After many years of sharing our Barbet news and writing about the growth and development of our Barbet puppies we retired the blog at the end of 2020. All of the past entries remain posted so feel free to take a look around and scroll through previous posts to get a feel for the breed, our dogs and how we raise our litters. More information about the Barbet (French Water Dog) can be found on our website: www.northrockbarbets.com
Northrock’s A-litter has been a dream come true for me.I am so in awe of the Coco x Dougy
puppies.It has been wonderful watching
them all grow into the special personalities that have now gone on to bless
their new homes.
The time has gone by so quickly and these 11 pups certainly
kept me very busy during their last couple of weeks in our home.Socialization is a really big deal for me and
we continued to have many visitors over and to take the pups on outings.I tried really hard to offer the puppies
opportunities for new experiences not only within our home but also by taking
them on little trips.It was lots of work but
oh so worth it!Towards the end of their
8th week the pups visited the vet for a thorough check up, they went
for their structural evaluations and they were also individually examined by a
canine chiropractor.I was really
pleased with the group’s confident attitude in new places and physically how
the litter has turned out.Coco and
Dougy have made really nice puppies and I look forward to watching them grow
up.At nine weeks the puppies started
leaving for their new homes.Their adventures
will continue with their new families and I am so thankful for the many wonderful
people that I have met because of these puppies.
So without further ado in order of deparature….here they
Mr. Gray….Northrock’s All Night Boogie “Boomer”
Boomer now lives in Laval, Quebec with his daddy Dougy and
his owners Bobby Souchereau and Sylvie Marleau.It will be fun seeing what this father and son duo get up to in the
r. Yellow…..Northrock’s Aspen Hill “Aspen”
Aspen went to live in Guelph, Ontario with Pam and Ron
Headon.His departure was tough for me
because he also left our home with his mama Coco. It was wonderful having her with us and our
family misses her very much but thankfully we will have her daughter staying on
with us and this way we will always have a little piece of Coco in our home.
Mr. Green….Northrock’s Amis à Vie “Napoleon”
Napoleon is now living in Etobicoke, Ontario where he is
much loved by Glen and Daniela and their two boys Holden and Ethan.They have definitely found a friend for life
Mr. Blue….Northrock’s Athos Pascal “Pascal”
Pascal had a long journey ahead of him driving to Providence,
Rhode Island to live with Josh and Maria.He is doing very well in his new home.
Mr. White…..Northrock’s A Stylish Ride “Bentley”
Bently didn’t go too far as he now lives in Toronto, Ontario
with Gene and Donna as their beloved companion.
Miss. Tan…..Northrock’s Adelaide “Elsie”
Elsie is living in Ontario’s wine country, Niagara, Ontario with
her new family Peter and Suzanne and their young daughters Hanna and Cora.She has the added bonus of an older and wiser
Rottie girl to help teach her the ropes in her new home.
Mr. Brown…..Northrock’s Arun T’onto Coulee“Coulee”
Coulee also had a long drive and is now living
in Madison, Wisconsin with JW and Ni.He’s
got a wonderful life ahead of him.The
state slogan “Live like you mean it” fits his personality to a T!
All About Lucy “Lucy”
Lucy headed west to the prairies and now lives in Winnipeg,
Manitoba with her family Ed, Grace and daughter Allison.She did great on her flight and is settling
Miss. Orange….Northrock’s Aurora Borealis “Zoey”
Zoey is also staying closer to home in Toronto,
Ontario.Her new owners Stephanie and
Russell are thrilled with their new addition.
Miss. Maroon…Northrock’s Amandalyn Matilda“Mati”
Mati has gone even further west than Lucy to live in Three
Forks, Montana.Craig and Tina and their
little grand-daughter are excited to have her join their family.
Kelly will be staying on with us. Our entire family is overjoyed with this
little pup and Sophie is very pleased to have her little cousin to play with!
Quincy just looks at me with a soulful expression and I rather think he is
saying to himself “here we go again”.
People have been asking me how I am managing and if it was
hard to say goodbye.I have to say I did
a really good job of holding it together during our farewells and for the most
part as long as I’m busy I’m fine.It’s
when I am alone and there is nothing to distract me that it hits.The eyes well up and the tears start.I’m so happy for these little puppies and
their new families and I miss Coco’s goofy grin.It is emotional and the ugly cries are not
pretty!It usually happens when I’m
alone in the car so by the time I get to my destination I look a fright with my
blotchy face and red eyes.Thank
goodness for sunglasses!I love these
pups with all of my heart and I know they will do well in this next stage of
So there you have it.Here at Northrock we raise a glass to all of these fabulous Dougy x Coco
puppies.Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Prime Minister.
1889-1964) summed it up quite nicely when he said “We live in a wonderful world
that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures
that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” These bright eyed and bushy tailed pups are
off on their own adventures…I look forward to the updates from their families
and I wish them all well in their new lives.