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
These last months have been very trying, with the weather, work, the dogs to take care of and keeping GuyGuy happy…and healthy to his best. I have had to step back and try to stay as zen as possible for him, and me..since we do know they feel everything. He is doing as well as can be expected. The verdict is chronic hepatitis and he most likely will not die of it, but hopelly of “just” old age.For many months, I was hoping he would reach his mother’s age of 11.5, then I was hoping he would make it to the new year and now we’re in February and I am thinking that perhaps he could make it to his birthday in April.I have had to shut off some oytside perturbating factors to be able to fully concentrate on him..so far so good. Here’s a little video…GuyGuy_Rules
After 10 litters and 81 puppies, selection work to my 5th generation, the highest SCC selection grid ( highest cotations SCC: results of all Barbets), several champions in France and in foreign countries, guide dogs for the blind, dogs with BCE/BICP ( hunting trials on natural instinct since I am not a hunter) and reaching objectives set in 2003…I can now step back and enjoy the result of my work. I do not like what I am seeing in France at all, and have decided to step back and smell the roses in my garden for a while.
There are some very very pretentious, pompous and nasty, incompetent people who are in it for the money, have no competences in the breed ( have not a clue what a Barbet is) and who respect nothing and no one. So be it. Suffice to read what belittling stupid infantile comments are posted on a socutesonice social network. called Parlons Barbet…Rather nauseating…but nothing new in France where the breed whether Old ( Vieux Barbet) or Modern ( Poodle type) all LOF/SCC will never ever get along. Breed club being incompetent since the beginning, in 1981..there is basically no hope left of survival of the old breed and the new Modern barbet can be assimilated to a Labradoodle, but just less expensive, quoi que…look at the average Barbet price in France, for very often a new breeder and a crossbred, crossbreed. Amazing.
On that happy note. Enjoy your Sunday. Just to reassure some, I am not going anywhere. I am here to stay and make sure people remember what a Barbet is, since many breeders do not.
Just found out that some country has raised the age a female can reproduce to 9, but with an eventual petit accident, it may go higher?..when you think about the age a male can stud til, and they don’t( 12/13?), you kind of wonder if it isn’t the world à l’envers where you take studs barely confirmed, not fully developed ( aged 1 or 2 ) and max out their return on investment( $$$) and mate them with grannies( $$$)…what next? Make hay while the sun shineth?! We need a pension fund for these dogs and some dog-rights! Don’t you think?
ZAfter all what is a rare breed for, if you can’t take advantage of it? eh?
We have finished this visual part of the history of the breed. It is so, for there are no language barriers to consider.
There are a few mistakes to be corrected after the holidays, which will not stop your understanding of the evolution of the Barbet.
My main objective was to finish today, a very historical day, and to give fuel to those who need it for their “petite” discussion about the breed…
I hope you enjoy it as I did, working on it for several years.
I am onto my next Barbet project! Stay tuned and Happy Holidays to all!