Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Purina National

Janet Black Evans (Treebeard Barbets), Myself and Coco
We are back into our regular routine after a long weekend spent exhibiting at the Canadian Kennel Club’s Purina National.  This is Canada’s largest dog show and draws a large entry with exhibitors competing for Best in Show and a prize of $10,000.00!  This CKC charity event is always well attended and our National breed club, Club Barbet Canada sponsored a booster on the Saturday and had a booth in the Breeder’s Village.  It’s a great opportunity for the public to meet and greet the dogs and for our Club to share information about the Barbet.  

The day of our booster, Saturday saw the largest entry to date of Barbets for a dog show in Ontario at 15 Barbets!   Coco took Winner’s Female and it was a thrill to be able to strut our stuff in the ring with all the specials!  It was such an incredible feeling to see so many of our beloved breed gathered together.  You can read more about the weekend on our Club website at www.barbetclub.ca  

Coco did well on Sunday and was awarded Best of Winners under Japanese judge Mrs. Sumiko Ikeda for a 3 point major so that was very nice!

Michel Raymond (Barbu Gaulois) and Chocovan - photo VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR
Another highlight of the weekend was that Michel Raymond and his Barbet Chocovan were featured in the Toronto Star Toronto Star on Sunday March 11th which also gave our breed some good publicity.  All in all it was an awsome weekend and we are all looking forward to our next big gathering in August for the National Specialty.

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