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.

AKC National Championship Wrap-Up

Second Place for the Barbet booth in Orlando
AJ Arapovic, Judy Descutner, Lynn Byfield, Barb Gresham

Marlee winning Group 2 in Orlando

Our last show of the year was so much fun.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Aquila Hits the Show Ring

Aquila (Hickory Tavern Wishes Come True) got to try out being a show dog today! He is one of the pretty puppies from Solene's litter sired by Thibault. Just 10 months old, Aquila had a wonderful time in the ring with his owner, Krissy. The American Barbet are lucky to have the world of AKC shows open to them now through the Miscellaneous Group!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Marlee - Last AKC FSS Appearance for the Barbet

This shot by Candid Canine Photography is the last appearance ever for a Barbet in the AKC FSS Group. Taken in Orlando during the AKC National Championship, our Marlee won a Group 2. As of January 1, the Barbet moves into Miscellaneous and the wider world of AKC dog shows! We are so proud of the advancement of this beautiful breed and look forward to showing a lot more in 2017. Local shows, favorite shows, new shows...America is open to the Barbet!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

So Lucky!

We are so lucky to share our home with our beautiful dogs. This fun Facebook creation of our most used words reflects an exciting year past :)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Marlee Wins at the AKC National Championship!

Marlee wrapped up the show year with another spectacular win, Best of Breed and FSS Group 2 at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, FL. Beginning in January, the Barbet moves on to the Miscellaneous group, making our AKC show opportunities much more accessible. We are so proud of our dogs and have enjoyed helping this beautiful breed get started with the American Kennel Club.   Look for us around the dog shows as we make this next step in America!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hickory Tavern Final Grade CAA RN CGC THDN, one of America's Most Titled Barbet

Last weekend, little spitfire Hickory Tavern Final Grade CAA RN CGC THDN, also known as Fia, earned her AKC Coursing Ability Advanced title. From her first serendipitous lure course last May, Fia has become a fierce girl on the chase! Amazing to watch her in action. Congratulations to Leonard Tena for handling Fia to her CAA title, and to the entire Tena Family for their devotion to Barbet Fia!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Marlee Wins AKC CM Title

Our Marlee Girl is on a roll! Last week Best in Show; this week a special new AKC title. Marlee earned her final points to become the 4th Barbet to earn the Certificate of Merit from the FSS Group under judge Alice Watkins. Marlee joins her mom, Solene; brother, Micah; and Stacy Able's Cinna as the only Barbet with CM titles. We are so proud of the dogs we have bred and thrilled with the judge's appreciation of them in the ring.

Our AKC Certificate of Merit Barbet

Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM
Hickory Tavern Secret Liaison CM
Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage CM

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Marlee Wins Best in Show!

Canadian Grand Champion Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage

Last Friday, our beautiful Marlee (Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage) added to her impressive list of wins by earning Best in Open Show under judge Jerry Watson at the Rock Creek Kennel Club show in West Friendship, Maryland. We are so proud of her since her mom Solene, grandmother Claire, and brother Micah all won Best in Shows in their AKC career. Marlee is the 8th Barbet to win a Best at the AKC Open Shows. We are really looking forward to showing her next year in the Miscellaneous class as the Barbet makes this next step in the AKC world. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fall Farm Fun!

These blustery days of fall have certainly pleased the Barbet! They are thoroughly enjoying the leaves flying and the chilly air. Marlee, Solene, and baby Flynn play for hours in the yard. They are in excellent condition and are very agile! We are getting ready for dog shows near Baltimore over Thanksgiving. We'll also be in Maryland showing at the beginning of December, then head out to Florida for the AKC National Championship in Orlando. Can't wait!

Last weekend, David and I went to Florida and ran in Disney's Wine and Dine 10K and Half Marathon. It was the first Half for both of us. We had a great time! David finished way ahead of me, but as a new runner, I was happy just to finish ahead of my goal time. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Catching Up

We finally made it back to the show ring after a very busy summer and fall. I took Marlee and Flynn to Wilmington, Ohio, where the largest entry of American Barbet to date competed at the AKC shows at the Roberts Centre. Marlee won Best of Breed and then the FSS Group 1 on Saturday under judge Neil McDevitt. Sunday she was Best Opposite under Monika Pinsker, bringing her halfway to her Certificate of Merit title. Little Flynn made her debut in points competition and she did great! She was brave and showy, having a lot of fun; exactly what I want for her first times in the ring.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy 6 Months!!

Here's our happy face Flynn, celebrating her 6 month birthday today! Flynn has had a great summer swimming, diving, and playing with her friends. She even won at a dog show! Now it's time to get busy and prepare for the bigger fall shows. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Training Your Barbet

Here is a really useful article about understanding our dogs thought process when training. Dogs are simple creatures without agendas. Please have a look!

And so, the bottom line is this: if your dog is not doing what you want, it’s because you have failed to teach the behavior effectively, or because you have not made it worth his while to do so.  That’s it.  Dogs are fundamentally honest creatures – this is one of the things I love most about them.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Back to the Whippet Ring!

I was thrilled to return to the Whippet ring after an absence of several years to win Best of Winners Thursday with Bo-Bett Lainies Surprise under judge Dr Steve Keating in Canfield, OH. Lainie Jane is, of course, bred by my great friend Carol Harris and owned by my sister Dr Jan McMaster and me.

Whippets will always be my true love in the dog world.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Catching Up With the Weekend

Before we leave for the UKC Premier, I have some posts to catch up on.

Our little brown boy went off to New York City where he will live with Judy and Fran. They also have a place on Long Island where he will have lots of access to the beach. This little guy is named Gavroche.

Hickory Tavern Epilogue Esprit

This beautiful girl is our pick pup from this litter. She has gone to Cincinnati where she lives with Jeff and a Golden Retriever. We hope to see this girl out at the dog shows next year!
Hickory Tavern Epilogue Eclair

Finally, while we are home enjoying our puppies, it's a thrill for our dogs to be out winning at the dog shows with their owners.  Huge congratulations to Leslie Woodward and Lynn Vogt-Kinsey for winning Best in Open Show Sunday at the Longshore-Southport Kennel Club in Connecticut. Under judge Pam Lambie,  Hickory Tavern Finally Friday, 'Alainn,' won both the FSS Group and then Best in Show over a big Miscellaneous entry. Alainn is a one year old female out of our Neigenuveaux's Ermagarde (Claire) by Quaciendas Thunus Georgi (George). We are very proud of Alainn and Leslie!

Hickory Tavern Finally Friday

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

 Claire's pretty pink pup went to New Jersey to live with her half sister Blueberry. Pink Cotton Candy, now known as CC, will be spoiled by the Barones.

Hickory Tavern Epilogue Eden

Claire's little green girl now lives in Cleveland with a Havanese and the large Hurst Family to love her.
Hickory Tavern Epilogue Eva

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Claire's Pups Start to Depart

Today the first pup of Claire's last litter left for his new home. Hickory Tavern Epilogue Edwin - Rush - has gone to live with Mallie, one of our Nessa/Murdoch pups from last year, in the Allegheny National Forest of Northern Pennsylvania. We are so happy that the Steber Family has chosen to add another one of our Barbet puppies to their family and we wish them all the best. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Claire and Pascal Pups at 8 Weeks

Today the pups went to the veterinarian for their first shot and microchips. They all were very brave and were great for the ride in the car. I cannot believe these guys are already 8 weeks old and will be starting to leave this weekend. This litter has been such a pleasure!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Extra Special Visitors!

This morning we had some extra special guests for our puppies - Dad Pascal and his owners Josh and Maria stopped by en route to Arlington. Claire and Pascal are the proud parents of these beautiful 8 puppies who will soon be headed off to their new homes. It was a thrill to get them all together! We are grateful to Stephanie Dixon of Northrock Barbet for making this breeding possible.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Super Shout Out

I am so lucky to have the Tena Family included in our Hickory Tavern family. Today they came and took almost every puppy out on their own for a pleasant outing to a local park. The puppies loved their travels with the Tenas! Last year this family took home Barbet Fia as a baby puppy and now she is a very well trained and adored pet with titles/certification in Rally, Therapy, CGC, and soon to be Lure Coursing. As a breeder, they are the kind of family that we dream of for our puppies. Shout out to the Tenas!

Friday, May 27, 2016

AKC Breeder of Merit

We have received the designation of 'Breeder of Merit' from the American Kennel Club!

We are proud of the dogs we breed and are happy to be recognized for our efforts. The Breeder of Merit program selects from breeders who “demonstrate a commitment to the AKC Community, dedication to their breeds, and actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. The AKC is proud to recognize AKC Breeders who are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed. These breeders are the heart of AKC.”
The following must be met in order to be accepted into the program:

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events
  • Earned AKC Conformation, Performance, or Companion* event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs from AKC liters they bred/co-bred
  • Member of an AKC Club
  • Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered

*CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title does not meet the event requirements