Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Calla Lily is Back!

Today is a monumental day for Calla Lily. Dr Radcliffe examined her and has cleared her to begin normal exercise! Last November, she broke her hind leg at the hock, and tore the ligaments that held it. After months of cast and bandage changes with weekly 3 hour round trip visits to the vet, she has spent the past weeks with very limited access to the small yard. Now we can begin long walks and gen...tle running. This may prove to be difficult, but we will monitor her and use the golf cart to exercise her.

We deeply appreciate all the good thoughts and care shown to Calla from our friends, from Facebook, from the dog world, and from the impeccable care of Dr Jim Radcliffe and his staff at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Wheeling, WV. I hope that all injured Whippets are able to get care of the quality given by Dr Jim. Calla may return to the ring later this year!

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Very Historic Win!!

Yesterday, in Amiens, France, our very good friend Anne Plomp and Jr Ch Nuphar's Deep In A Dream won Best In Show at the International dog show under French breed specialists Mr J. J. Dupas (Breed and BIS) and Mr Goubie (Group). 'Lotus' is a litter sister to our Nessa, and she beat an entry of 2,550 dogs to win the very first Best In Show by a Barbet in Europe. That this win took place in France is really special. Huge congratulations are in order for Anne, Wouter, and Lotus as Lotus is from the first Barbet litter bred by Anne (Alba x Ooli) and these puppies are not yet two years old. Anne shows Lotus with an impeccable, natural presentation, and her happy attitude and correct structure brought a truly wonderful result!

For me, seeing the beautiful Alba almost 5 years ago showed me the direction I hoped to go in my Barbet breeding program. I am so happy for Anne that she produced such a lovely litter!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Two Week Old Puppies

Solene is doing a great job taking care of her babies. They are growing like crazy, eyes are opening, and they are barking and starting to play with each other. From here on out, they are real little puppies, not just sleeping newborns.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Puppy Visitor

While Solene was outside for a short break, Calla decided to investigate our new little pups. She was so gentle and inquisitive, and seemed to be very happy to meet them. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sweet Faces

Basket of Babies

Solene's puppies are now filling up their basket. They have more than doubled their birth weights and are so beautiful. I am amazed at the consistency within the litter. Now that they are 11 days old, eyes and ears will begin to open within the next few days. We treasure the time spent cuddling each little pup.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Puppy Love

Every day the puppies are handled multiple times while they are being weighed, snuggled, and checked out . Each one of them gets individual cuddling and attention. This morning they all had their nails trimmed for the first time. We are now following the Early Neurological Stimulation protocol created by Dr Carmen Battaglia. These 5 daily exercises put mild stresses on the puppies' neurological systems and benefit the pups with improved cardiovascular performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to disease.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet the Barbet Puppies!

 Now 5 days old, we present the Solene/Bosch babies in their birth order:

Black boy, white shield on chest, white chin

Brown boy, small white spot on chest

Black boy, white stripe on chest

Brown girl, no white

Brown girl, no white

Brown girl, small white chest, white chin

Black boy, white stripe on chest

Black girl, no white

Black boy, white triangle on chest

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun in Pittsburgh

Here is Claire's puppy Tag, now 7 months old, enjoying the fountain at the Point in Pittsburgh. He was the green collared boy and he continues to grow into a very handsome boy. Tag is a lucky pup to have such a fun family.

Barbet Puppies Day 2

All of the puppies gained a good amount of weight on their first full day of life and Solene is gaining a lot of confidence in her mothering skills. It's always wonderful to have baby puppies in the house!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Barbet Babies

Here are a couple of quick headshots of a few of the pups. It is a very pretty litter!

Solene's Puppies Are Here!

Sweet Solene had a very easy and fast labor and delivery. Her 9 puppies are now here and doing great so far. There are 4 black boys, 1 brown boy, 1 black girl, and 3 brown girls. Solene is an excellent mother!

MBIS CH. Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue (Solene) x MBIS UR02 CH. Neigenuveaux's Gambit (Bosch)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Solene's Morning Walk

Solene is very close to delivering her puppies, and her activity level has definitely slowed down. This morning she enjoyed a quiet stroll through our property. Although she hides it well in this photo, her belly is quite large and she spends lots of time snoozing near me. We are very anxious for a safe delivery, and the whelping box is up and ready!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Corgi Bob's New Agility Titles

High Flyer Turbo of Belsam OAP OJP
Returning to the Agility ring for the first time in a year, Bob had a terrific weekend in Morgantown, WV last weekend. Because we hadn't trialed in such a long time, I didn't really have any expectations for the weekend. After Bob earned 1st place and a Qualifying score in both of his Friday classes, I realized that titling was a possibility for the weekend. And in his Saturday Jumpers class, we again won 1st and Q'd for his final leg in Open Preferred. On Sunday, I moved Bob into the Excellent division for Jumpers and got ready to compete in Standard. Due to the scheduling conflict, our walk-throughs for both classes were at exactly the same time. I concentrated on his Standard run, since a Q would complete his title, but I did get over to the Jumper ring for one lap through the complicated course. When our Standard run began, Bob cleared the first jump and burst over the dog walk into the corner tunnel. He easily made his weave entry and completed the weaves, then he took off toward the teeter. No Bob, not an off course! I called him back to the correct course, where he took the next jump, scampered up and down the A frame, then through the second tunnel and to the table, where he waited the requisite 5 seconds. Then we were off again, through the chute, through the tire, over four more jumps, and then to the teeter, which he did perfectly. Next was the final jump to the finish. Yes! Bob earned another Qualifying score to finish his Open Standard Preferred title. Just a few minutes later, we had to go into the Jumper ring for our first run in Excellent. Bob did a great job following my direction around the course, and we were just about finished when I knocked my hand into the upright of one of the final jumps, bringing the bar down. Oh well, there's always a next time! Now it's time for some serious training, and the Excellent ring is even more difficult.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

UKC Barbet Top Ten Leading Qualifier

We've received Nessa's invitation to compete in the UKC Top Ten Finals, to be held in June in Kalamazoo, MI. For the second year in a year, we are happy to own the First Place qualifier! Last year it was Solene, and this year is Nessa. Very proud of these girls!