Interesting announcement today on FB: left me perplex.

A post about why everyone should start contributing to the research on epilepsy by sending samples to the French University in Rennes. This not being a new piece new of information but one that came out several years ago when some new breeders destined to become famous, were not around. The message was destined to those who had not contributed, yet.
How can someone not have contributed??????? How is that possible???? Well.

The scoop which is not a scoop. I was a bit befuddled because again, I spent hours  years ago when I found out about all the creative homemade pedigrees we had in the Barbet and how the campaign had been started by Mrs Loiseau who at the time was not an elected member of the committee, to sort things out and come true..Since she was elected, welllllllllll not much has happened. Best not to hold a position for the Barbet at the club, they make you become brain dead.So, being a barbet breeder is totally irrelevant and not a reason to vote for one, eh?!

Back to the business at hand.

2007….and before!


This is a photo of my colleague Dr Grégoire Leroy who, at the time was taking samples for the thesis he was working on.

Compay donating blood for research back in 2009. My dear belated friend Catherine, a vet, had been asked to help.

All of my Barbets have contributed to research against anything they want since it’s important to save the “old breed”.Now, if anyone set out to prove there was SWD and IWS in him, then great*. I’ve already said that, too. Others claim they have purebreds, but pure bred what? Working on the “old Barbet” requires investment and sacrifice. Not all willing to contribute. La preuve…….
Thelma’s dna back in 2007.She had her first litter in 2006, after failure with a Canadian stud.
All my dogs have dna profile and have contributed to research. Blood is drawn when they are chipped and sent by my vet directly to Rennes.It’s an additional cost, but.

It seems obvious, doesn’t it. Not for all apparently, who will only start with their next litter. What the heck.Our team did several dogs in our pedigrees while they were still alive…they have passed on since. That’s called planning for the future of the breed.

So, pointing fingers and sitting on proverbial butt, leaves me perplex.

* The database we tried to presnet at Symposium was to set things straight. It was shot to pieces….they want the research to be done, those holier than thou people, but do the research on false pedigrees.wth….