Eli- First Barbet to earn an Agility Title in the AKC

Tracey has been such an amazing Barbet owner/member of our “Ginkgo” family. From our first conversations, she said she would be the first to title a Barbet in Agility in the AKC and a few years later, she accomplished her goal. I couldn’t be more proud of the two and can not wait to attend (and photograph!) a match in the winter. Eli is the first of our offspring to have titled in a non conformation show. His sister, Ellie, is sure to follow Eli’s paw prints in 2015 as Lynn has been working hard in training with Ellie in Rally and Agility. I’m so so proud of our “E” litter!

From Owner Tracey: “Our Boy Gingko De Cleo Easton “Eli” an offspring of Cleo & Chouffe started his agility and obedience training early (around 9 weeks old to be exact) has been progressing very nicely to say the least. Eli has just completed his Novice Jumpers with Weaves and his Novice Standard titles in record time. He has also completed a leg for each of his Open titles. All of which has been accomplished at a mere 17 months old! Not bad considering he couldn’t actually start competing until he was 15 months old. Near as we can tell, Eli is the first Barbet to not only compete in an AKC agility event but also to earn an agility title! Interest in Eli and this wonderful breed continues with each outing. We simply cannot thank Stacy and Walter enough for their confidence and support in entrusting us with this beautiful boy!”

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Cleo and George’s Barbet Puppy Update

Cleo and George’s puppies are now a little over a week old and doing great. They are all gaining weight daily at a satisfactory rate. Their eyes and ears should open this weekend which brings a whole new level of fun. Here are some photos taken a few days ago. Enjoy!

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Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire and Quaciëndas Thunus Georgii Barbet Puppies are here

On Sunday October 19th, 2014 Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire (Cleo) and Quaciëndas Thunus Georgii (George) puppies came in to the world. There were 10 puppies, 7 females and 3 males, all black and some with white markings. Unfortunately the pink ribbon girl, who was the smallest of the litter, passed away Monday October 20th. We are keeping a close eye on the remaining 9 to ensure they are all staying warm and getting enough food. Cleo is doing well and dutifully taking care of her brood. This is Cleo’s third and final litter not to mention she is the best Barbet mom we’ve been fortunate to have. All puppies have amazing homes who have been patiently waiting for them. More to come when we get some rest.
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Fall 2014 American Barbet Updates

I haven’t had much time to update on here as fall is notoriously busy for this midwest wedding photographer. Luckily things are starting to even out and there are some great barbet updates to share.

In late September, Barbet Eli and owner Tracey, earned two qualifying scores towards his Novice JWW  (jumpers with weaves) title. We are super proud of Tracey’s hard work training and competing with Eli. In November, we hope to attend one of their matches as to take photos/video.

Cleo is expecting her last litter. She and new CKC champ Thunus Georgii were bred late August and we expect puppies will be born in late October. All puppies are spoken for.

Lastly, Cleo, hunted down and caught a life squirrel. We thought it was pretty cool to see the natural, feral, hunting instincts still in tact in the Barbet!

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Barbet Eli came for a visit

A few weeks back, after we had somewhat settled in our new home in Indianapolis, Barbet Eli and his lovely owner Tracey came for a visit. This delightful Barbet boy is from our 2013 summer Cleo x Chouffe litter. His character was delightfully typical Barbet male. Happy, goofy, sweet, and eager to please. His mom, Cleo, was a little unsure at first, but after proper introductions, everyone got along. Tracey and Eli have been training in Agility and Eli will begin competitions this fall. I hope to attend some of their trials to take photo/video to share.   eli visit-8 barbet eli 5 barbet eli 4 barbet eli 3  barbet eli

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Barbet Cinna earns the first ever AKC FSS Certificate of Merit

Late July, we traveled to Stafford, Virginia for a series of 5 AKC FSS open shows. We brought along Isis, Cinna, Cleo, and George/Thunus. I handled Cinna and Cleo, and George and Cleo were handled by Kathy, an American Hairless Breeder. We greatly appreciated her help as Walter will help go to shows and hold dogs but will not go in the ring. Cinna earned 4 Best of Breeds as well as one Best of FSS. Cleo earned one best open female/best of opposite, Isis earned 3 best of females/best of opposites. Judy with Hicktory Tavern attended Friday and Saturday morning earning a BOB for Claire as well as Best of Misc. Solene won best female/best of opposite.

At this show, Cinna earned the first Certificate of Merit for a Barbet. He earned 8 points in Kanses City Missouri in March then another 9 points at the Stafford show. I imagine we will see a few more Barbet by the end of 2014 earn their CM titles!

Many people ask what we need for the Barbet to be accepted fully into the AKC. While we need 150 Barbet registered with the AKC FSS, it is as important that we have Barbet ACTIVE in AKC events. Those events are Rally, Obedience, Therapy dogs, AKC FSS Open Shows, Canine Good Citizen, Dock dogs, and Agility for the Barbet. Doing these events will show the AKC we Barbet fans are serious about our breed. Not to mention help move the Barbet from the FSS to MISC class. Once in the MISC class there will be additional hurdles, but for now get your Barbet out in events!!! Years ago I would have never imagined myself being in a dog show. Now that I partake, I’m finding it to be a great learning curve and activity with our Barbet. They love to be wherever we are and the training for Rally and such is a great way to continually socialize and train our Barbet not to mention spend time together.

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And here is Cleo– I handled her over Isis as she doesn’t love to be at dog shows. With lots of encouragement and going at her pace around the ring she beat her sister Isis at the last show.

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Three New American Barbet CKC Champions!

This past week was a whirlwind. I drove up July 30th to Canada to attend a series of CKC dog shows. With Ivan Fabina of Fabina Shelties along with Paula Ballak of Biscay Water dogs, we started our adventures in Muskoka. There, Quaciendas Thunus Georgii, aka George, earned two Best of Winners and Best Open Male to earn 7 points in three shows.  Ginkgo de Cleo Carolina, aka Cara, earned a Best of Winners as well for 3 points. With those wins, that brought both Cara and George to 9 points which a CKC championship requires 10. The following show in Barrie, Cara earned Best of Winners for 2 points, completing her CKC championship, and George earned best open male for 1 point completing his championship as well. Then, we headed to Owen Sound and Ginkgo de Cleo Ellis, aka Ellie, earned a Best of Winners to earn her CKC championship. Also to be noted, Jasper aka Frankie from Finland, earned his first CKC point! What is particularly exciting for me is Cara and Ellie are the first few of my Barbet offspring to earn their CKC championships.

Below are images I took of Ellie, George, and Cara in Canada with help in stacking by Ivan. Also below are the official CKC championship photos by Oslach photography and Garth Gourlay Photography.

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American Barbet’s First “Grand puppy” CKC Champion

This past weekend was a busy one for American Barbet. Several of our Barbet were being shown in Canada as well as the United States. Three of my girls from various litters, Daytona, Ellie, and Cara were at a Sporting Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) show in Canada. While we were at the Stafford, Virginia AKC FSS open show with Cinna, Cleo, Thunus/George, and Isis.

The first big win came on Saturday for Daytona. She got best of opposite and best of winners which completed her CKC championship. This is a American Barbet first! Daytona is the first of our progeny to earn her CKC champion title. I also can not forget to mention Bric was our first to earn his UKC Championship title.daytona ckc championship

Cara was at the show as well and earned her first ever Best of Breed in group. Lynn, owner of Ellie, handled Cara for her BOB. I’m super proud of Lynn as this is the first year she’s shown in dog shows and is doing great! Cara is now over half way towards her CKC championship.cara bob ckc


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Barbet in NYC

A few weeks ago I ventured to New York City for a photography assignment. While there, I was fortunate to meet up with three Barbet families. The first was Laurie who owns Lia’s uncle Archie whom she got from my sister in law Susan 10 years ago. Laurie gave me a wonderful tour of the west village and high line. Later that evening after the photo shoot, I was able to meet up with Barbet Carlos and family in Brooklyn. They and Carlos were a delight to visit and catch up with. The following day, I met up with Barbet Webster and owner Cristina for lunch. Both Carlos and Webster, both from Cleo litters, impressed me with their city dog skills. Both were curious about the city but well acclimated to the sights, sounds, and smells of city life. Kudos to their humans in the training and socialization they underwent with their Barbet pup. New York City is a vast difference for Barbet puppies compared to their beginnings in quiet Indiana.

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Barbet Cinna and Isis’s “F” Pack’s new humans

People always ask if it is hard to say good bye to the puppies, and our response is always yes and no. Yes, because we miss the daily cuteness, laughs, and joy the pup squeaks bring into our day. Then no, because the adult Barbet are ready to have their routine and regular adoration back. Right before the litter goes we have a misty eyed moment, then am ready to meet the new owners. We are excited to bring such joy, love, and laughter into the new Barbet families homes. Weeks, months, and years later, when we receive photo and story updates from the Barbet puppy families, we are reminded why we breed Barbet.

Here are the pups with their forever homes

Fae aka Scout went to North Carolina with the Courtenay. Fun fact, the Griffin’s son, Taylor, has Dawson, who is a 2 year old full sibling to Scout.

Florin aka Fiona went to Barb in Zionsville, Indiana. This is the third Barbet pup of ours to stay in Indiana!

Fenway aka Indi went with Eva, John, and their three lovely sons in New York City and Connecticut. They named him Indi, after Indiana, which the Latin root of Indiana is divine.

Fulton aka Fin went to Beth and family in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Beth’s brother and sister in law own Barbet Carlos in Brooklyn whom they fell in love with.

Felicity aka Piper went with Kara and family in the Twin City area. They met with Barbet Coco and Kona awhile back and have been patiently waiting for Piper.

Flora went with Ellen to Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Ellen works tirelessly rescuing dogs and is a breeder of Bulldogs.

Firenze aka Zoe went with Marla/Dr. Nikki to the suberbs of Detroit. She will be fostered with Marla’s family for 9 months whom will begin her service dog training.

Falcon aka Scout went via my mom to LAX whom met up with Tricia eventually making it to the Bay Area. Tricia already has Barbet Cody, a half sibling to Falcon and full sibling to my Lia.

Finn went with Lori and family to the Detroit Suburbs. He will have toy poodles as brothers and twin human siblings.

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