Let’s be objective. The numbers say it, only 46 dogs in the show ring at The Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship dog show in October, 2013. Excluding the variety class and that only had one entry!
At one time these shows could show case over 120 dogs. I believe this is the lowest I have seen the numbers drop to.
And look at the group breakdown: 1 breed in the Toy Group (2 entries by same owner) 1 breed in the Terrier Group (1 entry only) The Hound Group only had 2 breeds, the Beagle (1 only entry) and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. For the Utility, for the group run off, there were only Miniature Schnauzers, (same owners) Akita (1 entry} and the French Bulldogs (same owners). Imagine the once popular Akita which had its own breed club at one time only had 1 total Akita entry in the whole show. The Gundog group had 3 breeds, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and an Irish Setter. I don’t know the number of spectators at the show but from what I saw in the morning, it was similar to the number of exhibits, very low.
Records show that, at one time, these shows could have as many as nine breeds alone in the Working Group line up, which has always been a popular group in Barbados and also the largest group. The show under the judge Meg Purnell Carpenter had only 4 breeds in the show ring in the once powerful working group: the BullMastiff, the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd and the Boxer. (only 2 Boxers were at the show and 3 German Shepherd Dogs.)
From what I know, the other 5 working group breeds still exist on the island, some of these breeds have very young dogs and others older but could still compete if their owners wished to participate in The Barbados Kennel Club’s Championship All Breeds dog shows.
There is, I am told, at least one recent new breed to the island and also some puppies, another breed, that were imported fairly recently and their breed has been in the island before but I don’t recall if in the show ring. I am not sure if these owners even bother to register their dogs with The Barbados Kennel Club.
The judge who came in from the UK as judge for the October show was Meg Purnell-Carpenter. From what I see, this judge is approved in her own country to award Challenge Certificates to the below breeds which were at our show: Akita, German Shepherd Dog, Boxer and Rottweiler and she is approved in the UK by The Kennel Club UK to judge the Working Group and Best in Show.
This judge has been here before and the records show her putting up, with one exception, the same breeds, as her major winners, 17 years ago! German Shepherd, Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback and she substituted the Irish Setter for a Golden Retriever this time.
These lovely pix. were taken by my friend Franz Phillips who spent a lot of time taking and editing them and always allows me to post them on this blog. This blog post also has some lovely pix. taken by Alex Phillips, Franz’s grandson.
Thanks, Franz and Alex.
Best in show was a locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback and Reserve Best in Show was a locally bred German Shepherd dog.
Below is her critique of the dogs who showed under her:
Scottish Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Parris’s CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY – 3yrs, smart, well presented with a good outline, sound movement. I would like to see her carrying less weight and a harsher coat.
CC, BOB and Group winner
Yorkshire Terrier – Maiden – Dog
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ DANIEL-FIZZ Z UDOLI LIBERKU AT SHILOH – 2yrs, good expression, moved extremely well, would have preferred a better coat but it was wet so not showing it off to advantage. CC, BOB and Group winner.
Yorkshire Terrier – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ SHILOH FAITH’S HOPE – 9mths., very immature and unsure, when she moved and settled was sound. I would prefer a better head and expression, feet need attention. Reserve BOB, Best Puppy and Puppy Group winner
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA – 6 mths. Still very immature as he should be at this age, loose but extremely sound, good angulation all through, slightly undershot at present but feel this will correct as his head and jaw matures. Very promising. Res. CC. Best Puppy dog.
Retriever (Golden) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER – 3 yrs. Good head and expression, good construction just a little short in upper arm, well muscled movement, sound just a little wide coming towards me. CC, RBOB.
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER – 6 mths. Feminine head and expression, good construction all through, would just like to see a little more body length, very sound on the move. Res. CC.
Retriever (Golden) – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARKS HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER – 11 mths. Feminine head and expression, lovely outline, extremely well balanced, good construction, well conditioned and very sound. A youngster of great promise. CC. BOB, Best Puppy in breed and Best Puppy in the Gundog group.
Retriever (Golden) – Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s HOTHERSALL PEACHES ‘N CREAM – 5 years, shown in good hard condition, would like a more feminine head and expression. Hind movement needs improving. Best L/B in group.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D. – 6 yrs, lovely dog, well constructed and balanced, good head and expression, good firm topline, very sound hind movement, unfortunately was lame on his front leg so had to withhold on the CC when sound would be well worthy of top honours.
Retriever (Labrador ) – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON – 2yrs 6 months, lovely feminine head and expression, good clean outline, well constructed, extremely well balanced in all ways, good topline which she held on the move, in superb coat and condition very sound. CC, BOB & Gundog group winner.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON – 2yrs 6mths. A quality bitch good outline, very balanced ,well constructed and extremely sound, good head and expression. I just preferred the head and expression of the CC winner. Res. CC & Res. BOB.
Irish Setter – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. – 3yrs 6 mths. Lovely outline in super coat, good head and expression, very balanced, shown in excellent order, well constructed, sound on the move. CC & BOB.
Beagle – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. & Mrs. P. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALISTA – 5yrs.6 mths. Very smart, extremely balanced body. Would prefer a little more definition on the head, very sound moving. CC & BOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – 15mths. Very promising youngster in superb order throughout, good head and expression correct construction, well muscled, lovely outline, very sound on the move. CC & RBOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – 2yrs 6 mths. Another well made dog, good head and expression, correct angulation, sound moving. Would just like to see him in harder condition.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – 4yrs. Good head and expression, shown in good hard condition, sound on the move, well constructed although I would like to see a better hindquarter. Res. CC.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ – 16 months lovely bitch full of quality with
correct feminine head and expression, super front and rear angulation, excellent topline, absolutely sound on the move, well muscled and conditioned. I was pleased to award her the Bitch CC. BOB. Hound group, also Best in Show which she so deserved. I was interested to note that the dog CC winner and this bitch are litter mates. Best locally bred Exhibit in Show.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOLO DROP – Another full of quality, litter sister to winner this bitch has the same construction and balance, just lacking the firm top line of winner. RCC.
Akita – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 2yrs 5mths. I am sorry to say this is a very poor specimen of the breed. It had a poor and untypical head, lacked bone and substance. He had no muscle Tone whatsoever.His movement was incorrect. Having said all that, he had a clean coat and an excellent tail set, most of all he is a wonderful pet. BOB
French Bulldog- Open – Dog
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP – 3yrs good head and expression just a tad long, otherwise well constructed and balanced, good on the move, feet need some attention. CC & RBOB.
French Bulldog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA – 15 mths, very feminine, excellent head and expression, well bodied in good order throughout, sound moving. CC, BOB & also Utility group winner.
Miniature Schnauzer – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – 11 mths. Very smart youngster, good head and expression, excellent coat, well constructed moved, well shown in extremely good order. Very promising future. CC, BOB & Utility Puppy group winner, also Best Puppy & Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Miniature Schnauzer – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK’S HALLMARK AT JAMROCK – 3yrs.6mths Good body proportions, side gait sound, moving wide behind, coat good, would like to see a little better head expression. CC & Res.BOB.
Tibetan Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE C.D. – 2yrs.6mths. In good coat and condition, I would like to see a more balanced outline. She is a little short in the leg, her hind movement was good, front movement poor, her nails require attention. BOB.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE – 10 months, lacking a little in confidence which he seemed to gain as the day progressed, a promising puppy who is very sound moving, he has the promise of a good head, just needs to mature. Best Puppy and Best Working Group Puppy.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s HOTHERSALL’S SAMSON – 13mths. Mature head, good front and shoulder placement, holds his topline on the move, powerful hindquarters, very sound. CC & BOB.
Bullmastiff – Open – Dog
1st-– Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – 3yrs.Good head and expression with clean body outline, sound moving, would like to see a firmer backline with more body weight and condition. Res.CC. & RBOB.
2nd-– Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn’s CH. BRAEAARON AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL – 6 yrs. Large head with a good expression, although very sound extremely overweight which made it difficult to assess him properly.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – 11 mths. I would like to see a stronger head she was of good construction and sound on the move but really does need to mature. Best L/B puppy in breed.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. B.A. Bascome’s ZAHARA BULL KATNISS AT NEXGEN – 15 mths. Would like to see a little more development in head, good forequarters, hindquarters weak, steep croup, poor hind movement.
Bullmastiff – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – 21 mths. Fair outline, sound moving, lacks muscle, weight and condition.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK COCHISE – 8 mths. Very immature, expressive head, good shoulders and hind angulation, a little long at present, very sound., good coat. Best Puppy in breed.
Rottweiler – Puppy – Dog
1st – Miss P. Ramsay & Mr. K. Streek’s FORTESQUE BALLY – 10 mths. Head good all though would like a slightly smaller eye, well shaped body, he needs ring training as I really could not assess his movement as he was moving so erractically.
Rottweiler – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – 2yrs.2mths.Smart dog good head and expression, well laid shoulder, level top line, well constructed, strong hindquarters, sound moving. Res.CC & Res. BOB.
Rottweiler – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s CH. ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND – 2yrs 6mths.All male, strong head good expression,
well angulated throughout, very strong hindquarters, with plenty of power, sound moving. CC & BOB.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s CH. JUFFTHER DREAM LOVER – 5 yrs. Not quite the head of winner, would prefer
him a little shorter, other than that a good quality dog who is well constructed, in good order and sound.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – 8mths, lovely outline head feminine and still developing good angulation with a lovely outline sound moving
Rottweiler – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA – 3yrs.4mths. Good head and expression, well balanced body proportions with good angulation, moved soundly, in good order throughout. CC.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – 26mths. Good head with correct front shoulder placement, would like a little more angulation in hindquarters, movement a little loose. Res. CC.
3rd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – 2yrs. Not as good in head as first two, reasonable balance, loose in movement.
Rottweiler – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s CH. ELTHOR DARK JASMINE – 4yrs. Head good, reasonable construction,lacks condition and muscle and movement needs tightening.
German Shepherd Dog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. P. Williams’ BRIVAL MEDUSA – 12mths. Reasonable head and expression, incorrect front angulation, extremely loose hocks. I could not assess her movement properly as she needs ring training.
German Shepherd Dog – Maiden – Bitch
1st – Mr. R.L.A. Weekes’ SHOTAAN PHENIX – 18mths. Very feminine extremely balanced and sound she and her handler need a little more confidence. Res.CC & Res. BOB..
German Shepherd Dog – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. L. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – A quality bitch of excellent type, lovely head and expression, correct angulation, balanced and sound when she settled, in excellent order.
CC & BOB. I was pleased to award her the Working Group and Reserve Best in Show.
Boxer – Open – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – 5 yrs. Shown in good hard condition, good head and expression, to be critical would like to see a little more angulation all over, sound on the move. CC.
Boxer – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’s PRETTY N PEACH – 3yrs. Good head and expression well balanced with good angulation, sound movement, well presented, CC, BOB & second in Working Group.
Stud Dog – Variety Class
Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s CH. BRAEAARON WALLACE AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL Well balanced and all together.
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Greetings All. Does anybody know of any available medium / large size dogs that would make a good guard dog but also child friendly? We are looking for either a pup or fully grown dog (that has been around children) but haven’t had much luck
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So many puppies came with wagging tails to the class. Twenty three puppies were booked for this class. I did not count them on Saturday but I imagine over twenty puppies with owners turned up.
I did start formal training with this club with the Tibetan Terrier “Tibby” when she was four months old and she used to zoom all over the place, when taken off lead and she had a great time in the enclosed environment. It helped expose her to lots of other dogs in different circumstances But there was no puppy class at that time so she was on the Basic Obedience class with some puppies but also adult dogs. She was already trained by me to do basic commands so the class was intended for her to socialise and have fun!
When we completed the Basic Obedience Class, we went on to the Novice, CD class. She was still a puppy and still used to zoom all over the place. But I was not looking for a Tibetan Terrier puppy to pass any legs of the CD; it was just laying the foundation for when she settled down as an adult.
Because the Puppy Obedience class was so large, I went there on September 7th, as a club member, to help with the first day. And I love puppies!
The class had breeds like Boxer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Jack Russell. I think the largest breed numbers came from the Labrador Retriever litters bred by Sue Leacock and also Ezra Maynard.
It is very important to socialise puppies from as early as possible. And these classes are great for them. They get to meet and play with other puppies in a different environment from their home and get exposure to all kinds of different things. Because of the large number of puppies, this class will be split into two so everyone can get lots of individual attention.
This class could also prepare them for the next Basic Obedience class with The B’dos. Dog Training Club in 2014 which would introduce them to basic commands. But the most important thing is for puppies, at this stage, to be well socialised. And that is what this class is about.
Other classes starting in September, 2013, with The B’dos. Dog Training Club would be a Basic Obedience class and an Advanced Obedience (Novice CD) class.
These dog training classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club are usually very well supported by the Barbados community. Their recent flyer did also say “Best prices in town”.
And they do get good results which is also very important. Word of mouth recommendation and repeat sales are ranked high in advertising.
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Dog lovers in the world, especially Americans, watched to see what breed of dog would become the new dog in the White House with President Obama and his family. Would it be a pedigree dog or would it be a rescue? It turned out to be a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo and now Bo is joined by a 12 month old female Portuguese Water Dog who is named Sunny.
Looking back at other USA Presidents’ dogs not in the above video and all of the below listed dogs did not get to live in the White House:
Ronald Reagan had a Bouvier Des Flandres, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Siberian Husky and a Belgium Sheepdog.
Jimmy Carter: a Border Collie and an Afghan Hound
Gerald Ford: a Golden Retriever
Richard M. Nixon: a Poodle, Terrier, Irish Setter and a Cocker Spaniel
Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles, a Collie
John F. Kennedy: Mutts, a Cocker Spaniel and a German Shepherd
Dwight D. Eisenhower: a Weimaraner
Harry S. Truman: a Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Scottish Terriers, German Shepherds, an Old English Sheepdog and a Mastiff
A Portuguese Water Dog is not a common breed but I was told that one was recently imported from the USA to Barbados.
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There are several places where a person can rescue a puppy/dog in Barbados from an animal shelter instead of obtaining one from a breeder.
Some of these puppies/dogs are found wandering the roads and/or beaches and may be brought to one of the rescue organisations by kind people.
The main organisations I am aware of which have the opportunity for dog/puppy rescues in Barbados are:
The Hope Sanctuary and The Arc are no-kill shelters, non profit organisations and are run through the help of donations and fund raising. They also have volunteers who help walk and take care of the dogs. Sometimes their facilities are both so full I am told they have advised people at times that they are unable to take in more dogs. These dogs may include pure bred medium to large size dogs as well as the small mixed breed dogs.
The above organisations will neuter the dog and I believe may also inspect the home the animal is going to before they release it. They will also assess whether it will get along easily with other animals such as cats and other dogs. The rescue dog will be treated for ticks and fleas and worms before it goes to its new owners.
RSPCA is a veterinary facility. It also seems to do an excellent job of promoting its rescued/abandoned dogs through its facebook page and it provides photos of the people who are taking home a “rescue” from their facility.
RSPCA Barbados contact: Tel: #426 3077
The B’dos. Government’s Animal Control Department does have dogs brought into its facility but I would think it might have a time frame that the dog can stay there before being euthanised.
Animal Control Centre contact: Tel: #425 1033
I know of several people who found mixed breed puppies, especially in the country areas and kept them. One person found a puppy tied to her fence and kept it. The person who tied the puppy to her fence probably knew that she loves dogs and would take care of it. Much kinder than some of the other alternatives.
One of my neighbours opened her door one morning to be greeted by 3 puppies which someone had placed over her fence. She kept them and they are shown, as adult dogs, in the below pix. She has become very attached to them but was not looking for a puppy/dog when they arrived.
Some of these dogs are in these facilities because their owners have moved, sometimes left the island, are deceased, can no longer afford to keep a dog , no longer want them, or they are puppies from the dogs which survive in the countryside and other areas on their own.
A lot of them will make excellent pets. Some will have their issues: they might have been abused and it may take some time and loving care for them to adjust to their new homes. Some might already have had basic training and might also be very easy to train and be very loyal to the person who has rescued them and is now caring for them.
I have come across a few of these rescue dogs as they have trained with my Tibetan Terrier on various classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club.
Some of these “rescue” dogs enjoy agility classes at The Barbados Dog Training Club which seems to help them a lot in developing confidence. The mixing and also socialising with other dogs in an enclosed environment and training seems to do wonders for them. The “rescue” dogs receive treats and/or toys as positive reinforcement for their participation in jumping, and doing the obstacles such as tunnels which most dogs love, in agility classes.
Tibby’s obedience class at The Barbados Dog Training Club also has rescue dogs achieving and working towards the Novice and Open obedience titles. To gain these titles is not easy but it shows what can be achieved with these rescue dogs and with the right owners and training.
All types of people in Barbados have “rescue” dogs, they are people with large properties and people who live in small homes. They are locals and they are expats, What they have in common is that they seem to love dogs. Some people who could buy any breed dog prefer to rescue the local ones and give them a good home.
My Tibetan Terrier arrived from the UK in a wooden crate which I would not be using after her arrival and I put a for sale leaflet on a vet’s notice board. I had an immediate response from two women who had each rescued dogs on the beach, had fed and cared for them and were taking them home to the UK. The first person who came to my home had an extremely nervous dog and I agree the barking of my dogs which were put up probably frightened it further. That small dog she found on the beach and befriended could have fitted into the crate but the owner was just as nervous as the dog and without lifting the dog said the crate was too small!. The other person has a friendly larger rescue dog which walked into crate (I did reward with a treat) and that rescue from Barbados did travel home to the UK in the crate with its owner being friendly enough to send a thank you e-mail and to let me know they had arrived safely in the UK.
Nice to see that not only Barbadians rescue dogs in Barbados but that Bajan dogs are also getting resettled in other lands!
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Sometimes a litter of puppies might include a “swimmer” and that is a puppy that appears to be unable to stand and try walking like other normal puppies in a litter. The “swimmer” puppy will have its legs and arms outstretched and be unable to sit and stand like the rest of its litter. Interesting that the therapy used to help the “swimmer” puppy includes water therapy and swimming. But then again, I think we know that water therapy is good for most conditions.
Most “swimmer” puppies may be put down once the breeder realises the condition and struggles with the condition but to no avail or the puppy will die on its own. This video and the link below shows hope for this type of puppy.
The background behind the swimmer syndrome is a puppy that seems to be malformed, and unlike its litter mates will remain flat while nursing and have very restricted movement. Normal puppies have lots of movement and will nurse on their sides. The pup with the problem will have a flat chest.
I have heard of, in Barbados recently, a litter of puppies which were all “swimmers” and left behind a disappointed breeder and people who were looking forward to getting a puppy from the litter. There are various theories as to why a litter has these malformed pups, some say it is genetics, nutrition of the bitch was lacking, the environment in where the puppies were whelped. But I don’t believe that the cause is known for certain.
The earlier the flat chested puppy is discovered, the better the chance the breeder has of trying with it. Suggestions being to put this pup on a nipple full of milk and when it is sucking, turn it over on its side. It will take patience and supervision but it is important to not allow it to lie flat on its chest with its feet spread out.
Other thoughts which might help could be to massage the “swimmer” puppy’s limbs and body to build muscle tone. If the other puppies have started to try to walk, the “swimmer” could be hobbled.
I hope this video and the link above will give new hope to breeders with pups of “swimmer syndrome”.
A pupppy in a very recent litter of a small sized dog was recently saved in Barbados using some of these methods. It took a lot of time and patience and caring on the breeder’s part and he told me that he plans to keep the puppy which is now walking and running.
The more knowledge a breeder can acquire, the greater the chance of saving puppies and I think it is wonderful that this knowledge can be shared through the internet.
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In an ideal situation, new born puppies are completely taken care of by their mother. However, sometimes, humans need to step in to help and ensure that in the case where the puppies mother might be unable to feed them successfully, they still get milk. A bitch might have mastitis, or another infection, or a large litter of puppies and the weaker pups might easily get pushed aside by stronger siblings.
It is always important to ensure that a new born puppy gets its first milk from its mother as that milk contains colostrum which contain essential antibodies which will protect it against possible bacterial and viral infections. And afterwards, if the puppies need to get milk other than their mother’s, tubes, or bottle feeding of the puppies may take place.
This video shows another way and seems to be an excellent idea, especially for breeds which are very small.
The bottles used to assist puppies are usually doll type bottles with small rubber nipples which are easy for the newly born puppies to suck from.
The below YouTube video shows a novel idea with a small breed, Yorkshire Terriers, and here the puppy is hand fed as it learns to suck its milk from a sponge. The video gives details of the various items used in this exercise. Of course, some of the items might need to be searched for to be obtained but this method seems a good idea for helping to save a puppy’s life.
In Barbados, we might have to be careful about using the bags shown in the video as they might keep the puppy too warm
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Congratulations to Sarah Hamilton and her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks who passed the open, CDX, at trials held through The Barbados Dog Training Club this week.
In the pix. are Ch. Crownridge Red Regent (AI) C.D., C.D.X. and Ch. Broani Chiku at Crownridge, C.D., C.D.X. with their obedience trophies.
The CDX consists of off leash exercises such as heeling, the figure of eight, drop on recall, retrieval of dumb bell on flat, and also over high jump and broad jump. The sits and stays are for 3 minutes with the handler out of sight and the down stay is for 5 minutes with the handler out of sight. The dog must complete these tasks with the handler using either a voice command or a hand signal.
Passing the final leg C and now achieving the Novice title are Jean Ray’s Golden Retriever, Heidi along with my Tibetan Terrier Tibby.
Congrats to Jean and Heidi and to Tibby.
Tibby, Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope, achieved a score of 185.5 out of 200. The passmark is 170. So we did improve on the scores for the other legs, A and B and we got a perfect score on the recall and the stand, sit, and down stays. This Tibetan has always done a super fast “come” on a recall. I trained her to improve on her finish in my kitchen with little treats.
We lost our points on the heeling exercises which I must perfect more. It is so important to keep the dog in the ring and focused that I prefer to lose points, especially in the off leash heeling, rather than lose the dog. This is a very fun loving Tibetan Terrier.
The CD, Novice, has a heel on leash, as well as off leash, with the figure of eight being done on leash. The other exercises are done off leash.
Passing various legs of the Novice trials on June 19, 2013, were Sarah Hamilton with yet another Rhodesian Ridgeback, Amanda Corbin with a Flat Coated Retriever, Jenni Wilson with a Dachshund, Linda Pearson with a German Shepherd dog, Jutta Moore with an Irish Setter, and Sue Blandford with a Papillon.
A very successful evening for participants and the trainer Rosemary Coghlan.
I believe the special beginners would have also had a trial, without scores, at the end of their classes but the puppies/dogs would all be kept on leash.
It seemed like a very nice large class of 13 puppies, all kinds of breeds including mixed breeds, with Jenny Fields doing the basic training, assisted by Jenni Wilson and Lynda Husbands replacing Jenny Fields when Jenny was off the island.
Once the CDX title is achieved, plans can be made to go on and try to achieve the utility title which includes areas such as scent discrimination.
I believe Sarah Hamilton will now work towards the utility title with her Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
There is so much useful dog training information available on the ‘net, through group forums, and other social media forms as well as dvds, and e-books, that a person who understands how to train their dogs and works at it can pass, once they know how to motivate their dog(s) and they understand how to teach the required steps. Of course, it is a lot of work and a challenge at these levels.
These is no formal dog obedience utility training in Barbados that I am aware of but experienced trainers in Barbados, once they pass the C.D.X., can work towards this level.
Utility involves a lot of directional work, and the use of hand signals. This is the final and highest level of obedience titles to achieve.
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My Tibetan Terrier puppy arrived here from the UK at approximately 12.5 weeks of age which was the earliest time she could be shipped. I prefer to get a puppy as early as possible as I enjoy training my dogs and puppies are definitely fun to train. She came from Ken Sinclair of Araki Kennels in the U.K.
When I went to the Airport to collect her and they wheeled her and her crate in, she was standing on her hind legs with her front paws in the air giving off a rather mournful singing. Probably wondering where she was going, as she had left behind a lot of Tibetan Terrier family and friends and was now on her own for the first time. It would have been a long journey for a puppy.
She came in with a registered name Araki Miss Conduct and her pet name in Barbados is Tibby.
When she came inside the veterinary compound, I asked the vet on duty, Dr. Maitland, if I could take her out of her crate and walk her on a leash in the enclosed yard until she and the Customs Officer were ready for her. It is sensible to bring a soft collar and leash to the airport as the vet has to take the puppy out of its crate to be examined. So I took her out and she wagged her tail and stepped out as if she knew everyone in the room! Then she wanted to play with the other dog arrivals which were 2 large adult Newfoundlands The Newfoundland owners told me their dogs were dog friendly and would not hurt her so the Tibetan Terrier puppy was allowed to approach and sniff and she was happy again with her tail wagging. Talking with the Newfoundlands’ female owner, the Newfoundlands have obedience training titles and their owners were aware of this blog and have visited it several times before coming to Barbados. I know Newfoundlands love water and their owners told me they will be just about next door to the sea and also the property they live on has a swimming pool. The owners had to ship these dogs to the UK first (coming from USA/Canada) before their arrival in Barbados. And they arrived in huge wooden crates.
The Tibetan’s flight, through Virgin Airlines, had been delayed, and when we returned home it was late in the evening and it was getting dark. I introduced her first to my 2 male Bouviers and I think they went in shock as she was delighted to see other dogs and showing no fear, proceeded to swing on poor Rick Lois’ beard and that Bouvier weighs over 100 lbs! The two male dogs sniffed her and recognized that she was female and obviously a puppy and they were fine with the idea of a new female. I then introduced her to the female Bouviers, one at a time, and both female Bouviers growled, to which I told them “no” but the Tibetan Terrier kissed them, and thank goodness did not swing on their beards. My Bouviers are not accustomed to small and medium sized dogs but they sensed that this was a playful, affectionate puppy although also somewhat rude!
Both of these female Bouviers have Novice CD obedience titles and so I could command them more easily than untrained dogs and they knew as I brought in the puppy and put them on a “down stay” and also told them “behave” that they were not to be aggressive towards the puppy. The Tibetan’s interaction with the Bouviers was always closely supervised until I felt confident that the Bouviers would not hurt her. The main Bouviers to watch were the female Bouviers and once they accepted the Tibetan by playing with her, I relaxed more. The Tibetan puppy was crated for her own safety when I was not around to supervise her.
This was the easiest puppy I ever had to housetrain. She was crated the first few nights and I would get up once during the night and let her out in the front garden and she would come back in. She has never soiled the house. Maybe the fact that there are other dogs here might have helped in her training as she watched everything.
Before purchasing this breed, my research described the Tibetan Terrier breed as intelligent and somewhat mischievous. I have found this to be very accurate. She is also very friendly towards other dogs which, besides the breed’s appearance and history, made the Tibetan Terrier a good choice for me.
When I first introduced her to her crate where she would be sometimes, until she and the other dogs were settled, she went inside the crate and watched me secure the latch on the crate door and then she calmly put one of her large paws through the crate wire and she opened the crate and stepped out and sat looking at me! After I recovered from shock and laughter, I did remedy that by pushing a lock on the latch so she could not let herself out again.
After she settled in she was no longer crated but the door always left open in case she wanted to sleep in the crate. She has never interfered with any furniture except that she likes heights, and I have found her as a puppy asleep in my walk in closet in the bedroom, on one of the high shelves. As a puppy she did like to take leaves off patio plants and she was corrected with a “no” and given one of her toys. She does not trouble plants nor Black African snails anymore but, as a puppy, she would pick them up. She will still chase lizards and birds and I try to keep frogs out of my grounds as, in Barbados, they can be poisonous to dogs. None of my dogs are allowed to chase frogs and they will stop on a “no” command but I prefer to remove any frogs I see on this property.
This Tibetan still opens kitchen cupboard doors and she knows where to find empty pet bottles and brings them out to play with. I realised from early that she loves to take the caps off these bottles, using her teeth and paws but because I would not want her to swallow any of the chewed pieces, I take away the cap when she takes it off but allow her to play with the plastic pet bottles. And when I see that she can tear plastic away from the bottles, I dump the bottles. She prefers these to regular dog toys.
She has yet to open the fridge door and I have watched her trying with that!
She was on basic puppy training classes at Waterford from four months of age, primarily for her to be well socialized and enjoy herself.
Tibby has always been trained at home with small treats and praise and sometimes with a toy thrown as a reward.
Puppies coming to Barbados from the UK might come down with just one inoculation but I did request of the Tibetan Terrier’s breeder to inoculate as early as possible after talking to his vet, and Tibby came to Barbados with two inoculations. Parvo virus can be very strong and fatal in Barbados and it makes sense to be as careful as possible.
No puppy, in my opinion, should be on group training classes, until it is fully protected against parvo virus.
It also makes sense to be extra cautious when visiting the vet for the parvo inoculation, to let the vet come out of his office to your vehicle or to lift the puppy inside the vet’s office. Dog friends and people connected to dogs, especially those who come in contact with other dogs on a regular basis or whose kennels have had parvo, should be thought of as a security caution to be temporarily avoided.
Except for walks in the cul de sac gap where I live, she was not exposed to other outside dogs until she had her third inoculation in early May when she would have been approximately four months old.
She was also put on Certifect (prevention against ticks and fleas) and she has been wormed with medicines like Albendazole which were obtained from a vet’s office.
As a puppy, she won two out of two Best Puppy in Show, with Challenge Certificates, under UK judges Jeff Horswell and Robin Searle. And in just three shows, achieved the title Champion. Robin Searle, UK judge, did give Tibby’s playmate, and my favourite Bouvier Des Flandres, Ch. Calliope Rhapsody, C.D. the Reserve Best in Show and also Tibby was the Utility Group winner besides being Best Puppy in Show.
She was very playful and used to like to carry her lead in her mouth while trotting. I broke this habit by walking her briskly in my gap and she had so many other interesting things to watch that she stopped playing with the lead.
I don’t believe judges expect dogs and puppies to be like statutes, especially puppies. They want to see some animation and this Tibetan is full of herself. Her tail is always up, a sign of confidence.
The Tibetan Terrier is examined by the conformation judge on a table. She was trained as a puppy to stay in a natural stack and also exposed to different people going over her on the table as a judge would do, opening the mouth to look at the bite, feeling the coat, pressing down on the top line, feeling the muscles and, of course, searching her face, for her eyes.
To train her to stand and stay, when she sitting or lying down, I lured her with a treat to get up and then told her “stand”. After she understood the word “stand” I no longer used the treat to lure her but to reward her when she stood on command. I used my hand to block her from approaching further and told her “stay”. When she went to the Special Beginners dog training class at Waterford she already knew the basics. “Stay” was also used for sits, and downs and always rewarded with little treats. Very short lessons and I was only a few inches away from her so I could put her back in place. Sit was taught to her as a puppy by luring her into position through showing a treat and by placing it above her head and telling her “sit”, when she sat, she was rewarded with a treat. To learn “down” I held a treat by her head and gradually brought my hand down to the ground. Of course, the treat was inside my hand so she could not grab it. When she went “down”, she got the treat. After a short while, I no longer needed to lure her but always rewarded her as soon as she did the basic commands. Puppies naturally follow their owners and in taking her for walks, I used the word “heel” to start off. I am now working on hand signals for these exercises.
From a puppy she started enjoying agility classes, but I used the classes to introduce her to only very low jumps and obstacles. As an adult she can now do all jumps and it is like if she has springs in her feet. Of course, for a dog to do agility, it has to be trained in basic obedience commands such as “come”, “wait”, “over” and the names of the obstacles. Because I have been doing agility for several years with Bouviers, it makes it a lot easier to train Tibby. We run in agility once a week with The Barbados Dog Training Club at Waterford. She likes her little rewards/treats and also enjoys having her agility toy. The toy is thrown over the jumps when we are doing a sequence and I am telling her “to go on” and “over”.
She entered Novice obedience as a puppy and I was not expecting her to pass any levels as a puppy but I thought it was good for her to socialize with other dogs and enjoy herself while she was settling in the obedience patterns and discipline. She has always been very easy to motivate with rewards. She has had a great time at the classes at Waterford with The Barbados Dog Training Club. Of course, there were many more distractions and the “stays” were longer in time than at home. And her co-operation in doing sits and downs was less reliable as there were so many other puppies and dogs to get to know. And friendly people. As a puppy, taking her off the leash for an off leash heeling and other exercises, was hilarious, to say the least. But I was happy with her progress and also that she was having a good time.
I am aware that Tibetan Terriers can have separation anxiety but I don’t think Tibby has ever had a hard time with that as she always has Bouviers with her when humans are absent and she loves the Bouviers.
Because she is a coated breed, I introduced her to bath time from her first week in Barbados. In my yard, in the sunshine, with the hose, to get a bath, her shampoo and coat conditioner and then rinsed and brushed out. She comes running when called for her bath and is put in a “stay” for her shampoo and coat conditioner. She was always given small treats as training rewards for being so good.
This breed was known as “Little People” and is a noted companion dog that the original owners, in Tibet, used to regard as a good luck dog and according to the history never used to sell. She is extremely alert and does bark at strange people and things and sings when she is happy, in a high pitched siren type voice. She lives and gets on well with my Bouviers and they eat, in separate bowls, and play together. She is now fully grown and no longer swings on the Bouviers’ beards but she still likes to kiss them and nibble and pull their ears and if, left unsupervised, will steal their food! Her favourite Bouvier is the most dominant of the Bouviers and this Tibetan Terrier loves to rough play with Rhapsody. Although Rhapsody is play growling, Tibby’s tail is wagging and Rhapsody rolls over for the Tibetan Terrier to jump on her and bite her and Rhapsody gives the Tibetan Bouvier slaps in return. And they run together. They are best friends.
This is an independent breed which loves to explore and also loves most people. As this breed was also used in earlier times as a guard/watch dog, it can be reserved towards strangers.
She only has leg C to pass now for the CD Novice title. She loves coming out to do obedience training with the other dogs and puppies at The B’dos. Dog Training Club’s weekly classes as she loves to receive her little rewards and reinforcements (frozen meat) and to run around with a dog friend afterwards. She is lots of fun to train and as an adult tries hard to please although I am always aware that she might still decide to be overly playful when the leash is taken off and her formal off leash obedience training is done in an enclosed area.
She has settled in well in Barbados and as an adult Tibetan Terrier she is very well trained.
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This blog post is based on the shipment of three Bouvier Des Flandres dogs from two different litters which were bred by me and were owned by one of my friends who returned to the USA. She lived in Barbados for approximately 14 years and the oldest of the Bouviers was 8 years old at the time of the shipping.
These Bouviers went to an extremely good home and were always well cared and loved by her. I am, of course, delighted that she did not leave them behind when she returned to the USA.
I know of people from overseas who have imported pedigree dogs or bought puppies on the island and when they leave, they leave the dog behind.
On the other hand and on the positive side, I do know of other people who became attached to their dog, sometimes even a mixed breed dog, maybe a rescued dog or a dog they met on the beach, and they cared for the dog and took the dog home with them.
It is expensive to export dogs to the USA from Barbados, especially large size adult dogs as the freight costs are based on the weight of the dogs and Bouviers are large dogs.
To export a dog, the first place to check is with our Government Veterinary Department. Their office is located at the Pine, St. Michael. Check here to ship dogs out of Barbados and talk with one of the vets listed there. I recommend making an appointment and sitting and talking with the vet.
What is needed is a Veterinary Health Export Certificate issued by that department. The Bouviers also had a rabies inoculation which was done by a private vet and they were also treated by a private vet for ticks and worms. Barbados is regarded as a rabies free country so our dogs are not inoculated against rabies in Barbados but it is sensible to vaccinate travelling to the USA and especially living near a wooded area. The rabies vaccination was done and also the dogs were tested as part of these health documentation.
To travel, dogs also need to be micro chipped and this should be done at a private vet with the owner of the dogs taking them back to ensure that the microchips are reading correctly. It is very important that these procedures are followed. What the dogs are receiving is a signed and stamped Health Certificate so it is important, besides talking with our Government vets, to also talk to a private vet.
It is very important that all documentation be correct. I recommend sending the original documents with the dog (taped to the crate) after being checked off by the broker and also carrying a duplicate with you. A dog without its proper documentation can be placed in quarantine and/or be refused entry. The airline will notify a Government vet to check and inspect the dog on arrival. It is better, always, to ship on week days when the Government vets are on duty and not have to bring one out on overtime and maybe from his family dinner!
We checked with the pet shops on the island for suitable crates, and we were looking for the extra large size. Only one place had that size and it was very expensive. We ended up with asking Do it Best, a hardware store, in Sheraton Mall, to order the crates. Sometimes airlines do have crates available so it makes sense to check American Airlines and other airlines to see whether a crate could be readily available. Likewise to check within the local dog community to see whether any large size dogs were recently imported to the island and whether those crates would be available. Do it Best’s service was reliable. These crates must also be the ones approved for airline travel. The bowls for water and sticker signs for the crates were purchased separately from an online USA company. Although Seawell Air Services will provide stickers for the crate like “live animal”, it makes sense to ensure you have some and also the water bowls to be attached to the crate.
The airlines travelling from Barbados to the USA were checked and it is very important to note that airlines in the USA may restrict the travel of dogs from Barbados and other places to the USA to the time frame, May 15 to September 15, which is regarded as the cooler and safer months for dog travelling. A broker could advise of shipping conditions.
There is no quarantine required for dogs shipped to the USA providing that the health requirements for entry have been complied with and documented by the relevant officials.
At one time, dogs could travel as baggage to several parts of the world. However, we were told these dogs would have to go as freight. I believe Canada is one of the places where dogs from Barbados can still travel as baggage which works out much cheaper.
To ship the dogs from Barbados, a broker is needed as paper work is necessary. We took the dogs and a crate to Seawell Air Services, the major broker, which is in the industrial park by Grantley Adams Airport. The personnel there need to approve the crates before hand and the largest Bouvier was put in the crate for preapproval. It is important that the crate has enough room for the dog to turn around and also to stand.
Payment has to be made before the shipment arrangements are made and it includes our vat tax of 17.5 percent on all charges. And horror of horrors, Seawell Air Services did not accept credit cards and required a banker’s certified cheque!
Dogs which have never been crated cannot be expected to be co-operative and just go into crates the day they are to be shipped. So what we did was this: introduce the Bouviers to the crate bottom (the top part was not attached) and give them food in the bottom part. A few days later, we attached the top part of the crate and offered food in the crate. The Bouviers learnt to like going in their crates as it meant treats and/or food. And they had a few weeks of getting accustomed to the crates. The doors were also shut and they were okay with that as well. It is important to train dogs travelling to accept going into a crate.
Some hic cups along the way were: getting to Seawell Air Services for them to approve the crates and they measured the largest (tallest Bouvier) and said the extra large crate we had was too small! It was shown through my cutting more coat off the largest Bouvier that the crate was suitable and the day they were shipped I had their coats well trimmed to avoid any possible crate problems.
The dogs have to be taken to their Barbados departure area about an hour before the travelling person has to be at the airport. A hic cup was that the plane was delayed so Seawell Air Services suggested that the dogs be fed and walked. These Bouviers sniffed the dog chow that was purchased from a nearby supermarket and did not touch the food as they are accustomed to having all kinds of meats with their chow!
The dogs also had to overnight in Miami and their owner got to see them and speak to them before travelling to her next USA destination. She said she could hear them barking from their cargo section in the plane! And the airline personnel did announce that the barking heard was indeed dogs travelling from Barbados to the U.S.A. with their owner to which some passengers clapped and cheered!
All in all, an expensive operation which also took time and planning and maybe one which, if the person, is not truly a dog lover and maybe does not have the money for the expense, will mean that the person will leave the dog behind. The approximate cost was BDS. $14,000. (BDS $ = BDS. $2 to USA$1)
These Bouviers from Barbados currently live in a townhouse, next to a wooded area and a stream. They are walked several times a day and their owner recently received permission to build a small fenced area around the back area of the townhouse so they can enjoy the sunshine outside as well as from the upstairs deck. They seemed to enjoy their first snow fall very much. On the upstairs deck, they enjoy seeing the squirrels and other animals. On their walks, the owner tells me that they are petted and loved in the area. And the pet sitters when they are brought in are happy with them. They have now enjoyed their first mild winter and are settled in the USA where they do not seem to get the tick problems as in Barbados.
She says that, of course, they miss their Bajan family and their freedom of a large fenced area in Barbados.
In the above pix. are Ch. Calliope Rupert, Calliope Radcliff and Calliope Odin, (three Bouviers from Barbados now living in the USA) with my own Bouviers, Ch. Calliope Rhapsody, C.D, and Ch. Calliope Rita, C.D.