09 September 2018. Congratulations to Gary Howley on Georgie (Ch Espinay Belle Amie) being awarded Best Junior in Group at the Murrumburrah Harden Show yesterday. Good work team!
Last night we welcomed our C-Litter to the world. Louise needed a caesarian section to deliver all 4 puppies as one very large (755 gram) puppy was causing a traffic jam. Louise has recovered well and puppies are doing well too.
We welcome 1 female and 3 males from Louise (Ch Despreaux la Chanteuse) and Kathare (Kathare des Sentiers du Roi (Belgium).
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Louise (Ch Despreaux la Chanteuse) has had an ultrasound confirming she is pregnant. Sire of the litter via frozen semen is Kathare Des Sentiers du Roi (Belgium) Kathare was also the sire of our B-litter. Puppies are due at the end of August.
On 06 July 18, Nena (CH Espinay Albine (AI) and our Saluki Sookie (CH Alshira la Sylphide (AI) JC) attended a heart clinic in Canberra with a veterinary cardiac specialist where they underwent an Echocardiogram. We are pleased to say both girls are now certified as having no echocardiographic evidence of cardiac disease.
Hugo also attended the clinic on 07 July 18. As he is still young, he only had a preliminary check via Auscultation (he will undergo an Echocardiogram when he is older). He was also cleared with no auscultory evidence of cardiac disease.
Our dogs generally undergo heart testing every couple of years throughout their lifetime. This helps us monitor for any changes, particularly as Pyreneans can be subject to later onset heart conditions such as Dilated Cardiomyopathy. You can read more about some of the heart conditions in the breed on our Health page.
Congratulations to Gary Howley and Espinay Belle Amie (Georgie). On 1 July 2018 Georgie earned her final points towards her Champion title (title subject to Dogs NSW approval). Very proud of both of them. They make a great team.
(Ch Despreaux Highlander)
15 August 2006 - 19 June 2018
On 19 June 2018 we said goodbye to Hamish.
Words are hard right now and I feel like my tears will never stop.
What can I say about a dog who was my everything.
We had a saying which truly summed up his personality. “It’s all about Hamish”.
He believed the world revolved around him. The truth is that it really did.
Now he is gone and he has taken a large part of my heart with him.
Rest easy now my boy. I will always love you to the moon and back.
A big thank you to Albie's owner Mary-Anne for sending these great photos of Albie (Espinay Arvie) at work as a Therapy Dog. We knew as a puppy that Albie was destined to spread joy and smiles and we thank Mary-Anne and his family for helping him to show his full potential.
8 May 2018. Happy 5th Birthday to the A-litter 'puppies' BJ, Azure, Albie, Red, Elouise and Nena. I am so proud of all of them and their achievements. I am most proud, however, of the joy they all bring to their fantastic homes. It has been a pleasure to watch them blossom into adult dogs and I look forward to sharing many more years with them and their owners. A few recent 'happy snaps' here of each of them, but be sure to also go to our A-litter page where you can visit each of their individual pages for a lot more information and photos.
It was a good weekend for the girls this weekend. In Sydney on Saturday 28 April 18, Pocket (Espinay Belle Epoque) was having fun at the Ladies Kennel Club shows with her co-owner Sally. Pocket decided that as she had won Best of Breed, she should also get first dibs on sitting in the chair (picture below). On Sunday 29 April, Georgie, along with her brother Hugo had fun meeting people at the National Capital Kennel Club Show in Canberra, with Georgie beating her brother to win Best Junior and Best of Breed. She also went on to win Best Junior in Group under judge Mr Andrew Burt from Victoria. Georgie is pictured below in the ring with her co-owner Gary.