Clancy — the inspiration for Kees Of Dog’s Delight

10 Dec Clancy in the leaves - November 2013

Clancy holding flowersClancy has truly opened up my eyes to the potential that all dogs have that most humans aren’t aware of.  My main mission with my Kees Of Dog’s Delight blog is to encourage all dog owners to enrich their dog’s life, which in turn enriches the dog owner’s life through socialization and the benefits you gain from the strong bond you create with your dog.  Though I love all types of dogs, cats, and just all animals, Clancy has ignited a passion in me for the Keeshond, so from time to time you will see more Kees oriented posts, especially while the Keeshond community works on rescuing 60 + Keeshonden from one of the worst puppy mills in the U.S.  (Learn more at www.KeesRescue.com)

Clancy and I have met so many wonderful people together just by being out through our various activities.  Clancy brings so much joy to everyone that crosses his path and has many fans who would like to see more of him.  Since we do go to so many places and do so many things together (in various States, too!), there will be a new category of the blog dedicated to the Clancy fans!  (Look for the category “Clancy – My Keeshond” for just fun Clancy updates, pics and videos.)  NEW:  Clancy has his own Facebook Page!  Follow Clancy’s adventures, see him do tricks on #TrickTuesday and cute retro pics of Clancy on #ThrowbackThursday by “Liking” Clancy, the fluffy trick dog – Keeshond on Facebook!

So, here’s Clancy!  The UKC Altered Champion, Rally Obedience level 3, United Junior Jumper (1st UKC dock diving titled Keeshond), AKC Companion Dog Excellent, Rally Advanced Excellent, Dock Junior (1st AKC dock diving titled Keeshond), Advanced Canine Good Citizen, AKC Therapy Dog titled, Ultimate Air Dogs AND North American Diving Dogs Dock Junior titled, and the first CHAMPION Trick Dog titled Keeshond!  *More training for other titles are always in progress!

Be your dog’s best friend! ~ SSB  

Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

Clancy

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July

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Enjoying your summer?  Take your vacation yet?  I’m working on a blog post about taking a road trip with you dog and need a couple more days to decide which of the hundreds of pictures I have should be included with it.  For now, enjoy a few pics of Clancy celebrating 4th of July!

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Fluffy Dog, Clancy, acting out The Secret Life of Pets scene & C’mon back soon!

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Clancy and I tried to enter the “The Secret Life of Pets” live animal casting audition where you have your pet re-enact a scene from the movie trailer.  Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, our video submission wasn’t accepted.  It’s still pretty cute, so please check it out below and enjoy!

 

Also, please come back soon to hear about Clancy’s latest adventures, see great pics and most importantly, get ideas to enrich your dog’s lives.  :)

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The month of June was all about catching up on work and other things after our Colorado trip, but I plan on writing some substantive blog posts soon, so please check back in the near future!  

Be your dog’s best friend! ~ SSB

Where has May gone? To Colorado!

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IMAG3430It’s the last day of May, actually the last minutes of May, and I can’t stand to not have some sort of post in each calendar month.  Clancy and I have been on a road trip across 3/4 of the country to attend the Keeshond Club of America’s annual National in Colorado Springs, CO. This has taken up a good chunk of May, including the last couple of weekends prior to it, traveling to obedience and Rally obedience trials so we could have a chance to achieve a couple of titles at the KCA National.  As I write this, I’m in a hotel heading back home with one new title and with two beautiful and wonderful Keeshonden hogging up the bed…  Clancy and our roommate over nearly the last 2 weeks, “Mercy” (who’s mom is asleep in the other bed.)  IMAG3270

When I get some time after I get home, I will share pics of this wonderful trip with my dog.  If you ever get a chance to take a road trip to a pet-friendly destination like Colorado Springs with your dog, do it!!!  It’s a wonderful bonding experience and you get to meet so many wonderful dog lovers along the way.  We even got to stop to meet a Facebook friend in person along our travel route.  VIDEO0619_0000032769

I have many topics I can’t wait to blog about, so please check keep checking back periodically!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Clancy, the Fluffy Trick Dog!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Fancy Chief Clancy!!!  So hard to believe that he is already 5 years old!

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Clancy has already brought so much fun and joy to thousands…  (yes, thousands!) of people during the 5 years of his existence.  We, and I hope you, look forward to the adventures, fun and joy yet to come for the next 10+ years.

I’ve had the blessing of knowing Clancy since he was just 10 days old…  when I met his breeder for the first time.  I had the treasured opportunity of visiting him on almost a weekly basis as he grew up to be old enough to take home.

Please enjoy this brief photo album on Clancy’s Facebook page of Clancy growing up to be the wonderful, talented and handsome Keeshond that he is today by clicking on this link:   “Clancy Growing Up” photo album on his Facebook page

Clancy and I have a lot of things coming up that we have been training for.  We will be active on this blog again once things calm down.  We have some big trials coming up and are hoping to achieve new titles in Obedience and in Rally before the end of May.  In the meantime, please follow Clancy on his Facebook page to see regular updates including the fun pics/videos on #TrickTuesday and #ThrowbackThursday. 

Here’s a quick slideshow of how Clancy spent his birthday…  at a Keeshond club meeting, going swimming, going for a walk in the park by the lake, playing at the dog park, having special treats and dinner, opening presents and playing with some favorite toys.  Happy 5th birthday, ALCH RO3 UJJ Beasley’s Fancy Chief Clancy CDX RE CGCA DJ THD    <3

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Cute Fluffy Dog, Clancy’s Easter Egg Hunt

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Clancy the Keeshond’s newest dog trick video. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!  Enjoy this Fluffy Dog Tricks video of Clancy, the Keeshond, doing an Easter Egg Hunt!  Please feel free to share!  Don’t forget to “Like” Clancy’s Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/ClancyFluffyDogTricks

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Ready for some Football! Clancy hikes ball dog trick

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A new trick Clancy is working on for Super Bowl Sunday… Hike the Football! Cute video!

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and Clancy is ready for some football!  Here’s Clancy showing up those cute puppies in the Puppy Bowl with a new fluffy dog trick we’re working on…  “Hike the ball!”

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Clancy dog Football snow hike Clancy the Keeshond ready to hike the football on the last mound of snow from #Blizzard2016

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Ready for some Football! Clancy hikes ball dog trick – Move over Puppy Bowl!

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Dog hikes football! Clancy the Keeshond is ready for some football on Super Bowl Sunday! Fluffy Dog Tricks

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Clancy on Good Morning Washington performing tricks

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Here’s Clancy the Keeshond’s TV debut!

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Clancy, the Keeshond, doing some Fluffy Dog Tricks in his TV debut!

Please click on the link below to see Clancy’s segment on Good Morning Washington on WJLA ABC 7’s affiliate, News Channel 8.

http://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/watch-clancy-the-talented-service-dog

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Clancy to be on TV & Introducing www.FluffyDogTricks.com

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Two big announcements for you!  We are excited to announce that Clancy will be featured live in a segment on “Good Morning Washington” on News Channel 8 Washington, DC tomorrow (Jan. 28) at 9:15 am EST.  Also, we are excited to announce that Clancy has a new website featuring his dog trick videos:  www.FluffyDogTricks.com and Clancy now has his own Facebook page: Like Clancy on Facebook – Clancy, the fluffy trick dog – Keeshond

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Clancy, sporting a Washington Capitals winter hat, tries to help clear away nearly 2 feet of snow.

During the big dig out after the Blizzard of 2016 in the Washington, DC area, I recorded a quick video of Clancy’s newest dog trick, “snow plow”, which the folks at WJLA- ABC 7 News took a liking to.  They shared it on their news program and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wjlatv/videos/vb.60987623733/10153914886248734/?type=2&theater

We are now booked to do a 3 – 5 minute segment on “Good Morning Washington” to demonstrate his snow shovel trick live along with a few other tricks.  If you live in the DC area, set your DVR for News Channel 8 (WJLA 7 ABC news affiliate) for our 9:15 am segment on Thursday, Jan. 28.  If you don’t live in the area, look for us online!  Once the live segment airs, they will post to wjla.com within 1 to 3 business days.

We love our Kees of Dogs Delight blog fan base and will continue to publish the variety of videos/photos/articles/announcements here.  I recently created www.FluffyDogTricks.com for the ease of directing the numerous people that crosses Clancy’s path who would love to just see Clancy’s tricks.  As Keeshond lovers know, it isn’t easy to explain the breed name…  and it’s a lot easier for people to remember to look up Fluffy Dog Tricks instead.  So, there you will find Clancy’s dog trick videos in one place and we’ll also post tricks in progress so you can see, as smart as Clancy is, teaching a new trick usually doesn’t happen overnight.  (I do admit that it only took about 10 minutes to teach Clancy the “snow plow” trick seen below, but other tricks we’ve been working on for a long long time.)  I look forward to writing that blog post on dog tricks that I promised!

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Clancy the Keeshond … the snow shoveling dog!

In case you miss it, I’ll post the link to our segment on GMW next week.  :)  Hope everyone is enjoying the snow with their dog!

~ Be Your Dog’s Best Friend ~ S.S.B.

 

 

 

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A Toast to 2015 and to 2016! Clancy and I wish you Happy New Year!

31 Dec CLANCY 2016 NEW YEAR WISH

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun!  We hope that you had some fun this past year with your dog(s) and pledge to keep having fun with ’em next year, too!

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As you may already know from reading our blog throughout the year, Clancy and I had a fun and successful 2015, and look forward to the adventures that 2016 brings.

Keep being your dog’s best friend!  ~ SSB

And Please Remember…  a dog’s life is too short…  try to do something memorable with them this coming year.  Happy New Year!

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We hope that Santa Paws treated everyone well and all enjoyed the holidays!  All Our Best, Clancy and his “mom”, Stacie

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Share Your Best Friend, make someone’s day with Pet Therapy

30 Nov Dogs sense when people really need their companionship...  sometimes the best medicine is a warm fuzzy friendly animal to pet.

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Please consider volunteering even a little bit of time with your wonderful pet as a pet therapy team.

Therapy dog work is so rewarding and anyone with a social and well-behaved pet can become involved. There are a large variety of establishments that are in need of pet therapy to help calm nerves, help with a mental or physical disability, or to brighten up someone’s day. Many times, when Clancy and I do a therapy dog visit, we are not just brightening up someone’s day; we have been the one happy moment of that troubled person’s week, month, or sadly, the remainder of their life. It means so much to people to have their minds taken off of their troubles as your pet greets them, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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Clancy cheering up a patient at the hospital, giving her a mental break from her pain.

As much as people appreciate our visits, it’s just as rewarding to us. Watching people take joy in petting Clancy, the laughter his doggie kisses brings, and the applause he gets from delighting everyone with his trick performances, makes me and everyone who witnesses it feel good. Even those that don’t care for dogs, have to smile when Clancy waves at them or does another cute dog trick, like playing the “piano”. If you have a Keeshond, then you know that even just the mere sight of your fluff ball triggers smiles and gasps of awe.

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Clancy showing off his basketball trick to long-term patients in a hospital.

Clancy and I volunteer with a local pet therapy program and have visited nursing homes, dementia care facilities, Hospices, elementary schools, colleges, hospitals, public libraries and more. Lonely elders are reminded of good times with their own pets which triggers them to have conversations with others long after you leave.

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Clancy giving some love at a nursing home.

It’s especially special to get a reaction from someone that has been trapped in their own mental state, not acknowledging the outside world. Clancy did just that with an elderly lady at a special adult care live-in facility. As Clancy performed his tricks for her, she pointed at him and started muttering with a smile on her face. A nearby caretaker exclaimed that she had not heard this lady make a sound in the weeks that she had been there. We were all thrilled when she began clapping as Clancy showed off more of his tricks.

Here is a video of one of the favorite tricks that Clancy does at the medical facilities we visit:  Clancy’s “Achoo” Trick …

However, your pet doesn’t have to know tricks to help those in need. Any well-behaved, trustworthy, social, sweet, and well-groomed pet that has been conditioned to a variety of distractions will make a good therapy animal. If your dog is able to pass the (AKC) Canine Good Citizen test, your dog would likely be able to pass the temperament screening test that most therapy dog organizations require.

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“Dr. Clancy” dressed up as a doctor for Halloween, visiting a patient in the hospital.

Keeshonden are especially well-suited for therapy work, for they have naturally sweet temperaments and are great family dogs. They have a natural affinity for people and especially children. They are such a happy and social breed that has more tolerance than most for children’s antics and do not seem to mind hugs. Good thing, too, for of course the Keeshond has a huggable factor off the charts… people just can’t resist wrapping their arms around them and burying their head in all that fluff. Kees are also very trainable, making it easy to teach them manners, obedience and tricks. It does take some time from the owner to do the training, but it’s worth it.

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Mr. Clancy is ready to start today’s lesson at school.

From when he was a young puppy and continuing through the present, I brought Clancy everywhere to socialize him with all types of people and to get used to all kinds of environments. We took classes, then enforced manners and practiced obedience in a variety of places such as pet-friendly stores, on sidewalks of store fronts, near playgrounds of screaming children, dog parks (which was the most challenging for us) and unfamiliar places. With some training and patience, you can also train older dogs to be good therapy dogs. Even a couple of keeshonden rescued from puppy mills, who had a very different start to life than Clancy, were socialized and trained and have recently passed their therapy dog screenings (one of them being Reggie, who was one of the lucky ones that was rescued from Marjorie’s Kennel and went on to become a Trick Dog Champion just like Clancy).

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Kallie (left) and Reggie (right) recently became therapy dogs after being rehabilitated after being rescued from a puppy mill.

I didn’t know at the time I got a puppy that I would one day be involved in therapy dog work. Clancy brought me so much joy every day and any time we were out in public, he was a natural with the attention he drew. I couldn’t keep Clancy just to myself when we could use the power of his cuteness, personality and intelligence to make a difference in people’s lives. Clancy took the therapy dog temperament test when he was a little over 2 years old and had completed over 50 different therapy visits to earn his AKC Therapy Dog title shortly before his 4th birthday.

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Clancy spreading the importance of therapy dog work at an elementary school on Career Day.

Clancy and I have so many heart-warming memories of visits that I know made a real difference in that person’s life, already too many to share on a blog post. Many of those visits occurred in Hospice and in the ICU at the hospital. To make someone in those situations smile, to entertain them with something that likely they never have seen before (such as a dog playing the bongos, basketball, or getting a drink out of a cooler), are priceless moments. I even had someone in Hospice profusely thank me because they felt they have now seen everything after seeing Clancy’s performance.

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Clancy happily listening to a child read during The Paws to Read therapy dog program at a local library.

Dog tricks do add to the special memory of having been visited by a therapy dog. A few useful ones for any type of therapy visit is to train your dog “Paws up”, so they may get closer to those that are bed-ridden, “kisses” to get a giggle out of the real animal lovers, “head down” to have your dog lay their head down on people’s laps, and “wave” for those that want to only admire your dog from a distance.  If your dog is up for a full out private performance, everyone gets a kick out of uncommon or more complicated tricks. In an upcoming blog post, I will cover dog tricks more in depth. Just be mindful of wearing out your dog and keeping them a safe distance from the spectators when the dog is in motion so to not even risk a scratch. I have Clancy put his paws up on my arm rather than on the patient or on their bed when we’re trying to get him closer to those that have limited mobility. Though you should be covered by the therapy dog organization’s insurance, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, know your dog and if you sense that he/she needs a break or indicating any change in behavior, politely end the visit.

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Clancy lending his fuzzy ears to children brushing up on their reading skills.

Therapy pets are high in demand and more volunteers are needed to step up with their capable pets, even if it’s just an hour a month. Pet therapy benefits those in hospitals, therapy, nursing homes, educational programs in schools, children’s reading programs, colleges during stressful exam time, even courtrooms. There are many local pet therapy organizations out there to get you and your pet started in therapy work. Each has their own set of requirements, so check out and compare a few to see what you think will work out best for your situation. To find one, just do a web search for pet therapy organizations in your state.   Want to learn more about what therapy dog work is, how it benefits others, and typical requirements or other things to expect? This website has a lot of useful information, www.TherapyDogInfo.net , but always be sure to check with your local therapy dog organizations for specifics.

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Dogs sense when people really need their companionship… sometimes the best medicine is a warm fuzzy friendly animal to pet.

Share your best friend with others that might need him/her. It will make everyone’s day better, especially if you could find the time during the holiday season when it’s even lonelier for the lonely. Thank you to all those that already volunteer.❤

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Clancy helped college kids take a mental break from exams at University of Maryland. There’s all kinds of needs for pet therapy volunteers. Now get out there with your pet and make the world a better place!

Thank you and thank dogs

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Today is a day to take at least a moment to reflect upon what you are thankful for, amid the turkey, family and football.  Clancy and I would like to thank you for coming to our site!  Maybe you’re interested in ideas to enrich your dog’s life, or want to learn more about a specific dog topic, love keeshonden or are a Clancy fan.  I am just thankful that you have an interest in understanding that dogs are much more than “just an animal.”  I am so thankful to have met so many passionate dog people near and far, both physically and virtually.  I am thankful for the support of my dog training friends, am thankful for my local dog breed club, for the therapy dog organization Clancy and I volunteer with, for living in a place where I can do all the things that I do with my dog, for my husband who understands and supports what I do, my family, friends and all my pets, my pet services clients and of course I am thankful to have Clancy in my life…  a dog that is so good, sweet, silly, intelligent, social, loving, fun, entertaining, awesome, adorable, patient, understanding, attentive, _insert hundreds of more positive adjectives here_ and is truly my heart and soul dog…  I love him so deeply and am thankful for every moment I get to spend with him.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Keep being your dog’s best friend. ~ SSB

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P.S.  I am also grateful for your patience as I keep getting delayed in writing the blog posts that I keep saying are coming.  By the end of the holiday weekend, I should have my therapy dog post up. 🙂

P.P.S.  Another thing I am grateful for is that Clancy and I achieved our CDX obedience title this past weekend!

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Stacie and Clancy achieve the Companion Dog Excellent title by earning 3 qualifying scores in Obedience Open.

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Clancy wishes everyone a Happy and safe HOWLoween!!!

31 Oct Trick FOR A Treat!  Clancy will gladly exchange doing a trick for a treat!

Here’s a couple of fun Halloween-oriented pics which offer a preview of the theme of our next couple of blog posts.

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Paging “Dr. Clancy”… Potty break is over, time to get back to work cheering up patients!

Trick FOR A Treat! Clancy will gladly exchange doing a trick for a treat!

Trick FOR A Treat! Clancy will gladly exchange doing a trick for a treat!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!  Remember to keep the chocolate out of reach of the pets.

Be your dog’s best friend!  ~ SSB

Clancy’s Busy Dog Days of Summer – Winery, Tricks, NYC & more!

30 Sep Clancy in the Big Apple!  Clancy traveled to New York City for the day.

From the winery to “taking the plunge” in the Chesapeake Bay to being at the library listening to children read books to dock diving to obedience trials to visiting New York City to visiting patients at the hospital  to winning a dog trick contest to spending time with beloved family from near and far, Clancy the Keeshond (and I) have had a very busy past couple of months.  Check out some “snapshots” of Clancy’s summer below!  Then, please remember to check back in a couple of weeks when we share our experiences and encouragement of doing therapy dog work in a new blog post!

Clancy through the grape vine! Clancy enjoyed the K9s in the Vines wine tasting animal rescue fundraiser event this summer.

Clancy through the grape vine! Clancy enjoyed the K9s in the Vines wine tasting animal rescue fundraiser event this late summer.

“Bang-Bang!” Clancy won the Dog Trick contest at the K9s in the Vines dog fundraiser event, followed by fellow trick dog friends Aria and Amelia.

Clancy in his therapy dog role at the library. He provided a friendly, furry and non-judgmental ear to children helping them with their reading skills.

Clancy in his therapy dog role at the library. He provided a friendly, furry and non-judgmental ear to children helping them with their reading skills.

Clancy in the Big Apple! Clancy traveled to New York City for the day.

Clancy in the Big Apple! Clancy traveled to New York City for the day.

We tried for our second leg of our CDX Obedience title, but NQ'd due to a failure to drop on recall. (We try again this coming weekend!)

Last month, we tried for our second leg of our CDX Obedience title, but NQ’d (didn’t qualify) due to a failure to drop on recall. That’s okay, we try again this coming weekend and hope to achieve our title the following weekend!

Who do you think was the fluffiest dog in the Chesapeake Bay doing the SPCA

Who do you think was the fluffiest dog in the Chesapeake Bay doing the SPCA “Puppy Plunge” fundraiser event held in August?

Clancy created many smiles with his trick performances during his therapy dog visits and at a child's birthday party over the late summer.

Clancy created many smiles with his trick performances during therapy dog visits and also recently at a child’s birthday party .

In August, Clancy qualified for more legs towards his next dock diving title!

In August, Clancy qualified for more legs towards his next dock diving title!

We look forward to sharing many of these experiences more in detail in future blog posts to hopefully encourage others to seek out and do more activities with their dog.  Coming soon:  A new blog post to share our experiences and encouragement of doing therapy dog work!  We’re also working on a new blog post on dog tricks!  

Be your dog’s best friend! ~ SSB

Happy National Dog Day

26 Aug
Clancy, the Keeshond, wishes his fellow doggie friends a Happy National Dog Day!

Clancy, the Keeshond, wishes his fellow doggie friends a Happy National Dog Day!

From Clancy and family, to you and your fur-baby family…  HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY!

Did anyone do something a little extra special for their furry best friend today?

Clancy’s wish is for all the dog lovers out there to please help give his neglected Keeshond friends in a Harpursville, New York puppy mill, a chance to celebrate next year’s National Dog Day with a loving family by taking a moment to sign the petition at www.KeesRescue.com  

We thank you kindly!

“Be your dog’s best friend”… SSB

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Dog Days of Summer FUN and Tips for Your Keeshond or Other Cold-Weather Breeds

1 Aug Clancy keeping cool by being wet, laying in a ventilated beach tent with a portable fan.
Clancy is looking forward to cooling off in the lake.

Clancy is looking forward to cooling off in the lake.

Okay, it’s hot for us 98 degree F blooded humans this time of year…  now imagine being a 101 degree F blooded canine and having a fur coat…  and if you’re a Keeshond, having a double fur coat on!

For many dogs, including the Kees, it’s not a favorite time of year (nor mine…  I much prefer the cold over the heat.)  Clancy hardly even wants to go outside to do his business…  Funny how many times he barks to go out when it’s below 60 degrees outside and how little he seems to need to relieve himself when it’s above 85 degrees out.

A dog shouldn’t be cooped up inside all summer long though…  (and they certainly shouldn’t live their lives outdoors either!)  There are some things you can do to make life more enjoyable for your furry friend during these dog days of summer and have a little fun together.

Clancy is always first in the water.

Clancy is always first in the water.

Clancy entices a Keesie friend to jump in to cool off, too!

Clancy entices a Keesie friend to jump in to cool off, too!

  • Fill a baby pool up in the backyard and go splashing around with your pup.  C’mon, make-believe that you’re 5 years old again and sit in the center of the pool…  pat the water and encourage your dog to hop in.  If they’re hesitant or don’t seem to like water, start off with an empty pool and let them get used to it.  Make it a game to hop in and out of the empty pool.  Eventually add just a little bit of water and gradually work your way to a full pool.  Make up fun games such as bobbing for hot dog pieces.  Be sure to empty it when you’re through and not leave a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Don’t have a baby pool?  How about just laying out a tarp and have a running hose on it for your dog to roll around or a soaked towel just to stand on?  Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet so it feels good for them to stand in/on something cool.  I know Clancy is hot when he digs in the water dish splashing water all around…  then he just stands in it.

    Clancy in a dock diving competition.

    Clancy in a dock diving competition.

  • Our fun summer dog sport is dock diving (many of you know this already)!  As I mentioned in a previous post on dock diving (I hope to add a second post about the topic in the near future), practically ANY dog can learn how to participate.
    Clancy loves jumping off docks for fun!  Try it yourself at the amazing 24 acre Orion Oaks Dog Park in Lake Orion, Michigan, which offers a large dock with ramps into a lake for the dogs.

    Clancy loves jumping off docks for fun! Try it yourself at the amazing 24 acre Orion Oaks Dog Park in Lake Orion, Michigan, which offers a large dock with ramps into a lake for the dogs.

    There’s even a new offering of various water sports games for your dog.

    One of Clancy's first swims at 9 weeks old

    One of Clancy’s first swims at 9 weeks old

    Many dock diving facilities offer lessons and it’s a great way to have summer fun with your dog.

    6 month old Clancy retrieving a stick

    6 month old Clancy retrieving a stick

    If there is a dock diving competition happening near you, they usually allow you to give it a try during their practice hours.  Usually mornings and Sundays have less competitors trying to practice, so you may end up getting extra pool time. Of course all you really need is a body of water and a dock.

  • Look for fun dog water activities in your area or just enjoy a game of fetch at a dog friendly pool or the beach.
    Clancy cooling off with other dogs at a pet fundraiser.

    Clancy cooling off with other dogs at a pet fundraiser.

    There are often fun dog events and fundraisers that non-profit organizations or clubs put on throughout the summer.  For example, Clancy looks forward to the SPCA Puppy Plunge each August, a fun and wet dog fundraiser event at a local YMCA summer camp on the river.   Below is a video of Clancy enjoying the event last year where we helped to raise over $200 in pledges for that local SPCA. 

Search online for events in your area or check with your local humane society. 675 There are also often “end of summer dog pool days” or “dog waterpark days”

Doggie pool party!

Doggie pool party!

at many local community pools and waterparks on their final days before closing for the season.

Clancy enjoying the dog days of summer in style.

Clancy enjoying the dog days of summer in style.

Be sure to rinse out the chlorine or river water off of your dog when you’re finished.

Little puppy Clancy keeping cool at his first hockey game.

Little puppy Clancy keeping cool at his first hockey game.

  • Take your dog to a summer ice hockey game at the local ice rink (if allowed.)  Often there are recreational late night games and many ice rinks don’t mind you bringing your well-behaved dog in with you to watch the game.  Dogs will likely enjoy climbing the mountains of snow the Zamboni dumps behind the building, too.
    Young Clancy trying to be like his goalie

    Young Clancy trying to be like his goalie “dad”.

    Clancy became the “unofficial mascot” for my husband’s hockey team since he never missed a chance tagging along to the cool confines of the ice rink.

  • Take field trips to air conditioned places…  dogs love to go anywhere with you, so just load them up and take them to a pet supplies store or a family member’s home just because…
  • Physically and mentally exercise your dog inside in the air conditioning.  Teach your dog a new trick or build on manners and obedience skills by requiring them to wait longer to be released, etc.  Use interactive toys, a treat dispensing toy, puzzle toys, drag toys on a rope or use a laser to get them moving.  Buy a dog treadmill.  You can sometimes find a deal on Craigslist.  Clancy walks on his treadmill indoors in the AC and with a fan blowing on him.  He definitely prefers this over taking walks in the 90+ degree summer heat.  Watch the video below of Clancy and his treadmill tips.

Some Summer Common-sense:

I likely don’t have to tell you these known facts because you probably already know, but just in case: IMG_3800_1

  • Be sure to bring plenty of cool water for your dog when you are spending time outside in hot weather and offer it to your dog often.
  • Be aware of the pavement temperatures…  if it is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot on your dog’s feet, too! dogs-hot-asphalt-chart Walk them early in the morning, choose the shady side of the street, walk them in the grass, carry them over hot asphalt if possible or have them wear doggie booties if they will be walking on hot pavement.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a car, even with the windows open.  Try sitting in a car on a summer day with the windows just cracked and see how long you last before you can’t take it anymore…  it’s literally just seconds. IMG_5114
  • Provide shade with a canopy, umbrella, or something that your dog can use to get out of the sun when you’re at a picnic or other event.  Dogs can get sunburnt too, not to mention how much hotter it is to be in the sun versus the shade.
  • Bring a couple of powerful battery operated fans to blow on your dog.

    Clancy keeping cool by being wet, laying in a ventilated beach tent with a portable fan.

    Clancy keeping cool by being wet, laying in a ventilated beach tent with a portable fan and his water.

  • You may want to try cooling mats/beds and or cooling jackets.  I personally haven’t had success with these on my Keeshond, but they may be good for other dogs.
  • Know the signs of heat stress.

    Clancy, like all Kees, have a beautiful double coat.  When it's hot, should you shave a Keeshond?  No. No. No.  Use the tips in this blog post to make your dog comfortable.

    Clancy, like all Kees, have a beautiful double coat. When it’s hot, should you shave a Keeshond? No. No. No. Use the tips in this blog post to make your dog comfortable.

  • Keep your dog properly groomed, especially if it is a double-coated breed, such as the Keeshond.  Line-brushing your Kees to ensure the fur is combed through all the way to the skin will allow air to circulate keeping your Kees comfortable.  Please see my comments below about shaving Keeshonden.

Finally, I know this may be a controversial subject for some, but as much as you think you are doing a favor by shaving them, please do not shave your double-coated breed, particularly the Keeshond.

During the summer, the 2nd most common question I’m asked when I’m out with Clancy (first most common is always “What kind of dog IS that?!”) is “aren’t you going to shave him?”  Well, I’m sure the inquirer is expecting a yes or no answer, most likely a yes answer.  However, I feel I have to accompany an explanation with my answer of “no”.

Clancy prefers the air conditioning vent over his bed during the summer...  the cat is happy about that!

Clancy prefers the air conditioning vent over his bed during the summer… the cat is happy about that!

I explain how the double coat insulates him from the cold AND the heat, how fair their skin is and how easily they would get sun-burnt and their coat would not grow back the same way it’s meant to be.   Just brush your Kees a little more regularly during the hot months to encourage air flow and your Kees will be fine, especially with the tips I listed above.

This has always been Clancy's favorite way to cool down.  What's your dog's fave way to beat the heat?

This has always been Clancy’s favorite way to cool down. What’s your dog’s fave way to beat the heat?

Please feel free to share your own suggestions on having fun with your dog when it’s hot and enjoy the rest of summer with your pup!

“Be your dog’s best friend!” ~ SSB

Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day! Friday, June 26, 2015!

26 Jun

Clancy helping me at work

In honor of today being “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”, I am reposting my blog from last year on the topic.  Though my office building will no longer allow dogs to come in (my company does, but the big office building we’re in doesn’t), I did get to “bring my dog to work” yesterday during my dog walking appointment for my pet services business.  I do have a picture of my dog with me though and I encourage all dog owners to remember to ask next year if they could participate in National Bring Your Dog to Work Day!  If not, at least bring a picture of your furbaby to work to show off.  Just looking at a picture and talking about your dog offers many therapeutic results.  Enjoy!

Bring Your Dog to Work Day! Friday, June 20th.

Happy Father’s Day to Doggie Dads and all the Great Fathers out there!

21 Jun Clancy's father, "Kyler" on right, with 6 week old Clancy puppy on right

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!  May you be a dad of a human or a dad of a furbaby, we hope you know we appreciate the work and love you put into raising and continuing to care for them.  Clancy and I thought we would share a few pictures of Clancy’s dad on this Father’s Day.  Hugs to you, Kyler!  Thank you for passing on your fun, goofy and sweet temperament to Clancy and of course your good looks, too!

Clancy's father, "Kyler" on right, with 6 week old Clancy puppy on right

Clancy’s father, “Kyler” on left, with 6 week old Clancy puppy on right

Clancy ended up looking a lot like his dad, "Kyler", which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Clancy ended up looking a lot like his dad, “Kyler” (pictured here), which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Please remember when you’re thinking about adding a puppy to your family, that you make sure you find out who the father is, where he’s at, see if you could visit or at least see a picture of him, get a copy of his pedigree and copies of his health certifications.  Please read the advice I shared recently on what to ask breeders if you are looking for a pure-bred puppy here.

"Kyler" laying down

“Kyler” laying down

7 week old puppy, Clancy

7 week old puppy, Clancy

Clancy!

Clancy all grown up!

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A Cute Dog Trick from a Hockey Fan

15 Jun Clancy hiding head

As Clancy and I watch Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (we’re big hockey fans), here’s a quick, funny and cute dog trick video poking fun at the Tampa Bay Lightning fans.  This is another fluffy dog tricks video dedicated to bringing attention to rescuing the Keeshonden in Marjorie’s Puppy Mill in Harpursville, New York.  Please learn more at www.KeesRescue.com.  For each milestone met on the #FreeTheKees petition, we post another dog trick video!

P.S.  Our favorite teams aren’t involved…  but we do respect the Bolts and the Chicago Blackhawks!

Clancy hiding head

Clancy pond hockey

P.P.S.  The Keeshond Karnival and Symposium was a lot fun!  We will share more about it soon.  Despite it being quite warm, Clancy did well in his dog trick show performance.  He performed this trick from this video, too.  :)

A Clancy Dog Tricks Stage Performance – TOMORROW is the Keeshond Symposium

12 Jun Clancy wins 1st place at the 2014 Maryland DogFest talent show...  that's two years in a row!
Here he is holding a gift bag with his 1st Place certificate next to two of his famous trick props.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium hosted by the Keeshond Club of Delaware Valley and as our last dog trick video leading up to it, I’m going to share one of Clancy and I’s first stage acts at a dog talent show from last year.

We hope to share even more tricks that Clancy has learned since this performance tomorrow around 1pm (it will be a challenge with how hot it is going to be) and please look for more trick videos in the near future.  Clancy still has many more tricks up his furry sleeve!  I have to count up how many milestones we have hit on the www.KeesRescue.com petition to make sure I have posted that amount of dog tricks.  I still have a couple of other stage acts I need to publish (still having technical difficulties and need more time.)

We hope to see many of you tomorrow at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ!  As a reminder, bring your own picnic lunch!  I hear there is water on site and baby pools will be available for your Keesies to cool off in.  The event is approximately from 10 am – 3pm and the order of events should be as follows:

  • Smelly Dog Treat Hunt
  • Agility Demo and Walkthrough
  • Best Dutchman’s Trousers
  • Best Dutchmen’s Grin
  • Longest Tail
  • Musical Squares
  • Lunch
  • Trick Show (starring Fancy Clancy!)
  • Raffle
  • Name that Body Part
  • Recall Competition
  • Fastest Eater in the Park
  • Presenting Your Keeshond to the Public
  • Grooming
Clancy wins 1st place at the 2014 Maryland DogFest talent show...  that's two years in a row! Here he is holding a gift bag with his 1st Place certificate next to two of his famous trick props.

Clancy wins 1st place at the 2014 Maryland DogFest talent show… he also won it in 2013 and for the third strait time in 2015!
Here he is holding a gift bag with his 1st Place certificate next to two of his famous trick props.

Sorry for the late post!  Been a busy day with work and family stuff!

Fluffy Dog Walks The Doggie! Clancy’s Dog Trick Video of the Day

11 Jun Clancy taking a child's toy dog for a walk!

Yesterday you saw the video of Clancy going to get his leash and harness so he could go for a walk, today you get to see him “take a doggie for a walk”.  These dog trick videos are dedicated to helping to bring attention to #FreeTheKees, telling New York to strengthen and enforce their puppy mill laws so that over 50 Keeshonden being neglected at Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, NY will have a chance to be rescued like the 51 of them that already have been who are now living a quality life in the hands of caring people.  Clancy’s “Dog Trick of the Day” has also been to promote the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium that will be held this Saturday!  Enjoy!

There’s not many things cuter than a Keeshond walking a toy dog!  Come see him do it in person this Saturday!

Clancy taking a child's toy dog for a walk!

Clancy taking a child’s toy dog for a walk!

Dog Trick of the Day – Clancy Wants To Go For a Walk (and remember others can’t)

10 Jun Clancy leash

We’re only a few days away from the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium at the Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey and today’s Dog Trick video of the Day is Clancy doing a useful trick in order to just go out and do a common dog thing.   Please watch his video below.

Thought of the day:  Please remember how the Keeshonden and other dogs stuck in puppy mills like Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, New York never have the chance to take a walk (as well as never getting the chance of being petted and loved, not getting vet care, proper nutrition, etc. etc.).  Learn how you can help #FreeTheKees at www.KeesRescue.com Do NOT support puppy mills…  ALWAYS find out where your puppy/dog is coming from and make sure their parents are being well cared for (and health tested, conform to breed standards, etc.) or rescue.  Here is good advice to help you make sure you are not inadvertently supporting a puppy mill (which is likely the case if you buy from a pet store or the Internet) –  Finding a Good Dog Breeder

P.S.  Sorry that the video isn’t the best quality, I’m still suffering technical difficulties and am resorting to using my cell phone to record new videos.

Clancy leash

Clancy does do normal dog activities like going for a walk too! He just gets his own leash and harness for you!

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Maybe Child-Proof, but Not Keeshond-Proof! Dog Opens Locked Child Gate Trick

9 Jun Clancy opens child gate

I am posting a new trick video each day of the week leading up to the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium this Saturday.  Friday was “Keyboard Clancy”, Saturday was “Clancy delivers beer from cooler and recycles” , Sunday was “Clancy basketball” , and Monday was “Clancy honks horn” .  I have a new dog trick video that I’ve been trying to post for the last couple of hours, but unfortunately I’m experiencing technical difficulties with the Internet and YouTube.  :(   I will try again tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have to improvise with today’s trick video, so please enjoy a unique trick Clancy taught himself very quickly…  opening up a locked child gate!

Hope to see many of you on Saturday!

Clancy opens child gate

Clancy Honks Horn to #FreeTheKees! 1/4 million Signatures Delivered, but Need More Help

8 Jun One of the lucky Kees that was rescued from Marjorie's Kennel in 2013 stands on the mountain of binders that contain 222,000+ signatures and tens of thousands of comments on the Free The Kees petition.

Clancy the Keeshond honks his horn to get your attention to keep writing/calling New York State officials to keep the momentum going to rescue the 60+ remaining Keeshonden and other dogs being neglected at Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, NY.  Last Tuesday, a group of dedicated Keeshond lovers and several of the Keeshonden that were lucky to be rescued in 2013 from Marjorie’s puppy mill, traveled to Albany, NY.  They delivered nearly a quarter million signatures on the petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo to enforce Charlemagne’s Law and to look for answers into why Marjorie’s Kennel is still allowed to be in operation.  See a brief report on the local news here and keep updated on events through the Free The Kees Facebook page.

One of the lucky Kees that was rescued from Marjorie's Kennel in 2013 stands on the mountain of binders that contain 222,000+ signatures and tens of thousands of comments on the Free The Kees petition.

One of the lucky Kees that was rescued from Marjorie’s Kennel in 2013 stands on the mountain of binders that contain 222,000+ signatures and tens of thousands of comments on the Free The Kees petition.

Survivors of Marjorie's Puppy Mill still dealing with a variety of health problems

Survivors of Marjorie’s Puppy Mill still dealing with a variety of health problems

Rehabilitated Survivors of Marjorie's Kennel outside of New York's Capital Building helping to deliver the petition

Rehabilitated Survivors of Marjorie’s Kennel outside of New York’s Capital Building helping to deliver the petition

Food and Agriculture representative accepting delivery of the 222,000+ signatures on the Free The Kees petition

Food and Agriculture representative accepting delivery of the 222,000+ signatures on the Free The Kees petition

A lucky one of the 101 that was rescued and rehabilitated asking for help to free his relatives out of Marjorie's Kennel

A lucky one of the 101 that was rescued and rehabilitated asking for help to free his relatives out of Marjorie’s Kennel

See more pictures, read about this important visit, and sign and share the petition here:  Free The Kees change.org petition and Albany visit summary

We still need people to keep the pressure on to show New York that we are not going away, so please keep sharing the Free The Kees petition and sign it if you haven’t already.

By overcoming the lackluster laws on puppy mills and at least forcing state officials to pay attention to Marjorie’s Kennel, which is on the list of 100 worst puppy mills in the United States again (page 29), it will be a huge step for all dog lovers to make progress in relinquishing the pain and suffering that all dogs in puppy mills are enduring.

When you have some time to spare, please do one or more of the following to move the effort along (the following is from the Free The Kees Rescue Site) :

Call Assemblyman Bill McGee, of Ag and Markets Committee. He is preventing the animal cruelty laws from being placed in the NY state penal code section so that law enforcement officers will be required to know what those laws are. Please call 315-361-4125 to ask Assemblyman McGee to allow those laws to be placed into the penal section of the NY laws. UPDATE:  It was brought to my attention that there’s an alternate number for Assemblyman McGee… 518-455-4807.  Law enforcement officers need training in animal cruelty laws, which they are not currently getting.

Fax, email, or mail a letter to Governer Cuomo:

Governor Cuomo’s Contact Information:
Fax: 518.474.1513
Email: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
Mail: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor, State of New York
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

We feel that fax is the best method because it is the most direct.

 A basic sample letter:

 To: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York

From: [Name and contact info]

 Please enforce Charlemagne’s Law and Free the Keeshonds from Marjorie’s Kennel in New York.

 Sincerely,
[Your full name]

 Feel free to include any images from the Free The Kees website.

 You may also contact the Attorney General:

Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224-0341

Website

The body that conducts inspections and determines if the kennel is compliant:

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS

DIVISION OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY

10B AIRLINE DRIVE, ALBANY, NY 12235.

On behalf of the 60+ neglected dogs left behind at Marjorie’s Kennel that are continuing being bred for profit, we thank you profusely for any help or attention you bring to the cause.  Keep in mind, that Marjorie had close to 200 Keeshonden in her “kennel” originally.  She sold many of them, presumably to auction to be part of other puppy mills, put down many of them due to their exceedingly poor condition, and then had promised to turn over the remaining 101 Keeshonden to rescue.  She turned over 50 to Keeshond Rescue in late 2013 and decided to keep the last 51 to continue her business of breeding them for profit.  Learn about the story here.

A snapshot of some of the urine stained, matted, unsocialized Keeshonden at Marjorie's Kennel

A snapshot of some of the urine stained, matted, unsocialized Keeshonden at Marjorie’s Kennel

Here are links to a couple of videos showcasing the mission of what’s been accomplished and what still needs to be accomplished:

Free the Kees rescue of 50 Keeshonden in December 2013 – PLEASE NOTE, DONATIONS SHOULD NOW BE MADE TO 

Free the Kees
1801 Willis Avenue
Perry, IA 50220

This fund is a 501(c) Non Profit.
PayPal is: freethekeesfund@gmail.com

More donation details:  http://www.keesrescue.com/#!donate/ctzx

More before and after of rescued Kees from Marjorie’s Kennel:

P.S.  Hope you enjoyed Clancy’s trick of the day video (honk the horn) to also bring attention to the Keeshond Symposium coming up this Saturday!

Clancy holding paws with Christian, a lucky

Clancy (on right) holding paws with Christian (on left), a lucky “NY 101” rescue from Marjorie’s Kennel #FreeTheKees

Fluffy Dog Basketball Dog Trick – 6 days til Keeshond fun!

7 Jun 016

One of Clancy’s most favorite tricks is playing basketball.  This one always gets a great reaction on our therapy dog visits and stage acts.

Come watch him play basketball yourself at the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium on Saturday, June 13!  Get the details here:  KCDV Keeshond Karnival and Educational Symposium 

Each day leading up to the event, visit our blog to see one of Clancy’s tricks!  (P.S.  Yes, I reposted this dog trick video that was created over a year ago.  The day got away from me!  However, it’s always fun to watch Clancy playing basketball!  Look for a new dog trick video tomorrow!)

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It’s Saturday night! Let Clancy bring you a beer! 1 week til the Keesie fun!

6 Jun Clancy beer cooler video

The Fluffy Dog Beer delivery service now serves from coolers!  Let Clancy bring you a beer and properly discard of your empties on this Saturday night!  We’re celebrating that we have a Triple Crown winning horse (Congrats American Pharoah!) for the first time in 37 years and we’re just one week away from the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium.  (See my prior post for details.)  As promised, I will post a video of Clancy doing a fun dog trick each day leading up to his trick show at the Kees event on Saturday, June 13th.  Each of these videos are also dedicated to the effort to bring attention to the 60 or so remaining Keeshonden that are being neglected at Marjorie’s Kennel, one of the worst puppy mills in the United States.  Please learn more and how you can help at www.KeesRescue.com.  Come back tomorrow for another dog trick video!

Bonus video (was posted a while ago, but fun to share again here since a dog getting a beer for you never gets old!)

 

Clancy beer cooler video

Keeshond Karnival and Symposium (and Clancy trick show!) on Saturday, June 13

5 Jun Clancy talent win

Love Keeshonden?  Interested in a Keeshond?  Want to know what a Keeshond is?  Want to have some fun with your Keeshond among dozens of other Keeshonden?  Come on out to the Keeshond Karnival and Symposium on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 am – 3 pm and join in the Keeshond games!

Clancy holding paws with Christian, a lucky

Clancy holding paws with Christian, a lucky “NY 101” rescue from Marjorie’s Kennel #FreeTheKees

This annual event is sponsored by the Keeshond Club of Delaware Valley and they need your support to make it a success to keep it going in the future!  There will be fun events and contests that range from Best Dutchman’s Grin to Smelly Dog Treat Hunts to Recall Competitions to Best Dutchman’s Trousers and more!  Learn about agility, proper grooming and pointers on presenting your Kees to the public through educational demonstrations.  Be entertained by a fun dog trick show starring you know who…  the first Keeshond Champion Trick Dog, Fancy Chief Clancy!  We’ll even demonstrate how to teach your dog a trick or two!  Clancy talent win

The event is conveniently located off of Interstate 95 at the historical Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey, on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey…  where George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776.  The Greene Grove has been reserved for this event.  See the map in the pdf link below.

Bring your family, friends, Keeshonden, a picnic lunch and meet lots of other Keeshond lovers, breeders, Kees and even get a high five from Clancy!  Admission is $5 and free for Keeshond Club of Delaware Valley members.  Click on this link to the pdf for more details!   KCDVSymposiumJune2015   Please share this to all Kees lovers everywhere!

Leading up to the big day, each day here on the Kees Of Dog’s Delight blog I will post a quick video of Clancy doing a trick that you’ll get to see in person if you come to the event!  (Unfortunately, I’m still having technical difficulties and can’t make any fancy trick videos right now…  I owe everyone quite a few of them for all the milestones we’ve met in the #FreeTheKees petition on www.KeesRescue.com site!)  Here’s the first one!

#FreeTheKees, Keeshond Symposium, Dog Tricks, More Titles, etc.

3 Jun

So much exciting news to share!  Yesterday was a milestone in the Keeshond community’s effort to shut down a horrible puppy mill in New York and

Many passionate supporters of the #FreeTheKees movement met in Albany on June 2nd to deliver nearly a quarter million signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition

Many passionate supporters of the #FreeTheKees movement met in Albany , NY on June 2nd to deliver nearly a quarter million signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition (photo courtesy of Jan Volkmer)

next weekend there will be a fun and educational Keeshond event on the East Coast for anyone who has a Kees or is interested in a Kees — click here for more information:  Keeshond Symposium June 13, 2015, Clancy will be performing a dog trick show there!

Clancy holding his new titles of THD & CGCA

Clancy holding his new titles of THD & CGCA

Since the last time I blogged, Clancy has many more dog tricks up his furry sleeves, we’ve achieved our first leg of our CDX obedience title and our 4th leg of our RAE Rally title.  More importantly, Clancy passed the Advanced Canine Good Citizen test and has earned his CGCA (Community Canine) title and recently accomplished over 50 therapy dog visits which earned him his AKC Therapy Dog (THD) title.   Clancy also became the first Keeshond to compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs “Chase It” swimming races and holds the Keeshond fastest swimmer brag.  

There’s probably more things that I’m forgetting, but I’ve been handicapped with my laptop being broken that has all my pictures, videos and software on it.  It’s also the busy season for both jobs that I work, so I apologize that it’s been the longest gap in between blog posts ever for me.  :(   2015 is half over and I still have the winter theme up on my blog!  Ahhh!

Well, I will do what I can when I can here…  I have trick videos I want to add here (just need to get my laptop up and running again), stories about the #FreeTheKees Keeshond Rescue effort, and what I really have intended to do with my blog from the beginning, writing articles about the experiences I have with my dog, Clancy, to encourage others to make efforts to further enrich the lives of their own dogs.

Clancy meeting new doggie friends while at a volunteer event

Clancy meeting new doggie friends while at a volunteer event

Thank you for your patience and continued support to Free the Keeshonden out of Marjorie’s Kennel.  I have more to share about that soon.  In the meantime, please check out this little bit of press coverage about Monday’s efforts and please comment on the story:  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Dog-owners-protest-Broome-County-kennel-in-Albany-305933841.html

Learn more at www.KeesRescue.com and use hashtag #FreeTheKees  in Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks!

#FreeTheKees Petition Building Momentum! and Clancy’s Trick Videos

19 Mar A NY 101 Kees, "Reggie", playing basketball.

10402049_780771558609578_8032165475966283418_nWowzers!  We are suddenly closing in on 150,000 signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition at www.KeesRescue.com and my Keeshond, Clancy, and I are thrilled that the cause so near and dear to our heart is finally getting the attention it deserves!

Originally, I said I would post a video of Clancy doing a dog trick for every 5000 signatures on the petition telling New York Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Agriculture to enforce their own puppy mill laws.  Specifically to enforce Charlemagne’s Law, which Marjorie’s Kennel, a puppy mill of Keeshonden and a couple of other northern breeds in Harpursville, NY, is clearly violating.  I recently had to change it to every milestone met on the petition because I couldn’t keep up with all of the wonderful people that believe Marjorie’s dogs should have a better life than just being breeding machines while trying to survive outside in the New York sub-zero winter temperatures.

So here’s a new short video demonstrating many of the dog tricks and things that Clancy can do.  It’s a compilation of many parts of trick videos we’ve already produced (with a new “play and stay dead”).  I’m submitting demo videos to animal talent agents so I thought I would share them to help begin fulfilling my promise of Clancy’s tricks for petition signatures.  This is demo video #1.

Clancy and I have a lot of work to do.  It might take some time since I still have to earn a living, but we will be happy to be in debt to you all for HUNDREDS of trick videos as long as everyone keeps the pressure on New York and Marjorie to #FreeTheKees.  Let all those dogs become the wonderful pets they were meant to be.  Learn more at www.KeesRescue.com.  Like the Free The Kees Facebook page to learn of other ways to help, too!

A NY 101 Kees, "Reggie", playing basketball.

A New York 101 Kees, “Reggie”, playing basketball.

Clancy and I would like to give a big WOOF out to Mary Lynch and “Reggie”.  “Reggie” is one of the Keeshonden rescued from Marjorie’s Puppy Mill and has already become an Expert Trick Dog (and Mary is working with him to become the next Keeshond Trick Dog Champion). 

Congrats, Mary and “Reggie”…  and to all the wonderful people that have rehabilitated the dogs that have been rescued from Marjorie’s Puppy Mill so far! 

This just proves that every dog is capable of so much.  One of the many reasons why we need to just put a stop to puppy mills.

So, while I work on recording new material, here’s a video from Clancy’s last Obedience trial that we were in just last weekend (hey, these are considered dog tricks!  Especially the one Clancy created in the show ring here.)

Oh, the Keesie sense of humor.  ….  ‘Til next time, remember, you are your dog’s world.  Be his best friend! ~ SSB

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Focusing on Dog Obedience

8 Mar

Hi all …

I just have so much I still want to blog about and want to share more of Clancy’s talents, but I’ve been focusing on Dog Obedience as of late.  We’re going to try for our first leg of our CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title next weekend (for the second time) at a trial in York, PA, so much of our free time has been spent preparing for it.  Here is a video of Clancy and I’s last attempt almost two months ago:

After we achieve this, we will refocus on dog tricks.  Of course, dog obedience will be a topic of a future blog post as well, since it’s a great way to enhance you and your dog’s life!  Wish us luck and touch base with you soon!

Baby Cries when Fluffy Dog Fake Dies – Funny and Cute quick video

28 Feb

A young spectator at Clancy’s dog trick show at a children’s birthday party takes his “playing dead” trick too seriously.

Enjoy this quick, cute and funny video as we work on more of Clancy’s trick videos to be posted soon.  (I’ve learned my lesson on promising time frames, so let’s just say “soon.”)

Remember to please keep spreading the word to #FreeTheKees being neglected in Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, NY.  Visit http://www.KeesRescue.com for more information.  Thank you!

Keeshond Steals Checkbook, Gets Beer, and Goes Shopping!

2 Feb

Ta da!  Finally, here is Clancy the Keeshond’s new fun and unique dog trick video where he “SneaKEEily Steals my Checkbook, Gets a Beer, Recycles and Goes Shopping!”  (I added in an extra trick as a bonus for the delay.)  Clancy takes matters into his own paws when he finds out that I’m not getting him any more new toys after he tears out the stuffing of one of his toys.

This long awaited dog tricks video that you voted for in a recent poll, hopefully is worth the wait in celebrating over 15,000 signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition to convince Governor Cuomo of New York to enforce New York State’s own puppy mill laws (specifically Charlemagne’s Law) to shut down Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, NY where 50+ Keeshonden are neglected and suffering outside in the dangerous cold winter right now.  Learn more at www.KeesRescue.com and keep spreading the word to #FreeTheKees.

Clancy and I will be creating new dog trick videos to celebrate the 20,000 and 25,000 signatures milestone within the next few weeks, so visit again soon!

Please accept our apologies for the long delay in getting this “Pickpocket and Go Shopping” Dog Trick Video out.  Between accepting a promotion at my “day job”, working on my start-up pet services business, doing things with Clancy (we’re training and competing for our CDX title now!), family and other personal matters, it has left little time to work on this passion of mine…  dog tricks and encouraging others to enrich their dog’s lives.  Things should be quieter in February, so look out soon for “Clancy’s Dramatic Death Scene” video next followed by “The One-Fluffy Dog Band” dog trick video!

Dogs are capable of so much more than we give them credit for…  work with your dog and you will be amazed!  Will post more over the next couple of months on how to work with your dog to teach them fun and cool stuff!

~ Your dog is your best friend.  Be your dog’s best friend. ~ SSB

Clancy going shopping with cashier Petra, the Vizla

Clancy going shopping with cashier Petra, the Vizla

Shopping, Dramatic Death Scene and One-Dog Band videos starring Clancy!

30 Jan

With over 26,000 signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition to alert New York Governor Cuomo to enforce the state’s very own puppy mill laws which Marjorie’s Kennel is in violation of, Clancy and I are in debt to all of you wonderful people promoting the petition and signing it.

Clancy going shopping --  a scene from the trick video we're working on!

Clancy going shopping — a scene from the trick video we’re working on that will be live on YouTube on Sunday!

I have all the footage for the “Clancy steals checkbook and goes shopping” video loaded, now I just need the time to put it together, which I finally should be able to do on Sunday.  (January has been such a crazy month…  unexpected things came up and I haven’t had any time to dedicate to this passion of promoting the #FreeTheKees movement and dog tricks.)

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Clancy has a very dramatic “play dead” death scene that he can’t wait to share with everyone to celebrate 20,000 signatures on the http://www.KeesRescue.com petition!

Clancy and I now owe 3 trick videos to celebrate the 15,000 and 20,000 and 25,000 signature benchmarks. I promise that they will be done by the end of February!

Please keep up the good work in spreading the word as 50+ Keeshonden are suffering in the freezing cold with little human interaction as they live outside in Harpursville, NY at Marjorie’s Kennel.  Learn more about the cause at http://www.KeesRescue.com.  February should be a busy month for this Kees Of Dog’s Delight blog, so keep checking back here!  Thank you for your patience!  – SSB & “Clancy”

Clancy won "The Best Trick" at the World of Pets Expo in Baltimore, MD last weekend!  He will share this "One-Dog Band" trick with everyone to celebrate 25,000 signatures on the www.KeesRescue.com petition!

Clancy won “The Best Trick” at the World of Pets Expo in Baltimore, MD last weekend! He will share this “One-Dog Band” trick with everyone to celebrate 25,000 signatures on the http://www.KeesRescue.com petition!

HapKee New Year !!! and P.S.

31 Dec Here's a toast to all that love their dog!  Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in 2015, Clancy and I want to thank all of our followers and those that stop by because they are interested in enhancing their life with their own dog, or love Keeshonden or are a fan of Clancy’s.

Here's a toast to all that love their dog!  Happy New Year!

Here’s a toast to all that love their dog! Happy New Year!

2014 has been a busy busy year for us…  It’s been fun, educational, and productive despite some of the limitations a nagging neck injury from a car accident a few years ago still imposes upon me.

Clancy’s achievements we celebrated in 2014, beginning with the most recent accomplishments include:

  • First leg of his Rally Advance Excellent title – American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • United Kennel Club (UKC) Rally Obedience 3 (RO3) title
  • Breaking his own dock diving record for Keeshonden with a 13 foot 2 inches jump
  • Becoming the AKC (and North America Diving Dogs) first dock diving titled Keeshond -Dock Junior jumper (DJ) title
  • AKC Companion Dog (CD) obedience title
  • AKC Rally Excellent (RE) title
  • Trick Dog Champion (TDCH) title (Do More With Your Dog!)
  • 1st Place in Maryland DogFest Dog Talent Contest
  • Trick Shows at numerous nursing homes, schools, and community events
  • Featured in the Maryland Gazette for our trick videos to bring awareness to the neglected Keeshonden in Marjorie’s Kennel (New York Puppy Mill)  (FOR EVERY 5OOO SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION AT WWW.KEESRESCUE.COM we will create and post a unique and fun dog trick video on YouTube.)
  • Had a blast being with so many Keeshonden at the Keeshond Club of America National Specialty in Asheville, NC
  • Earning numerous First Place ribbons in the competitions we’ve been in
  • Creating THOUSANDS of smiles all year long with the dozens of Therapy Dog visits we do and just being out and about together

We look forward to what 2015 will bring and hope to keep motivating dog owners to bring out the best in their furry companions.  Dogs are capable of so much more than we give them credit for.  It’s up to you to encourage them and show them their potential!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

P.S.  I am so sorry about the delay in posting Clancy’s trick videos.  I have recently accepted a full-time promotion at my “day job” that does offer me the flexibility to grow FUNanimal Pet Services, however those combined with my continued devotion to doing things with Clancy, has not allowed me the time to complete the videos or contribute much to my blog as of late.  Clancy and I owe TWO awesome trick videos now as the petition to Free The Kees in New York has reached over 25,000 signatures!  With the holiday season coming to an end, I hope to get out the much anticipated “Clancy Steals Checkbook and Goes Shopping” video out on YouTube within the next week.  After that video gets out, Clancy will perform another unique fun trick routine!  (You will find a hint of what’s to come in the picture above.😉 )  Keep spreading the word to tell the state of New York to enforce their own Puppy Mill laws to close down Marjorie’s Kennel in Harpursville, New York where 60+ neglected Keeshonden and a few other Spitz breeds are trying to survive the brutal New York winter outside…  learn more and sign the petition at www.KeesRescue.com.

Merry KeesMas!

Merry KeesMas!

Coming soon… Really! In the meantime…

22 Oct
My new trick video is still in production!  Not much longer now...

My new trick video is still in production! Not much longer now…

My apologies to everyone waiting on Clancy’s newest trick video!  It really is coming soon…

I haven’t had any spare time lately, but I have not forgotten my promise of a new unique dog trick routine video for every 5000 signatures received on the http://www.KeesRescue.com petition to #FreeTheKees.

At a Capital Keeshond Club meeting, here's Clancy enjoying spending time with "Christian", one of the lucky Kees rescued from Marjorie's Kennel (Puppy Mill)

At a Capital Keeshond Club meeting, here’s Clancy enjoying spending time with “Christian”, one of the lucky Kees rescued from Marjorie’s Kennel (Puppy Mill)

At the time of this writing, we’re at about 17K signatures…  please keep sharing and encouraging others to sign.  It’s getting cold in New York…  let’s save the remaining Keeshonden from Marjorie’s Kennel before we have more cases of frost bite and heat lamp burns.

Clancy and I achieved our UKC Rally Obedience 3 title last weekend!  With some great scores of 97, 95 and 97, too!

Clancy and I achieved our UKC Rally Obedience 3 title last weekend! With some great scores of 97, 95 and 97, too! Pictured with Judge Robert Wolfe.

Clancy and I have been busy doing so many things!

Clancy has been bringing smiles to hospitals, nursing homes & more with his therapy dog work...  he has completed over 40 therapy dog visits and will soon earn his AKC Therapy Dog title!

Clancy has been bringing smiles to hospitals, nursing homes & more with his therapy dog work… he has completed over 40 therapy dog visits and will soon earn his AKC Therapy Dog title!

Now I just need to fulfill the purpose of my Kees Of Dog’s Delight blog and write about it so we may inspire others to go out there and do things with their dog!  So please keep checking back in, we have so much to share!  For a preview, you can get an idea how busy Clancy has been over the last several weeks in these photos.

Clancy received his AKC Dock Diving title (1st titled dock diving Keeshond!)  Last year Clancy received his UKC Dock Diving title.

Clancy received his AKC Dock Diving title (1st titled dock diving Keeshond!) Last year Clancy received his UKC Dock Diving title.

(We’ll also be in a dock diving competition this weekend!)

In the meantime, enjoy some teaser pictures of Clancy’s “steal checkbook and go shopping video”.  As an extra bonus for everyone’s patience, we are actually adding much more to this fun trick skit!

Clancy competed in AKC Obedience Novice B at the Capital Keeshond Club Specialty on Oct. 12 and earned his highest score yet, 185 1/2 (Clancy has much more fun in the other dog sports, so he's better at those than competition obedience)

Clancy competed in AKC Obedience Novice B at the Capital Keeshond Club Specialty on Oct. 12 and earned his highest score yet, 185 1/2 (Clancy has much more fun in the other dog sports, so he’s better at those than competition obedience)

We loved seeing all the Keesies and socializing with folks at the Capital Keeshond Club Speciality on Oct. 11.  Puppies make it extra fun!

We loved seeing all the Keesies and socializing with folks at the Capital Keeshond Club Speciality on Oct. 11. Puppies make it extra fun!

Clancy going shopping --  a scene from the trick video we're working on!

Clancy going shopping — a scene from the trick video we’re working on!

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Clancy going shopping with cashier Petra, the Vizla

Clancy going shopping with cashier Petra, the Vizla

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