Blog about Barbet Yatzie & Moët

My life with the French waterdogs Yatzie born 2007 and her daughter Moët born 2011. Barbets are purebred, active, relaxed and allergy friendly dogs with a soft and loving spirit. I am Swedish but live with my dogs in Holland. I hope you will enjoy the blog! Enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

2016 > 07

As we were travelling down south from Lapland we had a nice rendez-vous with Clifford (Cliquot) from Yatzie's first litter (Moët's brother). We had not met since he left us soon 5 years ago and it was a joy to see him and his sweet family Dennis, Kristina and Jonna. Thank you so much for coming ur way to meet up! 

Leaving paradise - that is a paradox. But it must happen until we are there for real...

The weather in Lapland can change very quickly. Last night we could see some bad weather over the mountains and sat down by the waters by our house to enjoy the feeling of it approaching.

The grandeur, the silence, the waters, the beauty - this is where we belong!

I have never seen the dogs as happy as they have been this week - every day there is a new adventure waiting and they love it! And they get a lot of attention from all of us as you can see! Today we went to a new place to try our luck fishing. We did not caught any fish but we enjoyed it anyway. At the end of the day Moët laid down to rest on the grass, like most dogs would do - but Yatzie she found it a better idea to lie down on top of a plastic boat that was turned upside down! 

It was not the first time that Yatzie got close to a fish - but she seemed to have forgotten what kind of creature they are and she did not like that slimy, jumping thing on the ground! Once she realized that it was a harmless creature she stayed quiet and we had a lovely, peaceful day fishing along our favourite river, within walking distance from our cottage. The dogs followed me wherever I went, along narrow paths by the water falls - it was a little scary at times. But I know them and they have very good balance and judgement too. Once we sat down for a break Moët took a well deserved rest falling asleep right there by the fire!

The weather here in Lapland is just amazing this year! We took off in our little boat to a sandy beach on the other side of the lake where we have our cottage. There my nieces made a natural oven from slate stones where we fried eggs and sausages. Then a cooling dip in the clear waters and sun, sun, sun! 

The place where we have our Lapland cottage is called Klimpfjäll. It is close to the Norwegian border. There used to be a mine in the Stekkenjokk mountains between Sweden and Norway and years and years ago they built a mountain road through the wilderness to this mine. The mine unfortunately had to close but the road is still there and it gives us the chance to very easily get high up in the mountains by car. We park along the road and then we walk into the wilderness and sit down at some beautiful spot just to enjoy the nature. The dogs love jumping the stones and swimming in the called waters. And they love the grilled sausages we make on the open fire - and of course they get to taste!

When Yatzie and Moët get really happy they start chasing each other and tumble around - this si how happy they got when we arrived here!

Yatzie and Moët at the banks of Kultsjön, by our house. The silence of the wilderness is stunning. This video is recorded at 22.30 - it does not get dark here these days!

We are enjoying a few lazy days at our cottage and the dogs are loving it! 

We arrived in our paradise!

During Yatzie's first two years she almost daily walked in the forests north of Stockholm, where we lived then. Today, on our way to Lapland, we went back to visit the area and spent a lovely hour in her beloved forest. This time with daughter Moët by her side. The forest was full of adventured for the two barbets but alos of blueberries and Yatzie and I ate a lot! She always loved blueberries, Moët spit them out!

Here they are the three generations, Yatzie 9 years, Vera 10 months and Moët 4 years and 10 months!
It is very touching to see them together and to ponder on the fact that one has been blessed with the possibility to be part of bringing these beautiful bundles of joy and love to the earth!

We had a yummy and sunny premiere breakfast on the terras that Jörgen had just finished! 

Fyn is a small island and the beach is within short reach from the house of Vera's. We took the three generations barbets there and they had a lovely time on the  beach and in the water. Until Yatzie and Moët found a trace and disappeared on the fields behind the beach.... Luckily we found them quickly - tired, dirty and happy!

Peliyah or Vera as she is called lives on the countryside on the middle island Fyn in Denmark. I was stunned by the beauty and peacefulness of this island. She has a barbet brother Helmuth and a sister Wilma. Tania and Jörgen have created a dog paradies there, with a fenced huge back yard where the dogs can run freely. Vera has grown into a lovely barbet resembling her mother Moët is almost every way! She was from the very begonning as a puppy extremely happy, waving her tail already as she came out of Moët's belly! And she still is just like that!

This year I will have a special vacation with just the dogs in Sweden! We are going by car all the way to Lappland! On the way we meet up with my two sisters and we drive all together. To Stockholm Yatzie and Moët will have the luxury of having the whole rear of the car to themselves - softly sleeping on their pillows! They are so easy to bring along in the car. They relax and are happy with a break every three hours or so. Then in the evenings, when we arrive to our different destinations, they get their exercise! Here we are just ready to take off to destination 1 - Fyn in Denmark where Vera lives!

Angel, Yatzie's daughter from the Angel-litter, had five puppies today! The proud father is Ollie. 2 boys and 3 girls, some brown and some black, most of them with some white markings. We wish the sweet mother good strength and we are all very proud!

Yatzie and Moët just had their summer cut and are happily roaming around on a field by our house. They seem to love the feeling of being so light and free with their shorter fur! So far it was not a hot summer but I always give them a good cut around this time of the year. And of course we are still hoping for some hot summer days! 

Vera, Moët's puppy in Denmark, had her summer cut. She looks so much like her mother! Tanja, her owner, has made a challenging activity forest track for her dogs which Vera enjoys a lot looking at the photos!

The dogs love the pebbles on our new driveway! They roll in it, play on it and rest on it! We are also very happy with the result. Gives us a more restful feeling. 

So far summer was lousy here in Holland. But this weekend we were lucky to be able to enjoy some sun on our favourite dog beach Parnassia. 

You may be surprised to see these sunny beach pictures in a blog about Lapland! But Lapland has everything you can dream of (almost) and when the weather is as good as it is this year we spend tme on this lovely beach situated on the other side of the lake from our cottage. We pack lunch in a rucksack and take off with our boat. On the beach my nieces Anna and Melise gathered some thin slate stones and made a perfect natural oven where we fried eggs and sausages for lunch! The dogs had their share of course. Then we had a nice swim (well, a short dip, it was rather cold) and just enjoyed the sun!

Our driveway is getting a makeover and the dogs find this very exciting! They are sniffing all the interesting smells from the earth that is turned around and from the new pebbles just spread out. These guys are doing an excellent job and during their coffee breaks the dogs always hang around trying to charme them into sharing their sandwiches with them! For the rest I have to keep the dogs inside because they like to be close to people and that is not so handy in this case! 

The Swedish dog magazine Härliga Hund this month features an article about my life with my barbets. Furthermore they added a breed description and made my book The Barbet Revealed the main price in their lottery! I am happy to be able to spread the word about our wonderful breed and share the story about how much my barbets mean to me with other dog lovers. It is available in the stores this week.

A barbet book!

The first book about the barbet published in Europe is here! 308 pages, 300 photos, in hardback  for years of enjoyment. Order the book here: The book is available in English and Dutch and can be shipped to all countries!
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Authours: Elisabeth Roest Kempemo and Brigitte Waller-Rengelink. 

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  • June • 4 juni 2016 16:31:26
    Beautiful Barbets! Has been a dream of mine for almost 10 years to have a Barbet of my own! Someday! ;)

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