Friday, September 21, 2007

Teething and Other Joys of Puppyhood


RUFFY, AND FAMILY POSE FOR A PICTURE


Life is good in Florida, where you have your pick two nice people to pay attention to you!
Ruffy is from our last litter of Windy x Andy. His family drove from Florida to pick him up and had a nice trip home. Now these puppies are teething and leading everyone on a merry chase as they try to subsititute chew toys and bones, for shoes, furniture and drywall.

Teething puppies have swollen gums that hurt like mad and they will put literally ANYTHING,
in their mouth. They have an urge to chew to get the baby teeth out!! This means that everything is fair game, fingers, pants legs, toes, chair legs, rugs, whatever comes to mind or is nearby. One thing that is very helpful is to put marrow bones that you get from the butcher in the freezer, or any chew toy in the freezer. You can place these items in a large plastic bag in the freezer. Keeping several kinds of chew toys on hand will protect you and your posessesions from being objects of their attention.

Knucle bones are especially good for working out baby teeth. It is good to check their mouth every few days to make sure all teeth are coming out. If you see two teeth overlapping give the puppy a knuckle bone and check again the next day to make sure the baby teeth have come out.
Overlapping teeth in puppies just like in humans will cause a crooked bite. Ocassionaly a puppy will have to have the retained tooth removed by the veterinarian. This is a last resort after giving all manner of knuckle bones to get the stubborn teeth out!





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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Puppy's First Night in a New Home


Puppies At Seven Weeks






In two weeks these seven week old puppies will be spending their first night in their new homes. How successful thier first night will be, will depend a lot on the preparation given to them by their breeder and the planning of their new owner. The first thing the new owner can do to help prepare is to carefully plan the date of pick up for their puppy. It should be a time when you can spend uninterrupted time with your new puppy. Perhaps a Friday afternoon, so you can spend the whole weekend. Or if you have vacation time the beginning of your vacation. It should be a time when there are no holidays, special events, parties or extra guests so you can spend time with your new puppy.

When you pick up your puppy make sure to ask the breeder about the puppy's routine. Here puppies have a regular schedule. They eat breakfast at 9am, lunch at 1pm, dinner at 6pm. They go out after dinner and just before bedtime. They go to bed between 9pm and 10pm. The routine is a biscuit, I say good night, and turn out all the lights. There is no night light. The puppies know that a dark room means sleep time and they go to sleep.

Ask your breeder what their routine is and then try to adapt to it. If it does not suit your lifestyle make changes gradually. Puppies should sleep in crates or exercise pens, for their own safety and the safety of your posessions. You can have newspaper in the bottom of the crate, a small bucket of water clipped to the side of the crate and a chew bone. They should be able to sleep through the night if their schedule is followed.

Before putting your new puppy to bed, however, make sure you play with the puppy and give it some excercise. A few laps around the yard is fine and a little game of playing ball should do it for an 8- 10 week old puppy. Do not take your puppy on the street or to a park or out of your yard until it has had it's second shot. Just play in the house or yard. A half hour to 45 minutes of play should get the puppy tired for a good nights sleep.

Now put the puppy to bed. If the crate is in your bedroom that is fine. If the puppy barks ignore it for at least five minutes. Then if you think the puppy needs to go out take it out to potty. Do not play with it or talk to it. This is an exercise break not play time. Put the puppy back in the crate and let it go to sleep. Ignore noise. If you keep playing with puppy, puppy will get the idea that through barking they can get you up. Do not be tempted. The next night will be easier!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Champion Andy Daughter


PISTOL AND JUDY
Ch. Spirits Prime Suspect





This is a picture of proud breeder/owner/handler Judy Thompson and new Ch. Spirits Prime Suspect, better known as "Pistol". There is a reason for this name, you see Pistol was - well lets just say she was a "handfull" as a puppy. She was trying to live up to Judy's kennel name and had a lot of "spirit"as a puppy, which made her a "challenge" to train!

Now, you wouldn't ever know any of this because she is a very accomplished show girl. She finished her championship Memorial Day weekend with a five point major. The next weekend, her first time out as a special, as a move up, she won the breed over Specials competition, and placed in a very competitive Non-Sporting Group. Judy says that Pistol was slow to mature, but was, "Well worth the wait." We congratulate Judy and "Pistol". Her mom, Am. Can. Ch. Trumpets Spirit in the Sky Esprit, HOF, and her dad Am. Can. Foxfair Excalibur, BISS, are also very proud of their beautiful young daughter.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Busy Saturday

Spadafora Family
and Puppy Girl










Sergio Gets A Puppy Kiss

One of the great pleasures of breeding dogs is putting puppies into the arms of people who will love them. So this happend twice on Saturday. First when Cecily Jarvis and her husband came to get their puppy dog. We were so chatty that I didn't get a picture of them with their puppy boy. They drove all the way from Fort Pierce, Florida to pick up their new baby. He was not impressed since he was still smarting over his morning bath and quite irritated with his sisters who were totally reved up and just plain annoying! He seemed very thrilled to get in the car with Cecily and her husband. They placed him in a nice large crate fitted out with pad, water, toy, food and rawhide. He looked around, pronounced it very satisfactory and quietly laid down. Off they went back to Florida.

Next came the Spadafora family with their two wonderful children. Very used to cats they were also great with the puppies. Sergio took off with sister and they ran all the puppies, Pi and Nova around the meadow, SEVERAL TIMES. I commented to Dr. Spadafora that this was going to make for a very quiet ride home to Pennsylvania. Their new puppy, christened, LUNA, snuggled in Sergios arms and I took a picture. After they left I went in the house uploaded the pictures. I loved the first one. The expression on Sergios face was just pure joy. I didn't think the next one could be any better, but decided to take a look anyway. And, there it was, Luna, giving him a BIG KISS. I need to mention their daughter also, because she was so kind with puppies, and Nova, who normally does not buddy up to children just sat in her lap and gave a big sigh. Here was someone who would pet her sweetly - HEAVEN.


SILVER GIRL ENJOYING
THE SHADE

So we will look forward to hearing how the puppies do in their new homes and seeing pictures of them as they grow up. We will share these with you our faithful readers. In the meantime, silver girls is left by herself. She would not be here but the family from Virginia that called cancelled and in the meantime we had turned people away because we thought she was promised. She will be ideal as a companion or for someone looking for a super agility prospect. She is small, energetic and VERY SMART.


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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Keeshond Puppies - Andy x Meisje's Canadian Girls

`CANADIAN GIRL
Kikjer - Andy x Mesije
At Four Months



















CANADIAN GIRL
Maggie - Andy x Meisje
Age 4 months





Maggie Learning to Bait














These are two of the girl puppies from the litter that Jennifer Bates bred this year via frozen semen. I thought you would enjoy seeing them - they are sooo pretty. The first one is the girl kept by Jennifer, her name is Kikjer - pronounced - Ky-ker. She is coming along very nicely and will be one of those lovely femine girls.

The next one is Maggie and you can see by her picture how compact and gorgeous she is. Very pretty profile and coat and also a nice expression. She is owned by Glady Gates daughter, and we understand that Glady may be showing her!

I think that both of these girls should do very well in the ring and will make their parents very proud of them. This pedigree is a combination of Foxfair and Seawind background, both of which go back to some Rhinevale breeding - a very beautiful combination that Jennifer and Glady created. Congratulations to everyone.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Keeshond, Ch. Vandaban Wessex, "Hardy"

Hardy, Ch. Vandaban Wessex,
July 2007, at Foxfair






This is one of a few photos I snapped of Hardy a few weeks ago standing next to our woods. This weekend Jeannie came up for the Columbiana Show which is part of the big Mahoning Shenango, Canfield weekend. This is one of the largest shows in the country with 3,000 dogs entered each day of the four day weekend. Winning a group placement here is highly sought after and competitive, because everyone else wants one too!

At two years old in only his second weekend out at all breed shows as a special Hardy won the breed under highly respected Keeshond judge Lorraine Boutwell and place 4th in Group under well known judge Paula Hartinger. Jeannie is entered the rest of the weekend in Agility shows in Cincinnati so Hardy was only entered the one day. We are very pleased to have such a nice a start to his specials career at such a prestigous show.


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Monday, July 30, 2007

Keeshond Puppies

WE ARE READY TO PLAY!












WHAT WE DON'T EAT!

Our puppies are raised on wholistic premium dog food kibble, milk, rice baby cereal, cottage cheese, eggs and mom. Thier treats are wholisitic biscuits with all natural ingredients, no sugar, no dye and no fillers. However, as everyone knows dogs will beg for treats from the table and have sad eyes when you are eating just about anything. It is best to give your puppy treats when they earn them. For sitting for example. You can get your puppy to sit easily by putting the treat over his head and putting your hand under his rear.

Just because you eat something, however, does not mean that it is good for your puppy. There are some things that dogs and puppies should NEVER have. Here is a short list of FORBIDDEN ITEMS, that will make your Keeshond sick, JUST SAY NO TO - CHOCOLATE - this has theobromine in it and a small amount can kill a puppy, NOTHING WITH ARTIFICIAL SWEETNER - like chewing gum with sorbitol or aspartame, or candy with these ingredients. NO RAISINS, GRAPES OR DRIED FRUIT - these things can really poison a dog or play havoc with their intestines. NO GREENIES - NO PIG EARS - NO COW HOOFS - or any other odd item from the pet store. NO COOKED BONES - these will splinter and can damage their intestine. Puppy proof your house and keep your purse and other bags off the floor where puppy can get to them and investigate.

WHAT WE DO EAT

Now you are asking, what can I give my puppy? Well, there are some very nice wholistic treats that are good for their teeth and gums. They can also have baked biscuits like Mother Hubbard dog biscuits, and Iams biscuits in the box. Another nice treat for chewing is a natural bone that is sterilized these are readily available at the pet food store. Their diet should not be supplemented more than 10% with treats or home food additions. Home food can be vegetables like green beans, carrots, cooked meat in small pieces like chicken, or beef, a little rice or cottage cheese is fine, a cooked egg chopped can be added once in a while. No raw eggs as dogs dont digest the albumin well.

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Keeshond Puppies at Seven Weeks

POLITE LADIES CROSS THEIR PAWS!


























POSING COMES NATURALLY

The puppies are loving spending the day outside. Most of the time they are in their pen under the big maple tree with their toys. But these pictures were taken at the end of the day when they are allowed out to run down the meadow and in the wild flowers. Pi likes to run with them and she shows them how to retrieve but they don't quite have the hang of that yet.

Queen Annes Lace is in full bloom now and they love playing with these flowers and running through them. There is also a little hill and some rocks they like to stand on and play "king of the mountain" this puppy was caught posing and looking as a littermate ran up to the deck.

Some of them will be leaving for their new homes this weekend and some the following weekend. We will miss them, but know they are going to wonderful homes that will love them as much we do.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

New Keeshond Champion


CHAMPION #7 for Andy
Ch. Nightwinds Tip Off


Congratulations to Debbie and Robin Hodges on finishing their newest champion, Ch. Nightwinds Tip Off. "Tipper" is the seventh champion for his sire Ch. Foxfair Excalibur. His dam is Keeshee Nightwind Sillium, otherwise known as Silly. Debbie has other "Silly" children at home waiting to get back into the show ring. Debbie says Tipper will take some time off to come into an adult coat before he goes to back to the ring as a special. He finished today with his fourth major at the Medina Kennel Club dog show. At the National Specialty this year he was also placed Best of Opposite Sex in the Maturity. The photo is a snapshot I took of him in the ring posing nicely for Debbie.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Keeshonds: How The Foxfair Dogs Are Spending Their Summer

MAGGIE TAKES A DIP WITH A FRIEND






Some Keeshonds really know how to live it up in the summer, and keep cool at the same time. Here Foxfair Maggie Mae, who is owned and loved by Valerie in Wisconsin, takes a dip in her private pool. Looking on is her friend Buddy, the West Highland White Terrier. Buddy's and his parents look after Maggs when Val is working. Val says Maggie has completed her puppy class, and is now working in obedience. She also has mastered the tricks of give paw, chase squirells, and chase bugs! Yikes, bugs! Maggies is from our spring litter and her brother and sister, Darby and Ashling are here, now known as the Evil Twins!
















ODIN AND PAT ENJOYING THE LAKE


Next is Odin, who is owned and loved by Greg and Pat Wade, also of Wisconsin. They also have a Norwegian Forest Cat and I hear they get along splendidly. Odin is also an Andy son and has learned at lot at his training classes. He particularly enjoys showing off his boat and getting wet - just like the Keeshond barge dogs in Holland. And, of course directing Greg and Pat on how to steer the boat! Greg and Pat appreciate his coat which is, of course, drip dry!


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Monday, July 16, 2007

Keeshond Puppies At Five Weeks

THE PUPPIES GET VISITORS


This was the weekend of the Grand River and Ashtabula Kennel Club dog shows. It is a beautiful
setting up by Lake Erie. So, Jeannie Buente, who is the co-owner and handler of the Foxfair Keeshonden came to visit and see the puppies!

We had a very nice time playing with the puppies, who now have a new toy. In thier big pen in the yard under the maple tree, we put a nylon crate. They can't do it any harm since Jill kind of took care of that when she chewed the door!

The puppies are eating puppy food now and growing very quickly. One of their favorite toys is a sherpa ball that is very nice for dragging around. They are also getting very photogenic, so we will be taking more pics of them this week.


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Monday, July 09, 2007

Keeshond - The Puppy Crate

Crate Training Puppy






Shopping for your new puppy will depend on what you already have at home. The first thing to consider is a crate. This is a place where you can keep your puppy when your are busy and don't have time to watch him/her, and place where the puppy can sleep at night or take a nap. It is not to be used a punishment or as a place to keep the puppy all the time. The more puppy proofed your house is, the less time your puppy will have to spend in the crate.

We prefer and recommend a wire crate over the all plastic crates. Plastic crates are meant to be used as airline carriers. They are too warm for Keeshonden and are difficult to clean. In addition to poor ventilation plastic crates do not provide a chance for the dog to see out from all sides. The size for a Keeshond can vary slightly depending on whether your puppy is boy or a girl and size at maturity. Generally speaking the crate should be about 21 to 22 inches high, 18 inches wide and 30 inches long. A few inches either way won't make much difference. Most crates fold down easily for storage and for carrying in the car. Make sure to get the kind with the slide out tray as they are much easier to clean. Add a small stainless steel bucket with a double headed snap and 2 quart stainless steel feeding dish and your puppy will be all set for naps and night time.

Crates can be purchased at your local Petsmart, or Pet Supply dealer or you can order them on-line from one of the dog catalogs like, dogs.com, jbwholesale.com, or petsedge.com.

Next time we will talk about toys and treats.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Keeshond Puppies at Four Weeks

Here Are The Boys!












Here Are The Girls!












Keeshond puppies at four weeks old are starting to look like the darling little babies they will become at eight weeks. Now they have teeth! They bark at each other and sometimes at other strange things they see. They are starting to play with toys, and, today, they started to eat their baby foood. This is a mixture of Gerbers instant rice baby cereal, evaporated milk, Karo Syrup and warm water, YUM! In fact, they finished a dish an a half today. This is after yesterday turning up their noses at the whole thing. In the meantime their mom is going through about 6-8 cups of premium kibble a day, along with a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

I, on the other hand, just noticed that I have gone through 1 bottle of Laundry Soap in a week, that does 20 loads to a bottle. YIKES!

Of course they are still with their mom, and she takes good care of them. But, devoted as she is, she is willing to take breaks now and then. She runs around the meadow with Pi, or just relaxes with a rawhide before going back to her motherly duties.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Dogs and Fireworks - Dont Mix

FIREWORKS ARE NOT FOR DOGS!








No one loves the 4th of July more than I do. Growing up as a part of the baby boom it was a highlight of the year. Every block in my neighborhood had their own float. When we weren't part of that we decorated our bicycles and rode in the parade. Later, as part of our 4-H group we rode our horses in the 4th of July parade. One year I went as Betsy Ross with a white bonnet and long dress, riding side saddle on my 4-H American Saddlebred mare, Babe, aka Lady Hamilton Stonewall, with a flag draped just behind the saddle. Fortunately her calm nature led her to behave just fine in spite of the band! In later years when my Arabian mare, Tali, and I were in the 4th of July parade, she, who took almost everything in stride, started snorting and running backwards while we were lining up for the parade. I looked up and saw the problem, a GIANT 15 foot tall COW, mounted on a float!

But, every year on the 4th of July, hundreds if not thousands of dogs are so frightened by the fireworks that they run away from home. Some are never found. Dogs have diffeent reactions to the loud sounds of fireworks, depending on how sound sensitive they are. Here are some tips for helping your dog deal with the booming sounds of the 4th of July and New Years, or any time when loud noises abound.

* Keep your dog inside the house and dont take them to fireworks displays.

* Dont reassure your dog by excessive petting and talking. Your presence and normal behavior will resassure your pet.

* Minimize then noise of the fireworks by playing television, turning on fans, running the dishwasher and playing music. Background noise will mask the sounds of the fireworks.

*If your dog wants to hide let him/her find a comfortable place.

* A nice juicy marrow bone, Kong with peanut butter or other favorite treat can take their mind of their troubles.

Most Keeshonden are not that bothered by the sounds. Dogs that truly panic and try to escape inside the house by digging at doors etc, may need a sedative from your veterinarian or natural calming therapy like Bachs Rescue Remedy.


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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Keeshond - Ch. Foxfair Excalibur - "Andy"

AM. CAN. CH. FOXFAIR EXCALIBUR, BISSW, BISS
















Andy winning the Breed at Mahoning Shenango
Kennel Club with Co-Owner Jeanne Buente under Judge Jackie Hungerland










I promised to do a blog on Andy so people could see a picture and what the sire of their puppies looks like. The first picture was taken when he was two and the next one when he was over three. I also need to get some recent pictures of him.

He has been one of those dogs that comes along very infrequently, most people are lucky if they get one in lifetime. We have been blessed to have him and his father Ch. Foxfair Geronimo Energizer, and his grandfather, Ch. Foxfair Eveready, HOF, ROM, BISS, CDX and his great grandfather Ch. Foxfair Special Sparkle, BISS. They are five generations of Breed winning group placing, and champion siring dogs. From our last litter we kept what we hope may be the sixth generation, Foxfair Edan Of Erin.

Everyone of these dogs has been special to us. Andy is one of those dogs that has done everything we have ever asked of him. He was a wonderful show dog, winning handily in both all breed and specialty competition. He finished his championship by going Best of Winners at the KCA National Specialty, and first Award of Merit. If you went in the group with him chances were more than 80 percent you would get a placement. Then when his first puppies arrived we knew we were onto something wonderful. More often than not he passes on his sound movement, balance, head type and as an extra bonus his easy going and very trainable and loving disposition.

His son, Darby, already has his own ideas of proper Keeshond behavior. He is a very lively little boy, putting us more in mind of his great grandfather Evan than his dad. But then you know what they say, what goes around, comes around!

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Foxfair Edan Of Erin

FOXFAIR EDAN OF ERIN


















Darby at Eight Weeks








Well, that is his name, but we call him Darby. This is a snapshot taken in our meadow one week after he won Best Overall in match at the Buckeye Keeshond Specialty Match. I will try and get some better photos of him this week, but he is usually a pretty fast moving target.

His newest trick is he likes to dig out of the puppy yard, and go play with the BIG dogs! He usually gets tumbled but doesn't seem to care. His main objective being to follow his father around and copy everything he does. Andy doesn't seem to mind as long as Darby follows the rules, the first rule being don't jump up on your father!

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Keeshond Puppies at Two Weeks

AT TWO WEEKS SLEEPING IS STILL WHAT WE DO BEST






BUT WE ARE STARTING TO EXPLORE!



Keeshond puppies change a lot between one week and three weeks. At two weeks thier eyes open. After the eyes open it still takes a few days for them to focus. Windy can get up and leave the box but they still bob around looking for her.

Now at at almost three weeks, they can walk although very unsteadily. Ryan observes that they try to play and push each other over. However, their balance is such that when they raise their paw to box they fall over! They practice balance by crawling over each other which you can see in the picture above. They also like to sleep with their necks draped over another puppy's body. Puppies can also be noisy at this age, letting Windy know that her presence is required or letting me know that their room is too warm!

Keeshond puppies keep changing thier shadings as they grow. At three weeks they are starting to get lighter and the shoulder stripes, and ruffs they will have as adults are beginning to show.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Grapes and Raisins Are Poisonous to Dogs


Grapes and Raisins Found To Be Toxic To Dogs













Our dogs live in the house with us, sleep on the bed and eat our food. We think they are just like us, yet, there are some things that we can tolerate that they cannot. Add to the list of those things - grapes and raisins. Recently the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has received more than 50 reports of dogs developing acute kidney failure after eathing grapes or raisins. The grapes and raisins were from a number of sources. Some were from grocery stores, others were home grown and the cases came from across the United States.

Dogs that were affected started vomiting within six hours of eating the fruit. Some of the dogs stopped eating, others had diarrhea. Blood test results were consistent and showed elevated levels of creatinine and BUN - measures of kidney function. Kidney failure was evident within 72 hours. Even dogs that received veterinary care had to be euthanized. Only half the dogs that received agressive veterinary treatment, IV fluids and medication recovered. The grapes and raisins were tested for pesticides, metals, and other toxicity but were negative. Fruits grown in private yards were confirmed by owners to be free of inseciticide and fertilizer.

All dog owners should keep the number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline nearby in case any dog ingests a suspicous substance: ASPCA Poison Control Center Hotline: 888-426-4435 or use the web-site at www.apcc.aspca.org/

Reference: University of Minnesota, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association,
ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Keeshond


PUPPY GIRL AT ONE WEEK SLEEPING








The puppies at one week of age now weigh 1 1/2 pounds. They are growing fast. They spend the majority of their time sleeping, and sleeping and then they sleep some more! Their eyes won't open until about next Sunday. With five girls the theme has pink, so we will have to introduce a bit of blue to kcep from giving the boys a complex!

Their mom, Windy, is eating up a storm. She goes through about 6 cups of dog food a day! Only the best will do, of course, plus cottage cheese and other goodies.
She has recovered her energy and runs to the back of the meadow when she is let out. Then she RUNS back into the house and down the hallway. Better look out if you are in the hall because she is coming through! Back to the babies!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Puppies Are Here!

Dont We Look Sweet On Our Pink Sheet?









The Andy x Windy puppies were born early in the morning on Sunday, June 10th. Windy decided after getting in and out of the whelping box all day, to get down to business about 3:30am. Three hours later she had finished delivering seven puppies, five girls (in a row!) and then two boys. Breeders, you see, dont need much sleep. Well, we need it, but we dont get it! All were healthy and weighed from 13oz to 11oz.

The day before, Saturday, was the day after the great filly Rags to Riches won the Belmont. The first time a filly has done this in 102 years. To celebrate our five girls and two boys born the same weekend, we decided to make this a race horse themed litter! Of course, Tuesday, June 12th, is my birthday so it all made for a very nice birthday present.

Windy is as usual eating up a storm. She loves to run so dont get in her way when she comes barreling down the hallway to get back to the puppies. She is a great mom, keeps them nice and clean and as you can see in the picture roly-poly as well. They are already nearing one pound in weight. We will keep you updated on their progress!


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Monday, June 11, 2007

Would You Like to See A Beautiful Keeshond Pupsicle?

















JENNIFER BATES AND THE BEAUTIFUL KIJKER (Ki-ker)

Did anyone ever say that breeding dogs was easy? Well, if they did they were wrong! But as you can see above the effort is worth it. Jennifer, who lives in Nova Soctia, decided after consulting with her mentor Glady Gates, that they would like to breed their Champion bitch Ch. Seawind's Sunshine, Meisje, to Andy, Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, BISS. That would seem simple enough, except that Nova Scotia, is 1244.4 miles from Burton, Ohio, more or less. Driving time is approximately, 19.24 hours, not including rest stops, eating and sleeping.

Thus the decision was made to use frozen semen. Why not fresh cooled? Well because sometimes there is a hold up in customs. This is something that fresh cooled semen cannot tolerate, but frozen is okay in its chilly container. You guessed it! There was a 24 hour hold up, but the frozen Andy's stayed nice a cold in suspended animation. None of this is, of course, inexpensive. In addition to progesterone testing, frozen semen insertion, there is Canadian PAPERWORK! EEEK!

But love or in this case frozen love, conquers all. Jennifer took a picture with Meisje and true love
Andy, (in the frozen container), Jennifer has a sense of humor - which is vital to this process we have discovered. The result was wonderful - six puppies, four girls and two boys, born March 7, 2007, with the assitance of Jenifer and their official Nanny - Glady Gates. A beautiful litter of silver and black puppies, and the girl that Jennifer had been hoping for. Dreams really do come true!


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Saturday, June 02, 2007

A New Keeshond Champion in Newfoundland - Midnight Pride















Am. Ch. Foxfair Escapade, BISSW, "Daisy" daughter
Can. Ch. Midnight Pride wins Groups in Newfoundland!

Some of you may remember the story of our Daisy, she is the sister of Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, Andy. Daisy had irregular seasons and had only had one puppy a singleton male. She was five years old and had not been in season for over a year. We were thinking of finding her a nice home when this nice man Alan called. He was looking for companion to go hunting and fishing. Daisy was energetic and loved walks it seemed perfect.

Only one problem, Alan lived in Newfoundland!. I said, "Surely you don't want to come all this way for her, we live in Ohio?" He said, "No problem I am leaving tomorrow". Then Daisy suprised us all by coming in season right when she arrived in Newfoundland!. Must be the sea air!

Anyway, what to do? I called Maureen Clements and Glady Gates, they both said one of the nicest dogs in Canada lived on Newfoundland, but had not been used very much due the remote location. A mating was arranged with Can. Ch. Sir Mulligan owned by Charles Coady who is seen showing Daisy's daughter in the picture, his son is to his right and Anne Marie, Alan's wife is in the middle. Now the two families are friends, Daisy's daughter has her championship and in winning groups in Canada. All because Daisy went to Newfoundland - It all goes to show you - life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you are going to get! Andy and the Foxfair dogs send congratulations to everyone on Newfoundland and particularly to Daisy and her lovely daughter!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Bodie and Bob - A Great Keeshond Combination

Bob Maier and Foxfair Easy Goer "Bodie", ONLY SIX MONTHS OLD pictured after winning thier Rally Novice A class at the Keeshond Club of America National Specialty


There are multiple copies of this picture on order so I guess it is okay to use the proof! I promised a story on Bob and Bodie so here it is. The Maier family, Bob, his wife Marie and daughter Tina purchased Bodie when he was about 10 weeks old. He was a pick of litter stud puppy from the breeding Mary Beeman did of Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, BISS "Andy", and her Champion Klassics When Telling Secrets, "Gabby". He was a handsome sturdy puppy with a very pretty way of moving across the ground, and his dad's special easy going but lively temperament. So, I suggested the name of the famous Throughbred Race Horse and now popular stallion, Easy Goer.

Bob and his family have been involved in downhill ski racing with Bob being a ski instructor, so he was named Easy Goer and call named "Bodie" after the famous downhill racer Bodie Miller.
I believe that Bodie Miller was also a precocious talent and so it has been with his namesake. Bob entered Bodie in Kindergarten Puppy Training Class as all Foxfair puppies are required to do. From the first class they then went on to conformation training and then to Rally training. Bob noticed that Bodie was picking things up very rapidly and seemed to be at least as good if not better than his older classmates. That is when he got the idea to take him to the National Specialty.

To say that I was skeptical about such a young puppy being entered in performance and conformation at the national is an understatement. But Bob said that on their run through they scored a 91 and then did it again - more than enough to qualify. So off they went to their first KCA National Specialty. When Bob said watch this, and gave a hand signal for down to Bodie and he dropped from 15 feet away I knew that we not only had a precocious puppy but an excellent budding trainer in his owner. Concern vanished and I decided to root for them, and hope that the trip would be fun for both owner and puppy. From the happy smiles in the picture you can see that is exactly what happened.

Rally is a great sport for those new to training dogs and for the dogs themselves. It is very positive, the judge meets with the class and discusses the course. Unlike obedience it is informal, fun and instructive all at the same time. I started in dogs when obedience classes and competition were the only performance events in existence. We are now all encouraged about doing Rally - and we have Bob and Bodie to thank for leading the way! Keeshonden are very smart and YOU TOO CAN TRAIN AND COMPETE IN RALLY WITH YOUR KEES!




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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Keeshond Puppies Reunite in Michigan


RUDY, MICKEY AND CASEY

Keeshond Puppies
Reunite in Michigan







Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Well, Mickey Kadala lives with his family in Maryland, but his brother is owned by Lisa's brother who lives in Michigan. As it happens Casey is owned by the Cherie another Michigan family and they all made arrangements to meet together and let the brothers reunite. They were born last year in the famous Ten Puppy, Baseball Litter. They are a handsome group of boys and their parents Andy and Windy are very proud of them.


Lisa says the boys were thrilled to see each other and ran and played together just like they did when they were puppies here at home.

Well their mom and dad did a repeat performance and we are expecting another litter with the same breeding this month. Their sister Pi stayed here at home and she is going to be the nanny. In the last year she has learned to sit, stay, down, jump, retrieve, frisbee catch and put the Canadian Geese back into the pond. Her show days are coming in the future. Here is a picture of Pi, who wishes she had been at the reunion too!



Foxfair American Pi

Rudy, Mickey and Casey's Sister











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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Foxfair Keeshonden, KCA National Results

HARDY, "CHAMPION VANDABAN WESSEX, Eng. Imp." Sweeps the Stud Dog Classes, KCA Weekend




Here is Hardy and his offspring, Nightwind The Shadow Knows, "Lamont" and Foxfair Audacious, "Audrey" winning the Stud Dog Class at the Heart of America Keeshond Club on Memorial Da
y Weekend







Hardy, Lamont, and Audrey are pictured here with judge Ellen Fetter and handlers Jeanne Buente, Kathy Fleischer and Debbie Hodges winning the Keeshond Club of America Stud Dog Class in Lawrence Kansas.








NOT TO BE OUTDONE, CH. NIGHTWINDS TIP OFF, SON OF AM. CAN. CH. FOXFAIR EXCALIBUR WON BOS IN MATURITY AT THE KEESHOND CLUB OF AMERICA SHOW, SHOWN BY HIS BREEDER, OWNER, HANDLER, DEBBIE HODGES OF COLUMBUS, OHIO





CH. NIGHTWINDS TIP OFF

(AM.CAN. CH. FOXFAIR EXCALIBUR X KEESHEE NIGHTWINDS SILLIUM)








It was an exciting and tiring National Specialty week for us. In addtion to his two stud dog class wins, Hardy also put two legs on his Rally Novice title with perfect scores of 100. Then he topped it all off by winning an Award of Merit at the KCA National Specialty which comes with an invitation to compete at Crufts in 2008!

In our next blog we will brag about another Andy son, only six months old that surprised everyone by winning a 1st place in Rally Novice and earning two legs over the KCA weekend. Owned by Bob and Tina Maier of Hudson, Ohio, Bodie covered himself in glory. We will post a picture when we get one!





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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Cooper and Anita - A Medal Winning Weekend

Anita and Cooper Have a Wonderful Weekend Winning 3 Puppy Group I's

















A Weekend Of Medals for Foxfair Puttin on the Ritz
(aka Cooper)

Anita Williams and Cooper have a reason to be proud, the judges comments on their cards from their weekend of International Show judging were really something to bust your buttons over!

The four judges Charles Bett, Canada, Jane Pero, USA, Lethia Bett, Canada, and Dave Simmons, USA were very consistent in their high marks for Cooper. Some of the comments are as follows:

Overall: Excellent Breed Type, Good proportions, Very nice breed type, excellent for age,
Short compact, Sturdy puppy dog.

Head: Lovely wedge shape, definite stop, excellent expression and spectacles.
Eyes: Dark brown and expressive, Ears: Small, high, small and well set, small, erect and high
set, small triangular
Front: Moderate shoulder angulation, Well laid back, Nice layback and return of upper arm.
Chest: Good foreshcest, Well ribbed, Deep lung and ribs, Moderately deep
Rear: Good rear angulation, Good, moderate, Balanced to front
Top Line: Sort, straight, Good topline for Breed, Level and short
Tail: Set high, Good Curl, Stunning Plume, High set, Well curled
Movement: Brisk, Clean and Sharp, Clean and Brisk

Cooper earned three Puppy Group First Places over the weekend. He is still a puppy but is growing up nicely and plans to make his breeder - Jeanne Buente and Debbie Lynch and his mom, Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RN and his dad, Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Import - very proud indeed.

Anita reports that "Cooper did great all weekend. He didn't seem the slightest bit pooped out, although by the time we got to Best in Show there was so much bait on the ground, I couldn't keep him from going after it! Guess I should have given him some more ahead of time, (LOL)"

We are especially impressed by his very good stance on the platform! Posing for pictures with baby puppy dogs is not the easiest task in the world. It looks like Anita and Cooper have been hard at work in the training department!


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Friday, May 04, 2007

Playing in the Meadow

Ryan has his hands full!











Ryan in the meadow, puppies in the distance




Pi takes a breather from playing with the puppies - (If you look carefully there is one underneath her)

Here they come on the run!








Tounges are hanging out from playing with the football (blue object in center)










The Meadow


So, some people look at these pictures and ask - just where do you live anyway? We live in Burton, Ohio. This is a small town in Northeast Ohio known for its Amish population, Maple Sugar Festival and County Fair. We have four acres of property with two sides bordered by conservation land and very tall pine trees, most of it is in meadow. It is my job to keep it mowed in the summer - but it is really not a bad job! Our driveway is 600 feet long, so it is very private and no problem for the dogs with neighbors.

About Pi

Pi is the female that we kept from our ten puppy litter of baseball players last year. Ryan has taught her to retreive and here she is playing with the puppies. Her absolute favorite toy is the nerf football. This is because the bounce is very unpredictable and she likes to grab it after the first bounce. She is very good with the puppies and they like running after her as she does her long distance retrieves. Pretty soon everyone's tounge is hanging out!

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