Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 Barbet Calendar

The Barbet Club of America is currently selling their 2014 calendar, featuring the photographs of many North American Barbet in full, beautiful color! Hopefully a few Hickory Tavern Barbet will make it into the finished product! Consider ordering a calendar or joining the Barbet Club to help support the advancement of Barbet in America. Calendars and memberships can be ordered here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Calla Is Home!

The excessive drainage from the surgical incision has finally stopped, and Calla was allowed to come home today. We are so happy to have her back with us! She is bandaged, splinted, and wrapped together, and has to remain as quiet and still as possible to allow her ligaments and bones to heal. Dr Jim Radcliffe at Town and Country Animal Hospital in Wheeling, WV has done a beautiful job of repairing the damage to her broken bones and shredded ligaments; now it is up to us and Calla to follow the instructions that will help her get better!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What A Weekend...

Calla - The Most Beautiful, Sweet and Special Dog in the World
The ups and downs of my dogs...it's very bittersweet for the last of the puppies to leave. I'm so happy that the families love their new puppy so much, but it's hard to see their sweet little faces go...we put so much time and love into our babies. In the midst of this, Calla had a horrific accident in the yard Friday afternoon and broke her left hind leg at the hock. I immediately knew that she had broken her leg, and she was on the x-ray table at Dr Radcliffe's clinic in Wheeling within the hour. Calla had surgery to repair the bone and ligaments on Saturday afternoon, and she remains hospitalized for observation and treatment. This evening I packed up all of the puppy equipment and the whelping box, and tomorrow I'll set up two big crates for Calla's coming months of rest and rehabilitation. Sadly, it may be up to a year until she recovers fully. Sigh.

Madi, the Only Brown Girl

Madi went to her new home with Garry and Sheryl two weeks ago, and she spent this past week with us while they were on a relaxing vacation. Madi (Hickory Tavern Dior On Madison) joins her big brother, Clousseau the Barbet here in Pittsburgh.

Virginia Bound

Sweet little Bodhi, the only brown boy, was the very last puppy to leave us today. Such a bittersweet time for us, yet Tracy, Pete, Josephine and Lucian are super excited to get Bodhi (Hickory Tavern On The River) home to Virginia where they will have lots of fun together.

Off to the Big City!

Our sassy little grey girl, Wendy (Hickory Tavern On Broadway) went off to her exciting new life in New York City. Her new canine big brother Peter came along, and I'm really looking forward to hearing about the adventures of Wendy with Ed, Kerry, Emma, Lillie, Xander, and Nathaniel.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Claire's baby Bear!

"He's really ours???"
Yesterday's puppy delivery was one of the best! The wonderful yellow puppy was a complete surprise to the dog-loving children in this family. It was so much fun for me to see the joy and excitement they had when they realized that little Bear would be coming home with them. Hickory Tavern On The Team has a new home in upstate New York where he will live with Colleen, Jim, Liam and Molly.

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Maverick" and His Crew

Maverick (Hickory Tavern On Deck) is our pick male from this litter, and we are thrilled that he will be living close by with his active and fun family. He'll enjoy work as a gun dog as well as being the treasured family pet of Rob, Carrie, Schaeffer and Grayson.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bye Bye Purple Puppy

This beautiful purple collared girl was one of my favorites of this litter. Today Millie (Hickory Tavern On A Carrousel) left for her new home with Elizabeth and Andrew in Pittsburgh. I'm so happy that I'll get to see her and her family frequently!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Barbet Beach Bum

California girl Annique (Hickory Tavern On The Beach) is a happy and smart girl now living in Marina Del Rey with Dianne and Bob. We will be planning a trip to the West Coast to visit her from time to time.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Crowd Is Dwindling

We are down to 6 puppies as the beautiful orange collared boy left today, off to his wonderful new home along the shore of Pine Creek. Mogley (Hickory Tavern On An Adventure) is going to be busy pup as a member of this active household with his terrific owner, Clay. I'm really looking forward to hearing of their adventures and travels together.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Fall Pups

Happy Fall!!
Mogley, the orange boy
Purple girl
Louis, the green boy
Annique, whose flight to California was sadly delayed today due to the shooting at the LAX airport
Maverick, the red boy

Momma Claire