I am Tasha Grieser, founder of Ghibli Poodles located in Northwest Ohio. I
was instilled with a love of all things dog since I was a little girl
by my mother. My happiest memories include helping my mother raise
American Cocker Spaniels and participating in performance sports with my
childhood pets. I have participated in dog sports since 9 years old. I
was blessed to have a local club and an abundance of local dog shows to
train and trial my dogs since an early age. My first dog was a black
American Cocker Spaniel Pepper who I showed in Agility,
Obedience, and Juniors. Since then I have trained, trialed, and loved
many more including a couple of
English Springer Spaniels, Shetland Sheepdog, mutts, and more. Prior to breeding, I worked as a
professional dog trainer and owned my business Better Friends Dog
Training for a decade.
Me with my first dogs, Pepper, my Am. Cocker Spaniel and Misha, my English Springer Spaniel.
Also pictured with my other Cocker, Fudge.
These were the most fantastic group of dogs, pictured in 2012. Pepper passed away in 2013 at 15 years old.
Pictured with our dogs in 2016, Misha my English Springer Spaniel, Snoopy, our adopted Labradoodle, Yoshi our Poodle mix, and Yoohoo! our adopted chocolate Cocker Spaniel. My children, Charlie, Maybel, and Alecea.
In 2017, We adopted Ponyo, a small apricot Poodle that was being retired from a local breeding kennel.
With both our “Poodley boys” gone we knew we needed another Standard in our life. When my late English Springer Spaniel, Misha passed away and my babies finally being older, it was time for my next performance dog! For this dog, we wanted a healthy dog from a known pedigree, health-tested background that could grow with our family for years to come and to avoid all the heartache we experienced with the preventable genetic and autoimmune health issues we experienced with our first Standard Poodles. That is when we came to the decision that we would get our next Poodle from a reputable breeder. In July 2017, we brought home a black puppy from Element Standard Poodles; we named her Miya.
We have been blessed with several more additions to my growing breeding program from friends I have made along the way. In 2018 we brought home 6 month old Seairsha from Properts Way Poodles in New York. After she finished her championship and health testing, we placed her in a quieter guardian home with good friends and neighbors. In 2019, I was offered a little cream boy from my friend Fran over at Perigueux Poodles. We named Sunny and he became my daughter's Jr Show dog.
Marble came home to us at 8 weeks of age in May of 2021 from our friend Jillian over at APAW (American Poodles at Work). He is an exceptional dog! He is doing great with his Agility foundations and we cannot wait to see the puppies he produces!
Ellie joined our family in September of 2022. We came across her in our search for my son's next Junior show dog. She has a phenomenal temperament and nice structure and we look forward to her contribution to the Ghibli program.
Cocoa was added to our program in October of 2022 with a very special job. After the loss of Wishes, my young son Charlie was left without a Juniors dog. That is when we found Cocoa!
We discovered just two weeks after my very first litter was born when I had taken Wishes into the vet for what I feared was pyometra symptoms (a life threatening infection of the uterus left untreated), that she was pregnant instead. The symptoms that I thought were pyometra were actually sadly complications because one of her puppies had passed away early in utero. She went into labor the next day. After she delivered the puppy that had passed away, she delivered one live puppy, and then she experienced dysocia (stalled labor) and we rushed her to the ER where there was not a surgeon on staff to perform a cesarean that day. Tragically, the two remaining puppies passed away before a surgeon could arrive or we could be transferred to a veterinary hospital with an available surgeon. We named the only surviving puppy Miracle. It was touch and go with Miracle in the early weeks but the entire family helped bottle feed, tube feed, and raise our singleton Miracle. We performed DNA tests on all our studs and it was determined that Sunny sired her. Although accidental, both the dam and the sire were fully health tested, Category 10 unrelated, and she has matured nicely. We decided to keep her back to watch her mature to be evaluated to become part of our breeding program. If she matures not to be breeding quality, our entire family has decided that she will be a permanent member of our extended family because she is incredibly special to all of us. Since the accidental breeding, we have financially invested to make improvements to our kennel set up and now know better than to trust that a fence is enough to deter mother nature. We have made changes to our stud management, too. Although I have been reassured by many that it accidents happen to a lot of people, we intend for this to be our first and our last accidental pregnancy.
My three upcomer puppies, Marnie, Miracle, and Marble all have had DNA submitted to be apart of the Mizzou-OFA CHD Biomarker Study. Here at Ghibli Poodles, we know the heartbreak of losing a dog tragically or too soon to preventable health conditions. It is what inspires me and motivates me as a breeder. Health testing is our utmost priority. We go above and beyond the breed club recommendations. All our dogs are fully health tested before being bred. The Mizzou study is trying to find a biomarker to predict Hip Dysplasia with a DNA test. While the puppies were between 4 and 6 months old, we submitted blood and urine samples to the OFA database. At 1 year old we will xray their hips and again at 2 years old we will repeat the OFA Hips xrays. We are investing to be apart of this study because we are committed to bettering our breed! We are very proud to be apart of this study that will hopefully allow breeders to even better select keeper puppies and the dogs we breed to create the healthiest possible puppies for our future families.
Photo taken in March 2021.
Novel and Gemma ad have since retired into pet homes. Ponyo found a wonderful retirement home. Our foster daughters moved to be with biological family. <3
Marnie, Marble, Miracle, and Memrie and Rainbow were born and added to our family/program in the last half of 2021 and in 2022.
Plans underway to update this family photo to include them!
means wind. More specifically, it is a type of wind in the Sahara
desert with a profound effect on North Africa's climate. When I began
thinking of a name for my breeding program, I was immediately drawn to
the idea of wind because of its diversity and it's symbolism. My mother, Wendy, is the person responsible
for instilling such a love of dogs in me. Her sacrifice in allowing me
to use the little black Cocker she brought home for herself and instead
letting her become my dog, and her decade of dedication in taking me to
all my training classes and dog shows with my childhood pets had a
tremendous impact on my life and set me on the trajectory that led me to
Although my mother set me on this trajectory, I wouldn't be at this place without my husband's never-ending support and encouragement, and he is the one that suggested the name Ghibli. As our babies turned into toddlers, and with my husband's love for Japanese anime, the films from a Japanese animation studio, called Ghibli Studios, became a household favorite of our family. Some of the qualities that endeared our family to the films included how serene and peaceful the animation and movie themes were. I am a huge nature lover (as you may have picked up on from the general theme of my dogs' names). I also really appreciated how most of the films were centered around strong female characters. When my husband bought me our foundation dam, we named her after the director of favorite Ghibli Studio films, Hayao Miyazaki, hoping she too would become a strong, female character.Naming this program after the ghibli winds is my way of paying homage to my mother, my husband, and my foundation dam, who have all made this possible.