Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Gathering of Northrock Barbets

This past Saturday, families with puppies from the 2017 litters gathered together at the home of Susan and Erik Luyendyk to socialize together with our dogs for games, hikes, swims in the pond and a buffet pot-luck lunch.
It was wonderful seeing everyone together and I'm so glad that families with puppies from each litter were able to attend.  We missed the ones who couldn't make it and hopefully they will be able to join us when we do it again at a future date.
The weather was perfect - not to hot and not too cool and the dogs had a fabulous time running and playing together.  The pond was a big attraction and watching them swim, wade and even jump off the dock was a joy to behold. 

Rebelyn and Jax, Paul and Marie, the Kellys and Louis, Mike and Leo
Joy and Thea, Susan and Stephanie & Kelly, Ellie, Rizzo and Stephanie
Susan and Ellie, Lise and Ellie
I know I speak for us all as I extend my gratitude to the Luyendyks who own Marie (UKC/ CKC CH Northrock's Forever Yours CGN).  Your hospitality is so much appreciated and we all had a marvellous day! 

I'm sure all of our dogs were tired when they got home and had happy dreams of games of chase, splashing in the water and getting all sorts of attention from the humans who were in attendance. 

There was a great deal of laughter and everyone all got along so well.  I'm really proud of the dogs who are growing up to be such nice canine citizens and of their humans for giving them such great homes.

Thank you everyone for sharing this special day and helping to create these great memories!  

Such a great opportunity for the dogs to try the agility equipment that was available for them to explore.  The Barbets were such good sports during the dress up race!

There are more photos to see which can be found in the Northrock Barbets Facebook Page album 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Jax is a CKC Champion

We are absolutely thrilled that on May 6th at the Seaway Kennel Club, Northrock’s Good Vibrations completed the requirements for his CKC Championship under judge Mrs. P. Pancel. Thank you to all of the judges who awarded him along the way to his new title. Many thanks as well to his wonderful handler Peter Scott.  Jax is our second champion out of BPIS CH Northrock’s Eureka CGN by Dutch CH Nuphar’s Everything Zen.

Jax is co-owned with Paul Walker and is adored by his loving family.  My heartfelt congratulations and much appreciation to them for sharing this journey with me.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lyric Earns Her Novice Barn Hunt Title

Congratulations to Northrock's Dance With Me RA, O-TN-I, O-XBR-I, IAC, ICC, WV-I, HP-I, RATN owned by Glenna Spelrem who earned her Novice Barn Hunt title.

Lyric and Glenna had a fun, successful weekend at Badger Barn Rats barn hunt trial over the weekend of April 14th and 15th.  Their run Saturday in Novice - they qualified with a 1st in medium dogs, also High in Class. On Sunday morning in Novice - they also qualified with another 1st in medium dogs and High in Class, completing their Novice Title, RATN! They were able to move up to Open for the afternoon and happily they qualified with 1st in medium dogs and once again, High in Class! Yes, Lyric loves barn hunt! 

You can watch a video of Lyric doing Barn Hunt on Facebook 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Puppies Born at Barbevoix in Quebec

It's with much joy that we share the news of a lovely litter of 8 Barbets born at Barbevoix on April 6th. Bred by Mme. Catherine Verge these puppies are out of Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala and Northrock's All Night Boogie (Boomer). There are 5 males and 3 females. Mother and puppies are all doing well   
Many thanks to Catherine Verge for considering Boomer for this breeding and to Boomer's owners Bobby Souchereau and Sylvie Marleau for their friendship and co-operation in helping to make this litter a reality. 

All Puppies Have Been Spoken For

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Summer and Gracie are new CKC Champions

This past weekend I attended the Windsor All Breed Training & Tracking club dog shows and I'm very pleased to share the news that our lovely girl Summer went Best of Breed to finish her conformation championship under judge Mr. Edward Wild.  Summer was bred by Anne Plomp and Miska Aksular and is out of Nuphar's All My Tomorrows by Eddie Bo Da Capo.  We are so happy to have her as a member of our family.
UR01 CKC / UKC CH Nuphar's Soak Up The Sun PCD RN CGN
Our homebred girl Gracie from our Billy and Lexi litter (Dutch CH Nuphar's Everything Zen x BPIS CH Northrock's Eureka CGN) also finished her championship on the weekend. Thank you to judge Sue-Ellyn Rempel for appreciating our puppy.  Gracie turned ten months old on the 23rd and I'm very pleased with the promise she is showing. Earlier in the month at the Scarborough Kennel Club she earned her Canine Good Neighbour temperament title which was also really nice.  She has such a fun and friendly personality and I look forward to watching her mature.  
CH Northrock's Goodness Gracious CGN 
Gracie's littermate Jax (Northrock's Good Vibrations) has also made a foray into the ring and shown by his new friend and handler Peter Scott he has picked up some points towards his championship. 

It's been fun going to dog shows and presenting my Barbets.  There is always something to learn, new friends to make, old friends to visit with and the dogs enjoy the attention and treats.  
At the Ontario Breeders Association show in Lindsay, Ontario at the beginning of March with Susan Luyendyk and her Barbet CKC/ UKC RBIS CH Northrock's Forever Yours CGN.

I am pleased to share that Hadfield (co-owned with Marisa Victor) a most agreeable and friendly Barbet also had a fun weekend out showing at the OBA show.  His charming and adept junior handler Alberta won her class with him on the Saturday.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Therapy Dogs Josie and Summer "Paws With Love to Share" ©

I'm so happy to share the news that this month Northrock's Black Seal CGN "Josie" and UCH UR01 Nuphar's Soak Up The Sun RN PCD CGN "Summer" passed their Interaction With Children evaluations with Therapeutic Paws of Canada . These two loving Barbets are now certified to participate in TPOC's various children's programs. Therapeutic Paws of Canada is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc.  
Josie is ready to work and looking sharp in her TPOC uniform. 
Josie and the kids after passing her child certification with TPOC
Josie is from our Chmurnik x Sophie litter and owned and loved by Brian Ferri and JoAnne Clement. This special Barbet has also been accepted into the Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) and will soon begin her work with them in addition to continuing her regular visits with a local senior's adult day program.  Well done Brian and Josie and thank you for your service to our communities.

Summer during one of her volunteer visits at a local college helping students de-stress during exam time.
photo credit: CCNM.
Summer and Stephanie along with other members of TPOC and
some of the children who were part of the evaluation.
Summer, bred by Anne Plomp and Miska Aksular travelled from the Netherlands to become a part of our family. She is a lovely dog and we are all so happy to be sharing our lives with her. Stephanie and Summer enjoy doing many different activities but therapy work is certainly a favourite for them both. 

Mouss x Lexi Puppies Leave the Nest

It's with mixed emotions that I write about sending the Mouss and Lexi puppies off to their new homes.  This litter has been filled with such joy and happiness and also deep sadness.  
Fozzie at nice weeks of age.
Earlier on we lost Animal and I wrote about his passing in a previous blog post. Fozzie was also a small little puppy and because of our experience with Animal we were watching him closely. We were concerned about his slow growth rate and had therefore decided that he would remain with us for further observation and to let him get bigger and stronger before even considering placing him. 

Unfortunately as time went on and he grew older, Fozzie was unable to digest his food properly.  His growth rate was much slower than what one would expect in a puppy his age.  Something was not right.  It was heartbreaking to watch him because this little guy had the most beautiful soul.  He was happy and playful, sweet and good natured.  He participated along with his litter mates in all of our activities and seemed to be comfortable and enjoying life.  Sadly during his ninth week he took a turn for the worse and we had to let him go.

I'm thankful to have known him and his brother and to have loved and cared for them for the short while that they were here with us.  I do take some comfort in believing that he and Animal are running free on the other side and I am grateful to them for the lessons they have taught me.  

The esteemed all breed conformation judge,  Bill Shelton of Coventry PWC fame who was recently awarded AKC Breeder of the Year for 2017 posted to his Facebook timeline on February 15th words that touched me deeply. 
"I’m particularly proud of the independent breeders of today as they know the relevance in weaving our dogs beauty, and general soundness with the genes of health cooperatively. Always realizing that as mammals they will never be completely without disease, rather it be genetic or congenital. But still tiredly working towards a happy healthier family pet of purpose.  I salute all the unsung hero’s who bring responsibility to each life they bring into this world."  - Bill Shelton
With every breeding I strive to produce Barbets that are sound in mind and body and I am committed to placing puppies that I feel confident are hale and hearty and ready to become new members of their respective families. 

Thankfully the remainder of the Mouss and Lexi puppies are thriving.  We are delighted with their personalities, and look forward to hearing about all of their adventures as they begin this next chapter with their new families.  I could not be happier with each of their new homes and am enjoying the updates and photos that their families send me.
Gonzo kept his litter name! He is formally known as Northrock's Hey Good Lookin' and living with David and Kyla and their children in Ontario.
Rowlf has become Northrock's Honey Badger with the call name Badger - He joined Shane and Estella's family in Southwestern Ontario.
Beaker is named after the jazz musician Louis Armstrong and is Northrock's Here for the Party - call name Louis.  The Kellys will have lots of fun with this puppy!
Scooter is a new buddy for his two girls and their parents and that's just what they have decided to call him. Buddy's registered name is Northrock's Heart of Gold.
Kermit's registered name is Northrock's Happy Paddler.  He travelled the furthest to his new home.  His owner flew in from Winnipeg to collect her puppy and Kermit, now Gus has gone to join Grace, Allison and Ed along with their other Barbet Lucy (Northrock's All About Lucy), who is also his great aunt.
Miss Piggy is now Ella or Ella Fitz as her young boy likes to call her.  Ella's registered name is Northrock's Hello Dolly and happily she lives not to far from me.
Camilla has gone to live with Matt and his wife Alexz and is now called Thelma - Northrock's Homegrown Honey.  She's bringing lots of joy and smiles to her new family.

I hope you enjoyed the blog posts about Northrock's "H" litter.  Photos and stories of the Muppets, now in their new homes, as well as our other Barbets will be shared on a regular basis on the Facebook page Northrock Barbets