come on peeps it’s all rather obvious isn’t
it? What have I been telling you for ages and ages? I
am French, Gorgeous and simply the best!!!! And to prove
to me it was obvious anyway, I am Claude Barbet and when
it comes round to giving out awards and serious awards
at that, it was obvious I would sweep the board with them.
And here they all are:
Nearest me – Best Script Writer and Screenplay
To the left is - Best Barbet
And at the front - Best Actor and Dream Dog to be with
– My little co super star, and also a winner picked
Best Supporting Actress and
Best White Bit on a Black Dog
Spins get silly flowery things and a bit of paper, WE
get Oscars and a bit of paper!!!!!
now have 7 green Spins……Dream on boys and
girls – The French have arrived in style!!!
peeps, all in all we had a great couple of days at the
I’ve been a busy boy since my last set of adventures.
Done loads of stuff and spent most of my time with further
training and getting sorted for this show which was held
in Douai in Northern France.
peeps it was a homecoming for me and Anouk. The motherland
for us Barbets and somehow I felt right at home and it
was easy to recognise the smells and sights and sounds
of our wonderful country.
is a small town that was hosting the 2013 Nationale &
Internationale show for all sorts of canines like us.
The best of the best of the best……and they
would have to be as well?
come on peeps……….you know the words??
know want to sing along with me……….don’t
ARE THE CHAMPIONS……..WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS……..NO
TIME FOR LOSERS (the Spins) COZ WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF
come on…….join in
like all my adventures you have to start somewhere and
so it is with these adventures as well that we start back
at the house on the hill…………..
week or so before we were due to leave for France there
was a small issue of making both Anouk and myself look
me it was easy………I look a natural superstar
anyway so doubt I would need any make-up artist, any bathing
or grooming. Oh how wrong I was!!!!!!
Anouk – the female of the species it was to be the
Bathed, groomed, make up, nails, eyes, ears in fact you
name it, she had it. Typical female!!
Dearest One though went completely over the top on me.
You would think by now she had got used to living with
a superstar………but no
was shampooed, showered, groomed, clipped, nail pedicure
and generally pampered to death.
afterwards I went outside and jumped in the pond!!!!
was not a good idea
fact it was utterly stupid
we go again……….Shampooed, showered and
then banned from the pond!!!!!!
came out looking like, Er…………Anouk!!!!!
Dearest One had a cunning plan?
involved collecting Annette from where ever she lives
and then onwards towards the Euro tunnel. Once at said
tunnel we were to meet up with Wendy, Julian and Nicky
– remember them??
we were with them at the Game Fair and you might recall
this……and if you can’t then damned well
read my adventures about it. Because Julian was the one
with the nervous twitch and odd behavioral patterns!!
was just sensible……………Yawn!!!!!!
back at the house, she of the Subaru had packed it out
with teabags leaving just enough room for Anouk and myself
to lie down. Also in the car was dog food………that
would be useful!!
my favourite silliness was that Anouk and I had Passports.
Like there are millions of Barbets and a Passport was
going to separate us from the madding hoards of Barbets
trying to get out of the country – or back in. Pet
Passports – oh good grief. Just as well we didn’t
Each flea would have to have a passport!!!!
so off we went leaving the house late in the evening to
collect Annette and then onwards to meet murky, lurky
and friend – sorry – Wendy, Julian and Nicky
at the Euro tunnel.
Annette’s, the car had to be re-configured so that
Annette could drive it and share the burden. But being
vertically challenged with legs stopping just short of
a normal humans knee’s this meant a complete redesign
of the Subaru’s driving geometry……….Anouk
and I just slept through it all
Euro tunnel was excellent, organised and quick, and its
takes half the time the ferry does crossing the pond –
and about a tenth of the time it took Annette to get comfortable
driving the Subaru!!!!
on the journey through the tunnel Julian of the nervous
twitch had come to chat with us and we all agreed we would
follow his car from Calais all the way to Douai………
could possibly go wrong!!!!
Some idiot forgot to plot the SatNav with the fact we
were now France – DURRRRRR!
2. Within 10 minutes we were in a small French village
with no Julian and no Douai
3. We were lost………
stage left – the mobile phone and with the idiot
attached to it and with many calls and many more directions
we somehow managed (read mismanaged) to find the twitching
one and Wendy. For Anouk and myself it was a religious
all booked into the hotel and all was well……NOT
– we got in cost effectively and the hotel worried
about Julian’s twitching decided to charge them
a lot more. Apparently it was a booking error and eventually
all was calm and cost effective again.
then after settling down in our rooms we were unsettled
for a flying visit into Douai itself where hundreds of
my fans packed the streets to see me……
as it turned out………they didn’t!!!
place had Er…………buildings
Er……..and other buildings
there was this thing??
made us nervous as to what we were heading into!!!
Dearest One and Co went to eat out at a restaurant who
welcomed in the dogs, but not Anouk and myself as we stayed
in the car resting after the autograph hunters and paparazzi
who were not in Douai either!!
we in the right place I wondered to myself – Claude
Barbet returns home to be welcomed by no one really!!
Must be that SatNav.
girls took a trip to the local Carrefour Supermarket and
we went back to the Hotel where Anouk and I tried to make
friends with the Hotel cat. I blamed the language and
the cultural difference to be honest. The cat didn’t
understand a word of Engleesh and our French wasn’t
that good so the cat decided to leave and go and chase
birds or mice or whatever cats do.
know from experience that the cats we have around the
house just simply terrify us all. Although they are useful
to annoy The Spins with…….that’s always
a good laugh.
that night we noticed Annette had got 6 bottles of water
that we opened and enjoyed only to discover that she had
stolen them from Wendy!!! Am I supposed to say that?
all’s well that ended well?
evening was spent with Anouk and I watching the human
contingent consume volumes of wine – the next morning
was going to be interesting!!
Peeps – it never got to the morning??
humans substituting water for wine took us out for our
evening constitutional moments on a lovely grassy area
next to the hotel car park. Of course it was a secure
car park. Secured and locked down at 10pm. We got locked
in the car park and locked out of the hotel. OH WONDERFUL
– or Porthos as he is now known went into One Musketeer
mode!!! He stealthily leapt over the fence, dashed fearlessly
across the open spaces to the hotel lobby to get help
to let us all back in!! Vive Le Julian……….
and Anouk on MY bunk bed…..bliss……..ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz
– sort of………Ooops!
vertically challenged one on the bunk bed……..and
you really don’t want to know what I am saying to
her either. I was simply unimpressed!!!
next day Peeps it was SHOW TIME……..oh yea……..bring
all met up with Anne and Wouter from Holland who had bought
with them their Barbets – Alba and Lotus…..I
rather liked Alba.
went all French in a romantic kind of way and practiced
my romancing on Lotus – but she wasn’t that
impressed to be honest. This came as a complete surprise
to me?? Probably doesn’t know who I am……
the hell did I do to upset her!!!!
Just trying to be friendly…………honest!!!!
was the French Nationale Show – this is serious
stuff. This was Le Crufts in a French kind of way. Anouk
and I had never seen or experienced anything like this
before but I just knew peeps this was my time. You know
the feeling, you know when you just have to do the right
thing. And so I did………….and so
this was what all the showering, grooming, nail clipping
and jumping in the pond was all about……the
re-showering, the re-grooming. This was my day to perform
and strut my gorgeous stuff……….and so
got ‘Best Dog’ winning CACS along the way
and Graded Excellent.
if there would be any other result!!
next…..and she got ‘Best puppy’ bless
her, and Graded ‘Very Promising’ which is
the highest award that you can get for a puppy.
(still not happy with me) got Best Junior and Alba gained
Best of Breed, both Awarded Excellent. Just another Barbet
winning performance…..what more can I say. Except
I really liked Alba………!!!
so that was it for day one in the show ring………
rather it wasn’t?
CAMERA AND (QUIET ON SET PLEASE)
rushed over to The Dearest One and told her that Anouk
had to go to the Main Ring for Best Puppy of the day.
It was like being at Crufts for Supreme Champion in a
non recognised in the UK kind of way!!!!!!
what the hell is this Crufts thing anyway……….
so with the crowd anticipating seeing the Best Puppy,
Anouk was announced, pause, then under a spotlight, out
she ran with her ever faithful owner!!
I expected, it was a walk in the park for Anouk who simply
and literally took it all in her stride, she really showed
off and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Star is born…….
so it came to pass that after day one of showing we were
off to enjoy a traditional French meal – McDonalds!!!
Then back to the hotel to wash it all down with yet more
is it with you lot and wine?
and shine peeps………it’s day 2 of
the showing off ..sorry.. of showing and this one was
THE Big One…..THE INTERNATIONALE SHOW
my owner or rather all our owners had missed the confirmation
the previous morning. The whole point of this trip was
to achieve just that. After some human administration
frustrations all UK dogs present were confirmed –
which I have to say was a bit of a relief!!
what a day it was as well………
It did not surprise me that I got Best Dog again and then
went one better? I got Best of Breed!!
Oh yes peeps she got Best Puppy again!!
serious…..anybody would think it was important!!
from my CACS I also got my Internationale CACIB………
non………..I have no idea either but apparently
went on to get Best Junior Bitch and Hallie went on to
achieve Best Bitch and both were Awarded Excellent.
went back into the main ring to compete for Best Puppy
and I am delighted to say she got shortlisted down to
the last 10.
for me I also went under the spotlights of the main ring
and of course showed perfectly and never put a foot wrong.
so for day 2 that was it…….oh no not again
all had to go into the main ring one last time with all
the different breeds from the special classes. And this
was real fun…….
individual breed was announced and led into the main ring
with music blasting away in the background, by men dressed
in highly coloured shirts and trousers and wearing big
fun, good laugh and a nice ending for the Finale
so after all that it was time for Au revoirs………..
me on the left!!! Notice how the vertically challenged
one is only slightly taller than me. Worrying isn’t
centre stage is Jean Paul Gautier – you can tell
by the colour co-ordinated clothing
should at this point just stop for a moment and say a
BIG MERCI - THANK YOU to Anne and Wouter who also had
the onerous task of showing our owners the ropes for our
first Internationale show. Merci - Thank you
so it was to get ready for goodbyes and then the long
trip back to the house on the hill……..
we got to the Pet Passport Office in Calais to check the
dogs in I noted him telling the Dearest One that he loved
our names – Claude and Anouk. And had she named
us after some famous French film stars……..oh
how we laughed!! NOT
had to remind him that it was more likely they were named
after two famous show dogs!!!!
that’s it really……..on the way home
our owner got very tired and sensibly stopped to rest
and joined us in the back of the Subaru for a few hours
sleep. Unconventional but sensible.
so peeps………you now know that all I have
been telling you for such a long time is True?
is now confirmed by the French that I am Claude Barbet,
Gorgeous, French and I now have the Oscars to prove it
and a piece of paper!!
get a T-shirt to fit me……..
for you further delectation a few of the shots that got
combination of lost plot, wine and a motorized scooter
that’s it for now Peeps……hope you enjoyed
our little trip overseas
revoir and remember? You are now in the presence of a
Confirmed Super Star!!