seriously, I really do. Over the past few weeks I have learned
a rather amazing new lesson and now I can’t stop doing
Barbet – Claude Barbet jumps!!
French leaper of gates and whatever other obstacles are
in front of him is now leaping all over the place. Oh yes
I’m out-leaping Kangaroo’s and if I knew what
a Kangaroo was I just know I would out jump one
is so cool……..Claude is enthusiastic about his
is so thrilled I have even developed a new style for my
new trick. It is trend setting and ALL Barbets should look
like this – BUT only if you can jump up, jump, get
up and jump around….jump around
Barbet is the coolest……….
how has this level of excitement been reached??
peeps lets go back a couple of weeks………..
were in the woods at our house (our house)!!! When I lost
The Dearest One – Aarrgghhhh
around, sniffed around, jumped up, jumped up and sniffed
around, then suddenly I spotted her on the other side of
the gate. Oh oh – now what do I do?? Can’t get
round it, can’t go through it and I certainly can’t
tried hard to encourage me to leap the gate – NO CHANCE
during that weekends training with my tutor and with The
Dearest One out on the training grounds I was asked to jump
a gate, and a fence. I did neither and tried every which
way but loose to find a way through the hedge, brush, brambles
and all for nothing. I despaired at my plight!! Not
she would open the gate and or lift me over. And she did…….my
tutor smiled one of those smiles that actually said “we
are not amused”!!
from that everything else went quite well. But I couldn’t
help but think it was not going to end there. It didn’t
was cancelled that week and instead the ménage changed.
It changed into a show jumping arena – for the Barbet!!
so for days on end I jumped embarrassingly low high jumps
– or so I thought?
Devious one was making them higher and higher without me
noticing. Where before I could crawl under the jumps and
then walk under them I suddenly realised I was jumping them.
for the weeks that followed I was in that ménage
jumping fences, low ones, high ones and some that were impossible.
Until I jumped them as well!!!
I’d have had one more day in there I would have flown
out across the valley because I had got to the stage of
growing wings I spent so much time in the air.
Barbet, now there’s a thought
how far it is to Paris as the crow flies?? OK then –
as the Barbet flies
The amazing Claude Barbet set for take off
Cleared that with ease and a clear round with no penalties
a minute – I hadn’t noticed that before?
those fledgling wings I see sprouting from my head?
this rate I’ll be retrieving game at 300 feet –
“Roger that Houston”
know, when I’m jogging around the ménage to
come back to jumping the fences and me flying over them,
I sing a little tune to myself that always adds to my motivation.
Perhaps you could think about teaching your Barbet the words
to my flying song when you’re out and about exercising
it goes something like this……………
I had the wings of a Sparrow”
“If I had the bum of a Crow”
“I’d fly over the fields tomorrow”
“And poo on the Spins below”
has a little jen’ai C’est quoi to it don’t
course you can change ‘fields’ to perhaps garden
or park……..but if you’re out in the park
make sure you hit the Spins? After all, you don’t
want angry parents after you do you!!!!
enough Barbets out there learn this I thought we could get
together and form a band to perform it live at the next
have a name for us (Oh no)
Barbet and the Flying Howlers’
And safely down with a gentle landing………..”Gimme
the treats woman”
the snow disappeared or whatever snow does we headed back
to the training ground where my lessons commenced??
this was going to be some lesson!!
Claude” “No really, it is, so tell us what happened”
peeps I will
goes. Firstly, I now walk to heel nearly all the time, it
is now becoming second nature which is the way it is supposed
to be. But I can see the benefits as it’s much easier
to get the treats!! “Am I allowed to say that”?
so to School
to retrieve in the woodland area which is great fun because
all sorts of wild boar and deer and brown bears are in these
woods so a retrieve is pretty damned dangerous (He’s
useless at exaggeration)!!! But the smells and scents are
a distraction, so on the first attempt I missed the dummy
altogether and wandered aimlessly about smelling where the
that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it
I had scented everywhere(ish) I was sent out again to retrieve
and this time there was no messing about and it was easy.
I had to find the damned thing, but got a little treat because
it was a good call back – with the dummy
came the starting pistol retrieve which is where the pistol
is fired and at the same time the dummy is launched into
the abyss…….this was easy.
watched where it was going and when told, Zoooom…….I
was off and running and got to the dummy, picked up, and
a perfect retrieve.
– zoom – pick up – take to The Dearest
One and liver cake!!!
of cake really!!
horror of horrors!!!!
this last time and there was no way I was going to be embarrassed
a second time.
looked awesome compared to my jumps in the ménage
but with some encouragement and gentle persuasion –
I jumped it
two pieces of liver cake for that one jump – so I
went back. But then I didn’t, as I was called to heel.
over and smug does not do this justice!!
the way back home in the home car I said to The Dearest
coat is carrying too much drag and I’m not smooth
enough in the air”
holding me down and I need less weight”
she said “When we get back I’ll have a look
and get you on the table tomorrow for a real cut back”
I’ve finished with you you’ll float with attitude”
the following day true to her word I was given a serious
clipping. But this was going to make me look like a real
star…….a super star no less
those Ninja Barbet?? All in black and menacing in look
are nothing compared to me now…………
of countless photo’s, he has his own website (sort
of) is the Star of Claude’s Adventures”
here he is” (drum role)
VERY OWN – SHAUN CLAUDE DAM GOOD”
no no……..!!!! Don’t cheer and applaud
too much, his ego is big enough and we have to live with
SHAUN CLAUDE DAM GOOD
Claude will be back……..in……….
‘Barbet of Fury’