Friday, September 25, 2020

The Jack x Edie Puppies: Week One

 

The puppies have had a terrific first week.  Edie has settled into her new role beautifully.  She is calm and relaxed with her puppies and attentive to their needs, lovingly feeding and cleaning them throughout the day.  

The miracle of birth and transition into motherhood is awe inspiring and I am filled with appreciation and wonder with every litter. The puppies are so vulnerable at this age.  They cannot see, nor hear and are not yet able to regulate their own body temperature.  A supportive and safe environment is essential. 



It’s a fairly quiet week in the whelping room.  Our focus is to provide supportive care to Edie.  I bring cool, fresh water for her to drink and multiple meals throughout the day to her in the box. During the first few days she doesn’t want to leave her puppies but will happily eat and drink if I provide room service.


I clean the whelping box and wash the bedding daily and towards the end of the first week I begin to add some larger stuffed animals for the pups to navigate around. 

I have started trimming puppy nails every three days and on day three I start doing Early Neurological Stimulation exercises which will continue until the puppies are sixteen days old. I've also begun implementing Early Scent Introduction in which novel scents are introduced to the neonate puppies. So far the scents they have reacted to most were lavender and a smelly sock!


The puppies all have french names as the theme for this litter!


These puppies have all been spoken for. If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos.  

Friday, September 18, 2020

Welcome Jack x Edie Puppies!

 Northrock's "O" Litter - Born September 18, 2020

*** These puppies have all been spoken for***

GCH Treebeard's Jack Of All Trades 
CH Northrock's Homegrown Honey

On September 18, 2020 nine sweet Barbet puppies were whelped at Northrock Barbets. Born to CH Northrock’s Homegrown Honey by GCH Treebeard’s Jack of All Trades we welcome 5 males and 4 females to the world. We are very grateful to Edie’s co-owner Matt McWilliams for helping to make this litter possible. And of course we also extend our thanks to Jack’s owners, Brittany Grolle, Karsten Grolle and his breeder, Janet Black Evans. We all look forward to watching these puppies grow and develop .

If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos.  

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Litter Born At Patronum Barbets

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of a healthy, beautiful litter at Patronum Barbets. CH Patronum Bleuzorange Olivia delivered nine puppies on September 16, 2020 sired by Oscar (GCH Barbevoix Oscar De Northrock). Olivia and her pups are doing well. Special thanks to Anne-Marie Gauvin, David Harvey, Odette Girard and Jean-Claude Surprenant for choosing Oscar for their girl. Oscar's co-owner Nellemarie Hyde are thrilled and together we look forward to watching these darling puppies grow up.
We don't always get photos of the sire and dam together but this one taken by David Harvey is particularly sweet.
We don't always get photos of the sire and dam together but this one taken by David Harvey is particularly sweet.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Welcome to our Northrock Family!


About a month shy of 8 years ago, Josh Bandoch and Maria Rogacheva drove up from the States to pick up their puppy from me.  Over the years our friendship has grown and Pascal (CH Northrock's Athos Pascal) has gone on to sire some really nice litters and contribute to the growth of the breed in the US and in Canada. Yesterday Josh and Maria drove to breeder Judy McMaster Descutner's home to pick up their second Barbet, Pascal's son whom they have named Pierre.


Please join me in welcoming Pierre, formally known as Hickory Tavern Celebration With Northrock to our Northrock family. Thank you Judy for your friendship and for choosing Pascal for your beautiful girl Dana (Hickory Tavern Former Child Star CM3) together these two Barbet have produced a very promising litter.

My heartfelt thanks to Josh and Maria (and Pascal). I'm so grateful for your friendship and for the beautiful partnership that has grown out of our mutual love and appreciation for this wonderful breed. May we have many more reasons to celebrate as the years ahead unfold.

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Jack and Marie Litter - Week Five

Ongoing Saga of Northrock’s Beach Blanket Bingo Litter – Week Five

Friday August 28, 2020


Dear puppy pen diary,


As soon as the beach bums got the hang of the great outdoors that’s exactly where they have spent a good deal of their time this past week. By Tuesday, Day 32 they had been outside a few times a day enjoying the texture of the deck, graduating to the feel of the grass. Three to four times a day the pups are outside learning about wind in their faces and the feel of dirt beneath their toes, warm sunshine on their faces and the cool shade under the tree.

They met their Adventure Box on Tuesday afternoon. Uncertain at first it did not take them very long to figure out how fun it was to be grabbing the items hanging in their faces or that the clang of the metal wasn’t anything to be worried over.  

Mid-week a ramp was installed over the stairs for easy access to the yard for the pups. It has cleats that run horizontally to give them better grip. It has been very interesting to watch them on their journeys both up and down on that wooden ramp. They sure are getting stronger and much more coordinated as this week rolls along.

Eating 3-4 meals a day now, some of these are being served outside. Their most favourite meal is lunch whether courtesy of mom in their pool or whether being served inside their Adventure Box. After which these little porkers are guaranteed a long afternoon snooze.

Mom Marie is doing beautifully and back to her usual schedule in life. Walks with P!nkie up the hill and goes rock hunting in the creek, she is attentive to the pups when they need her, ever watching them from the deck when they are out on the grass.

P!nkie is having the time of her life and man what a great big sister she is. She loves to play bitey face with them and holds her enthusiasm at bay with magnificent restraint until her zoomies get the better of her. She gets excused from the puppy yard until finished and then is welcomed back into the puppy pen. Just a pupper herself she is the epitome of all that is Barbet. Honest, joyful, gentle and incredibly smart, she is such a fun girl.

Til next week!

Susan, Sweet Marie, P!nkie et al  

These puppies all have special homes waiting for them. If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

The Jack and Marie Litter - Week Four

Ongoing Saga of Northrock’s Beach Blanket Bingo litter – Week four

Friday August 21, 2020


Dear puppy pen diary,

Such a busy and eventful week we just finished here in the puppy pen. The pups settled into their new digs immediately last Saturday and were right at home in no time at all. By Tuesday they were out of their whelping box and their space had been slightly increased.

Pee pads were exchanged for litter boxes staying in the exact location as their pee pads. Rib bones for 10 minutes a day were introduced on Monday to prepare them to start using their jaws in advance of the introduction of solid food later in the week. 

I must say, the bones went over very well! Pups had their first solid meal late day on Wednesday and as usual they were quite up for their newest challenge. I am very pleased to report those pups ate with gusto, nothing left in those bowls!

How delighted the pups were when they met some puppy people from 2 of their family homes this week. Their first and earlier visit had some charming, sleepy and mellow babies in the arms of their admirers. 

Very much awake for their second visit later in the week they again were their usual

charming selves, especially Mr. Von Zipper as he ripped around the puppy pen doing his best impression of being a “big boy.” Talk about zoomies!!


Their 4th week ended with introductions to hard interactive toys the morning of their 28th day, a switch from all their soft stuffies. 







And best of all their outside playground was finished and ready for their first adventure. What a fun time they had even if it was only a mere 15 minutes. They were pretty sleepy puppies after that excursion.

And so ends their 4th week and as they greet their 5th week there are many more new adventures on their agenda.


Til next week,

Susan, Marie, Pinkie et al.

These puppies all have special homes waiting for them. If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

The Jack x Marie Litter - Week Three

Ongoing Saga of Northrock’s Beach Blanket Bingo litter – Week three

Friday August 14, 2020


Dear puppy pen diary,

So many new things this past week. Everyone’s eyes are fully functioning and in fact I found Lorelei one day growling at the Mickey Mouse toy that sits on the bedpost of her whelping box.


When I started laughing it startled her and she toppled over. Well that just confirmed all hearing is also functioning, they can sure hear their mom and sister when they are using their outside voices, haha. The pack also graduated to their wearing their big dog collars early in the week.

It’s a daily observation that this bunch are growing by the minute, just look at the whelping box pictures! It is definitely getting smaller by the day. Made even small after I started lining the one side with pee pads. They have been very successful with using these pee pads and by instinct make their way across the space and hopefully get there in time. They are pretty good already, encouraging for the introduction of their litter boxes next.


While they mostly spend a great deal of their days eating and sleeping you can find them playing with each other in that clumsy puppy way. Large soft toys and cat beds have been added to the whelping box to get them more coordinated and for stimulating their senses as they go over and under them.



The finale for this week was their move from the whelping room into the kitchen space so they can continue on their journey where there is a lot more action and noise. They have handled the move extremely well and are completely at ease in their new environment. A much larger space with lots of light and sunshine and of course fresh air. Although still in their whelping box for now, at the rate they are progressing they will be out of that in just a few more days ready to get exploring.

Who knows but maybe they will be outside for some recess play by the end of their 4th week? Time to get their playground all set up and ready to go.

Mom Marie is doing well, catering to her litters every whim and P!nkie is still enthralled with her siblings yet keeping a respectful distance….for now!

Til next week,

Susan, Sweet Marie, P!nkie et al

These puppies all have special homes waiting for them. If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos.