Today my four-legged-ball-of-love turns nine. I still cannot believe he chose me! Imagine lots of little poodle pups running around and, as if in S-L-O-W motion, this little runt of the litter comes barreling out of the crowd, up onto the wood deck to sit himself down literally on top of my feet!  I kid not. Yes…He chose me. And since that day…on Academy Award weekend, February 2009, he’s been my constant shadow.  He has brought much happiness to our home.  Not only did my poodle love open Rocket-man’s heart, he stole mine.    I’m one thoroughly lucky woman! He’s a gem of a pooch, except when he barks like a maniac and jumps up on folks.  Then he’s annoying.  Yet, he is…