Monday, July 17, 2017

Billy x Lexi Puppies 5 - 7 Weeks

We are truly having such a great time raising this litter of puppies.  They are an absolute delight!  Each of the pups have lovely personalities and we are pleased with what Billy x Lexi have produced as it is thus far a very uniform and typey Barbet litter.

During the past few weeks the puppies have continued to enjoy playing on the different environmental toys that are put in both their indoor and outdoor pens. One of their favourites is the tunnel which they enjoy running through and jumping on. In addition to using the potty box to eliminate in, they also make several trips outside to potty - good bathroom habits are well under way.  They have had many visitors over the last few weeks, delighting them with their antics and impressing them with their sweetness.  Car rides to new places have been uneventful with little to no noise from the little ones.  Their temperament testing is now complete as well. We are happy to say that they have taken every new experience in stride!  
The puppies eating outside at 5 weeks

They love the swing too!  6 weeks old.

Summer is a great playmate - 6 weeks

Ron - splashing in the water bowl at 5 weeks
With the weather being so warm there is often water for them to play with in their outdoor pen and they take full advantage of being able to wade and splash in it.  In fact they will resort to splashing in their drinking bowl if nothing else is available!

Backyard play at 7 weeks 

Frozen beef windpipes are greatly enjoyed
by the puppies at 7 weeks
Hermione with the bird wing - 7 weeks
Soon they will be departing for their new homes and we will treasure the remaining time we have with them while they are still in our care.

Please visit our Facebook Page Northrock Barbets for frequent video and photo updates of the Billy x Lexi pups.  We will also be providing updates via the blog, just not as often. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Billy x Lexi Puppies - 3 and 4 Weeks Old

The Billy x Lexi puppies are now four weeks old.  My how the time flies!  When they were three weeks old they made the big move to the downstairs puppy pen which is located in our dining room adjacent to the kitchen and living room.  The puppies are now right in the main part of our home and are exposed to all of the sights, sounds and smells that come along with family life.  

Their whelping box also moved downstairs with them and they would spend the night in the box but periods of time in the larger play space with lots of new toys to explore.  They were also introduced to the potty box and litter training is going very well.

Nap time with their big stuffed tiger
With the weather being so warm we are able to keep the windows open so in addition to classical music playing on the radio and the various different sound c.d.s, the puppies also hear the children playing in the school yard that backs onto our property,  announcements over the loudspeaker, the school bell, lawn mowers and power tools and the many other sounds of summer and neighbourhood life.  They have even experienced some pretty loud thunderstorms and slept right through them!
Hanging out in the "lower deck" of the puppy pen set up.
Over the next two weeks many visitors will be coming to help socialize the puppies and we enjoy these visits so much.  Lexi is pleased to show off her puppies and is quick to take advantage of the extra attention for herself as well.  

 Trips outside have also begun and the outdoor puppy pen will soon be filled with tunnels and step stools, wobble boards and many toys to further the enrichment of the puppies.  In the early days simply being out in the fresh air for "al fresco" meal times and cuddles with people offer further opportunities for sensory development with the feel of the breeze, the warm sun, the different surfaces to walk on and the many smells and sounds of the great outdoors.

Outside with momma Lexi

We are delighted with this lovely trio of puppies.  They are a constant source of joy for our entire family.

Please visit our Facebook Page Northrock Barbets for frequent video and photo updates of the Billy x Lexi pups.  We will also be providing updates via the blog, just not as often. 

Northrock's Black Seal CGN "Josie" - New Canine Good Neighbour

I am delighted to share that this past Sunday Josie earned her Canine Good Neighbour title.  Josie's owners, Brian and JoAnne have given her such a wonderful home and I couldn't be happier.  Together Josie and Brian are actively training in rally-obedience and I look forward to seeing what they will get up to next!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer - Therapy Dog with Therapeutic Paws of Canada

UR01 UCH Nuphar's Soak Up The Sun PCD RN CGN
Earlier this year Summer became a therapy dog with the organization Therapeutic Paws of Canada.  "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."

I'm happy for the opportunity to volunteer in my community with such a wonderful organization.  Summer enjoys all of the attention she receives and we both leave our visits feeling good. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Billy x Lexi Litter - Two Weeks Old

The End of the Neo-Natal Period (1-14 days)

Lexi and her pups - May 25
Harry - One Week
So much has happened concerning the growth and development of the Billy and Lexi puppies during the last two weeks.

Hermione - One Week
Ron - One Week
At birth the puppies are completely dependent on their dam.  Their eyes and ears are not yet open and Lexi is responsible not just for feeding them, but also for helping them to eliminate.  The puppies can crawl around in the whelping box and will gravitate towards their mother's warmth seeking out a source of heat and nourishment.  It's important that they have access to a heat source as they cannot regulate their own temperature and could easily become chilled.  Preferably, this is their mother's body and Lexi spends all her time in the whelping box except to leave for potty breaks.  During the first week she would not even leave the box to eat or drink and so I would bring her water several times a day and all of her meals to the box.

Breakfast in bed for Lexi on May 28
When she is not in the box with them I  provide an additional source of heat for the puppies and it's amazing how they will move towards it as needed and if they are feeling too warm they will likewise move off of it.
Ron, Hermione and Harry - June 3
Now that the puppies are two weeks old they are much more mobile, even getting up on their legs and toddling about.  Their eyes and ears have opened and they are gaining well.  Lexi spends more time out of the box but is quick to hop back in throughout the day - she is a very attentive mother.


These early days with the puppies are precious and the time passes so quickly.  Soon we will be getting ready to move to a bigger pen and introducing the puppies to more enriching stimuli.  We are looking forward to the weeks ahead.
Harry - Two weeks
Hermione - Two weeks

Ron - Two weeks
Please visit our Facebook Page Northrock Barbets for frequent video and photo updates of the Billy x Lexi pups.  We will also be providing updates via the blog, just not as often.  

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Northrock's "G" Litter - Welcoming the Billy x Lexi Litter

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of the
Billy x Lexi puppies born May 23rd, 2017.

Dutch CH Nuphar's Everything Zen x BPIS CH Northrock's Eureka CGN

It is with a happy heart that I share the news that the Billy x Lexi litter has been born. On May 23rd Lexi whelped three beautiful Barbets, two males and one female. Mom and pups are doing well and we are looking forward to lots of fun with this crew in the days and weeks ahead. 

Many thanks to Delia Bucknell, Olaf van Schie and Anne Plomp without whom this litter would not have been possible.
Lexi is co-owned with Delia Bucknell and myself.  Here she is on May 10th enjoying the spring sunshine.

Billy - Owned by Olaf van Schie and bred by Anne Plomp

First photo of one of the Billy x Lexi pups

Listening to puppy heartbeats with the doppler. Music to my ears.

Lexi - May 21.  Lots of sleeping and resting.

Lexi was very accommodating and waited to deliver her puppies until Nellemarie Hyde my dear friend and whelper helper returned to the city from her weekend away up north.  Lexi is proving to be a great first time mum, keeping her puppies content, clean and very well fed.  With lots of space at the milk bar, the puppies already weighed over a pound by the time they were three days old.

                    Ron       born at  1:24 pm 11.5 oz - Black
                    Hermione   born at  2:19 pm         13.2 oz - Black
                    Harry      born at  2:41 pm         10.3 oz - Black

Please visit our Facebook Page Northrock Barbets for frequent video and photo updates of the Billy x Lexi pups.  We will also be providing updates via the blog, just not as often.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Puppies expected at Northrock Barbets - May 2017

Northrock Barbets Upcoming Litter Announcement 

Puppies due May 2017

BPIS CH Northrock’s Eureka CGN x CH Nuphar’s Everything Zen 
Pregnancy has been confirmed by ultrasound.   

This much anticipated litter is the result of the co-operation between Billy’s owner Olaf van Schie, breeder Anne Plomp, myself and Lexi’s co-owner Delia Bucknell.  Our mutual respect for one another and our shared passion for the Barbet has allowed us to carry out this exciting international breeding.

There is much to like about this pairing as we feel that Lexi to Billy is an excellent match for temperament, conformation and overall health.  At almost 5 years of age, Billy is a healthy, good natured Barbet. He is calm, sociable and friendly and lives in an active family with three children. Billy enjoys water, swims and retrieves. 

Beautifully balanced he is a nice moving dog with a strong head, good bone, nice depth of chest and good forechest. His coat has retained it’s deep black pigment and has easy to manage open curls.  He has achieved his Dutch conformation championship with pleasing comments from the judges.  His hips are rated A and his eyes are certified normal.  

This will be Lexi’s first litter.  Along the way to her Canadian Kennel Club championship she earned multiple Best Puppy in Sporting Group wins along with a Best Puppy in Show. A pretty girl, Lexi also has a Canine Good Neighbour temperament title to her credit. Her hips are OFA good and she has normal elbow, cardiac, thyroid and eye certifications and is clear for dilution. 

At birth her colour was a rich chestnut brown and in her second year began it fading to a much lighter although quite striking colour.  She has a gentle and loving temperament and excels as a companion to the two young boys she shares her home with.  Summers for Lexi include lots of time at the family cottage where she gets to swim regularly.  

We are very much looking forward to the puppies that Lexi and Billy could produce.  It’s our hope that the pedigree for this litter will be a marriage of bloodlines that will benefit our breeding program and make a positive contribution to the breed.  

For more information please contact 
Stephanie Dixon at