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.
When all is said and done.. Coccolina is hanging in there and so is GuyGuy. Some days are better than others. He eats ok +, depending on the meal and the day, which I very as much as possible, within reason. He still demands his walk even if I have to hold him real tight, he trips a lot. I help him get in and out of the car. He can be knocked over by another dog, so I have to watch him closely when he is outside. He is very aware of everything that is going on.
I am sharing this with you because it is really important to be aware of. He is going on 13 and Coccolina is 14+.We do not have a lot of records of how long Barbets live and of couse which lines..
Neither take any medication for anything, but I do give GuyGuy what I can every so often to help him move more easily..and I massage him every morning before he “gets up” and even then, I help him stand up because like old folks, he is stiff. He weighs around 23k which is still what he has weighed most of his life. The steroids are helping him stand properly and probably move better too.
Nothing to say about Coccolina..she is a trooper!
If you were wondering how the mating went back in September..have a look!
Dis moi Duna, birthday coming up. She will be 5. 57 cms 26k. Represents a perfect the Barbet Moderne, rare breed..not threatened with extinction, because re-created in the early 1990’s. Nice, tall and heavy and square. Nice and cute.
Iabada-badoo..son Nat-K and dad Froggy. An amazing family within the family..
It is becoming extremely difficult to have a litter. Like the Titanice avoiding icebergs. Reasons are not the obvious ones..there is more and more demand, but “just” for a barbet ( small b, so generic furry dog) and not for anything specific..People are not informed and are not really willing to go in depth when researching and asking breeders intelligent questions. You live with a dog for 12/13/14? years and when you buy it, it’s yours. Barbet re-creation ( Barbet Moderne) is based on a myth and lies, covered by governing instances, like Napoleon being French and having a Poodle/Barbet..which he was not and did not…Breeders are not real transparent as to how and why they do what they do.
It’s, of course, not to make money, is it.
So, when you have seen the people who want a dog “just” like yours and you find out the got a Poodle-type, then a big sigh of relief sets in.You did not waste your time..
You have the ones who “just” want a pet and ad un tratto they decide that it would be nice to have a litter..and mate a 5th generation “Old breed” with a Poodle -cross, for proximity, and because the not very responsible stud..owner thought it would be socute and nice to get a few $$$.
Then you get the ones who swear up and down they ..”this” and they “that”. They know it all..there is only one Barbet stuff..there are many…If they tell you that, then that IS a clue that they ARE lying.Red Alert!
We have a big joker breeder here in France, well more than one, but I am referring to the one who lied about paternity of her litter(s), not once, not twice, but maybe even 3 times..is still claiming to be the big great breeder she is ( after having been given a big Barbet kennel name) made a mockery of the breed, und so weiter und so weiter..We did forget to mention she was so cute and so nice, like everyone on social networks. DNA has spoken and left quite a few disappointed people who thought their dog was a gift to the world..and it just lost 1/2 of its pedigree..responsible breeders..have nothing to say and lay low.
I do my best to not promote my litters on social networks, since many are real trashcans to dump misleading information on and…”just” sell( place dogs as one says more elegantly) dogs. Not a safe place to travel to, in this very unsafe world of ours.
The meeting pages/forum?( redefined) are run by very unprofessional people looking for fame, at least and running pages like dictators…of course to hide their incompetence.
So, in a nutshell..the Barbet is not safe anywhere, really ..and having a litter is a lot of work when you think of what some do to the breed and its future.
I will have one again, in due time, beteween Froggy and Iabada, since the last one was really really nice and all the dogs I am in touch with, make me proud of my work for the OLD BREED or VIEUX BARBET.
Happy New year….