Gary Huber makes an early morning phone-call while his wife, Bobbi Huber, talks to Alayah the poodle. Bobbi has owned and fostered 14 standard poodles in nearly 30 years. Alayah has had 48 puppies and is now retired from breeding.

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Bobbi and Gary Huber are a retired couple that met 20 years ago at the Proctor and Gamble Plant in Perryville, Missouri. They have been married for three years and are living in Gary’s childhood home. He has never lived anywhere else. 


Bobbi now breeds poodles and Gary operates their crop and feeder cattle farm. While Bobbi has always cared tenderly for her poodles, Gary grew to love them as he understood her love. As a result, Gary’s childhood home is now also home to their five standard poodles. Gary supports the business in poodle breeding and feeder cattle, while Bobbi’s unconditional love for poodles defines her existence.

Gary and Alayah walk out onto the farm after parking his utility vehicle. Alayah is Gary’s princess.

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Bobbi washes her poodle Zevah with a hose in the basement. Bobbi takes great pride in the poodles’ appearance.

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Bobbi watches television with her poodle Zevah. [They are] “my 24 hour company…I never feel alone,” Bobbi said.

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Gary rides his utility vehicle in the early morning hours to feed his and his cousins’ feeder cattle.

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Gary’s grandfather originally owned all the land. Now, Gary owns one plot and his cousins own the other two farm plots. Bobbi’s first four poodles are all buried on the farm near the woods.

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Avanka eats chicken and rice for dinner in the “puppy room,” a converted bedroom. “I cook more for the dogs than I do for [Gary and I],” Bobbi said.

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Bobbi dries Cami in the basement. Cami used to have seizures and is therefore not used for breeding.

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Bobbi lets the poodles inside while Gary sits and removes his shoes. Zevah, one of her poodles who has previously given birth to 22 puppies, wears a diaper as a result of her most recent stillborn puppy.

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Bobbi sips from her morning cup of coffee. Each day she drinks a pot and a half of coffee before moving on with daily activities, almost always involving the poodles. “My main objective in life is to make sure my dogs are happy,” Bobbi said.

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Gary washes his breakfast dishes before starting his chores on the farm.

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At the end of the day, Bobbi browses Facebook and Ebay while Gary reclines in his chair and watches television.

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