January 2016

What is the point?


CH-Compay II de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre( left) French Lover Dog, his son 4/6 French SCC selection grid and CH-Booly Wooly de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre ( right). I will finish my breeding days with my males and my females…


My point here is…I rarely tell anyone I “make” dogs as a hobby. People physically around me know I have dogs, some know I have pups, but I do not ever readily give the information.The breeding mega challenge has become interesting since 2004: investigating pedigrees and historical reference documents to make dogs that have certain morphological traits, be surrounded with them as much as possible (I have had up to 8) it’s like make your cake and eat it, too, see them grow and get older which to me is vital, appreciate their competences and just love them and have fun with them, and share pictures on my site here.

I do not “make money” and do not count on it, it helps when I sell pups, because I do not make enough money as a teacher to have 6 dogs and do all I have done with them over the last 15 years.

The rest is all in a day’s work, even the nastiness and ignorance of many which one has to deal with especially when  they know next to nothing or very little about the breed and want to be the ones, the only ones to give any coherent information.It does show, thankfully…and one does wonder why they try so hard to be so nasty on social networks, which is one reason I do not advertise ( meaning: to sell) dogs there.

I want to very carefully choose who I will share a dog with. I have had problems before, not knowing enough about the “breeding world” so I try to stay away from it.

I like what I can do in that context with people who have become friends I appreciate and trust and when I have finished and reached my breeding objectives, I will stop.

Those friends will remain friends, not business partners.

It will all be a part of my research on the breed and the good, the bad and the real ugly. Not to wonder why the breed is doing so poorly in its home country.


Looking through my archives for something else…


Charolles, France

This is back in the days when I attended dog shows, GuyGuy (Booly Wooly born from my first litter) loved showing off…He became French Champion at barely 2 years of age. My other champion, Molly having been the first one to get the title.

It does feel nice to be talked about, nicely!















I was contacted a few months ago, by the Barbet Club in Finland, bulletin writer. She asked me to write an article about my Barbet work and my dogs for the club bulletin. Thank you SM!

I accepted immediately…it’s so rare for that to happen and it makes me happy to show what I have accomplished in 15 years. I am not a member of their club, but regardless they were happy to give me the spotlight.

3 pages! Wow! Thank you so much ! A lovely picture at the top taken by Betty..and re-used in France to tell everyone that I am not a member of the French club, like does anyone really care if ELAINE is a member of that…club? I am blessed to have resigned in 2012..a good decision!

What I have accomplished has nothing to do with the club.



Do not throw sticks for your dog!


It may be as you think ” harmless” but it could kill them.Buy one of these “dummies” good for water and land…you can find them anywhere in a dog supplies shop!


A visit of well-being from the osteopath

My dogs are my companions. I only want the best for all of them, and their well-being is of utmost importance. I had always wanted to consult an osteopath, not because they may have had a problem…but to avoid having any in their future. So, she came and spent time on Vennie because she had had puppies and she deserved it for her hard work…on Coccolina because she is 11 and if we can avoid any issues as long as possible, we make sure we are on top of it. And finally Guyguy, almost 10 who seemed to enjoy it the most and had apparently a hip problem. He was purring by the end of the session…My GuyGuy! Apparently this is not something common in France, but rather wait til they have an issue, why not anticipate it? It’s better than giving them medication, isn’t it?
Next time, it will be the other 3.

Coccolina_osteo Guyguy_osteo Vennie_osteo

Un petit air de famille?

Evergreen von springbell

Evergreen von Springbell


Edelwyss von Springbell ( Delwy)

Nice continuity, isn’t it!


Ch-Colleen de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre, in Sweden


Ch-Compay de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre and Vera de la perte aux loups, his aunt. 2007!


Better safe than sorry.

car_accidentThis took place in Sweden, but it could have been anywhere…A dog should never never be loose in a car when traveling.

The person driving was ok, and the dog was shaken up but still in the crate…as opposed to running loose outside in the night or across lanes of a motorway. You like it or you don’t is not the issue. The dogs feels safe and even in the house. They do not need to have the entire house left alone for them to decide what to do there. You never know what can happen.It’s not up to them to decide, is it?! I firmly believe in safety!

Why Use a Dog Crate – and Is It Cruel to Crate a Dog?

Lovely Vera de la perte aux loups

Vera_Barbet2016a Vera_Barbet2016b

Nice to be able to keep up with some of the Barbets who have come through here. Vera was a not-happy-at-all Barbet where she lived in the Netherlands. She was accused of having bitten some people…so I drove halfway and rescued her. She spent a while here with mine. Relearned to trust people and dogs and when I thought she was ready for her nice happy family and greener pastures, she found a nice family to live with. She is now in the UK and best friends with the 2 children and a loving family. Her  family gives me news every so often and I really appreciate it. Vera will be 12 next month..looking good, eh?Barbet_Vera_girl2013

I am glad I did it…Vera is special to me. Must say, with the world as it is today…I would never do it again!

Grand-pa and Grand-ma….

Barbet_grandma_GrandpaHad the camera handy and snapped. My 2 oldies sitting together on the couch in the evening…I have no fireplace. Wish I did.

These 2 have brought me more pleasure and laughs than many of the worldly things some focus on.

Booly Wooly ( GuyGuy) and Ermengarda ( Coccolina)…with the best in the world, how can you go wrong?