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(This is Barney's original Home Page.  He's gone now (more here), but we've decided to leave this page as it was.)
BIS CH Bokar Barney Rubble CD, RN, AX, AXJ, AJP



Owned by James Moen, Catharine Pronzini, Carolyn Nusbickel
Bred by Carolyn Nusbickel
CH Wallbanger I'm Hot Stuff X CH Cordmaker Tennessee Waltz
Whelped August 11, 1999

Barney is a Puli, a Hungarian sheepherding breed known for the unusual coat, which is made up of "cords" (dredlocks).  This happens around the age of 12 months, when the initial soft curly coat is joined by a 2nd, stiffer and wiry hair.  These two types of coat naturally intertwine to form the cords.

Barney at 2 1/2 years

It takes 4-5 years to grow the cords to the ground, and a Puli shows better with a full coat, so during those early years, Barney did AKC Dog Agility and got his Agility Excellent and Agility Excellent Jumpers titles.  At age 5, I began to show him more in the Conformation ring, and at age 6 we hired well-known professional handlers Bill and Taffe McFadden, and campaigned him, mostly on the west coast.  He did well.

Barney in show coat

In 2008, he went Best in Show at the San Luis Obispo Kennel Club show in Paso Robles, CA, under Judge Mike MacBeth, handled by Bill McFadden. 

Best in Show

We retired Barney from Conformation at the end of 2008, but before he moved on, he won the Herding Group one more time.

Barney's goes out on top with a Group 1

He finished 2008 as the number 2 Puli in the country, and the number 16 herding breed dog in the country.

In 2009, Barney returned to Agility (click here to see him in action), and also got his CD Obedience title.  Though retired from Conformation, we brought him out one more time at the Puli Club of America's 2009 National Specialty, where he was awarded best Veteran.  In 2010 he retired from all competition and has been focused on enjoying himself and bossing the other Pulis in the house.  He still has a lot of living to do.  Who knows?  Maybe he'll take up Ham Radio.

Barney's titles (more detail about AKC titles - in front of the name and behind the name):
CH is Conformation Champion
CD is Obedience Companion Dog
RN is Rally-O Rally Novice
AX is Agility Excellent
AXJ is Agility Excellent Jumpers
AJP is Excellent Agility Jumpers Preferred

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