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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