Over the last few months you may have noticed there have not been many blog posts on our website and that’s due to a 6 month Sabbitical, that we took to get many projects done around our house and in our lives.
A Sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from 2 months to a year (and in our case we took a rest from updating this blog), so we could achieve a handful of goals.
Other then a few birthday posts, we left off with our G litter pups (from our Frankie X Chmurnik litter) who were preparing to go to their new homes back in the beginning of July. You will remember this was a whooping litter of 10 puppies and all were registered with G litter names. So in birth order…
Geppetto (brown male) – tan collar – lives with the Kennedy family (USA).
Gidget (brown female) – burgundy collar – lives with Lisa & Lise (USA).
Guantanamera (brown female) – grey collar – lives with Keith (our pick puppy).
Gryphon (black male) – brown collar – lives with the Barnes family.
Gilligan (brown male) – black collar – lives with the Llechu family (USA).
Gabriola (brown female with white paw) – pink collar – lives with the Landry family.
Galina (black female) – red collar – lives with the Komenda family (USA).
Goldilocks (brown female) – orange collar – lives with the Bash family (USA).
Grandmaster Flash (black male) – blue collar – lives with the Carscadden/Cotter family.
Gouda (black female) – yellow collar – lives with the Larmar family.
And to remember these little ones while they were here with us and this very special litter, we have put together this photo montage from the day they were born to nine weeks old…
Since we had our two litters last year fairly close to each other, one in January (Madzia X Dougy) and the other in May (Frankie X Chmurnik), this became our deciding factor to take the Sabbatical and get back to the core of our lives.
Our first project was building and tending to our first vegetable garden in our Elmira home. Which has been a dream of mine for the last five years. This required building a 3 foot picket fence as without one it’s darn near impossible to keep our dogs out of the veggies.
Next we took on two big restorations on our home. One being repointing our 9 foot wide chimney that was disintegrating and the other was to have a life-time steel roof put on our home. This meant having workers at the house for a couple of weeks and supervising the dogs at all times.
Our last project for around the home was building a 4 foot picket fence for our puppy area since we have seen hawks flying in the neighbourhood. This is an area where the pups will be able to play and romp around safely and we will have peace of mind they’re not getting into too much trouble or playing their ‘catch me if you can’ game in the middle of the night. They’ll still get full use of our fenced 2 acres on beautiful days.
Then in the fall we finally made the full switch to feeding our dogs raw. Everyone transitioned over successfully. There’s no turning back now and we even make our own food. Check out our new Raw Fed Barbet page.
Nearing the end of our Sabbatical, I went on a two week trip to Tofino, BC and Seattle to relax and get back to my roots. I spent most of my first week with my great friend Kate Cram (whom owns Wild Poppy Bistro & Old Town Bakery) and who is also the owner of two of our Nappyroots Barbet pups Cooey (Edith) and Fresh Prince (Henri) who are actually both Madzia’s puppies from our C and F litter. Kate and I hiked in the rain forest with the dogs on boardwalks, walked along the beaches and threw sticks into the ocean for Henri, enjoyed an authentic seafood boil right on the beach beside my B & B (we even used ocean water to boil our crab, YUMMY) and then back at her place made a big batch of raw dog food together. It was a great time shared by both of us and I could not have a greater friend on the island. This was actually the highlight of my trip
All the while Chris was preparing for his huge life change and left his job as an arial lift mechanic. He has taken on his life’s passion of photography full-time and teaching composition & global workshops through North of 49 Photography.
With the changing of the leaves we are back in full swing. We’ve started competing at confirmation shows again and planning our new Barbet adventures for the 2015 year. Our Sabbatical will give us enormous long-term benefits and we will look forward to doing it again in 7 years