OUR GHIBLI STORY

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.


The Poodles that Made Us Love the Breed


Standard Poodles didn't come into my life until I was an adult, when I met and married a man severely allergic to dogs! Knowing I couldn't live without dogs in my life and with my husband's never-ending support, we began looking toward Poodles. In 2011, we brought home a 1 year old Standard Poodle mix from the shelter we named Yoshi. He quickly earned his BN title and two legs toward his RN, but unfortunately our performance career ended quickly as he was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders that really affected his health. The following year, we brought home our next Poodle, Sully, a 9 year old blue Standard Poodle from another animal shelter. For four years, we immensely enjoyed our “Poodley boys” as they were nicknamed. In 2014, Sully suffered a stroke. He did recover well enough to walk again, but in 2016 he began losing function of his back legs again.  After months of caring for our Sully, our vet said it was a degenerative condition of the spine.  We finally said our goodbyes. 

We adopted our next dog, a puppy mill survivor from our local animal rescue. Snoopy is a black and white neutered Labradoodle. He and Yoshi quickly became best buds. In 2016, a large group of Cocker Spaniels were relinquished to a local humane society. My sister and I volunteered to groom them. She decided to adopt one and so did I! Yoohoo, a chocolate Cocker Spaniel was estimated to be older than 10 years old. He was a very sweet boy but was diagnosed with kidney failure pretty soon after we adopted him. He was spoiled with a home cooked special diet and lots of love for a year before passing away the following year. In 2017, tragedy struck again and we lost our Yoshi to a rare genetic condition at just 7 years old. Just a week after Yoshi's passing, we said goodbye to 12 year old Misha, too. It was a devastating year for our family.




Our Family

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.









New Beginnings


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 loved Miya so much, we thought we needed another one and brought home Wall-E. Our family in 2018, with Snoopy, Ponyo, Miya and Wall-E.

Miya was purchased as a pet and my performance prospect and she turned out to a be a fabulous performance partner, earning her first obedience title at just 7 months old. About this time, we came across an available male looking for a co-ownership home from Shyre Poodles; we named him Wall-E after one of our children's favorite movies. The following April I took Wall-E to his first UKC show and Miya came along just for fun with the permission and support from her breeder. They both finished their Championship in one weekend! Several new friends and their breeders really encouraged me to pursue both their Grand Championships. I was having a blast, and so I did! The show bug had officially bit me!  
Although still uncertain if my goals for Miya included breeding her, with her breeder's permission and encouragement, I pursued her UKC Top Ten status. The idea of having my own breeding program began to grow with the help and support of my mentors and friends. In 2019, Miya's breeder granted me full registration and breeding rights on Miya, and Ghibli was officially formed! 

Ghibli Grows

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.

More Additions

Wishes came home September 2019. She was my son's JR show dog and best friend until July 2022. We wanted to keep her forever but her breeder demanded her back.
Novel came home in 2020 from my first dog show friend, Kim at Mytyme kennels. He was a fantastic dog but wasn't right for my program. He was retired into a pet home Fall 2021.
Gemma came home Jan 2021 and was retired into a pet home with a dog training colleague in the summer of 2021.  A lovely representation of the breed but unfortunately had an overbite.
Marble came home summer of 2021. We are still watching him mature.

GHIBLI'S FIRST GENERATION

  Marnie, an apricot, is my very first bred-by keeper puppy out of Sunny and Miya.  Moxie is also an outlier! We look forward to watching them all mature and seeing them contribute more diversity to the breed!

VISIT MARNIE'S PAGE

Marnie is my very first bred-by keeper puppy! Her dam is Miya and her sire is Sunny.  Marnie is a genetic outlier. I am very excited about her future!

VISIT MOXIE'S PAGE

Although unplanned, our surprise miracle puppy was obviously meant to be! Moxie is also sired by our Sunny and a genetic outlier, too.

VISIT MEMRIE'S PAGE

Miya's second litter was with extreme outlier Sky at Pink Begonia Poodles; we kept another outlier blue girl that we named Memrie.

Oops!

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.


Giving Back


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.


MR with Novel,
Miss E with Gemma,
Myself with Seairsha on the left of me and Wishes on the right of me,
my husband CJ with Wall-e,
Charlie with Snoopy,
Little Miss S with Ponyo,
Maybellee with Miya on the left and Sunny on the right
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Photo taken in March 2021. Novel and Gemma have since retired into pet homes and our foster daughters moved to be with biological family. <3

Marnie, Marble, Miracle, and Memrie were born and added to our family/program in the last half of 2021.

Plans underway to update this family photo to include them!

WHAT DOES GHIBLI MEAN?

Ghibli 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 here.

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 and 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.

Me as a young girl competing with my first dog, black Cocker Spaniel Pepper. We enjoyed competing in NADAC, UKC, USDAA, and CPE Agility for many years.
Pepper and I also competed in Obedience.
Pepper and I were invited to UKC Premier for Junior Agility many years. Here we are competing in 2005.
Win photo after a CPE trial in 2000 with my sister and her dog, Brownie.
Me and Pepper before a 4-H show.
Pepper and I in 2012.
Me with Della and Bopp, two dogs I handled in Agility.
Win photo with Bopp and Pepper after a NADAC trial.
Performing Tricks with Pepper at a training club meeting.
Pepper, Fudge, and Misha - My performance dogs during my youth.
Misha and I doing an agility demonstration with my dog training club at our local county fair.
Misha and I with our Ohio State Fair wins.
Della, a Springer Spaniel I handled in Obedience and Agility. 
Running NADAC agility with Della.
Bopp and I celebrating a qualifying run.