Coccolina will be 14 in December. She is happy, go lucky, a real trooper who still jumps on the bed to sleep or get cuddles. She is very much aware of what is going on around her. She is more careful and sleeps a bit more than before. She is reaching a ripe old age. She does not take any kind of medication, except glucosamin for her joints, along with GuyGuy. I try to keep her interested and active.
GuyGuy, is now 12.5 after being extremely ill for a year, is ok. He is very very demanding and wants to have as much attention as possible and I am happy to give it to him and more. He has always been such a charmer, my dear GuyGuy. He has me wrapped around his little finger. He takes milk thistle and asparagus. He demands to be active!
Of the other 6, Compay is over 11, but happy to watch what is going on and go with the flow. Of the other 5 who all have their personality..I have to make sure they are not shorted in any way possible and they get the attention they deserve.
That is only fair to all of them. That having been said, at this point it is not even imaginable to have a litter of pups, even if I’d love to…a question of priorities!
I am sure you understand what comes first..
With hindsight…I am not 100% sure, I would go through all this again…
Maybe I should have have a gazillion litters with the 2 same dogs and not ever have any objectives, but to make money.
Maybe I should have lied on the pedigrees, put as much money in the bank, bought clothes to seduce judges at shows and not done DNA or nothing..
Maybe I should have been as nasty as some of the people I have had to deal with over the years?
Maybe, even I should have said they were the ancestors of the Poodle ( which I was led to believe) and they were pure bred years ago..nah..
Problem is, I am too honest and my dogs are too nice for me to lower myself to that level of pettiness and nastiness which seems to be done alot in dog breeding and with incompetent breeders. I am at the point just happy I can reap what I sowed with my dogs. It is probably better that way and just enjoy their old age in a healthy state. They have been and are just so great. Shows ta go ya.
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.
Bepop on the right and Booly Wooly on the left. She was a month older than my GuyGuy..
Lots of memories of this little girl..who just wanted to have fun. I selected her, picked her up and kept her for the 10 months required before she could go to the UK as breeding stock .Took her to shows, trained her to get her TAN water test and off to stardom, she went..She did her job well and even had a historic litter with Caya de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre..This is another sad day in the Barbet world. Wonderful Aretha Franklin bowed out on the same historic day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ifw8JhDBvs
Here you can read what now defunct club says about the 2 types of population. One: the Poodle type, re-incarnated by JC Hermans which has nothing to do with the old breed.It’s called a BARBET MODERNE. Nothing to do with the standard OR HISTORY.
The other: VIEUX BARBET=> is the historical one, threatened with extinction because many have not a clue of what they are talking about…Fighting has gone on since 1980’s and it does not look like it’s about to change. I am one of the few to have archives on the real breed and my work along with some others’ is certainly not appreciated. that is life, but I maintain facts are facts and lies are lies.
Medication seems to be doing well..he’s not been ill in nearly 2 months. A record. Fingers crossed and hugs to his best supporter in Sweden, Camilla!
Iabada 2018 ( Isabeau von der Leibrücke) and Moustache 1886.
…but can you see it? Do any of the other “waterdogs” look like this one? Negative. Breed for health, of course, but not for mutts or Doodles! Otherwise send people to buy a Labradoodle or a Poodle. Continually breeding for 0% is not going to get anyone anywhere…
Here’s another example, below:
Neo Mahler de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre, son of Iabada.