Getting to the bottom of the matted coat matter….Update!

….and turning the page.

Club bulletin: December 2002 n°73. Basically what it says, Shame there was not a show organized for the dirtiest dog and the most neglected because competition would have been rude.There are still people who have not understood that a show dog must be presented clean. If one does not want to take the time to brush their dogs, then get a short coated breed, there are many….”

After, the show results of Orleans are not in the bulletin, when others are. I suspect that JCH is referring to Mr Georgii’s dogs.I have seen that written yet before, in another bulletin before 2001. What I would like to add is that I never saw him brushing any of his dogs since he had a groomer always do it..Mrs Fischer groomed her IWS herself, no one else was allowed to. It gets crustier on the next page, but not the point here. Voilà, voilà.



I am quite used to ( also) being attacked by the socutesonice French breed club. Nothing new and it’s been 15 years. The only president who did not attack me giving credit where credit is due, is J Goubie. I didn’t always agree with him and what he did        ( who does?), but he did try hard and was shot down. Another one to bite the dust. He tried to set up some things and no one cooperated with him. So, voilà, voilà. What I have always asked for? That they talk about the dogs and what they can do for them and not “just” the breeders and who said what where and when. That the F breed club focus on what they can do for the Barbet………..How difficult is that?

That they be transparent about what they do……..and say and not be the first to propagate rumours about for example, the latest…which came back to me from different sources. Grooming…on my rear I was with Ethel Mertz facing me to make sure I understood French properly..

Coats coats coats coats the eternal source of conflict. Based on yet to be shown scientific proof, it was said that a Barbet coat should be with a layer of matting to protect the skin. So, we interpret it as best we can in our petites têtes..

In this era of visuals, we get words…and more words but fais comme image? but quelle  image??? that is the question….

So, at Game fair again, I was standing trial “Mme Ficter this Mme Ficter that”, and I happened to look over yonder at club photographer photographing our little group from about 20 meters and hesitated for a second to go ask him what he was doing, now …because he probably has hundreds of photos of what happened in detail that lovely day that will go down in history, again. So, I am sure he has phtos of Guyguy being overviewed…

To my left was, GuyGuy/ Booly Wooly, with secretary’s hands going through his coat like a monkey looking for fleas in its progeny. Got the visual? That’s it. Guyguy’s coat was brushed out, so a bit poofed.Here you see more ringlets since he had been in water and air dried.So, no matts…and since his top coat and undercoat are the same and clean, hard to tell a difference in the size of the follicles….Barbet_dry_sm





I wanted to ask what she was doing but couldn’t really since I was supposed to be listening to lecture, like at school. Soooooo, when I got home, I sent lady an email which to my great surprise, she answered saying she was not giving opinions as to why she was doing it, because judges are the ones who are supposed to do it.

BUT…thinking to myself? Who tells judges??? breeders?? and if so since when?

A  breed club with at the head only Lagotto breeders, which I have never said anything negative about even if I did wonder how they were going to handle la différence, whilst not have any of that documented scientif proof we’ve been waiting to hear about…like what is a Barbet? and prove what you are saying?!


Would it be a breeder bending their ear? Impossiblo. A layer of matted hair to protect the dog when it goes into water?matts So, that’s what they call it now! Make(s) hair become gray, flecked, smelly, dry and dead.And here it is what I thought used to be called suin, an oily substance that they (dogs) had on their skin to protect them in water.We’re all spending hours brushing dogs, for what? Nothing! Let them grow that layer to “protect” them…Make sure you can’t ever see the skin under and voilà. Here I had always been told by Mrs Loiseau, “le peigne doit passer partout” no longer is valid. The famous peigne must only brush above the matt. Fini, pulling the dog’s hair out and ours out of frustration….tell people your dog is protected when it goes in water. Only problem now, is “does it go into water?”…Gag me.

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Rant over, til they aggress/harrass me again.