Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Life of Pi the black and white Barbet

I have some news, sad news for me but at the end of the day it was my decision as sometimes you have to accept you are not ''superwoman'' . The lovely Pi, Netis Jitterbug came into my life with encouragement from my Mother, which was a surprise as she had always said I had too many dogs. She also suited my long term breeding plan as she was a lovely combination with a Dutch male that had come into the UK who I had a soft spot for, as his Father was the male I had the failed mating with Betsy the Barbet we lost at 7 years old. Pi passed all her health checks, 4/5 hips, 0/0 elbows, 2 clear eye certificates, D/D locus , VWD type 1 carrier,  Tan, an excellent show critique from France, the list is endless....she was a perfect dog for breeding as she is also of excellent temperament.Pi went to live with a wonderful family, it was a difficult time but I want all my dogs to be happy and Pi was looking sad at times as she is a very affectionate girl, it was a better life for her as I had only ever planned one breeding as there are already so many Barbets with similar genes, afterall I only have 2 hands to stroke dogs , it was  right for her but it took a long time for me to get over as I missed her terribly and felt very guilty. However in early 2016 I finalised my breeding plan for her, late in the day but I had lost my Father in 2014, and my Mother in 2015. So after so much grief what could go wrong ? Firstly the Dutch boy had been removed from breeding, so I chose an English Stud who when Pi was ready for mating drank some stagnant water and was immediately very ill and not feeling very passionate and he remained ill during her fertile time!, not being nervous about travelling we had a 48 hour window to find a male that would be a good combination for the breed in the UK, my first choice in Holland was denied due to Pi being under 30 months, then by chance we found another male in Holland that I was happy with  ( remember at this stage I am thinking of combinations for new blood in the UK and a combination that would work with Martha,) Meanwhile our window for breeding was getting shorter and we knew we were cutting it fine. So a quick dash to Holland arranged, dog wormed, channel tunnel booked last minute, hotel booked. A 5.5 hour delay at Eurotunnel meant we arrived at our hotel at 1am, we had planned to be there at 5pm. Anyway to cut a long story short, we tried first thing in the morning and Pi was really not interested, and timing wise I think we were pushing our luck had we got there at 5pm . As soon as we realised it was too late for Pi we left for home. We waited for her next season, and this time I had decided to try chilled semen from overseas, this failed once again over timings I believe, we don't have instant progesterone checks in the UK so we get our results in 24 hours or longer and this also means nothing over the weekend. In hindsight using a female who had not produced was my error and I also chose a reproduction vet that was useless over communication!. The lovely family who have Pi kindly said I could try again but it is now 2017 and this year ( very shortly) we will become grandparents and 2016 was my window to breed Pi as I also have my lovely Martha (2 failed matings last year is another story!) and her daughter Snoop who has passed her health checks with flying colours. I am only telling the story about Pi as I don't wish to hear rumours that she has been spayed for any other reason. Pi is very happy with her family and my breeding plans have changed yet again as Pi and her husband were to have made a male for Martha in the future! and when you hear that it is all about money...think again as Pi to date has cost me about £8000      

Monday, 25 April 2016

Do Barbets retrieve?

I am very pleased to say that ''yes'' they do.
We have been having problems with Martha as since we got our pet ducks she has just gone right off doing any retrieving work on birds, rabbits were still ok though!. So yesterday we took the 3 girls and a frozen pheasant up the forest, as it was all a bit last minute! the bird didn't have time to thaw.
Bepop is just as keen as ever, and always does the perfect retrieve to the hand, Martha watched her mate several times and then did a fab retrieve through the water and mud, then Snoop for the very first time on game, took a while to go in the water but eventually decided to dive and delivered the bird very nicely to hand. They all struggled picking up the frozen bird, and Martha found the easiest bit to hold which I suppose shows common-sense. Anyway, I was very pleased as they also watched silently whilst the others were retrieving so we had a wonderful afternoon. .  

The excitement continues...

Netis Jitterbug aka Pi will be mated this week to the lovely boy Novaforesta Eton. So I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a nice productive easy mating.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Douai Dog Show June 2016

This year there will be 6 or possibly 7 Barbets from the UK heading to France for confirmation and to take the TAN. Our weekend in Douai is a social trip, and is certainly not about winning a dog show.
Our Barbets will be judged, and then the critique that they get will be used along side their height for confirmation. Although our Barbets born in the UK have pedigrees from France, we still go over to a show for confirmation as that is the French way of working . So at the moment there will be 3 dogs from Hallies litter in 2014, 3 dogs from Marthas litter last year and a French boy who lives in the UK ( who has to go through the French system as he was born in France)

2016 Barbet Birthdays

Firstly, Bepop is officially old as she had her 10th birthday on the 19th March. She hasn't calmed down much which in some ways is nice to see and she can still take the same length of walks that the younger dogs do. We have recently received her mydogdna results which we felt were important to do as she is in the background of many breeding dogs today and I am pleased to say that everything has come back clear.

On the 3rd April we celebrated the very first litter of Barbets in the UK reaching another milestone as they are now 8 years old. So a big Happy 8th Birthday to Novaforesta Denzil (Odo), Novaforesta Dempsey (photo above), Novaforesta Dylan, Novaforesta Delyssa (Nenu) and Novaforesta Dolly.

Then we have the 4th Birthday greeting for the wonderful litter from Julie (Charamese) a staggering 14 pups born on the 4th April 2012, and mother to 11 beautiful pups is our very own  Hallie (Charamese Hermione)in the photo above.

 Then we have Happy 2nd Birthday on the 5th April  to the lovely Pi ( Netis Jitterbug) and her brothers and sisters.

Novaforesta Litter news

We are patiently waiting for Pi (Netis Jitterbug) to come into season, but found this photo today of Novaforesta Eton the chosen husband. Those that have met Martha, this is her Uncle and yes he has the same sweet nature.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Happy 6th Birthday to the 'E' litter

Happy 6th Birthday to the 6 puppies born on the 30th November 2009 to Bacchus di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco and Betsy Bonheur de la Baie des Landes.
The puppies are celebrating their 6th Birthday on a very cold and windy day.but I am sure they will be treated with a lovely walk and plenty of cuddles