Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Momma Love


This is Calla with her boy Bruce. She loves playing with her puppies!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Congratulations to new CM Winner Alainn!


This beautiful dog is UKC Ch Hickory Tavern Finally Friday CM. "Alainn" is one of the Claire kids from her litter sired by Quaciendas Thunus Georgii. Alainn earned her Certificate of Merit this past weekend, becoming the 9th Barbet and the 4th Hickory Tavern Barbet to earn the CM title! Alainn is owned by Lynn Vogt-Kinsey and Leslie Woodward and is shown by Leslie. They have done a beautiful job raising Alainn into a wonderful show dog and super fun pet!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Congratulations to New Canadian Champion Beau!!

Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry

'Beau' is co-owned with Donna and Stephanie Forte and is handled by Stephanie

We are so excited about this young dog. He will be shown in the US while he works on his Certificate of Merit. He will also be siring his first litters this year. Beau is OFA Good Hips, Normal Elbows, Normal Thyroid, Normal Cardiac, and Normal Eyes. He also has a super fun and goofy personality. Beau is a beautiful moving dog with an outstanding front assembly. He reminds me so much of his Dutch mother, Nessa. Donna and Stephanie are doing a fabulous job with their first Barbet!





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pupdate!

The Calla & Tanner puppies are doing great at 3.5 weeks. They have started to eat solid food and play together. All of them are so beautiful! Calla is a really good mom although she is starting to spend less time with the pups. Soon we will start taking them outside for short play periods. Bruce and Margot now weigh over 4 lbs. Bruce is next and little Tina is the smallest. She is growing faster with the addition of solid food and we are really pleased with the entire group

Russell

Margot

Tina and Bruce

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The puppies are one week old today!
We are treasuring our time with them.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Calla's Puppies Are Here

Just after midnight on July 29th, Calla went into labor. Her contractions were consistent, but sadly her first puppy girl presented breech, out of the sac, and stillborn. Calla then delivered a girl and two boys in quick succession, took an hour break, and delivered girl #2. Immediately her instincts kicked in and she began to care to each of her perfect little puppies. After her huge appearance, we expected a large litter and were very surprised that Calla's size was only from 5 good-sized puppies. We had a quick vet trip for an xray to make sure that no other puppies remained, and Calla has now spent the day attending to the new crew. We are so excited to see these pups grow and feel blessed that Calla has successfully delivered these beautiful new babies.

Calla immediately loves her babies

Boy #1

Girl #1

Girl #2

Boy #2

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whippet Puppies on the Way

Our other big news is that Calla is confirmed pregnant!! We are really looking forward to our Whippet puppies, who will be here in no time at all. While Calla is getting fatter and fatter, here is a picture of athletic daddy Tanner racing in the Pacific Northwest.

Day 51 of 63. How much bigger will she get??


Tanner

Catching Up

This summer has been packed with activities and I am behind in updating the blog! One of the highlights was our annual trip to the UKC Premier show in Kalamazoo, MI. This show is always a fun time spent with friends and enjoying our dogs. We were thrilled when Solene, Ch Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM, won Best in  Show at the United Barbet Club Specialty. Then Meg, Ch Hickory Tavern Secret Garden won 4th place in the Top Ten competition, defeating almost 500 dogs in the process! Congratulations to Meg's owners, Lynn Vogt-Kinsey and Leslie Woodward of Anam Chara Barbet. The other big winner of the week for us was Hickory Tavern Finally Friday, Alainn, who placed in the Gun Dog group at two huge shows!


Best in Show Solene with judge Sue Phillips and me


Solene and me after the Specialty :)

Leslie and Meg with their Top Ten winnings

Isabel Descutner, Leslie Woodward, Barb Gresham, Lyne Trudel, Carole Bouthillette, Lynn Vogt-Kinsey


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wonderful Weekend

We had a really nice weekend showing the dogs in muddy Pennsylvania where Marlee finished her CM3 title and Solene won Best in Miscellaneous to bring her within 6 points of her CM2. Solene was beautifully shown by Barb Follett. In Illinois, Micah (Hickory Tavern Secret Liaison CM) won several Best in Misc with Robin Novack and Gris Gris (Hickory Tavern Final Approach) made his show debut, winning his first point toward his CM with Margie and Brian Lentini! We are so proud of these sweet dogs!

Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage CM3

Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM with Barb Follett



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Upcoming Whippet Breeding


Calla has finally come into season and we are preparing to breed her for the first time. We have selected a gorgeous Sporting Fields dog who lives in Oregon. Tanner is a champion show dog as well as a speedy racer. We are hoping for a successful outcome!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Au Revoir Francois




Today we wrap up the birthday season with a hearty Happy Birthday wish to the Secret litter. David drove Solene to Repentigny, Quebec for her tryst with Bosch. While in Quebec, David enjoyed skiing at Mont-Tremblant and the wonderful hospitality of Francois Menard, the owner of Bosch. Francois sent David off each day with a beautiful box lunch, and welcomed him back from the slopes with a great meal and fine wine. The weather was terribly cold, but the breedings were successful and Francois sent David off with yet another nice meal for the road.

Bosch, David, and Solene at Francois Menard's home
With Solene's registered name being 'Intl Intrigue,' we chose 'Secret' as the theme of her litter. Solene is so special to me and her first litter was filled with emotion. I remember the fun of Neil Fournier flying in from California when the puppies were 11 days old and our joy of sitting in the whelping box sharing these beautiful babies. I think of the lost promise of the 3 stillborn souls who did not take a breath. When the puppies grew, Grandma Claire became a surrogate mother to the pups and she and Solene shared in raising the 9 sweet babies. I have been so proud to watch these pups grow and accomplish so much. So today, on their third birthday, I remember our friend Francois Menard, who passed away last Saturday. Francois was special, a swashbuckling sort of handsome and proud man. He had a distinctive handling style that said 'Of course you're going to choose this dog.' Yet he didn't just expect to win; he put in the work and earned titles in Conformation, Rally, Obedience, and other events. He was the first to earn an American Rally title. He won the first group placement at Premier with a Barbet. With his gregarious heart, he hosted wonderful cookouts while we camped at the shows. Francois donated prizes to our specialties, he became a SPOT evaluator, and he made friends for the Barbet wherever he traveled with Bosch. Francois and I shared the bond of being cancer survivors, but sadly, his recurred and no more treatment was available. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Manon. Francois, you were one of a kind. 

I am honored to own my Bosch daughter Marlee, and I know that Francois is proud of her and all of the other Bosch kids. Happy birthday to Marlee, Micah, Meg, Clea, Charlie, Clovis, Teddy, Ernie, and Libby.

Francois Menard   1957-2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Final litter!

Today we celebrate the birthday of the Finals! At the time, we thought this would be Claire's last litter, so the puppies were all given a Final name. A change in plans led to one more litter from Claire, and they were called the Epilogue litter. The Final group was sired by Quaciendas Thunus Georgii and they were a delightful group to raise. Happy birthday to Gris Gris, Marcel, Dallas, Fia, Alainn, Magic, and Blueberry. A beautiful group!!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Welcome home, Marlee!

We are right in the middle of our birthday season. Almost every one of our Barbet litters have been born in late March or early April. Living together usually makes all of the girls come into season around the same time, so it has been easy to plan for spring pups that are ready to head to their new homes just as summer is starting. A great time for puppies to make the transition when their new families can easily get them out to new places every day.



Next week we will celebrate the 3rd birthday of our beautiful Marlee and her siblings. Time flies! Yesterday I drove to Chesapeake City, MD to pick up Mar after her month on the road with Michelle and Michael Scott. This road trip was extremely successful for Marlee. She won Best of Breed and Best in Miscellaneous at 12 of the 14 shows where the Scotts showed her. Marlee made a lot of new friends for the breed and the Scotts learned about showing a Barbet. In the end, Marlee earned her CM2 title and is just two points shy of her CM3. She came home in impeccable condition, and she loved everyone on the Creekside Handling team. Marlee will continue to meet up with the Scotts throughout the year. My sincere thanks to Michael for presenting Marlee so beautifully!

An honor to win under Houston Clark

Balanced, beautiful movement. Totally correct. So proud :)

Taking the glamour down a notch :)   judge Richard V Miller

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Claire - Pascal Pups


April 6, 2016 was a special day here last year. Claire, our fabulous foundation mama, had her last litter of puppies. Papa Pascal stopped by with his owners Josh and Maria to meet all of the babies before they went on to their new homes. Happy birthday to Brigitte, Gavroche, Rex, Lucy, Lila, Rush, Max, and Pink Cotton Candy (CC)  We are so lucky to have such wonderful owners for our puppies!!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Fools Day!


Happy second birthday to these special little Fools!!! Nessa and Murdoch had a very wonderful litter two years ago today. Happy birthday to Kit, Ren, Mallie, Addie, Marley, Beau, Flambeaux and a special memory to Remi, whose life was cut so short in a tragic accident. Nessa now lives with Remi's family, helping to fill the giant hole left by his loss.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Wishes Litter


March 26, 2016 was the birthday of our beautiful Solene and Thibault litter. Thibault lives in The Netherlands and semen for this litter was shipped in frozen straws. Solene never even got to know him :( Happy birthday to Willow, Aquila, Hamish, Penn, Flynn, Seven, and Penny (all the way in Sweden!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Marlee & Michael Scott

Two weeks ago, we sent our Marlee Girl out with Michelle & Michael Scott of Chesapeake City, MD for some of the more distant shows that we weren't able to attend. The Scotts have been wonderful taking on a rare breed, and Marlee clearly loves being with them. So far she has won 6 Best in Miscellaneous and her CM2 title, becoming the very first in the breed! Marlee & Michael are a wonderful team and clearly she loves showing for him!




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marlee & Michael


Marlee and Michael Scott at the Country Music Cluster in Nashville, Tennessee. This pair also won Best in Miscellaneous at the Louisville Kennel Club show March 17, 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Best in Miscellaneous Marlee!

Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage CM

We are very proud of our Marlee Girl for having a wonderful first weekend with Michael and Michelle Scott. She won Best in Miscellaneous all four days of the Country Music Cluster in Nashville, Tennessee. She also won Best in Miscellaneous both days with me the previous weekend in Tallmadge, Ohio. This makes seven shows in a row where Marlee won Best in Miscellaneous! Marlee will be out with the Scotts throughout the year. We are very pleased to have such talented handlers showing our girl when we have other commitments. Next stop: Louisville, Kentucky!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM
Solene did not get pregnant from her February breeding. No further litters are planned at this time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Best Barbet Brush

This brush is my absolute favorite for keeping my Barbet mat-free. Regular brushing with this slicker keeps the skin healthy and the hair free of serious mats. Using a line brushing technique, this brush will pull out all hair that is lying in the coat, waiting to weave itself into problems. I recommend this slicker brush to everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Westminster: Meet the Barbet


Last Saturday, we were so happy to return to New York City for another year of AKC's Meet the Breeds. We debuted a stunning new backdrop for our booth and our design allowed for a large space with at least two Barbet available throughout the day for people to meet and touch. Early in the morning, Marlee waited for her first visitors. After the doors opened, our booth was swamped throughout the day with dog fanciers who were anxious to meet the dogs and learn more about the breed. The dogs were all so patient! My sincere thanks go out to everyone who helped us throughout the day: Tracey Schnabel, Donna and Stephanie Forte, Courtney Bradley, my husband David, and the board of the Barbet Club of America. It was great being a part of this amazing team! So proud of our dogs for giving their best to this very hectic day.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Breeding generations of quality dogs requires a long-range plan. This week we were able to utilize a dog in our breeding program who I imagined for Solene when we first imported Nessa from The Netherlands in 2012. Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry was the pick male from Nessa's litter to Canadian Grand Champion Flacon d' Paris of Neigenuveaux. He is owned by Donna Forte of Brookberry Labrador Retrievers and he has grown past some of his adolescent gangliness into a truly promising young male. Solene has been bred to 'Beau' and we hope for a litter in early April. Our sincere thanks for Donna and Stephanie Forte for doing such a nice job growing up Beau, and to our friend Anne Plomp for sharing Alba's beautiful girl Nessa with us.

The pedigree for this litter can be viewed here

Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry

Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry

Monday, January 23, 2017

Congratulations to Barbet Addie and Michele!

It's so much fun when our puppy owners tell us about their new achievements with their beautiful Barbet. Last night, Michele let me know about Addie's exciting AKC Rally weekend. In the first rally trials ever for both of them, Michele and Addie earned the title of Rally Novice at the Atlantic Ocean Classic in Wildwood, NJ. Addie also placed high in the classes! We are so proud! Addie is almost two years old and is from our Nessa (Nuphar's Gift-Wrapped), sired by Murdoch (Can Gr Ch Ex Flacon d'Paris of Neigenuveaux). This litter was born on April Fools Day and all of the puppies have 'Fool' in their names :)

Congratulations to Hickory Tavern Fools Gold RN CGC and owner Michele Henry!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Visit Us At Meet the Breeds


February 11 we will be in New York City for the AKC's popular Meet the Breeds, held immediately before the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. This is always a fun day, filled with dog lovers who are anxious to meet new breeds and visit with old favorites. A hands on event, Meet the Breeds gives visitors a great opportunity to speak with owners and learn what each breed is really like. For more information, see AKC's Meet the Breeds page.

Marlee Meets A New Friend

The New York Crowd Is Almost Overwhelming

A Rare Quiet Moment for Marlee

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Barbet Now At Regular AKC Shows!

Leslie introduces Micah to a new friend
Micah, Can Ch Hickory Tavern Secret Liaison CM, won Best in Miscellaneous last weekend in Tallmadge, OH, during the very first weekend that Barbet were shown in AKC Miscellaneous. Thanks to judge Bill Sahloff. We are so proud of Micah and the wonderful home given to him by owners Leslie Woodward and Lynn Vogt-Kinsey. Micah is Marlee's big brother, and he is a sweetheart. Sister Meg just had her first litter of puppies in Wisconsin. This litter of Bosch x Solene just keeps getting better.