Barbet News (page 67)
Dutch female arrives in the UK.
Wendy with Alexia in the snow
Despite the warnings of heavy snowfall and traffic disruption across northern Europe, Wendy Preston and her husband set off to catch an early Eurotunnel train to France before making the long drive across Belgium and into Holland. Luckily the predicted severe weather only amounted to a few snow flurries and after a nine and a half hour drive they reached Nieuwleusen just outside Zwolle. The following day, despite the -9 ºC temperature they made the short drive to the home of labrador and now barbet breeder, Ellen Kooij.
The first job was to catch up on Novaforesta Effie who Wendy had bred in November 2009 and who stayed with Wendy while waiting for her rabies vaccinations before going to live with Ellen at 16 weeks old in Holland. It was a happy reunion and Effie was looking in great shape after her recent litter. Next the puppy! Reed`s Fowling Alexia was born in August from Effie and the Dutch male Quaciendas Alex Gauche Unique and comes from a litter of eight pups. Despite the freezing temperatures there was time for a run around in Ellen`s garden to get acquainted before sitting down to sort out all the paperwork required to import a puppy into the UK.
Alexia out in the New Forest
With the new puppy in the car a more leisurely return trip was planned with an overnight stop in Holland as this allowed for plenty of breaks and the chance to catch up with some old friends on route. Despite having a lovely dog bed and dog blanket in the hotel room, on her first night away from home, Alexia decided that inbetween two adults was the best place to sleep, so not much of a romantic winter break!
The journey to Calais was straightforward, and with all Alexia`s paperwork in order, Pet Passport Control was a breeze and Alexia was soon in Hampshire.
Alexia has settled very well into Wendy`s `pack` and has now met her grandmother for the first time. All being well, in the future she will play her part in the long-term breeding plan for the barbet in the UK.