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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