Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Beautiful Calla Lily
Napa and Ava exploring the farm. Ava is always a wonderful nanny to the puppies.
Solene enjoying the river ducks in Pittsburgh during the Pittsburgh Marathon
Stunning Napa at 9 weeks
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Yesterday we had some lovely visitors who came to visit the Barbet (and brought us delicious chocolate chip cookies!). Baby puppy Napa enjoyed a special moment with June, who had just turned 2 the day prior.
Friday, April 26, 2013
At 8 weeks, our baby Napa continues to thrill us with her beautiful conformation and bold and brave personality. Big sister Solene and 10 month old Nessa enjoy playing with her. Breeding Claire and Bango has produced exactly the kind of puppies we were hoping to get from this combination, and we really look forward to their future contribution to our breeding program. Working with the American show and breeding system in the infancy of the Barbet in the United States is very exciting and rewarding. Breeders throughout Europe have made foundation dogs available to North America and we are very proud to be continuing on with the development of the Barbet in America.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Yesterday I received very good news in the mail from OFA. Solene's OFA Prelim xrays received a rating of Good. Even though she won't receive her permanent rating until she is 2, it is good to know that her hips look great as we make her future breeding plans.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
I am often asked how the Barbet is to be groomed for the dog show. Many styles are seen in the ring, from fully blown and brushed out to an ungroomed, untouched appearance. I prefer a moderate style, nicely shaped but naturally presented. This picture demonstrates my preferred Barbet appearance for my dogs.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Napa has been enjoying the warm weather and being able to play outside. She's such a smart and sweet puppy.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
What a weekend we've had at the Mountaineer Kennel Club Agility Trials. Bob won his Novice Agility Preferred and Novice Jumper Preferred titles, and qualified for his first legs in Open Standard and JWW. Training and working with Bob to learn Agility has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. He tries so hard and is always smiling. I wish I had started in Agility years ago, but I'm happy that we did finally give it a go, and I plan to get some of the other dogs ready while continuing to work with Bob. As always, none of this would have been possible without the patient, excellent coaching from Irene Barrie. Next...agility with a Barbet!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This weekend baby Napa's new family came to visit with her for the first time. As they live quite a long way from us, we appreciate having such a great puppy family who are willing to commit so much time to their tiny girl. Thanks for the great photos, Courtney!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Even though it's spring, we had 5" of snow overnight. It was fun taking Bob out for some jump practice. Calla was happy sleeping on her pilow, and we had fun with our beautiful puppy, who is getting very big!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
While Claire was outside stretching her legs, Solene had the perfect opportunity to hop in and meet her little sister. Solene was so excited as she had been hearing the mysterious squeaks and she was finally able to see who was responsible for the noises! Baby Napa was quite surprised to have another dog with her, but Solene quickly settled in to gently wrestle with the baby.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Today I took Solene to my vet for her OFA Preliminary xrays. Although OFA does not give permanent hip scores until after a dog's second birthday, prelim xrays on a dog over one year of age are quite reliable in determining permanent scoring. Solene's xrays looks great to me and my vet. Soon we will have the official result from OFA.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
We are so pleased with the progress of our young Barbet girls. They are maturing into lovely examples of the breed, both having excellent conformation and movement.
Monday, March 11, 2013
This was an exciting day at the post office. My mailbox was stuffed full with big envelopes from the UKC. Inside there were certificates for my dog's rankings for 2012 and invitations for them to compete in the Top Ten Competition at Premier in Kalamazoo this coming June. I'm really excited for this year's Premier show with the first UKC Barbet specialty and the chance to show in the Top Ten Competition. It will be the first time that Barbet have ever appeared in the UKC's Top Ten!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It's Bob's 8th Birthday! This has been an exciting year for Bob. We started training in Agility and he has proven to be an excellent student! He is focused, enthusiastic, and so much fun to work with. Proving that an old dog can learn new tricks, Bob has two legs toward his Novice Agility and Novice Jumper title after just two trials. I'm looking forward to us learning more together. Happy birthday, little guy!
Monday, March 4, 2013
SnugglePuppy, a warm sibling with a beating heart, that gives our little girl a soft place to curl up or drape over.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Claire's little girl is up to 558g today and is doing well at 48 hours old. Claire is such a super mum. As an only child, our puppy has a variety of stand-in siblings. This little bunny seems to be telling her a secret!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Today was a very special day for us. Claire had her single, sweet puppy and she weighed in at 395 grams, just under a pound! She's a solid black girl with a lot of coat, just like Claire. Mother and daughter are doing great, and we will be posting lots of pictures as this young lady grows!
|Baby Girl, just two hours old|
|Tiny puppy, snuggled in with mom|
Monday, February 25, 2013
|Bob's First Trial Day Results in Two Blue Ribbons|
|Bob Looks Handsome in Blue!|