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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