Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The newest member of our Northrock family.

Summer - Nuphar’s Soak Up The Sun
Eddie Bo da Capo "Emil" x Nuphar’s All My Tomorrows "Dolce"
Born March 14, 2015

It’s high time I wrote a post about the newest addition to our Northrock family.  Summer joined our family earlier this year and quickly made herself right at home.  We have so much love and affection for this puppy.  
She truly is a ray of sunshine that has brightened our lives.  I’m very thankful to her breeder Anne Plomb (Nuphar's) for entrusting her to us and also to Miska, Arno, Sylver and Jade, the family who own Summer’s dam Dolce.  With Anne’s involvement, they have done a wonderful job raising the litter and giving Summer such a good start. 
Summer has been with us since the end of May when she flew all the way from the Netherlands to Canada.  Miska, Anne and I were on pins and needles waiting for her safe arrival and thankfully the trip was uneventful and our little puppy travelled very well.  

She was happy and friendly from the moment I first opened her crate and her delightful personality continues to win over everyone she meets. 

 Summer and I are currently working towards her Canine Good Neighbour title and I have started teaching her how to track.  She is so much fun to train and we are having a great time together.  I look forward to making lots of wonderful memories with this special puppy. 
For more photos of Summer check out her album on the Northrock Barbets - Facebook Page

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Beazie, Airport Pet Therapy Dog

I am delighted to share that Beazie (Northrock's Beatrix de Beziers), one of the puppies from our Chmurnik x Sophie litter is now a working Pet Therapy dog.  Beazie lives in Providence, Rhode Island.  She is part of the Pet Therapy program instituted earlier this year at TF Green Airport which helps to alleviate the stress of flying experienced by many travellers.

Along with her owner, Mary Reineman, Beazie enjoys her job greeting passengers that are waiting for their flights.  She loves people and her friendly nature is well suited to the task.  Mary writes that "she was so much fun to train for this program, it is something that we both enjoy doing together and it has been rewarding!!" I am so pleased that Mary and Beazie are enjoying their time together and helping others in the process.  Beazie is a wonderful ambassador for the Barbet.

Thus far the program has been hugely successful and similar programs are in place at other airports.  The PVD Pet Therapy dogs undergo intensive training and have to pass a strict certification process to make sure they have the correct temperament to handle the busy atmosphere of the airport. All PVD Pet Therapy dogs are expected to be calm and well mannered on leash, behave well around other dogs and be comfortable in large crowds.

Beazie volunteering at the airport on halloween dressed as a lion .