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July

31 Jul

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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Where has May gone? To Colorado!

31 May

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!

30 Apr

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    ❤

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

26 Jan

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

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!

CLANCY 2016 NEW YEAR WISH

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

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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

26 Nov

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

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

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

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

1 Aug
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:

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  • 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.

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A Cute Dog Trick from a Hockey Fan

15 Jun

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.  🙂

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

11 Jun

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!

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

9 Jun

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

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

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

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

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!

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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

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

Clancy’s Next Trick Video — You Choose! #FreeTheKees petition closing in on 15K signatures!

17 Aug

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 giving piano lessons at a local event

Clancy giving piano lessons at a local event

Clancy achieved his North America Diving Dogs title in the Junior Division!

Clancy achieved his North America Diving Dogs title in the Junior Division!

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Clancy plays the Bongos! (with a piano encore!) – 10K Signatures reached to #FreeTheKees

3 Aug

Finally, what you have been waiting for…  it’s Clancy playing the Bongos with a finale of him playing both the bongos and the “piano”!  This is just the beginning of what we have in store for everyone!  When we have time, OR when the #FreeTheKees petition on www.KeesRescue.com reaches 15,000 signatures, we will post a new trick video!  Once 20,000 signatures have been reached, you’ll get to see Clancy do something really unique and cool!  (Hint, this video is a preview of what’s to come!)

We have surpassed 10,000 signatures on the petition to help put an end to the suffering of the Keeshonden at Marjorie’s Kennel, a large puppy mill in upstate New York, who had promised to turn over her dogs to Keeshond rescue, and now is going back on that promise to continue to breed her unhealthy and neglected dogs.  Thank you to everyone that have already signed.  As promised, here is that video of Clancy playing the bongos in return for the petition reaching 10,000 signatures!  Keep spreading the word!  Clancy wants to keep showing off his tricks!

PLEASE do not support puppy mills by purchasing a puppy from a pet store or unknown person from the Internet…  you will be dooming that puppy’s parents to a horrible life.  Either adopt, rescue, foster OR buy from a reputable breeder.  Please do your research before taking that cute puppy home.  You will be happier and the poor dogs suffering at places like Marjorie’s Kennel will be happier that there may be a day that puppy mills are put out of business.

Interested in trick training or booking Clancy for a trick show?  Contact us at FUNanimal Pet Services!  Thanks!

Let’s Reach 10,000 Signatures and See Clancy Play the Bongos!

24 Jul

Wanna see a unique and cute dog trick video?? Help the petition to Enforce Charlemagne’s Law and Free the Keeshonds from Marjorie’s Kennel in New York reach 10,000 signatures and we will post the video of Clancy playing the Bongos!!!Clancy playing Bongos

Go here to sign & please share!!!

https://www.change.org/petitions/gov-andrew-cuomo-enforce-charlemagne-s-law-and-free-the-keeshonds-from-marjorie-s-kennel

Please read about the #FreeTheKees movement to rescue 40+ dogs that are secluded, kept outside in all weather conditions, have parasites and congenital diseases and are being kept only as “breeding machines” to produce puppies that inherit many of their poor imprisoned parents problems.  The Keeshond community have the funds, means, and people to rescue all the remaining dogs and house them.  Learn more from my previous blog post (and see Clancy’s “whine” trick!) and you will find all the details on www.KeesRescue.com.

Please use the hash tag #FreeTheKees on any pet related post you make on Twitter, FaceBook or any other social media.  Thank you for anything you can do to help expose Marjorie’s Kennel and the oversights of the New York Department of Agriculture Inspectors.

Here are images of "Sapphire", originally known as "Frances", who was one of the lucky Keeshonden rescued from Marjorie's Kennel early this year and now lives with a loving family!

Here are images of “Sapphire”, originally known as “Frances”, who was one of the lucky Keeshonden rescued from Marjorie’s Kennel early this year and now lives with a loving family!

Please Cheer Clancy Up… Shut Down Marjorie’s Kennel Puppy Mill #FreeTheKees

12 Jul

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)
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 

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!  021

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

19 Jun

It’s that time of year again when everyone in your workplace has an extra big smile and perhaps a little extra furry accessories on their work clothes.

The first Friday after Father’s Day is the annual “Bring Your Dog to Work Day”!   This year it’s Friday, June 20th.  How much joy a well-behaved dog brings to everyone they encounter in the workplace!  Also think about the fun your dog will have spending extra time with you on a “field trip”!

Check out http://www.takeyourdog.com/About/ for more information and details about this wonderful initiative to have your furry best friend spend a day at the office with you!  If you can’t bring your dog, at least bring a picture of him/her and place it at your workstation for the day.  Get people talking about how wonderful man’s best friend is which should brighten up the day even if your pet wasn’t there.  Then perhaps if enough people talk about it, next year your workplace will participate!  (It’s actually encouraged to bring you pet to work WEEK leading up to the Friday where the actual event is celebrated.)

Check out Clancy visiting the Signature Properties, LLC office in Washington, DC (my part-time job when I’m not doing FUNanimal Pet Services) below.  Do keep in mind, you should have your dog trained to be calm, quiet, and completely house-broken before they hang out with you all day in your workplace.  You want your pup to leave a lasting positive impression for more opportunities to bring your dog with you to places!  (If you need help training your dog to be well-behaved, contact me!)

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The Fluffy Dog Beer Delivery Service – starring Clancy, the Keeshond

6 Jun

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!

 

How to teach your dog to “Sit Pretty” – Our first dog trick demo video!

2 Jun

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

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Dog Tricks Tips and Clancy, the Trick Dog Champion video

2 May

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!)

 

Clancy playing basketball trick video

27 Apr

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!)

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Clancy wins 1st place in the talent show at Maryland DogFest (dog tricks video)

9 Mar

Finally!!!  Here is a video of some of my Keeshond, Clancy’s tricks!  Clancy and I had a blast meeting new people, visiting exhibits, watching demonstrations and participating in the Dog Talent Show at Maryland DogFest yesterday!  (Unfortunately due to the unpredictable climate in early March in Maryland, the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competitions were cancelled.)  😦

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… 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.

We had Rally Obedience run-thrus in the morning, so I wasn’t sure what Clancy had left in the tank for his talent show performance here.  I also have been so busy, that I didn’t figure out what I was going to do until 5 minutes before the show.

There were many dogs in the contest and Clancy and I were called up last.  After watching other competitors, I decided not to duplicate the other dog’s tricks (I didn’t want Clancy to entirely steal the show 😉 ).  Though Clancy has many more tricks up his sleeve, we’ll save them to share with everyone another day.  (I also had a time limit to try to stay within at the talent show.)  Next time we do a routine, we will be more polished and show off even more tricks!

For now, enjoy!  The theme of our performance is sharing some of the traits of the Keeshond with the audience.  (Oh, and we did win 1st place by a unanimous vote from the judges.)  😀

P.S.  We have a Rally Obedience trial and Obedience Novice trial later this week.  Then we have the 2014 AKC Rally Nationals later this month!  (Wish us luck!)  That Rally blog WILL be posted by the end of March.  🙂

P.S.S.  I do plan on writing a dog tricks blog in the near future, too!  Trick training is a great way to have fun, strengthen your bond and challenge your dog!

P.S.S.S. I am just starting up a pet services business where I also offer dog trick training!  Visit www.FUNanimalPet.com to learn more about it!

Closing up February, Opening up to March

28 Feb

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:

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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!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! (with caution)

31 Jan
Many dogs love the snow, the Keeshond adores it!

Many dogs love the snow, the Keeshond adores it!  Clancy looks up as if to say, “C’mon out!  The snow is great!”

While most dogs would want to be indoors (and should be!) cuddling with their human friends in front of the fireplace during the extreme cold spells and snow that have been blanketing much of North America this winter season, there are a few breeds that would actually want to spend more time outdoors.  As you may guess from their fur coat, the Keeshond would be one of them!

Clancy enjoys the companionship of the snow  when he can.

Clancy enjoys the companionship of the snow when he can.

The Keeshond is known as a “Velcro Dog”, always wanting to be by your side.  It doesn’t matter how deep asleep my Kees, Clancy, is or how quietly I try to exit a room…  he pops right up and trots to my side to escort me WHEREEVER I go, and he will plop right back down at my feet when we reach our new destination.  I have found that the only thing that can detach us is snow.  That freezing fluffy white stuff trumps me!

Clancy wishing that the weather was like this everyday.

Clancy wishing that the weather was like this everyday.

As much fun as a Kees may have in the snow, there are some precautions that all dog owners should take to ensure that it remains all fun and games in the snow.

As we struggle to keep our footing in the slippery conditions that winter brings, keep in mind that salts, de-icers and other chemicals are dangerous for your pets. Try to use kitty litter or sand for traction instead. If you must use a chemical, supervise your pet in those areas to make sure they don’t drink from puddles and remove the slush and dissolved product as soon as possible. Wash paws after exposure.  Being a fuzz-butt mom, I keep baby wipes at the door at all times anyway.

Clancy loves to bury his face in the snow.

Clancy loves to bury his face in the snow.

 Staying warm uses up more energy. Pets that spend a lot of time outside need more food, especially protein. Ask your vet if you should vary your pet’s diet for the winter if your dog spends a lot of time outside in the cold.  Dehydration is often a forgotten danger of the bitter cold, for water sources freeze outside. Also avoid using metal bowls this time of year (if you don’t know already from watching “A Christmas Story”, yes, tongues will stick to metal in below freezing temperatures.) 

My snow angel, Clancy.

My snow angel, Clancy.

Check paws to pull out any snowballs that have gathered in between pads which are not only uncomfortable, but also could lead to frostbite!   Snowballs accrue quickly around the furry pads of the Keeshond’s feet.

Be aware that frigid weather lessens the sense of smell, causing more cases of lost dogs than any other time of the year.  Keep your pet leashed or fenced in as they frolic in the snow with an ID tag.

Young Clancy with his best feline friend, "Mr. D".

Young Clancy with his best feline friend, “Mr. D”.

One of the reasons I chose to get a Keeshond was for their love of all living things, especially because they are known to get along well with cats.

So Clancy would appreciate if I gave a public service announcement on behalf of his feline friends.  To protect your vehicle’s engine and to save an animal’s life, remember to knock on the hood of your car or honk your horn before starting your car. Engines can stay warm for hours after being shut off, offering an enticing warm shelter for cats. Before using the remote start feature, give a quick press of the “panic” button on your car key first to scare away any unsuspecting sleeping felines. Clancy sitting in snow 2014

Another vehicle-related danger of winter is exposure to anti-freeze. Ingesting as little as a teaspoon of the harmful chemical of ethylene glycol can kill. It’s sweet taste unfortunately attracts pets, so be sure to promptly clean up any spills and keep it out of pet’s reach.

Clancy ready to play hockey!

Clancy ready to play hockey!

Okay, so now that we’re more aware of things that could harm our beloved pets, let’s discuss fun things you can do in the snow with your dog! 

Many dogs enjoy “snowball toss”…  Clancy will jump up in the air to catch and eat snowballs tossed his way.  He also enjoys snow drift bouncing…  where I encourage him to hop up on snow drifts and hills as I run alongside him.  Clancy enthusiastically bounces from mound to mound, and if it’s soft and powdery, he will burrow into the snow drifts.

Clancy loves snow mounds!

Clancy loves snow mounds!

Another fun game is having him wait where he is, then walking a good distance away, kneel down, stick your hand in the snow and wave it back and forth just under the surface making the snow ripple.  I then tell Clancy to “come and get it get it get it!” and he runs as fast as he can to come and pounce on my hand under the snow.  It’s great exercise for the dog and also gives you a chance to reinforce the “come” command.  Another fun game is to toss a smelly treat into the snow or bury a favorite toy and telling your dog to “find it!”  Clancy enjoys running along the snow with his nose to the ground.  Sometimes he does need hints, but the excitement when he finds the item has to make you smile.

Clancy playing goalie

Clancy playing goalie

If you have a safe opportunity to do so, playing hockey with a soft item with your dog is fun and exercise for all.  Chasing the “puck” or letting your dog play “goalie” or just carefully stick handling with a puck around your dogs legs are some fun ways to interact with your pup in the cold.  Run around in cleats if you’re not experienced wearing ice skates so you don’t risk hurting your dog with the sharp blades of skates!  Also, limit your time on ice with your pup to give his/her paws a break.  If the ice is choppy or has lots of cuts in it from ice skates, be aware that it is sharp and could cut the pads of your pup’s feet, so use caution or buy booties for your pup.IMG_7360

We’d love to hear what your dog thinks of the snow and any outdoor snow games that you enjoy together!

Please share in the comments!

They are your best friend…  Be your dog’s best friend! ~ SSB

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Looking for a Last-minute Gift for the Keeshond Lover in your Life? (The NY Puppy Mill Keeshond Rescue)

23 Dec

Looking for the perfect last minute gift for the Keeshond lover in your life?

If you know somebody that has ever had a Keeshond, then you have likely heard all about how wonderful of a dog they had.  Keeshond lovers are passionate about their breed and know how sensitive, loyal, loving, intelligent, sweet, (and I could go on and on with more adjectives to describe the Kees) of a dog they are.  To know the Keeshond, is to love the Keeshond.  Which is why the following gift idea could mean more than any other gift you could give this holiday season!

Currently, there is a large-scale effort to rescue numerous Keeshonden from a large-volume puppy mill that is closing down in New York.  (Read more about What is a Puppy Mill?)   Puppy mill life is deplorable, especially for the “Velcro Dog”, aka our Keeshond.  The bills for such a rescue effort are enormous.  In order for all of the 100+ puppy mill Kees to enjoy a new life, there will be transportation costs, spay/neuter costs, other various veterinary bills and miscellaneous expenses.  Every dollar donated helps to make this massive Kees rescue successful.   Please consider making a donation of any dollar amount in the name of the Keeshond lover in your life to Bay Area Rescue Keeshonden (aka “BARK,” a non-profit 501c organization…  so your donations would be tax-deductible), whom is collecting and organizing all donations for this project.  (Remember to check with your employer to see if they will match your donation!)  Donation information is in this video (which is a nice tribute to the rescue efforts underway) and again at the bottom of this post.

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TO GIVE THIS AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE…

After you make a donation to BARK for this NY puppy mill rescue effort, e-mail me either a snapshot of your PayPal receipt (leaving out any personal data) or of your check (conceal your account information) and I will e-mail you this Certificate of Appreciation for your donation for you to print out to give as a gift for the Kees lover in your life.

Give a Kees lover a heartwarming gift of helping to give the NY puppy mill Keeshonden a new life!

Give a Kees lover a heartwarming gift of helping to give the NY puppy mill Keeshonden a new life!

Please provide the gift recipient’s name, your name to be placed on the certificate and if you prefer, a clear picture of your special Kees to replace the picture of Clancy on it.  Also, please indicate if you would like the donation amount on the certificate or have it just read “a donation”.  (See form at the bottom of this post.)

The puppy mill closure is a  huge victory for not only the current 100+ Keeshonden who have known no love, no exercise, no grooming, no human socialization or any idea how fun it is to be the “Smiling Dutchman”, but also for what would have been more generations of the same misery for many of their offspring.   This massive Kees rescue underway is to save, care for, and place these puppy mill Keeshonden in homes, even if they are just temporary homes for now.  After some rehabilitation, they will get to know what it’s like to be a true Keeshond and that helps heal the Keeshond lover’s heartbreak of the sad situation that they, and their ancestors, used to be in.

To help this cause:

Donate via PayPal: the email address is paypal@keeshondrescue.org or use the PayPal button on the home page for this huge rescue effort:   www.keeshondrescue.orgPlease indicate that your donation is for the NY Puppymill Dogs!
BARK is a 501c3 charity.  Donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN number is 41-2049201.  Send checks to:
BARK   – (NY Puppymill Rescue)
PO Box 375
Los Altos, CA   94023

Other ways to help:

AUCTION to raise money for the NY Puppymill Kees details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nykeesrescue/permalink/630432440332005/
Needed supplies through AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/5YJLSJ1EWEW5/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_gln

Help transport, foster or adopt!  For more information, visit:  http://www.keesrescue.com/#!get-involved/cihc

SPREAD THE WORD!  DO NOT GIVE PUPPY MILLS A REASON TO EXIST.  NEVER PURCHASE A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE!

On behalf of all Keeshond lovers and these poor Keeshonden needing rescue…  Clancy and I THANK YOU!  and wish you the Happiest of Holidays!

Clancy holiday card

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