Ch- Compay II ( Segundo), like the singer, is celebrating 13 years of a nice healthy fulfilled life surrounded by his mom, Coccolina ( 15 1/2) his progeny and our 5th generation. What more can you ask for? Rejoice and dance.
Happy birthday wishes to his sisters Che and Cori, whom I see as often and possible. ChiChi and Colleen in Scandinavia. Caya in Le Havre France.
And a special thought to Cooper and Charly who are up there looking at us…
..and Cooldady who is now a retired Guide dog from the Lyon school.
The Vieux Griffon Barbet is threatened with extinction and not to be confused with a Barbet Moderne.
I should know better than think that friendship in the breeding world does not have a price label. In a dog eat dog world, there is always one on stand-by since making puppies >>>regardless of what they look like <<<<IS the priority.
You always pay the piper. Breeding is not for “friends”..because anything that has to do with money has nothing to do with friendship.
Integrity and having ONLY the breed as one’s main objective and wondering if the sun will ever shine on the poor Barbet is my only reason for being. Having a racer in a line and working hard for a breed to help it survive does not fit with many ambitious money dealers..merchants who make as much as the females can produce.
So, be it. I will not lower myself nor does it affect my ego to not have a super stud making pups for people who are just into sellsellsell..I have never been in it for the money…
Happy birthday to his siblings around the world!
Since this morning early when I read your pm, I have to admit I have been torn between extreme sadness and very extreme anger about the death of Ela Samba. It was an accident, ok..or not ok, but she is gone now. Yes, she was your companion who followed you everywhere and always wanted to make you happy and you will miss her sorely and and..and yes, … she was born in the wrong kennel: mine. She was through you, hasseled all the time, by that Swiss Kräusli club where you do what you are told, lay low and shut up or you are out. You never accepted that because you fought for her and through her, you fought for the old breed or Vieux Barbet which she represented.
She was the symbol of your resistance to Renate Zuber who has always made sure people were to stay away from because your dogs were badbadbad..since you did not want to be submissive and accept her “rules”. So, she threw you out of her Kräusli club..to make more space for her own master race and not answer any questions. I have said in the past and repeat..eugenics as a way of breeding to eradicate the old breed, is not “just” a historical concept.
Ela Samba will live on through her progeny and through Arlan de l’Aubépine..a feat not many will have ever accomplished and she did it. Thank you for all your work for the Vieux Barbet Ela Samba and Carmela. My heart and my thoughts are with you.
Retaliations being part of the Barbet world…it has been extremely difficult to support the old breed or VIEUX BARBET and those people who venture down that path..at best get slandered and at worse? Their dogs get badmouthed as “sick“..
Voilà, voilà. Nothing more to say, but the proof is there.
Ela Samba de la serve de la chapelle d’Alexandre. Died of complications after mammel surgery. 5.12.09-3.4.19.