A DIY poodle gal loving life in Alaska

The girl behind the poodles


Hello! And welcome to my little piece of the Internet where I get to share the loves of my life, my Standard Poodles. I am Melissa Everett Laggis. I live in Alaska. And I am the girl behind the poodles!

My great passion is back country hiking with my dogs. It is this love of the outdoors that introduced me to Standard Poodles. Upon the recommendation of a stranger at a ski resort, I began researching the value of Standard Poodles in the back country. 

Initially, I was skeptical. A Poodle is a circus dog! What could a Standard Poodle offer me in the back country of Alaska?

Oh how mistaken I was...

Today you can find me in the mountains of Alaska, always with at least one Poodle by my side. Often you'll see me out climbing, hiking and camping with my Poodles in full show coat! Because... yes! I do show my poodles in American Kennel Club conformation shows.

And they kinda rock it.

I encourage you to take a look through my site. Get to know my Standard Poodle family. Share in the pictures I take of my Poodles, almost daily. And learn more about the Poodle lifestyle, both in and out of the show ring, through my blog.

When you see us galavanting through the mountains of Alaska, be sure to say "hello!"






Wallace, Wally, Walls, Coolest Dog on the Planet... this black Standard Poodle boy goes by a lot of names. One thing is absolutely certain, though, Wallace is a force of greatness.

Wally is my first Standard Poodle. He is from a lovely kennel located in Soldtona, Alaska called Whisper Ridge. Wallace has set the bar very high when it comes to what I expect in Poodle temperament, athleticism, and intelligence. This boy is my rock. My leader, and has the most "showy" personality most folks have witnessed.

Wallace has received a Best in Show in Canada and he has his AKC Championship. He has also sailed through his Canine Good Citizen title, his Rally Novice title, and the first two legs of his Rally Advance title. Currently, Wally is working on his agility debut.

Wallace is always by my side when I hike. He has been with me through bear sightings, moose sightings, and even porcupine sightings. Always steady and even tempered, Wallace obeys commands and does his job when faced with the challenges of back country adventures. 

Wallace is an Alaska Poodle through and through. 




Bryce came to me by way of Lakeridge Farm's Poodles in Renton, Washington. I had long been an admirer of GCH Brighton Lakeriderigde Encore, Ali.  Her presence and movement in the breed ring simply could not be denied.

Debra Ferguson-Jones was born and raised in Alaska. Being a fellow lifelong Alaskan, it was easy to strike up a conversation with Debra and we became fast friends. Bryce is out of CH Brighton Lakeridge Summer in the Hamptons, Girlie-Girl and GCH Lakeridge Simply Irresistible. Both pedigrees contain lovely features I greatly admire in the Standard Poodle variety. Not the least of which is athleticism and movement. Their stunning coats leave nothing to be desired, as well!

We often describe Bryce as a Poodle who loves love. He LOVES meeting new people. It takes him no time to climb into your lap or snuggle up around your neck. Bryce is equally as goofy as he is a lovebug. He is the court jester in my pack and brings laughter to all who meet him.

Bryce is also an outstanding hiking dog. He's still learning the ropes, but he is fearless when we hike. He loves to conquer boulders and will attempt to climb, jump or otherwise ascend any and every giant rock in our path. Bryce's effortless movement helps him to move quickly and gracefully over boulder fields.  




My sweet Pali. So much to say about this precious girl! For starters, she has the most delicate personality. She has a lovely expression that makes you fall in love the instant you see her.

Pali's arrival to Galavanting Poodles was a bit of a surprise. I had gone to Renton, Washington to visit Bryce's breeder,  for the weekend. Debra had a litter getting ready for evaluation while I was down there, so I figured it'd be fun to watch and see what was in her newest Lakeridge litter of puppies!

I tell all who ask, when Pali was placed on the table for evaluation, she just sang to me. I couldn't stop staring at her. Pali had a graceful carriage and a quiet confidence that drew me in, immediately. She stacked in a perfect square and owned that table. And then when she moved... well, I knew at that point it was all over and I was taking her home to live with me.

Pali is out of CH Lakeridge Calendar Girl and CH Randenn Snapshot.

Pali is learning how to hike and adventure in the back country. She is not a very big fan of playing in the lakes, but she LOVES stomping through the shallow mountain streams. Pali's favorite places to adventure are through the moss covered summits in the alpine tundra zone of a mountain top.

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