I am saddened to announce that:
CH-F Poppenspaler's Sangria has gone to Barbet heaven. She had a huge mammel tumor. Some of us had seen her in August at the Club specialty show and she holds a special place in our hearts as she is in many Barbet français pedigrees.
She represented line 2 of the Barbet de Camargue
(issue from the Chien Berger de Crau)which is as I mentionned recently, the rarest and most in danger of extinction.http://www.pawpeds.com/db/?a=p&id=783772&g=4&p=bar&date=iso&o=ajgrep
Her pedigree has been sorted out and what is important is that she has left us with her DNA and I have strands of her coat. She was a lovely dog with the easy going always happy character, not an agressive bone in her body, of a Barbet and contributed to the survival of the "old bloodlines". Anyone with Sangria in their pedigree can be really proud of the heritage they are responsible to transmit.
Below are some of my favorite photos:
Here she is with Vincacao ( DNA prouved)
In April 2009 during a visit at the Léobonnerie.
That bloodline has a particular eye and look, and you can read kindness in it.In fact, without DNA, you would be able to identify her pups if there were Barbets all lined up.
Here at the club show in August 2009, with Mrs Ezia Zagone who has always supported M Georgii and the "old bloodlines".
She was Georgy's favorite Barbet, because she was a descendant of Hercule di Barbochos de Reiau de Prouvenco. I think that says it all.
The (Griffon) Barbet Français is as you will notice here, from the Buffon 1783 breed chart, isse from the crossing of a shepherd and a "chien courant" or? what is the word in English?