Our New Puppy Charlie

We are so grateful that our search for a Barbet puppy led us to Karen Lorenz of Companions with Heaven!  Karen called us promptly in response to our inquiry and gave a detailed description of her breeding Barbets and the testing she has done. She responded promptly to any follow-up questions, as well. She was knowledgeable of the requirements of air travel with a puppy and met us promptly at the appointed time with our bouncing puppy boy! Our new puppy “Charlie” was clean, healthy-looking, cheerful, and affectionate right upon greeting.  Karen had all of the AKC and that paperwork in order.

Charlie traveled exceedingly well, remaining calm and quiet through eight hours of flights and layovers.  He has responded well to our other dogs and family members showing evidence of having been well socialized. He seems to have a very stable nervous system, calming very quickly from any startling event.  He has been sleeping through the night in his crate beside her bed, without complaint from the first night!  Charlie has kept his crate clean and has been a cinch to house train, with only one accident in the house so far.  By the second day, he went to the door and whined to go out!

Most impressive besides his sweet disposition has been his learning ability.  Charlie learned to offer a “sit” for more kibble while being hand fed on the first day.  After naming this position, he quickly learned to sit on command.  On his third day with us, this nine-week-old puppy learn to try to drop to a down position when a treat was lowered to the floor in front of him.  Many dogs take a long time to figure out what you want them to do, and just paw at the hand holding the treat and get frustrated, but not Charlie!  His learning potential seems unlimited and we are excitedly looking forward to participating in dog sports as well as just having a companion who is so joyful and smoothly integrated into our household!


Cathy and Harry Cook