NAMES: Lacey, Marley and Hershey OWNER: The Forthman Family HOW THEY MET: Lacey was our first family dog seven years ago, Marley followed a year later and Hershey joined us last summer. All came from the same breeder in Cecil County. With family members allergic to dogs, poodles were the breed for us (no shedding or dander). AGE: 7, 6, and 1 1/2 HOME: Forest Hill BREED: Standard poodle BEST TRICK: Lacey can turn our kitchen light switch on and off, Marley can catch any tennis ball you throw and Hershey can reach any Christmas ornament off our tree. FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Going for walks, taking the kids to school, visiting schools and nursing homes, playing fetch and tug FAVORITE FOOD: Peanut butter and bananas FUNNIEST MOMENT: When Marley silently opened the cabinet under our sink and retrieved the bag of dog treats. We caught him in the act. DO-GOOD DOGS: Lacey, Marley and Hershey visit a local nursing home twice per month. The dogs love it as much as the residents. They have also been known to visit our local elementary school to read the kids "Marley and Me." IF LACEY, MARLEY AND HERSHEY HAD A MOTTO FOR LIFE, IT WOULD BE: Poodles rule!
Handout photo by Kathy Forthman, Baltimore Sun