Gary Huber makes a phone-call while his wife, Bobbi Huber, talks to Alayah, the poodle. Bobbi has owned, fostered and bred 14 standard poodles in nearly 30 years. Gary operates their crop and feeder cattle farm in Perryville, Missouri.
Gary Huber and Alayah walk out onto the farm after parking his utility vehicle. Alayah is Gary’s "princess." The couple lives in Gary’s childhood home in Perryville, Missouri. He has not lived anywhere else.
Bobbi Huber washes her poodle, Zevah, with a hose in the basement. Bobbi takes great pride in the poodles’ appearance.
Bobbi Huber watches television with her poodle Zevah. "[They are] my 24 hour company…I never feel alone,” Bobbi said.
Gary Huber rides his utility vehicle in the early morning hours to feed him and his cousins’ feeder cattle.
Gary Huber’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.
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 Huber said.
Bobbi Huber dries Cami in the basement. Cami used to have seizures and is therefore not used for breeding.
Bobbi Huber lets the poodles inside while Gary Huber 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.
Bobbi Huber sips from her cup of coffee. Each day she drinks a pot and a half of coffee before moving on with the day's activities, almost always involving the poodles. “My main objective in life is to make sure my dogs are happy,” Bobbi said.
Gary Huber washes his breakfast dishes before starting his chores on the farm.
At the end of the day, Bobbi Huber browses Facebook and Ebay while Gary Huber reclines in his chair and watches television.