I hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy and Healthy
New Year to all my readers and fans?? (Fan)
been a busy boy you know??
I’m sure you’ve seen around the social network
sites that I am now a Daddy. Oh my God, I can remember
when I was just a pup and now peeps I have some as well.
responsibility wears heavy on my shoulders (well sort
of heavy ish in a, I’m not looking after them kind
my mate Alba, well she is now!! Has done a fantastic job
and I am so happy that both Alba and my children are doing
well. We might be continents apart!! But that never stopped
me from staying in touch with her………we
were on Skype as often as giving birth allowed
you just love technology?? But I look so nervous and anxious
don’t I? oh ok, so I don’t!!
But here I am on Skype giving out re-assuring noises and
of course giving advice to Alba on breathing and pushing.
I obviously have no idea what I’m talking about
but I sounded like a real Doctor………..hmmmmm
now there’s a thought?
so how did all this happen I bet you’re asking……..non
non non, not the mating, but the bit before with the introductions
– gosh peeps, you are naughty
actually Alba and I met in France when I was winning everything
and collecting nice shiny cups (That’s a snipe at
the Spins for only collecting flowery rosettes)
we got on really well and she is a lovely Barbet you know,
nice looks, nice figure and a great personality. She is
also a winner like me so our compatibility was never in
so the humans agreed and arranged a suitable meeting place
for the happy couple to join together!!
later we met in deepest, darkest, wettest, windiest UK
and deep down South in the New Forest….we were there
for a couple of days and it was great we stayed in a nice
hotel that was dog friendly. Good grief peeps they even
let me play with those nice New Forest Ponies!!!
it was a bit one sided and I hid from them most of the
time. We have a horse at home and that is to be avoided
at all costs. So I know my place with the larger Equines!!!
Like, 100 meters’ from them……..
So here’s where I stayed
Nice isn’t it……..the weather looks nice
as well!!! But that didn’t last long………
here’s me making friends with a New Forest Pony!!
can see me if you look very carefully………
do you mean, you can’t see me?
if you can’t, that’s because I am over a 100
metres away back in the hotel garden!!!!
is not stupid
Claude needed all of him to be able to enjoy his honeymoon
so after the honeymoon was over, Alba and I said our goodbyes
and off she went back to Holland and I went back to the
house on the hill to nervously wait to see if I was to
be a Daddy – THE Daddy!!
how the hell they knew about Alba and myself I just don’t
know but isn’t it a marvel of 21st century technology
today that someone knew and chose to tell Anne and Wouter
what to do after our honeymoon – amazing, truly
everyone else was nervous except me to be honest. For
me it was just as I expected and I knew would happen,
I am after all, Claude Barbet – was there ever going
to be any other outcome? No of course not……..the
signs were there!!!
news came through that Alba was in pup and I was now going
to be the Father of ‘some’ puppies. At that
stage it’s not quite an exact science.
as we got towards the Xmas and New Year The Dearest One
went slightly berserk in a sort of – you’d
think she was the Father kind of way…….as
Alba started to give birth to MY pups!! I like the sound
of that you know….
bless…………and here is comes? Son
of Claude Barbet (or daughter)
it’s like a movie scene isn’t it? No it isn’t,
here is one of seven that Alba did a magnificent job with
hang on a minute? Let’s not forget me in all of
had to spend two minutes of my time on this as well you
know, at the beginning!!
exchange…….(oh no, that will be controversial)
one by one as the hours ticked by there were more and
more, up to seven that is and I immediately thought about
Claude Barbet and the 7 Barbet Dwarfs.
then thought that the Magnificent Seven sounded better
came the colours…..Black and White, Brown and white,
brown, black so many combinations and so much choice.
Am I good or am I good…….
yes and one more thing??
of them is a Claude lookalike………oh yes
– just what the Doctor ordered a Claude facsimile.
Now the world will listen……(mad scientist
think there are seven here……..just check for
me will you…..
time and Alba is the perfect mum ,,,,,,, is that mini
me in there?
always after a hearty good meal comes the after affect……Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Me Me – look peeps a mini me……..Er……am
I still feeding!! Typical…..!!!!
I had done my bit in all of this and what do you think
I was doing whilst nervously awaiting news from Alba’s
not chewing my nails, not chewing the furniture, not watching
television, not annoying the Spins………
was out and about on the beach and generally exploring
and sniffing around to see what hidden treasures I might
Of course I was thinking about poor Alba, good grief peeps
what do you think I am??
said that?? Come on, who said that?? What do you mean
– typical man!!
so after all of my two minutes of hard work, the worrying
and the nerves, the constant checking on the internet
as too how Alba was getting on, the excitement of all
my pups being born, the thrill of knowing there’s
a mini me and then the beach walk and exploration time,
it was enough to eventually wear me out peeps –
you have no idea what I went through!!
really peeps there’s not a lot more to add, I did
what had to be done (it would have been rude not to) and
now I can rest knowing my work is over and that I can
relax and life will return to normal?
ok that’s an exaggeration? Life is never normal
up here on the hill…………..
I sincerely want to say BIG THANK YOU’S to some
very nice humans?
and Wouter for the puppy pictures, and of course the journey
they made in le horrible weather just so Alba and I could
also to Wendy and Julian for the rather splendid meal
at their equally splendid establishment that’s not
on a hill……
to Annette of course for providing the honeymoon suite
at another not on the hill establishment…..
last, but certainly not least, THANKS to Alba. Without
whom none of this would have been possible!!
as a sort of epilogue to these adventures I will leave
all you peeps to ooohh and ahh and say things like ‘oh
bless’ and ‘aren’t they lovely’
and and and….you know what I mean……..
a tired and worn out Claude Barbet
guidance: The following contains pictures of cute
puppy Barbets. Looking at them may cause life changing
decisions. You have been warned!!!!!!!
Peep….mini me....gorgeous – I know I know
don’t keep on…
Hope you enjoyed……………..
bless, aren’t they so cute and cuddly” “Just
like their Dad”!!!!!!!!!