…back to the beginning, my beginning and the real Barbet, a Vieux Barbet that does not look like a Poodle or a crossbreed fashion designer dog. I can sit down and admire this pedigree…and thank everyone who helped achieve this major feat in the Barbet world.
This litter has been adorable, the pups adorable, the owners adorable..my only regret is that GuyGuy was sick at the time he could have mated Dabadoo..and I did not yet know he was ill with his gallstone issue..otherwise he would have been happy to oblige( even at his age) and Froggy would have been fit for the next litter. However, you don’t always do what you want..and it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.
My choice to keep a male from this litter was a very hard one…and in fact til the last day, I could not decide. The decision was taken by the male himself who had decided he was going to stay.That was that.
One of the reasons being…http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/13_3/features/Dog-Sleeping-On-Bed_16205-1.html
Now they don’t do it all day long..just a bit in the morning and at night. They’re so cute!
(I will also add they are clean, which is important)
I got this lovely gift…a picture of her Grand-daughter in Sweden. Yes, there still are Old Barbets around…( Vieux Barbet). They do show up in various lines, even where there is a heavy poodle influence. Again, it’s a matter of selection. You will also recognize the type of coat that is very characteristic of my line.
Thank you, KB.
(Birth)Day started with heart check-up…in souvenir of brother Svinto who collapsed too soon and also Mom Thelma, who died of pulmonary embolism (age 10.5), not connected, but. We had done the 10-year+ blood check a few weeks ago and all was fine, along with Eye-check up at specialist vet.No problems! Yippie!
This is where keeping track of siblings becomes even more important when working on a line…It’s easy to say you work for healthy puppies, a very generic statement ( who works for sick ones?!), but more difficult to prove so. That’s something that takes time (and money) as I do worry about their wellbeing, all of them. Some, I have lost track of and others? Good question.
Being the oldest “active” “breeder“( taken with a grain of salt and a lot of humour) in France and one of the oldest in the breed, 16 years…( granted I do not know how I have survived so far, must be in the genes…)I may not have the same idea of what to breed for as one does, or which color, but I do my best in what I believe the breed is and stands for. I have my reserve stock on hand!
I know it is important when you have older dogs at home, to make sure they stay healthy and do tests, not “just” to reproduce at a young age, or just use them for that matter and then place them ( dump them, is what I call it). The health tests need to be done throughout their lives.
I am very relieved to not be a member of the breed club in France, a source of muchotormento and angst which I do not need as they never brought me anything nor have they ever for the Barbet in 30+ years (other than organize shows)……future of breed is grim in France, its home country, of standard, of course, as one loves to repeat, alas.
…as the saying goes, “Primo il dovere, poi il piacere..” the piacere ( froggy cookies) was the treat when we got home, that they all shared together…in a special Froggy plate!
Booly Wooly (GuyGuy) almost 10 and Ermengarda (Coccolina) 11 years old. I do not know how many have the pleasure of watching their Barbets grow old in good health and happiness, together. They had 2 litters together, all healthy and they are both great great grand parents of very many puppies who have grown into champions for some.For others, they are just treasures.