Monday, November 28, 2011

Press from Meet the Breeds includes Barbet

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Although a few of the facts aren't correct (Barbet are the foundation for Poodles, Bichons and Bouvier) it's nice to have the breed highlighted in the article. Thanks

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Farm Girl Claire

Historically, Barbet were used as farm dogs and water retrievers in France. Claire is happy to carry on the tradition with a joyous attitude. She is very loyal to us and always stays nearby. Today we worked on some new fence beside the area where we are building our new barn. I just love having her around while we work on outdoor projects. Her smiling face always makes us laugh.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Our Barbet are popular at AKC's Meet the Breeds

On November 19 and 20, New York City welcomed over 200 breeds of dogs and cats to the Jacob Javits Center for AKC's third annual Meet the Breeds. Even though the Barbet is not fully AKC recognized, the FSS breeds are invited to participate and Tracey Schnabel and I were happy to bring our furry friends, Tug and Claire, to share with a very interested, dog loving public. Expos like this are so important to our breed. Most people start their conversation with, "I've never heard of this breed" and Tracey, my husband David, and I were happy to educate people about the grooming, temperament and history of this wonderful breed.

Kids almost always asked, "How do they see?" as their first question. Tug and Claire were extremely patient and accepted the pats and hugs from hundreds of people for over 7 hours each day. They posed for many, many pictures and we were interviewed by newspaper and pet publication reporters. Several people who stopped by had seen Claire on television the week prior.

The attendance of Meet the Breeds is over 40,000. In addition to the dog and cat breed booths, there are many pet vendors selling art, grooming equipment, and pet supplies as well as artificial grass surfaces and pet insurance. There were demonstrations of Police dogs, agility dogs, and earth dogs. AKC does a wonderful job with this event and we were honored to be there. We hope that in future years more Barbet and their owners will participate!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dogs In Review November 2011

What's Happening?

Several people have asked me what exactly happens during a dog's pregnancy. The following chart demonstrates the changes taking place during each week. For now we wait until we find out whether Claire is indeed pregnant or not.

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date: Wed 16 Nov 2011
Sire: Bango du Pre de Redy
Dam: Claire - Neigenuveaux's Ermagarde
Breeder: Judy Descutner
Sat 5 Nov 2011
  • First day of mating.
  • 48 hours after the first mating Claire was bred again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
  • The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix. (The Trans-Cervical Insemination process deposits the semen into the uterus, eliminating this migration)
Sun 6 Nov 2011
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Sun 6 Nov 2011 -
Sun 6 Nov 2011
  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Sun 6 Nov 2011 -
Mon 7 Nov 2011
  • Fertilization occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Mon 7 Nov 2011 -
Wed 9 Nov 2011
  • Fertilized eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocysts.
Tue 15 Nov 2011 -
Thu 17 Nov 2011
  • The blastocysts implant in the wall of the uterus.
Tue 15 Nov 2011 -
Tue 29 Nov 2011
  • The blastocysts will grow into an embryos.
  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Fri 18 Nov 2011 -
Fri 25 Nov 2011
  • Dams nipples begin to pink and enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Thu 24 Nov 2011 -
Thu 1 Dec 2011
  • Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
Tue 29 Nov 2011 -
Sat 3 Dec 2011
  • An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant. Ultrasound can also be done now.
  • It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Fri 2 Dec 2011
  • Start to increase the dams food ration.
  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
  • The fetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Thu 8 Dec 2011
  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Sun 18 Dec 2011
  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies; counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Wed 21 Dec 2011 -
Thu 29 Dec 2011
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
  • Her breasts become even more swollen.
  • She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Fri 23 Dec 2011
  • The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Fri 23 Dec 2011 -
Sat 7 Jan 2012
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
Mon 2 Jan 2012 -
Thu 5 Jan 2012
  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
Tue 3 Jan 2012
  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Fri 6 Jan 2012
  • Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Sat 7 Jan 2012
  • Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Claire at Cobble Close Farm
Claire and I had a busy week. Friday and Monday we went to the Clone Bucks clinic for her TCI procedure. What a simple and easy way to do an AI! The semen quality was excellent and I was really pleased with how Dr Mantell's skill put Claire at ease.

We were lucky enough to spend a few days with Rachel and Nigel at their amazing Cobble Close Farm in Red Bank, NJ. I enjoyed going to the Jersey Shore, seeing the sights of Monmouth County, and watching Rachel ride her gorgeous Holsteiner jumper, Wasco.

Finally, Claire was a guest of the AKC for a tv segment on rare breeds. NJ News 12 broadcasts throughout the New York City metro area and a lot of people got to see four beautiful and lesser known breeds: Berger Picard, Cirneco Dell'Etna, Mudi, and Barbet. We all were very appreciative to the AKC for promoting rare breeds.
The Pet Spot - NJ12 News

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Barbet Face!

Today I had lunch with Pat Cohen and we took some pictures for the AKC of her gorgeous bitch, Batterikullens Come What May. May is the first Barbet I ever met and she and Pat are responsible for much of my interest in the breed. Pat personally went to Gotland, Sweden, an island in the Baltic Sea, to pick up Miss May as an 8 week old puppy. May is a litter sister to Clos, Batterikullens Come to the Caberet, the fabulous Best of Breed winner at the World Dog Show for the past several years. Breeder Marie Lidblad can certainly be proud of this litter.

I love this picture of May because it demonstrates the clownish nature of the breed.

Batterikullens Come What May