I make sure they get the best out of life since they have been so good for so many years..A state of panic yesterday when GuyGuy had a stroke. The vet said this morning it was a minor one and he is not too wobbly and a bit of medication and he should get better..He had a short walk as it was sunny ( ouf!). The other dogs are all sniffing him to see how he is..Very interesting how they all greeted him warmly this morning when he decided to get up. It was very moving.
Last Sunday, was the xxth Barbet club match in the Netherlands. Interesting facts about what was shown there. 67% of the dogs had my Coccolina in their pedigree and out of the 75 dogs present…maximum 5 looked like what the breed should look like and that is NOT A POOFED OUT POODLE-TYPE. What does that mean? It means people are more and more breeding to breed. I like the expression and I think it sums up the issue..nicely.
So sad that now they are starting to look like the Canadian/US show dogs..and needless to say that the old breed/Vieux Barbet/Old bloodlines..would never win because judges were “taught” wrongly (misinformed), that the Barbet was a Poodle.
And because, well…..and what is really “funny” is people are now looking for the type below and are calling/ contacting me.. for help in finding a dog with the old type. Well…I now refuse to help because in a litter you can get several types and I cannot dictate to a breeder what to do. So, the last person who called me was very angry and hung up on me..
Bottom line? 5/75 is 0.06 of the old type available…and that is very representative of what is going on worldwide. How fun?!
The Barbet club of sorts (et al) no longer exists (finally) and the Barbet has recently become an orphan breed. Mismanagement of the breed, breeding to breed, lack of any kind of knowledge about its true history which is not about “the ancestor of the Poodle” nor is it about Napoleon’s mascot. A year ago, the whole thing exploded in their faces and the result is there, with a picture at the top of the page of the one who thought greatness was an quality/fication of one’s highness and disdain and moquery of others…never mind the falsified fatherhood declarations at ye ol’ scc. So, she was caught red-handed in her lies.
Now the club is dead. Long live the new club with probably another lot of ignoramuses in what the Barbet is, looking for fame and a type of fortune, again.
The SCC deals with people and not dogs ( contrary to what we would think) and they will only work with people who get along with eachother, so the Barbet is out as long as people don’t get along with each other. This has gone on for now 35 years and doesn’t seem it will end soon. I was happy to not have to contribute to this farce after 2012 when I was escorted to the door, and liberated.
In passing, 2 of my dogs, the Griffon types ( Vieux Barbet) are represented on that page next to the Poodle types (Barbet Moderne, invented by Jean Claude Hermans). Fanny Forigoler ( haha) de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre and Tchin Tchin de la perte aux Loups ( Thelma la douce), mom to my GuyGuy>> Booly Wooly de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre..father of Fanny.
A bit of “current” history for you.
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..