Clancy and his feline friend, Pepper, wants every American to get out and vote this Election Day! Check out his cute video trying to get your attention to go cast your vote today!
We’ll be blogging again soon, but for now keep up with Clancy on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClancyFluffyDogTricks/
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ❤
Here’s a couple of fun Halloween-oriented pics which offer a preview of the theme of our next couple of blog posts.
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
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!
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
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!
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. 🙂
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:
Sorry for the late post! Been a busy day with work and family stuff!
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!
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
[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
Albany, NY 12224-0341
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!)
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!)
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!
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!
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!
Wowzers! 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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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 have been busy doing so many things!
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.
(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!
Keep spreading the word to help the turn over of neglected Keeshonden in Marjorie’s Kennel to Keeshond Rescue, for we are closing in on 15,000 signatures on the #FreeTheKees petition on www.KeesRescue.com. That means it’s time to start thinking about which of Clancy’s tricks to feature in his next trick video.
With so many tricks up Clancy’s furry sleeves (he knows well over 100 commands so far), it’s hard to decide which one(s) to show off next! (I do already have something fun and unique planned when we reach 20,000 signatures.) So, I’m going to let the Clancy fans decide!
Which trick would you like to see next??? Whichever trick below has the most votes on the day that the petition reaches 15,000 signatures, will be the next video we make and post! You may vote once each day. (P.S. The “Other” field is for fun and to hear what ideas you might have. No promises!)
Here’s the link to the primary YouTube channel to see videos of Clancy, including his “Playing the Bongos with Piano Encore” video which was posted to celebrate 10,000 signatures. Here’s another link to our original YouTube channel that features other Clancy videos, such as his dock diving videos. (Oh, by the way! Clancy completed his NADD/AKC Dock Diving title in the Junior division last weekend! More on that, soon!)
Clancy displaying how sad he feels for the poor dogs suffering in Marjorie’s Kennel and other Puppy Mills:
Hi everyone, Clancy and I are asking a favor of every animal lover out there… just a moment of your time which could change the lives of dozens and dozens of Clancy’s kind. It’s the #FreeTheKees movement to rescue the 40+ remaining Keeshonden from Marjorie’s Kennel, a large and disgusting Puppy Mill, in Harpursville, NY.
The Kees there are trapped in small crowded cages and do not get any socialization, or any kind of care beyond a meal… they are matted with parasites and with their own urine and feces. These poor dogs live in the extreme heat of summer and the extreme cold of winter and only exist to be “breeding machines”. Please take a moment to read about the Keeshond communities efforts to free these dogs and give them a life they deserve by visiting www.KeesRescue.com. There you will also find ways you can help the cause such as the contact information for the Governor of New York and other state officials. At the very least, please sign this petition to convince Governor Cuomo to force this Puppy Mill to shut down by enforcing Charlemagne’s Law, which imposes higher living standards of animals owned by licensed pet dealers. Marjorie Ingraham is in violation of this law. With her attempts to comply by reducing the amount of dogs she had (200+ !!!) and with thoughts of just retiring and getting rid of all of her dogs, many of Marjorie’s Kees were sadly euthanized due to their exceedingly poor condition. Some were sent to auction to continue to live horrible lives in other Puppy Mills. She had agreed to give up the rest of her Keeshonden to Keeshond Rescue. In late 2013, early 2014, a group of dedicated Keeshond rescuers saved and found foster homes for the 60 Kees they were able to pull out of Marjorie’s Kennel, which many have already been adopted. Now she is refusing to let her 40 + remaining Keeshonden go to Keeshond Rescue as she had promised. Here is an inspiring video from the rescue efforts of Marjorie’s Kennel from this past winter.
I have personally met a few of the Kees that were saved earlier this year from Marjorie’s Kennel, including Sapphire, the one that you see in the petition’s picture. It just broke my heart to see how scared and in poor condition they were. However, now they are transforming into the wonderful breed that they are… in their loving new homes, they have their beautiful coat and are happy and learning to trust people. Here is the story of one of those Keeshonden, just a puppy, rescued from Marjorie’s Kennel…
PLEASE sign this petition and even send a letter if you can to #FreeTheKees. Keep updated on the progress and see more before and after pictures on Facebook through the “Free the Kees” Community Page.
Fax, email, or mail a letter to Governer Cuomo:
Governor Cuomo’s Contact Information:
Fax: 518.474.1513 (may be the best method because it’s the most direct)
Mail: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor, State of New York
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Clancy and all Kees everywhere would appreciate your efforts to help their kind. We thank you for anything you do to help put a stop to Puppy Mills. If you are looking for a Keeshond puppy or any kind of dog, please read my article on “Where to Find Your New Best Friend” (at the bottom of the August 2013 blog post in that link).
I do hope you take a moment to read about a movement that is near and dear to Clancy and I’s heart. Clancy would give you a high five and many Keesie kisses!
How many of you would like your dog to deliver you a cold one this summer?
Contact FUNanimal Pet Services to help you get the training started!
Wow, what an incredible and productive two months that Clancy and I have had! I have so much to write about, so stay tuned to Kees Of Dog’s Delight this summer! For now, to keep my promise to the FUNanimal Pet Services Facebook fans, here is Clancy and I’s first dog trick training video demonstration. This is how to teach your dog to sit up on their hind legs like a bunny… often called the “sit pretty” or “beg” trick! It’s a very cute trick that you can build on to do other fun and more complicated tricks.
Keep up the sharing (our blog and videos) and “Liking” (Like FUNanimal Pet Services on Facebook!) and following (follow FUNanimal on Twitter!) For every 50 “Likes” we get on Facebook, Clancy and I will create another dog trick demo video.
Thank you to all of our fans and we look forward to helping you train your dog some fun things!
~ Be Your Dog’s Best Friend… ~ SB
Trick training is one of the best things you can do with your dog. It stimulates their mind, builds a stronger bond between the two of you, and gives them a “job” to do (not to mention how much fun it is to hear the “oohs and ahhs” from spectators). Trick training should always be a fun time with your dog! You must never get frustrated (just quit that session if you start to feel any change in your demeanor) and always set realistic goals in a training session. It does take patience, a lot of positive reinforcement and time. However, before you know it, your dog will catch on and be happy to have learned something that pleases you. Soon, I will write a full article on dog tricks, the benefits of training, some tips and more videos of other tricks that Clancy knows. For now, enjoy seeing some of the things that your dog may be capable of!
I’d like to share with you the video I submitted as part of Clancy’s Trick Dog Champion title application… I had to keep to a certain format for the application’s sake, so Clancy does have many more tricks up his furry sleeve! Before you watch, please keep this in mind:
Clancy had to demonstrate in this lengthy video that he could perform the foundation of many dog tricks: Coordination, Mouth Targets, Paw Targets, Finding the Scent (this section is kind of long because you had to do this multiple times in a row without being edited), Being able to work at a Distance from you, using only Silent cues, and then you finally get to the really fun tricks… demonstrating a behavior Chain and Expert level Tricks (which some were also performed to demonstrate other categories of the application.) I will eventually compose highlight videos of Clancy’s best tricks… many of which didn’t fit in this trick dog champion title application video. Check out our FUNanimal Twitter and/or Facebook page to be alerted when one is posted on YouTube!
While I am proud to brag that Clancy is the first titled “Trick Dog Champion” Keeshond (and was the first Intermediate, Advanced and Expert titled Kees 😉 ), I’d like to give a shout out to A*Starz Through the Looking Glass, aka “Allison”, for being the first ever titled Trick Dog (novice) Keeshond. Thank you, Donna Stekli, for introducing me to the sport of dog tricks. Congrats to the other titled Keeshond Trick Dogs out there and everyone that “does more with their dog”.
Keeshonden are super smart and may test your patience with their bad behavior they are capable of when they are bored… teaching them tricks is the perfect way to stimulate them and to distract them while having FUN (Keesies are all about FUN!)
So please have fun watching (I hope to get some “oohs and ahhs” out of you) and check back here occasionally for more information and to see more videos and posts of Clancy’s tricks and other going on’s. Please be sure to watch the last few minutes of the video for the best tricks. Enjoy!
(I do offer trick training classes in my new pet services business, FUNanimal Pet Services, LLC. If you’re interested and in the DC area, please let me know! Clancy and I are also available to do trick shows… so if you want to liven up your party, get-together, workplace or any event with the fluffiest, cutest (IMO), and smartest dog around, let me know!)
Move over LeBron James, “Fancy Chief Clancy” is just waiting for his big contract and then he will just tear that court up!
Enjoy one of Clancy’s newest tricks, playing basketball! (More trick videos and a blog on trick training will be featured in the near future!)
My Keeshond, Clancy, loves a challenge. “Silly humans”, he thinks to himself, “you think this child/pet gate will prevent me from going where I want to?”
Since I wanted to have some sort of post in February, I thought I would share this fun (well, not so fun when I really want the gate to restrain Clancy) video and slideshow of how Clancy feels about not being able to be where he wants to be (and that’s either with me or eating cat food.)
Please forgive me, I’m going to be a little late publishing a “real post” for February (hey, it’s a short month!) I did finally get my photos off of my old laptop and can now finish up my article on Rally Obedience, so look forward to that in the coming weeks! Clancy and I actually qualified and are entered into the 2014 AKC Rally Nationals coming up at the end of March. Prior to that, we’re hoping to get our 3rd leg to get our Rally Advanced title in York, Pennsylvania. We’re also entered into Obedience Novice in York to try to get our 2nd leg of our Companion Dog title.
Another fun March event we will be doing is the Maryland Dog Fest, where Clancy is entered into the Dog’s Got Talent show! I know I haven’t showed off how truly talented he is yet on here, but I promise to post videos soon of his large variety of tricks, many of which are very unique!
Here’s a sneak preview:
In the meantime, could you help vote Clancy as the “Cutest Dog of Maryland DogFest”? (Because you know he likely will be, but the dog with the most Facebook votes wins the title!) Just go to this link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryland-DogFest/369879699699485?sk=app_292725327421649&app_data (you’ll have to “like” Maryland DogFest’s page… which is likeable!) and then go to “Photos”. Look for Clancy’s pic of him when he was a 5 month old puppy in his life jacket… the pic is titled “Ready for Summer & swimming!”. Thanks so much!
Clancy is the first titled “Expert Trick Dog” Keeshond on record!
Here is one of his expert level tricks… opening and closing the door introduced with him “rescuing me” from being “trapped” in the closet! After I taught him this trick, he surprised me in the bathroom. Lever-style doorknob owners, beware! (Hmm, I may be regretting that I taught him this…)