Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Barbet Club AGM 2017

The Barbet Club AGM is on the 6th May open only to paid up members at Calley Memorial Hall, Chiseldon near Swindon, SN4 0LS at 11.00am .
All welcome at 1pm to meet for a walk and picnic at  Barbury Castle Country Park SN4 0QH 

Charlie and Hallie puppies

The 2 beautiful pups from Charlie and Hallie have now left to their new adventures with their new families. Amazing the difference with only 2 pups, Nightfall was a staggering 8.4kg at 8 weeks and Nightstar 6.1kg at her vet check.

Barbet puppy plans 2017

Fingers crossed for the lovely Martha as the 'mating' went as planned, so I hope that I will have some exciting news that it has worked in early May.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Novaforesta James Brown

This lovely boy is Novaforesta James Brown

Health testing has just started so we are waiting for his hip/ elbow result and MYDOGDNA shortly:
VWD type 1 - clear
D locus D/D

Novaforesta Laurel Oak news

Novaforesta Laurel Oak aka Archie, a lovely boy from Reeds fowling Alexia (Martha) and Novaforesta Dudley (Ooli) has now passed all his health checks to be a Stud dog :)

Confirmed Exc in France
Hips 7/7
Elbows 0/0
VWD type 1 - clear
D-locus D/D
Eye test certificate March 2017
MYDOGDNA to follow
DNA profile (isag 2006).

Archie is a family dog who is available for stud for a short period of time before he is castrated.
The reasons for castration are that he is walked in a popular dog walking area and not all male dogs like the games that he plays, so with 2 others from the litter (Lady Fern and Lily of the valley) also having passed health tests for breeding it makes sense for him to sire just one litter and do his bit for the breed which I am sure he will enjoy.

Charamese Hermione x Outdoors Je Suis Charlie puppies

Charamese Hermione aka Hallie with Outdoors Je Suis Charlie  aka Charlie are the proud parents of 2 beautiful puppies born on 5th Feb 2017, they are now 7 weeks and will shortly be going to their new homes. As 2017 is an 'N' naming year in France, the male is Novaforesta Nightfall and the female is Novaforesta Nightstar. I think that Nightfall broke records as his birthweight was 570g! 

Nightfall on his feet at 2 weeks

Nightstar overdosed on milk

Novaforesta Nightfall and Nightstar 

First forest walk 

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First time to explore mud 

Barbet Litter plans

The good news is that I am planning another litter Spring 2017;2:865846&g=4&p=bar&o=ajgrep

Reeds Fowling Alexia aka Martha with  GrChX Flacon D’Paris of Neigenuveaux CGN, ROM aka Murdoch- Murdoch is the top winning Barbet throughout Canada :).




 Reeds Fowling Alexia 
Hips 7/8
VWD Type 1 - clear
VWD type 2 - clear
Eye test clear August 2016
D Locus D/D
DNA profile

GrChX Flacon D’Paris of Neigenuveaux CGN
Hips- good
Elbows- no sign of elbow dysplasia
Thyroid -not affected
D locus D/D
DNA profile

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