Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tux and Ellie Puppies - Week Two

Here we are at the end of the puppies second week.  Ellie continues to give such good care to her little ones and they are thriving.  The pups all weigh over two pounds now and they are getting up on their legs and moving, albeit unsteadily, around the whelping box. 
Rolled towels and various toys offer new challenges for the puppies
Throughout the week we have continued to add different toys and even different footing in the box for the puppies to explore.
Jasper getting a bath from Ellie.  She is very attentive
and keeps an immaculate whelping box.

During this week the puppies eyes have opened and we've continued with the Early Neurological Stimulation and the Early Scent Introduction exercises.  We continued to weigh the puppies twice a day and trim toenails every three days.  And in between they were snuggled and cuddled and Ellie was brushed and petted and told repeatedly what a wonderful mother she is to her puppies.  It's a beautiful, quiet and awe inspiring time and it goes by so quickly.

Flint and Garnet cuddling
Onyx - fast asleep
Jade snuggled up with Ellie
As we head into the third week of the puppies lives they leave the Neonatal Period behind and move into the Transformational Period so please return to the blog for another update next week.

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tux x Ellie Puppies - Week One

We've been having a wonderful week with the puppies.  Ellie is once again proving to be a superb dam.  She is attentive, gentle, nurturing and has a very relaxed approach to motherhood.  She has been eating well and as a result has lots of milk and her puppies are gaining nicely.

It's a quiet and intimate time as Ellie's bond with her puppies strengthens.  We are for the most part, privileged observers to the natural rhythm of caring for new life.   Here is a video of the four day old puppies nursing.

I support Ellie by fixing her meals, offering her lots of cool fresh water to drink, making sure she gets out to potty, monitoring her temperature and breasts and telling her what a good girl she is.  The whelping box is kept clean and the puppies moved to a basket lined with a nice soft blanket.  Ellie is always close by to make sure that her puppies are safe.  

On day three we began performing Early Neurological Stimulation (also called Bio-Sensor) exercises with the puppies.  Although the puppies are handled for weighing twice a day, cuddled lots and nails trimmed every three days - the exercises done with the puppies offer some gentle stress and all told take less than a minute in total to perform on each puppy.  We will continue with them until the puppies are sixteen days old.

During days three to sixteen we also introduce the puppies to novel scents.  Early Scent Introduction.  Neonate puppies are pretty vulnerable and are born with their eyes and ears closed and it's several days before they open.  However, they do have the ability to smell and it's interesting watching their reactions to the different fragrances, some of which are quite pungent such as cloves, leather and cedar. 

Towards the end of the week we began adding some small challenges to the whelping box for the puppies to climb over and around.  The puppies at this point are up on their feet and these added soft toys and little hills offer added enrichment for their growing brains and bodies. 
The litter theme has been decided on for these puppies.  The "Gemstone Litter" now have their litter names for the duration of the time they will be with us until they leave for their new homes. 
The males are:                          The females are:
   Flint (blue collar)                      Jade (purple collar)
Garnet (red collar)                    Ruby (pink collar)
                      Onyx (green collar)
                      Jasper (yellow collar)

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

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Northrock's "I" Litter: Welcoming the Tux and Ellie Puppies

We are pleased to welcome six beautiful puppies born at Northrock Barbets on August 2, 2018. Ellie and her pups are doing very well.  This special litter is out of URO1 CH Northrock's Eau de Joy CGN by Dutch Champion Nuphar's In Full Swing. Much gratitutde to Ellie's co-owner, my good friend Lise Pomeroy as well as Tux's owner Marian Vos and breeder Anne Plomp without whom this litter would not have been possible.

We haven't yet decided on a theme for this litter but in the meantime I would like to present in birth order:

Blue collar - male - black with white markings
Red collar - male - brown with white markings
Green collar - male - black with small white marking on chest
Purple collar - female - brown with white markings
Yellow collar - male - brown with white markings
Pink collar - female - black with white markings

Ellie is doing a wonderful job caring for her puppies and everyone is gaining nicely.  We are very much looking forward to watching these little ones grow and develop in the weeks ahead.

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

New CKC Novice Sprinter title for Lyric!

Congratulations to Lyric (Northrock's Dance With Me RA, O-TN-I, O-XBR-I, IAC, IACC, WV-I, RATN, NS) one of the Oreo and Sophie pups who earned her CKC Novice Sprinter title this weekend at the Alberta Lure Coursing Association event in Ardrossan, Alberta.  

Lyric is a speedy Barbet. Her last run was a fantastic 8.7 seconds! I could not be happier about the wonderful life her owner Glenna Spelrem has given her.  They are having so much fun together trying new events, and they make a fabulous team.
Lyric running the Novice Sprinter event.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Upcoming Litter at Northrock Barbets

UR01 CH Northrock’s Eau de Joy CGN 
has been bred to Dutch CH Nuphar’s In Full Swing

We are pleased to announce our upcoming litter at Northrock Barbets.
Pregnancy has been confirmed by ultrasound.
Puppies expected August 2018

At Northrock, we have high hopes that this pairing will produce beautiful Barbets with lovely temperaments and that these special puppies will go on to make wonderful companions.  This is a breeding that has been planned for quite some time. Ellie has been bred by frozen semen to Tux.  It has truly been a team effort that has brought us this far and although we are only halfway through Ellie’s pregnancy we are thinking positively that we will be welcoming puppies later this summer. The pedigree for this breeding can be found here

Bred by Anne Plomp in the Netherlands, Tux is co-owned with her and Marian Vos. We are ever so pleased to have the opportunity to use their handsome male with Ellie. At four years of age this Dutch Champion exemplifies the type that we admire in the breed.  He has excellent bone and nice proportions. A strong muzzle with large teeth and good ear set lend themselves to a pleasing masculine head with correct expression.  He is clean moving and well balanced with a beautiful coat.  His fun and friendly personality wins over admirers wherever he goes. Tux lives on a farm with his half-brother, sheep, horses and chickens.  Tux’s has A hips and normal eye exams.  He has been DNA tested with MyDogDNA and Embark.  A carrier for von Willebrand Type 1, he is clear for dilution and prcd-PRA.  

Ellie is co-owned with myself and Lise Pomeroy. She is a sweet natured three and a half year old Barbet. She loves to swim, even in the coldest water!  A Saint John Ambulance therapy dog she also has UKC rally-obedience and CKC conformation and temperament titles to her credit.  This will be Ellie’s second litter. Her first litter is a year and a half old now.  She was an attentive and loving mother and it was a joy to watch her care for her puppies. Several of her pups are titled in conformation and have obtained their Canine Good Neighbour temperament titles.  They are all doing well as much loved members of their families.  You can read more about Ellie and link to information on her health clearances (Hips, Elbows, Eyes, Cardiac, Thyroid, prcd-PRA and dilution) by visiting her page.  Ellie has been tested with Embark and is clear for von Willebrand Type 1.

We anticipate this pairing to produce good looking puppies that are sound in body and mind and a pleasure to live with.  We often have homes waiting long in advance for a Barbet from one of our litters and recommend that people express their interest for a puppy early on.  

More information about our breeding program is available on the website and we invite you to like our Facebook page to learn more about our dogs and how we raise our litters here at Northrock. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Welcome to the Family

Introducing Oscar

This past weekend my good friend Nellemarie and I travelled to beautiful Baie Saint Paul to bring home a puppy who will join our Northrock family of Barbets. Barbevoix Oscar de Northrock. The joy on the faces of Nelle and her family when we brought him home made me so happy. Thank you so much to his breeder Catherine Verge for using Oscar's sire, Northrock's All Night Boogie for this breeding with her female, Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala. Catherine has done such an amazing job raising the litter and Oscar has an incredible temperament. He is well adjusted, gentle and happy. It was a very long drive home and he handled it exceptionally well. 

We are thrilled. It was a great trip to Quebec and we are delighted to have made a new friend in Catherine. I'm already looking forward to the next time we will all be together again!

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