Sunday, May 29, 2016

Extra Special Visitors!

This morning we had some extra special guests for our puppies - Dad Pascal and his owners Josh and Maria stopped by en route to Arlington. Claire and Pascal are the proud parents of these beautiful 8 puppies who will soon be headed off to their new homes. It was a thrill to get them all together! We are grateful to Stephanie Dixon of Northrock Barbet for making this breeding possible.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Super Shout Out

I am so lucky to have the Tena Family included in our Hickory Tavern family. Today they came and took almost every puppy out on their own for a pleasant outing to a local park. The puppies loved their travels with the Tenas! Last year this family took home Barbet Fia as a baby puppy and now she is a very well trained and adored pet with titles/certification in Rally, Therapy, CGC, and soon to be Lure Coursing. As a breeder, they are the kind of family that we dream of for our puppies. Shout out to the Tenas!

Friday, May 27, 2016

AKC Breeder of Merit

We have received the designation of 'Breeder of Merit' from the American Kennel Club!

We are proud of the dogs we breed and are happy to be recognized for our efforts. The Breeder of Merit program selects from breeders who “demonstrate a commitment to the AKC Community, dedication to their breeds, and actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. The AKC is proud to recognize AKC Breeders who are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed. These breeders are the heart of AKC.”
The following must be met in order to be accepted into the program:

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events
  • Earned AKC Conformation, Performance, or Companion* event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs from AKC liters they bred/co-bred
  • Member of an AKC Club
  • Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered

*CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title does not meet the event requirements

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lucky Seven

Today our first girl of the litter headed to her new home.  Hickory Tavern Wishful Thinking is staying  nearby in Pittsburgh. The seventh puppy in a litter of seven, our purple girl is keeping her lucky name of 'Seven.' Her family has waited a very long time for a Barbet and Seven made a lovely anniversary present!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our second new resident of Boston departed today for his new home on a beautiful lake. Hickory Tavern Wish List - Penn - is a very lucky puppy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Goodbye Mr Red

Today we said farewell to our pick male from Solene's litter. Hickory Tavern Wishes Come True (Aquilla) has moved to Maryland with Krissy & Family, including two Cardigan Welsh Corgis. We will really miss this delightful and beautiful boy and wish him well in his new life along the river.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Busy Weekend

We had a busy weekend around the farm and some of our dogs were out competing with great results!

 Fia (Hickory Tavern Final Grade RN CGC) earned two legs toward her AKC Coursing Aptitude title at her first events! Fia is so naturally keen to the lure. What fun to see her enjoying the chase! Thanks to the Tena Family for always giving Fia such great opportunities.

Hickory Tavern Secret Garden, Meg, went to Canada and won a Group 3 from the classes over Specials with Leslie Woodward. 

Our first puppy went home yesterday. Hickory Tavern Wishbone, Almonzo, has gone to Boston where he will assume the role of Top Dog. 

Finally, my son Sam made me this fantastic sign for my birthday. His machining skills are pretty amazing!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Our puppies continue to grow and thrive. The older litter of Solene's will be going to the vet this week for their first vaccination and microchip. Saturday they will be 8 weeks old and the first will begin to leave for their new homes. It is unimaginable how fast the time goes when we have puppies here with us.

We had a special houseguest over the past weekend. Stephanie Dixon of Northrock Barbet came from Toronto to meet the Claire & Pascal puppies. Stephanie is the breeder/co-owner of Pascal and she wanted to see his beautiful first litter for herself! We are very pleased with how this litter is turning out. 

Judy Descutner & Stephanie Dixon

Sunday, May 8, 2016

New Barbet Champion

Congratulations to Leslie Vogt Woodward and Ren (Hickory Tavern Fools Rush In) for finishing Ren's Canadian championship this weekend in Quebec with a Group 2 under judge Mike Macbeth. We are so proud of you!! Ren is 13 months old, and is by GrChEx Flacon d'Paris of Neigenuveaux out of our UKC BIS Nuphar's Gift-Wrapped. Ren is owned by Leslie Vogt Woodward, Lynn Vogt-Kinsey, Michele DeTour and Mary McEneany. Bred by us, Ren is a beautiful girl who is given the best of care by Leslie.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Claire's Pups Go Outside

We've had a rainy week but this morning we took the younger puppies outside for a short visit. Claire and Solene supervised the puppies while they explored a bit. These little guys were 4 weeks old yesterday. The time flies!

Chilly weather, but enjoying the outdoors!
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