He is of course, enjoying my undivided attention.His eyes are covered because he cannot see very well and is blinded by bright lights. He does not have PRA.
…because he’s worth it. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for GuyGuy to eat.
It’s a 5-course meal, spoon fed to direct him to eating kibble and…the end of a chicken bone, then white chicken meat, then some boiled herring, then some oven cooked herring, then some chicken liver ( a very very small amount) and back to adding chicken. He walks away, goes to drink, goes outside ( for obvious reasons) comes back and stretches his stomach while eating…it’s no easy feat and I just deal with it for as long as necessary. Twice a day or x3 depending….but he is ok, and happy and has gained weight, as he has gone from just over 20k in May to 23.4.
He is taking medication and homeopathy and whatever cookies and anything he likes. He has chronic bouts where he will begin to throw up and then onto more medication, every 4/5 weeks and right now I am hoping that then homeopathy we started 2 weeks ago is going to prevent him from having an issue or at least that he can feel ok longer. It’s been 5 weeks and he is feeling a bit under the weather right now.So, we take each day as it comes.
With elderly dogs that is the only way to go. Make them happy, so you can well imagine that for 2018, if all goes well I will have time to continue helping him and enjoy the others who need the same attention.
Vera de la perte aux loups..in the line and looks of Ungaro and Compay. She will be 14 soon. Amazing how time flies. She is with a loving family and children and deserves every minute of her long life! Notice anything when you look at her pedigree?!
Recently, I read the hot news from the American Barbet Club, spreading the message in a world-wide barbet forum on facebook! Worth knowing? Not much!
In their posts, it is to be read that 27% barbet is the carrier of the eye disease Prcd-PRA. This figure is calculated on 33 tested barbets. Nothing about the size of the total population or the test’s design and origin, selection, whether the test is validated for the barbet? How many are affected and is it a problem for the breed in whole? Are breeders and stud owners testing their old dogs used in breeding to follow up their own evaluation?
It is a great opportunity to educate, but instead, the breed club blows up a scarecrow that completely lacks anchoring in a wider perspective. Misleading information that creates anxiety and fear is definitely the wrong way to go if we want to enlighten and guide to help. How can we track a source when we refuse to recognize the background of our dogs? Can we be helped by studying the health history of the other breeds actually in the barbet? As usual, few facts are provided surrounded by a variety of many many unanswered questions.
We stare ourselves blind to an isolated detail while we refuse to recognize our dogs originate. To create perspective, to understand and get a more complete picture of reality. Of course, we need verified information, but we must not forget the great value of education in how to interpret and use these data.
Breed clubs are informers and guides and should think carefully before they publish their information. The Swedish Breed Club has acted irresponsible, the American show the same tactics. The Swiss Breed Club makes its own guidelines that benefit some and disadvantages others. A fact that has now led owners to go abroad to mate their females and thus get their puppies registered in other countries. The French Breed Club cracked and SCC (the French Kennel Club) seems (?) to be the one who took over responsibility for the Barbet. In Britain, with its distinguished Kennel Club (KC), the barbet is not yet an approved breed, instead, breeders register their dogs in France. Misleading the statistics, which also imparts an incorrect picture of reality. The German Breed Club for Barbet wrote with good review in their latest news that the French Breed Club reached the end of the road. The big question is if we do not jointly lead the breed on the same track when we inferiorly ignore both knowledge and education?
My 2 cents’: We have nothing but super experts in all these breed clubs who are always ready and willing to guide you with their prophecy…but when all is said and done? I am not sure they even know what a Barbet is. But they will show you how to..
…and enjoy my graal. I have worked very hard to reach this point, and seeing that the breed club no longer exists( they accomplished their mission, running the breed into the ground…It’s probably the best time to take a break, wait and see…. At some point people may or may not come together and deal with factual information concerning the Vieux Barbet, and not rely on internet heresay, rumours and fantasy. I find it more important to watch my dogs interact; enjoy them as they enjoy each other and will think about more puppies, later! I will take the time to share more pictures and deal with the factual history of the breed…as before.In the meantime enjoy visiting other French sites and learning about their contribution to the breed. A breed severely threatened with extinction. I hope that people will develop the critical thinking skills and stop being mouthfed the theories and fantasies they are drinking up like nectar.
You can lead a Barbet to water, but you can’t make him swim!
It now appears that after years and years …and years of nothing, we now have the real nothing. The club is dead, long live the club.
I will not waste precious time on the issue that I have been talking about for a long time. Well, it came to a head and blew up in the president’s face which serves his nastiness right. JCHermans wants his club back, so he fought tooth and nail but cannot survive it on his own.
Now there will be a petit combat de coqs with the petits derniers deciding to go for it..wait and see.I have rarely seen a nastiest bunch of people around such a nice breed and I think it serves them right.
What no one ever got through their head is that to build the future you must learn from the past, even great French cooks do it…we are in France..
Speaking of cusine..and one of my favorites: Black Forest cake, you can get the best, the creative:
With more and more designer breeds around and people wanting “one”, for xyz reasons, it is becoming very difficult for the Vieux Barbet to survive, since many newer breeders are not particularly interested in the breed’s history and would much rather “start from here on”. However they do love to mention it is a very old French breed…but skip over the important information…and selection to type.
Now EVEN the Australian Labradoodle people are showing lineage….