Life’s a Poodle is about two women, best friends and moms
who want to share something that has gotten them through
every aspect of their lives, the good, bad and ugly, since the 9th
grade. Their friendship and love for each other has supported
them through acne and first loves, college romances and finals;
marriage, cellulite and the discovery they each had a child who
learned differently. And it was the unexpected arrival of a
kitschy new poodle or a glimpse of a much-loved previous
poodle gift that gave them each the strength to regroup, take a
moment to laugh out loud, and tackle the problems ahead.
“It’s been so important for us to have each other to share things
with and to have our weird and wacky poodles to make us
laugh,” says Life’s a Poodle co-founder Mary Lawson. “When
we look at them they help ground us. They help us remember,
“heck, life’s a poodle”…all we can do is laugh and keep on going.”
The goal of Life’s a Poodle is to create opportunities and a place for intentional conversations about learning differences – conversations among parents, between parents and teachers, between parents and administrators, between teachers and administrators, between parents and their children, and even between parents and perfect strangers. We want our logo to be a recognized entity, a mantra or a state-of-mind, and eventually, a household name that triggers compassionate acceptance and celebration of children who learn differently. When people see the logo and say the words “Aw heck, life’s a poodle” they will laugh. They’ll connect it to the ‘unique’ in all of us and realize how we are all different yet still the same. How learning differently doesn’t mean we are any less or more than our peers nor should we be treated differently in school or society. How, in fact, there is a place for each of our gifts.
We hope the Life’s A Poodle mantra will be embraced by all
people as a celebration of all our differences. Eventually, we hope
to positively impact the education community’s views and
approach to supporting children who learn differently.