Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Four Weeks Old

The fourth week, also known as the Awareness or Identification Period (21 - 28 days) was an exciting time for the puppies as they made the big move from the guest bedroom to the main floor of the house.  
Now their pen is set up in the room which would normally be our dining room (right next to the kitchen and living room) and they are exposed to the sounds, smells and sights of household life. 

Potty training continues to go well with the addition of potty boxes and pellets. 

We also let them gnaw and chew on some bones in preparation for the introduction of solid food next week.

The puppies are more mobile and quite good at getting around their space.  They engage with their dam and with one another in the form of play fighting and wrestling, mouthing and batting each other.  They are also making more vocalization and sounding and acting more like little dogs.

Our family is enjoying them immensely and they get lots of cuddles and handling throughout the day.
Summer continues her excellent mothering and nurses the puppies regularly though she is increasingly spending less time inside the pen, she can come and go to her puppies as she wishes.  

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Three Weeks Old

Well another great week with the puppies is in the books.  Bert and Ernie have continued to develop on track.  Their eyes and ears are on board now and they are much better at moving about the whelping box.  It's been great fun watching them interact more and more with one another and with their dam as well as with the toys that have been added to their space.

 At the beginning of the week we introduced a designated potty area for the puppies in the form of pee pads.  By the end of the week they were using it very consistently and toddling over to the pads to pee when needed.  Soon we will move downstairs and will begin to add pellets to the pee pads, eventually replacing them with potty boxes filled with recycled newspaper pellets.

Here is a video of the puppies at 19 days old. 

We are enjoying these puppies enormously and are excited about getting to know their developing personalities in the weeks ahead.
Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Litter Born at Patronum Barbets

Congratulations to breeders Anne-Marie Gauvin and David Harvey on the safe arrival of six sweet Barbet puppies at √Člevage Barbet Patronum. GCH Bleuzorange C Peawi Mystique whelped three males and three females on January 31, 2019.  The sire of the litter is CH Northrock's Athos Pascal. 

Mystique and her puppies on January 31st
We are very much looking forward to watching these puppies grow and develop.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Two Weeks Old

The puppies had a great second week of life.  They have been growing by leaps and bounds.   We had a quite week cocooned in the warm guest bedroom where Summer lovingly tended to her puppies and together we watched them grow and develop further.  
We continued with the Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Introduction exercises as well as twice daily weighing and frequent nail trims.  And lots and lots of cuddles.
Ernie - 8 days old

Bert - 8 days old
 This week both Bert and Ernie's eyes opened and by the end of the week they were increasingly up on their legs moving about the whelping box.  

Ernie - 14 days old

Bert - 14 days old

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: One Week Old

Our precious puppies have made it through their first week of life.  Summer is proving to be an excellent mother to her little puppies.  They are gaining weight exponentially and have become fat and chubby little pups.  

 In their first week of life the puppies are very vulnerable as they cannot regulate their own temperature so need to be kept warm and safe.  We keep the whelping box at a temperature that allows the puppies to be safe while not being uncomfortable for Summer.  The puppies spend lots of time snuggling up with her for comfort and warmth.                                    

At this young age the neonates cannot hear and their eyes are not yet open, they are however pretty good at moving around in order to get to their mother for nursing.  Summer is attentive and gentle, calm and content.  I could sit and watch them for hours on end.

Bert on the left and Ernie on the right.

Although the puppies can't see and hear at this young age they are capable of smelling, feeling and tasting.  We started the Bio Sensor Exercises and Early Scent Introduction on day three and will continue until the puppies are sixteen days old.  It is always enjoyable for me doing these exercises and introducing the puppies to novel scents and seeing how they will react to them.   Their nails are trimmed every three days and they receive a plentiful amount of cuddles.  These early days are tender and sweet and as much as I am looking forward to watching their personalities develop I am definitely enjoying every minute of their early weeks of life.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Welcoming the Pascal x Summer Puppies

We are pleased to welcome our small but precious litter of two handsome male puppies born January 17, 2019 

URO1 UKC/CKC CH Nuphar's Soak Up the Sun RN PCD CGN CKC CH Northrock's Athos Pascal


The arrival of these much anticipated puppies has brought us great joy. We are incredibly thankful for Pascal's co-owners, Josh Bandoch and Maria Rogacheva and to Summer's breeders Anne Plomp and Miska Aksular who's cooperation and friendship have made this litter a possibility.

We anticipate that these pups will have many of the wonderful qualities their parents possess, especially their outstanding temperaments.  More information about Summer x Pascal is available on our website. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

BISS and BPISS for CH Barbevoix Oscar de Northrock

Celebrating show ring success for CH Barbevoix Oscar de Northrock (Northrock's All Night Boogie ex Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala). Yesterday at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club Show, and at the Southwestern Ontario All Retriever Society Specialty Show, Oscar was Best of Opposite Sex and Best Puppy in Breed under judges Geraldine Taylor and Brenda Wilson respectively. Today judge Lee Steves also gave him BOS and Best Puppy in Breed, he then went on to win Best Puppy in Sporting Group under judge Geraldine Taylor. Thank you to these judges for appreciating our young puppy. At the Barbet Fanciers Association of Ontario Specialty today, Oscar was Best In Specialty and Best Puppy in Specialty! Our sincere appreciation to judge Wendy Maisey for the honour. Congratulations to all the other winners. Much gratitude to Peter Scott for handling Oscar to all his wins. He sure loves showing with you Pete! Oscar was bred by Catherine Verge and we are so proud of this puppy. 

To make today even more special, Oscar's family came to watch him in the ring. They are such a great home for this awesome pup. Oscar is co-owned with Nellemarie Hyde and I can't thank the Hydes enough for their support and friendship. What a fun year 2018 has been with this special puppy.