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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