Saturday, October 26, 2019

Canine Chronicle November/December 2019

Our girls as they appear in the November/December issue of the Canine Chronicle. There is also an article about the Barbet that I wrote for the magazine as we enter the AKC Sporting group in January 2020.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A four year old neutered male Barbet has been returned to us due to a changing family situation. We are currently getting to know him better and will be looking for an ideal home where he will get lots of exercise, attention, and love from an experienced owner.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Barbet Puppy Update


 The puppies are now four weeks old and are just amazing! They are so similar in type and temperament. We are really enjoying their new explorations every day. This is a special litter for us and we couldn't be more pleased with the pups so far. The baby Barbet are meeting new people and having different experiences added to their daily routine. Teeth are just starting to come in but Flynn continues nursing them several times a day. They are eating their food with enthusiasm.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bourbon Continues Her Winning Ways

Yesterday Bourbon won Best in Show #20 in Wheaton, IL. What an exciting year this is for our pretty girl! Bourbon is the #1 Whippet, #1 Hound, and #3 All Breeds dog in the US.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

New Barbet Babies

Late last night, Flynn began delivering her puppies. Three hours later, we had ten beautiful black Barbet babies. 6 females and 4 males, all doing well. Flynn is doing a wonderful job taking care of her new huge family. We are really excited to watch this litter grow.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Newsworthy Barbet

Dana's recent page from the Canine Chronicle. We are so proud of this beautiful girl.

Flynn has big news of her own as she is expecting a nice sized litter from Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry CM.  This litter is 3/4 the same pedigree as Dana and Beth, our stars from Marlee's only litter in 2017.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Taylor Wins Her First Points

Puppy Taylor, otherwise known as Hickory Tavern ExGirlfriend, came along for the ride to Louisville and showed like a star in the 4-6 month puppy shows to earn her first two points. I am very impressed with how she handled the very busy show building. Taylor definitely enjoyed herself!

Dana wins Best in Miscellaneous at 3 Louisville Shows

Our beautiful Dana, Hickory Tavern Former Child Star CM2, earned a new title in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was named Best in Miscellaneous under Charles Olvis, Michael Canalizo, and Sally Wynn. Dana came home with a CM2 title and a big chunk toward her CM3. I just love showing this fun, sweet dog.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

GCHB Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon

GCHB Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon

We are excited to be part of the team showing this flawless Whippet beauty in 2019! Thanks to Justin and Cheslie Smithey and Dr Ken Latimer for the opportunity.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Barbet Pups at 6 weeks

A beautiful winter day, sunny but cold, and the puppies were able to spend a short time outside. They are brave little pups who do not seem intimidated at the total change in scenery. They are eating well, using their pee pads, and growing like crazy. Their teeth have also started to come in. Our sweet little babies will soon be sharks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Solene had her checkup with her surgeon yesterday and her incision has healed perfectly. Stitches removed, she is now completely back to normal and is enjoying her babies again! She is keeping them clean, spending time snuggling, and of course cleaning up their food bowls!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Give Thanks!

Solene's Homecoming
After a very rough week in the hospital, Solene is home! We are beyond grateful to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialists, both South and North locations, for their expert diagnosis and care when Solene crashed on Thanksgiving with a temp of 106+ and a systemic bacterial infection. I fully expected a call Thursday night to tell me that she had passed. PVSEC treated Solene throughout the weekend and she improved enough that Monday morning I was able to pick her up and bring her to Meadowlands Veterinary Clinic for surgery. 
Solene between hospital stays

Our own fabulous vet, Dr Kathryn Gardner, removed a now necrotic mammary gland and other tissue. Solene is home recovering and we continue to bottlefeed the fast growing puppies. This episode was really scary as Solene went from normal to near death within two hours. Our Thanksgiving thoughts are filled with appreciation for the wonderful vets who work so hard to save our sweet pets. This time we’ve got a very happy ending. Thanks to everyone for their concern and good wishes!
The puppies are doing great and are growing like crazy on their bottle formula and gruel. I can't wait until Solene is allowed back to her babies! 

The babies at 3 weeks with one of their stand-in moms :)

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Things have taken an unexpected turn here as Solene has been hospitalized since Thursday with acute septic mastitis. With excellent treatment and supportive care, she is now stable enough for tomorrow's surgery to remove the problematic mammary gland. Thankfully the puppies had the benefit of Solene's care for the first few weeks as we are now hand-raising 10 puppies. Solene will no longer be able to nurse them but I'm sure she'll be happy to snuggle and keep them clean once she is back on her feet. Splitting feedings between bottles and gruel, the puppies are doing great and are extra social with us. They are a bit sloppy learning to eat! Here are a few puppy pics taken this morning before their breakfast cleanup. Our response to email is necessarily diminished; thank you for your patience.

Please help us think good thoughts and wishes for Solene's complete recovery. Our special girl means the world to us.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Beth is Best in Miscellaneous at the National Dog Show!

Beth won a really nice Best in Miscellaneous at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, PA for 3 points, bringing her within one point of finishing her Certificate of Merit! Thanks to handler Erica Sanden Cross and judge David Kittridge for this honor. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Congrats Beth & Erica!

Beth won Best in Miscellaneous in Oaks, PA both yesterday and today with handler Erica Sanden Cross. Judges were Rita Holloway and Doug Johnson. We're very proud of Beth!

Hickory Tavern Fortune Cookie DJ

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Barbet Puppies

Our puppy pile is getting larger. Now 11 days old, the pups will begin to open their eyes and ears in the next few days. They are already wobbling around the box on all four feet. The boys are red, green, gray, and purple collars. Girls are blue, yellow, white, pink, orange, and black collars. Solene is the perfect mother!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Solene's Pups Have Arrived!!!

Solene is having a great day of rest after spending yesterday giving birth to her babies right on her due date. We have 10 wonderful puppies, 6 girls and 4 boys. Two girls are brown and the rest of the pups are black. She started whelping at 2:00 in the afternoon and was basically wrapped up by 9:30 pm. The pups are beautiful, vigorous, and strong.

With Solene carrying such a large litter, we knew there were risks that not all puppies would survive. In the end, Solene gave birth to 14 puppies and the loss of those 4 perfect little babies breaks my heart. When we have a puppy born, my immediate action is to open the sac at the head, insert my finger in the mouth to check for a cleft palate, and wait for any movement from the new baby. Usually they latch right on to my finger and I withdraw and allow the mom to tend to her newborn. With a stillborn, my heart skips a beat when I get no reaction. I try many different methods to resuscitate the baby but in the end, nature can be cruel and not all puppies are meant to live. I will never get used to this aspect of breeding and I never forget each lifeless puppy that I've briefly held in my hands.

It is days like these that make each success with my dogs so sweet.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Solene's puppies are almost here!

With a week to go, our sweet Solene is really showing her pregnancy. Her belly is huge and she looks like she'll be giving birth any minute! At this point, we just hope for a safe delivery for the babies and Solene. She still feels great and enjoys her time outside. Only a few more days until we meet her Pascal pups! This will be Solene's final litter. Her other two litters have produced beautiful puppies with special personalities and we're excited to learn what this litter brings us!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Flynn Receives Her NADD Dock Diving Invitation!

Flynn got mail yesterday -- her formal invitation to the NADD Dock Diving National Championships! We are so excited that she'll be participating in Orlando. Good girl Flynn! 2018 is the first year that a Barbet will compete in Orlando. Best of luck to Flynn and Astrid!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Recent Dog Show Photos and Ads

Canine Chronicle Nov/Dec

Roger winning a 4 point major under Rita Biddle Esq in Wilmington, OH 

Dana winning Best in Open Show in West Friendship, MD under judge Priscilla Gabosch. This win finished her Certificate of Merit title.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Barbet Grooming Chart

Often I am contacted by groomers who wonder just how the Barbet is to be trimmed. I created this drawing to help but over the years I've found that hand scissoring is the only way to achieve the correct coat on the Barbet. Longer on the top of the head, shorter on the neck and back, long on the legs, shorter on the's been a lot of trial and error to come up with the trim that I'm happy with on my dogs but I do feel like my dogs are now consistently presented with an easy and attractive cut.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dana Wins Two Bests in Show!

Hickory Tavern Former Child Star CM

Dana hit so many milestones this week. She won Best in Show at both FSS Shows in West Friendship, Maryland to finish her Certificate of Merit title in three short weeks from the puppy class!  We are so proud that Dana is our tenth homebred CM winner and is also the third generation of CM dogs that we have bred. We are really excited about the future of our Barbet.