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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