Barbet News (page 4)
Betsy & Bepop playing frisbee
With the weather slowly improving, spring must surely be just around the corner. Both dogs are still doing fine and have totally integrated into family life. Betsy who is normally stubborn about doing anything new, had her first obedience training class and shone, more to my surprise than anyone else`s. She was in a class with other one year olds who had already completed basic puppy training and had been with their owners from the start, noone would have guessed she had only been with me for the last two months as she performed like an old hand and nothing phased her. Well done Betsy!
Poor Bepop has been started on basic agility in the garden by my children and is busy jumping backwards and forwards over all manner of contraptions that they have created. We did have to explain that running through the spray from a hosepipe wasn`t part of an agility course however much she enjoyed it. The children were very impressed with their achievements with Bepop so we didn`t have the heart to tell them that Elaine had already done agility with her in France.
Both dogs are taking very well to their raw meat diets and exercise regime. Betsy, I feel, is just right now, fit and healthy. Bepop has lost a bit of weight (exercising with two lurchers!!) so I`m increasing her portions without the other dogs noticing.
Betsy & Bepop - wet & muddy
We have now finalised our plans to attend the "The Club du Barbet du Lagotto et autres Chiens d`Eau" annual show in Le Blanc, France this summer. The show is on the 12th August 2007 but unofficially will run from the 10th through until the 13th/14th as many club members are travelling long distances across Europe to attend and so are making a holiday of it ! We are hoping to be there with both Betsy and Bepop, as long as we can squeeze them in with the children and luggage in our old estate car. The weekend will feature the main show as well as a grooming seminar, the opportunity for dogs to take their TAN test (retrieving from water) and a chance to all get together and discuss items such as ancestry, breeding practices, establish common goals and how we can work together to protect he future of the Barbet. It will also be a great opportunity for Barbet owners from across Europe to get together and swap experiences, meet each others dogs and set up contacts for future matings.
Bepop, Maisie (our daughter)
Betsy and Jazz the poodle.
With bouts of flu and general family sickness over we could finally turn our attention to our new Barbets. Bepop has settled very easily and is a credit to the work Elaine put into raising her. She has been no problem with the horses in the forest, while Betsy is only now learning that they are best left alone. Considering that this has been achieved without either dog receiving a nasty kick and needing a visit to the vet is particularly pleasing. We have been introducing both dogs to situations which they have not encountered a lot before. Bepop loved the beach, though didn`t venture out into the sea too far on her first visit to the coast, perhaps she didn`t realise that France is over the horizon. Betsy has been getting used to walking at heel on the lead and we have been taking her into town to get used to traffic and lots of people.
It has been interesting having two Barbets from different breed lines, and we are beginning to get to know both girls strengths and weaknesses. Bepop wolfs her dinner in record time whilst Betsy prefers a more leisurely mealtime. I have started introducing both dogs to raw meat by adding a little to their normal food each day, they both love it!!!. Out in the forest on a walk, Bepop prefers to stay close to me whereas Betsy always wants to roam as far as she is allowed, she is definately the fitter of the two and did a 6 mile (9.5km) run with my husband the other day and still wanted to play afterwards. I hope to start Bepop doing agility this spring and Betsy will do some obedience work starting in March, I`ll let you know how they get on.