Barbet News (page 51)
The last two months have been a busy time for UK Barbets and their owners, so we have combined events and news.
Novaforesta Eton who is currently attending gundog training, also achieved his `Silver Good Citizens` certificate, issued by the Kennel Club.
Congratulations to Eton and his owner Lorraine
Novaforesta Black Diamond a.k.a. DiDi was part of a feature article on truffle hunting, which appeared in October edition of ‘The Shooting Times.’
Bepop attended a shoot in West Sussex, under the guidance of Mark Bott of Worsham Gundogs. This was the first time that Bepop had been given the chance to work picking up, and her first time with duck. We both had a brilliant day, Bepop excelled herself, she was very steady, she was patient, she was keen. To see her working alongside spaniels and Labradors, and not looking out of place was delightful, she was a credit to the breed. At the end of the day, she was marking the birds like a pro, which for a dog with so little training, her natural instinct is admirable. The opportunity to spend a day shooting with Mark was worth weeks of training, to see in advance what is expected of a gundog will help any owner understand the traits of the gundog they own. Bepop and I are learning together, her willingness to please means that training is easy, I just reward when she gets it right and next time she knows. In one day, Bepop picked up pheasant from land and water, partridge, duck and wounded birds, my next challenge is to teach her directions. It may be worth remembering that Bepop is primarily a family dog, she has been in the showring in France with good results, but most of her time is spent walking in the forest and chilling on the settee.
The barbet was invited to a dog grooming seminar for professional groomers, a very well attended event run by Dezynadog. Betsy and Eton attended the day, to show groomers how a barbet should be trimmed. With so few barbets in the Country, our dogs have to rise to any occasion or any invite. It shows just how versatile the breed is. Neither Betsy or Eton have ever been subjected to being demo dogs for grooming, yet they took turns in a crowded hall to stand on a table and have their coats felt. Apart from Betsys’ surprise at seeing a tye-dyed poodle, which did make her a little anxious, and the fact she ate my lunch and Eton barking at an inapropriate moment for a Bichon being trimmed, it was a very successful day out and hopefully the grooming leaflets that were given out will help the barbet in the future appear just as it should!!.
Bepop and Novaforesta Drew a.k.a. Remy are back together, beating on a shoot near Reading. This season has seen Remy starting to work really well, covering the ground in a very organised pattern, this week his keenness with the birds over-ruled any desire to chase a small herd of deer, a credit to his owner Graham. With a versatile breed, they have an instinct to do most things, and in some parts of the world the barbet is encouraged to bark or give chase. It is therefore our job as owners to only bring out the traits that suit our lifestyle.
With Betsys second litter reaching 1 year old on the 30th of November, and Bepops first litter reaching 2 years old on the 29th. A Birthday walk was organised by Lorraine our new events co-ordinator. The fantastic location of Danebury Iron Age fort and the gathering of a pack of barbets, not only surprised a few local dog walkers but also resulted in a fantastic walk with all the dogs playing as barbets do and enjoying the freedom of a race around together. Dinner at a local pub finished the day nicely.
Happy Birthday Barbets!