Welcome to my blog about life with my four barbets (a rare French water-dog breed) Martha, Bepop, Hallie and new puppy Pi ; my standard poodle Jazz, Bobby a rescued poodle cross and whichever other dogs are visiting.
Martha surprised me on Saturday, so her new title will be Amazing Martha.
We have been on a new shoot which is quite near us and they were short of beaters so we went along, sadly Bepop is a bit big for this shoot as due to the distances we cover, sometimes a landrover is needed so the size of dog is very relevant. Anyway back to Martha......On the 5th drive of the day she appeared along a track with a huge cock bird that had only a leg injury, this was her first experience of a warm bird and to add a very large alive bird and she presented it to me beautifully, a very proud moment :). I didn't think the day would get better but on the last drive, when we were all exhausted as it had been a tough day with only 6 beaters and 2 dogs, a Spinione and a Barbet , amazing Martha worked like she had never done before.The last drive is called the the Water meadows, and with all the rain and flooding it was extremely wet!!!!, she worked the hedge without any instruction and flushed the birds and as she was doing all the work I got out my camera, and suddenly she appeared with a shot bird, so there you have it, Martha excelling at a job. At the end of the day she got a few more pats than normal from the guns, and a few more asking, ''what is your dog again?'' .
I have been slow to update my blog, although I have posted photos on my Novaforesta facebook page. As a family we have been very busy and sadly not just enjoyable busy as my Father has terminal cancer, and family needs have been a priority.
However the dogs have not been neglected, although Bepop I must admit is rather matted at the moment but that should be resolved this week :) and they are very well exercised as Julian and Jonty are in training for a mountain climb. Hopefully over the next couple of days I will try and update you all with some photos as Martha has also been busy working on a local shoot.