polly was skittish with men and didn't get along well with her dam, Kissy. The decision was made for her to come and live with us and Buddy, our first Bokar Puli, who happened to be Polly's uncle.

On July 4, 2004, Polly joined our household, snuggled into my lap to watch the fireworks and melded into our family seamlessly. It was a perfect fit. She was strong and smart, funny and fearless, loyal and loving, devilish and devoted, girly and gorgeous. A once-in-a-lifetime Puli who had it all. How fortunate we were! Polly and I enjoyed an instant bond.... It took a while for her to warm up to Bruce but, in the end, they were best pals too.

Polly was Best of Breed at the PCA National Specialty in 2006, handled by Carolyn Nusbickel, Best of Opposite Sex at the PCA National Specialty in 2007, handled by Hiro Nakata, and Best of Opposite Sex at the PCA National Specialty in 2010, handled by Royson Valore.

Like her sister Aust. BIS Grand & New Zealand BIS Grand Champion Bokar Geez Louise, Polly combines the best of Australian and American lines and is line bred back to one of the top winning Pulis of all time, Aust. Grand, Canadian & American BIS & BISS Champion Cordmaker Mississippi Mud (Amish), and his half sister, Aust. New Zealand & American MBIS & MBISS Champion Cordmaker Tennessee Waltz (Tillie), winner of 4 National Breed Specialities in the USA.

On two occasions, under the care and direction of Carolyn Nusbickel, we tried to breed Polly but were never successful.

Polly was an AKC Canine Good Citizen and a therapy dog extraordinaire with the Companion Animal Program on Cape Cod for 13 years, visiting at Pleasant Bay and Seashore Point, both convalescent homes. She knew exactly what was expected of her and always brought smiles and joy to the residents and staff. She was a frequent visitor at Provincetown's Town Hall where I volunteered in the Town Clerk's office in the winter. Polly would greet all her admirers and expected head scratches and cookies in return. No one left until the princess was satisfied. She was an alumna of Camp Gone to the Dogs in Marlboro, Vermont where she and I participated in agility and sheep herding among other activities.

Polly was a great traveling companion and thoroughly enjoyed our annual fall trips to Maine where she had the run of a 75 acre farm for the week.

Along with so many other things, I miss Polly bumping the back of my knee to say 'thank you' after I dried her off or wiped her feet after a walk. I miss her company in the kitchen, I miss watching her sleep so peacefully in her cozy bed and I miss hearing her sniff the door when she knew we were on the other side about to open it.

Special thanks to Carolyn Nusbickel, Polly's breeder, who entrusted her to us and changed our lives forever.

Thank you dear Polly, my shadow, my clever girl and my Puli protector.


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