..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?!
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?
J'aime me rappeler de temps en temps, que mes chiens, quoi qu'il se dise...de méchant et des propos diffamatoires que je retrouve encore sur certains sites et par un membre du club de race ( on ne se demande plus pourquoi beaucoup ont démissionné du club qui semblerait en grande difficulté et ce n'est pas étonnant) ont les plus hautes cotations Barbet LOF/SCC et c'est une fierté pour moi car je ne suis pas éleveuse de métier, mais par passion pour la race ancienne du Vieux Barbet, menacée d'extinction sans que personne d'officiel n'intervienne. Mais bon, c'est comme dans beaucoup de domaines, eh. Il y a des choses plus importantes sur la planète. Ermengarda (Coccolina) en est à l'origine pour moi, qu'il soit redit en passant:
French Lover dit Froggy
Ch-Compay II et son fils French Lover dog en sont les dignes héritiers.Ci dessous la 5ème génération sous mon toit..Le type se propage de plus en plus dans les pays étrangers.
Vous cherchez des renseignements sur la race? Faites vos devoirs correctement, évitez les médisances, car ce chiens LOF/SCC vous allez le garder pendant de nombreuses années et il devra correspondre à l’idée que vous vous en faites..ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas dans les “livrables”!
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.
Shaved stomach for scanner
He’s getting better and asking for his walkies..
Compay as a sire in the Netherlands with Astrid Vonck, of Outdoors kennel.
Compay would have never been able to have such a brilliant career, had he stayed in France. He has set his type and is at the head of a fabulous line of very typed Barbets.He will be 10 this year.
In December, having finished the first version of the Barbet HISTOIRE EN IMAGES I needed to take some time off, rest my brain and have fun with my dogs. We’re all ready and back on the drawing board, ready for 2017.