Tuesday, December 22, 2009

April x Hardy Baby Boys






























































BOY PUPPIES BEFORE BEDTIME


These are the April x Hardy baby boys at age six weeks. This picture was taken at night so they are they ready for bed. Usually they are ready for PLAY!

These two look a lot alike and sometimes it is hard to tell them apart. They are about the same size and they also like to hang out together and when they are out of the pen can be found getting into trouble together!

They both have nice silver color, dark pigment, and lovely coat and bone.

Come to think of it Ryan looked more tired in these pictures than the puppies, but I cropped him out at his request!.

The first picture of the single puppy is Green, the second is Blue. In the picture of the two puppies together Green is on the left and Blue is on the right.





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Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Champion AKC. & UKC. Ch. Foxfair Puttin' On the Ritz, RN































FINISHING IN STYLE


Anita Williams of Clackamas, Oregon, is now the proud owner of two Champion Keeshonden. Copper joins his friend Makani as the second champion in the Williams household.

Cooper is sired by Am. Can. Ch. Vandaban Wessex, RN,Eng. Imp. and he is the third champion for his sire. His dam is the accomplished show, and performance bitch, owned and trained by Jeanne Buente, Ch. Foxfair Impetuous, RA, NA, NAJ who was also RWB at the National Specialty. He was co-bred by Jeanne Buente and Deborah Lynch. Cooper was shown to most of his points owner handled.

A good sized boy, with a loving disposition and beautiful silver color Cooper and Anita will now embark on a new and exciting career in agility. Since they are both tall and elegant we expect that they will be getting around the agility course in record time! Not that we are putting any pressure on them!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Girls

Think Pink

These are the girls from our litter of April (Ch. Nightwind Foxfair Trillium and Hardy (Am. Can. Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng Imp) . The pictures were taken just before they turned 5 weeks old. The two girls in this litter are about as different as could be. We call them Zenny and Rachel for the race mares Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. Both of whom may be in a tie for horse of the year. The first time ever that honor may be shared by two fillies.

At any rate, Zenny is larger and darker, has a very sweet dispostion and is laid back. Rachel is smaller, lighter in color and more refined. She WAGs her tail all the time! She is very outgoing and baited for us and posed at age 4 weeks - I think that is a record.

Tomorrow I will put up pictures of the boys. Unlike the girls they are very similar in size and markings. They also like to hang out together, it must be a guy thing!












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Thursday, December 03, 2009

New Champion - Ch. Foxfair Essex


CH. FOXFAIR ESSEX

Essex finished at the Columbus, Ohio shows with his fourth major at 13 months of age! Where did the time go?


It seems like just yesterday I was taking him to class and he was playing with his toys. (Very disturbing to the obedience dogs - but a good working distraction for them!)



When Jeanne and I took him to the Canadian Nationals this summer he won Best Puppy at their Puppy Match and also won the Canadian Puppy Sweepstakes. Just before that we showed him at the Grand River/Ashtabula weekend and he covered himself with glory by winning WD,BOW, and BOB over specials from the puppy class at 8 months old.


His sire is our Am. Can. Ch. Vandaban Wessex, Eng. Imp. (Hardy), and his dam is Ch. Nightwind Foxfair Trilium, (April). The 3 week old puppies that we have right now are his full siblings.


Of all the impressive things he has done so far, the one that stands out to me is how he showed on Sunday at Grand River in the Non Sporting Group. It had decided to pour down rain and in spite of the rain blowing right into his face - he stood there and showed for Jeanne like a trooper with his ears up the whole time, not at all like the 8 months old puppy that he was then.


While he reminds us of both his dad and his mom in many ways, in his showmanship he is much like his grandfather, Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur. The other dog that he reminds us of is Ch. Foxfair Eveready, Evan. He is a direct descendant of our foundation bitch Ch. Vaakers Mary Poppins, the dam of Ch. Foxfair Persuasive Friend and Ch. Foxfair Special Sparkle. Sparky in turn is the sire of the Ch. Foxfair Eveready, Evan, who is the sire of Ch. Foxfair Geronimo Energizer, the sire of Ch. Foxfair Excalibur, sire of Ch. Nightwind Foxfair Trilium, the dam of Ch. Foxfair Essex. Whew! All that to say that Essex is the result of 6 generations of Foxfair breeding - and we think it shows!
















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Monday, November 23, 2009

Skipper at the Docks


Skipper Mac Vicar

So, Skipper is from the first breeding of Hardy and April and he wishes his baby brothers and sisters a hearty hello!

Mary sent me these pictures today and I just love them, especially the one where he is sitting by the boats. Isn't it a great theme - the barge dog, named Skipper by the boats! What can I say little things like that make me happy.

We will soon be posting pics of new Champion Foxfair Essex, Skipper's brother who finished his AKC Championship last weekend!









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Baby Pictures



APRIL AND BABIES

These puppies are less than two weeks old and don't have their eyes open yet, but as you can see in the picture they have a good sense of where the food is located!

In fact, that is the big girl headed for the milk bar. April is a great mom very devoted and likes to spend most her time still with the babies. By this time most of our moms would be wanting a break but she just lets me know when she wants to go out.

The puppies are growing very fast and weigh almost a pound now. Can't wait to see them at six weeks!









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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Skipper's Show Adventures


SKIPPER

Mary and Allan MacVicar of Halifax, Canada are the proud owners of Skipper MacVicar, otherwise known as Foxfair Berkshire Wessex. He is a litter brother to Foxfair Essex, and a full brother of our litter whelped this week.

Currently he is only one point short of finishing his Candadian championship. Very similar to our area the shows pretty much end at this time of year. Mary and Skipper went to a new format of dog show not CKC, but judged by international judges. They enjoyed this show very much and Skipper was privleged to receive Excellent ratings on his score sheets.

He and Mary and Allan send their regards to Essex and their new brothers and sisters! We wanted to share this head study of him with you because we think it is really beautiful.











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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rudy

RUDY AT MICHIGAN KEESHOND SPECIALTY

In our last litter which was Ch. Keeshe's Lock Stock N' Barrel, ROM x Ch. Foxfair Valentina we kept two puppies; a male and a female. They are both very nice but in different ways.



Here we are posting pictures of the boy, Rudy. He is a very pretty boy puppy taking after his mom and dad in this area. However, he has nice substance and balance, excellent reach of neck, short back and very happy outgoing temperament. Nothing seems to bother him. His sister on the hand is very much a princess!


Most of these pictures were taken at the Michigan Specialty when he was 10 weeks old, and the later older picture taken at home when he was 12 weeks. The pics at the Michigan Specialty were kindly taken by Beth Blankenship.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Remembering Senator Kennedy

















DAYS IN WASHINGTON,DC

My blog is usually about dogs but today I am going to remember my days in Washington, D.C., as an intern in the United States Senate. My boss was Franklin Zwieg the chief of staff to the Chairman, Senate Committee On Labor and Human Resources. He had two interns and decided that we were useless to him with that status so just treated us as legislative staff - really. Threw us into the deep end of the pool. We went to the intern seminars but other than that were treated like staff - (except no salary of course). So we had our choice of working on health legislation - (which he said would not likely pass in that session -no kidding here we are 30 years later and no health legislation), or a small bill that had failed in previous sessions, The Women in Science Bill. This bill he said would have a slim chance if we could find a ammendment appropriate for the Chairman and slip between the warring parties working on the National Science Foundation Re-Authorization Act - and by the way - the chairman of NSF was against the bill. NICE.

So, with my usual lack of respect for the establishment I went for the Women in Science Bill. To find a way in I needed data and called to find out how many grants to women were given in each science field? No can do, they said, we don't keep that data. So, the next day, delivered to Senate Courts was a book the size of the New York Yellow Pages, listing all the names of every grantee. Thousands of names. I set out to tabulate these names by hand, disregarding those names that were not gender specfic like Robin. It took weeks. My colleagues started to poke fun at me. So, one night going home on the Capitol Hill Express I looked pretty dejected. Our neighbor in Chevy Chase worked for the Washington Post. He asked what the problem was and I told him. "Do you remember the movie "All the President's Men?" he asked. Yes, but what does that have to do with me? "Well, remember that part in the movie where they were going through all the research?" Mmm, yes. "In the movie it took a few minutes, it really took almost a year." I kept tabulating. The results were stunning and potentially alarming to NSF, in some fields female grantees were less than .05%.

Finally, I had my data, and my boss told me to take it up to Senator Kennedy's office and meet with his staff. We went over the data together and my ammedment which called for the board of the NSF to be balanced in representation by gender, race, etc. At the last minute my boss didn't come and sent me alone. Let me explain that one of the reasons, among many, for Senator Kennedy's success was his superb staff. They were brilliant and driven - and they were feared. Luckily I didn't pay much attention to this because I was also driven and had my research and my lack of appropriate fear. The upshot was Bob Knouss, Sen. Kennedy's staff person looked at me and said, "Where in the world did you get this stuff?", I said, "I tabulated it from their grants register". He picked up the phone and called the chairman of NSF, who when heard the data said "I'll be a @#$%#%##!" The hearing was the next day and he decided to testify for our bill.

Later that week we met with the Senators on the committee in Sen. Claiborne Pell's, office in the Capitol building. Apropos because the research was done in the Senate library which is just under the dome of the Capitol and looks right down the mall to the Washington Monument. There wasn't a lot of seating in the beautifully appointed room in the Capitol old paintings and persian rugs but not many chairs. In these situations the staff just usully sat on the floor, Senator Kennedy saw me hesitate and said smiling, "Here just sit right here" and pointed next to his chair to cushion on the floor. So, sitting between Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Javits, I held my breath while they voted to suport the first Women in Science Bill. The bill has been included in the NSF reauthorization act in some form ever since, and the ammendment creating a balance of women and minorties on NSF Board has survived even though it has been slightly altered. As we left the meeting that day, Franklin, (the spitting image in looks and behavior of Toby Zigler on the West Wing) looked at me and said, "Well, how does it feel to make policy?" Good, really good.

None of it would have happened without the support of Senator Kennedy's staff - he had his faults and his triumphs - the Senate will miss him greatly. One side note the staff building we used Senate Courts was in sad repair and was soon torn down to make way for new offices. It had been an old hotel and the elevator sometimes stopped between floors. One day Sen. Kennedy came over to meet with someone on the upper floor. He was driving as usual his ratty old station wagon, but also as usual was accompanied by several secret service agents. As we went to get on the elevator his agents stopped and said, "No, Senator we will take the stairs". They thought the old station wagon way okay but the elevator - no way!









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Friday, August 14, 2009

The New Keeshond Barge Dog


JUST CRUISING ALONG IN CANADA

We have a new recommendation for Keeshonden that are missing their barges of the old days. Grab your family and go for a canoe ride!

That is what the Schmolke family does when they are not hiking on the weekends, and of course they always take their Keeshond with them. Lucky Chinook!

Of course not being experienced in canoeing Chinook decided that the water looked fine and plunked himself in to go for a swim! He didn't go far and was immediately scooped out of the water. One thing has changed though, just in case of a mishap he now wears a life jacket just like the rest of the crew! We do know now though that he not only floats - he can swim!








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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jennifer and Meisje with Their Family

JENNIFER - MEISJE AND FAMILY

When we got this picture from Jennifer it was titled, "And Baby Makes Three." Some people are just plain brave and pioneers. So, that is how we think of Jennifer. Frozen breeding's have been done for a while but many are still afraid to do them. Jennifer managed to accomplish two of them in succession.

The first breeding produced six puppies, the average for a Keeshond natural breeding. In her second of two breedings to Am. Can. Ch. Foxfair Excalibur she had two males.
Well, they say its quality that counts and both male puppies look very nice. The little boy in the picture looks like he is trying to make a get-a-way, but we hear his temperament is very nice too. So at the age of ten without any effort at all from his highness, Andy has two boys in Canada thanks to modern technology!

For Meisje's part she did have the harder end of the deal, but looks very good for just finishing up her motherhood chores. This picture was taken in Jennifer's backyard which looks a lot better than most that have dogs, by her friend Marten Douma, who is Dutch and also helps Jennifer with Dutch names for her dogs. We are looking forward to seeing this puppy at Canadian shows in the near future!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ch. Foxfair Valentina



















VALENTINA TAKES A VACATION

We thought we should show a picture of Valentina without her seven puppies or even one puppy, chewing on her leg or pulling her tail. This, in fact, is a picture of her finishing her Championship before she was ever bred. Yes, those were the days, when all she had to do was smile for the judge and the camera and eat liver treats.

Now, she is out of coat, just when people picking up their puppies want to see her, which inevitably happens with every bitch. I remember when I had Ryan in the hospital and the pediatrician, who had only seen me pretty haggard after having him, stopped by my room after I had a chance to have a shower, do my hair, put on make up and had no tubes running in every direction. He just stopped and stared and said quizzically, "Mrs. Lynch?". Yes, indeed we can clean up pretty good after one these ordeals!

Valentina, now that the little devils are weaned and there are only two left, can relax and play with them. She cleverly lays on her stomach so that they can't try to sneak in a snack. One cute story about her. She REALLY liked to show, when Jeanne would go in the ring with our special and she was sitting with me outside the ring, she would stand up and show. She was hoping that someone would notice and say, "Hey what about that dog outside the ring, lets get her in here!".

All kidding aside, she was an elegant and beautiful show girl, but she gave up her career to raise her family. How many times have we heard that story!



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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Girls from Calgary

Chinook goes to Calgary


Chinook is a warm wind that is very welcome in Canada during the winter months of January and February. Tonya Schmolke relayed this information when telling me the name she and her girls had chosen for their new Keeshond puppy.

We had a wonderful time meeting Tonya and two of her daughters when they visited us last weekend. Ryan had worried about how we would keep them entertained, but Tonya assured me that between the puppies and the movies it was like Disneyland.

Actually, while Tonya and I were immersed in dog talk, pedigrees and all things Keeshond, I peeked into the family room to see the girls on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn watching "The Princess Bride", an old favorite around here but new to them.

Tonya is an impressive Keeshond fancier with a excellent knowledge of the breed, (she owns every Keeshond book), and an understanding of pedigrees that some breeders would envy. She tracked me down by studying their lovely dog, Simba's pedigree. This led her to Janice Graves who referred her to Glady Gates, the breeder of Ch. Seawind's Chinook, who was in Simba's pedigree. Chinook was a beautiful Candian Champion Keeshond who sired many lovely dogs and Simba very much resembled him. Ryan and I were sad to see them go as we had so much fun with them. Ryan commented the next day that it was too bad they lived so far away.

They all had a good trip home and even met someone in the airport that also had a Keeshond, it turns out that it was a relative! The lady had a dog sired by Ch. Skyline Game Boy, the son of our puppies father - in other words the puppy's uncle! Amazing, a small world indeed. Here are some pictures of the girls at home with Chinook in a public garden in Calgary. Doesn't Chinook look right at home!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thank Heaven For Little Girls and Their Puppies

Lillian, Eleanor and Joan Clifton with Their New Puppy Sasha!

We enjoyed visiting today with Joan Clifton and her daughters Lilly and Eleanor. Both girls were wonderful with the puppies and the puppies enjoyed them. This was particularly true of Sasha who sat on Lilly's lap like she had been doing it all her life.

Sasha will joining the Clifton's current dog Kelly, who is unaware of the little invader.
Sasha also walked along on the lead after she had her collar on like she was leash trained. Actually this was just Eleanor following her. The girls then loaded back into the car on their way home to central Ohio. We hope to see them soon at an upcoming Buckeye Puppy Match where they can have some fun with thier new puppy.


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Monday, July 20, 2009

We Take Off for Parma, Ohio, and Nova Soctia, Canada!

George and Wendy Welcome Razz

George and Wendy Beatty are from Nova Scotia, Canada and they lost their wonderful 15 year old Keeshond that they shared many good times with. George flew in to Cleveland and drove out to our place to pick up his puppy. His AKC registered name will be Foxfair Christopher Lee, after the actor one of whose most famous roles was that of Rasputin, thus Razz.

It seems that Razz demonstrated a heretofore unknown talent on his way home, escape artist. Razz has talent for opening the zippers on a sherpa bag! Once in the car while George was trying to find the car rental return and found a puppy on his lap, and once in the airport terminal. George was unaware he had opened the bag until a nice lady said, "Is that a Keeshond puppy?" It seems she too had recently lost her beloved Keeshond. Adorable also seems to be Razz talent. On the plane ride to Canada he also poked his head out of the bag and the stewardess told George he should just put him on the empty seat next to him. So Razz rode home in comfort snoozing all the way on his private seat. Once home Razz then removed the front of his crate. I don't know what kind of crate this is, so either it is easy to dissasemble or Razz is just exceptionally gifted.



The Smith Family With Their New Puppy

Jeff and Lisa Smith brought home a surprise for their two year old Keeshond boy! A new puppy to play with. We think Jimmy will fit the bill as he loves playing with his littermates. Their current dog only drinks filtered water and we are wondering if he will teach the new puppy, who we called Jimmy to do the same thing! I called him Jimmy Cagney after the actor because he is so athletic and agile. The first time I called the puppies up the steps from yard, they just looked at me as if to say, "Seriously?", but Jimmy looked at this as a great adventure and flew up the steps and then ran into the house! But, also like Jimmy Cagney he liked to play the tough guy with his littermates tackling even the two boys bigger than him.







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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Keillor x Valentina Puppies Ready, Set, Go!

Puppies Are Ready For Their New Homes!

Here are a few pictures of the puppies at 7 weeks, they usually leave for their new homes between 7 and 9 weeks of age.

The first puppy we call Fuzzy, just because he has such abundance of coat. Very cute personality and lots of fun to play with.

The second puppy is Calgary, he headed to his new home on Tuesday with Tonya Schmolke and her two girls, Natlya and Micheala, don't think I spelled that right. Ryan and I really enjoyed visiting with them. The girls and Ryan had a movie night while Tonya and I talked dogs!

The third puppy with the green collar on the table is Jimmy Cagney. Still looking for a companion or show home for him. He would be a wonderful puppy for agility, he is fearless and could also finish his championship. But he might also be happy to just be someone's hiking buddy.

The last puppy is Miss Red, she will be staying here and keeping the big dogs in line!
We have two more puppies to picture and will post them tomorrow.















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Friday, July 03, 2009

Five Weeks Old and We Love to Play


Ch. Keeshee's Lock Stock N'Barrel, ROM, Puppies Dad

Here is a picture of the puppies sire whose call name is "Keillor" a very nice dog, who has sired some excellent dogs with wonderful temperaments.

It has been raining th
is week but we have been able to get the puppies out between the raindrops. Since the ground is well drained and they are under a good sized maple tree that sits up high their area does not get too wet.

They also like the freedom of running around the yard and down the meadow but you have to be ready to go in seven directions at the same time, not easy to do - although they don't seem to have a problem with it!
This picture of the boys is the last time Ryan was able to hold all them in his arms at the same time. They are too heavy to do that now.

Today was the first time we tried to get them to come back in the house on their own. Some went and played in the flower beds instead of coming up the steps.
All that is except little Jimmy Cagney (thats who he reminds me of). He raced up the steps just because it was a challenge and he is so coordinated he could be in the olympics.

He is the smallest male but his favorite thing to do is jump on his bigger brothers and knock them over.

While the boys are busy roughhousing the girls only join in some times, other times they look at them as if to say,
"Aren't they disgusting! - the way they carry on!"




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Friday, June 26, 2009

Our Trip To Canada!

NEW CANADIAN CHAMPION AM.CAN. CH. VANDABAN WESSEX, Eng. Imp.

Hardy had a good time in Canada, showing nicely and winning Winners Dog on Saturday, and Sunday at the Kingston and District Shows and on Sunday winning Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the Canadian National Specialty. Thank you to the judges who appreciated his quality
Mrs. H. Glendenning, Mr. J. Ireland and Mrs. Kathy Stewart.

Foxfair Essex

Also, having a good time for himself was his son, Foxfair Essex, only seven
months old. We took advantage of all the opportunities offered for puppies in Canada, and as result Essex showed his toes off! He won BOB at the Puppy match on Friday evening, and Best Non Sporting Puppy. Then Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Kit Wilson at the Canadian National Specialty.

I have included here pictures of the Thousand Islands, actually there are 1,800 of them. Many of islands have summer cottages. We took some of the pictures from the Thousand Island Tower in Canada. It is 400 feet high with an elevator and you can walk around and see the Islands from 180 degree view. Amazingly beautiful and highly recommended if you have never been there it is worth the trip.

The show was very friendly and more casually run than the show in US. Not as much attention to the schedule, best way to handle that is relax and go with the flow. The weather was predicted for rain all every day. But, we lucked out and it only rained on Saturday afternoon and that was tolerable not a real downpour. We got to see a lot of our Canadian friends that we don't get to see very often, Don and Glady Gates were there, Janice Graves, Ardis Shurtleef, Dave Hudson, Brenda Brooks, Sheila Taylor and many others. They held a nice luncheon each day and very good hospitality.

There is a bridge to Canada that goes to an island and it is VERY steep. Well it seems like it when you are going up anyway. Only two lanes. Crossing in was not a problem nor was it coming back and all of our papers were in order.

Our accomodations in Canada was a very nice trailer we rented at the Rideau Campgrounds where the show was held. This worked out very well, it was large, had a nice kitches and small yard in front to set up our ex pens for the dogs.

On the way back we stopped at two vineyards, and sampled the wine. This I would highly recommend it was a fun experience and is really the only way to buy wine that you like. Many good varieties were available including champagne. Liberty Winery was very nice and dog friendly offering water and biscuits and well saying we could walk the dogs on the property which was nicely shaded in the heat of the afternoon.

All in all a great trip, lots of fun and a new Canadian Champion to boot!

























































































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