Friday, May 11, 2018

We're Celebrating a Corgi Birthday!

Our beautiful boy Roger is now one year old! Today he received lots of fun gifts and was a very good sport about wearing his birthday bandana :) This little guy has brought us so much happiness. We can never thank Anne Bowes enough for letting him come to us. His sweet and sunny personality makes him a very popular boy around here!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Morgantown, WV Weekend

The puppy boys had a super successful weekend in Morgantown, WV this weekend. Roger won Winners Dog for points Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Russell won Best of Breed over specials for points toward his championship Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! This was Roger's last outing in the puppy class. He is currently shedding his coat and will be staying home to grow up a bit. Russell just turned 9 months old and showed like a season veteran this weekend. So proud of my pups!

Roger - Heronsway Run for the Roses at Hickory Tavern

Russell - Hickory Tavern Gold Margarita

Sunday, April 15, 2018

5 Months Old Today for the Barbet Pups!

We are celebrating the 5 month birthday of our beautiful Marlee & Beau girls. They are both such promising pups and we are really enjoying keeping littermates for the first time. Here are our pups just one month away from being old enough to show!

Dana, the blue collar
Hickory Tavern Former Child Star
Beth, the white collar
Hickory Tavern Fortune Cookie
Here's a fun picture of Beth and Dana playing with Russell the Whippet 


Friday, April 6, 2018

Introducing our Spinone, Casper

Linden Tree Triple Crown


This is Casper, a young Miffy son who has had some nice wins this spring with Erica Sanden Cross handling. We'll be showing Casper more as he matures. He is a nice, substantial boy with beautiful movement!

Linden Tree Triple Crown
October 26, 2016
Sire: Finnone Tribiani Del Montecani
Dam: GCH Nodessa Dal Podere Antico
bred and owned by Dr Jan McMaster & Judy McMaster Descutner


Monday, March 26, 2018

Barbet Flynn is Two Today!


Happy birthday to this beautiful little lady! Flynn and her siblings Seven, Penny, Aquila, Penn, Hamish, and Willow are two years old today. These pups have the most wonderful temperaments - outgoing, confident, and fun! Thanks to Anne Plomp and Marian Vos for sharing Thibault with us for Solene's second litter. We are so very pleased with how Flynn is growing up. She's delightful!
Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star CM - Flynn 
(Nuphar's Four Leaf Clover x Can Ch Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM)

Very proud of Flynn's Best in Miscellaneous win last weekend in Louisville, KY, under Bill Shelton 



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.

http://uklabs.com/puppy_training_videos.php

https://www.youtube.com/user/WildroseKennel/videos


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