Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Solene is #1 Barbet in UKC for 2017

With her Best in Show win at the United Barbet Club Specialty, Solene sealed her position as the #1 Barbet in UKC for 2017. Her half sister Alainn, Hickory Tavern Finally Friday, was just one point behind in the standings. Alainn is owned by Lynn Vogt-Kinsey and Leslie Woodward. We're proud of our girls! As the #1 Barbet, Solene received her invitation to compete in the UKC Top Ten show this June in Kalamazoo. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Roger's First AKC Points

Roger won his first points this past weekend in Tallmadge, OH at the Barkarita dog shows. Thanks to judge Joan Luna Liebes for such a pleasant show experience.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Starting Your Puppy the Wildrose Way

My son Sam has a field-bred Labrador who he is currently training and I bought him the book Sporting Dog and Retriever Training The Wildrose Way: Raising a Gentleman's Gundog for Home and Field for Christmas. Wildrose has a big program in the retrieving world and although the gundogs are not my primary focus, I have a huge appreciation for the work that they do. Much of the basic training that Wildrose covers can apply beautifully to a well-raised Barbet puppy. I highly recommend this book. Wildrose also has a new line of short puppy training videos, with another released each week, added to their extensive video library. Check out these links for a great perspective on raising a well-mannered sporting dog.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Goodbye Little Guy

Hickory Tavern Fortune 500
Our final puppy to place left us this weekend. The yellow boy, now called 'Luke', lives just an hour away from us in Ohio. Luke has big shoes to fill in his new home; owners Debbie and Doug lost their longtime love Phoebe and bringing a new pup into the family is a very big yet bittersweet step. We wish them all well creating new memories!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Canine Chronicle Westminster Edition

Here's our beautiful Flynn, making us proud winning Best of Breed and Best in Miscellaneous at the Barbet Club of America Open Show. Canine Chronicle magazine, February 2018.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hickory Tavern Forward Backward
Our second southern girl left us this week as Milli moved to Alabama with Logan, Mallory, and their adorable daughter. Logan's dad was good enough to make the long drive with Logan to pick up their new pup. Milli is destined for field training in the marshy areas of Oneonta and we can't wait to see how she progresses. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hickory Tavern Fortunate Son

This fortunate pup is off to a fun life with Janie and Paul in eastern Pennsylvania. 'Merchant' has a beautiful 4.5 month old Portuguese Water Dog sister named Portia to play with and we wish the best for our sweet green collar pup.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Southern Girl!

Hickory Tavern Forgive and Forget

Off to Tuscaloosa, Alabama is Nixie, our orange collar girl. This little princess is going to be spoiled by Lee and Amanda and their children. Nixie will be attending kids sporting events, playing at the farm, and being a Barbet Ambassador in a cool new state. We are hoping that our paths will cross again in the future with this sweet family!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bye Bye Pink Puppy!

Hickory Tavern Forget About It

Our second pup left us today. Lucky Roux will live with her big Barbet brother Bocuse in Jersey City, NJ along with Lauren, Ryan, and Teddy. Roux is a particularly gentle pup within this litter and it will be exciting to see her transform into a stylish city girl. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hickory Tavern For What Its Worth

At 8.5 weeks, it's already time for our first puppy to leave the nest. Our purple girl, now called Tallulah for short, headed off with Michelle to her new home in Sparkill, New York. We met Michelle last year at Westminster Meet the Breeds and she is now going home with her own very special Barbet. We look forward to seeing what events these two will do together!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Flynn Wins in Orlando

I was honored for Flynn to win Best of Breed in an entry of 12 Barbet and then win the Miscellaneous group in Orlando at the Barbet Club of America Open Show. We are pictured with judge Jamie Hubbard and BCA Show Chair Lynn Byfield. This was such a thrill at the first event ever hosted by the Barbet Club. With this win, Flynn also finished her Certificate of Merit to become

Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star CM

Flynn is the seventh CM winner that we have bred!

We are also happy for Hickory Tavern Secret Liaison CM and Leslie Woodward for winning Best of Opposite

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Barbet Puppies at 6 Weeks

It's almost time for the 6 week birthday of Marlee's puppies! This time has flown by, partially because I was in Orlando for the AKC National Championship and partially because these puppies have felt so much older the entire time. This litter has been quick to do everything. They are so bright and engaged; a true pleasure to have in our home. In the next few weeks, we will make our final decisions on which pup will stay with us and who will be placed in homes around the country. I couldn't be more satisfied with the progress of these pups so far.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sweet Sleepers

The puppies are doing great! Their eyes are now open and they can toddle around their box. They have also learned to bark! However, their still spend most of their time sleeping.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Barbet Puppy Pictures

The puppies are now one week and two days old. Everyone is doing so well. I am thrilled with the consistency I see throughout the litter and am really looking forward to seeing them grow. 

Blue Girl

Green Boy

Orange Girl

Pink Girl

Purple Girl

Red Girl

White Girl

Yellow Boy

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hickory Tavern Over and Out
From too much sun to too cold! The top photo is our Bruce, now called Sunny, leaving for his new home with long time Whippet owners Ed & Pat. Sunny is bringing some excitement to the older dogs in the house! Sunny is such a sweet boy who is being totally spoiled by Ed & Pat.

Below is our little Tina, leaving with David for her new life. Tina has been super special to us for a lot of reasons, and she was really a tough one to let go. We're fortunate that all three pups live very close to us so that we can all get together. David & Tina will be great pals!

Hickory Tavern Tina Vallerina

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Barbet Puppies!

Our sweet Marlee had an effortless labor and delivery and is the proud new mom of 8 gorgeous pups. For us this litter is really special as it is the first time we've been able to combine the two bloodlines that we've been working with in our breeding program. So far they look beautiful!

For a breeder, there is nothing so satisfying as an easy, problem-free whelping that delivers consistent, attractive puppies with beautiful breed type. Marlee was solid and knew just what to do with her babies. Every one of them are vigorous and strong. There were no stillborn puppies, and the delivery was not prolonged. Today Marlee and her family are the picture of contentment. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Incredible Roger Wins 3 Best Puppy in Show!!

We have had an unbelievable weekend with little Roger. On Friday he won Best in Show at the Upper Potomac Valley KC in Cumberland, MD under judge Faye Zahorchak, then on Saturday he won Best in Show in a huge puppy show in Wilmington, Ohio under judge Wendy Willhauck! In his first 3 shows, he won 3 Best Puppy in Show awards! He also won his Certificate of Merit from the 4-6 month classes. What a thrill! Roger's baby puppy career is now over and we will be training for his debut in the 6-9 puppy classes in Florida. 

Heronsway Run for the Roses at Hickory Tavern CM

GCHS CH Nchanted Concerto x Ch Heronsway Younger Than Springtime

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Homes for Puppies!

Hickory Tavern Full Throttle

Our wonderful and lively Margot has gone to live just 20 minutes from us with her new family, Steve and Maggie. Now called Josie, we have a special fondness for this clever and bold girl. We are really looking forward to seeing what her future brings.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Barbet Family Successes

In the past 8 years, we've made so much progress with our Barbet. Breeding Claire (Neigenuveaux's Ermagarde) to Bango du Pre de Redy gave us the wonderful Solene (Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM), who became the first female AKC CM winning Barbet. Her son Micah (HT Secret Liaison CM) was the first American bred Barbet to win a CM, Marlee (HT Secret Entourage CM3) the first to go beyond a CM with her CM3, and today Meg (HT Secret Garden CM) finished her CM with 3 Best in Open Show awards. To have Mama Solene and 3 of her kids in the first 10 Barbet recognized by the AKC for their Certificates of Merit has me feeling very grateful for the wonderful people I've shared this breed with. Thanks to Anne Plomp, Renate Zuber Morgenthaler, and Margrit Zbinden for getting us started with Bango, and to Lynn Vogt-Kinsey and Leslie Woodward for always presenting Meg and Micah so beautifully. This litter was sired by Bosch (Neigenuveaux's Gambit), and his contribution is invaluable. We only wish that Francois Menard was here to see this, as we know he would have been so proud. Here's to the future of the Barbet in America!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Super Special Week

This was an extremely special week for us. After waiting for YEARS for a puppy from Anne Bowes, we finally picked up our new puppy this week at her lovely bayside home near Cape Cod. This little guy is Roger, otherwise known as Heronsway Run For The Roses At Hickory Tavern. He was my favorite when we visited the litter in July, and as time went on, Anne felt that he was the pick male for us.

Roger saying goodbye to breeder extraordinaire Anne Bowes
Less than 48 hours after arriving at his new home in Hickory, Roger went to his first dog show where he thrilled us by winning Best Beginner Puppy in Show at the Butler Kennel Club under judge Gay Kuehnel-Hisatake! Roger is sired by GCh Nchanted Concerto and out of Ch Heronsway Younger Than Springtime and we cannot wait to see what this little guys' future holds.

Roger wins the big rosette!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Momma Love

This is Calla with her boy Bruce. She loves playing with her puppies!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Congratulations to new CM Winner Alainn!

This beautiful dog is UKC Ch Hickory Tavern Finally Friday CM. "Alainn" is one of the Claire kids from her litter sired by Quaciendas Thunus Georgii. Alainn earned her Certificate of Merit this past weekend, becoming the 9th Barbet and the 4th Hickory Tavern Barbet to earn the CM title! Alainn is owned by Lynn Vogt-Kinsey and Leslie Woodward and is shown by Leslie. They have done a beautiful job raising Alainn into a wonderful show dog and super fun pet!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Congratulations to New Canadian Champion Beau!!

Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry

'Beau' is co-owned with Donna and Stephanie Forte and is handled by Stephanie

We are so excited about this young dog. He will be shown in the US while he works on his Certificate of Merit. He will also be siring his first litters this year. Beau is OFA Good Hips, Normal Elbows, Normal Thyroid, Normal Cardiac, and Normal Eyes. He also has a super fun and goofy personality. Beau is a beautiful moving dog with an outstanding front assembly. He reminds me so much of his Dutch mother, Nessa. Donna and Stephanie are doing a fabulous job with their first Barbet!