Monday, August 20, 2012

Andy's Puppy Days


Puppy Match and WRKC

Andy's first show was a puppy match held in conjunction with the Grand River Kennel Club show in Painesville, Ohio. We also had a BKC match that day. Debbie Loesser had gone to pick up her new puppy bitch with Jeanne Buente and so Jordyn was at the show for Andy to play with. As we held the meeting the two puppies Andy and Jordyn played in the grass. Jordyn decided to dig a hole and when Andy went over to sniff it, she growled at him, ever the gentleman he just curled up under my chair while the meeting went on.

They were about 9 weks old very close in age being only a week or so apart. Little did we know that day that they would grow up to have a litter with 4 Champions, two specialty winners and a dog that would win WD at the National. 

Andy had never been on lead before, but he trucked into the ring with Jeanne and showed like he had been doing it all his life. That was about as much training as he every got. He was just a natural and did not need to go to classes as he seemed to understand the lead right from the beginning.

He wasn't 6 months old until December of that year so the first show he could attend was Western Reserve Kennel Club. This is one of the largest indoor shows in country and we also have the Buckeye Keeshond Club specialty there every year. Typically we do not start puppies at that show for their first experience. There are several reasons for this. First, it is huge with over 2,000 in the building for four days. Second, the specialty keeps everyone busy. Third, it is very noisy, etc. etc. So, Jeanne and I talked about it. 

We decided to enter him because if we didn't he would have to sit out until Spring when our shows started again. We thought if we ever had a puppy that could handle a show like this it would be him. We entered him at the show and he performed very well, again as if he was an old hand. The noisy, other dogs, sounds and sights did not bother him in the least. After his class I took him back to his crate where he had a soft mat, water, chewie and a toy. When I checked on him 20 minutes later he was fast asleep. 

The headline from the weekend, the young prince goes to the dog show and finds it very much to his liking!. 







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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Young Prince Goes to the Dog Show


The Young Prince is Born 

Andy's mother, Foxfair Electra, was not a champion, she was not shown as she did not like it. She was sired by an English Import Can. Ch. Rimerton Chinese Cracker, and that made some breeders think she was very mysterious as her sire was known only in Canada. In fact, Mary Beeman and I had traded our bitch puppies to open up our pedigrees and so she stayed with Mary through her first year. At the end of the year we traded back. Electra had beautiful coat, color and markings and head type with a long elegant neck. Mary later said if she had known what a wonderful producer Electra would be she would not have given her back to me!

When it came time for Electra to be bred it was during a specialty in Kansas City. I was talking with my veterinarian and asked him if she could wait until the dogs got back from the specialty. He said no she would be out of season by that time. But then he said, "You know you have a really good dog right here in Ohio." :Where?" I said, looking around the room as if Ch. Veereen of Vorden himself was going to appear and solve my problems. Who? "Jake, Ch. Foxfair Energizer, he is right here in the freezer."

Jake, Ch. Foxfair Geronimo Energizer, was a perfect match for Electra. His semen had been frozen for 13 years at the time Andy was born. Logistically he could not have sired the litter, but with the magic of fozen semen we could breed two dogs that were a good fault offset for each other. Jake had the extra substance that Electra lacked and he was from a long line of dogs that had been successful sires.

So, we did our first frozen breeding and it resulted in six beautiful puppies. Earlier a friend of mine who had had Kees for many years had come by the house and sadly sat in one of our wing chairs. Kay said that she had lost her Kees to old age. At this point Electra came into the room and jumped into Kay's lap. What could I do, they belonged together. Kay went home with Electra and later raised the litter that produced Andy.

When Jeanne and went to to look at the litter at eight weeks old we were very pleased with the puppies and there were several that could have become champions. There was a large dark male with a beautiful head and expression. Was he going to be too big? We didn't know. There was a lighter male with a very pretty face and nice outline. But it was Andy that stood out.

First, his structure front and rear were beautifully balanced. He had a very attractive outline and you constantly were asking - which puppy is that? However, there were two things that really made him stand out. First, was his movement. He didn't really trot, he just glided across the ground. His action was so smooth that if he were a horse he would have won for his rider every egg and spoon class in the county. Second, his temperament even at that young age was eye catching. He was friendly to people and seemed to be the king of his litter.

PICTURED: AM. CAN. CH. FOXFAIR EXCALIBUR, HANDLED BY JEANNE BUENTE WITH RESPECTED AKC JUDGE, JACQUELINE HUNGERLAND.













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