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A truly INTERNATIONAL Keeshond Magazine  August, 2011 

Volume 2, Number 3 

   

MBIS, MBISS Can/Am Gr. Ch. Darkenwald Cavalier O’ SouthCar, CHOF, HOF, CGN  


BIS Canadian, American Champion Keesrich Wizard

From the first day his little paws hit the floor this young Kees has been catching everyone's eye. Ozzy is a group placer in Canada & the U.S. Owner / Breeder Gail Riches – Keesrich Keeshonden griches@shaw.ca www.keesrichkennels.com


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Front Cover Story  MBIS, MBISS Can/Am Gr. Ch.   Darkenwald Cavalier O’ SouthCar, CHOF, HOF, CGN  “CLANCY”    HE’S HOME!!!!!!  Clancy is finally home from his year long journey to the U.S.!   Clancy finished the year the #1 Keeshond Show Dog and the  #1  Keeshond  and  achieved  his  Hall  of  Fame  in  4  short  months!    After  attending  the  KCA  Specialty  week  in  Mason  Ohio  he  has  come  home  to  Saskatchewan  to  learn  how  to  enjoy farm life.  Clancy plans to attend the odd show in the  future as he will always have the heart of a show dog!  Plans  for  2011  and  onward  include  a  little  obedience  and  maybe  some  agility.    We  would  just  like to  say  a big  Thank  you  to  Stacy  and  Michael  Work  for  all  their  help  in  obtaining  the  goals we set for Clancy.  Couldn’t have done it without you!    Owners:  Co‐owner:     SouthCar Keeshonden  Darkenwald Keeshonden  Suzette Lefebvre  Lynne Hewitt  306‐453‐6092  southcar@signaldirect.ca 


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Regular Articles                        Show Rings of the World         

To The Editor  Finders Keepurrs  Keemeritus  So, You Want To Show Your Dog  What Nutrients Are Required For Your Pet?  Hearts & Flowers  Herding With Your Keeshond  Judging The Keeshond  Keeshond Health Matters  Training With Jedi  Book Review ‐ Celebrating The American  Keeshond  Book Review ‐ Raining Cat Sitters & Dogs  Australia  Canada – Western  Mid – Eastern   Eastern ‐ Atlantic  France 

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Keeshond Epilepsy Research  Reproduction Problems in the Bitch Part 2  Keeshond Club of America National  Specialty From A Breeder / Fancier Point of  View   Keeshond Club of America ‐ Take A Ride On  Carolyn Schaldecker  The Wild Side  World Dog Show Paris  Isabelle Barthes‐ Courtet  New Kid On The Block  David Wall 

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  Alecia Novak  Debbie Eldredge  Carole Henry  Dr Marion Smart  WANTED  Joan Malak  Col Harold Brizee (ret)  Jane Saunders  Nicola Boyd  Elizabeth Gilmer  Elizabeth Gilmer  Shirley Mewett  WANTED  WANTED  Maria Forman  Isabelle Barthes‐ Courtet  Ulla Meyer  Jeannette Wingels  Lady Karin Hickson  WANTED  WANTED  Terri VanSchyndel    Isabelle Barthes‐ Courtet  Anji Marfleet  Dr Karen Hedberg  Donna Stekli 

         


MBIS, MBISS CAN/AM GR. CH.  DARKENWALD CAVALIER O’ SOUTHCAR,  CHOF, HOF, CGN      BIS CAN/AM CH KEESRICH WIZARD    TIPPLE TEES    VANDY'S ULF    KEEZ KARBON KOPY    NIGHTWATCH CARESSED BY ASTARZ    ASTARZ PRODUCTIONS    KEEKICHI'S KLASSIC IRISH DANCER RN    CALIVALE KEESHONDS  CALIVALE SO YOU THINK    DARKENWALD & SOUTHCAR  KEESHONDEN    RESCUE ONE 

LYNNE HEWITT & SUZETTE  LEFEBVRE 

GAIL RICHES    JOCELYN TIPPLE  TRACY KING & CAROLE HENRY    SHIRLEY MEWETT    MARTHA (MARTY) HUCK    ASTARZ PRODUCTIONS    ANN M MCHUGH    BRAD SANTAS    BRAD SANTAS   LYNNE HEWITT & SUZETTE  LEFEBVRE   KEESHOND RESCUE ONTARIO    DEE WINGFIELD    SYD & SHIRLEY MUNTON    WHELPING SUPPLIES 

DEESIGNS ‐ GRAPHIC DESIGN  AUST CH KEEZ I C U WATCHIN ME  WHELPING SUPPLIES    AUST CH KEEZ QUE SERA SERA 

DAVID & DENISE WALL    RAY, MARILYN & TRACEY PARKER    TREVOR & CHERI ROGERS       

RYMISKA KEESHONDS  KEEZ KAUSE FOR KONCERN           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"It's  another  great  KeeshondWorld  issue!  I've  checked out every page and several articles already.  I was fascinated by the Keemeritus article (love that  name :); I recognized so many of the problems that I  encountered  when  trying  to  diagnose  Kaitlyn.  Inconclusive  results,  inconsistencies,  and  confusion  abounded!  This  was  very  up‐to‐date  and  active  information. I wish it had been around about 3 years  ago. Thank you, Debbie!    I have followed Aafke's story for  many months, so  I  was  overjoyed  to  see  in  KeeshondWorld.  I  know  Aafke is going to have a most wonderful life...at last.  Thanks,  Alecia,  for  bringing  to  The  World.  :)    Carole,  I  really  appreciated  your  perspective  on  conformation  showing  and  handling.  Even  after  years of observing (and I admit to criticizing on more  than  one  occasion),  I  really  came  away  with  a  new  perspective.  I  learned  a  lot...and  I  needed  the  instruction. Thank you!    So much more to read, but I am excited to be able to  support  another  area  of  the  Keeshond  World!    Thank  you,  Trevor  and  Cheri,  for  all  of  your  hard  work to deliver a top quality product!"    Dee     "What  a  great  service  you  have  given  to  the  Keeshond  lovers.  Thank  you  for  another  great  magazine on‐line."  Glady ‐ Canada    "I know how busy you are right now and appreciate  your dedication to this magazine and the breed as a  whole. Thank you."  Kathy - Canada

 

Letters to the Editor    "First of all, Cheri and Trev, from the bottom of my  heart Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for putting    this  magazine  together.  I  LOVE  it  and  it  is  SOOOO  needed for our breed.   Let me tell you a story. For 14 years,  I was “just” a  dog  owner  who  owned  a  Keeshond.  My  husband  and I became Keeshond owners when we found out  he was allergic to cats.  I had seen a Keeshond once,  years before, and fell in love with the luxurious coat  and  playful  personality.    I  determined  if  I  ever  became a dog owner, a Keeshond would be the dog  for me.  So I started my search for a pup and found a  breeder  soon  after  that.  I  didn't  know  anyone  else  who  owned  a  Keeshond,  there  was  no  information  on Keeshonds at the library, and the only resource I  had was a book I found at a garage sale (“The New  Complete Keeshond” Cash and Cash).  We picked up  our  fuzzy  boy  from  the  breeder  whose  only  advice  was that he needed to be brushed once a month and  she sent us off with our new puppy and a small bag  of food.  That was the extent of her instructions and  I was on my own from that point forward.    Simba was the only Keeshond my vet had ever seen.  I  felt  like  I  was  an  owner  of  a  rare  diamond  which  drew  admiration  from  all  who  set  eyes  on  him  because  no  one  had  seen  one  before.  My  breeder  passed  away  shortly  after  I  got  him  (though  she  wasn't much help anyway) and I had to teach myself  how  to  look  after  a  Keeshond,  his  coat,  and  his  enjoyable  personality.  Except  for  the  book  by  Cash  and Cash, I had NO resources whatsoever...NADA. At  that  time  the  internet  had  just  started  (roughly  around  1994)  so  that  was  not  an  option.    I  had  to  take  him  to  a  groomer  because  I  soon  realized  his  coat needed brushing more than “once a month” as  his  breeder  had  told  me.    When  I  went to  pick  him  up, I constantly asked questions to see what I could  do  to  maintain  his  coat  in  between  grooming  appointments.    It  was  the  groomer  who  gave  me  some  suggestions  and  soon  I  began  brushing  him  myself.    For  close  to  fourteen  years  we  enjoyed  Simba’s  companionship and loyalty.  He began having some  health problems at about eleven years of age.   


He was drinking frequently, losing strength gradually,  had  generalized  weakness  and  started  shaking.    Our  vet  did  some  testing.    He  realized  his  calcium  was  higher  than  it  should be  but  chalked  it  up  to old  age  and  the  beginning  of  kidney  failure.    We  trusted  his  diagnosis and did not question it because I didn’t have  any other resources to tell me otherwise.    Fast forward to his passing and we decided to start a  search  for  a  new  pup.  I  tried  to  find  new  resources,  books, magazines, ANYTHING CURRENT I could get my  hands on to help me find a new Keeshond puppy and  train  him,  and  there  was  so  little  out  there.    By  now  there is an internet so I thought, "Maybe I should see  if there is something on the web which could help me  with  my  search."  I  managed  to  find  the  US  and  Canadian  Club  websites  which  had  some  basic  information including standards and breeder names, a  bit about showing and a few other articles.  I checked  some  of  the  breeder  websites  which  were  listed  in  Canada  and  the  US.    Something  which  kept  me  scratching  my  head  was  that  many  of  the  breeder  websites  were  so  out‐of‐date.    Some  had  photos  which  hadn’t  been  updated  in  ten  years.  Yet  other  breeders  had  very  up‐to‐date  websites  with  current  information  on  the  breed  and  their  breeding  programs  (as  a  potential  puppy  owner,  I  gravitated  towards  the  updated  and  current  sites).      I  kept  encountering links to Jaberwockees which were dead  ends.  I stumbled upon The Keeshond Express website  (www.thekeeshondexpress.com) and the Keeshond L  site.  That  is  where  I  started  sifting  through  some  of  the  posts  to  get  some  basic  and  current  Keeshond  information.    I  started  running  across  some  bits  of  information  here  and  there  about  dogs  which  were  PHPT  negative/positive.    I  had  no  idea  what  that  meant so I Googled PHPT and came across the Cornell  article.    My  heart  sank  as  I  soon  realized  that  my  dearly departed Simba likely had PHPT, we just never  put the pieces of the puzzle together.     My  vet  was  not  on  the  ball.    Simba  was  the  only  Keeshond  in  his  practice  and  he  had  no  experience  with this disease.   

I  was  only  a  pet  owner  and  did  not  have  the  resources  or  the  breeder  connections  to  be  “in‐  the‐know”  about  PHPT.    I  will  forever  carry  this  guilt  with  me  and  again  I  lamented  the  lack  of  current information about Keeshonds.  Surely had  we  known  about  PHPT,  we  could  have  done  something  about  Simba’s  condition  when  symptoms  started  appearing  and  perhaps  made  his last few years easier.  Back  to  the  puppy  search….over  a  few  months  time,  I  was  referred  to  about  six  different  breeders  in  Canada  and  the  US  who  either  had  their litters spoken for, the breeding did not take,  or  small  litters  of  one  or  two  pups.  I  finally  was  referred  to  Debbie  Lynch,  by  Glady  Gates  and  Jennifer Bates. I was on their list for a puppy but  the litter was small so thankfully they referred me  to Debbie whose stud, Andy, had sired their litter.   They knew that Debbie was about to have a litter  of  puppies  as  well  and  thought  there  may  be  a  puppy  available for  me,  which  is  how  my  current  Keeshond,  Chinook  (Can.  Ch.  Foxfair  Hufflepuff),  came to be.    When  I  met  Debbie,  I  had  so  many  questions.    It  was as if 15 years worth of questions were bottled  up  inside  of  me  because  I  had  always  had  questions as Simba’s owner, and did not have the  resources to help answer them.  Because my lack  of information on PHPT had led to a misdiagnosis  of  Simba,  I  was  determined  to  not  let  a  lack  of  information  interfere  with  being  an  informed  owner  again.    I  asked  Debbie,  "Why  aren't  there  any  recent  magazines  or  books  written  on  Keeshonds? The last book was written such a long  time ago and there really isn’t a lot of information  on‐line.  I  had  such  a  hard  time  finding  even  the  smallest  tidbits  of  information  on  the  breed  and  breeders, I can't believe there is so little out there.  I have so many questions to ask."   She  told  me  most breeders  these days  are  hobby  breeders  as  opposed  to  full  time  breeders.  They  have  little  to  no  extra  time  as  they  are  often  managing  full  time  jobs,  families,  showing,  breeding as well as managing costs with their  


dogs  because  it  has  become  very  expensive  to  be  a  breeder.  She  said  there  are  many  older  breeders  who  have  so  much  history  and  experience  to  share  and  they  have  no  vehicle  to  pass  the  information  to  younger  breeders  and  owners.  We  lamented  the  fact  that  there  was  nothing  "CURRENT"  on  Keeshonds.    Since  she  is  a  writer, I literally tried to convince her to write a book so  this information would not be lost, as we sat there at her  table  until  the  wee  hours  of  the  morning  having  this  conversation.  We  discussed,  "When  you  write  a  book,  you  have  to  consider  your  audience.  A  book  written  for  breeders  or  potential  breeders  is  much  different  than  a  book written for pet owners." She said older breeders all  know  each  other,  know  each  other’s  dogs,  know  who  they  want  to  breed  to,  have  their  networks  of  people,  and probably don't feel the need to advertise or submit  information  which  would  be  a  huge  undertaking,  effort  and cost. Most litters are spoken for and if people want  to  find  a  puppy,  they  end  up  finding  the  breeders  eventually.    We  didn’t  come  to  any  conclusion  about  a  book during that conversation, although we both agreed  that  the  breed  would  hugely  benefit  from  resources  which were more current.  Imagine  how  happy  I  was  when  your  magazine  came  out...a vehicle which appeals to not only breeders but to  Keeshond  pet  owners  as  well!  It  is  the  most  comprehensive resource the breed has ever seen.  I don't  know if breeders understand the depth or breadth of its  influence to current and potential Keeshond owners. . If I  was  looking  for  a  puppy  now  and  I  came  across  this  magazine  you  bet  I  would  be  all  over  it,  admiring  the  different dogs in the ads and making phone calls to find a  puppy,  not  to mention becoming VERY  educated  on  the  breed at the same time.  I know it is challenging to find advertisers.  Perhaps this  challenge  has  to  do  with  Debbie's  comment  regarding  everyone  being  too  time‐challenged  and  money‐ compromised to put something together (creating an ad  might  be  "one  more  thing"  on  the  list  of  to‐do's  which  never gets done).  Some breeders have a perception that they don't "need"  to  advertise  because  they  already  have  lists  and  lists  of  people  who  want  their  puppies  and  they  already  have  their  circle  of  breeders  they  go  to  regularly  for  stud  service.   

Perhaps they are so "involved" in their day to day  that  they  don't  realize  how  important  it  is  to  support  the  magazine  which  feeds  current  and  potential  Keeshond  owners  (who  they  need,  by  the  way,  for  potential  pet  and  show  homes).  I  strongly encourage breeders to advertise.  This is  one  of  the  few  current  advertising  vehicles  for  your  breeding  programs  to  be  seen.    Today’s  puppy  owners  are  internet  savvy  and  they  will  search  you  out  on  line.  In  my  opinion,  a  web‐ presence  is  absolutely  critical  for  the  success  of  any business these days and it is crucial from a PR  standpoint.    Potential  puppy  buyers  want  to  see  your  successes,  read  about  your  breeding  programs  and  have  confidence  that  you  truly  know  your  breed.  One  of the  ways  you  can draw  people to your website and breeding programs is  through an advertisement in this magazine.  Here  is  something  interesting.  Recently  I  actually  had  conversations  with  a  few  Keeshond  Club  of  Canada  members  who  had  never  heard  of  your  magazine.    This  tells  me  that  it  may  not  be  very  accessible  on  line.    To  increase  your  readership,  you  may  want  to  consider  taking  out  ads  in  the  national club newsletters so that all the members  of  the  national  organizations  know  of  your  site  and  have  access  to  the  magazine  and  all  of  the  educational  articles  within  it.  That  way  they  can  refer their new puppy owners to your site as well.   Consequently  their  owners  will  become  educated  and  their  entire  experience  as  a  Keeshond  owner  will be elevated.    You may want to consider optimizing your site so  that your site pops up on the first Google page for  anyone  who  types  "keeshond"  into  the  search  engine.  I  tried  this  and  the  magazine  is  not  listed  on  the  first two pages. Optimization is critical so owners  and breeders can find your magazine quickly.   


I  also  know  that  optimization  depends  on  usage  and  internet hits, so you may want to consider removing the  password  functionality  as  it  may  be  preventing  people  from accessing the magazine. If I was a regular pet owner  researching  Keeshonds  on‐line,  and  I  didn't  know  what  the magazine is all about, I don’t think I would sign up for  a password...the last thing I need is more passwords and  this would deter me from accessing the magazine. If you  want  to  improve  accessibility,  I  would  recommend  you  remove the password function. That way ANYONE who is  looking  for  information  on  Keeshonds,  can  access  your  magazine…even if a child is looking for info for a school  project  etc.  You  just  never  know  where  those  internet  hits are going to come from.  I  have  a  suggestion,  let's  say  you  remove  the  password  function  and  the  usage  of  your  magazine  website  increases by  500%...well  that  might  be  very  attractive  to  someone  who  wants  to  advertise.  You  might  even  get  corporate  money  from  pet  food  stores,  pet  supply  companies,  grooming  tools  etc.  If  your  readership  goes  up, your ability to sell advertising also increases.  My  husband  and  I  operate  our  own  business,  a  multidisciplinary  wellness  centre.  I  have  created  our  website and I want everyone in the world to read it, not  only  because  the  information  is  critical  to  their  health,  but also because high usage boosts our placement in the  search  rankings.  Imagine  if  I  had  a  password  protected  site...no  one  would  read  it…that  is  not  the  outcome  I  want. . Now, I do have to say we have two levels to our  site. The first level is for general info...where there is tons  of information on chiropractic, the clinic, what we do etc.  Practice members can also sign up for a "members only"  functionality  which  is  password  protected.    This enables certain features of the website which are for  patients  only  and  very  specific  to  the  practice  (such  as  booking appointments on line). You could have some sort  of set up like this too...where your magazine is public for  everyone  to  see...yet  keep  the  pedigree  database  info  password protected. 

Here is an idea for some tremendous functionality  on the site.  For example, if I am a potential puppy  owner  or  breeder  and  I  saw  a  Keez  Keeshonden  dog  in  your  magazine  and  I  wanted  to  find  out  what  the  pedigree  was,  I  could  then  go  to  the  database  side  of  the  site,  get  my  password,  and  research the pedigree. I notice that there are Keez  Keeshonden dogs all over the pedigree of the dog I  am  researching,  and  every  time  the  kennel  name  "Keez"  is  listed  on  the  database,  it  is  a  hyperlink  back  to  your  personal  kennel  website,  "Keez  Keeshonden", which details all of your show wins,  photos  planned  litters  etc.  This  is  a  functionality  that  would  really  make  sense.  For  every  breeder  who  has  a  website,  you  could  hyperlink  their  kennel  name  in  the  pedigree  database.  I  don’t  know  how  labor  intensive  it  would  be  to  implement  on  the  KeeshondWorld  site,  but  I  am  just  suggesting  a  functionality  which  would  cause  volumes  of  people  to  use  your  sites,  be  hugely  functional  for  all  Keeshond  owners  and  breeders,  as  well  as  boost  your  ability  to  sell  advertising  to  support  the  magazine.   I think the more you can attract the general public  and  Keeshond  owners  and  breeders  to  your  magazine,  the  more  attractive  advertising  will  be  to  potential  advertisers.  The  password  protection  aspect  may  be  limiting  your  readership  inadvertently,  thus  compromising  your  ability  to  advertise.  My  wish  would  be  that  the  Keeshond  World  Magazine  is  a  place  where  all  Keeshond  owners,  potential  owners,  fanciers,  rescue  and  breeders  have  a  place  to  share  information  and  everything  that is great about our breed.  This magazine is the  comprehensive effort of many people contributing  to its success.  I encourage everyone to advertise so  we  can  see  the  continuance  of  this  hugely  educational vehicle.    Tonya ‐ Canada  Ed Note: We have listened! The magazine is no  longer Password Protected.  We will roll out  other "fixes" over the next few issues. Thank  you for your suggestions! 


Back to Back Majors in one weekend! Mrs. Charlotte P. Patterson – Valdosta Kennel Club Miss Virginia L. Lyne – Atlanta Kennel Club Sire: Ch Kemonts Skyline’s Game Boy Bred by Carole Henry Vandy Keeshonden

Dam: Ch Vandys Oona OA OAJ Owned by Tracy King & Carole Henry wdwkings@gmail.com


FINDERS KEEPURRS

By Alecia Novak

2011 Keeshond National Specialty Companion Rescue and Service Parade

Alecia and her Keepurrs

For those who are proud to show off their rescue Keeshond, there is really only one place..the Keeshond Club of America National Specialty held annually and hosted by one of the Keeshond clubs across the U.S.A. The sponsor club committee plans an event to showcase the versatility of our favourite breed including events such as conformation, agility and rally as well as seminars and LOTS of fun! In order to celebrate all aspects of Kees, there is one special event that generally brings a tear to the eye of the spectators – the rescue event. The rescue pageant/parade is an opportunity to tell the stories of those Kees who may have had a hard start in life and may not be the best physical specimen of the breed – but still have that indelible Keesie grin and the persona that attracts us all to this breed. They don’t have to do performance sports – their job is to wriggle their way into our hearts.. and they are REALLY good at their jobs! In 2006, when the Mount Hood Keeshond Club hosted the National, I was thrilled that they had added a “companion” designation to the rescue pageant. There are many people who own Kees who are not rescues and don’t do any of the performance events or conformation... now they too will be recognized and get their moment of fame. In 2010 at the National, which happened to be KCA’s 75th Anniversary, I enquired if we could add “service Kees” to the pageant. I was given the go-ahead and the Companion, Rescue and Service Pageant was born.


For 2011, the Companion, Rescue and Service theme was continued by co-organizers Ann McHugh and Leslie Meyn as part of the Buckeye Keeshond Club’s scheduled events. Ann and Leslie did a fabulous job of gathering entries, putting together beautiful keepsake booklets containing photos and bios of the 25 entered Keesies and getting wonderful freebees for those entered. Each Keeshond Mom/Dad received a beautiful purple rosette with the Keesies name on it and ribbons that proclaimed “Ask Me About My Keeshond”. There were also fabulous purple tote bags kindly embroidered with the National logo by Patswork Designs – the official embroiderer of the National. These totes held a plethora of goodies...leashes, biscotti, Ann McHugh’s home-made liver doggie treats, bandanas, samples of dog food, a “WINNER” medallion, a coupon for advertising in Keeshond World Magazine and a photo button of their Kees! It was like Christmas in May!! There was time for some of the Keesies to entertain us with tricks and for a group photo as well as a parade around the room so everyone could see how lucky the people were to have such great Keesie dogs. Due to a mix up with the hotel, there wasn’t enough time to read each bio but each of us reflected on our own personal stories and I am sure that there were a few tears held back when we all watched the Keesies strut their stuff, knowing that they are in their forever homes... and they are loved. Special thanks to Ann McHugh, Leslie Meyn, the Buckeye Keeshond Club and to all the sponsors who donated goodies to this worthy celebration.

Photos © Judy Elliott 2011


KEEMERITUS "Old Dog" Vestibular Disease By Debbie Eldredge, RVT, CCRA

This column is difficult for me to write – it brings back memories that I’d rather not think about. I write it with hope that it will save the lives of dogs who might otherwise be euthanized. A few issues ago, I told the story of how I got my first Keeshond, Chantey. It was the late ‘70’s, and my husband and I were cruising aboard our sailboat, the Phoenix. In one of the harbors we visited, we met a Keeshond named Heather, who belonged to the manager of the fuel dock. Heather came to work with her human every day, and made it her business to greet us every time we came ashore. We were instantly captivated by her lively, friendly personality, and before we knew it, we had to have a dog like Heather! When we found Chantey, our lives were changed forever. Chantey on her boat

I have so many wonderful memories of Chantey! Adopted at 8 or 9 years old, she was a natural boat dog, who took to life aboard the Phoenix as if she’d been sailing her entire life. Her first weekend home, she cruised with us to Catalina Island. Later, she accompanied us to Mexico, where, faithful to her Keeshond heritage, she alerted us every time another boat drew near. We enjoyed some good laughs at the motorboats that changed course when she barked – as if our little watchdog could reach them across a hundred feet of water! A true Keeshond, she was completely friendly with anyone we invited aboard. Chantey loved to ride in the dinghy. She was unfazed by foul weather and rough seas, even when a huge storm swept in and broke apart the harbor in Ensenada.


. After Mexico, we sailed north. We stopped in San Francisco Bay, intending to work for a year or so to replenish the cruising kitty, and then sail to Alaska. However, as it so often does, life got in the way of our plans. Our son was born 10 months after we arrived in San Francisco. We never made it to Alaska, but we did discover that Chantey was the perfect children’s dog. When my son was a month old, a neighbor lady came over to babysit, so I could go to the grocery store. It was my first big outing without the baby, and I was gone less than an hour. When I returned home, my neighbor met me at the companionway. “Thank God you’re home!” she exclaimed. “The moment you left the boat, that dog lay down under the baby’s cradle, and growled at me every time I got near. I didn’t know what I was going to do if the baby started crying!” Chantey was her gentle, friendly self as soon as I got home – but we knew then that she would protect that baby! I didn’t ask my poor neighbor to babysit again! With my son, and later, with my daughter, Chantey was patient and affectionate. She loved them, and they loved her in return. A mom couldn’t have asked for a better dog for her kids to grow up with. So many great memories… Then one morning, when Chantey was 13 or 14 years old, I heard her making strange noises on deck. Hurrying to check on her, I found that she’d fallen. Her head was tilted and her eyes were jerking rapidly back and forth. She had vomited, and was distressed, uncomfortable, and disoriented. I tried to help her up, but she was unable to stand. It was a very frightening scene!

Chantey and HER kids I immediately rushed her to the vet, who said it looked like she’d had a stroke. He suggested I leave her in the hospital for the day for observation. Late that afternoon, he called, and said she hadn’t improved, and he recommended euthanasia. All I could think was how miserable she was – she’d been dizzy the entire day, and if she wasn’t going to get better, I didn’t want her to suffer any longer. So I consented. The boat seemed empty without her. A few years later, I happened across an article in a dog magazine about a condition they called “Old Dog Vestibular Disease.” Much to my horror, I recognized all of the signs Chantey had exhibited that morning, and realized that euthanizing her was likely a mistake. Could she have had a stroke? .


It’s possible; however, in dogs, vestibular disease is much more common. Most dogs with “old dog vestibular disease” show improvement within 72 hours, and recover fully within a couple of weeks. How I wish I’d given Chantey more time before I made that fateful decision! Old dog vestibular disease is a poorly understood condition that typically affects senior dogs, but it can affect middle-aged dogs, too. A more correct name for it is idiopathic peripheral vestibular disease (“idiopathic” means that its cause is unknown.) The vestibular apparatus is located in the inner ear. It’s responsible for maintaining balance and spatial orientation. It tells the dog if he’s right side up or upside down, if he’s leaning to one side, or falling. It coordinates walking, as well as movement of the head with the eyes, legs, and body. It makes it possible for the dog’s eyes to stay focused on a tennis ball as he runs to catch it, and allows him to perform a Keesie spin without toppling over.

The vestibular apparatus consists of two main parts: the vestibule and the semicircular canals. The vestibule contains small weighted particles, called otoliths (meaning “ear stones”), suspended in a thick fluid. As the dog’s head moves, the otoliths move within the fluid, bumping against tiny hair cells. The hair cells are attached to nerves, which carry signals to the brain, allowing the dog to sense up and down motion. The three semicircular canals are fluid-filled loops oriented in different directions. The fluid moves as the dog rotates his head. The motion of the fluid stimulates more tiny hair cells, which are attached to nerves, sending signals to his brain. Thus, the dog is able to sense rotation, where he is in space, and how fast he’s moving.


His eyes jerk rhythmically from side to side or around in circles. He loses his balance, wobbles and staggers like a drunk, and falls to one side.

His head tilts, he goes in circles, and is often unable to stand up. It all leads to motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. The poor dog is clearly upset and very uncomfortable. It’s upsetting and scary for his humans, too, who are likely to think their beloved old friend is dying.

The brain interprets the signals from the vestibular apparatus, decides whether the dog is standing up straight, falling, turning, etc., and tells the muscles of his eyes, neck and legs to adjust their positions accordingly. Thus, the dog can maintain his balance and orient himself correctly in space. It also wakes him up if he begins to fall out of bed! Sometimes, the vestibular apparatus suddenly goes haywire. Exactly why this happens is a mystery. Theories range from inflammation of the nerves to changes in the density of the fluid. Whatever the reason, when it happens, the dog can’t tell which way is up! He becomes disoriented and very dizzy.

The most likely cause of these signs is “old dog” idiopathic peripheral vestibular disease. This condition may look catastrophic, but the prognosis is actually very good. Most dogs show improvement within 72 hours, and are back to normal within 2-3 weeks. A mild head tilt may persist permanently, but the dog adjusts and is not bothered by it. Treatment consists of supportive care. If the dog is vomiting or unable to drink, he may need to be hospitalized for IV fluids. Antimedications, such as nausea diphenhydramine or Cerenia, may be given to alleviate vomiting. If the dog is extremely disoriented or ataxic, a sedative may help him relax. At home, TLC and a tincture of time are the best prescriptions. Make the dog as comfortable as possible, and let him rest. Confine him in a safe place, so he can’t fall down stairs or out a window. Help him outside and hold him up to do his business.


Signs of Peripheral Vestibular Disease Ataxia: loss of coordination and balance, without loss of strength Falling: usually to one side Head tilt Disorientation Nystagmus: rhythmic, involuntary eye movements (horizontal or rotary) Circling Nausea, vomiting Strabismus: eyes looking in different directions Less common signs: facial paralysis, drooping of the upper eyelid, deafness.

Encourage him to eat and drink – hold the dish for him or hand feed him, if necessary. In most cases, the worst will be over in a few days. Over the next couple of weeks, the dog will gradually regain his balance and coordination and recover completely (possibly with a mild head tilt remaining.)

If the dog doesn’t improve within a few days, or if he gets worse, further diagnostic work, such as special radiographs or a CT scan, may be needed. Treatment will then be aimed at the cause of the problem.

Other possible causes of peripheral vestibular disease include inner or middle ear infections, hypothyroidism or a tumor in the ear. Ear infections are the most common of these, and again, the prognosis is good. Less commonly, vestibular disease can be caused by a problem in the area of the brain that receives signals from the vestibular apparatus. This is called central vestibular disease. Possible causes include tumors, strokes, infections (such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease), metronidazole toxicity, or trauma. If the nystagmus is vertical (instead of horizontal or rotary), or it changes when the dog’s position changes, if the dog is weak, mentally dull or depressed, or he doesn’t know where his feet are, central disease is a more likely possibility. Determining whether the dog has peripheral or central vestibular disease may not be easy. A dog with a severe case of peripheral vestibular disease may be extremely clumsy, making it difficult to evaluate his responses to changes in position. Although he is disoriented, a dog with peripheral vestibular disease is alert and aware; however, lethargy due to nausea and vomiting can confuse assessment of his mental status. Beyond a thorough physical and neurological exam and some basic blood work, it’s often a good idea to wait for a few days, while you provide the dog with supportive care.


How I wish I had done this with Chantey! By then, a dog with “old dog” peripheral vestibular disease (the most likely cause of vestibular signs) will be getting better. If the dog isn’t improving, or he’s getting worse, more tests are indicated to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

Let’s talk about strokes. What are they? A stroke is a vascular event, such as bleeding or a blood clot obstructing a blood vessel, which causes a loss of blood flow in the brain. Brain cells that are deprived of blood (and therefore, oxygen) are damaged or die and lose their function. The signs depend on where in the brain the stroke occurs. They can cause vestibular signs. However, it’s important to know that strokes are rare in dogs! Other causes of vestibular disease are much more likely. It’s been 25 years since I lost Chantey, and so much has changed. Now we understand that dogs can recover from strokes (in fact, they may be able to recover better than people.) In my work in canine rehabilitation, I’ve had the privilege of helping dogs and the people who love them with this process. The recovery time is longer than for “old dog” peripheral vestibular disease, and the dog will need a lot of supportive care – but a stroke is not an automatic reason for euthanasia.

If your senior Keeshond suddenly develops a head tilt and seems disoriented, if he begins to stagger and stumble, throws up, falls to one side, his eyes jerk from side to side or around in circles… don’t panic! It may look terrifying, but it’s most likely “old dog” peripheral vestibular disease, and he’ll soon be fine. Give him a few days to get better. If he isn’t improving, or you or your vet suspect it’s something else, consider doing diagnostic work, such as imaging that may reveal something treatable. If a vet tells you your sweet old Kees has had a stroke and suggests euthanasia, please remember Chantey – get a 2nd opinion!


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Most  of  the  training  and  all  of  the  conditioning  takes  place  at  home.  It  is  not  simply  brushing  up  the  dog  and walking into the ring.  From the neophytes you will  hear many  times about how they  should be  winning as  they  had  the  best  dog  but  the  pro  handlers  beat  them  and  that  they  are  only  beaten  because  of  politics..   Well it  may  be  true  that  they  have  the  better  dog  and  there IS politics in the ring. However those judges do not  know what  a  good  dog  is  suppose  to  be  and  therefore  will  go  with  the  face  that  may  have the  lesser  dog.   However that pro handler has been putting in the time  and work on the dog that the neophyte doesn't. The pro  handler  is  being  paid  to  WIN.   Their  livelihood  depends  on  their  wining  and  getting  things  done.  If  you  do  not  have the same drive as that  pro handler, you are going  to get beat. If you have the will and drive, then lets get  on to preparing your dog for the ring.  Emotionally  ready.   Doesn't  make  any  difference  what  the age is.  Some are mentally more mature and able to  handle   dog  shows  at  an  early  age,  some  aren't.   The  best  you  can  do  is bring  the  ring  home  to your  dog,  by  dog  show  noise  tapes,  working  together  with  others,  either at home or in a class. Your dog has not asked to  be  in  that  ring  so  you  must  make  it  fun  and  condition  them to accept things that may scare him at other times,  IE, loud noises behind, clapping, things dropping, people  running up behind the dog, etc.    In  order  to  get  to  that  place,  you  must   first  teach  the  dog  what  the  stand  stay  is.    Two  things  the  dog  must  know  is  hand  stacking  and  free  baiting.   With  both  of  these exercises the stay is a must for the dog to know.   Have you ever had your dog free bait and it hit a stance  that  was  exactly  right  only  to  move  when  the  judge  finally looked at them?  If the dog had a stay ,he would  have held the position he was in.  There  are  many  ways  to  teach  the  stay,  go  with  what  works with your dog as long as he can hold the position   

while you try to move him by pulling on the lead. If he  resists and holds, you have what you need for the ring.  Next teach them how to back up straight. Do this using  the fence, ring gate or wall as a guide. Set him up baiting  to  you  and  just  walk  towards  him  and  if  you  have  to'  into him and as soon as he moves back praise. Moving a  full body length back is your goal.  Teach him the words  back and when they do back, use the words walk up or  step up to move forward.  Gently pull the lead to either  side to make sure he comes up to a straight stop in front  and praise when they do.  You can also use your foot to  move the front paw and praise when they move it.  Do  not expect everything to be perfect at the start. Goal is  backing one  body  length  straight   back  and  come  forward on command and stand straight.  This  is  a  learning  process  for  the  dog  and  I  have  not  come across any humans that get this right away either,  so give your dog a change to learn.  Once the dog  learns to  back  and move forward  a  body  length  to  a  straight  stop,  then  you  are  going  to  teach  him  the   right  and  left  side  pass.   Simply  stand  in  front  with the bait and free bait him.  To side pass to the right  of  you  and  left  of  him,  raise  your  left foot  and  lightly  touch  him  on  the  right  side. Reverse  for  the  left  pass. Make it a play thing that is just under control.  As  you raise your foot to his side, say a word that will mean  that  exercise  and  direction.   IE  'move  right'  or  'side  right' for the right side pass and 'move left' or 'side left'  for the left pass, etc.  As the dog moves to his left make sure he does it while  his body is in a straight line to you. Some dogs will move  off  the  action  of  the  foot  right  away,  others  will  stand  there  while  you  bump  them  on  the  side,  telling  you  to  move the foot a little off to the side please for that itchy  spot.   For those, do what you have to do to get them to  move as you know your dog best. Some have had to use  a dowel to get their dogs to move away. 


Now we have a dog that can move back and forward a  body  lenght  and  move  to  both  sides.  What  does  that  give  you  in  the  ring?   A  heck  of  an  advantage.   If    someone  crowds  you  behind  and  you  can  not  move      forward, move the dog sidewards towards the center of  the right.  All  lined up and standing still and dog sits or  gets out of position?  You have control of movement to  reset in spite of being in a tight line.   Once  we  have  the  dog  trained  to  this  point  ,  and  only  then, is it  time to start the distractions he may face in  the ring.      Start  playing  the  dog  show  noise  tape  from  the  beginning.  Just  play  it  in  the  home  or  place  where  the  dog  spends  his  time,  several  times  a  day.  At  first  low  then increase the  volume to  what will be heard  at the  show.   Do  this  several  times  a  day.  If  the  dog  pays  no  mind to the noise, great one hurdle done.  For the ones  that seem to be bothered by the noise. Keep it low until  they pay it no mine, then increase slightly.  Do not rush  this. Also play it at all feeding times. they will associate  the noise with pleasure, IE food.  As  they  are  waiting  to  be  fed,  you  can  start  dropping  large spoons and metal lids on the floor. When you are  playing with your dogs clap your hands and have others  clap their hands.  As you walk by them stomp your feet  and toss a cookie at them.  Put some peanut butter on  the  lids  and  other  metal  things   you  drop  so  the  noise  tells them there is something good they may get. Drop  it and say, where is the cookie in an excited voice.  In  class  or  if  you  do  not  have  a  class  to  go  to,  with  friends,  practice  moving  your  dog  in  front  a  couple  of  times around the circle and then at the rear a couple of  times  around.  Only  when  they  are  comfortable  with  both places in gaiting ,,practice gaiting close to the dog  in front and vise versa.  Make sure all is done slowly at  first.  if your dog looks behind, just give a short snap to  get  his  attention  back   and  throw  bait   a  few  feet  in  front of him on the floor and let him dive for it. As you  are  standing  in  the  front, baiting,  move  your  dog  back  into  the  person  behind  him.  Some  will  not  want  to  touch that  person with their  rear. You insist  and when  they  do,  praise  and treat. You  want  them  to  back  into  the  person  behind  them.   What  will  this  do  for  you  in  the ring?    

If a person that is not paying attention to where they  are  ( or  is  doing  it  to  distract  your  dog,)  and backs  into your dog, your dog will not be alarmed and will  be  able  to  hold  their  stance  and  pay  attention  to  you.  When you both are doing well to this point, you can  bring  in  the  noise  behind  thing.   Line  up  and  the  person  behind  you  should  be  at  least  fifteen  feet  behind you.  They can drop a brush or lightly stomp  their foot.  When they do, you give your dog a treat  by  throwing  the  bait  in  front  of  the  dog  so  the  dog  has to move FORWARD  to get it, saying at the same  time  to  get  it  in  an  excited  voice.  You  stay  relaxed  about  the  whole  thing  as  you  have  played  games  with the same noise before this. Do it over again as  many  times  it  takes  to  get  YOU  relaxed  and  happy  and  confident  that  your  dog  can  handle  it.  The  person  doing  the  noise  thing  can  move  closer  only  when  the  dog  is  relaxed  with  the  noise  at that  distance, until they are right behind your dog.  Next  to  work  on  is  the  different  surfaces  that  may  arise  in  the  ring.   You  can  put  duck  tape  on  your  floors  in  door  ways  or  just  about  any  place  else.   I  brought  pieces  of  outdoor  carpeting,  clear  plastic  runners, etc and duck taped them together and had  the dog gait on them. Most times it is not a problem,  but  we  have  all  seen  dogs  who  jump  that  piece  of  duck tape that they use on matts in the show ring.  Now  that  we  have  done  the  show  training  and  conditioning of the mind, lets look at the body.  Grooming. In this day and age with all the trimming,  bleaching  and  dyeing,  it  is  no  longer  making  sure  your dogs coat is kept well brushed out and clean for  showing.   You  will  have  to  get  advise  for  your  dogs  grooming  from  your  breeder  or  mentor.  Hopefully  you have a dog that does NOT need all the trimming,  etc.   However  in  the  states  the  judges  mostly  see  trimmed  dogs  and  the  untrimmed  dog  is  the  odd  man  out. Judges  seem  to   have  no  clue  what  a  untrimmed dog should look like.   Keeping  a  good  coat  means  a  down  to  the  skin  line brushing   each  and  every  week. After  the  brush  out,  you  should  be  able  to  run  a  wide  tooth  poodle comb through the coat.  A bath when dirty.    


Using  a  good  shampoo  for  everyday  bathing  like  citrusil  or  other  brand.   A  good  conditioner  is    No.One All  systems.    To  grow   coat  or  turn  over  a  coat, a misting everyday actually helps..      When  judging,  I  have  found  too  many  just  not  in  condition.  Either  too  little  muscle  or  too  much  fat.   The  dog  should  be  nice  and  tight  and  just  enough  flesh to cover the ribs well and you can not feel the  spine  behind  the  hip  bones  which  are  located  under where the tail is curled. You should be able to  feel those hip bones.     I feed raw and found that raw feeding equals a hard  body.  If you feed kibble, try adding some raw meat  to the diet.  For a Kees just a 1/4 cup of raw burger  would help their condition.  Exercise is a must.   If you do not have safe  place  to  trot your dog, then a treadmill works well.  A human  treadmill is as good.  They are under three hundred  dollars at walmart and it works for the human too.  I  set the speed at the pace I think the dog looks best  at .  I also vary the speed and move them in the last  min to as fast as they can trot without breaking gait.  I  work  up  from  just  a  min  to  ten  min  a  day   on  my  dogs  as  they  also  get  free  running  in  a  pack for  an  hour  each  day  on  our  walks.  Most  dogs  grow  to   love the  treadmill and  will  wait  their  turn,  jump  on  by themselves and wait for me to set the timer.  So  now  we  have  trained  our  dogs  and  conditioned  their bodies and are ready to go.....NOT, what about  yourselves?   Can  you  make  it  around  the  ring  with  your  dogs  and  what  will  you  be  wearing?   It  is  important  to  get  into condition  yourselves  too.  Like  Rocky.....LOL   Use  that  treadmill  too  as  well.   You  want  to  move  your  dog  smoothly  and  if  you  are  struggling  with  your  movement,  it  detracts  from  your dogs movement.    What  to  wear.  Us  elders  have  seen  it  all.   From  a  woman  in  high  heeled  cowboy  boots  with  a  short,  short, short skirt, to one who had so much jewellery  on that one of the bracelets got caught in the ruff of  their dog when they were brushing it.        

It took  awhile to get loose  as  the judge waited  and  waited.   This  is  not  about  you,  it  is  about  the  dog.   Look  at  what  the  pros  are  wearing.   Nice  lines  and  neat. They look like professionals and do not distract  from  the  dogs  they  are  showing.   Wearing  a  long  skirt is fine when it does not interfere with the dogs  gaiting.  We have all seen a billowing long skit wack  the  dogs  face  as  they  gait  around  the  ring.  It  detracts  from  the  whole  picture.    What  colors.   In  my  ever  humble  opinion,  what  ever  looks  good  on  you  and  beside  the  dog.    It  has  been  said  never  wear  black  with  Kees.   I  mostly  wear  black  skirts  when  showing  my  Kees.  It  has  never  made  a  difference.  They are light enough to be 'seen' when  gaiting  along  side  of me  and  as  I  am  in  front when  the judge is looking at them, it does not matter.   What  you  wear  projects  who  and  what  you  are  in  the show ring. You can project a pro look or project  an amateur who is not ready to win. I had a young  woman (first timer) in my breed handling class with  a real nice male of a another  breed.  I told her over  and over again to dress better. She wore tight black  pants and top with a lot of skin showing in between  when  she  bent  down.  She  was  young  and  no  fat  showing,  however  she  won  under  men  but  few  woman  judges  put  her  up. When  she  started  to  special  the  dog,  she  soon  realized  it  was  her  that  was holding the dog back. She started wearing suits  and  landed  in  the  top  ten  with that  dog  and won a  BIS with another male she started showing. She was  a good handler but the image she projected was not  a winning one until she dressed better.     So now we are ready to go to that dog show.  Next  topic:   Dog show day!   


WHAT NUTRIENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR YOUR PET?

The pet food industry is rapidly expanding with new and better diets being introduced every day. Diets exist for each life stage, for obesity, allergies, specific diseases, the list goes on and on. The price paid to feed a pet varies anywhere from the most inexpensive diets found in the supermarket to the most expensive sold through specialty pet stores or your veterinarian. Despite this diversity, the ingredients found in the majority of dry pet foods are byproducts from the agricultural or human food industry. These are processed at high temperatures either through a method called extrusion to produce dry food or by canning. The main ingredients provide the primary nutrients required by your pet: ! Protein from meat, meat byproduct or plant byproducts provide amino acids that are the building blocks for proteins’ an essential component of all living cells used to regulate metabolism, and for tissue growth and repair. The proteins in the diet must contain the essential (those that can not be manufactured by the body) and non-essential amino acids (those that can be synthesized by the body from an excess of certain dietary amino acids or from other sources of dietary nitrogen). The quality of protein depends on the balance of the essential amino acids. To balance the amino acid profiles of the poorer quality protein sources of the missing amino acids are added to the diet.

By Dr. Marion (Meg) Smart DVM PhD Department of Small Animal Clinical Studies, Saskatoon SK Canada

As a Small Animal Nutrition professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, I have witnessed many changes within the pet food industry over the past 14 years. These changes have not always been related to the improved nutritional value of pet foods. To increase their market share, the multinationals that manufacture pet foods are buying smaller profitable companies and have developed sophisticated marketing strategies that are centralized around the humanization of our pets.

Lysine, methionine and cystine are the essential amino acids most often added. These amino acids if added will be on the ingredient list. A debate centers around whether the added amino acids are as effective metabolically as those found in whole foods. ! Dietary carbohydrates provide the body with energy, the excess converted to body fat. Carbohydrate sources, primarily grains, contain a mixture of simple (glucose) and complex (starch) sugars. Vegetables are another source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not essential to your dog and especially your cat as they can synthesize enough glucose to meet their metabolic needs from amino acids and glycerol provided by the proteins and fat in their diet.


WHAT NUTRIENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR YOUR PET CONTINUED

Dietary carbohydrates and not fat may be the main contributor to obesity seen as an epidemic in pets today. Carbohydrates are necessary in the kibble not because they are required by the dog or cat but they are required by the extrusion process to hold the kibble together preventing them from breaking apart upon handling and storage of the kibble. ! Fat, a concentrated source of energy, provides the body with essential fatty acids and is a carrier for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary sources of fat are saturated, unsaturated or polyunsaturated. The essential fatty acids (linoleic, alphalinolenic and at times arachidonic) are all polyunsaturated. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids further complicate the picture. Fatty acids are an important component of the cell walls, involved in reproduction and in maintaining a healthy skin and hair coat. Diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acids can become rancid if an antioxidant such as vitamin E, ethoxyquine or BHT is not added. ! Dietary fiber or roughage in the diet, composed of indigestible cellulose, pectin and lignin, provides bulk to the stool and helps keep your pet regular. Fiber has become part of our every day conversation, as we, the baby boomers age. A fact that has not escaped the notice of pet food manufactures.

! The diet must also provide your pet with adequate minerals and vitamin. These are primarily provided in a premix that is added to the diet during the mixing process or mixed with fat and sprayed on the final product before packaging. We are becoming more aware that there really are no non essential nutrients. Under periods of stress whether brought on by an illness or by extreme performances the nutrient requirements change often increasing from the normal requirements. The price, nutrient balance (guaranteed analysis) and the ingredient list give you some idea about the quality of the diet, but not the whole picture. Information on palatability, digestibility and bioavailability (availability of the nutrients absorbed to take part in the body’s metabolism) is missing. Your pet will instantly tell you about palatability. The size of the stool in relation to the amount fed (if you care to measure) will tell you about digestibility. The condition of your pet and its energy level will tell you something about bioavailability.


Hearts & Flowers Is there someone out there in the Keeshond World that would like to take care of this column? This column will be about the people of the Keeshond community. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has any big events or changes in their life. Please contact magazine@keeshondworld.com with items of interest so they can be included in future columns.

Our condolences to Karen Evasuik who lost her Father recently. Our condolences to Diana Davis Poulson on the loss of her husband William. Our condolences to the Foster Family on the passing of Margaret Foster - UK. We are happy to see that Gerry Manser is out of hospital. Rick Bastuba is also home from hospital. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Best wishes to Joe Kramer as continues to recover from a stroke.

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Deanna Campbell is recovering from brain surgery after having a tumour removed.

A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Flo Bastuba on her recent 70th Birthday. Many more to come Flo!


HERDING WITH KEESHONDEN

By Joan Malak Majikees - USA

Throughout the process of learning about herding and watching Toni being trained to herd, I have become totally convinced that Toni has herding instinct that is being brought out and directed thru training. As a novice to the sport of herding, my first clue was that Toni continues to work the sheep; and her reward for working is not treats, but the opportunity to continue to work. Yes, sometimes, the lessons are difficult for her (e.g. Why go clockwise when counterclockwise is easier? Why stop instead of gathering the sheep when they are moving away?), but she doesn’t quit. Now, as I am learning more, I can see her making decisions without direction from Denise, her handler. For example, she is deciding on her own which sheep have to be pushed a little harder than the others, when to slow down or speed up to keep the sheep moving appropriately, and countless other choices she makes that I don’t even see or understand.

The dog was on a long line with a buckle collar and Denise worked with each dog for approximately 10 minutes. Everyone took advantage of this and could hardly wait to see what their dogs would do when seeing sheep for the first time.

The members of Buckeye Keeshond Club have been following Toni’s progress and expressed an interest in finding out if their dogs also possess herding instinct. So, the club decided to put together a herding event. We decided to make it official by having the day end with a sanctioned American Herding Breed Association (AHBA) instinct test. Denise Teal is a herding judge and she agreed to be the judge for the test. Judi Bingham of Hado-Bar Farms agreed to rent us her facility and sheep. I decided to learn how to be Trial Secretary to cut down on costs.

We gave the dogs a chance to rest while we ate our pot luck lunch. This also gave everyone a chance to warm up as it was pretty cold in the barn in which the dogs were working the sheep.

We had everything in place and scheduled the test for Sunday, November 14, 2010. It was open to Keeshonden only and limited to 20 dogs. The test that was offered was the first leg of the Herding Capability Test on sheep (HCT-s). We allowed day of trial entries. We had a total of 15 entries which was larger than anyone had anticipated and proved the interest that Keeshond owners have in herding. The actual instinct test was scheduled for the afternoon. In order to help everyone understand most of what was going on, the day started with a brief seminar by Denise Teal about herding basics. Afterwards, she put on a demonstration with Toni showing what a Keeshond that has had training is capable of doing. Then it was time to begin the work with the Keeshonden that were entered. Denise offered to briefly work with each of the Kees that were entered in the test. This consisted of her taking the dog into the pen with the sheep.

The sheep used were familiar with dogs and tended to respond very quickly. It was fascinating to watch the different reactions from the dogs. Some were bold, some were more reserved, and a very few were only interested in snacking on sheep poop. Some couldn’t care less that a stranger was on the other end of the long line, while others were very aware of it. Some dogs were clearly well trained in obedience and appeared to be waiting for directions. All in all, quite a few people were surprised at their dogs’ reaction to the sheep and everyone agreed that it was a fascinating morning.

Before we knew it, it was time for the actual test. Now, people had a better idea of what to expect, but everyone was still both excited and apprehensive. After all, this was the real thing. The instinct tests are scored on a pass/fail basis and the following is an explanation of what is necessary in order for the dog to pass: The dog must show sustained interest in herding livestock, either going around them, gathering them and moving them towards the handler, or moving them ahead of the handler to drive them, or a combination. Dog should show some responsiveness to direction. It is to be remembered that many dogs through inexperience will make mistakes in the early exposure to livestock, but at all times the tester must see clearcut evidence of herding instinct, with the dog attempting to keep the animals grouped and attempting to control their movement. Dogs which merely chase, play or push stock around, not really herding, must not be passed; distinction must be made between herding behavior and chasing. Out of the 15 dogs that were tested, the following 3 dogs passed: ! Foxfair American Pi (Pi), owned by Ryan Lynch ! CH Whirlaway’s Avant-Garde (Touche), owned by Bonnie Hronek ! CH Foxfair Essex (Essex) owned by Debbie Lynch & Jeanne Buente


In addition, the following dogs were extremely close to passing. (In most cases they needed to take just one more step forward in order to get the sheep to turn.) It was recommended that they be retested: ! CH Candylane’s Ikon Extravagant Edition (Moon), owned by Ruth Thompson & Kathi Fleischer ! ResQs There Goes Thnabrhood (Sally), owned by Roseann Vorce ! CH Trumpet’s China Cat Sunflower OA OAJ (Chyna), owned by Bonnie Hronek & Beth Blankenship ! Astarz Vanilla Sky (Elton), owned by Roseann Vorce ! Foxfair Audacious RA (Audrey), owned by Jeanne Buente & Debbie Lynch ! CopyKee’s Ice is Right in Paradise (Icee), owned by Cherrie & John Treber This means that out of the 15 dogs that were tested, 60% demonstrated that they had herding instinct.

Here are comments by some of the participants: "I have several friends with herding breeds who have been taking classes, so I have gone several times to watch. Seemed like a lot of fun, but alas, I have kees....figured I'd have to buy me a herding dog in order to ever participate.... :( Then Buckeye offered up this great opportunity to try our kees at herding. How could I resist....It was every bit as fun as I thought it would be, and the icing on the cake was that some of our kees passed the first leg of the herding instinct test. Looking forward to more of the same." Bonnie Hronek A title or caption about the photograph.

"I thought it was a bit humorous when Emma had her turn. She tried to avoid acknowledging that there were sheep (or anything) in that ring. It seemed she pretended not to see them at all. Frankly, I didn't think they looked like sheep either :) It was a lovely gathering afterward to warm up and share a delicious carry-in lunch (we always seem to manage to have wonderful, tasty food to share). The only thing I would have changed about the day was the temperature.... It was freezing. But of course the dogs loved it!" Jeanne Buente

CH Candylane’s Ikon Extravagant Edition (Moon) herding Photo by Ruth Thompson

"First I have to tell you a few things about Pi. She is my son Ryan’s dog. Born in our ten puppy litter a few years ago she had the mathematical mark of Pi on her chest. He named her Pi and said she came when he called her at three weeks old. He trained her to retrieve, play Frisbee and jump into his arms on command. He also taught her to herd the Canada Geese on our property into the neighbor’s pond. When it came time to choose a dog for the BKC herding event, Pi was the natural choice. Maybe herding geese would translate into sheep – although Pi had never seen a sheep. When we arrived Pi was scheduled for the 5 minute training session after about seven other Kees. So, we had some time to watch the other dogs. After watching, the thought occurred to me that maybe this was not as easy I thought. Some Kees were very interested in the sheep, some were a little interested and some just ate sheep poo. My only experience with herding was herding cattle from the back of my Quarter horse. This was also a new experience for me and my horse. One of the things I learned in team penning training was that some horses are “cowy” and others are not. Any horse of any breed, much like dogs, can be “cowy’. When these horses see a cow for the first time they are amazed, focused and excited.


The only clue I had to the possibility that Pi would be “sheepy”, if that is a word, is that when she saw the sheep for the first time she was amazed, focused and excited – I knew this because she kept staring at them and jumping up and down. My only fear then was that she might think that the sheep were on the lunch menu and not there to be “herded”. Pi went into the pen for her training lesson and went right to the sheep. As they moved away from her she kept following them. She didn’t know exactly what to do with them but it was clear that she wanted to do something. The trainer kept working with her and then she went back for the test. Immediately she went to the sheep, rounded them up against the fence and pinned them there. When the handler called her, because the test was over and she had passed the first leg of the herding instinct test, she sat down and looked back as if to say, “But if I leave my sheep will move and then what?’ The trainer had to take her by the collar and drag her from the pen – she did not want to leave her sheep. I was stunned. It was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. Our dogs have so much talent and instinct and it is just there waiting to be discovered. I would like to thank John and Joan Malak for opening up the door to this new adventure for our Keeshonden – my hope is that we continue to pursue all of the ways we can have fun with our dogs". Debbie Lynch Denise Teal, Toni’s trainer, had been training Toni for a little over a year and was eagerly looking forward to seeing how other Keeshonden would react to the sheep. She was extremely impressed with how well the dogs did -- especially since only one of them had any exposure at all to sheep and they were working for a total stranger. She wrote: "The Keeshond in herding is very similar in style and temperament to the Shetland Sheepdog. As with the Sheltie, the Kees' first reaction to sheep may be to move quickly to the sheep as if to chase. When this movement is channeled correctly, the dogs readily adapt to correct movement on sheep, i.e., to move in a wider circle around the sheep in a slower motion. Some Kees will initially bark either in frustration or excitement. During initial exposure to sheep this is not a fault. With more training the dogs stop barking.

Note: If any other clubs would like to schedule an AHBA herding test, I’d be happy to help in any way that I could.

Some Kees are reluctant during their first exposure to sheep to take the last step around to actually take control of them. This is also often seen in Shelties. With more exposure and training the dogs learn to move around sheep with confidence. This results in the dog being able to move sheep at the direction of the handler. Kees with more training can easily learn to go out and pick up sheep (the outrun) at a distance and bring them at a correct speed (the fetch) to a handler. The Kees appears to be a dog capable of learning how to herd with no more difficulty than many of the other breeds in the herding group." Everyone agreed that the herding event was such a success that the club should schedule another for 2011. This time we hope to offer the second leg for the HCT title as well as the first. The second leg requires that the dog move the sheep from one end of a fairly large field to the other several times. It also requires that the dog demonstrates that it can do a short stay and a recall in the same field as the sheep are in. By the end of the day, several of the participants were planning to look into locating herding instructors in their area. So, by the time BKC schedules our next herding event, perhaps we will have dogs that not only demonstrate that they have herding instinct, but also earn an actual herding instinct title from the American Herding Breeds Association.

Ch. Whirlaway's Avant-Garde (Touche) Photos by Bonnie Hronek


Am. Ch. Nightwatch Caressed by Astarz Int/Can/Am Ch. Volgang D'Arlande X Ch. Astarz All That Glitters HOF

Celeste finished her American Championship in style at the Orange Empire Kennel Club Supported Entry the day following the Keeshond Club of Southern California January 2011. May 28,2011 she whelped a beautiful litter of 3 males and 3 females sired by Gr. Ch/Am. Ch. Windrift's Non Negotiable Asset aka Gabriel. Watch for some of their kids in the show rings in California and Texas. Owner: Martha (Marty) Huck Rocklin,CA. USA

Nightwatch Keeshonden russhuck@pacbell.net


JUDGING THE KEESHOND

 

  by  Colonel Harold R. Brizee (Ret) Breezy Keeshonden - USA        

     

Thanks to KeeshondWorld Magazine for allowing me to discuss one of my favourite subjects, the  Keeshonden.  While I was still on active duty with the U.S. Army, my wife (Patti) wanted to get into  the sport of pure‐bred dogs.  She had grown up with pure‐bred hunting dogs (her fathers), while I  grew up with  mixed  breed  farm  dogs.   The  military  life encompassed much moving so  we  were    looking for a breed that could tolerate the traveling.  After two years of searching we settled on  the Keeshonden.  We purchased our first Kees in the mid‐Seventies while stationed in Washington  State from Andrea Haberman and we were hooked.  We had success in our exhibiting period and  when I retired in 1986 after 25 years in the Army we settled in our home state of Idaho.  While  driving to Denver, Patti suggested I think about judging and that started me on the road to where I  am  today,  approved  to  judge  Best  in  Show,  the  Non‐Sporting  and  Herding  Groups,  Rhodesian  Ridgebacks and Junior Showmanship.     Our  first  Keeshond  was  CH  Tryon’s  Gandalph  the  Gray.    He  finished  his  championship  in  two  weekends and went on to be the top Non‐Sporting dog in Alaska.  Traveling as we did we showed  in the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest.  We became members of the regional Keeshond clubs  in the areas in which we were stationed.  We became members of KCA in the late Seventies and I  have had the honor of serving both on the Board of Directors and as President.  With  a play on our  name, our  kennel name became Breezy.   In my mind the dogs we  bred  that  stand  out  are  CH  Breezy’s  Showdown  and  his  litter  sister  CH  Breezy’s  Kachina  Doll.    The  dam,  Breezy’  Sage,  ROMX  was  another  standout  because  she  hated  to  show  yet  produced  specialty  winning and Group placing offspring.     To date the highlight of my judging has been judging the 1998 Keeshond Club of America National  Specialty  in  Racine,  Wisconsin  (Canadian  dogs  did  very  well  if  my  memory  serves  me).    The  excitement  of  that  assignment  is  still alive  in me  to  this  very  day.  (See  results  at  the  end  of  the  article)  We bred and exhibited Chow Chows and Schipperkes in addition to our Keeshonden.  We stopped  breeding and exhibiting shortly after I began judging.       

 


Our  last  champion  Keeshonden,  CH  Keeshee’s  Caspian,  was  handled  by  a  professional  handler  and  only  when  where  there was a conflict did I handle at the Group  level.  He is currently enjoying his retirement  eating  and  sleeping.    Our  latest  Keeshond,  Trumpet’s U Started It, OA, OAJ is our agility  dog.  He needs one more qualification for his  Agility  Excellent  title.  Agility  is  tough.  I’ve  pulled  a  couple  of  muscles  and  am  still  recuperating.  Besides  these  our  current  menagerie  includes:  a  Standard  Poodle  (Gracie,  the  bed  warmer),  a  rescue  Siamese  mix cat, (Kitty B) and a large tortoise.  JUDGING GENERALITIES   As  stated  earlier,  I  began judging  in  1991.    I  have  no  trouble  with  our  standard  and  its  supplement  The  Illustrated  Standard.    The  only  change  I  would  make  is  to  further  explain  what  is  meant  by  “Fox  like  expression”.  I will address this in more detail  later in this paper.   To me the essence of the breed is silhouette  and  expression.    The  silhouette,  if  proper,  shows correct head shape, ear placement and  set,  appearance  of  square  (again  to  be  discussed  in  detail  later),  tail  placement  and  set,  angulation  and  coat.    Expression  shows  the soul of the Keeshonden.  The breeding program in all breeds is like the  business  cycle,  you  have  your  peaks  and  valleys  with  periods  of  decline  and  improvement.    Currently  I  believe  the  breed  is  on  the  improvement  period  headed  for  a  peak.    Having  just  been  a  spectator  at  the  2011 KCA National I am pleased to note that I  thought  the  bitches  were  stronger  than  the  males.  This indicates a good future.   

 

My  likes  in  the  breed  are  those  that  best  fit  the  standard  (how’s  that  for  a  copout?).    My  dislikes  are  dogs  that  are  not  happy  in  the  ring, dogs that have faded eye rims, dogs that  are  so  heavily  coated  that  they  would  drown  in  a  lake,  dogs  that  move  like  German  Shepherd  Dogs,  dogs  with  wrong  silhouettes  and dogs that do not  like me.   I really dislike  handlers who do not have enough confidence  in  what  they  are  showing  that  they  have  to  scissor them to death.   As stated earlier, my 1998 judging of the KCA  National  is  the  highlight  of  my  judging  experience.    What  a  thrill!    In  exhibiting,  winning  the  Veteran’s  Non‐Sporting  Group  with  CH  Breezy’s  Showdown  at  his  last  show  was  unforgettable  as  was  his  winning  a  regional  specialty  as  a  Veteran.    I  must  say  that as time went on in my exhibiting the idea  of  winning  or  losing  lost  being  the  most  important  aspect  of  the  day.    What  became  more  important  was  whether  my  dog  and  I  worked  as  a  team  and  made  a  positive  showing  for  the  audience  at  ringside  and  my  fellow exhibitors. 

     

Ch Breezy's Showdown 


As to what judges look for in the ring, I cannot  say.  I’ve found that most judges bring into the  ring their prejudices from their original breed.   I  have  also  found  during  breed  presentations  for  judges  coming  into  the  Keeshonden  that  their  professions  have  an  impact  on  their  judging.    Engineers  want  exact  angles,  accountants  want  exact  compliance  with  the  standard,  and  teachers  want  well  behaved/trained  dogs.    Many  have  a  difficult  time  applying  their  own  knowledge  of  canine  structure  to  our  standard.    Our  standard  leaves  room  for  interpretation  and  some  judges  are  concerned  about  applying  their  knowledge and experience to our breed.  I tell  them  they  know  what  good  movement  is,  apply  it  to  our  breed.    “Square  appearing”  gives them fits.  Square from where to where?   My  response  is  to  ask  them  “what  does  your  eye  tell  you”.    It  takes  a  lot  of  hands  on  for  some to get the idea.  What do they look for,  their interpretation of the standard.   The  proper  gait  for  the  Keeshond  is  a  moderate trot on a loose lead.  I like to see the  Keeshond  in  the  middle  of  the  Non‐  Sporting  Group.    Do  not  place  him/her  behind  the  Dalmatian or the Poodles, let the Finnish Spitz  go  before  you  and  in  some  cases  I’d  let  the  Lhasa  Apso  go  first.    Just  make  sure  you’re  ahead  of  the  French  Bulldog,  Chow  and  Bulldog.  High  and  tight  tail  set  and  placement  are  important to me (silhouette).  I pick up the tail  on the pretense of checking  for the black tip,  but really I’m checking how tight that set is as  I  don’t  want  to  be  surprised  at  seeing  a  bouncing,  loose  tail  when  the  dog  is  moving.   This  is  a  strong  distraction  to  the  silhouette  which  should  remain  constant  both  when  standing and when moving.   

Going  back  to  earlier  comments  on  “fox  like  expression”  and  judges  seminars.    This  is  an  area that gives  incoming judges fits.  Because  of  this  I  feel  this  is  one  area  in  our  standard  that  needs  to  either  be  eliminated  or  given  more  detail.    If  you  want  the  literal  interpretation,  judge  the  Finnish  Spitz.    What  we  have  in  the  Keeshond  is  an  animal  with  a  broad  wedge  shaped  head  that  looks  nothing  like  a  fox.    What  we  mean  is  we  want  an  inquisitive  expression  like  a  fox,  not  the  physical characteristic of a foxes’ head.  I also  question  how  many  canine  judges  have  been  close  enough  to  a  fox  in  the  wild  to  see  the  inquisitiveness we want in our breed.    

           “Square appearing” to me means that when I  look at the silhouette I see a dog of moderate  length  that  is  very  close  to  its’  height.    I  do  give some leeway to bitches.  This part of our  standard gives engineers  and accountants  fits  due to their demand for exact measurements.   We  all  need  to  be  reminded  that  “square  appearing” is not square, nor is it cobby.  Coat  length  also  becomes  a  factor  in  “square  appearing.”       I’ve  judged  in  China,  Australia  and  of  course,  the  U.S.    I  had  only  one  Keeshond  in  China that flew in from Korea (it was American  bred)  and  only  three  or  four  in  Australia.    I  found  no  differences  in  the  coats  of  these  dogs.     


Color  and  length  were  consistent  with  what  I  see  in  the  U.S.    I  do  not    fault  a  close  fitting  coat  on  a  Keeshond.    Judges  need  to  keep  in  mind  the  history  of  the  breed  and  the  dogs  need  to  survive  if  they  find  themselves  in  water.  Color is secondary in my judging.  The  key to color are the markings required by the  standard.  If you can’t see them you must take  that into consideration before you make your  final decision.   I have found bitches  have  less  abundant  coats  than  males.    This  should  not  count against them.  I would have to say that I  would lean more towards a bitch with a fitted  coat than one with a profuse coat.  “Loose  lead,  please”,  when  showing  a  Keeshond.  A strung up dog is off balance and  has  its’  movement  disrupted.    Let  the  dog  move  naturally.  Tight  leads  cause  me  to  suspect  the  handler  is  attempting  to  hide  something.    Use  the  same  speed  for  all  movement in the ring.  Regarding mentors, find someone you like and  trust.    Run  away  as  fast  as  you  can  from  anyone  who  tells  you  their  dogs  are  the  best  in  the  world.    Do  your  homework,  know  the  standard,  trust  the  ethics  of  the  person  and  stay away from egotists.  Standouts  in  the  breed  are  the  early  Flakee  dogs.  They were balanced and moderate, plus  they had a terrific handler and money behind  them.    On  the  negative  side,  their  handler  started a trend that we are fighting today, the  use of scissors.  Of course, Wrocky of Wistonia  was the standard we should all be attempting  to reach. He is the symbolic representative of  our  breed.    CH  Charmac’s  Stud  Poker  is  one  that stands out in my mind from my early days  of judging.      

  Eng, Am & Can Ch Wrocky of Wistonia    The Keeshond needs no disqualifications in the  standard.  I go back to my earlier statement that  judges know, or should know, what is required  for a sound dog.  Soundness is universal and is  the backbone of any breeding program.   GENERAL BREEDING AND JUDGING COMMENTS  One starts a breeding program with a picture in  their  mind  as  to  what  they  want  to  produce.   This  picture  should  be  based  on  knowledge  of  the standard and soundness.  Once the picture is  fixed it should not change.   Advice  to beginner,  have  patience  and  trust  yourself  to  produce  sound  Keeshonden  that  meet  your  interpretation of the standard.  Handlers  over  handle  their  dogs.    They  need  to  learn  to  relax  in  the  ring  and  make  sure  their  dogs  are  relaxed  and  enjoying  themselves.   Handlers that get to the ring early and learn the  judge’s  patterns  are  well  ahead  of  the  game.   Watch and listen to the judge’s instructions and  you’ll erase the tension that goes down the lead  to  your  dog.    Tense  dogs  do  not  show  themselves  to  their  maximum  advantage.   Remember, judging  is not an exact  science,  it  is  subjective.    Success  comes  from  experience,  continuance  learning  and  remembering  not  to  take showing too seriously.       


I  have  no  objections  to  baiting;  just  don’t  stick a piece of liver in the dog’s mouth just  before I examine the bite.    I  love  judging  puppies.    They  bring  us  down  to  earth  very  quickly  with  their  antics.    My  problem  is  that  I  tend  to  talk  to  puppies  which  brings  them  out  of  their  stacks  that  the handler has worked so hard to put them  in  and  they  have  the  fastest  tongues  on  earth and are free with their kisses.  I tolerate puppy antics but expect more from  the mature dogs and their handlers.  I expect  the  Specials  to  act  with  the  dignity  their  station requires.  I  have  given  handling  lessons  in  my  rings.    I  want  beginners  to  learn  that  judges  are  not  untouchable and we really do want the best  dog  to win.   It hurts to penalize  a good dog  because of handler  error.  “Slow” down has  been  used  many  times  in my  rings,  I  do  not  remember  ever  telling  anyone  to  speed  up.   There are cases where the order of dogs in a  class  are  changed  due  to  the  physical  capability of a handler.    Competitiveness  is  in  the  mind  of  the  individual.   I have never had  to call  a bench  committee  and  hope  never  to  have such  an  experience.    I  have  known  by  the  grunts  of  thanks  and  lack  of  smiles while  handing  out  red,  yellow  and  white  ribbons  that  the  recipients  didn’t  think  much  of  my  judging,  but  that  comes  with  the  territory.    I  remember  the  gracious  exhibitors  much  longer than the disgruntled ones.    JUDGING SPECIFICS  I  started  judging  in  1991  and  stopped  exhibiting shortly thereafter.     

If you are contemplating going into judging  you must have two things.  One is money to  cover  the  expenses  of  meeting  the  AKC  requirements.  The second is a thick skin to  absorb  the  criticism  that  comes  your  way.   You  may  find  friendships  challenged  based  on your decisions in the ring.  I have found that is researching new breeds  by  attending  seminars  I’ve  learned  how  NOT  to  do  things  as  well  has  how  to  do  things.  Both lessons are invaluable.  Watch  experienced  judges  and  apply  the  two  lessons mentioned.  My first Best in Show was in Arizona during  a monsoon rain with water over my ankles.   I  gave  it  to  a  Black  and  Tan  Coonhound  because he was the only one having  fun  in  the  rain.    Judging  in  China  and  Australia,  what  a  thrill.    Any  Specialty  judging  is  always exciting and memorable.  Having an eye for a dog means to me that  one can see soundness, style and type in a  variety of dogs.  These are the foundation  of correct breeding stock, and that is what  dog showing is suppose to be about.   I  can’t  imagine  the  thrill  and  sense  of  responsibility  that  comes  from  an  assignment  at  a  prestigious  show.    It  must  be  breath  taking  to enter  a  ring  as  a  judge  at  shows  like  Westminster,  Crufts,  Melbourne  Royal  or  Eukanuba.    The  wonderful  dogs,  the  cream  of  the  judging  crop and the electrifying atmosphere would  be amazing.  One could  die with a smile of  their face after that.  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity  to  share  some  of  my  thoughts  on  our  wonderful  breed.    I  welcome  any  comments.     


1998 KCA National results  judged by Col. Harold Brizee    BOB – CH Keesbrook’s Believe in Magic  Breeder/owner: Brenda Brookes 

BOW – Blueribbon Fiesta at Keesbrook  Breeder: Judith Belisle  Owner – Brenda Brookes 

BOS – Keeshee’s Sparks A Flying  Breeder/owner: Paula Lewis 

BD – Sherwood’s Skor V Childerick  Breeder: Candice Harris  Owner: Phyllis Noonan 

 

Can/Am Ch. Keesbrook's Believe 'N Magic CHOF, ROMX, COM 

Can/Am. Ch. Blueribbon Fiesta At Keesbrook ROM 

Can/Am Ch. Keeshee's Sparks A Flying, CHOF 

Sherwood’s Skor V Childerick 


CH Sherwood's Significant  Other winning the Heritage  Trail Keeshond Specialty in  2007 under Harold.   

AM CH Breezy’s  Showdown, winning the  Keeshond Club of  Delaware Valley Specialty  show 1990 

 CH BONNYVALE’S THIS BUD’S FOR  YOU shown winning Best of Winners  at the Old Dominion Kennel Club of  Northern Virginia show 


It is hard to believe that we are nearly seven months through the year, it is supposed to be summer in the UK but after a really nice sunny period we are back to weather that is more like mid autumn! I hope you and your kees are healthy and enjoying life. We all hope our beloved dogs will lead long, healthy lives. Some diseases, such as cancer cannot be avoided but we are so fortunate to have committed veterinary researchers working on our breeds behalf with the aim of finding the genetic cause of Primary Epilepsy and Alopecia X. Since the last edition, in which Dr Barbara Skelly gave an update on the Epilepsy research, we have seen progress towards our target of 24 samples from dogs affected with Primary Epilepsy. This is a world wide project and we are so grateful to the people in various countries who have supplied samples from their kees afflicted with epilepsy. The Animal Health Trust now has over 30 samples for the ‘control’ group. These are dogs over the age of eight years who are not affected with the condition. What we now need are the DNA swabs from keeshonds who have Primary Epilepsy At the latest count, 12 are already stored in the UK, 7 are on the way from different countries and some more are hopefully coming from Cornell, where owners have given their consent for their samples to be forwarded to the Animal Health Trust. If you send a sample to Cornell for the epilepsy project and no longer have the keeshond, please contact Dr Richard Goldstein, giving your permission to forward the stored sample to the researcher in the UK. Details on how to contact the Animal Health Trust for a swab kit are at the end of this article. We still need more samples. If anyone reading this knows of a keeshond who has primary epilepsy, please help this vital research. Although the incidence is not high in our breed, it has been shown to have a genetic tendency and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have a genetic test to ensure the inherited form of seizures becomes history for future generations. I was once accused of ruining the breed because of my quest to ensure we researched the genetic cause of PHPT. The breeder in question said there would not be a breed in 10 years time if we went ahead. Thankfully such a comment was unfounded and we all know the benefits of having the genetic test for PHPT. The latest updates for the International Open Register for PHPT highlighted the results of our efforts, with almost every litter in several countries now being negative by descent. These pups are safe from this horrible disease. I can never forget the pain of nursing my beloved Anni through the final days of renal failure. No keeshond need ever suffer from this again. It is a great sadness to hear that there are still breeders who feel their dogs are so important that they have no qualms about breeding from them knowing them to be positive for the PHPT gene, or who feel testing is not for them. In my book this is unforgivable behaviour. Surely we should always be putting the welfare of the dogs we breed before our own ambitions. Only a small number of keeshonds will end up in the show ring and the remainder will become much loved pets, maybe the only dog in the household.


The IOR for PHPT exists to offer all breeders the opportunity to promote responsible breeding and provide a registry for others to see the status of their stock. The format is the one used by the Kennel Club in the UK. It is of greatest benefit in Europe where breeders move between counties for stud dogs and new stock. However other continents are welcome and I would love to receive more results from outside Europe and the UK. The Alopecia X research has had a boost due to the tireless effort of a keeshond supporter in the USA. This research still needs a blood sample and also some preliminary biopsies so takes more time. Maybe breed clubs can help here? Our dogs ask very little in return for all the pleasure they give us and certainly my four are happy as long as they are with me. They are lying around the floor as I type. The ‘gremlins’ as my two 13 month olds are fondly known are full of fun and even enjoy swimming!

The photo shows Gile, taken at a recent championship show in the UK. She was just pointing out her favourite treats! The product is produced in the UK and is an entirely fish based product. Their favourite treats are the jerky ones, made from boiled cod skins! The great thing about the company’s products is there are no hidden extras and it is entirely natural. Kaja who it 11 years started loosing weight last autumn and when bloods revealed elevated liver enzymes we feared the worst. Thankfully a further specific blood test revealed chronic pancreatitis. She has settled well on her fish based diet, which has potato as the carbohydrate source, and has regained her weight. She also had Milk Thistle supplements on the guidance of my vet and is full of herself. A recent ultrasound did not show any abnormalities in the liver lobes, what a relief. I personally find that the older they become, the more precious they are. When we lose a dog young, we feel cheated that it has not had its rightful life span; to lose an old dog is like the loss of a best friend. EPILEPSY RESEARCH CONTACTS If you are able to help with a DNA sample from a keeshond with Primary Epilepsy, this can be done in complete confidence by requesting a swab kit from Bryan McLaughlin at the Animal Health Trust in the UK. All you need to do is e-mail Bryan giving the address for postage at bryan.mclaughlin@aht.org.uk Please help the cause.


Training with Jedi Have you ever wanted to know “How To”? Through a series of articles, Jedi and his Human Nik, will show you HOW!

Retrieve Typically, the Keeshond is not a natural retriever. For this reason, the retrieve can be a challenging behaviour to teach and requires plenty of patience and positive reinforcement. If you are finding yourself beating your head against the wall due to lack of progress, think of Jedi, who took 6 months to learn to hold an item in his mouth for more than half a second! Once he was over that hurdle, he was performing formal obedience retrieves in the same session! So – don’t give up! This method of teaching the retrieve can be used as a foundation for formal obedience retrieves or flyball, or can simply be used to teach your Keeshond to retrieve the TV remote, to pick up objects off the floor or in this case, to put their toys away.

Who Is Nicola Boyd & Jedi?

“I am a final year medical student and I share my home with Jedi, the 3 year old Keeshond, Ahsoka, the 3 year old Finnish Lapphund and Revan, the 1 year old Australian Kelpie rescue. Training dogs is my passion and I am so lucky to have three amazing dogs who adore training as much as I do. They give everything during our training sessions because they believe that training is the best fun you can have (and so do I)! I started training Jedi in obedience and tricks when he was just a baby and we have never looked back. We now not only compete in obedience, flyball and agility but we will also be making our herding debut in 2011. On top of all this, Jedi and Ahsoka are certified Therapy Dogs and make regular visits to a local aged care facility. In my ‘spare’ time, I am an obedience instructor at a local obedience club, where I am a big advocate for training spitz breeds, particularly Keeshonden after hearing from many people how untrainable they are. I guess someone forgot to tell that to Jedi! All you need is a great bond with your Keeshond, a positive training method, some patience and an understanding of what your dog loves – in Jedi’s case, FOOD!"

Jedi – Neut. Ch Sandstock Littel Jake CD AFCh ET

Photos © S Gurney 2011


Lesson Four

How to Teach “The Retrieve”

Difficulty level: If you are teaching this behaviour for formal obedience or for picking up objects, you should tweak your criteria so that your dog brings the item to your hand rather than dropping it at your feet. What you will need: a clicker, yummy soft treats, an object to retrieve (e.g. toy) and your dog! The first few steps involve you gradually encouraging your dog to mouth the item or take it into their mouth. If your dog does this immediately, you may jump ahead to the appropriate step. Depending on how fast your dog may take minutes to learns, these steps days/weeks/months/years! Be patient!

Step 1: Hold your retrieve item in front of your dog. Click & treat (C&T) for your dog looking at the object. By doing so, you are gaining your dog’s interest in the object. Step 2: Once your dog is consistently looking at the object, increase your criteria to touching the object with their mouth/nose. Step 3: Once your dog is consistently touching the object, increase your criteria to teeth on the object. Step 4: Once you are consistently getting tooth contact, increase your criteria to grasping the object in their mouth. Step 5: Once you have your dog grasping the object, increase the duration of the grasp so that they are beginning to hold the item in their mouth. To do this, hold off on your C&T (think milliseconds!). Step 6: Once you are getting at least 1 second grasps, start introducing your cues. You will need two cues - one for taking the object (e.g. “take” or “hold”) and one for giving the object back to you (e.g. “give”). Introducing the cues should look like this: “hold” – present object to dog – dog grasps object – “give” – dog releases object. Don’t forget to reward your dog! Step 7: Continue to increase the duration of the hold. Step 8: Once you have several seconds of holding the object, start moving the object around so that the dog has to move to grasp the object. Try above their head, to the side and towards the ground. Step 9: Start moving the object closer to the ground. Work in small increments until eventually the object is on the ground. Step 10: Once the dog is consistently picking the item up from the ground, start placing the object away from the dog. Begin with small distances that require a single step and building up to placing the object several steps away. Encourage the dog to bring the object back to you. Cue the dog to “give” and C&T for dropping the item in front of you. Note: If you are teaching this behaviour for formal obedience or if you would prefer the dog to give the item to your hand, C&T for releasing the object into your hand.

Trouble Shooting “My dog just doesn’t get it!” – Have someone watch your timing of your ‘click’. Incorrect timing in the early stages can delay your dog’s learning significantly. Be patient – you will get there! “My dog just spits out the object” – Increasing duration can be difficult and frustrating. Try to be patient. A unique way of encouraging your dog to hold the object longer is to count out loud to them. “My dog just chews on the object” – Remember that your clicker is like a camera taking a photo of the behaviour you want. Watch your timing and ensure that you are not clicking for the mouthing behaviour. Be patient and don’t accept anything other than what you want in the final behaviour.


Lesson Five

How to Teach “Putting Toys Away In A Box” Difficulty level: What you will need: clicker, yummy treats, toys, box Step 1: Position your dog in front of the box as close as they are comfortable. Ask for a “hold” of the toy and cue your dog to “give” so that the toy drops into the box. Repeat this until the dog understands to drop the toy into the box. Step 2: Place toy between dog and the box and cue the dog to pick up the toy. Encourage the dog to bring it over to the box and cue “give” so the dog drops the toy into the box. If the dog keeps missing the box, shaping can help by C&T for the toy being dropped closer and closer to the box until the dog is targeting the box accurately. You may need to spend a long time at this step until your dog has a ‘lightbulb’ moment. Step 3: Increase the distance between the dog and the toy, but keep the toy between the box and the dog. Step 4: Continue to change the position of the toy, including introducing the toy behind the dog. Step 5: Introduce a second toy. C&T for placing each toy into the box. Step 6: Introduce more toys. Begin to randomize your C&T to develop chaining of the behaviour. C&T for one toy, then two toys, then one toy, then three toys, then two toys, etc. Step 7: Once the dog is picking up several toys in a row, introduce your cue for the final behaviour (e.g. “clean up”), then sit back and relax while your dog does all the work!

Next issue - How to teach your dog to weave between your legs


Qualified 6/6 in Rally  Novice with a First  Place rosette  &  Currently Working  toward her CD  obedience title 

Needing only her  second major to  earn her AKC  conformation  championship   

Keekichi's Klassic Irish Dancer RN "Danee" Breeders Kathi Fleischer & Roseanne D. Conrad  Owned, trained, shown, and very much loved   by Ann M. McHugh annmchugh22@windstream.net 


Book Review

 

by Elizabeth Gilmer

 

CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN KEESHOND  Author: L. Mae Evans   Copyright Date: 2010 

 

 

This  history  of  the  breed  is  an  epic  undertaking  covering  the  chronicles  of  the  Keeshond  from  its  origins  to  2008.  With 641 pages crammed with information, bios of breeders and fanciers, the stories of individual Kees’  accomplishments and records, it is a hefty book, but one worth spending time with.     It  is  truly  a  celebration  of  the  breed  and  highlights  everything  the  Keeshond  excels  at  from  loving  family  companion to tracking, therapy, obedience, conformation and more.  This book starts with Keeshonden in the  1930s,  then  from  1940  on,  each  decade  is  broken  into  two  parts  with  info  on  show  winners,  specialties,  breeders, things Keesie fanciers were talking about in those years. It is a fascinating peek into the past of our  breed.     There is a listing of how a number of breeders came up with their kennel names, what specialties were held  the various years, who the top obedience and conformation dogs were over the decades.  There are articles on  Kees in therapy programs, tracking, rescue, and conformation. There are reprints of Blom‐isms cartoons and of  Mary Alice Smiley’s Keeshond artwork. There are quotations and short articles from Kees magazines that have  been produced over the last seven decades.     It is clear how much research and work went into this comprehensive book on the Keeshond that traces the  accomplishments of our breed from the 1930s to 2008.  If I had one thing I’d want to improve, it would be the  quality  of  the  pictures,  simply  because  it  would  be  great  to  see  some  of  the  foundation  dogs  and  breeders  better.  We are spoiled in the digital age and it is difficult to translate some of those 60‐, 70‐ and 80‐year‐old  photos to be crystal clear.     I rate this book : 4 Jumping Keesies    


Book Review

by Elizabeth Gilmer

New! RAINING CAT SITTERS AND DOGS A Dixie Hemingway Mystery Publisher House: Minotaur Books Author: Blaize Clements ISBN: 978-0-312-36956-9 Copyright Date: 2009

Dixie Hemingway, no relation to you-know-who, is a former deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department turned pet sitter after tragedy strikes her life. This blonde dynamo who lives on the beautiful Siesta Key, takes care of pets for people who are away on holiday or who have to be out of town for medical or business reasons, and even runs with Billy Elliott, a retired greyhound, who lives with Tom, a paraplegic CPA. She’s the perfect pet sitter – she keeps detailed notes on how the pets are doing, plays with them, feeds them and loves them. More than that, though, murder victims seem to pop up regularly when Dixie’s around. In this fifth in the series, Dixie encounters Jaz, a young woman on the run from witnessing a crime. She’s also approached by a former friend to help her deliver the ransom for her kidnapped husband. Jaz disappears and the kidnapped husband is found floating just off shore and once again, Dixie is called to action. This is a fun series, packed with a variety of different animals in the different books – dogs, cats, birds and even an iguana in one story. There’s always good mystery to solve and new pets to meet. Grab any one and start reading. I rate this book : 5 Jumping Keesies


Calivale At It Again  “Striker”  S: Ch Calivale Does It For Me  D: Calivale Play It Again     ‐ All Breeding stock is PHPT tested ‐  – Home of All Breeds & Specialty Best in Show Winners –  ‐Top Breeder 2009, 2010 & currently No1 in 2011 –  (Dogzonline pointscore as at 1.7.2011)  Calivale Keeshonds – Brad Santas Web: www.calivalekeeshonds.com

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BISS Ch Calivale Call Girl  “Tramp”  S: BIS Ch Tamaari Totally Awsom  D: BISS BIS Gr Ch Calivale Tickle My Fancy  Tramp will be campaigned during 2011 and then will take time out for  maternal duties. We are very excited about the breeding we have planned for  Tramp.  She is a delightful bitch that is   “Bold, Alert & Confident” 

Calivale Keeshonds – Brad Santas Web: www.calivalekeeshonds.com

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AustKees Keeshond in Australia By Shirley Mewett Brilhond Keeshonden

Hello again from down under

We begin on a sad note this issue as in May we lost a long time Keeshond breeder in Margeret Wyhoon of Leifhond Kennels. In 1969 Margeret and her husband Frank began with their first Keeshond after showing Pekingese and Whippets. Over the years the Leifhond prefix has been prominent in the winner’s circle and remains so with Margeret & Frank’s daughter Leanne continuing the tradition. Margeret died after a long battle with illness and will be sadly missed by the Keeshond fraternity and the wider dog show community in Australia. Our condolences go to Frank, and his family Chris, Craig and Leanne. In the results this time you will notice some Neuter results. In Australia a neutered dog may be shown in the neuter class providing it is registered with the ANKC as being neutered. Points towards the title of Neuter Champion are gained at breed level only but there is a neuter class in group and show for which the winning neuter of breed may compete.

If you would like to see your results here, please email results and photos to me at brilhond@wimmera.com.au Miavig O Can You CE Me Sire:-Ch Vendorfe Sa You Wish Dam:-Ch Miavig Nikita (Owned and handled by Sue Emary) RU Best of Breed Minor in Group Town & Country K C Inc Best of Breed Canine Amenities Maple K C Inc. Best of Breed Heathcote & Dist K C Inc Best of Breed Greensborough & Dist K C Inc. RU Best of Breed Geelong &Kennel Club Inc. Best of Breed Bulla Amenities Maple Show Inc Miavig O Can You CE Me


KEEZ KARBON KOPY Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid (Owned and handled by Shirley Mewett) 4/6/11 Best of Breed, Minor Puppy In Group & Show. Red Cliffs Kennel Club. Judge Mr F McEvoy 5/6/11 Best Of Breed, Minor Puppy In Group & Show. Red Cliffs Ladies Kennel & Obedience Club. Judge Mr T Horchner 9/7/11 Best Of Breed, Minor Puppy In Group Dareton Kennel Club. Judge Mrs J Horton

Keez Karbon Kopy

Keez Kause For Koncern Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 2-Jul-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed, Puppy in Group Victorian Poultry & Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr R Ellis (NSW)) 13-Jun-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed The Victorian Spitz Breed Club [CH] (Judge was Mr James Camac) 10-Jun-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed West Gippsland Kennel Assoc [CH] (Judge was Ms J McDonald) 5-Jun-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed Western Suburbs All Breeds Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs L Walsh) Keez Kause For Koncern


Keez Me Myself N I Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 9-Jul-11 Res Bitch Challenge, Minor in Group Junior Kennel Club of Victoria [CH] (Judge was Miss A Alexander) 2-Jul-11 Minor Puppy in Group Victorian Poultry & Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr R Ellis (NSW)) 13-Jun-11 Reserve Bitch Challenge / Minor Puppy in Show The Victorian Spitz Breed Club [CH] (Judge was Mr James Camac / Mrs Jill Hocking) 10-Jun-11 Reserve Bitch Challenge West Gippsland Kennel Assoc [CH] (Judge was Ms J McDonald) 5-Jun-11 Reserve Bitch Challenge Western Suburbs All Breeds Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs L Walsh) Keez Me Myself N I

Keez Que Sera Sera Sire: Aust Grand Ch Keez Have U Heard Dam: NZ & Aust Ch Keeswey Highland Lady At Keez Owned & handled by Dave & Denise Wall

Jun-11 C.C. Bitch / Best Puppy In Group Box Hill & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr. P. Cutler) 15-May-11 Runner Up Best Of Breed / Best Puppy In Group Seymour District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs G Hovey) 14-May-11 C.C. Bitch / Best Puppy In Breed Seymour District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Dr K Hedberg) 8-May-11 Best Of Breed / Best Puppy Of Breed Euroa Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Miss C. Doherty) 17-Apr-11 Best Of Breed / Best Puppy Of Breed Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr. P. Martin) 16-Apr-11 Best Of Breed / Puppy of Breed Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Ms. J. Ford) 19-Mar-11 Best Of Breed / Best Exhibit In Group / Best Australian Breed In Group Cohuna A.P. & H. Society [CH] (Judge was Mrs. S. McMahon)

Keez Que Sera Sera


Calivale True Sprit Sire : CH. CLANDARA BIT OVA RASCAL Dam : GRAND CH. CALIVALE TICKLE MY FANCY Owned & Handled by Dave & Denise Wall

3-Jul-11 Best Of Breed / Best Puppy in Breed Canine Amenities Club Of Victoria [CH] (Judge was Mr. G. Treacey) 15-May-11 Best Of Breed/ Runner Up To Best In Group/ Best Minor Puppy In Group Seymour District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs. G Hovey) 14-May-11 Best Of Breed / Best Minor Puppy In Group Seymour District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Dr K Hedberg) 8-May-11 Best Minor Puppy In Show Euroa Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs. C. Doherty / Calivale True Spirit Miss M. Davis) 7-May-11 Best Minor Puppy In Breed Shepparton & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Miss M. Davis) 17-Apr-11 Best Minor Puppy In Group Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr. P. Martin) 16-Apr-11 Runner Up Best Of Breed / Best Minor Puppy In Group Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Ms. J. Ford) 20-Mar-11 Best Of Breed Kerang & District Kennel Club (PM) [CH] (Judge was Mrs. R. Robertson)

Aust. Ch. Mijke Mustang Sally Sire : Ch. Mijke Jette Dam : Ch. Nynka Cherokee Owned & Handled by Dave & Denise Wall 17-Apr-11 Best Neuter In Show Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr. P. Martin / Ms.G. Gulbransen) 16-Apr-11 Best Neuter In Breed Deniliquin & District Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Ms. J. Ford) 25-Feb-11 3rd place Neuter Sweepstakes Canberra Royal Show [CH] (Judge was New Zealand)

Aust. Ch. Mijke Mustang Sally


CH ZANKAYZ HIGH SOCIETY Owned & Handled by Anne & Suzanne Ranyard 2/7/11 Open in Group Dogs ACT show LEIFHOND ALL EYES ON MATTI Owned & Handled by Anne & Suzanne Ranyard 23/4/11 Puppy In Show & Runner Up to Best Exhibit in Show Keeshond Club of NSW Open Show KEEZ MAID MARION Owned & Handled by Anne & Suzanne Ranyard 22/4/11 Minor Puppy in Group Canberra Non-Sporting Utility & Working Dog show 25/4/11 Minor Puppy in Group National Capital Kennel Club show 25/6/11 Minor Puppy in Group Dogs NSW Southern Region show

RESULTS FROM CANBERRA 2/7/11 N/S JUDGE: Mr T Tancred (NSW) G/S JUDGE: Ms T Buckley (ACT) BABY PUPPY DOG Ryfrost Bold as Bart (Ryan) 1st, BABY PUPPY IN GROUP JUNIOR DOG Keez Maid Marion All Eyes on Matti (Ranyard) - 1st, Res Ch OPEN DOG Ch Zankayz High Society (Ranyard) - 1st, Ch, BOB, OPEN IN GROUP MINOR PUPPY BITCH Keez Maid Marion (Ranyard) - 1st, Res Ch PUPPY BITCH Ryfrost Look at Me (Ryan) - 1st, Ch, RUBOB Congratulations also go to Sue Emery on gaining the title of Australian Champion with Vendorfe What The Heck and Jill Whincup who also titled Leifhond I Am Super Xavier. Our next issue will have results from Royal Adelaide & Royal Melbourne shows which are held in September to early October and The Keeshond Club of Victoria Specialty Show.


Calivale So You Think  “Gloria”  S: Ch Keeswey Silver Crusader (Imp NZ)  D: Ch Calivale Abracadbra  Gloria has been lightly shown, but is certainly starting to “get her act  together!” We look forward to campaigning her during 2011.  Baby Puppy in Show at the Keeshond Club of NSW – Easter  Championship Show 2011.  Calivale Keeshonds – Brad Santas Web: www.calivalekeeshonds.com

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Am Can Ch Darkenwald Flashpoint at SouthCar “FLASH” Sire: Ch. Dreamwood’s Jinglebell Rock Dam: Ch. Koanne Darkenwald Blue Velvet

Co-Owner Darkenwald Keeshonden Suzette Lefebvre

+--Am Can Ch TWIN TREES JITTERBUG +--Am Ch DREAMWOOD JINGLE BELL ROCK | +--Am Ch TWIN TREES WALKIN IN GOGO BOOTS +--Can Ch Am Gr Ch. DARKENWALD FLASHPOINT AT SOUTHCAR | +--Can Ch DARKENWALD KOANNE ALL REV'D UP +--KOANNE'S DARKENWALD BLUE VELVET +--Can Ch KOANNE'S TRUE BLUE

MBIS, MBISS Can/Am Gr. Ch. Darkenwald Cavalier O’ SouthCar, CHOF, HOF, CGN “CLANCY” Sire: Am / Can Ch. Arklows Chances Are Dam:Ch. SouthCars Sunkist Darkenwald

+--Am Ch WINDRIFT'S OUT OF THE BLUE +--Am Can Ch ARKLOW CHANCES ARE | +--Am Ch WINDRIFT'S RIGHT CHOICE +--Can Ch DARKENWALD CAVALIER O'SOUTHCAR | +--Can Ch DARKENWALD PLAYING FOR KEEPS +--Am Ch SOUTHCAR'S SUNKIST DARKENWALD +--Can Am Ch SOUTHCAR'S PRAIRIE SUN

Owner: SouthCar Keeshonden Lynne Hewitt 306-453-6092 southcar@signaldirect.ca


Kees in canada  

We are in need of a few people to report on the show results for Western, Mid & Eastern Canada. The Keeshond fanciers of the world would like to know what happens in the show rings of Canada! If you are interested in reporting please contact magazine@keeshondworld.com

Atlantic Canada Show Biz - by Maria Forman - Whiskees Keeshonden Hello from Nova Scotia!  I am really looking forward to reporting show wins for Atlantic Canada!  The following show  results cover Jan to June. Please send me your Show Results and Photos! maria@seasidehighspeed.com    HALIFAX KENNEL CLUB FEB 13  Gr 3 – Whiskees Merlin at Geluk  (Owner: Maureen Clements, Geluk)  NEWFOUNDLAND KC, MAR 5  Gr 3 – Ch Foxfairs Northwinds  (Owner: Alan MacKenzie)    COBEQUID DOG CLUB, MAR 20  Gr 1 – Ch Keeburnie Jokers Wild  (Owners: John & Marsha Kaczmarek, Keysmark Kees)    PICTOU KENNEL CLUB, APR 17  Gr 2 – Ch Bijzondere’s Meisje’s Zoontje  (Owner: Jennifer Bates, Bijzondere Keeshonden)    Ch Keeburnies Jokers Wild   DARTMOUTH KENNEL CLUB, MAY 14 & 15  May 14 ‐ Gr 3 & Best Puppy in Group – Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle (Maria & Phil Forman)  May 15 – Gr 4 – Ch Bijzondere’s Tribute to Seawind (Sharon Gates‐Coolen & Richard Coolen)  May 15 – Best Puppy in Group – Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle* (pending CKC confirmation)       


AVALON KENNEL CLUB, MAY 21 & 22  May 21 – Gr 4 – Ch Foxfairs Northwinds   May 22 – Gr 3 – Ch Foxfairs Northwinds   May 22 – Gr 4 – Ch Foxfairs Northwinds    TANTRAMAR KENNEL CLUB MAY 21 & 22  May 21 – Gr 4 – Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle*   May 22 – Gr 4 – Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle*   May 22 – Gr 2 & Best Puppy in Group – Ch Whiskees  Silver Wedding Belle*    SOUTH SHORE KENNEL CLUB  June 4  Gr 4 – Ch Bijzondere Tribute to Seawind          OROMOCTO KENNEL CLUB JUNE 11 & 12  June 11 ‐ Gr 3 & Best Puppy in Group –   Whiskees Merlin at Geluk  June 12 ‐ Gr 2 & Best Puppy in Group –   Whiskees Merlin at Geluk      Ch Whiskees Merlin at Geluk*   * pending CKC confirmation      EVANGELINE KC, JUNE 25 & 26    June 25, Show 1 – Gr 4  Ch Bijzondere          Tribute to Seawind  June 26, Show 1 – Gr 3 & Best Puppy in Group ‐ Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle*  June 26, Show 2 – Gr 3 & Best Puppy in Group ‐ Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle*    There were 6 Kees entered Saturday, and 5 Kees  entered Sunday at the Evangeline shows …each dog  Walter Norris Photography  won in their class at some point over the weekend –  way to go everyone!       

Ch Whiskees Silver Wedding Belle* * pending CKC confirmation   


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How to become a French champion?

by Isabelle Barthès-Courtet, kennel "des Loups grisd'Occitanie” - France

Four qualifiers can be attributed: EXC. : Excellent (red card) The term is attributed to a dog which comes very close to the standard of the breed ... presented in excellent condition, the dog makes an harmonious and balanced set. It has the "class" and it has excellent posture. Its superior qualities dominate its little imperfections and it has the characteristics of its sex. TB: « Très bon » meaning Very good (blue card). The dog is perfectly typed, balanced in its proportions, and it’s in good physical condition. Some defects "venial" but not morphological, are tolerated. The qualifier can reward only a quality dog! B: « Bon » Good (green card) This designation is awarded to a dog with characteristics of its breed however showing defaults, only if they are not prohibitive! AB: « Assez Bon » meaning Pretty good (yellow card) The dog is "typed" but without possessing and, or, not in good physical condition. For Puppy class (dogs between 9 and 12 months), the judge can make an assessment - « Trèsprometteur » Very promising - « Prometteur » Promising - « Assezprometteur » Pretty promising Depending on the type of show, some certificates can be also attributed: CACS « Certificatd'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard » or Aptitude Certificate of Compliance with Standards The CACS goes to the best male and the best female after the first confrontation of the two "REVIEWS" Open Classes and Labour. RCACS : « Réserve du Certificatd'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard ». The RCACS goes to the dog/bitch classed second behind the holder of the CACS. CACIB : « Certificatd'Aptitude au Championnat international de Beauté ». The certificate is delivered after the first confrontation EXCELLENT in Champion Class with dogs that have obtained the CACS and RCACS. RCACIB : « Réserve du Certificatd'Aptitude au Championnat international de Beauté » The RCACIB goes to the dog/bitch classed second behind the holder of the CACIB. How to obtain the title of « Champion de France de Conformité au Standard ? It depends on the breed but, for keeshonden in France, you have to obtain: " The CACS of the « Championn at de France » (only one National exhibition each year) or the CACS of the National show of the breed (only one show organized by each kennel club each year, too) " The CACS in one of the « Special breed » show organized by the club (about ten each year) " The CACS in an international show where the CACIB is also attributed. " The 3 CACS have to be obtained with 3 different judges, including at least a French judge. " The TAN « Test d’Aptitudes Naturelles » or Test of natural aptitudes (no stressed and aggressive dog, walking in lead and without near the owner and somebody can examine the dog) " The exam of hip dysplasia with an official advice, necessarily A or B Then, you have 2 months to ask for the approval of the title of France Champion.


International Show (2087 entries) ANGERS - 27 March 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT CACS - RCACIB In Open Class, jugged by M. CABON Vincent : DOLCE VITA DYCK OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mlle QUICRAY Aline Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) 2nd EXCELLENT RCACS In Open Class, jugged by M. CABON Vincent : DAJKIRI COPERNIC OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) 1st EXCELLENT CACIB B.O.B. In Champion Class , jugged by M. CABON Vincent : CURACAO HANNIBAL OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) Female Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT BEST OF INTERMEDIATE In Intermediate Class jugged by M. CABON Vincent : FLEURE DES FORETS EPHEMERES (Prop : M. Mme SICOT Jérémy and Angélique Prod : Mlle M. RAVINET Céline / SICOT Jérémy) International Show (1502 entries) PAU - 16 and 17 April 2011 Female Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB B.O.B. In Open Class, jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : DJUNE DES SEIGNEURS DE LA VALLEE DE L'ISLE (Prop : Mlle GAZAL Lila Prod : Mme M. BOITELLE Aurélia / DIAS RODRIGUES Manuel) National Show (1102 entries) CHATEAUROUX - 23 and 24 April 2011 Male Keeshond 1st TRES BON In Champion Class , jugged by Mme BROWN THORA P. : ASPEN OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. BENISTY Elie Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) Female Keeshond BON In Intermediate Class jugged by Mme BROWN THORA P. : FEEBY (Prop : Mme LAGORCE Céline Prod : M. LETELLIER Guy) National Show (880 entries) GRANDE SYNTHE - 23 and 24 April 2011 Female Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT B.O.B. In Veteran Class jugged by M. MATTERA Cassandre : TARJA D'ARLANDE (Prop : M. Mme VERAGUE Patrick and Catherine Prod : M. GRANGE Claude) International Show (2350 entries) AMIENS - 30 April and 01 May 2011 Female Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT B.O.B. In Veteran Class jugged by M. MANSENCAL Guy : TARJA D'ARLANDE (Prop : M. Mme VERAGUE Patrick and Catherine Prod : M. GRANGE Claude) International Show (2159 entries) ST BRIEUC - 8 May 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB B.O.B. In Open Class, jugged by Mme LARIVE Jeannette : DICKENS OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. CELIBERT Stéphane Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) 1st EXCELLENT RCACS - RCACIB En classe INTERMEDIAIRE , jugged by Mme LARIVE Jeannette : AISTRAUM SHINING TSAAR (Prop : Mme MICHIELS Linda Prod : Mme NYRKOVSKAYA) 1st EXCELLENT In Intermediate Class , jugged by Mme LARIVE Jeannette : FRISCO (Prop : M. MAHE David Prod : M. CELIBERT Stéphane)


Female Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT CACIB In Champion Class jugged by Mme LARIVE Jeannette : GEMMA OF URILYS (Prop : Mme MICHIELS Linda Prod : Mme MICHIELS Linda) National Show (456 entries) ROCHEFORT - 08 May 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT B.O.B. In Champion Class , jugged by Mme BOTTUSSI-JOCQUEL Céline : ASPEN OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. BENISTY Elie Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) International Show (1510 entries) PONTOISE - 14 and 15 May 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB B.O.B. In Open Class, jugged by M. VOILET Claude : DIAMANT D'ARLANDE (Prop : Mme GIVERNAUD Elisabeth Prod : M. GRANGE Claude) Female Keeshond REALLY PROMISING In Puppy Class jugged by M. VOILET Claude : FIRST-LADY-WOLF DES FEES DU PAYS NOIR (Prop : M. Mme VERAGUE Patrick and Catherine Prod : M. VERAGUE Patrick) International Show (1511 entries) TOURS - 22 May 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT BEST OF INTERMEDIATE In Intermediate Class , jugged by M. DELENTE Jean-Luc : FOREST (Prop : Mme LISCOT Sandrine Prod : M. CELIBERT Stéphane) Female Keeshond REALLY PROMISING In Puppy Class jugged by M. DELENTE Jean-Luc : FIRST-LADY-WOLF DES FEES DU PAYS NOIR (Prop : M. Mme VERAGUE Patrick and Catherine Prod : M. VERAGUE Patrick) National Show (1130 entries) NIMES - 22 May 2011 Male Keeshond 1st EXCELLENT B.O.B. / BEST OF INTERMEDIATE In Intermediate Class , jugged by M. LENEUF Christian : FLY OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mlle ROUFFIE-EPSVIN Annick Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth)


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Kees in Germany By Ulla Meyer – Kennel “ vom Alten Nierstal”  

Please send your results and photos to vomaltennierstal@aol.com

March 20, 2011, International Munich, Mrs. Petra Schultheiß, germany Interchamp dog Kalle vom Schmuttertal

Interchamp bitch Chila von der Lärchenhöhe

Junior dog Arny von Fritzi’s Wölfen Apollo von Fritzi’s Wölfen Aistraum Sheggy Sean

Junior bitch Alfa von Fritzi’s Wölfen Eni von der Lärchenhöhe Eswood Orla

Champion dog Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Champion bitch Dana von der Lärchenhöhe

Open dog Kimi vom Taubengarten Emir-Eros vom Scillawald Arco von den Grafen aus Haun

Open bitch Daika vom Ilmbogen Amelie von den Grafen aus Haun Eliza von den fidelen Pfoten

Challenge dog Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Challenge bitch Dana von der Lärchenhöhe

Reserve challenge dog Kimi vom Taubengarten

Reserve challenge bitch Daika vom Ilmbogen

Best of breed Arny von Fritzi’s Wölfen, owner H. Henke

April 2, 2011, International Berlin,


Mrs. Gerda Kastl, germany Junior dog

Junior bitch

Vegas vom Frankenrid Ursigk vom Frankenrid Uri vom Frankenrid  

Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal Vivy vom Frankenrid Umi vom Frankenrid

Intermediate dog

Intermediate bitch

German Grey Shadow’s Gentleman Gregory

Elisa von der Lärchenhöhe Lexa vom St. Töniser Land

Open dog

Champion bitch

Leo vom Schmuttertal Einstein vom Zschopautal Apollo von der Wolfslinde

Whitney Houston vom Alten Nierstal

Challenge dog

Challenge bitch

German Grey Shadow’s Gentleman Gregory

Whitney Houston vom Alten Nierstal

Reserve challenge dog

Reserve challenge bitch

Leo vom Schmuttertal

Elisa von der Lärchenhöhe

Best of breed Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal, owner Ulla Meyer

April 17, 2011, CAC Eitorf, Mrs. Corry Saes, netherlands Veteran dog

Veteran bitch

Nelly’s O’Kiss Odysseus vom Alten Nierstal Erec von Hochkirchen

Pina vom Alten Nierstal Nelly’s Ryka Friendly Malinako’s Bitten

Junior dog

Junior bitch

Nelly’s X-Tra Odin-Oscar vom Taubengarten Yanko vom Alten Nierstal

Nelly’s Xelia Ylva vom Alten Nierstal

Intermediate dog

Intermediate bitch

Aistraum Shining Tsaar

Aischa vom Xantener Dom

Champion dog Helios of Urilys

Champion bitch Nelly’s Voona Baluna vom Haus Rubens

Open dog

Open bitch


Buddy von Haus Rubens Ares vom Hobelspan Basso von Haus Rubens

Xanthippe vom Alten Nierstal Amina von Haus Rubens Tina Turner vom Xantener Dom

Challenge dog

Challenge bitch

Buddy von Haus Rubens

Nelly’s Voona

Reserve challenge dog

Reserve challenge bitch

Helios of Urilys

Baluna von Haus Rubens Best of breed Nelly’s Voona , owner Michaela Weyna

April 24, 2011, International Dresden, Mr. Lothar Mende, germany Champion dog

Veteran bitch

Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe Russkoe Serebro Persevet

Tinika Thea

Open dog

Junior bitch

Don Carlos vom Zschopautal Arco von der Apfelstädtaue Kafka von Ostfriesland

Gloria von der Apfelstädtaue Giulia von der Apfelstädtaue Vivy vom Frankenrid

Challenge dog

Intermediate bitch

Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Elisa von der Lärchenhöhe

Reserve challenge dog

Champion bitch

Don Carlos vom Zschopautal

Dunja Tallia vom Himmelreich Russkoe Serebro Onna-no Ku Yuki Challenge bitch Elisa von der Lärchenhöhe Reserve challenge bitch Dunja Tallia vom Himmelreich

Best of breed Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe, owner Roswitha Schultheiß

May 6., 2011, International Dortmund, Mr. Horst Kliebenstein, germany


Junior dog

Veteran bitch

Aistraum Sheggy Sean Odin-Oscar vom Taubengarten Ernesto von Klein Manhattan

Pina vom Alten Nierstal Nelly’s Pretty Lady

Champion dog

Junior bitch

Rickees Hugs and Keezes Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe Nelly’s Vynn

Nelly’s Xelia Ylva vom Alten Nierstal Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal

Open dog

Intermediate bitch

Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White Ares vom Hobelspan Campino von Klein Manhattan

Dirty Diana von Klein Manhattan Cilly Aischa vom Xantener Dom

Challenge dog

Champion bitch

Rickees Hugs and Keezes

Nelly’s Voona Baluna vom Haus Rubens

Reserve challenge dog

Challenge bitch

Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White

Nelly’s Voona Reserve challenge bitch Baluna von Haus Rubens

Best of breed Rickees Hugs and Keezes, E.Carr & F.u.M. Stassen

May 7., 2011, National Dortmund, Mrs. Ingrid de Lasberg, germany Veteran dog

Junior bitch

Nelly’s Major

Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal Nelly’s Xelia

Junior dog

Intermediate bitch

Nelly’s X-Tra

Cilly Aischa vom Xantener Dom

Intermediate dog

Champion bitch

Ernesto von der Römerroute

Nelly’s Voona Whitney Houston vom Alten Nierstal Baluna vom Haus Rubens

Champion dog

Challenge bitch

Rickees Hugs and Keezes Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Nelly’s Voona


Nelly’s Vynn Open dog

Reserve challenge bitch

Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White Ares vom Hobelspan

Whitney Houston vom Alten Nierstal

Challenge dog Rickees Hugs and Keezes Reserve challenge dog Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White Best of breed Rickees Hugs and Keezes, E.Carr & F.u.M. Stassen

May 22, 2011, CAC Lehre, Mrs. Angelika Schneider-Rubens, germany Veteran dog

Veteran bitch

Nelly’s Major Carlos Santana vom Kreigenfeld

Cäcilia vom Deisterland Charleen vom Kreigenfeld

Junior dog

Junior bitch

Ernesto von Klein Manhattan Nelly’s X-Tra Arko von der Schwedengasse

Nelly’s Xia German Grey Shadow’s Gracey Gemini

Intermediate dog

Intermediate bitch

German Grey Shadow’s Gentleman Gregory

Dirty Diana von Klein Manhattan Cilly

Champion dog

Champion bitch

German Grey Shadow’s Fantastic Falco

Nelly’s Voona Daisy Dee vom Kreigenfeld Open bitch

Open dog Acki

Beautiful Sunshine von Klein Manhattan Aisha-Alpina von der Okerquelle

Challenge dog

Challenge bitch

German Grey Shadow’s Fantastic Falco

Nelly’y Voona

Reserve challenge dog

Reserve challenge bitch

Acki

Daisy Dee vom Kreigenfeld Best of breed Nelly’s Voona , owner Michaela Weyna


June 5.,2011, CACIB Neumünster, Mr. Guido Schäfer, germany Veteran dog

Veteran bitch

Carlos Santana vom Kreigenfeld

Charleen vom Kreigenfeld Friendly Malinako’s Bitten

Junior dog

Interchamp bitch

Alf-Adom von Bella-Lupella Uri vom Frankenrid

Velvet vom Alten Nierstal

Champion dog

Junior bitch

Thistledees Canadian Rockies

Ylva vom Alten Nierstal Elfe vom Schwedenstern

Open dog

Open bitch

Ares vom Hobelspan

Cilly

Challenge dog

Challenge bitch

Thistledees Canadian Rockies

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Reserve challenge dog

Reserve challenge bitch

Ares vom Hobelspan

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Best of breed Thistledees Canadian Rockies, owner Lene & Bjarne Wohlfahrt

June 12, 2011, International Saarbrücken, Mr. Peter Machetanz, germany Junior dog

Veteran bitch

Almasni Istochnik Gorodskoi Pizon

Charleen vom Kreigenfeld


Intermediate dog

Junior bitch

Aistraum Sheggy Sean

Everybody’s Darling vom Schwedenstern Eswood Orla

Open dog

Intermediate bitch

Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White Ewen Eomere vom Kreigenfeld

Elisabeth „Sissi“ von der Römerroute

Challenge dog

Champion bitch

Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White

Daisy-Dee vom Kreigenfeld

Reserve challenge dog

Challenge bitch

Ewen Eomere vom Kreigenfeld

Daisy-Dee vom Kreigenfeld Reserve challenge bitch Elisabeth „Sissi“ von der Römerroute

Best of breed Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloom White, owner Aline Quicray


A multi Best of Breed and Best Puppy in Show  winner,  Lleyton is maturing nicely and is beginning to land those  Best in Group wins. Recently he added a    RUNNER UP BEST IN SHOW to his list!  Owned by  Bred by  Keez Keeshonden  Trevor & Cheri Rogers  www.keezkeeshonden.net 

Aaroncroft Keeshonden  Syd & Shirley Munton  aaroncroft@dodo.com.au 


Kiwi kees Kees in new zealand    

By Jeannette Wingels – Starkenburgh Keeshonden

Time constraints got the better of me earlier this year, so there was no chance of putting pen to paper. However we did manage to attend a few shows. Sadly we don’t have any results from the South Island. Please send me your show results and photos for inclusion in each issue! jean@redseal.co.nz Wairoa Champ show am – 2 April 2011 Judge: K Haddon (Queensland, Australia)   Best of Breed : Clandara Edge (Frew)  Reserve Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels)            Wairoa Champ show pm – 2 April 2011 Judge: N Zimmerle (Queensland, Australia) Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels) and was awarded BEST INTERMEDIATE OF GROUP  Reserve Best of Breed : Clandara Icelady (Frew)           Napier Champ show am – 3 April 2011 Judge: J Campbell (Victoria, Australia)   Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels).  Reserve Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels)    Napier Champ show pm – 3 April 2011 Judge: M Davis (Queensland, Australia) Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels), and was awarded BEST OPEN IN GROUP.  Reserve Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels)  Clandara Icelady (Frew) was awarded BEST BABY PUPPY IN GROUP.        Cambridge Champ show pm – 9 April 2011 Judge: Maureen Hanley (NSW, Australia) Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels), and was awarded BEST INTERMEDIATE OF GROUP  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)    Cambridge Champ show pm – 10 April 2011 Judge: Shona Prebble (NZ)  Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels), and was awarded BEST INTERMEDIATE OF GROUP  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Stole A Kiss (Wingels)    Kumeu Champ show pm – 16 April 2011 am Judge: J Birch (NSW, Australia)  Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels)  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Stole A Kiss (Wingels)    Kumeu Champ show pm – 16 April 2011 pm Judge: M Clegg (Victoria, Australia) Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Stole A Kiss (Wingels)   

 


ANSUDA Champ show pm – 17 April 2011 Judge: Janelle Robbins (Victoria, Australia) Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Stole A Kiss (Wingels)  NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels) was awarded BEST INTERMEDIATE OF GROUP   Auckland Exhib Champ show – 11 June 2011 Judge: Geoff Whitfield (NZ) Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)  Reserve Best of Breed : Clandara Icelady (Frew) and was awarded BEST PUPPY OF GROUP.    Auckland Exhib Champ show – 12 June 2011 Judge: Nicole Harrison (NZ) Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels),   Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)    Hauraki Champ show am – 2 July 2011 Judge: W Burton (NSW, Australia) Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels), and was awarded BEST INTERMEDIATE OF GROUP, and  BEST INTERMEDIATE IN SHOW  under Mr Bungey from Western Australia.  Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Sole Survivor (Wingels)    Hauraki Champ show Pm – 2 July 2011 Judge: Dr F McEvoy (South Australia) Best of Breed: NZ Ch Starkenburgh Shimmer N Shine (Wingels) Reserve Best of Breed : NZ Ch Starkenburgh Stole A Kiss (Wingels)   


Kees in the United kingdom Results & Photos Courtesy of the North Of England Keeshond Club

 

BORDER UNION 2011 Judge : Miss Mary Deats BEST OF BREED : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES DOG CC : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES RESERVE DOG CC : DAY'S CH ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV JW ShCM BITCH CC : AUSTIN'S CH VALINDALE DARLING GIRL FOR CHOTAHKEES JW ShCM RESERVE BITCH CC : HICKSON'S KICHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION BEST PUPPY : PALMER'S EASTKEES FOXY LADY DOGS ENTERED 36 DOGS ABSENT 12 DOGS PRESENT 24 PUPPY DOG - NO ENTRIES JUNIOR DOG - 1 ABSENT NOVICE DOG - 1 ABSENT POST GRADUATE DOG - 5 1st : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES 2nd : BRUNT'S SUEACRES ICED DIAMOND OF ZANDVOORT Pommary Quick Silver At Whizzkees 3rd : ANDERSON'S KICHIGAI LIMITED EDITION Res : KERR'S ALLFORUS CURLY WURLY VHC : SHEPHERD'S REESBURG RAINBOW WARRIOR


LIMIT DOG - 2 1st : HOPKINS' HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG SERENAUBACH 2nd : SHEPHERD'S REESBURG RAINBOW WARRIOR OPEN DOG - 5, 1AB 1st : DAY'S CH ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV JW ShCM 2nd : BRUNT'S ZANDVOORT DREAM MACHINE 3rd : DIVERS' CH/IR CH ALLFORUS ROLL OF THE DICE AT MURMANSK ShCM Res : ROSE'S ROSSVALE SACRED SPIRIT TO ESORKEES PUPPY BITCH - 5, 2AB 1st : PALMER'S EASTKEES FOXY LADY 2nd : AUSTIN'S CHOTAHKEES ENCHANTRESS 3rd : BROWN'S ROSSVALE SCARLETTS SECRET JUNIOR BITCH - 3, 1AB 1st : ROSE'S NERADMIK KISSES'N'GIGGLES FOR ESORKEES 2nd : PALMER'S SUEACRES SILVER STRAND NOVICE BITCH - 2 ABSENT POST GRADUATE BITCH - 4, 2AB 1st : HICKSON'S KICHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION 2nd : GATE'S LACETROM CRUIVIE LIMIT BITCH - 6, 1AB 1st : WILLIAMS' ALLFORUS CRYSTAL DREAM FOR YONTAN 2nd : SMITH'S SUEACRES CRYSTAL IMAGE 3rd : DIVERS' KICHIGAI RARE EDITION AT MURMANSK Res : BREWER'S HELKEESEN SURFIN HONEY VHC : PECK'S LUDDELOS FROST BITE WITH BYQUY (IMP SWE) OPEN BITCH - 3, 1AB 1st : AUSTIN'S CH VALINDALE DARLING GIRL FOR CHOTAHKEES JW ShCM 2nd : WILLIAMS' KICHIGAI MOONLIGHT KISSES FOR YONTAN

Ch Allforus Dice Master For Spitzcav JW


BLACKPOOL 2011 Judge : Mr Ken Sinclair BEST OF BREED : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES DOG CC : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES RESERVE DOG CC : MILES & CULLEN'S AM CH KEMONTS SKYLINE'S GAME BOY (IMP USA) BITCH CC : SHARP BALES CH NERADMIK CHANEL RESERVE BITCH CC : HICKSON'S KICHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION BEST PUPPY : WADMORE SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE DOGS ENTERED 44 DOGS ABSENT 8 DOGS PRESENT 36 VETERAN DOG OR BITCH - 4, 1AB 1st : HICKSON'S CH KICHIGAI GREAT PRETENDER JW ShCM 2nd : SHARP BALE'S CH STURTMOOR CRAZY FOR NERADMIK 3rd : BELL'S CH ALLFORUS MAGIC N ICE JW ShCM PUPPY DOG - 3 1st : WADMORE SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE 2nd : HILL'S PLYMKEES COOL DUDE 3rd : DAVIES' ROSSVALE FRANKLY MY DEAR KYROSS POST GRADUATE DOG - 4 1st : ANDERSON'S KICHIGAI LIMITED EDITION 2nd : BRUNT'S SUEACRES ICED DIAMOND OF ZANDVOORT 3rd : SHEPHERD'S REESBURG RAINBOW WARRIOR Res : WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAMPSON LIMIT DOG - 3 1st : WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES 2nd : HOPKINS' HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG SERENAUBACH 3rd : SHEPHERD'S REESBURG RAINBOW WARRIOR OPEN DOG - 6, 1AB 1st : MILES & CULLEN'S AM CH KEMONTS SKYLINE'S GAME BOY (IMP USA) 2nd : BRUNT'S ZANDVOORT DREAM MACHINE 3rd : ROSE'S ROSSVALE SACRED SPIRIT TO ESORKEES


Res : DAY'S CH ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV JW ShCM VHC : DIVERS' CH/IR CH ALLFORUS ROLL OF THE DICE AT MURMANSK ShCM PUPPY BITCH - 5 1st : HOPKINS' TORRIKEES SHAKIRA AMONG SERENAUBACH 2nd : MATTHEWS' CHOTAHKEES TICKETY BOO AT VALINDALE 3rd : WADMORE SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES PEPSI ROCK Res : BROWN'S ROSSVALE SCARLETT'S SECRET VHC : AUSTIN'S CHOTAHKEES TRULY GORGEOUS JUNIOR BITCH - 2 1st : ROSE'S NERADMIK KISSES'N'GIGGLES FOR ESORKEES 2nd : AUSTIN'S CHOTAHKEES ENCHANTRESS POST GRADUATE BITCH - 4, 1AB 1st : HICKSON'S KICHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION 2nd : BARBOUR'S RUSSKOE SEREBRO POSH TOTTY AT CILLAKEES (IMP) 3rd : WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAPPHIRE LIMIT BITCH - 7, 1AB 1st : BARDSLEY & RING'S BALEISSA INDIAN SUMMER 2nd : BREWER'S HELKEESEN SURFIN HONEY 3rd : BELL'S ALLFORUS XTRA SPECIAL ShCM Res : WILLIAMS' ALLFORUS CRYSTAL DREAM FOR YONTAN VHC : DIVERS' KICHIGAI RARE EDITION AT MURMANSK OPEN BITCH - 6, 3AB 1st : SHARP BALE'S CH NERADMIK CHANEL 2nd : BARDSLEY'S BALEISSA CATWALK QUEEN ShCM 3rd : AUSTIN'S CH VALINDALE DARLING GIRL FOR CHOTAHKEES JW ShCM

WINDSOR 2011 Judge : Miss Jane Saunders (Liefkees) BEST OF BREED : WILKIN'S CH POMMARY QUICK SILVER DOG CC: WILKIN'S CH POMMARY QUICK SILVER RESERVE DOG CC : BENNETT & SAVAGE'S CH THORSDALE TRADEMARK BITCH CC : SMITH'S SUEACRES CRYSTAL IMAGE RESERVE BITCH CC : HENMAN, PETERSON & BELL'S FOXIFARE PRETTY WOMAN


BEST PUPPY : WADMORE-SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE DOGS ENTERED 36 DOGS ABSENT 11 DOGS PRESENT 25 VETERAN DOG OR BITCH - NO ENTRIES MINOR PUPPY DOG - 2 1ST: HILL'S PLYMKEES COOL DUDE 2ND: BENNETT'S ZANDVOORT DREAM STONE PUPPY DOG - 2 1ST: WADMORESMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE 2ND: BURWIN & TEDROW'S HOADSBERG ALEXEI JUNIOR DOG - 2, 1AB 1ST: WADMORESMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE

Hunnivoles Woody Valentine 

YEARLING DOG - 2 1ST: WELLS' ALLFORUS HUBBA BUBBA OF BELANISIYA ShCM 2ND: WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAMPSON POST GRADUATE DOG - 4, 1AB 1ST: WILKIN'S POMMARY QUICK SILVER 2ND: BRUNT'S SUEACRES ICED DIAMOND OF ZANDVOORT 3RD: HENMAN & PETERSON'S FOXIFAYRE DOCTOR ZHIVAGO LIMIT DOG - 1 1ST: HOPKINS' HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG SERENAUBACH OPEN DOG - 4, 1AB 1ST: BENNETT & SAVAGE'S CH THORSDALE TRADEMARK


2ND: DAY'S CH ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV JW ShCM 3RD: BRUNT'S ZANDVOORT DREAM MACHINE GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME CLASS DOG - 1 1ST: WELLS' ALLFORUS HUBBA BUBBA OF BELANISIYA ShCM MINOR PUPPY BITCH - 1 1ST: HOPKINS' TORRIKEES SHAKIRA AMONG SERENAUBACH PUPPY BITCH - 3 1ST: AUSTIN'S CHOTAHKEES TRULY GORGEOUS 2ND: MATTHEWS' CHOTAHKEES TICKETYBOO AT VALINDALE 3RD: WADMORE-SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES PEPSI ROCK JUNIOR BITCH - 1 1ST: WADMORE-SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES PEPSI ROCK YEARLING BITCH - 1 1ST: WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAPPHIRE POST GRADUATE BITCH - 5, 3AB 1ST: HENMAN, PETERSON & BELL'S FOXIFARE PRETTY WOMAN 2ND: WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES SILVER SLIPPER LIMIT BITCH - 6, 4AB 1ST: SMITH'S SUEACRES CRYSTAL IMAGE 2ND: PECK'S LUDDELOS FROST BITE WITH BYQUY (IMP SWE) OPEN BITCH - 4, 1AB 1ST: HILL'S PLYMKEES LIMITED EDITION ShCM 2ND: AUSTIN'S CH VALINDALE DARLING GIRL FOR CHOTAHKEES JW ShCM 3RD: BELL'S ALLFORUS TUMBLING DICE JW ShCM GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME CLASS BITCH - NO ENTRIES


EAST OF ENGLAND 2011 Judge : Mr A Brown BEST OF BREED : WILKIN'S CH POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES BEST DOG : WILKIN'S CH POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES RESERVE BEST DOG : BELL'S FFYNIANT SUGARDADDY ALLFORUS ShCM BEST BITCH : BELL'S CH ALLFORUS MAGIC N ICE JW ShCM RESERVE BEST BITCH : KING'S RICARA EVITA OF KASMAY BEST PUPPY : PATTISON'S EASTKEES DON'T SAY A WORD DOGS ENTERED 29 DOGS ABSENT 3 DOGS PRESENT 26 PUPPY DOG - 2, 1AB 1st : PATTISON'S EASTKEES DON'T SAY A WORD JUNIOR DOG - 2, 1AB 1st : WADMORE SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES WOODY VALENTINE POST GRADUATE DOG - 1 1st : WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAMPSON LIMIT DOG - 2 1st : WILKIN'S CH POMMARY QUICK SILVER AT WHIZZKEES 2nd : ATKINSON'S TORRIKEES WHO'S THE BOSS OF WINKLESTAR OPEN DOG - 3 1st : BELL'S FFYNIANT SUGARDADDY ALLFORUS ShCM 2nd : DAY'S CH ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV JW ShCM 3rd : HICKSON'S CH KICHIGAI GREAT PRETENDER JW ShCM PUPPY BITCH - 2 1st : BROWN'S ROSSVALE SCARLETTS SECRET 2nd : ATKINSON'S EASTKEES MADE TO ORDER BY WINKLESTAR JUNIOR BITCH - 2 1st : WADMORE SMITH'S HUNNIVOLES PEPSI ROCK 2nd : SAUNDERS' LIEFKEES ANGELIKA


POST GRADUATE BITCH - 2 1st : WAKEMAN'S ENREVEYAR ENNEA 2nd : WILKIN'S WHIZZKEES ONYX SAPPHIRE LIMIT BITCH - 9, 1AB 1st : KING'S RICARA EVITA OF KASMAY 2nd : SAUNDERS' LIEFKEES ANNABELL 3rd : BELL'S ALLFORUS XTRA SPECIAL ShCM Res : HICKSON'S KICHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION VHC : ATKINSON'S ALLFORUS DICE WITH ME AT WINKLESTAR OPEN BITCH - 5 1st : BELL'S CH ALLFORUS MAGIC N ICE JW ShCM 2nd : BELL'S ALLFORUS TUMBLING DICE JW SHCM 3rd : PATTISON'S EASTKESS SAY NO MORE Res : SAUNDERS' CH LIEFKEES ALBERTINE VHC : WAKEMAN'S ENREVEYAR ENNEA

Kichigai Special Edition 


“yankees” Kees in the usa By Terri VanSchyndel Wund-R-Y Kees – USA All this information was gathered off the AKC's website. If I missed anyone, sorry. Please report group

  placements from the midwest and east coast and forward photos to me so you are included in each issue   wundrykees@juno.com       MBISS Am/Can Ch. Klassic's Kon Arist HOF won a

Veteran BIS, Non-Sporting Group 1 and the Heritage Trail Specialty from the Veteran Classes. Also, came home from the National with Veterans Best of Opposite in Sweeps, an Award of Merit and a Select Award. BIS BISS MBOSS Am GCH Skyline's Walk of Fame HOF won the Top Keeshond Event and got a Select Award at the National May wins: GCH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant to Be Group 2 & 3 GCH Confetti's St Nick two Group 1's GCH KJ's Nothing Personal Group 1 GCH Darkenwald Cavlier O'Southcar Group 3 GCH Daimler's Caviar Dreams Group 4 Keenorth All About U Haiti Group 4 Markwright's Majestic Marquis Group 1

MBISS Am/Can Ch. Klassic's Kon Arist HOF

June wins: GCH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant To Be two Group 1's, two Group 2's, three Group 3's and a Group 4 CH Blueridge Kigs Cross Markwright two Group 4's CH Woodhill's Stealing The Trust two Group 3's CH Markwrights Harbor Wave Group 1 and Best in Show, Two Group 4's GCH KJ's Nothing Personal Group 3 GCH Athena's Glitter Girl Group 1, Group 2 & Group 4 CH Kee-Royale's Any Given Sunday Group 3 GCH Athena's Mr Big Stuff for Quest Group 2 CH Cinderlad Perfect Storm Group 4 GCH Sprookje Lunar Appellation Group 3 CH Jamynn's I'm Not an Outlaw Group 3 CH Tamarack's Waltz at Darkenwald Group 3


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A Keeshond Outing By Isabelle Barthès-Courtet (France)

A tired kees!

It was the 19 of June and we decided to organize a meeting in the South of France, at the lake of St Férréol that is an historic place for the “Canal du Midi”, a World Heritage of UNESCO We were 6 keesies : Engel, Wellington, my dogs ; Epice, Eiko and C’Sam, their “puppies” (2 and 3 years old) and Fran. We were 11 humans, even if Liz doesn’t stay all the time with us. We started for some of us by eating in a sympatic restaurant and then, it was really a good walk with our “stars”. A lot of people commented and asked questions about the breed “Oh ! I love them ! What kind of dog are they ?” “We don’t see these dogs often !” “Aren’t they hot?” (It was really a sunny day) “Don’t you shave them for the summer ??”

The lake of St Férréol

So many questions that I’m sure you have already heard ! At the end, I gave some Deutscher Spitz Club of Belgium’s studies to fill and we went back to home, with a lot of great pictures of this day in our mind !

Noëlle with Eiko, Me (Isabelle) with Engel and C’Sam, Laurence, with Wellington (from left to right)


At the restaurant (Laurence, me, Liz and Noëlle)

me with Engel & C’Sam, Fran with Magalie, Laurence and wellington (in the back), Noëlle a Eiko, Claire & Epice


KEESHOND EPILEPSY RESEARCH I have been asked by many people how the new research into epilepsy is going and, unfortunately, the short answer is that it’s struggling along going nowhere. Out of a total of nearly 200 DNA swab kits either handed out by myself or requested directly from the AHT only 42 have been returned. Yes, you have read that correctly – 42. The required number of controls has finally been reached (35 keesies aged 8 and over who do not fit) but the number of samples from affected dogs still stands at 12. A response of 20% is pretty appalling by anyone’s standards and means that there are well over 150 swab kits lying around out there unused. This is despite Dr Barbra Skelly’s ‘international plea’ for samples in the last issue of this e magazine. Write the selected photos. The breed finally has a realistic chance of finding the gene & getting a captions DNAfortest for epilepsy; we have the resources & technology and what happens - total apathy. Yes, there have been plenty of promises of samples from affected dogs but you can’t test promises. The swab kits need to be sent in to the AHT sooner rather than later if any progress in the research is to be made.

We need just 12 more samples from affected keesies to start, so to coin a phrase, the ball’s in your court. If we don’t get the samples, the research doesn’t happen - the choice is yours. Anji Marfleet Keeshond Breed Health Coordinator The Kennel Club health@north-of-england-keehond-club.co.uk Collection packs can be requested directly from the AHT from their sample collection co-ordinator Bryan McLaughlin bryan.mclaughlin@aht.org.uk. Any queries about your keesies status can be sent directly to Barabara Skelly. Dr Barbara J Skelly MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DACVIM DECVIM MRCVS Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0ES bjs1000@cam.ac.uk


REPRODUCTION PROBLEMS IN THE BITCH PART TWO BY DR KAREN HEDBERG BVSC AUG 2007

Infertility due to Systemic Hormonal Imbalances

Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc is a veterinarian at North Richmond Veterinary Hospital, Chair of the ANKC Canine Health Committee and is licensed to judge Working Dogs, Utility & Non Sporting Groups. Karen is also the Author of “The Dog Owner’s Manual on Selecting, Raising and Breeding Dogs” She has kindly given KeeshondWorld permission to run a series of informative articles on canine reproduction problems in the Dog & Bitch

Ovarian and Other Hormonal Imbalances Hormonal imbalances cover probably the second largest group of problems related to infertility. These imbalances fall into two major categories

• (i) Major hormones – thyroid, adrenal and pituitary. • (ii) Ovarian based – cysts or inactivity of the ovaries.

Thyroid and adrenal imbalances can cause secondary infertility varying from infrequent seasons to prolonged seasons. The end result of these types of disturbances is infertility or inability to hold a pregnancy. These types of infertility are often accompanied by other symptoms such as lethargy, weight gain or loss, lack of coat changes or excessive loss of coat.

Thyroid Hypothyroidism Where insufficient thyroid hormone is produced, this is the most common endocrine hormone problem in the dog. In the bitch, reproductive abnormalities associated with hypothyroidism include: - infertility - prolonged time length between cycles, - failure to cycle, - prolonged oestrous bleeding, - decreases in the intensity and duration of the oestrus cycles. In the male, reproduction abnormalities include: - lack of libido, - testicular atrophy -hypospermatogenesis (reduced sperm production)

Treating Hypothryoidism

• T4 blood tests available to determine the thyroid levels. • Once diagnosed, there are tablets that can reverse most of these effects.

If however the condition is difficult to stabilise, then the chances of a bitch carrying to term are not good, nor of returning a male dog back to normal fertility.


Other Hormonal Problems • Adrenal Infertility: Can occur due to adrenal hyperfunction known as Cushings Syndrome. A persistent anoestrus (failure to cycle) occurs in over 75% of cases. Treating dogs with Cushings Syndrome is fairly difficult and delicate work. Unless the adrenals are well stabilised, the likelihood of a bitch having a normal season and then carrying to term, is negligible. • Pituitary: The pituitary gland is another of the body's major regulators. Any upset of the pituitary gland will have a feedback effect on the ovaries and testicles.

Factors also affecting Hormone Levels and thus Fertility Change of Hemisphere - this can cause infertility, especially in older bitches that are sent from the northern to the southern hemisphere. It may take up to two years for the hormones to get used to the rearrangement of the seasons and the temperature changes. Younger bitches tend to acclimatise much more rapidly, usually within 6-9 months. It can take an adult dog or bitch up to two years for the coat to settle down properly after this drastic of change of environment. •

Severe Weather/Seasonal Changes - this problem is of a temporary nature. What may occur, especially around the turn of the seasons, is that heavy and prolonged rain and overcast weather, or lengthy hot, dry spells, may extend the season and delay the normal timing of that season. All these things can upset a normally very regular bitch and may, at the same time, affect the fertility. This type of problem is usually temporary and corrected by time and the weather. It is usual for many bitches to be affected at the same time. Maiden bitches on their first season are often the most affected by this. They start and stop, and then finally get going into a normal season.

Ovarian Based Factors – Cysts or Inactivity/Activity of the Ovaries Causes of inactive or poorly developed ovaries can include:chromosomal abnormalities, anabolic steroid and/or hormone injections, obesity and reduced weight caused by either hyperactivity or too low a protein diet.

If the bitch is Obese and has been so since she was young, the ovaries can be poorly developed. Many of these bitches will have poor fertilities on their first litter. Most animals so affected will gradually return to normal fertility if the weight is kept down near to the ideal, however, it may result in permanent infertility and/or low fertility (particularly within some breeds). The excessive weight goes into rapid growth at the expense of gonadal (ovarian or testicular) maturity. Hyperactive bitches, or those that are in very hard working condition, often have poor fertility and irregular seasons. Obviously bitches that are grossly over or underweight should be placed on a suitable diet to return the weight to a normal level. The fertility of these bitches, if they do conceive, is generally low, with litters of only one or two puppies instead of the normal sized litters.

Ovarian Imbalances ! Failure to hold pregnancy This type of problem is usually seen where the bitch may have conceived but either aborts at around 5-6 weeks or has mummified puppies at term. Mummified puppies are dried out and look shrivelled. They appear as a greenish mess but do not smell or cause problems to adjacent puppies in the uterus. This is due to insufficient hormone levels to hold the pregnancy, possibly secondary to ovarian cysts. These problems tend to be recurring ones and injections of progesterone, usually from 3-7 weeks, are needed to hold the pregnancy safely. ! Failure of signal to whelp. This may occur when the bitch fails to go into labour at the right time, going over time by 4-5 days. When and if the bitch finally goes into labour the puppies' membranes have been breaking down, possibly for several days, and there may be dead puppies or very thin, weak puppies that fail to suck. Not all bitches that go over time have this problem. More commonly seen where there is only 1 puppy in the litter.


Cystic Ovaries • A large number of older bitches may suffer from

cystic ovaries. Cysts on the ovaries produce hormones which in turn can upset the normal hormone levels and cycles. Ovarian cysts can produce excessive amounts of either oestrogen, progesterone, or no hormones at all.

• Can affect maiden bitches on their first seasons

(particularly in certain breeds, eg.Dobermanns), and most will go on to have normal seasons and normal fertilities. Signs will disappear without treatment and it can be harmful to future seasons to treat these with hormones unless there are very good reasons for interfering.

Aborting the Bitch

• Irregular season lengths can occur as the result

Use of Mismating Injections :

of productive cysts on the ovaries. The seasons may be as close together as 2-3 months apart, or very infrequent e.g. every 12-18 months. There can also be seasons of abnormal length, sometimes lasting 5-6 weeks. The bitch may also be in season for one week, then out for a short time, and then back on again for several weeks (split seasons).

Careful thought is needed –pyometra/metritis and subsequent infertility are common results. This is to highlight the problems associated with the old mismating injections. The problems are very serious and should be considered thoroughly before deciding to use this method to abort a litter.

Ovarian cysts can produce endometrial hypoplasia and are often one of the predisposing causes of metritis. Older bitches with pyometra are often found to have large numbers of cysts on both ovaries when they are operated on to be desexed. •

False Pregnancy • This can occur without any obvious cysts on the

ovaries. The reason for this can be persistent 'corpora lutea', where cells lining the cavities of the ruptured follicles produce high levels of progesterone, which cause the body to think it is pregnant. • This is a common occurrence in the bitch.

Occasionally, the follicles developed during a season do not all rupture, again causing a similar picture. • The false pregnancy usually lasts 5-6 weeks,

with some thickening of the abdomen, swelling of the milk glands and behavioural changes similar to pregnant bitches. Rarely, a bitch may even go so far as to nest, go into labour and possibly pass a small amount of clear fluid.

“Old” Mismating Injections (OESTRADIOL) : This drug must be treated within 48 hours for the injection to be effective. The risk to the average bitch is quite high and the possibility of permanent damage is very real. Initially one injection was used, nowadays, the trend appears to be three injections given on consecutive days. If oestradiol hormone injection used, tends to revert the season i.e. the season will last for another 10-14 days and the bitch is quite able to get mismated again during this time. The sudden alteration of the hormones causes changes in the uterine pH, which means that the bacterial population of the uterus is affected and this can set off infections. If used, the bitch should be placed on antibiotics at the time of the mismating injection in case infections do develop. The bitch is usually not fertile on that particular season and cannot afford to get mismated again and have a second injection (or course of injections) - as the chance of the bitch developing pyometra becomes extremely high. Subsequent to this drug use, the number of bitches that develop ongoing metritis, infertilities and infections is quite high. Certain breeds appear to be particularly sensitive to these injections especially Rottweilers and German Shepherds. Few Rottweiler bitches reproductive tracts ever recover sufficiently to hold a pregnancy.


Use of Prostaglandins :

Avoid Mismating Injections

• Until fairly recently the safest way to abort a bitch has

*** Waiting to see if the bitch is actually pregnant before applying drugs is far preferable to the use of mismating injections.

been by the use of prostaglandins (Lutylase*) injections. Lutylase* may be safely given to pregnant mismated bitches from day 32-34 of the pregnancy. • This will abort the bitch in a natural fashion and not adversely affect future fertility. Injections are usually given morning and night for five to nine days and they effects last for approximately 1 hour. Walking the bitch for 5-10 minutes can reduce the side effects. Side effects include some vomiting and salivation. This drug is also used in cases of uterine infections such as pyometra, as it evacuates the uterus.

The draw back of these injections is that they cannot be used effectively prior to day 32 after mating as the uterus will not respond until this time. Additionally the bitch needs multiple injections before the aborting occurs and they can be rather uncomfortable during the hour while the injection is active with uterine cramping.

Use of Anti-progesterone Drugs eg. Alizin* to Prevent Pregnancy or Abort the Bitch • Fairly recently, has been the development of drugs that block progesterone receptors, preventing implantation and or causing abortion safely and quickly. Two injections of Alizin* are needed 24 hours apart and can be given from 0-45 days after mating.

The injections are reasonably expensive and one would ideally not give them at least until the season had finished – just on the off chance the bitch was to get re-mated again! As stated, many mismatings are not fertile as they are often too early or too late, my advice is to wait until you know the bitch is definitely pregnant (usually can be sure by day 24-28 post mating – definitely by ultrasound at that stage). • This class of drug is very safe as it is so highly

specific in its actions and also has few if any side effects that will interfere with future fertility. This drug is the preferred method for the prevention of pregnancy or any or early abortion.

Many mismatings occur either very early or late in a season, often when the bitch is infertile and usually to dog well known by the bitch.

Over ½ the mismatings do not conceive, those people who are very concerned can do a progesterone assay on their bitch which will give a quick result as to her likelihood of conception.

Chemical Means of Stopping a Season in Bitches • There are several ways of chemically stopping a bitch from coming into season, or accelerating the bitch through the season. Before you use any of these drugs, you should very clearly think what you want to do reproductively with the bitch in the future.

While most of these drugs are good, there are some side effects, effects that can severely risk the bitch’s future fertility. Some breeds in particular are extremely sensitive (in the adverse sense) to hormonal treatments and breeds such as the Rottweiler, German Shepherd and the Collie would all rank as highly sensitive. Generally speaking I strongly advise against the use of hormones to either postpone, suppress or interfere with a season on ANY bitch that you wish to breed in the future, especially if it is of irreplaceable bloodlines. Additionally, these drugs if they have to be used, ideally should never be used before or during the first season – a complete normal run through of the normal hormones is to be highly desired in the first season.


Covinan If using hormones to interfere with normal cycling, one of the better ways to postpone or prevent a season is to use an injection called Covinan* - this is a progesterone based drug with low risk of adverse effects on the lining of the uterus. This injection can be used for short and long term suppression of heat cycles. Long term suppression requires injections every 5-6 months. Generally this injection is best given when the bitch is not in season. “Ovarid� (the pill) Is currently, a less frequently used treatment. This can be used for heat suppression and postponement. This is given to the bitch from the first day of season and continues for eight days. Lock the bitch up for 5-6 days as mismatings can still occur. The drawbacks of the pill are that it must be started on the first few days of the season as it will not be as effective if used later in the season. The length of time that a bitch will stay out of season is highly variable - it can be as short as three months and as long as 9-12 months. If it is a bitch that you may wish to breed from at a later date, the possibility of developing cystic ovaries and/or chronic long grade metritis as a side effect is not uncommon. Long-term use of these suppression hormones on non-breeding bitches has its own set of drawbacks including the expense particularly in the larger bitches. Undesirable side effects can develop where bitches may stay out of season for as long as two years, hormonal imbalances due to cystic or inactive ovaries, and the possibility of metritis or pyometra.

Personally, I think all bitches should eventually get desexed, particularly older bitches as soon as their reproductive career is finished. Older bitches, whether or not they have ever had a litter, are highly prone to develop mammary tumours and pyometra (severe uterine infection), from the age of 5-6 years onwards. Desexing removes the hormones that cause these conditions. A desexed bitch is very low maintenance. Next Issue we will discuss the Fertility Problems in the male.


Photo by S Emery 2011

Kasey is our first show dog and Champion. She is a multi Best of Breed winner and a Group 1st win under her belt at the age of 8 months. Sire : BIS / BISS Australian Grand Ch Keez Have U Heard Dam: Australian & New Zealand Ch Keeswey Highland Lady At Keez (imp NZ) * July 30 2011 – Pending ANKC approval

Owned & Shown By Kahnhond Keeshond David & Denise Wall david.wall@iinet.net.au

Bred by Keez Keeshonden Trevor & Cheri Rogers www.keezkeeshonden.net


THE KEESHOND CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONAL 2011 from a breeder/fancier's point of view By Donna Stekli A*starz Kees - USA

When I go to a National, I am excited to see the people and socialize. Usually, I am looking for a male to breed one of my bitches (either owned or co-owned) to, so I am looking at the class dogs and specials for the one who might have the assets I need for a particular girl; looking at siblings and related dogs too. (Since I only keep girls here, I always go out for the boys.) When I am able to sit ringside, I can admire a good show dog, a good moving dog and then the extremes of quality that can be seen at the National. This year, 2011 in Mason Ohio, I was looking for a male for one of my girls and also a male for a girl that I am co-breeding in the late summer. I was hard pressed to find one that would suit either of them. I found a couple of lovely bitches I would like to breed to, but that won’t work. I was disappointed, overall, in the quality of the boys. I saw several show dogs that caught my eye, but either they had a too serious a fault for me to use them and/or their pedigree would not combine well. That said, I can still appreciate these dogs for their showmanship, outgoing attitudes and handler presentation. Keeshond Showing

“I saw several show dogs that caught my eye, but either they had too serious a fault for me to use them and/or their pedigree would not combine well"

There are several items I will remark on from this year’s National, the first is color. Coat color was all over the map. The trends I have seen in the last seven or so years in our breed are that the undercoat color is getting more and more yellow and brown; way beyond cream. This is not just in the young kees, but in the mature kees as well. I see the same color stemming from the same few lines. I don’t know if the breeders are not seeing this or if they just don’t care or perhaps there are so many related dogs in a geographic area, that it isn’t apparent in a show area. But, it is apparent at a National where dogs from all over the country compete. Looking out into the ring, it is not hard to pick out the odd colored keeshonden and thus, the more proper colored kees. Dramatic markings were evident on a decent amount of dogs; however, in this day and age of great hair products for people, one isn’t sure if the color is true. Overall, in the rings at the National 2011, color was acceptable and in line with our Breed Standard.


“Some of our kees are getting 'clunky'; lumbering polar bears" Next are fronts. I could not find very many decent fronts. There are many that are A-framed, too narrow. I would expect this in a 6-9 puppy dog, but, unfortunately, it appeared in the older kees too. There were a handful of “bulldog” fronts. Some of the fronts were very straight in shoulder (more than just slight) and that was apparent from the movement of the dog. See next paragraph.

In line with this are rears. The ones that looked the oddest to me were those whose rears were over angulated when compared to fronts. To watch this movement, you will see the dogs either being strung up so they can’t overstep their fronts or side winding when trying to go down and back. This is visible on the video of the classes and Breed. Another point on movement is some of our kees are getting “clunky”; lumbering polar bears. They are heavy in front, somewhat “downhill dogs” (as my husband would say), so the pounding in the front is showing up in the movement. I would venture to guess some of these dogs are overweight and need some exercise... also, some of these kees are not built correctly for our Breed Standard, so cannot move as described in our Standard.

A good front

Movement. There were many dogs in the classes that were not moved without being strung up and very carefully gaited around the ring. While a kees should not move like a working dog, these kees were not able to show their true gait due to the handler keeping them so in check. I would have liked to see the judge ask that the dogs be moved on a loser lead so true movement could be seen. Some of the kees in the rings moved like lumbering polar bears, which, is also not correct for our Standard

Good gait

Toplines. The use of the ramp at most of our Nationals in recent years has allowed us to see toplines much better. Unfortunately, the toplines on some of the kees are slanting from rear to front, the wrong direction. If you can see a dog on the ramp and its hindquarters are higher than its front assembly, then that is a problem. Again, these are coming from a few pedigrees and you can almost pick them out at a National.


“There were some kees at this year's National that moved very sprightly, more upright and showy" Length of neck also plays into a nice topline. There were several dogs with necks set into their shoulders instead of a nice arching part of the silhouette. When you see a properly built kees on the ramp with a nice length of neck, that stunning silhouette, it is surely a sight worth noting! There were some kees at this year's National that moved very sprightly, more upright and showy. Since our Standard calls for slight to moderate angulation, I would expect more of this type of movement (upright and sprightly).

If the eye color was not proper, the lighter eyes added to the unattractive expression. Again, these faces are coming from a particular pedigree line and I hope the breeders can correct this in the years to come. Another point about faces is the tearing and staining under eyes. Our breed seems to be getting more of this each year. This can be seen in the ringside seats I took at the National. I hope this is not a severe hereditary problem cropping up in our breed, because, again, it is apparent in just a few lines and seems to be on the increase, due in part, to popular dogs being used for stud and breeders breeding more of the same. Some might say it is allergies, but even chronic allergies in a kees would show that something isn’t right with the dog’s environment, nutrition or breeding. It would be a movement in the positive direction if our kees breeders would weed out these tearing eyes and not breed them.

A good topline

Heads and expression. There were kees at the National that had very harsh faces. When I took a closer look by sitting at ringside and almost within arms reach of some of these faces, it was easy to see that the head color was so dark, without the proper light orbital eye area our Standard calls for. In many of these cases, the eyes were also round and somewhat protruding. Some had liver colored to dark pink eye rims and that coupled with the dark faces, made them look “staring”.

A balanced head


“Usually the ones who placed or did well under the judges this year were trimmed or tidied up to some degree, right or wrong" Ears and earsets. Again, a problem area in our Breed with some of the same dogs producing wide, large improper ears as described in our Standard. This can be seen at ringside easily. The ears should not be set at 10 and 2 regardless of the amount of topskull there. The ears should appear balanced to the head and ears should point “up” when at attention, more in line with an 11 and 1 clock. There was a nice representation of proper heads & earsets at this National. There were also an equal amount of improper heads and earsets. I won’t remark much on trimming because it is a sore issue in our Breed. I will say that I do not wish our Judge’s Education folks to harp on this topic to the point where our Breed is only judged on trimming or the secrets of how to detect it. There was a fair amount of trimming (trimming, tidying up, plucking or whatever is done to neaten up our breed) done on dogs shown at our National. Usually the ones who placed or did well under the judges this year, were trimmed or tidied up to some degree, right or wrong. Overall, I think our kees are in good shape as a Breed. The veteran classes impressed me. The young dog/bitch classes impressed me. I am hopeful, seeing a trend in the old and the new upstarts, that our breeders are doing things right.

Another factor in our breed to consider and be aware/wary of is temperaments. Too many of our younger dogs are not of companion temperaments. They are too high strung, too hyper. I have heard this time and time again from those looking for companion kees and those looking for show stock. They dont' want those "border collie" temperaments for our kees. And well they should be looking to avoid these "over the top" temperaments. Our kees should not be have like this as a rule. Exception... maybe, but not as a matter of general being. Please, breeders, pay close attention to the A title or caption about the photograph. temperaments you are seeing. So it goes, that I didn’t settle on a boy for either girl. I skipped one’s heat cycle and will rethink what to do by fall when she comes in again. There was a male there that caught my attention, so I am checking out his pedigree and background, not wanting to make a quick decision. The other girl, my co-owner and I decided on a suitable stud dog, who was not at the National, but is a proven producer of some of the traits we would like. I know some will take issue with what I have written, but it was the reality seen at this National and some of the past. I need to be able to find good males for my girls in the years to come. John Q Public needs to find suitable, home temperaments for companion kees. I hope you will be one of the breeders who produce such a male for me and for those looking for a good companion kees and pay attention well to our Breed Standard. If not, I hope you will be one who still produces nice kees with great attitudes that I can enjoy looking at from ringside! I was very happy to see another breeder/owner/handled kees win this year’s National! Congratulations to Jean Hargis and her boy! Congratulations to all the breeder or owner handler kees in the classes that were duly rewarded.

Good Silhouette

Donna Stekli A*starz Kees (since 1979) www.astarz.net Photos © Donna Stekli 2011


Take a ride on the wild side The Keeshond Club of America National  

Carolyn Schaldecker   - Roving Reporter Donna Stekli - Photographer Extraordinaire

 

   

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Was the theme for the 2011 KCA National Specialty events held May 16-21 at the Kings Island Resort & Conference Center in Mason, Ohio. The Buckeye Keeshond Club was the host for the 2011 KCA National events this year. The Buckeye Keeshond Club was the first club to “host” a KCA National Specialty in 1971. This club has a long-standing history of putting on some of the best National events held over the years and this year was no exception. Keeshond enthusiasts from all parts of the world were in attendance. The Kings Island Resort is located just outside Cincinnati, Ohio and has been host location to numerous other club’s national events. There were plenty of ground floor rooms available and space for several RVs. The resort is spread out over several rooming quadrants so some exhibitors had a walk to the ballroom areas where the show was going on, but never an impossible walk. The area had plenty to offer besides the show with wonderful restaurants and shopping malls nearby and the Kings Island Amusement Park right down the street. The week started off cool and rainy but by the week’s end gave way to beautiful sunny skies and lovely spring weather. To start off the National events May 14-16, KCA and the Weimeraner Club of America, who was also holding their National in the area held two allbreed Agility trials and then held their breed-only agility trials on Monday. This was a terrific idea and gave the Keeshond Agility exhibitors plenty of opportunity for some beautiful qualifying ribbons and trophies. The agility trials were held at the Queen City Dog Training Center in nearby Sharonville, Ohio, a quick ten minute drive away. The weather was cool and the Kees had a great time doing what they do best- having fun. The top winner for the KCA Agility trial was Beth Godwin and MACH2 Rainkees He’s Got Razzmatazz RN, TQX who was High in Trial Standard and High in Trial Jumpers w/Weaves. The rest of the week’s activities were all held at the Kings Island Resort & Conference Center. The Buckeye club had the main ballroom in the lower level nicely decorated and the room was surrounded with vendors and raffle tables galore. There were even a few vendors on the upper level. There was something for everyone who had money burning a hole in their pockets. The main level ballroom held the Obedience and Rally trials. The only downside to the events, if there had to be one, was the lack of seating space around the Obedience and Rally rings for exhibitors and spectators to watch. Monday and Wednesday evenings the BKC hosted an Obedience and Rally correction match. A welcome addition for those who needed to hone a few skills. They also held a practice with the ramp for those with new dogs or young puppies who needed the additional help before show time.

   

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Tuesday was the start of the Buckeye Keeshond Club’s in-conjunction Specialty events. (The host club for each KCA National is allowed to hold an in-conjunction specialty show.) Obedience and Rally began the morning’s events. There were many successes and many “learning opportunities”. High in Trial for the BKC Obedience trial was Lila Dann and Keesbrook’s Tourmaline Blues UD, RN, OA, OAJ.

Lila Dann and Keesbrook’s Tourmaline Blues UD, RN, OA, OAJ. 

High Combined in Open & Utility for the BKC Obedience Trial was Margaret Bissell and CH OTCH MACH2 Keepsake Giving Me Chills UDX4 OM5. Early afternoon brought the start of the conformation judging with Puppy Sweepstakes followed by Veteran Sweepstakes. Time to let the puppies and oldsters shine. This year’s Sweepstakes judge was Mr. George Wanamaker (Candray Kennels). Best in Puppy Sweepstakes was CH Windrift’s Southern Star owned by Sharon Shipek and Joanne Reed and Best of Opposite in Puppy Sweepstakes was Ashbrooks Mr. Chairman owned by Linda Moss. Best in Veteran Sweepstakes was CH Trumpet’s For Your Eyes Only owned by Beth Blankenship and Jane Turnage and Best of Opposite in Veteran Sweepstakes was CH Klassic’s Kon Artist owned by Kathi Fleischer. Wednesday was the balance of the Buckeye Keeshond Club Specialty show. Kelli Denton was the Best Junior Handler. Specialty winners were Winners Dog and Best of Winners - Jen'n Di's Lyrical Dreams For Jo-Lyn owned by Diane Wright, Reserve Winners Dog - Ikon Bugatti Impressum owned by Kathi Fleischer, Winners Bitch – Vandys URL LoJo owned by Carole Henry,

   

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Reserve Winners Bitch – Summerwind’s Who Cut The Cheese owned by Kristen Dowd, Jean Gauchat-Hargis and Joshua Hargis, Best of Breed - GCH Daimler's Caviar Dreams owned by Terry and Diane Benz, GCH Daimler's Caviar Dreams owned by Terry and Diane Benz

CH Windrift's Southern Star owned by Sharon Shipek and Joanne Reed.

 

and Best of Opposite Sex - CH Windrift's Southern Star owned by Sharon Shipek and Joanne Reed. Select Dog - GCH KJ's It's Nothing Purrsonal (Dowd), Select Bitch - CH Keeshee's Smoke 'N Mirrors RN Awards of Merit went to:GCH Sprookje Lunar Appelation (Sorice / Sorice), GCH Trumpet's Shoot To Thrill (Blankenship), GCH Darkenwald Cavalier of SouthCar (Hewitt / Lefebvre), GCH Klassic's Kon Artist (Fleischer), GCH Legend's Purple Reign (Cox / Johnson / White), GCH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant To Be (Stroud/Bosch/Smith), GCH Trumpet's Love For Sale (Blankenship), CH Copykees Cryo Victory v Vosdal (Treber), CH Raylen's Razzle Dazzle Rose (Dankert / Tousey), Vandy's URL LoJo (Henry).

   

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Each morning you could find dedicated BKC club members and friends setting out plenty of breakfast goodies in the hospitality room to draw in the bleary eyed exhibitors for a fresh cup of coffee, juice, pastries and more. There was always someone in the hospitality room ready to offer conversation or just a quiet place to sit and relax for a bit. Each evening the BKC club had a fun “free” social activity planned to get our minds off the serious side of the show and allow for some levity, relaxation, and good conversation. One night was a luau theme complete with the limbo for the brave or dexterous. Another night was grapes and hops night with some really fabulous wines shared from across the country and Canada as well as favorite beers. I think there were several of us ready to head to Canada for the Chocolate Raspberry wine that Alecia Novak brought. Yum! And, one night was pajama party night. No need for dressing up. Plenty of fun ways to remind us that a National Specialty is not just about the dog show but also about the people attending the show and sharing information, conversation, and friendship.

Traci Wasser, Sandra Lambright,  Jordan Barker  Luau Theme Night 

Donna Smith, Becky Denton,  Kelly Denton 

   

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Thursday was the continuation of the KCA National judging with Futurity and Maturity judging as well as the Top 20 evening event. Judge, Heather Myers (Cara Keeshonden) sorted through the puppies and young adults of the Futurity and Maturity classes with Best in Futurity going to CH Skyline's Unit Of Measure, owned by Kristen Cullen DVM and Susan Cullen and Best of Opposite in Futurity to Bonnyvale's Simply Amazing, owned by Darlene Bosch and Donna Smith. Best in Maturity was Bonnyvale's Paperback Writer By Wolfers For Trumpet, owned by Beth Blankenship and Best of Opposite in Maturity was CH Windrift's Money Talks, owned by Joanne Reed and Angie Kwok. Judging was finished late morning and the rest of the day was spent attending educational seminars, for those interested, or just relaxing. The seminars were plentiful from nutrition to first aid, to flyball and more. Thank you to the Keeshond Donor Circle Trust for being a sponsor every year to further our education. KCA took over the Top 20 Event this year (rather than the host clubs as done in the past) and will be establishing rules that and procedures for the event so there will be continuity from year to year for this event. This year’s Top 20 winner was GCH Skyline’s Walk Of Fame HOF owned by Kathi Fleischer.  

GCH Skyline’s Walk Of Fame HOF 

   

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Top Keeshond Event Top Keeshond Event Workers

Melinda Hughes, Jean Leiker, Dave Leiker, Kathy “Tootie” Barker, Jordan Barker 

  Friday was KCA Obedience and Rally in the morning with Lila Dann and Keesbrook’s Tourmaline Blues UD, RN, OA, OAJ winning both High in Trial and High Combined in Open and Utility. The regular dog classes and nonregular classes (veterans, brace, stud dog, brood bitch) were held in the main ballroom. It was a challenge for those showing in Obedience in the upper level ballroom who were also showing dogs in the main ballroom downstairs to make their classes. As the day went on some choices had to be made. Winners Dog was Daimler's Poetic Justice, owned by Terry and Diane Benz and Reserve Winners dog was Foxfair Rudy Valentino, owned by Debbie Lynch and Jeanne Buente.  

   

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The KCA annual general membership meeting was Friday evening. You could feel the end of the National was near, by Saturday morning. Some were starting to look more worn out than others, the dogs all seemed to know what to do when and were very familiar with the grooming table and brushes and the anticipation of who will be best of breed for 2011 was growing. The regular bitch classes and junior showmanship was judged in the morning with Winners Bitch going to KJ’s Black Eyed Pea, owned by Kristen Dowd and Reserve Winners Bitch was Foxfair Silent Screen Star, owned by Jeanne Buente and Debbie Lynch. Best Junior Handler again went to Kelli Denton. What a way to finish her years as a Junior. By afternoon the ringside seats were full and everyone was ready for Best of Breed. It always sends a chill up my spine to watch the specials enter the ring initially. To see a ring packed from edge to edge, corner to corner with some fabulous Keeshond specials and their handlers is just awesome. All ready to give it their all for the purple and gold rosette. The sense of excitement never let down as judge, Karen MacFarlane sorted through these many fine dogs, making cut after cut. Each cut getting more difficult as the quality ran high. . Finally the dogs had been sorted and the decision was made and Best of Breed went to GCH Summerwind’s Rumor Has It, owned by Jean Gauchat-Hargis and Joshua Hargis, Best of Winners was Winners Dog, Daimler’s Poetic Justice, and Best of Opposite was CH Raylen’s Razzle Dazzle Rose, owned by Elisabeth Dankert. 

GCH Summerwind’s Rumor Has It 

   

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CH Raylen’s Razzle Dazzle Rose 

Select Dog was GCH Baronwood Infinity And Beyond, owned by Kelli Denton and Donna Smith, Select Bitch was CH Keenorth All About U Haiti, owned by Elizabeth Fortino. The KCA Select Award recipients were: CH Wund-R Y’s Rock Star (VanSchyndel), GCH Klassic’s Kon Artist (Fleischer), GCH Sprookje Lunar Appelation (Sorice / Sorice), - GCH KJ’s It’s Nothing Purrsonal (Dowd), GCH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant To Be (Stroud/Stroud/Bosch/Smith), CH Windrift’s Money Talks (Reed / Kwok), GCH Daimler’s Caviar Dreams (Benz / Benz), CH Daimler’s Louis XIII de Remy Martin (Benz / Benz), CH Trumpets Ticket To Ride (Blankenship), and GCH Skyline’s Walk Of Fame (Fleischer). Congratulations to all the winners!!  

   

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Saturday evening was the KCA Awards banquet. The food was fabulous! Probably one of the best banquet meals ever. A historical slide show prepared by Donna Stekli of past KCA National winners was played as well as the KCA Hall of Fame slide show. It is always fun to see the dogs of our past and remember some of the greats in our history and cheer the new inductees. After a wonderful dinner, Debbie Lynch, KCA President and Master of Ceremonies got the evening progressing with the awards presentations. Jeanne Buente and Debbie Hodges, Co-Chairs for the 2011 National events spoke first to thank the many, many volunteers, club members, and friends who helped to make this National event a huge success. Some special awards were presented before the Annual awards. I was surprised with a special recognition for service to KCA and am still humbled by the award. Additional special recognition went to John and Joan Malak for Majikees Chocolate Mystic Mint NA NAJ NF NCT-s, first Keeshond in the history of the breed to earn a Herding title and Margaret Bissell for CH OTCH MACH2 Keepsake Moonlight Serenade UDX4, first Keeshond in the history of the breed to earn the CH OTCH MACH titles.

Bill Stroud & Pat Stroud 

 

Melinda Hughes,  Dave Leiker,   Jean Leiker 

 

   

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Judy Thompson,   Mark Loesser,  Debera Loesser 

Jennifer McClure,   Diane Wright 

 

Stacey Cromer Berman,   Gregg Berman (in back),   Cathy Sicard,   Lem Burnett (bottle),   Donna Stekli, Carolyn Donovan,  Betty Lyons (blue),   Fred Donovan (in back),   Carol Harrigan, Pat Harrigan 

 

   

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2010 Award recipients were: 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees in Agility: GCh MACH3 Shoreline's Tuff Act To Follow CDX RAE MXF HOF - owners: Tawn and John Sinclair 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees in Conformation: GCh Ashbrook Satin Slippers HOF - owners: Beth Blankenship and Linda Moss GCh Cinderlad Mama Mia HOF - owners: Deb Leonard, Sandra and Charlie Zimmerman GCh Skyline's Walk Of Fame HOF - owner: Kathi Fleischer Am/Can GCh Darkenwald Cavalier O'SouthCar CHOF HOF - owners: Lynne Hewitt and Suzette Lefebvre GCh Karolina Bonnyvale Meant To Be HOF - owners: Bill and Pat Stroud, Darlene Bosch, and Donna Smith GCh Legend's Purple Reign HOF - owners: Deanna Cox, Colton Johnson, and Margaret White GCh Shamrock's Captain Stormalong HOF - owners: Bill and Wanda Milwee GCh Sprookje Lunar Appellation HOF - owners: Sal and Melanie Sorice CH Summerwind's Sicilian Delight RN NAJ CGC HOF - owners: Jean Gauchat-Hargis and Joshua Hargis GCh Windrift's Dance To The Music HOF - owner: Joanne Reed 2010 Register of Merit (Dams): CH Bonnyvale's Simply Sinful ROM owner: Darlene Bosch and Pat Stroud CH Shoreline's Celebration CD RN ROM - owners: Eileen and James Parr and Tawn Sinclair 2010 Register of Merit (Sires): GCH Daimler's Caviar Dreams HOF ROM - owners: Terry and Diane Benz CH Kemonts Skyline's Game Boy HOF ROM - owner: Kristen Cullen DVM CH Wund-R-Y's All Around Town ROM - Kimberly Wallace 2010 Register of Merit Excellent (Sires): CH Windrift's Mutual Funds HOF ROMX - owner: Joanne Reed 2010 KCA Top Ranking Agility Keeshond: GCH MACH3 Shoreline's Tuff Act To Follow CDX RAE MXF - owners: Tawn and John Sinclair 2010 KCA Top Ranking Agility Keeshond That is Also A Champion of Record: GCH MACH3 Shoreline's Tuff Act To Follow CDX RAE MXF owners: Tawn and John Sinclair 2010 KCA Top Ranking Obedience Keeshond: CH OTCH MACH2 Keepsake Giving Me Chills UDX3 OM4 - owner: Margaret Bissell  

   

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2010 KCA Top Ranking Obedience Keeshond That is Also A Champion of Record: CH OTCH MACH2 Keepsake Giving Me Chills UDX3 OM4 owner: Margaret Bissell 2010 KCA Top Junior Handler: Kelli Denton 2010 KCA Top Keeshond: AM/CAN GCh Darkenwald Cavalier O'SouthCar CHOF HOF CGN - owners: Lynne Hewitt and Suzette Lefebvre 2010 KCA Top Keeshond Opposite Sex: GCh Ashbrook Satin Slippers HOF - owners: Beth Blankenship and Linda Moss 2010 KCA Top Show Dog: AM/CAN GCh Darkenwald Cavalier O'SouthCar CHOF HOF CGN - owners: Lynne Hewitt and Suzette Lefebvre 2010 KCA Top Show Bitch: GCh Skyline's Walk Of Fame HOF - owner: Kathi Fleischer And so we close another Keeshond Club of America National and start planning for the next one with wonderful memories and anticipation. Congratulations to all the winners this year! We hope to see you all again next year. The 2012 KCA National Events will be hosted by the Mt. Hood Keeshond Club and held in Oregon, May 29th – June 3rd.  

   

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Baby Puppy In Show 


The World Dog Show Paris July 7-10, 2011 By Isabelle Barthès-Courtet (France) The World Dog Show… Something like 30 000 dogs !.. What an exciting experience !.. Not for showing my dogs, I’m not really keen on shows, my boy is a bit old for such a travel now and my girl doesn’t like shows either. But !.. I decided to go to Paris, take a plane ticket and go to the World Dog Show for the keeshond day, on Saturday. First of all, the access : perfect ! Near the RER (for “Réseau Express Régional” – a train, really easy to go. And Dogs are allowed in RER)

I was also really happy to see than more and more breeders display the heath tests of their dogs !.. Not all of us, unfortunally. And no word about epilepsy… There are still thinking to change in the world of exhibitions and breeding to make the selection done not only on the outward appearance of the dog… Is it the general atmosphere that made me not “open” ?.. Many dogs moulting but with the warm temperatures of June we had, it could be ok. Many problems in movements. Many “brown” dogs !.. And even if some breeders told me that it because of the sun and the change of coat, I think it was not a good picture of our breed. Despite this, I had some favorites on this exhibition : I really liked to see the brother of my dog : Ursa Washington of Bloom White : they have the same character and the same look ! Dingo Von Der Larchehohe is also a lovely dog and my favourite is Jenko van Het Earlskamp : he is a real kees’s silhouette as I have in mind.

Then, the entrance : easy also. I bought my ticket before, on internet. So I didn't wait. Then, the welcome and…. Hum !.. Not quite a good impression in fact ! I could not buy the exhibition catalog because the organizers were not sure of having enough for exhibitors! Not easy to find Keeshonds in these conditions… I found the kennel club stand and ask them for the ring… Again, people are not very welcoming. I finally found the ring, by dint of wandering in the hall 'F' (by the way, I found charming socks "kees!") I look a little between the cages, met a few familiar faces and some people known just by their name: it was a nice moment!

By the way !…

But the show will begin at noon 1 / 2, so I continued to walk among the shops.

The show ends on a really good note for me !.. I met Nina Otosson : she is a wonderful lady that make intellectual toys for dogs ! I bought one for mine and they LOVE it !

I was even approached by a man with a husky with beautiful blue eyes ... who asked me for money?! I went to report it to security: it is a beggar that stole a dog and they were looking for. A little later, I learned that people let their dogs all day to the secretariat of the show? .. Really, I do not always understand the relationship of people and their pets ... Now let's go to the show ! And then.. Well…I didn’t really understand everything ! Judgements are really difficult to understand and order of class also.

Isabelle – your reporter from France !


World Show - Paris 2011 - Keeshond Results

Keeshond INTERMEDIATE Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31466 AISTRAUM SHINING TSAAR 31467 AISTRAUM SKEGGY SEAN

1er EXCELLENT 2e EXCELLENT

Keeshond OPEN Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31468 BARO VON HAUS RUBENS 31469 DICKENS OF BLOOM WHITE 31470 DOLCE VITA DYCK OF BLOOM WHITE 31471 GIORGIO VAN HET EARLSKAMP HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG 31472 SERENAUBACH 31473 MAGGIO CIONDOLO 31474 PRELUDE TU A KISS 31475 RICKEES HUGS AND KEEZES

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ABSENT TRES BON EXCELLENT 2e RCACS 4e EXCELLENT EXCELLENT 1er CACS 3e EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT

Keeshond CHAMPION Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija CURACAO HANNIBAL OF BLOOM WHITE 31477 DAIKO D'ARLANDE 31478 DINGO VON DER LARCHENHOHE 31476

31479 EERONDAALI IVALO 31480 HELIOS OF URILYS 31481 IKURIN STELLA POLARIS 31482 TRUMPET'S RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM

4e

EXCELLENT

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EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT 2e RCACIB EXCELLENT 3e EXCELLENT EXCELLENT 1er CACIB

HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG SERENAUBACH

Meilleur de Race

Keeshond YOUNG Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31483 AISTRAUM YURBIS FOR DADDY LINE 2e EXCELLENT ALMASNI ISTOCHNIK GORODSKOI 31484 3e EXCELLENT PIZON 31485 ARCTIC KEES COUNT ON DYSON ABSENT 31486 EERONDAALI LION 1er EXCELLENT 31487 JENKO VAN HET EARLSKAMP 4e EXCELLENT Keeshond PUPPY Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31488

FANTOM SCHWEPPES OF BLOOM WHITE

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TRES PROMETTEUR

Keeshond VETERAN Class MALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31489 URSA WASHINGTON OF BLOOM WHITE 1er EXCELLENT Keeshond INTERMEDIATE Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31490 AISTRAUM TSARINA 31491 MOONLIGHT SERENADE 31492 SCHAMAYRA'S ELODY EDWINE

1er EXCELLENT 3e TRES BON 2e EXCELLENT

Jenko


Keeshond OPEN Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31493 AISTRAUM NARCY SUNNY SMILE 31494 AISTRAUM ROVENA DANA DES SEIGNEURS DE LA 31495 VALLEE DE L'ISLE DICKENS SCHWEPPES OF BLOOM 31496 WHITE DYNAMITE DES LOUPS DU 31497 SEPTENTRION ELDORADO ANABEL OF BLOOM 31498 WHITE 31499 ESPECIALLY VAN HET EARLSKAMP 31500 FAITH VAN HET EARLSKAMP 31501 HELKEESEN SURFIN HONEY 31502 RAPSODIA IN BLU 31503 VELVET VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL

- EXCELLENT 3e EXCELLENT -

TRES BON

-

EXCELLENT

-

ABSENT

-

EXCELLENT

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EXCELLENT EXCELLENT 1er CACS - CACIB EXCELLENT 2e RCACS RCACIB 4e EXCELLENT - TRES BON

Keeshond CHAMPION Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31504 31505 31506 31507

AISTRAUM TUTSY ALBA DE POLYARI EERONDAALI INSPIRATION VANITY FAYRE OF BLOOM WHITE

1er 2e 3e -

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT ABSENT

Keeshond YOUNG Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31508 31509 31510 31511 31512 31513 31514 31515

ARCTIC KEES CLOSE TO HEART EERONDAALI KIRA ESWOOD ORLA FLEURE DES FORETS EPHEMERES HEVIAN GREYS ONLY YOU FOR AISTRAUM PROMENADE A COTE DES NUAGES PUSHISTIKOFF EVERLASTING LOVE YLVA VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL

2e -

ABSENT EXCELLENT TRES BON ABSENT

3e EXCELLENT 1er EXCELLENT 4e EXCELLENT - TRES BON

Meilleur Jeune

Keeshond PUPPY Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija 31516 AISTRAUM YANIKA-EBBA

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31517 ISKORKA LUBNI IZ MIRASKELA

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TRES PROMETTEUR TRES PROMETTEUR

Meilleur Puppy

Keeshond VETERAN Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. KLUCNIECE Vija LADY RICKLESS VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL 31519 PINA VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL 31518

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EXCELLENT

1er EXCELLENT A Sleeping Kees


French Championship Show Results

Keeshond INTERMEDIATE Class MALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7780

AISTRAUM SHINING TSAAR

1er

EXCELLENT

Keeshond OPEN Class MALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7781

BARO VON HAUS RUBENS

-

ABSENT

7782

DAIKO D'ARLANDE

3e

EXCELLENT

7783

DICKENS OF BLOOM WHITE

2e

EXCELLENT RCACS

7784

HELKEESEN REGAL SURFER AMONG SERENAUBACH

1er

EXCELLENT CACS

Keeshond CHAMPION Class MALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7785

DOLCE VITA DYCK OF BLOOM WHITE

2e

EXCELLENT

7786

EERONDAALI IVALO

1er

EXCELLENT

7787

HELIOS OF URILYS

4e

EXCELLENT

7788

IKURIN STELLA POLARIS

3e

EXCELLENT

Meilleur de Race

Keeshond YOUNG Class MALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7789

AISTRAUM YURBIS FOR DADDY LINE

1er

EXCELLENT

7790

ALMASNI ISTOCHNIK GORODSKOI PIZON

2e

EXCELLENT

Meilleur Jeune

Keeshond PUPPY Class MALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7791

FANTOM SCHWEPPES OF BLOOM WHITE

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TRES PROMETTEUR

Keeshond INTERMEDIATE Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7792

AISTRAUM TSARINA

1er

EXCELLENT RCACS

Keeshond OPEN Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7793

AISTRAUM NARCY SUNNY SMILE

7794

AISTRAUM ROVENA

-

7795

DANA DES SEIGNEURS DE LA VALLEE DE L'ISLE

-

EXCELLENT

7796

DICKENS SCHWEPPES OF BLOOM WHITE

3e

EXCELLENT

7797

ELDORADO ANABEL OF BLOOM WHITE

-

EXCELLENT

7798

HELKEESEN SURFIN HONEY

2e

EXCELLENT

7799

VELVET VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL

4e

EXCELLENT

1er

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT CACS

Keeshond CHAMPION Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7800

AISTRAUM TUTSY

1er

EXCELLENT

Keeshond YOUNG Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7801

ARCTIC KEES CLOSE TO HEART

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ABSENT

7802

FLEURE DES FORETS EPHEMERES

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ABSENT

7803

HEVIAN GREYS ONLY YOU FOR AISTRAUM

1er

EXCELLENT

7804

YLVA VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL

2e

TRES BON

Keeshond PUPPY Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7805

AISTRAUM YANIKA-EBBA

-

TRES PROMETTEUR

Meilleur Puppy

Keeshond VETERAN Class FEMALE Judge : Mrs. GALOFRE MORAGAS Alejandra 7806

PINA VOM ALTEN NIERSTAL

-

EXCELLENT

Meilleur Vétéran

Male Open Class


New Kid On The Block    

  By David Wall – Kahnhond Keeshond  

"Not the sort of person one would expect to be prancing around the ring with a dog"

"I was hooked on Keeshonds"

A little about me.    My  Wife  Denise  &  I  work  in  the  security  industry  in  Melbourne,  Victoria, Australia    I  started  my  working  life  as  a  mechanic  then  spent  half  of  my  working life  in  the  Navy &  the Army.  Not  the  sort  of  person  one  would  expect to be prancing around the ring  with  a  dog,  or  so  it  has  been  expressed  to  me  from  some  of  my  oldest friends.    Our  children  are  grown  up  &  almost  all  have  left  home,  so  our  dogs  are  our children.    In  1985,  I  bought  my  first  pedigree  dog,  a  Doberman  bitch  named  Shardobe  Aussie  Jedda,  with  the  intention  of  entering  into  Conformance  Showing.  However,  at  the age of 3  months, I  lost her to an  allergy to a spider bite.    My  second  attempt  was  10  yrs  later  with  a  Rottweiler  bitch  who  was  stolen  from my  back yard  at  the  age  of 13 weeks.    Fast  forward  to  2001,  when  I  was  offered  2  Keeshonds  as  pets,  Ch  Yarrumvale  Cleopatra  &  Yarrumvale  Chenin Blanc. I fell in love with these  two  girls,  and  that  was  it.  I  was  hooked on Keeshonds.   

 

Yarrumvale Chenin Blanc 

Aust Ch Yarrumvale Cleopatra 


In  2010  I  went  back  to  Val  Hughes  of  Mijke    Kennels,  (formally  Yarrumvale)  for  another  Keeshond.    Enter  Ch  Mijke  Mustang  Sally  (Grandaughter  of  Chenin). Sally was to be desexed & re‐homed, and  the  interest  in  showing  had  once  again  reared  its  head. So the decision was made that I would show  her  in  the  new  Neuter  Class  &  we  would  start  to  actively search for a puppy to show as well.    After  recommendations  and  what  seemed  like  a  trillion hours of research on the internet, as well as  visiting a few dog shows, we ended up at the Keez   Keeshonden Kennels of Trevor & Cheri Rogers.     We  loved  what  we  saw  and  were  very  impressed  with  both  the  dogs  we  saw  and  the  ethics  displayed by Trevor and Cheri, so we put our name  on  the  waiting  list  there  and  then  for  a  Keez  puppy.     Little  did  we  know  at  the  time,  that  the  baby  we  were  holding  on  that  day  would  turn  out  to  be  Keez  Que  Sera  Sera  (Kasey),  our  first  entire  show  dog.    Sally     I  entered  Sally  in  The  Keeshond  Club  of  Victoria  Specialty Show in 2010, My first show.     I  knew  what  to  do,  bait  the  dog  then  run  where  the judge says. Sally is an old hand at this, she will  just do it. A quick trial run, DISASTER  … Sally won't  even  walk  on  a  lead  for  me,  she  just  wants  mummy.  My  mind  spun  out  of  control,  should  I  pull out or make a fool of myself in front of some  of the top breeders in the country.     Well,  it's  not  like  I  have  never  made  a  fool  of  myself before, so if I have to, I will drag her around  ....  Everyone  was  watching  me  and  me  alone  I  thought.  My nerves were killing me until I entered  the ring where it become just me and Sally. 

She  went  well  heading  toward  Denise,  but  when  we  turned, ….I  was  worried  I  would  pull  her head off. She stacked perfectly, it was just a  pity  she  would  only  do  it  facing  Denise.  But,  stacked is stacked and I was happy with that.   The  second  show went  sooo much better,  and  look, I had a 2nd & 3rd place ribbon.    Well that was it, I was hooked, this was for me !    Sally is now being handled by Denise and in her  second  Championship  show  hit  the  top  with  a  Best Neuter In Show!                    L‐R David Wall, Lynda Churchward, Denise Wall,  Val Hughes, Aust Ch Mijke Mustang Sally     Kasey     From  this  point  on,  I  entered  every  show  I  could  attend  with  my  new  baby  puppy,  as  in  Victoria it was, and still is, all but impossible to  find a show with a Neuter class for Sally.     I  dedicated    every  moment  I  could  muster  watching,  questioning  and  learning  all  that  I  could, so my  little girl  could be  seen  by others  as I saw her.    Show # 1  with Kasey.  Time to  get  serious with  my  3  month  old  girl.  We  were  up  against  a  seasoned  campaigner  who  was  winning  Baby  Puppy in Breed.    


Out we went, and presto !! We had taken our first    blue ribbon. So what happens now, I asked. That’s  right, we do it again for group. No good in group,  but  who   cares,  I  was  off  to  tell  people  I  didn’t  know  about  my  great  feats,  and  how  perfect  my    little  girl  was.  Hey,  I  had  a  first  place  ribbon.  The  same thing the next day.     This  was  the  greatest  team  to  ever  hit  the  show  ring.  We  are  unstoppable.  A  few  shows  later  and  we  had  our  first  Baby  in  Group  win.  It  was  the  highlight of my life, or so I thought.                                                   Keez Que Sera Sera    Kasey  has  gone  on  and  gained  all  the  points  required  to  title  Champion  by  the  age  of  7  ½  months. Now to wait until she turns 1 year old to  do it officially, [Ed Note: 25 points must be gained after the age of 12 months to gain a Championship title in Australia]  She  is  all  but  1/5  of  the  way  to  the  title  of  Grand  Champion  as  I  write  this.  [Ed Note: 1000 points must be gained for a Grand Championship title in Australia]   

                     

Keez Que Sera Sera ©Biju Photography.com

  Hunter     After  a  mere  6  weeks  of  showing  Kasey,  I  received an email from Katrina Santas (Calivale  Keeshond),    stating  she  had  a  wonderful  little  boy I may be interested in. This left us in quite a  bother.  Yes,  we  wanted  a  Dog,  but  the  timing  was all wrong.     We  changed  our  minds  a  hundred  times,  then  came  the  photos  of  him  …….  “put  him  on  a  plane  and  send  him  down”,  we  had  to  have  him.  And  so  it  was  that  Calivale  True  Spirit  (Hunter) became our 3rd show dog.    A lot of  bad comments came out about Hunter.  Had  I picked wrong? I was confident  he would  be  a  star,  just  as  I  was  with  Kasey.  Were  my  glasses colored rose?     The  results  of  the  first  few  shows  should  be  a  sign,  maybe.  I  have  loved  and  studied  these  dogs  for  many  years,  maybe  without  knowing  what it was I was looking at, but I studied what  was  winning  and  tried  to  apply  that  to  what  I  had read.       


Well, into the ring we went for his first show. Baby  of  breed!  Then  Baby  in   Group!  Well,  I  was  once  again confident and I am sure it showed as I waved  the big Best Baby  In Show ribbon above my head  running  to  my  wife.  He  repeated  the  result  in  his  3rd  show.  I  was  right  for  once,  he  was  as  good  I  thought. 

Calivale True Spirit  The People.    As  I  expected,  I  have met  all  types.  With  the  fact  that we are out there to have fun with our dogs in  mind,  I  find  it  so  entertaining  when  those  who  think they should have won make such a fuss and  think up some of the best excuses known to man  as  to  why  they  didn’t.  I  find  it  to  be  a  little  like  a  class  war between  the  peasants and the wealthy.  Doing as well as we are at the moment, and being  there for the class in show on a regular basis.    I  have  found some of the big hitters have started  to come out and talk to me, but I must say, I much  prefer  to  be  with  the  little  Keeshond  clan  where  they expect me to say all the wrong things. I must  remember,  one  can  be  to  honest  and  straight  forward. 

Then there are those who know it all, along with  those  who  think  they  know  it  all,  I  am  neither  but trying to get there.     A statement just to cause a fuss. Someone who  has  shown  for  X  amount  of  years  has  experience,  but  experience  does  not  equal  Knowledge, Knowledge must be learned.    Now let us see whose pulse has risen after that,  or  even  those  who  are  thinking  “is  he  talking  about  me”.  Now  that’s  more  me,  I  have  a  big  spoon and I am not afraid to stir with it !    There is a valid  reason I make this  statement.  I  have  found  that  being  new  to  showing,  it  is  so  very hard to be taken seriously. I have no doubt  what so ever that I have much to learn, but, it is  only  new  to  showing,  not  to  the  breed.  It’s  a  long climb up the status tree.    The Money    Here in Australia the entry fees for a show range  from  $9.00  at  some  country  shows  to  $30  at  a  Royal  Show.  A  cheap  day  out  by  any  standard,  but it adds up fast with multiple dogs.    We learned early that it is better to buy the best  and  only  have  to  buy  it  once.  Right  from  the  start when Denise and I made the commitment  to  show,  regardless  of  price  we  decided  if  we  were to do this show thing, we would do it with  all we have.    We  set  about  finding  the  best  of  everything,  from our dogs, to the brushes we use on them.  We are lucky to have a modest income that has  allowed  us  to  go  out  from  the  start  and  buy  everything we need, and a lot we don’t, but we  are never short of anything to make our or the  dogs life relaxing and comfortable.     


Playing With the Big Boys      Class, Challenge, Reserve Challenge, BOB. Yep, I  read it all and its all easy. WRONG.    How many times have I done it. The excitement  of  winning  the  class  and  I  forget  about  the  challenge,  or  there  is  only  2  of  a  sex  and  they  call the reserve. Which one got reserve? I’ve got  my dog and I need my bitch, or I have put them  both away! Why is it so easy when I watch, yet  so  hard  when  I  am  doing  it?  Our  group  of  friends get a kick out of it. They helped me out  when I needed a hand and got a good laugh at  the  same  time  as  I  rushed  around  like  a  mad  man to get back to the ring.    The  down  side  of  having  successful  dogs  when  you are new to showing is everyone thinks you  are an old hand at it because of your success. I  got a little offended once and let my feelings be  known.  Now  this  official  could  have  been  knocked  down  with  a  feather  when  he  found  out we had only been showing for 4 months at  the  time.  He  thought  we had  been  doing  it  for  years.  Lesson  #  2317,  let  them  know  you  are  new and still getting on top of things.  Here  we  are  after  only  6  months  in  the  show  ring, with our lives totally dictated by whatever  the next show is, and loving it. 

With a Best Exhibit In Group, Runner Up To Best  Exhibit  In  Group,  13  X  Best  Of  Breed  &  8  X  Runner  up  Best  of  Breed,  Multiple  Class  In  Show,  Group  &  Breed,  showing  for  me  has  become a drug which I cannot get enough of.     Although,  I  must  admit,  I  sometimes  get  butterflies  in  my  stomach,  and  at  times  I  feel  physically ill going into the ring and not wanting  the bubble to burst on the fantastic run we have  had, regardless of the fact that at some stage it  will,  can  I  push  it  for  another  week,  then  another ……    As of July 2011, I will continue to handle Kasey  &  Hunter,  and  Denise  will  step  up  from  the  occasional  run  in  the  ring  with  Sally,  to  be  full  time  handler  for  Keez  Field  O  Dreams,  aka  Parker owned by Trevor & Cheri Rogers     By the time this goes to print, we will have done  the Central West Show  Circuit,  in the centre  of   New  South  Wales,  Australia  comprising  of  22  shows in 30 days, so look out for a rundown of  the events there.    David & Denise Wall    Kahnhond Keeshonds   

The  success  we  have  had  with  Sally,  Kasey  and  Hunter has made it so enjoyable, but I must say  the  socializing  and  the  company  as  well  as  the  teachings  of  those  select  few  keep  us  excited  about meeting up each weekend we show.     Namely  Shirley,  Sue,  Val,  and  last  but  by  no  means least, Cheri & Trevor, who have been our  mentors and a fantastic support team, teaching  me  to  understand  the  things  I  think  I  know  about the greatest breed of dog in the world.   

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