Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Puppy Girls Turn 12 Weeks


GINNY AND JO RELAXING ON A SUNDAY!

This morning Michael, Ryan and Connor all worked together to finish staining the deck. I am so lucky to have the support of these wonderful young men! (That includes you too Michael!) They worked so well together with Mike in the supervisor role and seemed to have fun doing it. I think their Dad and Grandfather would be very proud of them for so many reasons.

Anyway in the afternoon, Jeanne came over to see the puppy girls, Ginny and Jo. It is sooo hard to chose between them. They are both so nice and each one is just a little bit different than the other. Ginny is incredibly athletic and compact. Jo is a little bigger with lovely neck, both have very nice temperaments. Jo resembles her aunt Lillian a great deal. Ginny is her own unique little self though she puts both of us in mind of her Grandfather "Andy" in her head and coloring. They had a fun day playing with Jeanne and I and then took a break to wrestle with "Tigger" our Maine Coon.












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Monday, July 18, 2011

Rudy x April Puppies 8 weeks old

GINNY AND JO AT 8 WEEKS

So, William decided to take a swim in the water hole rather than have his picture taken. We will post more of him later!

These were taken the weekend of Grand River on Sunday after three days of dogs shows. I must say these puppies are like father like daughter as they both resemble Rudy in outline and head type.

First is Ginny posing with the cherry tomato plant. The next two are Jo who wouldn't come down the steps and so we had an opportunity to take some pics of her. last is a head study of Ginny. She is a little smaller than Jo, but full of spice and has accomplished running up and down the steps very quickly. She never really practiced, just ran down them the first time, tripped, got up and kept on going!














































































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Thursday, July 14, 2011

CANADIAN TREASURES - The Hardy Boys!

Cabot Takes Three Group Placements at St. John's Including a GROUP ONE!

Here is Cabot, Foxfair North Wind, taking his first Group One, along with two other group placings at the Newfoundland Kennel Club show. Although he did not have breed competition he took on other breeds to gain his group placements. Cabot is from the second litter of Ch. Vandaban Wessex (Eng. Imp.), and Ch. Nightwind Foxfair Trillium. He is owned,shown, groomed and trained by AnneMarie MacKenzie and Alan MacKenzie. We think he is very handsome, stacks beautifully and represents his accomplished parents very well!

Skipper Finishes His Canadian Championship

Skipper MacVicar is shown here finishing his Canadian Championship, he is a full brother to Cabot and Am. Ch. Foxfair Essex. In fact he is from the first breeding and is a litter mate to Essex.

Skipper took a break from showing to let his grow back in and then came out with his owner, handler and his personal full time cook and trainer, Mary MacVicar. He is a lovely dog, with beautiful color and bone, that enjoys everything he does with Mary. Much thanks to Glady Gates for helping Mary and Skipper get introduced to the dog show world - in fact she is off camera in this picture holding the lead, while Mary gets Skipper's attention!

We are soooo proud of AnneMarie and Mary - who with no previous showing experience - showed and trained both of their dogs successfully and really enjoyed the experience. Of course it didn't hurt that these guys seem to be show offs!


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Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Puppies View

SUMMER DAYS

For all of the complaining we do about the weather in north east Ohio during the winter - we should also talk about the summers here. In short they are spectacular. Very green, Cleveland was once and sometimes still is called the "forest city". Flying in to Cleveland people often remark about the trees that surround the city like an "emerald necklace."

The skies are clear blue with light clouds. At night the temps fall into the 60's and the in morning the grass is damp and clears up in a few hours.

The puppies, of course, are the beneficiaries of this weather. They go out after the grass is dry and stay out most of the day now that they are older. The view from their spot under the maple tree is of the gardens. The roses in front of the deck, and the herb garden that has a bird bath and day lillies shown in the picture.

I am not sure the Keeshond pupies notice the flowers that much but they do notice the birds and wildlife that they attract. They watch the bird bath and feeders and look up in the tree if they hear something in the leaves.

Their favorite "toy" however is Ryan. When they see him they start to bark because they are hoping, and they are usually right, that he







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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Three Little Ones


HAVING FUN OUTSIDE

The puppies are six weeks old now and old enough to really enjoy their time outside. One of the features of being outside is running around on the grass with Ryan. When he takes off they follow at first huffing and puffing and soon they will over take him and grab his pant leg - but not yet!

Here they are laying down - because they are tired after several trips up and down the meadow chasing Ryan. Joan is first, followed by Gina and brother William (soon to be Marty) in the back (he is very cute!) It seems like the only way to get a picture of all three staying still is to get them tired first!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Puppies Playing Outside



Puppies Playing Outside

April and the puppies by Rudy are now five weeks old and spend a good part of the day outside under large maple tree. April likes being in with them also, but only so long as I am there reading a book or working.

They have toys, water, dry food and three times a day warm baby cereal with milk and a bit of Karo Syrup. Not a bad life. One of their favorite games is running around the tree trunk and playing peek a boo with each other. Another is "Who can annoy Mom the most?" They climb on top of her and play King of the Mountain. Then once in a while one gets very cheeky and jumps up and nips her muzzle. She is oblivious to all of this, but if they get a little too out of hand she will put them in line.

They are getting to really enjoy their toys, as you can see in this picture.
Ryan has been taking them out for runs down the meadow and they can't quite keep up with him. There will come a day just a few weeks away when they will zoom ahead of him!

The weather has been beautiful and perfect for them being outside. We will be having rain a few days of the weekend but we need it for the garden.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Foxfair Silent Screen Star, RWB, KCA National Specialty

LILLIAN - SHOWING UP A STORM!

Not to be out done by her brother Lillian also had to win her large open class and then go on to win Reserve Winners Bitch at the KCA National Specialty under the highly respected judge, Pat Hastings, with Jeanne Buente Handling. Lillian has her very own personality, which is quite different from her brothers.

She is opinionated and likes to do things her own way. I taught her to bait as a baby by throwing the bait at her from across the room. She liked this so much that now she feels she will just stack herself up and you can stand - waaay back over there! This makes for a pretty picture in the ring - but don't try and fuss with her coat, etc, No, she looks just fine, thank you, and will stack herself - as you can see in the picture.

Lillian would like to thank her good friend Gina Marsh of Keesland fame, who gave her wonderful long walks all week of the National and loved on her - as Lillian thought was her due! We had a wonderful time with Rudy and Lillian and Gina and Joan. They would like to know when they are coming back!







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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Foxfair Rudy Valentino, Reserve Winners Dog at KCA National Specialty

RUDY SMILING AT THE CAMERA!



Rudy is shown here with 2011, KCA Judge, Karen McFarland, Jeanne Buente on the lead, and trophy presenter, KCA Vice President, Heather Myers.
She is not in this picture but Rudy would like to thank his special friend Joan Dean who took him for wonderful long walks all during the KCA specialty week!

Rudy had a fun time at the KCA National Specialty, but then he creates that wherever he is, it is just his personality, which is - let's just say he has a sense of humor.


It started for him at Shells, who is the groomer that prepares him for shows. When I arrived to pick him up he was in his usual spot, laying on the floor, legs stretched out behind him. Shell said, "You are not going to believe what he just did! I replied, Try me!
It seems Rudy was done being groomed and decided he wanted a little company to play with, so he went over to the crates against the wall, and opened the crate doors letting out two very happy Miniature Poodles. According to Shell he then told them to - RUN!

At the shows one of the things we do to get their coats ready is to line brush them. This means you go through the whole coat with a pin brush spraying with a fine mist of water each line of hair every inch or so. Rudy make this process even more entertaining because he likes to drink out of the spray bottle! So when you spray the line he is right there trying to get the whole nozzle right in his mouth.

Grooming is a boring process as far he is concerned and this is just one of his efforts to make it fun and lighten things up. Unlike his sister Lillian he really doesn't take anything very seriously. He is very cooperative in the show ring, he likes the treats and moving is his favorite. Standing still for a long time - not so much - but then you can always show him the water bottle - now that is fun!




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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

April has Puppies and Now They Have Names




Gina and Joan Sleeping




Joan at 10 days









APRIL'S NEW FAMILY



April is very happy with her new family, two girls and one boy. The story of their birth is interesting. So, Gina Marsh and Joan Miles flew from England into Cleveland Hopkins Airport to visit and go the KCA National specialty. They arrived on May 13, and then we drove to Mason, Ohio and spent the next week at the show. It was fun and exciting but also very tiring, and the drive from Burton to Mason is five hours and some. That does not account for stopping to exercise Rudy and Lillian who went with us (more about that later). Then on Sunday May 22 we drove the five hours back home. My sister Donna and brother in law Jack had a really nice dinner for us at thier house and we then came home. As we are getting ready for bed at 10:00, April who had puppies due on Wednesday said she was going to have them tonight!


Gina just looked at me, knowing it would be a long night and Joan clapped her hands and said "Oh, Goody we are going to have puppies!." I looked at Gina - knowing it would be a long night! At 3:30 we were done and went to bed. Then Gina and Joan had to get up early to get to the airport and the long ride home.My sister again saved the day by driving them knowing I had to stay with the puppies. So, in honor of Gina and Joan who loyally stayed by my side and helped us get the babies into the world their names are Foxfair Virginia Dare, Foxfair Lady Joan and Foxfair William Esq. Hmmm, I wonder where the William came from!
















































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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pearl Flys in Flyball

PEARL IS FAST!


It seems that there is yet another sport that Keeshonden enjoy - FLYBALL!



Shown here running a fly ball course is Klompen's Pearl Grey. She was bred by Kathy Stewart of Alberta, Canada and is sired by Ch. Foxfair Geronimo Energizer "Jake" out of Ch. Klompen's Gabriella "Gabby".



According to Kathy she only hits the ground once between the jumps then just flys along to the next one. Her form looks very efficient. She lives in Canada with her owners who compete in a number of dog sports and training competitions. Pearl was born from frozen semen and I am sure her dad would be proud of her!



















































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