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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