I am a foster mother to a few dogs and just got a poodle in. I've never had one before and can not believe how smart and silly mine is. She was the product of a puppy mill, then used for breeding, then tossed away when she was not of use to the asshole breeding her anymore. She ended up in a high kill shelter and had a couple of days left to live before we came in and rescued her.
She didn't know how to climb stairs or interact with people. She also had to have all but 4 teeth removed because she had serious decay. None of this has stopped her from being one of the best dogs I have ever fostered. She's going up stairs with no problem, plays, dances, loves baths and is learning to eat despite not having her teeth anymore. I just love the girl.
She looks just like yours now that I've cleaned her up and gave her the chance she deserved in life