"With only his snout visible, Laurie is reminded how the poodle clip came into being for these water retrievers. 'It's actually a working trim. The dogs were getting waterlogged. They couldn't swim. So they started cutting off what wasn't necessary.' ... As she shaves with impeccable artistry, she reveals the origins and evolution of the poodle clip. 'Fur bracelets to cover the pasterns and the hocks, rosettes on the hips to cover the hip joints and the kidneys. The tail is used as a rudder, so a pom-pom keeps it warm. And then the big coat covers the vital organs. But we take everything to extremes, so this is what we end up with.'"
—Merrily Weisbord and Kim Kachanoff, Dogs with Jobs: Working Dogs Around the World (NY and London: Pocket Books, 2000), 130