Saturday, December 27, 2008

Leaving Home - Saying Goodbye!





































CHRISTMAS PUPPIES

Actually, we have never had puppies at Christmastime. We usually prefer to have them in the spring when they can go outside. But dogs only come into season twice a year so we decided to breed April to Hardy and have winter puppies. It turned out to be a lot of fun, having them right off the kitchen so we could play with them all the time and they could see what is going on. Being right next to the laundry room, they should be able to do their own laundry by now!

CAMBRIA AND MARLA HARPER - Cleveland, Ohio

So, last week first Marla Harper came and picked up her little girl. Marla was referred to us by our long time friend in Keeshonden, Carol Cash. Marla got a beautiful show girl, who will be named Foxfair Cambria. Call name not yet determined. We had a very nice visit with Marla and her sister, also a dog lover par excelance. It is always comforting to have puppies go to families that understand dogs. Marla's sister has Pomeranians so her tolerance for canine behavior has to be very high!
Marla and Cambria will be going to puppy class at Cleveland All Breed Training.

KUMA AND DAWN AND SCOTT NOVICK - Seven Hills, Ohio

Next to leave was our big boy, who will be called Kuma by his new owners, Dawn and Scott Novick. Kuma means "bear" in Japanese. Kuma joins his half brother, bred by Debbie Hodges who is also a Hardy son - his name is Jake. Jake is not quite sure what is going on at his house. He was under the impression he was an only dog. But he watches the puppy carefully and Dawn reports that when the cat hissed at the puppy, Jake stepped in to protect him. Kuma likes lots of attention and will be going to puppy class at Cleveland All Breed.

SKIPPER AND MARY AND ALLAN MAC VICAR - Nova Scotia, Canada

An update on our Nova Scotia boy. It seems that Mary and Allan Mac Vicar ran into a snow storm on their way home. They had to get off the highway in Pennsylvania and stay overnight. Then their plane couldn't land in Halifax and they had to be bused a couple of hours home. But, they report that, Skipper, was a trooper. Never cried on the plane, just stuck his head out of the Sherpa bag to be petted then went right back to sleep. No grass at the bus station or the airport - but paper training came in handy!. They put papers down in the bathroom and then off they went. Skipper is adjusting well to being a Canadian and it seems that his "Aunt Glady" will be having a get together to introduce him to the other Canadian Keeshonden and their families.


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside





















































Brrrr! The puppies had another adventure today with a short run down the meadow in the snow, it was in the 30's but they managed to follow Ryan down the meadow and back. Jeanne and Ryan then swooped them up for a quick photo before going back inside. We tried a photo session then, but they were much more interested in taking a nap than taking pictures.

Congratulations to Mary and Allan Mac Vicar from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the purchase of their beautiful male puppy, who will be called Skipper. Show name still pending. After having dinner with us Mary and Allan left to drive to Toronto, and catch a plane this morning for Halifax. We know they had to drive through the snow in Buffalo and are hoping to hear from them soon!

No trips outside today for the puppies, the windchill is below zero!











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Sunday, December 14, 2008

THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS TOO!







































Well they are now six weeks old and there is a big difference between five weeks and six weeks, as in YIKES! Before they would play quietly around me with their toys. Ryan asked, "Don't you need a gate to keep them in these three rooms?" So, I told him not to worry they wouldn't go anywhere. That was true until the day they turned six weeks, then that afternoon they grabbed their toys and ran for it all the way down the hall to the bedrooms. The next morning they didn't even wait for their breakfast but dived into dry dog food scattering it all over their pen. So they are growing up and wanting to explore the world.

They get brushed every day, but this week they will begin to get brushed on the table. Play time will include walking along with me - hilarious to watch. You need to learn to do the "puppy shuffle" which means walking with out picking up your feet so you don't step on anyone. This is much easier with hardwood floors!

Thier routine is still the same, I get up (they wake me up) at 7:00 or 6:40, April goes out side, I make the puppies breakfast, rice baby cereal, milk, canned puppy food, and dry puppy food. Pick up puppy papers and mop pen while they are eating. Take all soft toys and bedding out of puppy pen and put in laundry. Put in new papers, toys and bedding from dryer. Give April her breakfast. Put laundry in dryer. Let April out again. Let April back in. Play with puppies.
Repeat at Noon. etc, etc.

Their personalities are beginning to emerge and they a real joy!





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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jeanne Comes To See The Puppies




































The two girls are pictured together and the three boys are pictured together.

The puppies had a big day today. First they moved to their new quarters, meaning out of my bedroom and into the puppy room, which is adjacent to the laundry room. Very convenient for washing puppy blankets, beds and toys. Ryan set up their pen with two rooms, one for playing and eating, and one for "personal hygiene" aka the " potty".

Then Jeanne came this afternoon. April was, of course, very happy to see her and ended up sitting in her lap. She misses Jeanne, but was happy to share the puppies with her. So, Jeanne and I admired the puppies for a while, and cleaned up. Then we went to the Vancura Art Gallery. Came back had dinner and played with the puppies, took pictures, or tried to take pictures. They were a little thrown by the hardwood floors at first, but soon acclimated and started playing around. So, all in all a very nice day, new digs, visitors, and fun - but very tiring, as you can see!



















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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

THREE WEEKS OLD TODAY






OUR EYES ARE OPEN!


We can see each other now, YIKES! That means that the puppies can play. Only one problem, they are not too steady on their feet, so if they go to paw another puppy they just might fall over - hmm need to rethink that strategy.

April continues to be a great mom, but she now takes breaks and spends a little time with me during day, just taking a nap or walking out in the snow. Yes, I said snow, about 10 inches. We do live in the snow belt after all. I will take some pics and post them just to prove it.







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Friday, November 07, 2008

GUESS WHAT WE WEIGH ONE POUND!

































So, for puppies whose eyes are still shut, they have an excellent sense of location. Meaning they can find mom and dinner with no problem at all. One of my friends called the other day to ask how the puppies were doing and I said, "Oh, you mean the five the little pigs!" Honestly, you almost never see them when they are not nursing! Although they do get in a fair amount of sleep as well.

Above you will notice they are organized into groups of two and three. This happens frequently.
Interestingly, enough it is the two girls and three boys that seem to get together. How do they know? It is a mystery, actually. Keeshond puppies gain about a pound a week. By eight weeks they weigh approximately 8lbs, some a little more and some a little less. In this litter they are all about the same size. Except - well in some litters you have a "runt", or the smallest puppy. In this litter we have the opposite - the biggest puppy! He weighs a pound and a half. Someone remarked on how content he was. I think that is because he is full.

They are doing very well, and as you can see their markings are beginning to develop quite nicely.







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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Darby, Ward and Gunner
















DARBY GOES TO NEW JERSEY













Darby is the son of Ch. Foxfair Excalibur and Ch. Foxfair Valentina, a beautiful dog with outstanding head type, outline and markings, he didn't quite make the size we were hoping for to compete as a special. With his exceptional personality and drive he will make a wonderful performance dog for Ward Griffiths. Ward is an obedience trainer, and she specifically wanted a young dog and not a puppy. Darby seemed to fit the bill

They are pictured here at training class, she will have somewhat of a challenge as Darby is exceptionally food motivated! Well, he is a Keeshond after all. Even before he left the house Ward was giving him hand signals and little treats. He does have to share Ward with her Labrador, Gunner, who may still be thinking that Darby is only there on vacation and may leave soon. However, Ward reports that she and Darby have bonded and he will be staying in Connecticut. He has made freinds with the other dogs belonging to Ward's trainer friends at the training center. Like his grandmother, Foxfair Zarya, he has a very bubbly personality.
I hope in the future that we get to see them compete.


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Friday, October 31, 2008

April and the "Really Weird, PuppyBassinet"


Serves Me Right For Catalog Shopping!

A few weeks before we are expecting a litter I usually do a little shopping in the Pet Edge catalog, or some other pet supply catalog.
They are very efficient and send the supplies right away.

They have advertised specials, and this time one of the specials was a, "puppy bassinet", blue and/or pink, 22" long. Sounded good.
I usually use a basket or box to put the puppies in when I am changing the bedding and this was on sale for the very
modest price of $5.99. Imagine my surprise when this came out of the box!

Ryan asked me "What in the world is that?" I explained, and he wanted to know what I was going to do with it after the puppies got to be two weeks old, as of course, by this time they would be climbing out it, if not sooner.
I suggested that Tigger, his cat could use it for a bed. "Not my cat, do you want to make him into a weirdo?"
Not really. Well, I think if I take off the curtains and lace, then Tigger might think it is okay.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Litter - April and the Bonus Puppy



















APRIL AND HER FAMILY

So, some of you may know that one of the things breeders do to assure a safe whelping is to take a pre-whelping x-ray. This is taken 3 to 5 days before the first possible whelping date to count the number of puppies expected. This way breeders can be prepared and know if after 2.5 hours between puppies they need to seek help. You are also alerted to an abnormally small or large litter which can pose their own special problems.

I took April in for her x-ray and at first Dr. Borger thought there might be 5 puppies, but when only the shadow of a skull could be seen and no other vertebrae he decided there were four. Mind you reading these things is no easy task, to the untrained eye it looks like smoke and indigestion. These pre-whelping x-rays are nothing like hips and patellas which are very clear and easy to see.

On Sunday night April was very restless, she kept me up most of night just circling and digging around in the whelping box. Then around breakfast time my sister, Donna, came over and said she would like some oatmeal, I made some instant oatmeal in the microwave, then rushed back from the kitchen to see how April was doing. She was doing just fine, she had one puppy, a boy! Five minutes later there was another one, this time a girl. My sister came back and helped me with tying off a few cords, not something she was planning on for the day!

Donna wanted to see the next puppy, and waited about and hour and half, right after she left, April produced another boy and girl in quick succession. Since there were two puppies in each horn of the uterus, this made sense. I thought she was through and after weighing the puppies and rearranging the bedding, I went off to make her some chicken noodle soup. This is a dish that most new mothers really enjoy.

April had a little soup, seemed very content and settled in to take care of the babies. I was reading in the adjoining room. Now mind you neither she or the puppies made ANY NOISE at all in the next hour. I went in to check them again and noticed the blanket was a little damp, so as I was putting down clean towels, I noticed the group of puppies seemed different than before. Hmm. What was it?

I counted them, 1-2-3-4 -- 5, what! 1-2-3-4---5! Yikes! Not believing what I was seeing, I decided to sex them, two girls, check, three boys, check, check, check. Thats right the "shadow" turned out to be a very healthy boy puppy. April was totally non-plussed by my antics, she calmly regarded me with her ears up, not anxious at all - very in control. She is just about the most confident and competent first time mother I have ever seen.

She comes by this naturally as her mother, Nightwind's Sillium, is a well known dam of many champions, who produced 8 puppies in each litter and easily whelped and raised them all.

Obviously, April takes after her mom.

















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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Am. Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Imp.

HARDY AND JEANNE HAVING FUN!

Hardy was imported by us from England when he was 12 weeks old. He was in the last litter for the famous Vandaban Kennels of Diane and Ashley Banfield whelped before their retirement. He was picked for us from the litter by our friend Gina Marsh of Devon, England who made many trips to view the puppies. It turns out that the litter was very impressive with littermates finishing their Championships on three different continents all before the age of two. Hardy in the USA, as Ch. Vandaban Wessex, and his sisters finishing their Championships in Australia and Sweden.

Hardy has sired two previous litters and when they were shown at the Keeshond Club of America Specialty they earned their sire a first place in the Stud Dog Class. The dam of these litters were Keeshee Nightwind Silium, who is also the dam of April - Hardy's current intended, and Ch. Foxfair Impetuous RN. We are hoping for the same high quality puppies from this litter also, as April herself has an outstanding temperament, conformation and movement. April is also a daughter of Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, BISS, currently the sire of nine champions.

Hardy has been shown only on a limited basis in the United States, he finished his championship easily, but he is after all an English dog and is a little different than the typical Keeshond in the US. He is a bit larger, measuring officially at 19" this is within the standard, however, many of the dogs competing today are closer to 17". He is a very handsome dog, and breathtaking to look at - we are very happy and proud to share him with you.


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Monday, October 06, 2008

Hardy and April - Halloween Babies


New Champion Nightwind Foxfair Trillium
"April", and Jeanne - Looking Very Good!

I just looked at the date of my last post and it has been a year!! Goodness where does the time go.
We have been very busy this year working on the house putting in hardwood floors, redoing the kitchen and the driveway, and landscaping the yard. Also, I am volunteering for the election and that takes some time as well.

Now on to doggy doings. We are expecting a litter on or around October 31st, which makes them Halloween babies. But since I love Halloween but don't like scary names, they will probably be some other theme, ideas are welcome. The parents are our English import and American Champion Vandaban Wessex, "Hardy" and our new Champion Nightwind Foxfair Trillium, known as "April". I will post Hardy's new picture in my next blog.

April just finished her championship this summer. She went out of coat and we held her back until she was in full coat so we could show her. She is a very sweet dog and follows us all over the place. I think she will make a great mom.

Staying with us this weekend are Jou Jou Smith, Windy's full sister, while her mom is on a walking tour of France with her daughter, and our very own Zarya. Zarya is the mom and grandmom of Windy, Jou Jou, and Valentina and Emma, Darby and Ashling, to name a few.
Interestingly I kept her in the house the first few days thinking that at her age she really didn't want to put up with the girls running outside all over the place. Then she was out there and they ran out and she wouldn't come in. She loves being with them, and is, of course, ruling the roost just like old times. Some things never change.





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