Barbet News (page 3)
Me, left holding the Barbets
After almost exactly a month, it was time to head over the channel for our second visit to France this year. With the kids dropped at school, and dogs walked and handed over to my parents we headed for the Channel Tunnel. An uneventful journey saw us arrive in Troyes just after dark. Elaine had already arrived at the hotel we had arranged to meet at, having driven up that afternoon so we were quickly reunited with Bepop, aswell as Booly Wooly, Coccolina, Thelma and Polka the Papillon who had all made the trip up to see Bepop off. After a quick aperitif we headed for a late dinner and managed to discuss the forthcoming Club show in Le Blanc in August and the possibility of setting up an International Barbet Club at some point in the future. All tired, we headed of to our rooms, us with Bepop, and Elaine with her still considerable entourage.
Elaine, Bepop and me
Saturday dawned clear and cold, we settled up with Elaine and sorted out Bepops paperwork. With a few discrepencies in her passport I made a call to the Pet passport office in Calais and they said we could sort it out when there. We said our farewells, a sad one for Elaine having treated Bepop as one of her own up until now, and were on our way north. We made good time to Calais and within half an hour and a couple of faxes to D.E.F.R.A. in the UK, Bepop was cleared for entry into the UK. Another 2 1/2 hours drive in the UK saw us passing through the New Forest and home. Barbets are certainly good travellers with both Bepop and Betsy having made the long journey without the slightest concern or problem. With my parents having Betsy and Jazz our poodle, all Bepop had to cope with was the three children but she seemed more than happy to take all the attention they gave her.
It has been such a long wait, but finally we have two Barbets in the UK !!
Betsy - New Forest
Now, after our first week it feels as if Betsy has been here for months. She has settled in to family life with ease and so far we have not had to contend with any of the settling in issues you might expect with a new dog. Training wise, she has proved to be very intelligent and a quick learner, although how much of that is due to following the example of my well drilled poodle I cannot be sure. Either way progress has been swift and easy. She was let of the lead out in the forest today....and returned everytime when called so I will continue with caution but my confidence in her has definately been boosted. She has proved very sociable with all the other dogs we meet although can be a bit rough at play which may need to be watched as she appears to be quite a dominant female. I am still introducing her to the wildlife of the New Forest and so far so good, a herd of deer crossed our path a few days ago and she didn`t seem interested in the chase. All in all a very good first week!