The first poodle club in the Las Vegas area was founded in 1964 and named the Southern Nevada Poodle Club, but over the decades it slowly went dormant until Susie Osburn of Lido Poodles revived it in 1981 as the Las Vegas Poodle Club (LVPC). Thanks to her energy and commitment, the club has grown and prospered until it now hosts two specialty shows each year: a conformation show in the spring and a performance show in the fall. Both shows are operated under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the National Poodle Club of America (PCA). The current club regularly celebrates Susie's efforts and continues to look to her for guidance.
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An interview with Susie Osburn
Your first dog: I was born in the Detroit area and grew up in a suburb called Troy, Michigan. I attended college in Cholula, Mexico, and graduated with a liberal arts degree in dance with a minor in Spanish. From there I moved to Las Vegas and got a job dancing in the Bally Hotel’s production show,“Hallelujah Hollywood.” I also worked a number of years in the Stardust Hotel’s “Lido de Paris.” After 10 years of working in the shows on the Strip, I hung up my dancing shoes so that I could become more active with dogs. I got my first show dog, an apricot standard poodle, in 1980. He was the pick of the litter and I was told I had to show him in conformation so that’s how I got started with dog shows. About 5 years later, I discovered obedience at a show and was hooked on that. I continued to show in conformation and started a standard poodle breeding program of apricots, creams, and reds. I later got involved in agility and started breeding white miniature poodles for that.
Your career in dogs: I decided to pursue obedience judging in the late 1900’s and got my provisional license for Novice in 2000. When Rally started a few years later, I applied for my license in that, too. In 2010 I applied for my license to judge all 3 varieties of poodles and all breed junior showmanship. A couple of years later, I received regular status to judge whippets. My future plans in judging are to complete one or two groups. I belong to the following dog clubs: The Poodle Club of America, The American Whippet Club, The Apricot/Red Poodle Club, The Poodle Club of Las Vegas, The Silver State Kennel Club, Black Mountain Kennel Club, and The Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club. I have held office in many of these clubs including president, show chairman, and obedience trial chairman. I teach obedience classes for the obedience club and conformation classes for the all breed club, Silver State Kennel Club.
Your proudest accomplishments? To date, I have bred 2 dozen American champions under the “Lido” kennel name, and I have bred dozens of performance titled dogs. I have bred many therapy dogs, a few service dogs, and several dogs that have completed hunting titles. I live in Las Vegas, and judge or show dogs on the week-ends. I am married to a wonderful man, Bruce, who also loves the dogs and understands my passion for them. He doesn’t mind staying home and taking care of them on the week-ends while I am away.