Blue Willow 
Standard Poodles

Okay, I know you're wondering why we call our kennel Blue Willow.  Right?  Well, we were trying to think of a name that reflected us, that people could remember etc. etc.  Everyone seemed to have a suggestion, but nothing really clicked.  At the time we had some young puppies in the kitchen.  Did I mention I really, really love dishes?  That I collect all kinds of dishes?  That we have too many sets of dishes?  Oops ! No way! You can never own too many dishes.  Well, we fed the puppies out of our Blue Willow and it was so entertaining that the name just stuck.  They tried and tried to get the pattern to come off the bottom of the bowl and the game seemed to go on and on. I love my poodles. I love dishes. The name works.  I hope you remember it when you are looking for your  next poodle.          Jeff     
Do you know the story of Blue WIllow china pattern?  Here is the Romantic Fable: Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se). She had fallen in love with her father's humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father (it was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class). He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.

On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke's ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The Gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves (possibly a later addition to the tale, since the birds do not appear on the earliest willow pattern plates).