Thelma La Douce

Ageing dogs.. attention and life.

A day, any day can become a real challenge..with older dogs. Guyguy had not been sleeping well as of recently..I was not hearing that “ahhhhhhhh” sound one has when you/he hits your/his pillow..he was tossing and turning..so I thought there was something not right. Osteopath came very quickly..and hopefully by Thursday he will feel better. No cardio training tomorrow for him. He is eating well and appears to have enjoyed the attention..as he always does. He is such a charmer.

I think I am much more aware of all this now, because I have aches and pains..too.

They deserve undivided attention.

GuyGuy was sooo happy..

It has been nearly 2 years since GuyGuy had been swimming and this was totally unplanned. Heis reflexes were tip-top, my GuyGuy.After all when you do it at 8 weeks, it’s forever!

He was ready to retrieve, with his grand-daughter Duna and nephew Nat-King

I did not want him to swim off since I was worried he would be disoriented in the water and get lost.He had a ball..Look at that straight back! What a delight!

Barbet birthday : GuyGuy turns 12

After being ill for nearly a year, I can say that we have now gotten rid of the FLoiseau/Batterikullens curse. GuyGuy is now all new and enjoying life and back to being his normal happy self. He is stronger than the rumours that he was hit with for many years and has showed his will and determination. He has many descendants, all healthy and we have come a long way from the many issues at Thelma’s breeder’s.

A birthday hug that reaches out to his beloved sister in Finland and of course his other brothers who have not sadly, kept in touch.

We celebrated with liver/beef cake and cookies..everyone was happy!

Never seen before in Barbet world: 5 generations under one roof

5 generations under one roof!

A feat no one, not even a real  breeder, in the Barbet world has ever accomplished.

To this day: to show a line and its evolution  over 5 generations . I did it. A lot of sacrifices..But I am so happy. 13 years to 5 months. All homogeneous and healthy!

I have worked very very hard over the last 15 years to get to where I wanted to be.

                   A particular type of Barbet, the historical Griffon type, as in Rose, 1887.

As the Vieux Barbet should be, as portrayed below. These are all historical references. Le Barbet n’est pas un Caniche.