..it happens once a year ( but not always), and it is generally planned out..the rest of the time is spent taking care of the dogs, making sure they are happy, doing research and answering the numerous questions people ask me about the breed and its history. That is not a very difficult part since I usually have the answers or the question leads me to doing some more checking to be sure of my information, since I hate misleading people. AND I enjoy helping.
Of course, my blood curdles when I see misleading, idiotic and deceitful comments about the Barbet..and there being only one…That is a permanent issue that is not helping either breed variety! It is very confusing to many/most people. However there are 2.
The “poof” Barbet Moderne re-incarnated/created in the 1980’s that they are trying to save from extinction? OR the Vieux Barbet that they say was extinct between 1940 and 1970..There is NO rhyme or reason to what is going on ..let’s face it?!
Facts versus fallacies or fake truths! How long will it last?!
My dear GuyGuy started vomiting well over a month ago. Since his is extremely rarely ill, I knew something was wrong immediately.Vet says liver inflammation common in older dogs..I thought cancer..so one month of medicine and back for second blood test and everything was back in the red. Plan B: scanner. He has a gallstone. We are working on neutralizing it...His temeprature was down down down to 37°4 and I have been taking temperature in dogs recently, quite a bit. Today he is finally up to 37.8° so we are coming closer to the 38° "normal" for a dog.He was supposed to mate with Iabada and was too weak (I thought it was old age and would rather have him alive than kill him) so Froggy was happy to step in and whambam, one mating (as usual) and he was done.So, I am disappointed with what did not happen and happy he is better..and eating and asking for food, which is nice. He has 2 brothers who have died already, and ...so.Anyway..he may never mate again, but that's life along with a lot of others "things" that happen in the Barbet world. On a happier note, he will be 11 soon..I am ever so proud of him.
As it stands, the work started is being shaken up by the tons of information coming in, from here and there beyond the borders of France....The breed type is still here over 100 years of proof later! It's very exciting. As I have said and repeated, giving club authorities a chance to make amends in an intelligent way, would be to take the MODERNE re-incarnated Barbet version as a variety..and letting the Vieux Barbet leave peacefully. Might be too much to ask for, since many are always looking for a good rumble.(slang definition)
I will never be the world’s oldest Barbet breeder in age or in time spent breeding..I am not a breeder and that is not my claim to fame. What has been important to me and always will be is showing that, yes, you can breed out the Poodle type, work to standard, make homogenous dogs of the old type called “Vieux Barbet” ( as opposed to Barbet MODERNE, re-incarnated in the 80’s). So, I collect Barbets and under my roof, there are 5 generations, 7 dogs, all happy and healthy and enjoying life. Anyone is welcome to come and see my live collection and documents I have available…Between Coccolina and Blue, there are 12 years difference and I enjoy every minute I can spend with them! A passion I owe to several people from the past…a passion for the VIEUX BARBET, its evolution, its history as a gundog and survival from extinction.
One of my very very favorite Barbet videos to celebrate the joy and happiness of our Barbets and through them, …ours.
We are blessed to have such, nice, happy, friendly dogs, called Barbets!
Happy New year and bless the Barbet God, because I know there is one, for Fanny de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre’s coming home after having disappeared for almost 3 months and having puppies somewhere, in the meantime….
And as it says in the song, we’re one passing through..so be kind..and enjoy life for theirs is so short.
Merci Valérie…pour ce landmark!