Welcome to the world 8 new Barbet puppies!

On the evening on Thursday March 3rd, 2016, we welcomes 8 new Barbet into the world! The parents are CKC Ch. Ginkgo de Cleo Ellis NA (Ellie) and CKC Ch. Barbochos Rick’s (Theo). There are 4 females and 4 males. Most are black but there are 2 brown males. All are spoken for. Their “K” kennel names and color ribbons will be coming soon! First time mom, Ellie, and pups are doing very well!

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A Barbet and a duck at sunrise

In early February I headed to New York City to partake in the Meet the Breeds at Westminster with the Barbet Club of America. Dena and Nick, the owners of Ginkgo de Isis Indigo (Indy) graciously let me stay with them and borrow their well mannered Barbet pup Indy for the show. Check out the Barbet Club of America’s facebook to see photos of that event.

Since Dena posts many gorgeous sunrise images on her instagram account: Pet Rivals,I knew there was a great photo opportunity to be had!

That morning, despite the -10 wind chill, Dena and I took Indy outside for some sunrise Barbet portraits.  A duck was loitering for bread crumbs and Indy went after the fowl. Even though Indy was going to be at the Meet the Breeds in a few hours, I was beyond excited to see her natural instinct at play. The resulting photos are some of my all time favorite Barbet images, too!

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Indy is from our Summer 2015  CKC Ch. Treasures Biscay’s Sapphire RN x CKC CH Quaciendas Thunus Georgii “I” litter.

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Barbet Play date in Illinois


This past weekend we took a mini road trip to Champaign, Illinois to have a puppy play date. Left to right: Ivory (2015 summer Isis x George litter), Gaia (2014 fall Cleo x George litter), Cinna (from France), Allora (from the Netherlands), and Chester (Jupitor from J 2015 fall Carolina x Cinna litter).

It is very interesting to see the similarities as well as differences of them all. Thank you Susan for having us all visit!

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Happy 1st Birthday to the H litter

A very happy 1st Birthday to our handsome H boys Hudson and Huron. Now Gawain and Harrie, the two are great examples of the breed. They are very smart and kind Barbet males.

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Happy 7th Birthday to the A Litter

A very happy 7th birthday goes out to our A litter. Especially to our beloved “princess” Lia.

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Happy Holidays from American Barbet


Although a few weeks behind, we hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

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Love, Stacy + Walter and the two new kids on the block Quinn and Alora.

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Barbet Ellie has a new AKC Agility Title!

I’m super proud to share CKC CH. Ginkgo de Teacleopatra Ellis NA has earned her Novice Agility title! This makes her the second Barbet to earn the Novice Agility Title in America and the first female Barbet to earn this title. Lynn Parker has been training Ellie for years and we are super proud of their achievement together. We love to see how multi talented the Barbet breed is!

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Why Christmastime is Dangerous to Dogs & How You Can Protect Them

Why Christmastime is Dangerous to Dogs & How You Can Protect Them

One of the best things about Christmastime is indulging in so many delicious meals. From savory roasts to sweet treats, it’s worth the extra few pounds that often come with it. The member of the family with the best sense of smell – your dog – is often particularly excited by the holiday festivities. However, indulging can have much more dire consequences for your dog than gaining a little weight – certain foods can be fatal. What can you do to keep your dog safe, besides erecting the biggest and best dog fence ever made around the holiday dinner table? Here are some safety tips for dog owners to follow this holiday season.

Don’t Give Your Dog Table Scraps

The most foolproof safety rule to follow is to avoid giving your dog any table scraps whatsoever. In particular, you should never feed your dog anything containing alcohol, chocolate, or the sugar substitute xylitol. These substances are toxic to dogs even in small amounts – especially dark or unsweetened baking chocolate. Make sure you ask your guests to never leave their food or drinks unattended, and let them know your dog cannot eat anything other than dog food.

Macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, coffee, and tea all contain components that can make your dog very sick. Fatty foods – especially gravy and turkey skin – can cause pancreatitis in dogs, which is a painful condition that can require hospitalization to treat. Bones can splinter and pierce your dog’s throat, intestines, or stomach lining. Uncooked meats can contain bacteria such as E. coli, and uncooked yeast dough can expand in your dog’s stomach, causing ruptures.

Any food that your dog isn’t used to can make them sick, so the best thing to do is keep your dog out of the kitchen entirely. If you need to, use a baby gate or an indoor invisible dog fence to prevent your dog from getting into the kitchen at all, especially while you’re cooking.

Keep All Food-Related Items Out-of-Reach

If something smells good to a dog, they’ll often eat it, and one of the most dangerous situations can arise if your dog ingests a non-food item. Your dog can choke, and non-food items can cause significant internal damage. If your dog survives, surgery may be required to repair the damage or remove the item. Be cautious with everything you use in food preparation or food storage, such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and meat twine or string. Throw these items directly into the outdoor garbage bin whenever possible. Because some dogs can knock over large trash cans, make sure the can isn’t inside your yard or electronic dog fence perimeter.

Beware of Other Edible Toxins

There are many other things that can be dangerous to your dog if ingested, so try to keep them out of your home entirely if possible. For example, common holiday plants that are toxic to dogs are poinsettias, holly (the entire plant and its berries), and mistletoe. If you have these plants in your home, at least make sure your dog cannot reach them, and remove any fallen leaves from the ground as soon as you notice them. Pine needles can also be toxic and dangerous, as they can cause stomach irritation or tears. Common decorations that are also toxic or dangerous include: essential oils, potpourri, lit candles, tinsel, and adhesives and glues.

If you have a live Christmas tree in your home, make sure your dog does not drink the water from the stand. Stagnant water breeds bacteria, and it will also collect the pesticides and chemicals that were used to grow the tree. Even artificial trees can be attractive for dogs to chew on, and they can contain toxins, too. Some dogs like to chew on electrical wires, so light strands can be dangerous as well. If your dog will not leave the Christmas tree alone, consider purchasing an electric fence for dogs that can be placed around your tree inside. An electronic dog fence will ensure your tree is off-limits without altering its appearance.

If you notice your dog acting strangely, or if your dog is obviously sick, call your local veterinarian’s office immediately. Your vet should have a number for emergencies that occur after hours, so make sure you know it, or get the number to the local animal hospital. If you see your dog ingest something toxic, call right away for instructions, even if they’re not exhibiting any signs of illness yet – being cautious and proactive can be the difference between life and death.

On a final note remember the risks associated to fireworks and having strangers coming in and out of your house. There are more dogs that go missing in December than any other month.

We prepared these tips with the help of Dog Fence DIY. For almost ten years they have provided dog owners with the most affordable option when it comes to electric dog fences. With fences costing upwards of $2,000 finding a high-quality and low cost fence provider is key to keeping your dog safe and your budget in check.


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Chihuahua Lola

It is with an extremely heavy heart to post that beloved little Chihuahua Lola has passed. She was my Clemson college dog, my travel buddy, snuggle champion, and had a huge personality. Her loss leaves a huge hole in my home and heart.


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Fall explorations with the Pied Barbet and Piper

Being originally from California, the change of seasons is still fascinating. This past week, since our J pack of puppies have gone to their new homes, we’ve been having lots of fun with our new Barbet pack members Quinn (Outdoors Durango), Allora (von der Leibrücke), and great grand puppy Piper (Zora Biscay’s Fairest D’Ginkgo).

Below are some photos of the three on adventures around Indianapolis. IMG_6851 IMG_7397 IMG_7444 IMG_7500 IMG_7510

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