Friday, December 20, 2013

Eukanuba 2013

This is a really special shot for me as it's not often that the three of us are in the show ring together. It was so much fun and I'm really happy to have this photo of me with Solene, David with Nessa, and Isabel with Claire. Congratulations to all of the beautiful dogs who showed in Orlando!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Short Trip to Florida for the Eukanuba National Championship

This year was the first year that Barbet have been able to show at the Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida. The Coton de Tulear Club sponsored an FSS/Misc show held on Friday, December 13, so we took the opportunity for a short vacation in the sunny south. We loaded up the trailer with the Barbet girls and headed to Walt Disney World, where we stayed at the Fort Wilderness campground, a beautiful and relaxing park. We were across the road from the dog park, and the dogs had a great time racing through the sandy hills.

 Our campground site at Disney's Fort Wilderness, just a short drive to the Orlando Convention Center. You may notice that the trailer is sitting on jack stands and a spare...

For the second trip in a row, we had a tire blow out on the trailer. Fortunately this time we saw the leak with our new tire pressure monitors, and were able to get off the highway and change the tire in a well-lit. safe area. This tire that blew was a brand new Towmax tire and was the replacement from the trailer company for the tire that blew when we went to Long Sault, Ontario in August. Since we are pretty tired of dealing with tire issues, we bought a new set of G rated Goodyear trailer tires and had them installed while we were in Orlando. Happily, we made it home without incident!

 The Eukanuba dog show was amazing, the largest dog show of the year in North America. It has an enormous trade show, dog show, agility, obedience, rally, Meet the Breeds, all in one lovely building. We were really honored to participate and thrilled when Claire won Best of Breed, beautifully shown by our daughter Isabel. Claire just had puppies 3.5 months ago, so this was quite a surprise, but she bounced back quickly and looks great. Isabel kept telling me she and Claire would do well and she was right!
 UKC BIS CKC, UKC, IABCA CH Neigenuveaux's Ermagarde, Best of Breed at Eukanuba 2013, shown by Isabel Descutner
 Isabel and Claire after their Best of Breed win

 David had the opportunity to drive this Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Great fun and no tire problems!

 It's a Christmas tradition for campers to decorate their sites while staying in Fort Wilderness in December. Many people had huge displays and we had fun riding our bikes around and checking out everyone's festive display. We were pretty low key but David has a lot of great ideas for future visits!

We had an uneventful trip home (thankfully!) and now it's time to finish Christmas preparations around our home.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bear On The Run

Here's an awesome picture of puppy Bear out for a weekend run. Love getting pictures like this from the puppies' families!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Solene's Health Testing Nearly Complete!

With Solene reaching her second birthday next month, plans are underway for her first breeding. Because we are unable to have a litter of puppies next summer, we hope to breed Solene within the next month when she comes in season. Yesterday we received the great news from OFA that her Preliminary Elbow reading and Thyroid test results are normal. In addition, her eye certificate came as well. Within the next few days, OFA will be updating their site with her information, but I'll list her results here. (Unlike the European scores, OFA does not give final results until the second birthday, but her preliminary results are an accurate assessment)

OFA Hips:  Preliminary Good
OFA Elbows:  Preliminary Normal
OFA Eyes: No known issues
OFA Thyroid: Normal