Sunday, December 31, 2006

Emma x Hardy Babies at 7 Weeks

Hardy puppy from his first litter - Lamont - Nightwind The Shadow Knows - by the Foxfair Import - Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Import x Nightwind Sillium, with Debbie Hodges going Best of Winners at just 9 mos. from the 9-12 puppy class for a 4pt major at the Buckeye Keeshond Specialty Weekend - Dec. 2006

Puppies from Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Imp. - Hardy and Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RN - Emma - 2 boys - 3 girls


Breeding is about at lot of things, planning, hard work, sleepless nights, pedigrees, conformation, health and temperament. But, one thing that you dont hear much about is when all is said and done you also need a bit of luck. Instead of what you hoped for you can get the opposite. Well, in this case dreams did come true and the pixie dust was liberally sprinkeld on this litter. They are amazingly consistent and at seven weeks even Jeannie and I get them mixed up. After trimming the hair on their ears they have decided to come up and I expect they will all be up in a few days.
They have thick coats, very pretty silver color, a lot of bone, substance and size, and as you can see very pretty expressions. Their structure is also very consistent with nice fronts and rears, good tail sets. Of course temperament is number one. All are very sweet and friendly, and then there is Emma Lee Jr, who has been practicing agility and beating up on her brothers since she could walk. Hmm. Wonder what the future holds for her?

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Monday, December 04, 2006

The Three Musketeers

The Three Baby Boy Musketeers

Even though Ryan is in the middle of studying for finals he took some time to help me get a few snapshots of the baby boys. They are now seven weeks old and looking gorgeous.

Dad is Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, "Andy" and mom is Ch. Klassics Turn Back Time, "Gabby". Gabby was a fabulous show bitch. Shown by Kathi Fleischer she swept all before her in the show ring. As a show girl she was very silly but has grown up into an a very well behaved lady and wonderful mom. Her dam is the one of the outstanding brood bitches of all time Ch. Aurora's Illumination, the dam of eleven Champions including Breed, Group and Specialty winners. The puppy's sire is the line bred "Andy", sire of specialty and sweepstakes winners. Both parents have been tested negative for PHPT and have passed all health tests.

These puppy boys are not only well bred, they have excellent bone and body, very good movement and gorgeous coats. Two of the boys will be placed in show homes on co-ownerships only. If you are looking for that very special show puppy you can really have fun with give us a call at 440-273-3078.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Emma and Hardy = Five Beautiful Babies

This is the much aniticpated litter combining Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RN, with our young
Ch. Vandaban Wessex, English Import. Both have had wonderful show careers with Emma taking RWB at the KCA national specialty and Hardy finishing his championship very quickly
with 3 five point majors. The combination of the type, substance and soundness with excellent temperament that is present is both parents makes us look forward to these puppies with great anticipation.

Puppies are doing very well and are now beginning to eat solid food very greedily!! Hardy of course is a proud Dad, but we have to say that he has not been much help, leaving Emma and Jeannie and her helper Debbie Hodges to do all the work, while he relaxes!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Big Baby Boy "BB" Four Weeks Old


Okay, so I always say, I don't post pictures of really little baby puppies. But you can always have an exception, right?

Gerry Brewer sent me this and it was just tooo cute to resist, so here it is. This is one of the three Andy x Gabby babies. They continue to be very bloomy, and err well - fat! I might be able to stop and see him on Tuesday, we will see.

Don't know about the names for these guys yet, do you have any suggestions? Maybe knights of the roundtable, Lancelot, Sir Gwain, etc. We do have to think of something, since we revoked Mary's naming privleges some time ago when she got into the "exotic" realm.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Meet Julyn De Jure - Hardy's English Dad

Julyn De Jure

Sire of Am. Ch. Vandaban Wessex
At 8 weeks, 8 months and 8 years

We have been asked for pictures of Hardy's relatives and previously posted a picture of his grandmother Julyn Silver Nutmeg. Here are some pictures of his sire, Julyn De Jure. He was not shown extensively in the UK and so did not finish his championship. However, he has sired some exceptional puppies including our Hardy. He still lives happily with his breeder Hazel Hodgkinson.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Four New Champions In 2006

Ch. Vandaban Wessex Eng. Imp.
Four New Champions This Year At Foxfair

We don't have all of their pictures yet, but we have three new champions at Foxfair!! You already heard about
"Hardy" Champion Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Imp. our boy that we imported from England.

Well, he was bred to "Emma", just after she became Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RN. Emma put a very nice spin on her show career by going Reserve Winners Bitch at the KCA National Specialty in Columbus, Ohio and then also finishing her rally title this year. Not only is she beautiful but smart. Hardy x Emma babies are due November 9th.

Then just two weeks ago Sally Carr and Doug Kepp's dog Scooter was finished by Sally's daughter Melissa. Scooter is a much loved dog and he is now Ch. Foxfair Let It Ride.
Sally says that being a champion has completely gone to his head and she has had remind him that he is a champion and not a prince! As far as we can tell the only thing keeping him humble is his mother Zarya.

The finale came this weekend at the Delaware Kennel Club show in Ohio, when our beautiful Valentina finished her Championship on Saturday, she went Best of Winners and Best of Opposite and repeated the Best of Opposite on Sunday when she was moved up to Champion. She is now Ch. Foxfair Valentina. Valentina is home now enjoying herself and reminding Ryan and I that she has particular tastes and needs. She likes to go out with one or two special friends. She does not like to get dirty or get her feet wet. She likes chewies but not hard bones. She does not like empty dishes left in her crate, and she does like some meat on her dog food. And one more thing, what was it? Oh, she does not like a pea under her mattress!

Some of you have asked about Hardy pictured above. Our plans were to show him through the end of the year, however, he had plans to change coat! So, we will be bringing him out at selected shows in the spring.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Photographing Your Puppy

The process of taking puppy pictures is not easy. However, it can be fun and successful if you follow a few guidelines. I wish I had known these tips earlier in my career in dogs and the photos we have would have been a lot better.

Everything related to dog photography of course has been helped by the invention of the digital camera. These cameras take photos that can be fixed later on if they are too dark, too light, etc.

It is truly remarkable that a photo, which at first glance would have been toatlly unsatisfactory can be transformed into a very nice photo. Here are the photo tips:

1) Always brush up your puppy or dog before taking a photo, it helps to mist the coat with a
spray bottle slightly.

2) The best photos are usually taken outdoors in the morning or afternoon. Avoid the bright
sun of mid-day.

3) THE MOST IMPORTANT THING - Keep your camera level with the puppy or dog. Do not
stand up and shoot down on the dog. To get level with the puppy or dog's eyes you will have
to have someone hold the puppy in their arms, as shown in the photo here, or you will have
sit down on the floor with your camera.

4) For Head Shots Get in Close - Don't be afraid to take a head shot and get in close with your
camera. Some cameras have portrait settings and you can try a few shots with that setting
or just use automatic.

5) For Standing Shots Use a 3/4 Pose - Most dogs do not photograph well in a full side shot
turn the dog in 3/4 to the camera. Check the legs to make sure they are straight.

6) YOU NEED HELP - Usually to photograph puppies you will need 3 PEOPLE. One to take the
picture, one to pose the dogs and one to get the dogs attention with a squeaky or other toy.
Over stimulating with the toy or noise does not work - let the person see what does work -
everyone making noises and throwing things only confuses the dog.

7) IF YOU ARE BY YOURSELF TRY THIS - I have taken some very good puppy shots by
myself but it does require patience. Scatter some playthings around an enclosed area. Plastic
flower pots are good, cloth toys work well, sit down and let the puppies play with your
camera ready. Let the puppy get engaged with the toy and at a good distance from the
camera. Softly make a noise. That is how the second picture above was taken.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Arrival of the Three Little Boys at Klassic

The Three Little Boys At The Milk Bar

We welcome to the world three male puppies sired by Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur. Doing all of the work now is their mom, Ch. Klassics Turn Back Time, better known as Gabby. Gabby was a sensational show puppy sweeping all before her and finishing her championship well before 12 months of age.

They arrived on October 14th, weighing in at 14oz, and two at 12oz respectively. My goodness!! What little porkers, they are. Gerry Brewer who whelped the litter for Mary says that at three days old they are now over 1lb. I expect the next thing I will hear is that they are entered at the BKC specialty in December!

Andy sends his congratulations to his new sons and wants to remind them that he expects them to behave like proper Keeshonden and keep themselves in trim condition.

I don't ususally post pictures of babies this young but they were so adorable with the little fat rolls on their necks I couldn't help myself. If you would like to inquire about a puppy from this litter contactl Mary Beeman at 419-562-4909.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Julyn Silver Nutmeg and English Dog Shows

The Beautiful Julyn Silver Nutmeg

Julyn Silver Nutmeg was born August 13, 1994, she is the senior dam at Julyn, her sire is
Eng. Ch. Boreasvale Bargeboy and her dam is Levinkan Elmo's Fire of Julyn. She only had one littermate Julyn Dutch Treat, so I think this was a Jack and Jill litter (one male/one female).
Her sire was quite popular in England and produced 81 puppies, including the Eng. Ch. Stratus Midnight Legend and Eng. Ch. Gavimir Pink Pearl. As you can see from her pictures she has lovely sliver color, excellent bone and outline, and very feminie type.

Julyn Sivler Nutmeg had two litters which produced one Finnish and two English Champions. The first litter she was bred to Eng. Ch. Venway Rakker and produced seven puppies, 3 females and 4 males. This litter included Finnish Champion Julyn Jumanji and Julyn De Jure who won his puppy class at Crufts. Her second litter was sired by Boreasvale Barn Owl and produced 6 puppies, 4 females and two males, including Eng. Ch. Julyn Absolutely Fabulous.

The number of champions in English pedigrees is generally much smaller than comparable pedigrees in the United States. However, the system is England is completely different. Class dogs have to defeat Champions in England in order to earn any points. This combined with the small number of shows makes it very difficult to make up to champions from any but the very best dogs. And, as in the United States many dogs are not shown extensively due to other commitments by the owners.

Due to the high price of gasoline ($5.00 to $6.00 equivalent US) groups of dog owners travel to dog shows on a rented bus quite frequently. They leave very early in the morning, 4Am is not unusual, and don't return until late. This also makes traveling with extensive grooming equipment impractical. The atmosphere at their shows is much more casual than ours with the ring steward marking the book, so the judges can write notes for their critiques. Judging critiques are expected of all judges and they are published in the dog newspapers which appear on the newstands in mid week following the show. So, as a judge, when you point to a dog you should be ready to make a sensible comment about why!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fall Is An Ideal Time For Your Dog's Health Check

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away ***
Dogs Can't Eat Too Many Apples*** But They Can Get A Fall Check Up To Stay Healthy

There are a lot of reasons fall is the ideal time for a check up for your dog. Older dogs, those over five years of age, benefit from an annual visit to the veterinarian. Winters can be hard on dogs and if your older pet is suffering now from stiffness and arthritis, the winter will be even harder on his joints. There are new medications that can be used to alleviate these symptoms, but they often require blood work and a prescription. A visit now will assure a comfortable winter for your older dog.

For all dogs, fall is the time for heartworm testing. If your dog has not been on heartworm preventative throughout the summer or through the year, he/she should be tested now. Twice yearly tests can catch the disease before it spreads and matures, and is very difficult and expensive to treat. A simple blood test is all that is required.

With the change in seasons also comes a change of coat for most dogs. Dogs with double coats consisting of a fluffy undercoat interspersed with guard hair may be in the final stages of loosing the undercoat. To assure that the winter coat grows in well and is not matted, the old coat has to be brushed out. A bath in warm water with a good shampoo, followed by a cream rinse and blow dry with a hair dryer brushing as you go, should do it. If you are not inclined to mess with the hair, a visit to the dog groomers is a good way to accomplish your goal and leave your house hair free. There are also dog washes springing up around the northeast Ohio. At a dog wash you can go and take advantage of the facilities and do it yourself.

One of the advantages of a professional grooming is that they will also trim your dog’s nails. If you look at the nails and can see where they curve downward, the nails are too long. Another way to tell is if you can hear the nails clicking on the tile as your dogs walks across the floor. Long nails are bad for your dog’s feet, making him walk on the heels of his pads. Most veterinarians and groomers will trim your dog’s nails on a walk in basis for a reasonable fee.

Ears may be something else that needs attention. If you have a Poodle or Cocker Spaniel or any dog where the hair grows under the ear, you need to check for infection. Clearing out excess hair under the ears with clippers or carefully with scissors will increase the flow of air and help prevent ear infections. Ears are also good places for ticks and fleas to hide. So checking ears is doubly important.

Speaking of fleas, now is the time to double check for fleas. The best place to find these on your dog is underneath on the stomach and between the back legs. You will be looking for little brown fleas, and also for the dirt they leave behind which looks like a sprinkling of coffee grounds. If you see any of these signs a flea bath is in order followed by a trip to the veterinarian to get flea medication and a consult on treating your premises.

Now is also the time to check bedding and fill those dog beds with new cedar chips, which help repel fleas and insects. A bath, new bedding and a visit to the veterinarian for a check up and your dog will be all ready for a healthy and fun winter.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Uh, Oh, Its that Muddy Paws time of year!

The Guilty Parties and Their Ringleader - The One With All The Mud On His Nose!

One night while I was watching the weather on TV, a young newscaster made a comment that went right to my heart. She said, “Freezing temperatures will make the ground hard, and the good thing is my dog won’t be tracking any mud into the house.” Immediately, the whole dog owning cast chimed in and agreed with her. Yay! Someone understands our dilemma. Dog owners do not like mud nearly as much as their dogs do. Most dogs don’t even seem to notice it. They happily jump up on your clothes, furniture, doors and track the brown stuff across the floor. What is a dog owner to do?

There are a few things that can help. First, trim the hair on your dog’s feet and pasterns. Long hair on feet and legs just brings in more dirt. If you are uncomfortable doing this chore let your local groomer to do it. It only takes a few moments and your dog will be more comfortable. Second, teach your dog to sit. Yes, he should know this already but may not wait patiently when he comes in the door so you can towel off each foot. Put a non slip mat by door, large enough for your dog to sit on comfortably without getting any mud on the floor. Immediately, when your dog comes inside ask him to sit. You can do this by putting treats in your pocket. Hold the treat up over his head and move it backward. Pull up on the collar, push down slightly on the hips. Your dog will sit and get rewarded. You may want to use a leash for control. Practice these sits five times each session, two sessions a day. Soon your dog will be sitting in the right spot. Toweling off muddy paws makes a big difference in what will be tracked into the house.

A product that is sold in some of the equipment catalogs and at the discount pet stores is self-rinsing shampoo. This can be used in a spray bottle and toweled off for even cleaner paws. Now, what to do about the door? Actually I am getting ready to paint mine a nice shade of mud, er, brown.

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Coping With Mr. Stinky

A Close Call For The Great Skunk Hunter

The other night I let Nova out the front door, usually she goes quietly down the steps for a little exercise. Instead, she charged into the dark barking like a coon hound on the trail. Nova, dear reader, is a 5lb Pomeranian. She weighs less than our cat, however, she is under the illusion she is a Great Dane. Suddenly, I am aware of a smell, it is not fall leaves, or apples it is SKUNK. I start calling Nova, but kind of under my breath because I don’t want to upset our guest. She stops and looks at me right at the edge of the steps. After a few more whispered commands, “NOVA, you come here RIGHT NOW!!” She finally turns and gets close enough for me to scoop her up and close the door. A close encounter of the stinky kind! Now, any time after early evening she only goes out in the fenced yard.

It is fall in northeast Ohio, and that means a very active skunk population. In our area the striped skunk is common and beneficial to gardeners because they eat insects, moles and other garden pests. Skunks and dogs, however, are natural enemies. Because skunks hibernate they must double their weight for the winter. They are also nocturnal and most active in cool weather. Fall evenings and nights are the perfect and most likely time for a skunk vs. canine encounter.

While some dogs will continue to pursue and kill a skunk even after they are sprayed, most obey common sense and back down. Perhaps they know that the skunk can have up to 5 more sprays in the chamber and so make a quick if none too graceful exit. To prevent your dog from meeting up with Mr. Stinky you can take precautions. Walk your dog on a leash in the evening and anytime you think there is a chance of encountering a skunk. Skunks will give a warning of stamping their feet, and then raising their tail. However, they have poor eye sight; you can stand still and let Mr. Stinky wander off on his business.

If the worst should happen and your dog is unfortunate enough to be sprayed by a skunk here are some tips for getting rid of the smell. Combine 4 cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of Dawn dishwashing soap. Protect your dog’s eyes from the solution by putting some Vaseline above the eye on the brow. Put cotton in your dog’s ears. Rub the solution in starting with the head being careful not to get solution in the eyes, mouth or ears. Rinse off. Shampoo your dog again with ¼ cup Dawn and ¼ cup of Dog shampoo. Rinse off.

Check your dog to make sure he has not been bitten. Skunks can carry rabies and if your dog has been bitten contact your veterinarian.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

New Champion at Foxfair -Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Import


It was a dark and stormy night, well, it was a stormy day anyway, when Hardy and Valentina went to the shows a few weekends ago in Ohio. Hardy complied with the weather and wore his rain gear. Valentina, ever the diva did not like her outfit. To be fair she kept stepping on the sleeves which pulled the hood down over her eyes.

Hardy goes on the with show in any weather and he won Winners Dog and took the points also at the next show weekend in Indiana to finish his championship. Valentina won
the points one day in Ohio and then went in for Best of Breed. This meant that I had to show her as Jeannie was busy with Hardy. As most of you know I don't go in the ring very often, mostly with puppies. The ring, of course, was full of puddles. Valentina, you understand, does not like to get her dainty feet wet. So, there I was in my bright red sandals, shusshing through the puddles with a very reluctant Valentina. When we got back to the judge he was laughing, and said to her, "It doesn't matter how hard you try, you can't avoid all of the puddles in the ring!"

Families are very important in breedng dogs. You always want to add dogs from very good families to the breeding program. This seems to be the case with Hardy's family. His sister is now Australian and New Zeeland Champion Vandaban Wallaby, and we understand his other litter sister Vandaban Wihelmina is almost to her Swedish Championship. Dogs cannot complete their championships in Sweden until they are two years old, which they will be on November 29, 2006. We think they may be the first Keeshond litter to become Champions on three continents and by their 2nd birthday! We will post some more pictures of Hardy and his sisters this week.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Surounded by Ocean on Nantucket

Well, I am up here on Nantucket for a week, while Ryan is at home taking care of the dogs. There is a project we are working on - very secret - and also having some recreation. It might be fun to tell you about Nantucket while I am here.

If you have not been here you have probably heard about it, the beautiful rose covered cottages, the history of whaling, or perhaps the famous Nantucket baskets originally made by sailors on whale boats, when there were no whales in sight. Unlike many other places you hear about it is all true. My friend Bruce likes to describe Nantucket this way, "First star to the right and straight on till morning" quoting directly from Peter Pan, and he being very Pan like himself. It is a kind of fairy tale place where artists come to work and people dream about all year making plans to spend their summer vacations here.

It is a true island, 35 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean directly off the shore Cape Cod, Massachusetts. So the only way to get here is by air or boat. If you get seasick the latter is not recommended. So, I come by air,

The population swells to vast number during the summer, luckily, for Nantucket, it has people who stay here year round and tend to matters like historical presevation and conservancy land use. The majority of the island is in a land conservancy, something you can see from the air. Speaking of air, it's airport, Tom Nevers, is famous as the location for the comedy series, Wings. It still looks like that, though the restaurant is separate now, it is not much bigger. To give you an idea - there are no gates, just one. There is no baggage carousel, the luggage just slides on one of two shiny plywood planks that tilt in toward the baggage area.

The airport can land a regional jet, or a private jet, but most commonly has the 9 seater planes of Cape Air, where if you are brave and lucky, you can sit next to the pilot as he/she navigates the plane against the ocean breezes that cross the runway. This give you admiration for the pilot and/or makes you very glad to be on firm ground.

More later.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Robin and Murasaki Gliding Along in Houston

Robin and Star Kees To The Purple Born
Tripping the Light Fantastic in Houston

Every year there is a Keeshond specialty in Houston, Texas. This year Robin Stark, who has been breeding beautiful Keeshonds even long than myself, (we both started as children), decided to take her new hopeful - 18 month old Star Kees to the Purple Born, better known as Mr. Murasaki. Mr. Murasaki is a son of the very wonderful, Ch. Star Kees Pick Lilli and Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, BISS.

Now, you might ask where did he get his name. Hmmm, Robin has a penchant for unusual names and this happens to be one of her tamer ones. However, his mother is owned by his co-breeder, Bernard Halliwell, and Bernard is fluent in many languages including, Japanese. Murasaki means purple in Japanese - thus, Mr. Murasaki.

Robin and he warmed up by winning RWD the first two days of the four day circuit. However, they finished strong by going WD on Saturday and Sunday and then to top it all off - they won Best Bred By Exhibitor in the Non Sporting Group. Robin says he is out of coat and she spent a lot of time trying to make 4 hairs into 40,000 - but very well done indeed!

Robin Stark, Jimmy Kranz and Mr. Mursaki share their home in Gilroy, California with other Keeshonds, a number of operatic tropical birds and a precious domestic porcine occupant - who honestly does not smell like one.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Playing Games That Teach

Gerry Plays Tickle The Tummy Vern Holds A Self Confident Puppy Girl

What does rolling a puppy over on its back and tickling it's tummy teach a young dog? Plenty, depending on it's place in the litter. This is a particularly useful game for dominant puppies who run up and demand instant attention or who rough up their littermates. By rolling the puppy over you are teaching him that you are the boss and the "head of the pack."

This can be quite a shock to a puppy that is used to having everything "their way".

Puppy behavior can also change dramatically just by leaving the litter. Once the puppy is alone the dominant puppy may become less so when it faced with a new environment and no one to lean on. The submissive puppy who has been bullied by dominant littermates may become much more confident and outgoing when it learns that he/she can get things done in world with out a bossy brother or sister.

As you can see by the look on the face of the puppy Vern Brewer is holding, this is a puppy that is used to being held - well socialized - she just is surveying the world from her perch high above the crowd - and her littermates. Daily socialization, being held and experiencing different parts of the house and yard are what lead to this self confident behavior.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sunday With Puppies at Beautiful Keedox Kennel in Bucyrus, Ohio

Gorgeous, Male Puppy from Litter by
Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, x Keedox Kitty Hawk, (WB KCA National Specialty, 2005)

What a fun day we had! Vern and Gerry Brewer hosted a get together in honor of their 7 week old litter of six puppies, 4 boys and two girls. A beautiful day with high clouds and the Brewers yard full of daylillies and other perennials in bloom. Did you know you can make a salad of daylillies, just like nasturtiums?

Jeanne Buente, Mary Beeman, Debbie and Mark Loesser and Debbie Lynch all had fun playing with the puppies - and chasing the puppies! This litter is one of the few times that two dogs who were Winners Dog (Andy KCA Ntl. 2002) and Winner Bitch at the National Specialty (Kitty KCA Ntl. 2005) were bred together! It was a very nice litter. Even though it is not a line breedings the puppies were very consistent in type, size and markings.

Excellent structure was evident throughout the litter, silver undercoats, excellent tail sets, nice bodies, and very good movement was found in all the puppies. At 7 weeks not all had their ears up, but some very nice typey heads as shown above were fairly consistent in the puppies. All had very friendly outgoing temperaments - and some really hammed it up for the camera. Others were, well lets just say they were wiggle worms on the table!

More pics to follow in coming days!

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Summer Outings

Mickey Kadala Enjoying The View On The Potomac, "While resting on the marble, of course"

The summer heat wave has created a major challenge - have fun and stay cool! Planning outings for early morning or late evening are best, take a hike or a brisk walk.

Another way to have fun with your Keeshond in the summer is include water visits in your plans. Keeshonden love the water! You have to be careful because some will simply go crazy when they see it and jump right in. The first time one of our youngters saw a stream at the park - she just took off running, jumped in and was splashing around before we could do anything!

Keeshonden are also known at the Dutch Barge dog, and as such have an affinity for the water and boats. We know of many people who take their Keeshonden on their sail boat or motor boat with them. If they go in deepwater a life vest is added to the equipment.

If you have no water you can create your own fun. Just purchase a plastic wading pool from the local Wal Mart, fill it with cool water and watch your Keeshond splash around. For some you have to demonstate - but that is part of the fun!

If you are fortunate enough to live near the water you take your dog with you and have them pose so you can take a picture - just like Mickey!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Keeping Your Keeshond Cool

Foxfair Casey At the Bat - Keeping Cool

With their double coat Keeshonden are well insulated against the cold and some say also the heat, but all dogs can get over heated in the summer time. Many of our dogs enjoy air conditioning, but these dogs can really get overheated if they are not used to being outdoors in the heat.

Exercise your dog in the early morning and evening when the air is cooler. I'm not much for running but when I see someone running in the heat of the day - I think they should be hauled off and tossed into the nearest swimming pool. Yikes! Same goes for the dogs - no running and playing in the middle of the day. Puppies especially when they are with youngsters or other puppies do not know their limits and can easily give themselves heat stroke. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from heat stroke take its temperature and cool it down immediatley. A cold hose directed to the groin and underarms helps, or pack ice into these areas and cover with wet towels until the temperature returns to normal.

Shade and lots of cool water to drink are the best things to provide for dogs that are outside during the day. Our dogs enjoy being outside and they have access to lots of water and shade. But, if the temperature climbs past 85 degrees, they come in and get in front of a fan on the cool concrete. Older dogs should be put in air conditioning whenever possible.

The picture above shows Foxfair Casey at the Bat, cooling off on in the kitchen. Casey lives with his adored owner Cherie Lovett in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They enjoy walks in the woods behind their home and Casey like all Keeshonds enjoys the cool ceramic tile in the kitchen! Another favorite hangout is the marble hearth in front of the fireplace or the tile in the entry way. We even had a series of puppies that liked sleeping in the bathtub! No pics of that though!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Summer Break

Sally, Scooter and Zarya Enjoying the Summer Evening at Aspen Hill - Planning for Rally Classes in the Fall

This picture was taken following a very nice dinner of shish ka bob on the grill and fresh blueberries for dessert, with Jeannie Buente, Doug Kepp and Sally Carr and their dogs. Zarya, (the smaller dog on the right) may look familiar to many of you - she is the mother of Foxfair Ride the Wind, Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RN, Foxfair Valentina (5pts, one major), and she is pictured with her son, Foxfair Let it Ride, (14 points, one major). She is a grandmother to two litters - including Windy's ten puppy litter and her grandaughter, Foxfair Exclusively Yours, BISS. Now retired she lives at home with Sally Carr and Doug Kepp, and her son, Scooter.

It has been a wonderful summer, and not much time spent indoor so far - thus not much blogging - until we have been driven indoors from the heat. Spring and early summer was spent putting in our garden. We are hoping for a nice crop of tomatoes, peppers, green beans, squash, eggplant and some miscellaneous vegetables that we are trying out - like okra.
We have had quite a bit of rain in the last few weeks and it has been hectic keeping up with the grass.

The Buckeye Keeshond Club held it's summer puppy match near Columbus, Ohio. That was a lot of fun. Ryan's puppy, Pi, won for best trick and also won the puppy race. He trains her about 15 to 20 minutes a day and she now does, sit, down, stay, stand, come, roll over, and her trick is jump into your arms!

Ryan and I will be going to Rally Novice class in the fall with Pi, and Andy. Rally Novice is the next step after basic obedience class. It is a lot of fun, you can talk to your dog in the ring, and each excercise is marked on a card on the course. I wonder how many of you could add the RN to your dog's name! If you complete the class and pass the course at three shows your dog can officially ad the Rally Title to it's name. ie: Foxfair Baseball N' Apple Pi, RN - how cool is that!

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Monday, April 24, 2006

The Perfect Score


The Buckeye Keeshond Club had it's first spring specialty in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday, April 22, 2006. The weather was perfect and the entry was large, over 70 Keeshond were entered in conformation and obedience classes. We will be writing about the specialty but first we want to talke about something else that was perfect at the show. Bonnie Burman and her Keeshond "Rex" scored a perfect 200 in Open B obedience.

For those of you who are not familiar with obedience training, Open B, is an advanced class that requires the dog to do long sits, and downs with handlers out of sight, heeling in a figure eight with no leash - perfectly straight sits and change of pace - still no leash, retrieving a dumbell over a high jump - no leash - and requires the dog to drop down mid-way to the handler when called.

EEK - this is college for your dog and you. Points are deducted when your dog does not change pace immediately, when he returns to you and is not perfectly straight, and for not staying exactly in heel position at all times. Rex was Number 1 Obedience Keeshond, Number 1 Non-Sporting Obedience Dog and Number 17 All-Breeds in 2005. Make no mistake this requires dedication, they work really hard.

How hard is it to get a perfect 200? Think a hole in one in golf, pitching a no hitter in baseball,
a perfect score in figure skating in the Olympics - and you will get the idea. Rex was also received the highest score of all dogs entered in any obedience class that day. Yep, he beat all the Golden Retreivers, and the Border Collies, every Sheltie and every Poodle.

Maybe this will inspire the rest of us Keeshond owners to get up off our lazy duffs and start training our very smart dogs!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What About Puppies and Bugs?

Riley, A Member of The Ten Puppy Litter, Enjoying Himself In His Yard

Puppies are curious and they often think that bugs are amusing toys, pets and/or food! If you watch your puppy you may see him or her follow an ant along the sidewalk or in the yard. All of a sudden - OOPS - the ant is GONE! Puppy has eaten the ant! UGH! The outcome of this adventure may be that the puppy gets his tounge bitten by the ant. In that case ant play will cease immediatley. As we have said Keeshonden are very smart!

A more serious scenario is when the bug game occurs with a bumblebee or other really serious stinging inscet. Puppies and dogs can get bitten on the foot when they inadvertently step on a bee, or on the ear or face when they are looking at the curious creature. Your dog will usually yelp when this happens. The first thing to do is examine where the sting occured, pull out the stinger and put ice on the sting. The ice or cold pack from the freezer (a pack of peas will do) will keep the inflammation from spreading. Keep the area iced for at least 40 minutes. If your dog or puppy experiences serious swelling or difficulty breathing get them to veterinarian immediatley.
Call your veterinarian and see if they recommend liquid Benadryl before you are on your way.
Keeping the lawn cut down to minimize dandelions will help discourage bees and keep your dogs safer during the summer.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Keeping Puppy Safe in the Great Outdoors

Look Out! He Is Eating The Tree!

This is Mickey, proudly owned by Ed and Lisa munching on a tree in his back yard! Lisa called to ask what to do about a puppy that ran around eating bark, stones, sticks, trees and digging holes!

It is true that puppies and pristine landscaping are not necessarily compatible. But there are some things you can do to make life outdoors easier and safer.

First do some research on the poisonous plants that may be in your yard. Some of the things that are not agreeable and may be poisonous to dogs are rhododendrons, calla lilly, yew trees and foxglove plants. There are others so do some homework about the plants that may be growing in your area.

Next, when you go outside to garden take some things with you that puppy can play with and chew on, instead of the landscape. A rawhide, fresh marrow bone from the freezer, or a Kong toy filled with peanut butter should do the trick. Puppy will be happy with his new treat and you can do some gardening without shouting, NO, STOP THAT evey five minutes.

Another thing that makes outdoors fun is play. Take a walk on a leash, throw a ball or play a game of hide and seek. Hide and seek is great for getting puppies to pay attention to you, learn to come and stick by your side.

As for digging holes, well that comes naturally to most dogs. Keeshonden will dig a hole to find a cool spot to lay down. If the potential hole is in your perennial bed then you can discourage the behavior by placing dog waste (poo) in the hole. Rocks also can be deterrent. Sometimes if a flower bed is an attractive target putting up a small garden fence is a good plan.

Puppies want to explore and they like to have a partner in doing it! Make your outdoor time with puppy an enjoyable experience for both of you by planning ahead.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

When We Take A Tumble

Foxfair Diamond Girl (aka) "Sidney"
with proud new owners Ron and Dan

What Is In A Name: Well this name fit perfectly because not only is it a baseball themed litter but one of Sidney's new owners is a jeweler! We hear Sidney is adjusting well to her new home and has Ron and Dan wrapped around her little paws.

We got a call last week that one of the puppies, Rudy, took a tumble when chasing a ball across the rug. Everyone's best guess is that he caught a nail on the rug, which can happen even with short nails. So, Rudy came up touched his foot to the ground then picked it up and stood on three legs! EEEK. The concientious new owners called me and the emergency clinic. The plan was for crate rest for 1 hour. After the hour was up, Rudy, was walking. He was returned to crate for the rest of the night and was his bouncy self in the morning.

Even the best trained athletes can fall down and hurt themselves. This is also true with puppies. Keeshond puppies love to play and jump, and run, and spin, did I mention run and jump? These airs above the ground and just playing in general can result in a puppy falling when getting caught on a rug or just taking a bad turn.

If you puppy comes up limping or comes up three legged instead of four here is what you can do.
Check the leg that is hurting, does it appear broken or twisted. Broken legs are rare in Keeshond puppies but not impossible. If the puppy has stopped crying and is just holding the leg up, place the puppy in his or her crate, give it a chew toy but no food or water for an hour. After the hour is up let the puppy out of the crate and observe it's walk. If it still limping make an appointment with your veterinarian.

If your puppy keeps crying and seems uncomfortable seek veterinary attention immediatley.

To minimize spills keep your puppy's nails trimmed. Play on good surfaces with traction, not slippery surfaces like tile and hardwood. If you have slippery surfaces in your home you can minimize sliding by placing rubber backed throw rugs in strategic places. Your puppy is tough and can take a lot of physical activity - but try and make it controlled activity. Do not allow your puppy to jump off sofas or steps or from any high places. It is good to know that agility dogs do not start any training on jumps or weaves until they are 1 year old and thier bodies are mature.

Kindergarten pupppy class is a good place to learn activities that are fun and safe for your puppy.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Foxfair Short Stop with his new owners Cindy and Tom will be called "Keppe"

The very best possible home for Short Stop arrived on Saturday morning to take him home. Cindy and Tom had a wonderful Keeshond that gave them many happy memories.

After two years of family losses and losing their Keeshond, Cindy saw her brother's new puppy and knew that she was now ready for a dog.
Cindy is at home with Keepe and meeting the demands of a new puppy in the house - what a job that is!

People that lose an older Keeshond understandably remember them most clearly as they were as adults. Puppy memories fade after ten or more years. So an energetic new puppy is not there to thwart you - they are just being puppies. Puppies have lots of energy but fortunately it doesn't usually last that long. After an hour or so of running and playing - puppies are played out - and they will lie down and go to sleep. If you see this happening to your puppy, pick them up and put them in their crate with a small biscuit and favorite chewie or toy. Before you know it peace will reign and the puppy will take a nap. A good time for you to take one too!!

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Friday, March 24, 2006

A Little Bark - Meeting New People At The Door

Mary Telleen and her daughter Julia Allison with
Fofair Spring Season, (AKA) Luna

Mary arrived from Boston, Massachusetts with her daughter Allison. She sat quietly on the sofa and observed that all of the puppies were lovely and whichever one I put in her arms was the one she was taking home. A breeders dream come true.

Since we are with the puppies from birth we get to know their personalities. Who is outgoing, who is quiet and who is the most active. One of Mary's observations was that her new puppy was the color of the moon, silver, and thus her call name "Luna", also named after Luna Leopold the famous geologist that discovered the ways in which rivers develop over time.

Puppies are very impressionable. They are subject to reward and discouragement. Things that you praise will be repeated, things that you discourage will diminish. So, what happens when they bark? Mary discovered that Luna had a voice when she walked her out in the yard and she gave out a little bark at something that suprised her. No reaction to a suprised bark is probably the right one. Luna is a little explorer, packed with personality she was the one who started the games with her sisters.

But, if someone comes to the door and there is bark? In training guard dogs a bark at the door is encouraged until there are multiple barks, then the dog is jumping at the door, agression is encouraged in this type of dog. Most peopel would prefer it if their dog barked to let them know someone is at the door. After one bark you can say, "Okay", let the person in and introduce them to the puppy. The puppy being a Keeshond will gladly greet the newcomer, and might even give them a kiss.

Do not let the puppy jump up on a person coming into the house. The best way to handle this from the beginning is to have puppy sit and then let the new person pet the puppy. Puppies quickly learn that they are the center of attention and may get over excited when someone new comes into the house. To avoid this, sit down and talk quietly with the new person while puppy plays with a bone or toy. You can admire the puppy but make it sound like you talking about the weather!

One little note about greeting people if your dog does not like them, especially a Keeshond who pretty much likes everyone, think about it for a moment.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Pictures of the Puppy Party and 10 Baseball Players

We Have A Puppy Party!

A good time was had by all, especially the puppies
who enjoyed the gaiting part best. Running up and down the kitchen, playing with toys and watching everyone make silly faces and noises.

It takes four people to hold on to this gang and even then we are fighting a losing battle!

Five puppies went to their new homes on Sunday,
and three more will go to new homes this Saturday. That will leave Pi and Red here, we will follow thier adventures and other Foxfair dogs as they explore the world of companions, showing, breeding and performance. The blog continues!

Top - Debbie Hodges - Bottom - Left - Debbie Loesser - Jeannie Buente - Co-Breeder - Debbie Lynch - Co-Breeder - Ryan Lynch - Photographer

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We Start To Say Goodbye - Puppy Party and More

At eight weeks the puppies change dramatically in thier behavior. They go from being happy to be with you in a group to wanting individual attention. It can be appreciated that providing this to ten puppies is a full-time job that is not always successful.

The first step toward a weekend when five of them will go their new homes they make a trip to their veterinarian for vaccinations and health check-ups. Dr. McKinney goes over each one checking hearts, stifles, hips, eyes, ears, teeth, and for the males - do they have all of their
equipment - they do. That we come home and get ready for the weekend.

Why I thought I could bathe ten puppies and make chicken a'la king for eight people, plus get the house ready, buy flowers, and groom the adult dogs - is beyond me - I must have had an attack of ambition and grandiosity that would make Donald Trump blush. Well, anyway it all got done.
Six of the puppies were bathed on Friday and Jeannie arrived Friday night. She had her dogs with her, which is usually not a problem, but said dogs and my dogs disagreed about something and decided to stage a barkathon. This did not do anything for her sleep. The situation was not helped by Ryan arriving from a St. Patricks Day Party at 4AM.

Next morning we got up and and Jeannie bathed the last four puppies, while I cooked up the lunch in the kitchen. Even though we were tired it was nice to use the new bath hookup that Ryan put together and spend some time with Jeannie. At noon people started to arrive.

Our puppy parties follow a farily set routine. We watch the puppies together, and then go over them one by one. We check their shoulder angulation, upper arm, point of shoulder, prosternum, body, length of loin, tailset, rear angulation, length of hock, pasterns, shape of feet, on the head we note expression, ear size and set, eye shape and color, muzzle and back skull. We also note overall balance and profile, temperament and reactions to new people and the setting. Then each puppy is photographed from the side and the front with a digital camera.

Puppies are moved individually. This is the fun part with people whooping, squeaking, dragging toys, rolling food and generally making fools of themselves to get the puppies to trot back and forth. Pretty soon the puppies get into the spirit of things and start to play and run, enjoying the toys and the attention.

This time we evaluated the males first and then had lunch. The menu was chicken a'la king with biscuits, fresh asparagus, tossed salad, and for dessert neopolitan sponge cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. After lunch we took on the four females. Of course people have different opinions about which puppy they would choose. In this litter all were spoken for so
everyone could be objective - in our own way!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Keeshond - Are Companionable With Other Dogs

Puppies Playing Tug or Sharing A Toy?

Many years ago all dog shows were benched. Meaning that the dogs sat on wooden benches raised up a few feet off the ground. They were arranged in groups and alphabetically by breed. In this way, the public could easily find the breed they were looking for and speak to breeders.

The tale goes that Keeshonds were the only breed that could be benched without wooden paritions between them - they got along so well with each other and other dogs.

I remember the Harrisburg Kennel Club Show a few years ago, when Andy was a puppy in the 6-9 month puppy class. We were walking through the show area and a Komondor the size of a small pick-up truck, thought he might like to have Andy for lunch. He lunged and grabbed at him and Andy quickly stepped aside and gave him a look - as if to say - "What is wrong with you big fella?"

The Keeshond's first impulse is always to friendliness, to dogs, people and especially to children.
This is why Keeshonden make very good therapy dogs. We have place three puppies with psychologists and professional counselors. For these individuals the dogs serve as companions and therapy dogs when they go to work. When I have asked them how they train their dogs their reply is always the same. "We didn't have to train them, they just seem to know what to do."

After September 11th, when the rescue workers were so stressed out, being on the job for long hours in terrible conditions, therapy dogs were brought in just to sit with the rescue workers. Many of these dogs were Keeshonden and the workers were grateful just to sit and pet the dogs and the dogs would respond by licking their hands and their faces.

Something I often hear from Keeshond owners and people that have purchased puppies is that thier dogs bring them such joy every day - because they are so happy. Joy is something we all need in our lives, and it doesn't hurt to have you own furry example.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Grass Wouldn't Melt in My Mouth or What About Treats?

Pi Sampling The Grass In The Front Yard

Pi is the largest female in the litter. She is called Pi because she has the mathematical pi mark on her chest.

Here she is caught with grass that she has freshly ripped up. Digging the grass is another favorite passtime when in the pen. This is followed by running and playing with toys and each other.

We get many questions about treats for the dogs and puppies. The first thing to know about treats is that they should never comprise more than 10 per cent of your dogs diet. Treats include anything that is not puppy food or adult food. Treats mean food from the table, biscuits, food from your plate, left overs, etc.

Good treats are hard biscuits, puppy or adult, because they help clean teeth. These are made by Iams, Eukanuba, Mother Hubbard, and Purina. Look for all natural biscuits with no artificial dyes or sugar. Some good ingredients in biscuits are kelp, brewers yeast, garlic, liver, herbs, eggs, and yogurt.

Another treat that dogs like is a marrow bone or knuckle bone which can be purchased from the grocer and fed raw. We also supply pressed rawhide but always take it away when it gets too far gone.

Treats that we do not recommend for Keeshonden puppies or adults are GREENIES, pig ears, cow hoofs or colored rawhide that is not from the USA. These have all been known to cause problems in dogs.

To teach your puppy to take the treat nicely, hold the biscuit in your hand and make him wait, then say Nice! and let him take it slowly. Teaching this at a young age will prevent him from being grabby with treats later on.

Keeshonds also like a few pieces of sliced apples, carrots, or green beans. Yumm!

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Our First Adventure Outside At Seven Weeks

Looking for the Neighbor

It was a warm 60 degrees today and just a little overcast so - the puppies had a big adventure today - they went outside for the first time! We have five acres of property here and their pen was set up so they could look down the meadow.

They were outfitted with toys, food dish and water bowls. Soon they had an admiring public in the form of our neigbors Russ and Jean, and their two grandchildren, and our friend Dave from next door.

We set up chairs around the puppies and then Ryan decided to take them for a stroll down the meadow. He usually takes all of the puppies in a litter for this walk, but he decided ten was too many to keep track of and so took them four at a time.

Even though it was fairly warm you still needed a jacket because of the breeze, and I was little concerned that they could get chilled. But the arctic angels stayed nice and toasty in their double coats. The Keeshond coat is called a double coat because it has a soft downy underlayer, think insulation, and long coarser guard coat. The guard coat sheds rain and snow, keeping the dogs warm even in inclement weather. The best way to judge the texture of an adult Keeshond coat is outdoor during rainy weather. The dogs with correct coat will look great, with one shake they are dry and marvelous. Those with soft textured coat will look wet and soggy - rather than drip dry!

As the afternoon came on we added a tarp to their pen in case they wanted to take a nap but they saved that for coming in the house. At this time of the evening they are usually running and chasing each other. Not this evening. They are quiet as mouse - tired puppies - in the house.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Keeshonden Are Sensible

Windy - A vigilant mom

With dogs it is difficult to strike the right balance between watchfulness and overly agressive behavior. Most females are appropriately watchful of their babies, this is true of Keeshond mothers also. Dogs are pack animals being 99.9 percent genetically similar to wolves. In a wolf pack only the dominant female is allowed to reproduce. So, even when domesticated mothers have their babies they make sure that no other dogs, even their doggy friends are allowed around the puppies.

Windy, especially when her puppies were younger just chased any dog that even thought they might like to walk down the hall or come in the house. She would speed past them to the doorway where the puppies were and when well positioned would chase them out of the room. She did this quietly and efficiently without even a nip, but she got her point across.
We minimize any distubance by keeping other dogs out of house when puppies are small. Nova, our Pomeranian suffers the most, because she is always in the house and in my room. I finally had to put a quilt over her crate, because Windy didn't even like to look at her when she went to past to get to the whelping box.

In this photo, Windy is standing on the deck telling all the dogs that she has a litter and they will have to wait to see them until she is ready, until then don't even think about coming over here!

Most Kees are so friendly that they would hand over the family silver to anyone who came along. However, their appearance and a bark or two is usually enough to seve as deterrent to anyone who does not belong on the premises.

With puppies you can determine the amount of both barking and guarding behavior you want. If you want only one bark when someone comes to the door, then just use phase,, "Quiet!" or "Enough" and your puppy will learn to bark once and then welcome the person when you say, "Okay."

I will never forget when we visited a famous breeder in England, Margot Emerson, all her dogs came running down the hallway barking up a storm. She opened the door and quietly said, "That will do," the barking instantly stopped and they all just started smiling at her. We have star boarder that comes here who belongs to my friend Mary. She had a habit of barking at the person who let her back inside after she had gone out. When she tried it here, she was puppy and I simply picked her up, looked in face and said, "We don't do that!." A few of these and she dropped the habit very quickly. Keeshonden are very smart!

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Puppies Do Silly Things - That Are Educational

Puppies Swapping Spit

Puppies do lots of crazy things. They kiss each other, or as in this case get in a tounge lock!
They nip, bite, run, skid, jump, bounce, climb, and generally with ten of them create havoc!

Everyone once in while you hear will hear someone yipe or yell. This interaction teaches them how to get along with other dogs and with
humans as well. It is in the litter that puppies learn bite inhibition. If they bite a littermate the littermate YIPES, or bites back. Puppies learn not to bite hard. They also learn from their mom that biting hard is not a tolerated behavior. They learn what is accepted from their littermates and how to interact socially. This is why singleton puppies need to be raised carefully and why puppies need mothers that are well socialized themselves.

One puppy might grab a toy and run with it, getting everyone to chase him. He learns that playing is fun and he can initiate play. They also learn to share. With ten puppies crowded around a food dish sharing is mandatory.

I once attended a seminar on puppy nutrition and when the Dr. Hill, a PhD in canine nutrition from the University of Florida, Gainesville, told a room full of breeders that the ideal weaning age 6 to 7 weeks, you heard a loud gasp! Many breeders wean early at 3-4 weeks. But, he maintained that both for nutritional and behavioral purposes later was better. We agree with him. Windy still sees her puppies at least three times a day. More for socialization than nutrition but the interaction is good for everyone.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Puppies At Six Weeks Are Very Curious

At Six Weeks Our Ears Are Up And Down

The desired shape of the Keeshond ear is the shape of ivy. This is wider at the base, though not too wide, and tapering to the tip. Laurel ears, which are long and thin are not desired. Ears should also be set high on the head, but not touching, and should not be too large. One way to measure this is to fold the ear forward, it should come to the corner of the eye. As puppies mature there will be times when the ear will cover the eye, before the head and back skull mature.

The written standards for all northern breeds of dogs calls for smaller, high set, upright ears. Why? Well, if you think about it, if a dog had ears like a hound and tried to sleep outside in the freezing weather, the ears would freeze. Upright ears are also mobile to catch many sounds and because they have good air circulation are not generally subject to the number of ear infections that drop eared dogs have.

At five weeks all Keeshond puppies have ears that are folded over. As they grow and mature the ears begin to come up. Sometimes for a short period they may have one ear up and ear down!
Generally, larger males or puppies with heavy coat and bone and will be the last puppies to have their ears come up. It was written in the Keeshond standard that to have an ear down as an adult is a major fault. As the breed has progressed over the years this is something that is rarely seen.

By watching your puppies ears you will be able to tell his mood. Ears pricked and forward he is at attention, ears sideways he is trying to figure out what is going on, ears down he may be worried, submissive or aftraid. Always encourage your puppy when he encounters something new and just him time to work it out. His self confidence will win through in the end.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Keesond Puppies Love People

Keeshond Puppies Playing With Ryan

My son has been playing with Keeshond puppies since he was three months old. He is now 23 and a college student, but he is still playing with Keeshond puppies, something I hope he will always do.

The puppies are naturally drawn to people. For safety's sake we ask children and adults to sit on the floor, as Ryan is doing in the picture, when they want to play with the puppies. Young puppies do not have a sense height and distance. They can easily jump from a sofa, chair, or someone's arms and injure themselves. To prevent accidents it is best to play with puppies on the floor.

Let Puppies Come to You

We also let puppies come to us as Ryan is doing. Their
natural curiosity will win over and they will explore people, climbing into their laps and nibbling on their fingers and toes. One favorite game that Ryan has with the puppies, is laying on the floor on his face. The puppies just rush at him jumping on his back and trying to lick his face and fingers. We will try and get a picture of this!

One game we do not encourage is tug of war. This is an agressive game that teaches puppies to pull and bite. This is the reason we don't buy or recommend tug toys. Soft toys are very good and puppies can easily play ball and retreive with soft toys. While Keeshonds are not usually natural retreivers they do like soft toys enjoy watching you throw them.

Play With Puppies Every Day

The ages of 4 weeks to 12 weeks are the primary socialization age for puppies. At this time they need at least 15 minutes of human interaction each day. We recommend at least one hour and who wouldn't want to give it to them? Playing with them is a lot of fun. And, of course, watching them play with each other is pretty entertaining also. Don't you think we should have a Puppy Channel on cable TV, just hours and hours of watching puppies play - I think it might be a hit!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Keeshond - The Dutch Barge Dog and Water

Drinking from the Trusty Waterhole

This story may not seem like it is going anywhere but just stick with me. As you may or may not know, Keeshonden originated in Holland. Holland is a land of waterways and canals. In the winter these waterways freeze which is why there were so many successful speed skaters from the Netherlands at the Winter Olympics. But, I digress.

Keeshond dogs moved easily from the farm where they were an all purpose dog to the barges of Holland. They kept watch, played with the children and learned to LOVE water! They adapt very easily still to boats and being around water. Trinka, my first Keeshond used to ride on my little Sunfish board sailboat, unbelieveably she would stand in front of the mast as the water sloshed over her paws. When I turned the boat she shifted her weight and never fell off.

Now, what does this have to do with Keeshond puppies? Well, Keeshond puppies love water too.
It does not have to be big water, just any water will do. Say, water in a bucket or a dish.

One summer not too long ago, I happened to be visiting a friend in New York State, Sandy Draper. He is a Collie breeder. Not just any old Collie breeder, the legitimate living personage of in the modern era of Albert Payson Terhune, (Lad A Dog, etc.). I had two Keeshond puppies with me and he said, "Here lets just put them in my puppy paddock." This was a lovely green pasture about 1/2 acre fenced and sitting in the middle of it was a five gallon bucket of water.

I told Sandy, that would be wonderful, we would just have to fasten the bucket to the fence. He looked at me and said, "Why would we have to do that?" Well, because, I said, the puppies will knock over the bucket trying to put their feet in the water. "Why would they do that?" he said.
"Trust me they just will and I don't know why, expect that they are Dutch Barge Dogs," I replied. Well he never heard of such nonsense and being 25 years my senior he told me I should just put the puppies in the pen. I did. They promptly went straight to the bucket jumped into it and knocked it over. "Well, I'll be darn I've never seen anything like that!", Sandy said. Collie puppies would never do such a thing he explained. These are not Collies, they are Keeshonds, I explained. "Yes, indeed, I see," I will never foget the complete perplexed look on his face.

This leads me to the purpose of the story and the picture. Waterholes are plastic dishes with snap tops. They are made for traveling. But, they are also ideal for Keeshond puppies who like to dig the water out of their dishes. You can purchase one by calling 1-800-petsedge. Or you can hope that maybe you will get a Keeshond puppy that doesn't like water - but I wouldn't bet on it.

Another way to keep water in front your puppy is simply to snap a 2 quart bucket inside his crate with the door open.

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