February 2015

Froguette teaches me…the gazelle jump!


mudSo I tried to play gazelle and jump over the stream in a wider part… botts in the car and no socks since Caroline used them and I forgot to put another pair in the car. There I was, having to put my boots on with no socks in the cold morning temperature…

Froguette was standing there looking at me, wondering if she was supposed to help me.

This is what we do when we have time and we’re on vacation! Good thing I go back to work next week.

Don’t want to brag,it’s not my style, but.

Barbet_Compay2015This lovely male is son of Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre and Didi von der Leibrücke 2015. Not a new feat if one wants to call it that way,  it has become much more common than a few years ago, but it’s been around in the Leibrücke line in the Netherlands since 2009 with Babaloo and Cousteau in 2010. Below pups from Cousteau and Didi von der Leibrücke.


Cousteau and Babaloo…

Queen Victoria of the Barbets!

Told my vet yesterday that Coccolina was in almost 550 pedigrees   ( Verveine even more, eh!) out of the 3500 on a database and he turned around and said,

Queen Victoria of the Barbets!”  I deem that  an appropriate description, for the bottleneck coming up.I guess everyone wants a bit of the queen!

Tip top shape she is, just doing a routine blood check and all’s well.


Ms Overälles has spoken a truth. The first one!

latrine_smSo, for the first time in over 10 years and I quote…en français, excusez moi-le français…Ms Overälles, has spoken publicly.Something generally done behind backs in the past.

Je ne vois pas pourquoi vous n’auriez pas le droit de vous exprimer…” Ah BON??? and “A force d’être attaqué et critiqué par certaines, on devient très sensible. Il faut comprendre. Eh oui, ma petite dame. Il faut comprendre…et vous?!

Showing empathy towards others? Is she starting to understand that for lack of only contributing to her own pyramid, one starts to wonder?

For 10+ years now, From Belgium over to swissland and coming back through our wunderbar breeders in France, there has been a lot of slandering and below the belt breed bashing…will she be the first to get herself out of that gutter and show the example? Those who need to know, know?

They n,eed to know what? They need to know that contrary to what is being said by some pro and less pro breeders who claim blindedly that there is only one Barbet and we are all just one big happy family with everyone working for a common goal? Wrong you are.

There are 2 Barbets…and the breeds really have nothing to do with each other or they would look more alike and drown in the “crowd” of 0% inbreedings, so coveted.

Ulysse di Barbochos de Reiau de Prouvenco has produced some very nice Vieux Barbet types…Griffon, if you wish. And of course, there is only one Barbet!Barbet105MD But which one…the one from 1886?







Barbet Moderne ( or Poodletype)…and we all work together and others stop us from having genetic diversity…Barbet_swiss_smandweallgetalongsowellandweareallsocutewhenwearepuppiesandwemakesuch nice  grown dogs…that are Barbets(?)…one big happy family.

Then IF there is only one Barbet, why are they so different? Of course, that cannot be explained, since the people who promote this cannot refer to anything as factual documentation, can they.( other than the Moors stuf, and Buffon’s miniature Poodle)

N’est ce pas.


Noble Vennie

Barbet_Vennie _profile2_2015_smwater_Barbet_VennieVennie over time has never had a problem with water, and what’s funny now is that she is tking a liking to landwork..

Barbet_Vennie_head2_15_smSmell_Barbet_upBelow with Froggy, whose nose is straight up, scenting something…Vennie seems to enjoy it too! Not all dogs will go into thick bramble…