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You have a lovely website. We have a lot in common. I am currently owned by two kees, Jo Lyn's YoYo (Yodi, almost 12) and Jo Lyn's Saturn Sadie (almost 4). I never see kees here in New Mexico. I live in Ruidoso and my son went to college there in Socorro. What a small world! So sorry to read about the passing of Vanna. I hear you might be getting a rescue. Congratulations. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know about upcoming shows. (Next one will be in Albquerque in May, but there will be one in Los Lunas after that.)
Dear Terry and Janet,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was revisiting your website as I do from time-to-time and I saw the update on Vanna. I know you know how hard it is to lose a Keeshond and with that initial loss you would think your heart would be that much more ready when the time comes to say goodbye again but it isn't. A loss is a loss no matter how many times it occurs.
My sympathies to you,
Lila (Winston and Thurber's mom, the first story on your questbook)
Dear Terry and Janet.
I was so sorry to hear that Vanna has passed away. I’m sure the Seawind Gang was waiting at the Rainbow Bridge to welcome her. It is never easy saying good-bye to our fuzzy companions. We all send our sincere condolences.
Glady Gates and the Seawind fuzzies
Nova Scotia, Canada
Kathy and Mark
Dear Terry and Janet,
I married into a Keeshond relationship. My husband had adopted a Keeshond from Jan, a Keeshond Rescue in Davis, CA years ago. We often joke that I married Randy simply for the "dog". This was my first experience with a Keeshond and boy what a delightful treat it was. We eventually moved from CA to MN to own a lakefront resort with a lot of traffic of strangers and strange dogs coming and going all summer long. Thurber was the PR "person" for the resort. Everyone that came in, had to pet Thurber. He loved the resort, his own wading beach, boat rides, little kids with ice cream cones, cabin rounds to make to beg for treats, winter days in the snow, etc etc. We took great a care of our lil' buddy so that he could be with us as long as possible but the inevitable came at 15 1/2 years old. He was a dear, dear creature that made so many different sounds to talk to us, there are too many stories I could tell about this dog. We use to call him a "1 Dog Parade" because where ever we went, people had to pet him and take his picture. (I contacted the Bay Area Keeshond rescue after Thurb died and found out that Jan had died the same day he died and that she remembered Thurber, as he was one of her favorite Keeshonds.)
PS - Thank you for the great website. I am trying to start a Keeshond site like this one in Sacramento to help create a Keeshond community here in the central valley of California. There is a very active Keeshond community in the Bay Area - Nor Cal Keeshond Club and Bay Area Rescue Keeshond.
I so sorry that Winston's story ended that way. There is no way to second guess in such a situation. Winston must have been hurt TOO bad.
Hello Terry and Janet. It has been 7 years since I first signed your guestbook but I do drop in from time to time. I am very impressed with your website. Thank you for sharing with all us Keeshond lovers. I have been in the breed since 1977 and have loved every minute of my wonderful Keeshonden over the years. I am now into my sixth generation with two boys (Decker and Stormy) who are almost 4 years old. Sunny (8 years) and Joey (11 ½ years)- pictures enclosed.
Keep up the wonderful work on the website. It is so nice to see that others love their Kees as much as I do.
Glady Gates-Seawind Keeshonden
I just found your site and it is a delight.
We currently have an 18 month old Keeshond, Inspector Pickles. He is our third Keeshond and I am completely smitten.
He is all the things a Kees should be -- funny, happy, intelligent, loving and gorgeous. People beg me to bring him to the office. And we can't walk down a street in San Francisco without many smiles and exclamations and requests for introductions. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful friend and companion. Life is good.
Here is his picture. He graduated with honors from obedience class this Tuesday.
I do appreciate the note. Brittani, you have noted some of the unique characteristics of a Kees. Sounds like Bandit does a
Have fun. I gave your mom the email of the lady who bred Vanna's line of Kees.
Hi, My name is Cyndi and I loved the pics of your Kees. I have alwyas had kees in my life. My Mai Tuk passed away on 12/12/05 at the age of 15. He was my last. Now I am the proud mommy of 3 new ones. Chi-nook is now 5&1/2 months Suka is 5 months and Keiko is 4 and 1/2 months I have enclosed thieir pics.
Terry and Janet.
Lat week my wife and myself had to make the terrible decision to apply euthanasia to our 12.5 year old Keeskond Dusty. His liver and spleen were loaded with cancer,we are hearthbroken!
My kees, Apache is laying beside me as I type this, on the hardwood floor cooling herself as best she can. She will lay her head on my feet and rest there for as long as I remain still. If my husband hugs me she tries with mouth and might to get some too. When everyone is home she will position herself right where she can catch a glimpse of each one of us. Just to let us know she is doing her job she will periodically jump up and galavant around the yard barking furiously, then go to the bathroom as if to say, "take that" and ceremoniously re-enter the house very proud of herself. She knows when we are off to work in the morning and will drop down by the front window feigning sleep, and the moment we drive away her head parts the drapes and she watches us depart. She is also my vacuum, following behind whoever is eating on the run and cleans up. (she doesn't do carpet though, mores the pity). She adores beef jerky, hates baths and water, will not drink from her bowl if it has less
> than 2 inches of water in it. She will bark the let you know what she needs. Short evenly spaced ones for outside, food or water. But my favorite is when our local grandfather squirrel decides to tease her. It will walk along the power lines get on the pool house roof and chitter chatter at her. She goes into a frenzy, the barking combines with a woeful moan and is pitiful to hear. If I don't rescue her she won't stop until the pesky squirrel departs. She is now in her 15th year and we all love her dearly. Keeshonds are such bundles of joy, hope she can stay with us for several more years, lord willing.
Dear Terry and Janet:
I loved your website. Our kees is Daisy. She is about seven years of age. I had purchased her at Heartland Pets after having to put our Dalmation down. I took my time in selecting her as she was a chewer when we first met. After visiting her for a few weeks I couldn't resist she had captured my heart. Her stubbornness trancends all things but she is so loyal, intelligent, and compassionate.
My husband has taught her many tricks but she won't listen to him on other matters and doesn't walk well with him. When I give the orders or take the leash she settles right in. It is very comical to watch his frustration when she is giving him "the business".
Kees I am finding become more endearing over time. She is starting to gray in her muzzle now. I don't like seeing that but she hasn't slowed down one bit. She is the dominant in our household and tries to control our 11 year old Sheltie. I love both breeds.
Again it was a joy watching your movies and reading your stories. Hope you add more.
I loved your kees site! It was very informative. I just loved the movies and pictures!! I just lost my kees/lab/border collie mix Raven, April 10 2006.
In The picture above that is Raven at 15 years 3 weeks before I lost her. I miss her very much. We've decided we're going to get a kees when we're ready for a new pup.
My name is James and I have a 5 almost 6 yr old Male Kees " KiKi " we " my 2 sons, myself, and Kiki go everywhere together from fishing to the lake to wherever we make go . This is the 3rd Kees I have had the great pleasure to enjoy . Katrina 17 yrs , and Hans 15 1/2 yrs are now both passed and we do miss them so . Kiki was givin to my parents at just 1 yr old and then passed on to me at 2 yrs old and has been with me ever since . Ironicly enough he was great with kids but at 70lbs " yes 70lbs and Not a ounce of fat mind you" he would get ecited as a pup and accidently knock the younger kids over hence the family gave him to a good home . and for the same reasons as well as he became extremly attached to me My parents gave him to me . Kiki is truely My closest companion I never have to leash him he walks by my side . I take him frisby golfing with me also " should see the look on some peoples faces when as I walk from hole to hole he lays next to and gets up and walks next to me the whole way without me saying a word . I am pleased while looking around for another kees to have found this site and so many others that have the save love for thier kees as I do . BTW If anyone knows of any young Kees in or close to Kansas that are being given away contact me I might just bring him/her home with me I always have room for 1 or 2 more in my house .
hi terry and janet,
just drop by to say congrats on your web page and i do enjoy watching your dogs...
i have dogs all my life and it makes me happoy knowing there are good people somewhere out there doing the same thing as i do.
anyway, keep up the good work,, sad that i didnt get the chance to write to your guest book, but oh well,,
all the best,
Hi, we just very suddenly and unexpectedly lost our 6 year old Keeshond, Max, to pacreatitus. We live in the cold prairies of central Canada and he was the master of our little cul-de-sac of 8 homes. During winter he loved nothing more than to wait patiently in our garage at - 30 for the mail lady to come. He announced her arrival to the entire cove and shortly thereafter you could hear the mailboxes clinking as the neighbours checked their mailboxes. He was quiet for the locals, but any stranger was quickly announced to the entire neighbourhood no matter what the hour. More than once, I had neighbours call to ask me to phone them, no matter what the hour, as he prevented schoolboy vandalism at our home more than once.
He was a smart little guy at 48 lbs. He loved to go the vet to be weighed, petted and given the odd treat, and we visited often. He hated his annual check-up and when the door to the room with the stainless steel table opened, it was definitely past time to leave! On about our fourth visit, waiting in that room for the vet to arrive, he decided to take matters into his own hands, er paws. He reached up to full height with one paw on each side of the door knob. I’d never taught him that, (he had the full compliment of lame tricks that he “allowed” me to teach him, agility, HI 5’s, speak, roll over, shake, get it etc.), but just by watching me, he’d learned that the door knob had a key role in opening that door, which he desperately wanted opened now!
There were other, even more clever and lengthier demonstrations of his smarts, but they would take more space to tell. I swear I could talk to that dog and we understood each other, and I will deeply miss him for the rest of my life. My day started with him coming to tell me it was time to get up, and it finished with him when I changed his water before I turned in for the night. He’d patrol our house all night and occasionally come into our room to check on us. He was friends with the local cats, and loved to case the rabbits, (never caught one, and I doubt he would have known what to do if he did). He was even a good bear dog. Once the bear was detected, smelled, seen, or heard, he’d stand on his hind legs, bark once and head in the opposite direction. Bears looked big, fast and dangerous, and once he’d told you it was there, he was out of here headed back to the cabin. He could tell by my reaction that a bear was a different issue from a deer. You couldn’t ask a dog to behave any better.
what a truely wonderful site.i have been owned by kees for 20yrs now, my first dog jasper, used to talk too, mostly funny little growls and grrruuum, at training class once he was going grrruum grrumm, and the trainer said "i wouldnt have that" i was "have what??" he's growling at you, no ,he's asking for a titbit i told him, dont think he was too convinced, but fancy not knowing difference between a growl and a happy sound! sophie ( lost with a liver tumour last year, bless, naughty but funny, miss her loads still ) used to go gnaa gnaa gnaa, for things, rumour doesnt speak, xander just barks!!! delco mmm well... he makes the weirdest noises EVER! from chimp to snorts, he sounds like a furry zoo. all mine have done/ still do obedience, sophie was the first to compete properly, she was a steep learning curve, but we enjoyed it, and i learnt to shrug and go thats dogs, and laugh, rumour and xander are both working in A now, and have worked B class too. delco is just starting out in novice, he has been totally different to any of my other dogs, being a total juvenile delinquent! but wow he's started maturing slightly - 19 months old now- and is coming along very well. delco watches tv with radar ears and big eyes, he also snorkels- runs in ponds with his head down in the water! rumour is all prim and proper and keeps clean and tidy and thinks the boys are disgusting! xander is a complete clown and is always doing daft runs like a madman.he loves fetching stuff, and looking up trees for squirrels! he was chosen to work in the northern obedience team at crufts in 2004, which was scary but we enjoyed it.they are all different and i wouldnt swap any of them. i still miss my first dogs, jasper , raine ( samoyed ) and sophie, but they gave me so much. happy dogging.licks and sniffs and smiles ( yes all mine smile!! )
Loved your site.... I lost my Wolf 2 years ago. He is the love of my life and i miss him so much. I would love to get another kees but i feel like im betraying Wolf. He was 13.5 years.He had diabetes and had to have 2 shots of insulin a day and he would let us know if it was time for his shot. He would sit in front of me and bark (with now sound) He talked alot, he just moved his mouth but he wouldn't make a sound, i would tell people he was whispering. He amazed everyone with how brave he was getting his shots everyday and all my friends loved him. He had such a good heart (and im crying again) He went blind with the diabetes, we had surgery on his eyes and the catarracts were removed but it didn't help much.
Hello there. I really enjoy your photos. Wonderful site, I’m just reading one of your dedication site, the dominant, I realize that my female Kees Tuily, she is very dominant to my other two boys ( Vandolf, Bilbo), she thinks that she can rule my boys, she’s always been the tough one of the pack. Anyway, I have three keeshonds, one girl and two boys. Vandolf is 9, Bilbo is 5, and my little miss Tuily is 4.
I will be back soon, by the way, we live in Australia.
Wow! What a wonderful website! I love having found you guys! And right off the bat, I have an explanation or at least understanding about something that has puzzled me for some time. Max is my four-year-old Kees (he just had his birthday Feb, 6, 2006), and he is the love of my life. We have been constant companions since he came into my life when he was 10 weeks old in April 2002. When I started working from home, I knew I had to get a pup and through research, I was lucky to discover the beauty of joys of the Kees and fortunately found a breeder who was having a litter from which I could choose. Anyway, the first time Max howled in the middle of the night I almost jumped out of my skin; I leapt out of bed and ran over to him and he was sound asleep and I woke him up to make sure he was ok. It was truly a primal guttural howl that I thought the entire neighborhood had heard. He went right back to sleep, while I laid in bed with my heart pounding for another hour. This happens maybe a couple times a year now and even though I wake up with a start when I hear it I no longer panic because I figure he's having some experience, but it's not having an adverse effect. If he happens to be sleeping nearby me I'll talk to him to let him know everything's ok. In my crazy thoughts, I almost felt that the cry had something to do with a memory of being separated from his mother or he's communing with wild beats that only he can hear in his sleep.
My Max is very friendly with people and sometimes shy with other dogs and always passive, not an aggressive bone in his body, though he is very stubborn with his Daddy. I am sending two pics taken just the other day of him, but understand if you can't post them. I've thought about getting a second Kees for companionship for Maxie, but am concerned about how he might respond as he and I have been pretty inseparable.
I was visiting the site, and wanted to sign the guestbook. My oldest, SadieAnn, is, I believe, a Keeshond mix. She's now over 14 years old, and it's killing me watching her get older. I have 3 other dogs, and also work with a Siberian Husky rescue, but SadieAnn is and always will remain number 1 in my heart. After reading about the Keeshonds on your site, how they look right into your eyes, etc., there is no doubt left in my mind, that somewhere in Sadie's bloodline is a Keeshond.
Janice Adler in Decatur Indiana
Thank you so much for you WONDERFUL site. We lost our 2nd Keeshond Duke in Nov.. He just turned 14. We miss him so much.
We adopted Duke from the Keeshond Railroad in March 1998. Our 12 year old Kees Wookie was starting to go down hill so we were hoping that a friend would be good for him. Our life's were never the same after Duke blasted into our life's. Wookie loved having Duke around. The first night that Duke was with us, he came BARKING as laud as he could to wake us up. Dave and I jumped out of bed at 1:30 a.m. thinking someone was trying to break into our house. Duke was just telling us that Wookie wanted to go outside to go the bathroom. Wookie was very quiet, laid back kind of boy. Smiling at life. Just wanted to give kisses and lay in your lap. We had never been around any dog with as much life in as Duke. Duke came into our quiet life's changed all of that. You would never know that he was 7 years old. HE LOVED TO TALK. Barking as loud as he could. Talking to us every time the door opened or closed. He never did anything slow running, jumping, & bouncing as fast as he could was his way. I lost 15 pounds after just 2 months of him living here. You never said the work walk until you were ready to. If you made that mistake he would bark at until you left. He loved to laugh at you when you were stupid enough to chase him around. He loved the catch me if you can game. Many friends fell for that game. Thank you again so much, Dave & Tina Jarmer Gladstone, Oregon We are now looking for another Kees. I saw you lovely female puppies. We are looking for a male. We love to know about any males that you have or know of. Puppies to 2 years old. Adopting Duke was one of the greatest points in our lifes. I am so thankful for the 7 years he shared with us. It was just to short. That is why we are looking for a younger dog.
Thank you again, Tina Jarmer
Tango from Pasadena 16 Year Old, Kees, rescued in 1994 from Pasadena Humane Society died Saturday after a short bout with Bone Cancer. A wonderful friend and companion. A tribute to all good Keeshonden everywhere, a good example of the joy that can be spread through a little bit of gray fuzz with a smile, and cheerful eyes. If we would just let them rule the world, Keeshonden could straighten everything out.
Fr. Robert Sanchez
As I write, tears are streaming down. I lost my pet, my friend, family member, 2 days ago. Right now I don''t feel that I''ll ever find another like her. Yes she was stubborn, but she had unconditional love for our family and friends. She loved family and she loved being around children. She was raised with my children and one grandchild. I could go on and on telling funny stories about her. She brought many years of joy to our family. We miss you and love you, Shaq.
I loved your story on Casey the rescue dog. My Teddy was quite the same. He was my first kees who was also from a puppy mill. We did not know the correct way of getting a kees, and he came to us quite by accident. We rescued him from a neglectful owner that had him for 1-1/2 weeks after he was let go to a pet store. I fell in love with him because he was cute. Teddy was so amazing. He was the most compassionate dog I had ever seen. He was gentle, intelligent, and caring. He passed away a little over a week ago now and my heart is broken. I loved him so much. He was 8. He was my first boy, kinda. I also have a 6-year-old son. Teddy had seizures at the age of 2 (did well on medication), cataracts diagnosed at 8, and allergies that we could not get to go away. We tried different foods and finally they seemed to be subsiding a little. He was afraid of thunderstorms and used to get up on the bed and sleep next to my husband when they would come around. He was not a fan of firecrackers either. He cared for us so much. He was as much a part of our family as we are and I miss him terribly. I would like to add another kees to our family. I spoke with a kees rescue in Illinois and sent our information in. I just can't believe these dogs don't have homes or were abused or just plain left. It is shameful that someone would do this to such an amazing dog or any dog for that matter. Breaks my heart. Anyway, we are looking for a breeder in our area and hopefully we will be able to care for another kees in the future. If by chance we are chosen to rescue, I would be honored. In the meantime, I miss my boy, Teddy. I have attached his picture though I don't expect it to be posted on the site. Thanks, Terry and Janet.
Love the photo's! The Kees are a beautiful breed! I have a female, Jenna, and I have to say she is my best friend.. Never thought I would say that about a dog because I grew up with cats. I was wondering about what type of collar would be best for Jenna. I hate to ruin her nice coat with a regular collar. For the occasional outing on a leash what type causes the least amout of damage? Thanks!
Hey, I really enjoyed your web site. I have 2 Keeshond, a male, Rocky and a female, Lilly. They have mated for the first time and I am very excited about our upcoming liter. Since this is our 1st liter (for all of us) any advice would be welcomed.
ps. THEY ARE THE BEST DOGS IN THE WORLD!
My daughter had to do a project for school and chose the Keeshond as her subject. While searching for information your site was found. We have a male Kees, Rymiska Mister Jeans ( Mister for short) who is almost 2 years old. We were blessed enough to have him join our family just before Christmas 2004. One of the drivers of our taxi invited us to visit his home one day to see his horses as my kids are mad about them Unbeknowns to us he was also a breeder of Keeshonden and when we arrived at his home we were greeted by two of these wonderful smiling grey fluffballs. Inside the kids quickly discovered the litter of eight puppies and immediately fell in love. We want one we want one. As I had not long recovered from my second hip replacement, I didn't really want to have a puppy to train, as having done obedience with a number of dogs over the years, I knew that I could not cope with the demands that it would make on my body. "Well, we just happen to have an adult male, who is looking for a new home" said our friend. It took a while for the kids to convince Dad that it was the right thing to do, but with my pleading eyes added to theirs, Mister was ours. I have had many dogs over the years, both purebreds and good ol' mutts and after the last purebred I vowed I would never have one again. Mister has changed all that. He is the smartest, happiest, funniest little guy I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I would have another in the blink of an eye. We already had a very placid seven year old Border Collie X at home, also male, and we took Mister home on the understanding that if they didn't get along he would be returned. After an initial five minute race around, they have become inseparable. There is not a day goes by that Mister does not find a new way of amusing us. I am immensely enjoying reading your stories, as every one of them reminds me of our little guy. The eye contact, the talking, the antics..... he has it all. And we all just love him to pieces. The keeshond is certainly now in my eyes absolutely the best purebed dog of all.
Hi, My name is Ravenna and I came across your website as a happy coincidence today while looking to see if my auction on ebay had hit the web.
Our dog Bear is a Keeshon mix and for a laugh we are auctioning his modeling abilities on ebay because he has been unemployed... thus I came across your site. Check out the auction, thanks for hosting such a wonderous site and best wishes
OMG - Bear the Wonder Dog is currently being featured at http://outrageous-ebay.blogspot.com/ - He is so happy he burped in my face!
Hi, I just found your website today. My dog Beau died yesterday at 13 yrs old. I am devastated. Kees are the best! He was truly my friend who I will miss greatly. Shadow is my other, younger Kee. He is quiet and I suspect is missing Beau.
If anyone is on the fence about this breed, do not be! They are smart, loving, and a little naughty! Very delightful dogs/ Thank you for letting me share.
Kathleen Martin CCS, CPC-H
Inpatient Coding Team Leader
Thank you so much for responding to my concern. Lucky was a rescue at one year. My Cassie our second Kees passed away of Lymphoma and Angel our first passed away with a burst spleen. All were rescues and they adored me, as I did them,both female. Lucky is a big boy 55lbs. muscular and tennis ball catcher on the fly.The night terrors worried me so and they are loud, long and wolf like. He also does a silent talking, moving his mouth lots of head and eye movement and expressions followed by a very quiet bark and then on to a loud bark. My girls nearer did anything like the either. Thanks again.
Robert, I believe things are alright. If you read my section about the guys talking and making many more sounds than the female, then you have a start. They can warble and roll all kinds of similar sounds, while awake, on purpose, or on command. Our Casey now "talks" when asked. Now this is nothing like what other people call talking. It is more like an unlimited bird outside, going up and down through the scales. I have never heard any other dog make these sounds. So, the male Kees is really very special in this respect. OK, now knowing that he can do that when awake, imagine if he loses control during dreaming. I believe that your boy is dreaming. They take their worries to bed, just like humans. Casey does this sleep thing also. It is sometimes so horrorifying that I must run to the end of the house where he is and gently awaken him. He rarely goes back to the same combination in the same night. The one that most upsets the household is a low frequency cry in the real wolf range. It sounds mournful, scary and sometimes VERY loud. I still awaken him on occasion, but have found, that like humans, changing the routine before bed, changing the place of sleep and some reassurance all seem to help. I am in pediatrics. My wife is in family practice. We have seriously decided that a male Kees is almost exactly like a 3 year old human. We see the same requests, the same response to denial of the goodie (sulking and reverse psych responses) and so on. 3 year old humans are brilliant, and so is the Kees. And for future generations, it sounds like ALL males Kees are working on being able to talk to us...for real :-)
Our 26 month old male Kees howls out in his sleep loud, low a very strange cry. I have dogs who have been dreaming and barked while sleeping but that was a muffled whimper and barking. What is he doing??
Thank you for Keeshonden.org ! What a great breed! I wish I could have a hundred of them, just as one of your guest book writers said. You are in my favorites and I have visited since Dec. 2002 when I had to put my best buddy Hank to sleep. He was a month away from 14 yrs. with liver and bowel masses, and neurological symptoms.... Now I have Jake and he is truly sassy and full of fun! He is two and shares the house with Sadie (lab/rot) and two cats Spooky and B.C. I still have great grief at losing Hank but there are a lot of smiles with my little Kees Jake. Please don't ever go away - I hope your site stays around a long time. It's good to hear from other Kees lovers!
Diane Clinton Twp. MI
Almost exactly 2 years since Jammer, our lovely rat terrier of 10 years, had to be put down. Been thinking of her all week, then found your site by accident. Thanks for a lovely, cathartic, moment. Different breed, same wonderful species. Human are fortunate to know canines!
St Paul MN
Our family has just lost our keeshond.She was purchased at a pet store in Pa. It seemed her whole life was filled with pain.It started with patellur luxation of her right knee.We had the necessary surgery done.Not long after that the opposite leg tore and we had to have a tpo (metal plate) in that leg.A bout a year after that she was diagnosed with a tumor on her bladder.We had her seen by 2 different doctors(ultrasound) she deteriorated very quickly.Both doctors said it was inoperable.We too had a dog that should be a poster dog for puppy mills.Naomi was only 7 years old and she was the best dog we ever had.She communicated with us all the time.She loved riding in the truck with us.We miss her terribly.We hope she is riding in heaven.I would love to hear from others with similar stories I just can't believe life for her was cut so short...and for us too.Wish you luck with all the good work rescue groups do.
Your website is very good. I really enjoyed the fotos and the links. My keeshond are Novice (beginning) agility dog and we have a lot of fun competing and training.
GREETINGS FROM HOLLAND
Just loved your website. I have been fortunate to be owned by 3 kees in my life. My current owner is 12 years old and in good health (besides those elderly ailments). My mother has her daughter and she's 10 years old. Since mom's retirement, (my mother), is involved with kees rescue here in Virginia Beach, Va. You know, I joke people and tell them the only reason I work is to support my keeshond in the manner she demands. I will never not have one in my life....never.
Pamela D. Snider, CPC
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
I just found your webpage today and have been forwarding the URL to all my dog loving friends. I have two, 7-year-old Keeshond/Lab crosses that I acquired as puppies. They are both black, but Kela, the female has the course grey undercoat in the feathering on her back legs. She also has that wonderful smiling face. The male, Kuro, has many lab traits. But he has a gorgeous, full tail that curls twice over his back. He has always been a very vocal boy--not barking, but talking. I was excited to learn that the talking was a male Keeshond trait.
I have always suspected that my little Kela had a very Keeshond personality. Now I am sure of it. She would love to be a lap dog, even though she is nearly 50 pounds. She wakes me up every morning with enthusiastic doggy kisses. And she teases her brother mercilessly. She has been a therapy dog for over 4 years, and is wonderful at her job. However, there are days when she just does not want to play catch with patients. If the game gets more complicated, and if she has to figure out how to get to wayward balls thrown by unsteady patients, she does a wonderful job. And while she was in training, she just could not understand why she needed to do all those crazy things like staying still when there were other dogs to play with, or walking backward, or following all those silly commands. But she managed to pass the class, and has worked very hard at her job.
Your website has also explained two other behaviors I see in both my dogs. One is that intent searching of my eyes and reading my facial expression. They know my every move, and Kuro can sit for half an hour or more just staring at me while I work at my computer, waiting for me to let them out to play or offer them a treat. And I finally understand the peculiar game they seem to play while they are waiting for a treat. They walk round and round and round in circles in the middle of the kitchen floor. Now I know that is a Keeshond trait.
My babies may not be purebred Keeshonds, but they have so many of both the physical and behavioral traits. What a wonderful breed!!!!
Regina A. Abel
I have a beautiful keeshond. I looked at the top of the guest book and was surprised to see e mails about a poker site. This is so stupid for someone to put on a dog website how many people are they going to get to go on to a poker web site. I am sorry you had this.
I am so filled with sadness today; our baby “Barkley” died 3 days ago. He was only four years old and he died, apparently, of a haemorrhage of the thymus gland. He went from being the picture of health to dying in my arms in about 2 minutes time. Our vet has only come across this sort of thing once in her 20 year career. Has anyone here heard of this happening to young dogs? Our grief is so deep – we got Barkley because we knew we never would have (human) kids of our own. Barkley was our son. Everyone who writes to this guestbook knows what Keeshonden are like and Barkley was a classic: funny, naughty, attention-demanding, wickedly smart – all those things that make us love Kees the way we do. Our breeder generally has only one litter per year but this year, for some strange reason, she is having a second litter. They are due in a week and our breeder has put us at the top of the list for any non-show male. If all goes according to plan, our house will be filled again with happiness in early February. Thanks for the site, guys. I find that visits to your site are really very helpful in dealing with my grief. Cheryl
USA - Friday, December 03, 2004 at 21:21:24 (EST)
Enjoy your site and glad to find it. I have THE best Kees in the world!! He is, Simon, who has been my loving, funny, and loyal companion for nine wonderful years...the breeder named the small litter after The Chipmunks, as she said they were so mischievous!!! My live would have been empty without this energetic, intelligent, bossy fuzzball! We go everywhere together...well mostly! And he really pouts if left at home. I have thought of getting another Kees as a companion for him, but I can't bring myself to get a younger dog as I don't know how he would handle a new member of our family. He is so gentlemanly that I'm afraid a younger dog would push him out of his Alpha dog position. Do you have any thoughts on this? Plus the fact, I'm not getting any younger either(76) and wonder if I can handle another dog... Betty Faye Lawton Laconia, NH
Betty Faye Lawton
Laconia, NH USA - Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 01:13:39 (EST)
great web site.our first rescued keeshond (kirby)died in august ,we got him whrn he was 6 years old ,nobody wanted him he had thyroid disease.he was 11 when he died,we rescued another with a lot of help from a rescue in newburg ny. "kirby deux" is 6 and has a very dark coat and bad hips from being crated every day allday long. ive had labs my whole life "still have one"but i found another breed that i love. i am amazed by how afechinate the males are.we call them hoppy hoppy.great dogs. again love your site robert hohn,schenectady ny,usa
schenectady, ny USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 04:26:53 (EST)
Tango the 14 Year old Keeshond, a wonderful Furson sends his Kisses. Gentle, taking his insulin shots twice daily like a little champion, and lover of all fursons, be they canine or feline. Tango welcomes all to sit with him for the Rose Parade next year.
Pasadena, CA USA - Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 17:11:19 (EST)
With tears in my eyes and laughter I read your website. I throughly enjoyed it and will be back. Thank you so much for your wonderful dedication to the kees
Wynyard, tas Australia - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 22:45:16 (EST)
And I just noticed when I posted that message you already have junkeater. Sorry to tell you what you already knew. Man those spam people are persistent.
USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 16:36:40 (EST)
Hi Terry- Carter here. You sure seem to love these dogs. The question you asked me about preventing guestbook and blog span does seem to have some solutions. I haven't used them, but you might want to check them out - I posted the link for junkeater above. I found it by doing a google search on "guestbook spam" Nice meeting you at the wedding. Hope you and Janet are doing well.
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 16:35:09 (EST)
Hi, Is this you ???????????????????????? e-mail if it is/can't find your e-mail address Not in my file cabinet or in the trash .
CliniMed, NM USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 22:49:40 (EST)
lovely site, some things remind me of daft stuff my dogs do, the smilies, singing, spinning, thinking they- the dogs- know best, i have 3 kees, the oldest 10 the youngest 3, middle one 6, the younger 2 compete in obedience, the youngest got a place in the northern obedience team and worked novice class at crufts in the inter-regional obedience competition. tthey all enjoy it. sophie the eldest was my 1st competition dog but put brakes on when she discovered no food rewards in the ring!!!!!!!!!!! she was 3 when i got her and knew there was "life before re-calls" my friend who bred her took her back after her owner died, i really liked her so had her on weeks trial and kept her , she's naughty but wonderful. the 6 year old- Rumour- is her niece and the 3 year old Xander is her great nephew. the younger two started with training much younger and it does make a huge difference, they don't know they have alternatives to exrecises like re-calls because i never let them go wrong in what i want them to do, they do have blips and try different keeshond ways of doing things but- hey sausage works wonders,some silly woman i see walking her dogs- who run off eat stuff and get the you khow whats!- said i want my dogs to come back because they love me not because i've got sausage, so i asked her if she would work for no pay!! my dogs love me or they would'nt work, come on keeshonds never do what they don't want to, i can't force them to fetch dumb bells and run to markers on send aways, it's been reward right behaviour training all the way.so because she 'll not use a tit bit her dogs get sick cos she's too daft to keep them from eating fox poop and the like. enjoy your dogs lynn sophie rumour and xander
doncaster, uk - Sunday, August 01, 2004 at 15:04:33 (EST)
Terry and Janet I am so sorry some low life choose you for internet invasion. Some people just have way too much time on their hands in my opinion. Since my last post Kupid my baby girl from Keesbrook Kennels in Canada has grown up to be a beautiful girl. She is now eight months old and a true testimont to the Keesbrook breeding program both in appearance and character. I recently had an email from a couple who saw my posts here and since they live in Arizona also thought I might know of a breedeer locally who had puppies or an older dog for adoption. I had to write back with no I was not aware of any reputable breeders of Kees in Arizona and gave them a couple of names such as Jolynn, Keesbrook and Katari. Anyway to make a long story short the couple emailed back that they found a breeder in Tucson who had a female that was recovering from valley fever one test shows it is in remission and a second test in several months will determine if they breed her. My question is this a good idea? If a dog has valley fever do they get over it completely, is this something that can harm the mother should she become pregnant and can it be passed onto the puppies. I have heard of valley fever but have limited knowledge of it in pets. I await your response. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your fuzzies. Sharron
Apache Junction, Az USA - Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 11:59:04 (EST)
Your site caught my attention when I saw the name Vanilla Spice. Janet Johnson gave us Vanna's mom, Sage, this April. She is a joy, and is learning rapidly how to be a pet dog.
USA - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 11:20:53 (EST)
You have an absolutely wonderful website! I recently heard about the breed on Animal Planet's show "That's My Baby". My youngest brother is shopping around for the perfect addition to our family and cannot stop himself from finding Keeshonds adorable. And especially after visiting your site, I would certainly have to agree.
Lisle, IL USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 01:32:07 (EST)
I am new to this site. I love it.
Vero Beach, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 20:54:45 (EST)
Love your website! I just adopted my very own "Fur-baby", Lily. We're related!! Your Vanna is her great-aunt through Jo-Lyn's Sage. I'll definitely be back to your site! Sherri >^^<
Lunenburg, MA USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 19:44:39 (EST)
Well our boy is Great!!It has been a year with no problems or emergency trips to the Vet(Thank God). I wanted to send you a pic of him on the beach with our Rott. They both had fun but yo-yo didnt care for the water. We think that it was to cold for him and he didn't care for the taste of it. Well as always love the sight and the new pics keep them coming.Thanks for giving people good info on the Keeshond breed.
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 17:14:54 (EST)
AND FROM THE OWNER AND CREATOR - IF THE WEBMASTER CANNOT FIND AN APPROPRIATE FILTER, I WILL BE FORCED TO TEMPORARILY FREEZE THE GUESTBOOK UNTIL THERE IS A WAY TO STOP THIS. KEY WORDS ARE POSSIBILITIES. A PASSWORD WOULD ONLY ALLOW A FEW, AND I WANTED ALL KEES OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES. SO, RIGHT NOW JUST IGNORE THE JUNK THAT IS BEFORE AND AFTER THIS NOTE. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A REAL ENTRY, WE WILL MAKE THE DISTINCTION WHEN THE WEBMASTER CLEANS UP. I CONSIDER THIS NEW ABUSE WORSE THAN A VIRUS. HANG ON...
USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 21:35:23 (EST)
Hi, all, and sorry for he low-lifes in this world, who feel a need to spam guestbooks, with such disgusting comments. We are currently working on a way to maintain our guestbook, yet deprive the depraved from posting...I hope to have success within the next several days. Webmaster, Keeshonden.org
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IN USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 18:25:33 (EST)
I wanted to let you know that someone has left some disgusting links in your guestbook. This is such a shame!
USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 14:37:00 (EST)
I just wanted to give everyone an update on my Elvis i rescued elvis in may 2003 so we have been together now 14 months. It is so amazing to me that the empty shell that he was 14 months ago is the same dog that jumps 3 ft in the air as he is spinning circles, barking as loud as he can upon my return from the mail box that is about 10 feet from my front door! He has become a wonderful bundle of loving energy. Most people can not believe that this is the same dog that cowered in the corner refusing to look at you only a short time ago. It just goes to show that the spirit that keeshonds possess should be envied by most humans. If any one out there is considering a rescued kees, let me be the first one to tell you that it is alot of work and very frustrating at times, but as my Elvis sits next to me poking me with his nose ( to be petted )so often that i can barely type this, when he comes over and rests his head in my lap, and especially when he is wolfing at me and letting his tongue hang out the side of his mouth begging for some of my diner, I am filled with the overwhelming feeling that Elvis may be the most selfless thing i have ever done in my life and although i say that i saved him, i firmly believe that he may be the one doing the saving. Thanks again to Terry,Janet, Cassey and Vanna for the wonderful site. Patty
Dalton , Ga USA - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 14:20:01 (EST)
What a wonderful site - it sums up quite nicely the various aspects I love about the breed. My wife and I are enjoying our third Keeshond, Oreo, a 6 year old male we obtained from a Keeshond rescue shelter a couple years ago. He definitely makes our life more exciting and enjoyable.
Jefferson, MA USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 11:38:36 (EST)
Thanks so much for this wonderful forum to express our feelings, learn and exchange ideas. Our hearts are full of sadness as we lost our baby boy Rocky. Rocky was our fourth Keeshond and died suddenly on Saturday July 3, 2004, not quite reaching his tenth birthday. My wife and I have no children in the true sense, but have always considered our dogs, our kids. We have always had two dogs at the same time, one has always been a Keeshond, while the other has been a Siberian Husky. We have had only two Huskies in the same time frame, while Rocky was our fourth Keeshond. Each of our kids has been so unique and special in every way. Not only are we grieving for the loss of our baby Rocky, but our Siberian Husky, Aspen is dealing with the loss of her big brother. Dogs grieve as well and it really shows with the sadness of our Husky. These two were the best of friends and played so well together. The following is a letter I wrote to my wife to try and heal our heavy hearts. I would welcome any of your comments as I believe our animals are so special to our lives. Thank you in advance for your time and attention. I miss our baby boy. I miss him jumping up on our chests and snuggling with us. I miss him chasing the squirrels, and his barks, greeting us when one of us would come home or when he wanted to tell us hello. I will miss hearing him tell everyone he is leaving with his sister Aspen in mom's new truck, purchased special for him and his sister, announcing to the neighbors, "We're going for a ride". I will miss him leading Aspen on a morning race up to the top of our property. I will miss picking up his toys as he takes them out of his toy box and spreads them throughout the house, even taking some of them outside I will miss his mom telling him to "go pick up your toys". I will miss telling him to come up and sleep with mom in the morning as I leave for work, which he lovingly did. I will miss his vocal moans and yawns, just as he laid down, with his back legs sticking straight out behind him. I will miss scratching his back, petting him and kissing his face, never tiring of the love and affection. I will miss asking him if he wants me to itch his ears, his nose and his neck. I will miss us both singing to him, as he snuggles close to us. I will miss him following us to the doggie cookie jar and asking if he wanted a treat, which he dearly loved. I will miss watching him sit patiently as we made some food in the kitchen, knowing he would get something special to eat. I will miss him pawing us in the face or arm because he wanted more attention. I will miss him waking us up early in the morning because he heard thunder and being so scared, he just needed to be held. I will miss him barking and growling at us when we startled him while he was sleeping. I will miss his mom calling him Rock Star as he gladly ran to your side. I will miss him sneaking into the off-limits TV room, just because he wanted to be close to us, and us giving in. I will miss him running 100 mph down the stairs from our bedroom so he could be the first one to the door. I will miss brushing his hair and giving him a trim which he hated. I miss telling him, "He's our baby boy". Our Baby Boy Rocky is now playing with his two brothers that have gone before him, Kai and Cody. They are introducing Rocky to our other kids who left before Rocky was born, Baron and Maggie. Nobody is as fast as Rocky as he leads his three brothers and sister on a daily romp throughout his new playground. They are looking down on us telling us not to be sad Mom and Dad. We love you so much and everything you have done for us. You are the best parents any animals could ever have. Rocky is telling Aspen that he loves his baby sister and not to cry and that everything will be alright. Rocky misses all of us and loves us so very much. We must know that our baby boy is looking down on his parents, barking up a storm, telling us how much he loves us. It is important that we keep images of our loved ones close to our hearts. I hope you can vividly see the images I have written about and that they place warmth in your hearts. This is what keeps our dreams alive.
Karen and Michael
Arlington, WA USA - Thursday, July 08, 2004 at 23:44:54 (EST)
I posted over a year ago about my beloved Kees, Maci, who was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. Fortunately, we caught it early and changed his diet, and he's doing well at the age of almost 11. I wanted to warn everyone, though, about grapes. It's only been known for a little over a year that grapes/raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Everyone knows not to feed chocolate or onions to a dog, but the thing about grapes & raisins/kidney failure isn't very well publicized. We used to give Maci grapes as treats; we thought "fruit, how healthy". If only I'd known... We adore the crazy, wonderful, loving little guy and would NEVER do anything that could cause him harm. So get the word out there -- never give grapes/raisins to a dog! (Or tea or coffee, which can damage a dog's pancreas...)
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 18:57:10 (EST)
USA - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 05:30:02 (EST)
I bought a male keeshond (Klassic Keeshonden's Razzmatazz)in 1992 from a wonderful breeder named Mary Beeman (Bucyrus, OH). Teddy (Razzmatazz)died from cancer last September and I'm still grieving. That furry little clown took my heart with him!
MI USA - Sunday, July 04, 2004 at 02:57:28 (EST)
Recently our 6 month old Keeshond has been eating grass. Which we see as a sign he isn't feeling well but he is also leting his tail go straight between his legs. We were wondering if anyone knows why they do this or have seen the same thing. We would love to find out so we can help him. Please help us out, thank-you, Kelci
Wellsboro, PA USA - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 11:36:11 (EST)
Hi Everyone! It has been almost seven month since I posted my first post. My story was about a poor half bald Kees that I got from the animal shelter. He had many problems, but he is doing wonderful now. His fur has grown back, and he is no longer having problems of being hyper. He is very loving, and laying at my feet as I am writing this. My josh is happy now and knows that he has a home. Everyone in the family loves him, and he loves them as well. In fact Josh believes that they come to see him every time they visit. He has helped us to heal as much as we have help him. We had just lost our dog when we got him, and with his love we were able to happy again. Yes he like most Kees he can be a clown, but the laughter is wonderful gift from hime. Thanks for listening, Deborah
Dearborn Hts, MI USA - Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 21:45:23 (EST)
Hi, we are writing to let you know that we have started a keeshond discussion board - Kees Talk - http://www.keeshondwales.co.uk/keestalk/ The idea of the board is to encourage an internet keeshond community. The board has different sections to discuss many keeshond topics including keeshond stories, health, breeding etc. Please feel free to drop by when you have time and it would be fantastic if you decide to join us. The board is very new (a couple of days) so there are not many members yet but it will hopefully grow. http://www.keeshondwales.co.uk/keestalk/ Looking forward to meeting you on the board. Best regards, Rachel (www.keeshondwales.co.uk) & Karin (http://kichigai.keeshond.org.uk)
UK - Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 13:31:57 (EST)
I love your website and love reading all the wonderful things that people write in about keeshonds. My story about keeshonds is rather different. I adopted a lovely female keeshond from an animal shelter. When I adopted her, she was 10 weeks old and was just a beautiful ball of fur with little tiny eyes. She looked like a minature bear. However, I almost didn't adopt her because at the door of her cage the sign read, "Chow/Husky Mix." Well, I knew that I didn't want a Chow because we have farm animals and I knew that Chows don't always get along well with other animals. So, while I was standing there debating if I should adopt this cute puppy, she is looking at me and begging me to take her home, in the meanwhile, up walks 2 young girls, approximately high school or college. They commented on how cute this puppy was and they asked me if I was going to adopt her and I told them, "I sure am." This was the beginning of a big change in my life! I named this little black cutie, "Lady." Soon after I adopted her she kept changing colors, it was amazing. She begin to get the beautiful silver and tawny colors. She continued to grow and is now a beautiful "Lady," with a lovely personality. However, I still did not know much about Lady, all I knew was that she and I bonded and I loved her very much and noticed that she had a cute gaited walk, but I still did not know she was a Keeshond. Three years ago, my family and I took a trip to South Dakota. I was walking Lady down the street on a leash when a Lady walked up to me, petted Lady and told me how well she liked my Keeshond. Well, I didn't think much about her telling me she was a Keeshond, at that point I didn't even know about Keeshonds and never even heard the word Keeshond! When we left South Dakota our trip extended to Yellowstone Park. Here, we were with Lady, sitting there waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, when a Lady next to me commented on how well she liked my Keeshond! At this point the Keeshond word finally stuck in my head. She told me her friend raises those kind of dogs and she knew immediately that Lady was a Keeshond! When we got back home, I got on the internet and self-educated myself about Kees. Sure enough, as luck would have it, the information and the pictures I studied revealed Lady was certainly a Keeshond! Now I have this great love affair with Keeshonds. They are such a beautiful breed and so intelligent! Lady is very smart and is a great traveler. She has learned so much from being with me and since I am self-employed, I do take here to work with me every day. I discovered that this is a very easy breed to have, not very demanding, but very easy to please. We live on a ranch and Lady gets plenty of excercise and is free to take a stroll whenever she feels like it, however she begs for me to go with her, so she and I like to incorporate our walks together. At nighttime she sleeps on the rug at the foot of the bed. She never cared to get on any of the furniture and is just happy laying by my feet. I love Kees and am quite fascinated with their personalities, their beauty and their intelligence. I think about the day I adopted her and I think about how I almost didn't adopt her, if I hadn't, I probably would of never known about Keeshonds and I certainly would of never had such a beautiful and wonderful addition to my family. I am so greatful for her and I thank God that he made Keeshonds!
Trinidad, CO USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 01:29:01 (EST)
I loved your site. I have a male Kees named Phoenix that will be 7 on 8/12/04. Your site hits it on the spot about the Kees. Some laughs here. He handled very well on our relocation road trip from NY to CA. Needless, to say, we are relocating back to NY, and my daughter can't wait for the winter. She really gets a kick w/Phoenix when he is doing a typical Kees dance and than buries himself into the snow, all except for a small sighting of his nose.
Wildomar, CA USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 01:34:10 (EST)
Fantastic site! Thank you for being there for us kees nuts. My baby girl, Kyona, is 2-1/2 and is the light of my life but, of course, she would be because she's a kees and that's just the way they are!
Naples, FL USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 08:19:41 (EST)
Very nice site! I live in the Netherlands and since the Keeshond is from this area you see them a lot here. But I'm moving to the US in summer and was wondering if this breed is known there at all. This site tells it all. Hope my Kees wont mind the flight across the ocean too much! I'll come here again.
zoetermeer, netherlands - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 13:26:42 (EST)
You have created a wonderful homepag there really show you love of our wonderfull breed, THANK YOU- Nete
USA - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 04:01:36 (EST)
i love your site.
lome, be togo - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 18:20:22 (EST)
Enjoyed reading this site. I particularly enjoyed the "raised by wolves" as my daughter was. Her "wolf mom" was Ch. Seawind's Solitary Sailor (Solo 1985-1993) and I wonder if her memories are like those described. The other thing I had a laugh about was the Kees and the slippers for I too have a slipper loving kees! Her name is Kesha and we rescued her at age 6. Cheers to all kees lovers!
NS CAN - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 11:43:58 (EST)
Just stopped by.
North Bay, Canada - Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 18:42:12 (EST)
I really enjoyed your Keeshond website. My dog (affectionately named Bear) did as well. He sat with me (for the most part, he gets pretty impatient when I sit for long periods of time) and watched me read over everything. Keeshonden are fantastic dogs. I always have gotten compliments from neighbors and passers-by anytime I used to walk my fine doggy (he's getting older now, almost 13, and hard concrete isn't good on his shoulders). Truly, there is something about this breed, they are so lovable, intelligent, outgoing, and indomitable in spirit. Even with his age, he is not willing to show any signs of weakness. He is an inspiring dog. Thanks again for the good read!
Manassas, VA USA - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at 22:48:55 (EST)
Terry & Janet, I wrote to you last October and told you about my adopted (from a puppymill) kees named elvis. I have just recently moved to ga and am back on email so i wanted to write to you and let you know how he is doing. he is everything that everybody writes about keeshondens!!! and sounds alot like your casey. I tried the things that you had suggested to me and they all seemed to work well. It will be a year in May that i have had elvis and each day he still progresses more. Yesterday he played with a ball for the first time. of course i have thrown the ball a million times and he has watched me (go after it) wanting nothing to do with it. but i was getting ready for work and saw him batting it around and the jumping on it sorta like a cat will do. it was extremly cute. I still have to act like im not looking at him when he is playing or he will stop, i think he is just now allowing himself to play and still looks like he will be in trouble for doing it.He has been playing with one toy and does love his bones but im glad to see him playing with other toys. I have moved into a one story house and now he comes into the bedroom with us and seems to be more relaxed. He used to only play after i had gone to bed upstairs (he never did come upstairs) he still wont get on the bed or the couch with us but he wants to and i think he will soon. he has come so far loving to be petted and flipping my arm up so i will pet him and he is barking and spinning alot. i have a before picture and am getting a after picture taken and will send them to you so you can see him. well thats all for now i will keep in touch again thanks for the site and i love Vanna speaks as she seems to have the same opinions as my elvis. Patty & Elvis
Tunnel Hill , ga USA - Friday, April 02, 2004 at 08:32:30 (EST)
I sit hear with my freshly washed Kees baby and he is just watching the treat bag that I have sitting on my computer table in front of me. He is a little over 14 weeks old. They shrink so much when they get a bath it is hilarious. I think that Tahj likes his bath. We give him one about once every week and a half. For anyone looking for a good Keeshond breeder, there is one in Bloomsburg PA. The e-mail is email@example.com. For us it was a long drive but it was worth it. The pup we got was 500$ for either gender. Their names are Linda and Daniel O'Kane. Hope this helps someone. I just love this site and I have it in my favorites folder. Thanks
Wellsboro, PA USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 15:27:58 (EST)
Beautiful site! We read absolutely every story. Just lost our nearly 14 year old kees this week due to kidney disease, and we're a terrible mess right now ... sobbing all the time. We need two kees pups as soon as possible to fill our empty home. (My husband says we should a hundred of these wonderful dogs. They're absolutely the best breed in the world!)
Joe & Deanne Dunlap
Tucson, AZ USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:32:19 (EST)
I loved your site. I have a kees female and she is the most wonderfull dog that I ever had. Thank you Madalena Marques
Santarém, Portugal - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 04:13:11 (EST)
Your site is magnificent. We who live with Keeshonden know all about smiles, loyalty, tricks, clowning, goofing around, stubbornness, talking, and the naughtiness, but your website put music to what we have in our lives. (Mind you, I don't think I'll ever be able to read all of D.D.'s story...). We are the happy owners of a 3 year old male 'Barkley' -- who at this moment is in my washroom standing up at the edge of the vanity. Any moment now he'll knock my hairbrush onto the floor, pick it up and come tearing into the computer room where he'll spit the brush out onto the floor and then give me the stare that says, "Enough with the computer, Mom, it's 'Go time'!" Duty calls : )
Orillia, ON Canada - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 17:09:31 (EST)
I love your website.
Calgary, AL Canada - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 14:17:29 (EST)
Keesbrook Monkey N The Middle aka Kupid is growing. She is now a little over three months old and has mastered the doggie door. All on her own she realized out that little piece of plastic and watching the other dogs was freedom to run in the grass. Her first few trys were pushing it with her paw and then going through, now she is head first in a dead run (like her playmate KoKo). This week end was a cluster dog show with four clubs having events. Keeshonds were there but alas only six shooting for the championship of best in breed. I walked all over the arena for two days talking and watching the breeders as they prepared to enter the ring. I noticed the nervousness of the humans however the dogs were just taking it all in stride. Beautiful dogs that were magic to behold. Kupid has started her puppy obedience class, I realize the class is actually for me teaching me how to teach her. Our instructor is a no nonsense sort of guy that has over 30 years of dog training to his credit. I am learning much from him, one that I would like to pass on. He said one dog out of three hundred will get an obstruction from rawhide chews therefore he personally never gives them to his pets. His advise was rather than the rawhide for treats to get the pulverized rawhide that is then formed into a bone. I went home immediately and threw out all the rawhide in the house. My luck I would be that one in three hundred, therefore I am not willing to risk the health of my dogs with rawhide. Just an FYI for the rest of you dog lovers. Wishing you all good health and happiness with your little fuzzies.
Mesa, arizona USA - Monday, March 01, 2004 at 11:38:11 (EST)
For anyone looking for a male Keeshond puppy, there is one for adoption at the Little Rock Animal Shelter in Arkansas. The phone number is 501-376-3067 and the ID#142521. I hope someone out there will adopt this little cutey. I would, but I have two already and my male is very territorial and will not tolerate another male in his domain. Terri
Beebe, AR USA - Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 04:53:44 (EST)
Just a note to thank everyone who keeps visiting the site. Vanna's and Casey's family has been going through massive changes, including a move across the continent. Throughout, the Kees have been the strong cornerstones. They have helped get us through the strife. It is hoped that in the near future, you will have some new "Vanna Speaks" (she's already dictated some)and other changes to the site. Have fun with your Kees.
Web Site Owner
USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 15:04:39 (EST)
I have signed this book earlier but we now have our new little Keeshond pup and he is our little gem. We named him Tahj and he is 10 weeks old tomorrow. We just love him to death and I couldn't imagine living without him!! This site is by far my favorite site on the iternet and Keeshonds are the best breed in the world!! Now comes introducing him to the cat better, Oh Boy!!! Kelci
Wellsboro, PA USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 12:19:16 (EST)
I have had six kees and they have been the love of my life.I currently have two Keesha,and Tricky,having lost my best friend Smokey after 15 years together.I saved Keesha from the pound here in town,she was on her last day when they called me.She will not have to worry about a good home now.I just found your site, I`ll be back.Thanks so much for all you do.
Woodsfield, OH USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 11:10:36 (EST)
As an owner of two Keeshond myself, I enjoyed your web-site very much. I have had three litters of pups and will probably have more. Keesha and Jingles are my kids and there is no way that anyone could take them away from me or my family. It is so hard to sell my babies, but that is the only way to share my love of Keesonden with others. We also have a chihuahua that Keesha and Jingles are adapting to slowly. Believe me when I say that Keesha and Jingles make our day with their smiles and love. Thank you for your web-site. Terri
Beebe, AR USA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 23:41:19 (EST)
I have to say that after raising three Keeshond we will always have one in our house. My last, named Marlie is almost 14 1/2 years old and although she is totally deaf and starting to fail in some ways, she is still a joy to have. We love her dearly and she gets along well with our two pomeranians who are her babies. What bothers me the most is that it seems that this breed is losing it's popularity which is a shame since they are the best breed by far!
Kings Park, NY USA - Monday, February 09, 2004 at 22:46:32 (EST)
I thoroughly enjoyed this site. My keeshond, Keeza, (Kute Kuddly Keeza) turned 11 in August first and it amazes me daily how much of a puppy she still is. Your descriptions of your dogs remind me just how much she is truely true to her breed.
WV USA - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 20:45:16 (EST)
Last night as I was holding my Keeshond puppy, Kupid, I surfed to the PBS channel and watched a Nova Special called Dogs and More Dogs. The show tried to unravel the mystery of how all the breeds evolved from the wolf. The theories abound but one thing at the end really struck home. A researcher said most dogs are discarded because of behavioral problems. He said their would be far less unwanted dogs put down each year if dogs were bred for companionship traits rather than hunting, retreiving, etc. I had only to look down at my little Kupid to realize the Keeshond is ahead of the game in that line of thinking since they were originally bred for companionship and that continues today. No wonder the Keeshond is so social not only to humans, other dogs and even those pesky cats. lol In watching the Nova special I also learned that a dogs learning curve for socialization is in the first 16 weeks, that is the time they learn to trust, fear etc., Just another reason to always buy from a reputable breeder who is hands on with the puppies. And another tidbit for all dog lovers, did you even wonder why a dog's paws have that unusual smell (some say like popcorn), turns out Dogs do sweat but only in their paws! Who knew!!! Have a great day and have you hugged your kees today?
Mesa, az USA - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 13:10:08 (EST)
Hey all you fellow Keeshond Lovers. finding this site was the highlight of my day. I read all the way down through the page and was absolutely reassured about my families choice to get a keeshond puppy in the beginning of February. I have never been more excited for something in my entire life. We just can't wait. If any of you have any other good Keeshond sites you can e-amil me a firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and enjoy your afternoon or whatever it is when you read this. Kelci
Wellsboro, PA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 15:01:58 (EST)
I invite you to see my new baby, Keesbrook Monkey N The Middle aka Kupid. I just returned from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sunday with the newest member of our family. If you wanna see this little girl go to http://www.keesbrook.ca/puppies.htm. The flight to and from Canada was long since I did a turn around but Kupid slept the entire trip home curled up under my seat on the plane. Since arriving home she is making her presense known with the other family members and we have discovered she just might turn out to be the Alpha girl, since currently she has us all running at her beck and call. I am so grateful to Brenda Brooks from Keesbrook Kennel for Kupid. Brenda was a pleasure to work with and her dedication to the keeshond breed is apparent. I look forward to lots of happy times and new experiences for Kupid as she matures. For now I am taking full advantage of her size as my little lap dog!!! lol
Mesa, Az USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 11:38:38 (EST)
We have our girl, Keesha who just turned "5" years on January 1, 2004! She is our baby and she runs the home, even with 7 cats there! She is very vocal and she has quite the little personality! We would love to exchange pictures and hear from people who own Keeshonds and who would like to be pen-pals and/or visit with us and our kees. Please contact us and share stories,okay. God bless. We really love this site, it's terrific! Linda & Gary & KEESHA
Linda Gary Randall
Chatham, NY USA - Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 08:32:53 (EST)
love the site. my kees are not "out of work" they compete in obedience well sophie has retired -nearly 10, rumour is working class A,she s 5, xander is in novice, he s 2 and is working in the northern team at crufts 2004,they enjoy it- especially the sausages when they get things right. but then who works without pay? certainly not a kees!!!
doncaster, s.yorks uk - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 18:26:44 (EST)
Your website just lifts my spirit. Our (mine and my husband Michael) baby dog Sranda or Pooky died suddenly on Friday (January 9, 2004). It was completely unexpected. He was the most special doggie, he talked to us and played with us and loved us uncoditionally. Michael found your website and we have both been looking at it and reading your stories evry day. Thank you for it! Michael & Janka
Woodbridge, VA USA - Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 12:16:59 (EST)
Thank you for a wonderful website! I had no knowledge of the Keeshond breed until we adopted our wonderful Katie from the animal shelter on 09/11/03. Our groomer, who is quite familiar with the Kees, is certain that she is part Kees due to her coat, markings, size, and personality. Eventhough she is not a purevred, her personality (from what I learned from Vanna, et al) is all Kees. She truly makes life worth living! So fun, happy and mischievous. She likes to re-arrange shoes. That's her duty especially when she isn't getting what she feels is her fair share of attention! She is also the best and most persistent alarm clock I've ever had! Never mind that sometimes she is several hours early just because she is wide awake at 3 am and wants to play! She is the Queen of the Bark Park and loves everyone! The world is her playground. Thank you for your site as you have helped me understand and appreciate this wonderful breed. KUDOS to you!
Tempe, AZ USA - Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 23:08:48 (EST)
I really love your site. I have adopted a year old Kees that has had a rouhgth start. When I brough him home he was bald in spots from the alergies of flees. He could not go outside in the yard by himself because he was so afraid of us leaving him there. He only weigh ninteen pounds, and was smaller than his sister. My first thing to do as his new momma was to take him to my vet. The vet told me that he was healthy even though he had bad care in the begining. He is now gaining weight, and begining to trust, and growing back his hair. It has been a month, and he is a different dog, but we still have a long way to go. Your site has really helped me to understand, but I could use some advice on the proper way to train him. He has two speeds sleep or speed demon. We love him deeply he is a loving beautiful soul that we could see even though he looked more like a coyete insead of a kees. I did not even know what a kees was until he came into our lives. I decided to adopt him before I was shown the picture of what he was to look like with his fur. So I can say I truly fell in love with him for him. He is very much a clown and he makes me laugh everyday. I look forward to any advice on training him that anyone can give.
Dearborn Hts, MI USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 00:16:23 (EST)
Reading your guest book, makes me wonder why so many Kees seem to be abused? Is it that stubborn refusal to do "ordinary" tricks, when one is an natural escape artist and lovable talking clown? Smokey came into our lives because he had a major heart murmur and was scheduled to be humanely put down and life should never be that cheap or short. My husband and I had agreed (in theory) "NO MORE PETS", but it was love at first sight and never regretted. Smokey loved to make friends and to hear them laugh, anything for a laugh or a car ride. He would leave home and go the school (door knobs were "NO PROBLEM") to be with his kids. All the children loved him and the teachers always praised his good behaviour. He enriched our lives for six years.
Scarborough, ON Canada - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 15:17:25 (EST)
Love your site, pictures & info. I have 2 keeshonden, Thor & Gidget I'll be back to see more. Thanks
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 17:45:01 (EST)
Just checking back with "Warm Fuzzies" to see what is new. Still waiting on the birth of those puppies from Keesbrook Kennels and hoping I am one of the lucky ones to get a baby. Until then life is good here with my KOKO. I gave him a bath to take advantage of our warm weather. I remember my step-son came home and saw him all wet and his only comment was "He looks so little", but now that he is dry he is once again a fluffy kees. Shopping at our local Pet's Mart I had a man comment "What a Hair Ball", I could not take any offense since he was looking at kitty stuff so what does he know about this magnificent breed. His loss for sure cause to know them is to forever love them. Keep saying a silent prayer that I get a new member to my kees family out of the Keesbrook Kennels. Wishing you and all the other kees lover's and their babies a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Mesa, Az USA - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 15:03:22 (EST)
The emotions I feel while reading your site are so overwhelming I don't quite know what to say. I have loved three keesies. The two still with me are a breeder's dream (he has nearly caused several car accidents due to the tendancy of people to scream/laugh hysterically when they see his incredible beauty and unbearable cutness) named Hairy, A.K.A. Candray Stands to Reason, and a formerly severly abused rescue named Lena Bear. Lena is not beautiful like her brother but there is no sweeter, more attentive dog in the world. They are the center of my life and the solice of my heart. Because of them, our house is always filled with laughter and happiness. For those of you who are considering a Kees but don't know if they are right for you, let me chime in: they are simply the most beautiful, perfect, exquisite proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. They are a gift from a merciful God who knows that life is hard and that we need someone in our lives to make it all better. God bless you for championing this perfect creature.
Long Beach, CA USA - Friday, October 31, 2003 at 15:18:59 (EST)
Thanks for having a wonderful site!
Ohio USA - Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 13:40:26 (EST)
This web site is mandatory for every Keeshond lover. Our "Akkimma" passed away 6 years ago, and brought us much joy and happiness. Your stories of your family of Kees had me in tears and laughter at the same time. I'm so glad I found you web site, and I will forward it to friends and family. Keep the stories coming, for you have truly captured the heart and spirit of the Keeshonden.
Matteson, IL USA - Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 02:53:49 (EST)
Love your site. We lost our beloved Kee last Nov. We got a rescue Kee this past March and he is a true blessing! They are a wonderful breed!!
MI USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:51:04 (EST)
Owner of Pure Bred Kees since 1978,serching for Book The Pomeranian,By G.M.Hicks M.A.published in 1906as stated in The Keeshond by Alice Gatacre! 1938.
St.John's,NFLD., Canada - Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 08:57:52 (EST)
I love your site! The articles and stories are so nice to read. I particularly love Vanna Speaks and would love to see additional installments. If I want someone to understand kees personality I have them read all of the Vanna Speaks articles and they get it. It's the first thing I check when I pull up the site. I had to put my first 13 1/2 yr. old kees Presley down in March. I got my second, who's a rescue a week and a half later because I couldn't stand the house without a furball in the house. Smokey will be 5 yrs. in November. She's a radical change from my first one, much more energy, personality and vocal expressing than the first. My car is truly her "barge" and she's eager to go in it anytime she can. I'm hoping to add another puppy or younger rescue to the family in the next year or so to keep her company and in/out of trouble! Thanks again for such a great website.
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 09:33:35 (EST)
OOPS, FORGOT...to give you kudos for "Life with Kees" and "It's not nice to point" , both films really portry the playful nature of the breed. It is wonderful to have found a site as crazy about keeshonds as me, now I know I am not alone. Keep up the good work to promote this breed.
Mesa, Az USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 11:57:40 (EST)
This is for all the Kees lovers devoted to this magnificent breed. My KoKo and step son (6 year old Ben) recently took honors at a fund raiser called Barkoberfest which was to raise money for a no kill shelter here in Arizona. The events that KoKo (3 year old neutered male) and Ben took first place in was the owner/dog look alike contest and the egg race. Ben was the youngest entrant in the egg race with Koko by his side. Now since they were not the first ones to participate I noticed KoKo just watching as the other owners and their dogs made their way thru the obstacle course. I think he was taking it all in figuring out what was expected of him in that competition. Well when it came Ben and KoKo's turn it was amazing because KoKo took the lead to weave in and out of the obstacle pulling Ben in tow and he pulled Ben accross the victory line. It was an amazing accomplishment and a real testimont to the intelligence of this breed. The whole thing was just too cute and as the trophy was presented to KoKo and Ben the smiling dutchman had much to smile about as did his little master Ben. Never underestimate what these fabulous dogs can do and all they require from us is love. I am currently on a waiting list for a puppy from Keesbrook Kennels so that KoKo has an active playmate to romp around the house and yard. No promise of a puppy since the waiting list is long and number of puppies is usually small. I can only hope that I am fortunate enough to receive a new addition to our family and ask that you all say a little silent prayer for me and Keesbrook kennels for a healthy happy litter and no harm to Dancer (mother dog) during the pregnancy and delivery. I use to think limited registration was a bad thing, but recently there was an ad for a kees in the local paper. Not believing what I saw I just had to go check it out. Well what I found was a back yard breeder of kees that were of poor quality and the living conditions for the dogs was horrible. No grass just a postage stamp of a yard with only dirt, a dog bowl that was filthy and water bowl that no caring owner would even allow their dog to drink out of. I just wanted to get in this woman's face to ask her what the hell she was doing. (I used self control) informing her that I felt it a shame for her to use breeding of dogs to supplement her income with no regard for the dogs. Now I understand more of why reputable breeders insist on that limited registration to discourage irresponsible people from creating their own private puppy mills in their homes. A kees is a magnificent animal and nothing or no one should ever do anything to discredit the integrity of the breed. (That was me on my soapbox) lol We are all passionate about somethings and I know mine is Keeshonds. To know them is to surely love them and wish to protect them from all harm. KEESHONDS RULE!!!!
Mesa, Az USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 11:49:08 (EST)
I am one of the lucky ones, my wife and I are owned and loved by a male Kees called Sammy. He was born on Jan 2, 2001 and we got him at about eight weeks of age. I am constantly amazed at his natural intelligence and beautiful nature (not to mention his good looks!). Reading the story about DD I realize how very spacial these wonderful creatures are. I truly dread the time when he leaves us, your telling of that hardship brought a tear to my eye. As I type this Sammy is laying on his back in the doorway, legs in the air, watching my every move. I think I'll end this message so that I can go and give him a cuddle. Thankyou for a wonderful site. Best wishes from Australia Mark
Brisbane, Australia - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 05:49:59 (EST)
I am one of the lucky ones, my wife and I are owned and loved by a male Kees called Sammy. He was born on Jan 2, 2001 and we got him at about eight weeks of age. I am constantly amazed at his natural intelligence and beautiful nature (not to mention his good looks!). Reading the story about DD I realize how very spacial these wonderful creatures are. I truly dread the time when he leaves us, your telling of that hardship brought a tear to my eye. As I type this Sammy is laying on his back in the doorway, legs in the air, watching my every move. I think I'll end this message so that I can go and give him a cuddle. Thankyou for a wonderful site. Best wishes from Australia Mark
Brisbane, Australia - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 05:49:20 (EST)
God loves you
USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 03:47:39 (EST)
Thanks for the site i have recently rescued a kees from a puppy mill in GA and he is just now starting to act like a real dog & after reading your site i am confident that his true keeshond personality will win out. I have thought all along that it would and i just needed to be patient and now i know that i made the right decision in bringing my elvis home with me.He is already showing alot of the kees traits that you talk about but is still very scared of human contact. i cant wait for the day that he will lay on my lap and let me love him. He is very smart and has already learned a few words (besides treat - he learned that real fast) Each day i see an improvement. Thanks again for the great site and i am sure that someday my elvis will be a real keeshond. Patty & Elvis
Alton , IL USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 15:23:50 (EST)
I almost cried when I read about Casey's sad life experiences. I'm a recent addition to Kee's mad people around the world. My baby girl, Ryfrost Livewire, aka, Ivy, came into my life about 7 months ago, aged 9 months. After reading info on your site and others in the ring I just knew she was the dog for me. Since the first day home she's been my constant companion, even to the point where she comes to work with me! (It helps that my boss is as Kees mad as me, and is Ivy's full sister's human!)The complete unconditional love she gives to everyone in the family constantly astounds me. I love waking up to that beautiful face and big brown eyes every morning. Now I'm thinking another pup would be nice addition to the household! Thanks for providing a great website for Kees nuts!
Newcastle, NSW Australia - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 21:06:37 (EST)
I so enjoy your site, when I can't sleep I sit and look at some of your pictures and smile. Or I cuddle with my kees Byron until I drift off to sleep. But tonight Daddy is not feeling well, so Bryon is keeping an eye on him. We got Byron from a rescue group, please look at my web page for the story of how we got him, and some great pictures of our sweet little boy. He made our house a home again.
Enfield, ct USA - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 00:15:22 (EST)
What a wonderful tribute to the Keeshond breed your site is. I have been devoted to the keeshond since 1993 when I got my Keesha a rescue kees that I needed far more than she needed me. Since then I still have my Keesha who is the Queen mother to KoKo a three year old male from Katari Kennels in Arkansas. His is awesome both in his champion appearance and loving personality. I cannot imagine my home without at least one Kees in residence. I never hesitate to tell others what a fabulous breed this dog is. My kees are truly VIP'S in our home. Living in Arizona this breed is not the norm because of the heat so needless to say when we go out to Pet's Mart, Dog Park or just shopping in general my dogs get lots of attention. A kees is truly a magnificent animal and your site gave me lots of enjoyment with the stories, videos and still shots. (have not read DD's story as yet, not sure I can, the mere thought of losing a loved one is heart breaking enough without the trauma DD and you had to endure) Some of my friends tell me I am too wrapped up in my dogs because I am forever taking pictures of them, our family album has kids, grandkids and the kees. I make no apologies for that since Keesha and Koko are family members as well. My prayer is that every kees born goes to a loving home that will cherish them for their entire lives. A kees is a liftime committment not of my life but theirs and anyone that thinks otherwise should never have one. Thank you for sharing your love for DD, Casey and Vanna with us.
Mesa, Az USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 11:29:44 (EST)
I've just finished reading your web. Wow! I'm looking for another breed of dog to invite into my home. My beloved Lilly had to be put down on July 28th. She was an American Eskimo spitz. As a puppy I took her places, dog school even as a backup dog for my 4-H group. I don't understand why, as she got older she became very aggressive and bit two people. Her sister was also very aggressive and had the same kind of background. She was the most happy dog I've ever lived with. This was especially hard for me because when I take a dog it lives with me until one of us dies. The Kees sound like the kind of dog I could be looking for. However, I'm concerned that they might become aggressive like Lilly because of the spitz background. I don't think I could go through another heartbreak. I miss her energy and smile most of all. If you know of any kees that have become aggressive please tell me. I teach 9 months out of the year and my dogs are my family. School is about to start and I truly will miss my special doggy opera and dance when I come home. Again your web page is super!
Lacey, wa USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 22:53:40 (EST)
Hey, haven't been here in a while, but where's the new pics. You must have some new adventures for me to see!
Westminster, california USA - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 18:43:38 (EST)
I found your site while doing a general "Keeshond" search and really enjoyed reading all the pages...especially because I am also an extremely proud parent to a 8- months old Jo-Lynn Kees. In fact, I mt Jackson (aka Jo-Lyn's Cashew Brittle) is distantly related to your Vanna. I have seen Vanna's picture on Janit's website, so it was even more fun to "meet" you and her through your website. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I feel exactly about Jackson as you described about Vanna. He took over the house the moment he arrived and is clearly the Prince. My partner and I both are convinced that Janit made a mistake in letting us have him. He is so intelligent, it's spooky, and he, also, stands in show stance most of the time. Anyway, we love him so much, that we requested a second Jo-Lyn Kees, Savannah (aka Jo-lyn's Sun Angel) who was born in June and will hopefully come to us toward the end of August. Thanks again for your wonderful words and insight about these amazing dogs.
San Diego, CA USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 18:56:38 (EST)
Enjoyed your site very much. My wife, Suzanne, and I just lost our Kees friend, Trooper, last month. He had developed a tumor that, by the time it was discovered, was so far along that our veterinarian saw almost no chance of surviving an operation. He was 12 years old, and had been dealing with hyper-thyroidism for years. But with all his troubles, he gave us so much love! We will never forget him! I plan to look for another (perhaps two), after a time to heal the hurt of his passing. If I can locate a rescue site here in Washington State, maybe that will be the way to go. Keep up the good work!!
Tacoma, WA USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 23:36:23 (EST)
How fortunate I feel to have found this site! As I sit here late at night trying to deal with my grief I feel better remembering the good times after reading all the wonderful stories here. A few days ago, our beloved Smokey was found dead. He was only 2 and half years old and had died in his sleep. Our vet believes he died of bloat. Having bought Smokey at a pet store, we were never sure of his health history. I have learned a lot about puppy mills and pet stores as well as the predisposition of heart problems in Keeshonds on the internet. I'm not sure exactly what took our dog from us since we felt it was important to give the dog a proper and prompt burial(for the kid's sake). We are all heartbroken here. The silence is deafening. Although we will need time to mourn I would be interested in finding out more information about Keeshond rescues for the future. We will rescue next time rather than purchase from a pet store. Every dog of this breed deserves to have a loving home. I know my Smokey now has the ultimate loving home in heaven...................................................
North Haven, CT USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 02:13:51 (EST)
It was most enjoyable to read your site and to see that our Kees Jaspa shares so many of the traits you describe. Many of these traits indeed must be unique to the breed. Some of the stories could have been written about Jaspa. It brought a smile to my face that we are not the only ones that enjoy a Kees' good and bad habits! He is such a great dog that we are thinking of getting a friend for him. Mmmmmm, two Kees in one house.....
Melbourne, VIC Australia - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 01:23:36 (EST)
This breed was our first selection,and without a dought a great one.Very stubburn dog.We put him through dog obedience,he is stubburn,but he graduated.We purchased our dog thru puppy Kennel.In Miami Fla.He was 3 mounths old.The year was 1986.This dog can truly say he lived like a king!Indoors because its very hot in Miami,so he's in A/C all the time.So to make this short story,we moved to Hawaii,the year is Nov 2001.We think that if he's this strong he will survive the plane trip.So he does with flying colors.But he has to serve quarantine time.We requested a room with aircondition so that he does'nt feel bad.The wife and I take the whole month off so to get a break and so that he sees us twice a day.Anyway the mounth is up and we take him away from the kennel,which is nothing like the brochurse we recieved at our home in Miami.This is in Hilo Hawaii.The dog needs to get use to his new enviroment which now has no A/C but he does adjust very well.So it's now Feb of 2003,our dog is starting to show his age.The wife and I know he has a little time remaining with us.Sure enough he told us he had to let go.This was crushing,so like many other pet owners we put him to rest.We will never forget the times he gave us.This dog gave us 16 years of pure love.We miss him tremendously...His name was Mik....
Jose & Tania Orol
Kailua-Kona, HI USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 02:17:52 (EST)
Hiya! Nice Keesie site! -Proud Keesie Mom
North Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 11:55:05 (EST)
Read everything - was looking for Dutch barge work.. Always been a 'dog bloke' and its put me right about those stubby little lap dogs. I've added one to my list of travelling home essentials. To of course follow on with me wherever. Probably get on fine, me being a tricky unemployed Liverpudlian who's been heard crooning on the odd night time passage. Thanks for entertainment, though I think Vanni Spice might be too much like having Liza Minnelli (aged thirty) move in after what was supposedly a one night stand. Roj; minded as a kid by a Golden Retriever bitch who was soft as.
Roger Dodge Kirby
Bristol, UK England - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 21:16:33 (EST)
I just read your sections on Tricks and I totally agree! Our Keeshond has weird tricks of her own too. The most amusing one is "Ears Down"---Where she actually puts her ears down!
USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 16:02:36 (EST)
Was so nice to see new pictures of you guys hiking. Haven't visited your site since after my "Hanna" passed away and was nice to be back see the "Kees" pics. You all were so kind to us at the time and it's nice to be back to your comforting-funny site. Keep up the good work for those of us who no longer have the real thing to look at.....
Westminster, california USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 16:09:00 (EST)
Love your website!! but true love is our 1 yr. old Keeshond, Klover! Klover runs the show here in (sm. town)CT.We are not allowed in the library UNLESS she is with us..and she's teaching everyone what a wonderful breed Keeshonden are. Meanwhile,my husband's motorcoach co.(Flying Dutchman) may soon be sporting a dashing Keeshond on the side of each bus..what would you rather ride on Greyhound..OR.. KEESHOND!! no contest.
L van Eck
USA - Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 13:07:16 (EST)
I love Keeshonds too, in fact, I've raised seven of them from puppies. I lost Scampy, Erik, and Tramp in the past 2 years due to old age. Lady, Gretel, Ariel and Prince are still home with us and they go everywhere with us! They're always ready to play or go for walks and they love my grandkids!
Aulander, NC USA - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 07:59:52 (EST)
I wasn't looking for Smokey when she found me. She had been given away twice and I thought she was the most perfect dog I had ever met. Turns out I was right. She died last December at the age of 11. We only had 6 years together but they were the best. I miss her terribly and someday I will get another Keeshond. She was truly my best friend and soul mate.
columbus, oh USA - Friday, April 11, 2003 at 15:49:26 (EST)
My wife and I got a Kees about 8 months ago for a family companion. His name is Fifer and he is an absolutely amazing dog! He is completely docile and loving, but at the same time full of playful energy (i.e. he is a silly spaz!). He gets along with every dog, cat, human, creature that he encounters (though I am not saying our cats get along with him that well). Fifer has had some minor health problems, primarily digestive, but our vet has been able to correct these with little effort and we hope that he "grows out of" these issues as his immune system strengthens with age. I just wanted to add that this site played a large role in our decision to choose a Keeshond when we were choosing a breed. You have led us to the best decision we could make and we are very thankful.
Dan & Jen
GA USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 21:40:49 (EST)
My husband bought me my first Keeshond and the first dog I have ever had at that point in 1992,when I went to his friends house he had a 6 week old baby girl who was right with me the whole time and later I found out he just wanted to see if I would like her and if she would like me. Later that night he came to a bowling ally, where we were to meet with a ring on her collar and asked me to marry him.Only he didnt get the words out because I snached her right out of his hands and started walking around with her.My baby girl Chewy who was with us untill someone took her from my Mother's back yard while they were watching her for us in 1999.Well we did get married and we have a 1 year old boy now ( yoshie ) that he got from a family who just had him tied to a pole in their yard. He was only 4 month's old but very sick and very matted and very scared.My husband talked the owners into letting him buy him for our family and he brough him home for me on our annivercery in 2002.This poor sad looking puppy that I have almost had one year is a different dog,sweet loving and always with me ( even in the bathroom or else he cries and runs into the door) am hooked and have friends who love the breed also just from being around my baby's.I will alway's have a kee in my life! I love your sight and hope everone with a keeshond love's them as much as we love our's.
Milford, Oh USA - Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 02:06:53 (EST)
Just surfing through and found your site. Liked it and thought I'd drop a note. I'll be back! - Sam @no.spam. Dog Packs
Redmond, WA USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 10:58:08 (EST)
Wonderful site. We lost our beloved Kee on Nov 12th and missed her so much. We are lucky enough to have come across a rescue Kee which we are picking up on March 21st. We can't wait!! Thanks to people like you for your love and dedication to this fantastic breed, we were able to come in contact with a rescue breeder. Thanks again so very much.
Quinnesec, mi USA - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 16:27:55 (EST)
Thanks for giving Comet a spot light on your site. we are only too happy to share our success story. All stories & rescues can be successful if you want them to be. You have to work at them just like children. Comet has come a long way, even with his "good" beginnings he had a ways to go. He brings something new everyday, gets better with each sunrise. Comet has a little boy inside of him, he comprehends everything, not just sounds like, but really understands, he knows what buttons to push for each member of this household, that includes each cat (2)& I sometimes think the fish too. We have promised him a puppy come this fall, we have dangled that over his head; when he's bad we tell him the deal is off & oddly enough he changes his attitude & tries to get back into his best behavior. What a character! Just gearing up for the double fun this fall!! Comet sends his Arooo luv & keesies (hugs & kisses)
Levittown, NY USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 17:47:19 (EST)
Bear, our 14yr old Kees passed away last evening very suddenly. He agreed to adopt our family nearly 9 years ago. He was 5yrs of age and was passed around to college roommates when his original owner Sarah married and moved to England. I affectionately referred to him as our 'used' dog and he shook off the uncertainty from his previous owner experiences and took over our hearts. Keeshonds are incredible companions and excellent family members. I became the second child as the 'first son' was a border collie named Darcy who passed away at 18yrs of age. Since that time, we've had three wonderful Kees from various circumstances. One was a mix-breed pup rescued from a back porch nightmare, the second was an AKC puppy, and most recently Bear. They've all been so individual and all are members of the family. I will miss Bear, and I am so glad that he was with us when he passed away.
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 02:37:32 (EST)
great site, linked by the dutch keeshond club. go one!!!!!
fred en renee roosengarten
afferden, holland - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 15:12:19 (EST)
Do you know of a keeshond message board? I've been trying to find one to chat w/other kees owners, but I can't find one. I think we'd all have a lot to share about these great little beasties!
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 21:26:05 (EST)
Finally, someone who loves their Kees like they are their children! Bravo!!!!!
westminster, ca USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 01:42:35 (EST)
I said good bye to My Best Friend on 12/23/02. She stopped eating only drinking water for 4 days. Found out she was dibetic, hopeful we can deal with that. My sweet, Zinga was not responding to insulin. After going over lab result w/vet., we were told she also had liver failure. She had started to vomit blood and also bloody stool. I, with great regret had to put her down. I am still greiving my beloved companion. After viewing this site made me remember the good times we shared. Thank you
USA - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 01:18:18 (EST)
No doubt Kees are the best, Misty (aka. Little Miss Mischievous) is 10 years old as of New Years Eve. We have recently been diagnosed with kindney failure. I have had a hard time dealing with the news but knowing there is such a great ring of Kees lovers out here, and best of all more to come. This is such a wonderful site and made me remember a lot of things Misty and I have done in our 10 years together.
Houston, Tx USA - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 18:58:08 (EST)
Thank you so much for the info about Kees as working dogs. It explains so much of their behavior (even as I was reading it, my husband and I were treated to a round of barking--apparently yet another barge was coming dangerously close to ours...an interesting phenomenon here in the high desert of Santa Fe!) We have two rescue kees--both products of puppy mills and both dumped by their original families with excuses just as lame as those you heard for your Casey. Peeka, the totally dominant female, is fortunatley very healthy. But our male, Smokey, has a plethora of health issues, including epilepsy and arthritis. But we wouldn't trade them for anything, and they've enriched our lives beyond belief. Thank you for a wonderful site for these incredible friends.
USA - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 21:15:36 (EST)
hi. i really enjoy looking at other keeshond photos because there aren't many of them in las cruces. i have one, and her name is blue. i look at your pictures and i can see how gentile they are as mine is. i would like to find a boyfriend for blue because she wants to be a mom. i know this because my roomatte has cats and when they had kittens blue would take care of all 13 kittens. she would pay attention to what the mom cats would do to be good mothers. i kept one of the kitties and blue takes care of her like her baby. she even lets her suck on her. (this is not as bad as it sounds. its just her maternal instinct) i dont know what the kitty is getting out of it but blue seems to enjoy it.
las cruces, nm USA - Friday, December 13, 2002 at 18:59:25 (EST)
Nice site ,good pictures. A+
Bedford, In. USA - Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 10:57:22 (EST)
What a wonderful site. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with these wonderful creatures. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that I will become a new Kees "mom" in just 15 days. My little girl was born on January 27th, and (hopefully!), I'll receive her on April 24th. I've never been more excited about a new addition to my family in my entire life. While this certainly won't be my first dog, it will be my first Keeshond. Sites like yours have been invaluable to me in researching the breed. Thank you again for providing such an invaluable website.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 13:17:41 (EST)
Jan, I will keep my ears & eyes open for you. As I stated earlier we wnet to Cape COd Mass. to get Comet, a 6 hours torture ride, we hit New York City type of traffic & were afraid someone else would adopt him. We were stuck on the bridge onto Cape Cod only 10 minutes away from the shelter for 1 and a half hours. Sat on the edge of my seat. We got him & LOVE him. I would go to the end of the world to get him again! Don't give up!
Kathy & Mark Weber
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 19:48:47 (EST)
I am looking for a Kees rescue site near New York State. I am interested in adopting a Kees! Thanks for any help you can provide!
Tully, NY USA - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 09:30:57 (EST)
I really enjoyed your site. I have three Keeshonden, all rescued dogs. BucaMarie is 9, Casey Patrick is 6 (he came minus half and ear), and Kioshi Omega, is 1. Your little family and stories are so much like hours. These are truly remarkable dogs and surely deserve the loyalty and near obsessive affection we Kees Parents have for our babies!
Hollywood, Fl USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 16:46:25 (EST)
I had a few minutes to waste at work at the end of a Monday. My sister and I looked over some of your stories and all of the pictures. Between us we have 4 Kees - all rescues. My favorite pictures were of Vanna where she is wearing that straw hat. Perfection! Please post more!
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 16:42:53 (EST)
Just want everyone to know that I try to personally address the concerns of guests like Becky. She has been contacted.
USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 16:01:30 (EST)
I know -- ME AGAIN! The one that writes way-too-much! I wanted to comment, in particular, on your story of the Flying Dutchman -- DD. I couldn't read your letter regarding her last hours -- as I was crying before the end of your first piece on DD. Our Beau is a mere 5-yrs-old -- though I dread the thought of something happening to him -- like if I hold on hard and long enough, he'll always be with us. As Beau even chews a bone with DIGNITY (and is careful not to touch the bone/chew with his beautiful paws -- so his paws don't get dirty) -- this little fellow will, no doubt, handle himself with dignity for all his days. I read somewhere that dog's lifespans are cruely short. That's being a bit selfish -- but what I wouldn't give for Beau to outlive me and my husband! I could go on and on -- but wanted to thank you again for your MAGNIFICENT writing -- funny, amusing, contemplative, affirming -- and as you wrote about DD's passing -- sadness. Someday I may be able to read the "letter to your son" I think you called it -- but not anytime soon. Our Beau won our hearts long before he became our son.
Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 14:21:23 (EST)
As others have said, one has to have BEEN OWNED by a Kees for quite some time before one can TRULY APPRECIATE the contents of your website!! We read your site BEFORE OUR BEAU became our son (2/01) -- now a year later, I read with affirmation, understanding and appreciation all your great articles!! I/We are constantly reminded that Our Beau is ONLY A DOG! Those that claim Beau is ONLY A DOG doesn't truly know Our Beau-Beau! We have many nicknames for him -- all filled with dignity, which this fellow truly deserves. He is a true gentleman (thus, his foster mom named him Beau). He makes us/me proud every day. It's common to take him for a walk in the same old neighborhood -- where many already know and adore him, and yet Our Beau will find NEW FRIENDS over and over again! People are nicer to me -- and I'm SURE, without doubt, it has to do with Beau. I can talk about him -- like all of you -- for hours. I would LOVE to have another Kees -- and hopefully Beau and I can convince Dad at some point! The Kees is TRULY EXCEPTIONAL -- the best kept secret in the Dog World. We've tried to sell others on the Kees -- but it's ok no one will take our advice!! We don't want the Kees breed to become overly popular -- the less there are, the more RARE OUR BEAU! (A little selfish?!!) One "trick" Beau does very well is his prairie dog imitation. It's purely for ATTENTION (what else?). He props himself on his back legs and will sit up with the STRAIGHTEST back one has ever seen! He needs little support to keep him upright. Usually, the beautiful ears are back. And Our Beau sits and waits for attention and praise! As he is a male -- he is a "talker/crooner" as your site says of the male. We discovered this by ACCIDENT -- and our Beau responds mostly to my husband. The two of them -- talking/singing/barking/crooning together is so AWESOME! Last year, we had had Beau some 4 months when summer vacation rolled around. We couldn't leave him for 10 days -- and interrupt our BOND! So, we back his bowls, food, etc and off we went to Myrtle Beach, SC and then to Beaufort, SC where we stayed in a Revolutionary-War-era plantation house owned by a friend. I will add we DROVE the approx. 700 miles one way to Beaufort. Our Beau was A PRINCE -- the entire way. In the car, at the beach, in the PLANTATION HOUSE filled with antiques! He was a prince -- and even garnered compliments in the middle of the night at reststops! That's our Beau -- one and only and the best son/friend anyone could ever have. His only quirk is being left alone -- true separation anxiety. We work with him on this quirk -- but I truly suspect he was abandoned before he came to be our son. He's happiest with his Mom and Dad -- regardless of where/what we're doing. I will apologize for writing so much -- but like the others, I can talk forever about Our Beau. He's one in a million and our best friend.
Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 14:13:08 (EST)
Breathtaking! I could sit and read for ours!
Roaches Line, Nf Canada - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 10:17:32 (EST)
What a wonderful site! Such Beautiful dogs!!
San Diego, Ca USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 19:24:22 (EST)
What a great site! I fell in love with a Kees puppy from the Humane Society before I knew what the breed was. She brought me 13 years of utter happiness and laughter. I now have two Kees and wouldn't trade them for all the world. I can't even contemplate having a different breed of dog. They steal your heart away, laughing the whole time.
Palmyra, PA USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 00:19:18 (EST)
This site is the greatest!! I have had Kees since 1975 & they are something else! The photos are great as well as 'Vanna Speaks'.....I just loved everything!! You have done a wonderful job.
Broken Arrow, OK USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 05:13:32 (EST)
What a wonderful site! I laughed 'til I cried reading "Vanna Speaks"... My female kees and two foster males continue to amaze me with their tricks and mind games :)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 02:09:41 (EST)
I am VERY sorry if any guests tried to enter into the book recently. My Internet Service Provider had shifted the parameters, and no one knew that the guest book was not working. PLEASE try again to make your entry. All those who sign in will receive automatic updates.
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 19:06:55 (EST)
Great pedigree search! How do we add a photo?
Marty and Anne Steitz
Forest Lake, MN USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 09:44:01 (EST)
I love your site.I have a female at home and shes the love of my life.
regina, Sk Canada - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 11:43:20 (EST)
What a wonderful website. I am blessed with two Kees. I really enjoyed finding out the similarities with our dogs. My 9 year old female, Maurie Tee, is the lady in charge. She is amazingly smart and in control of us all. My 5 year old male, Kramer, is the most gentle, passive and docile creature I have ever known. He is a "puppy junkie". He loves them and puppies always take to him immediately. My family and I just adore this breed. We also have shihtzus in the family. Maurie does her best to keep them in line. Kramer, on the other hand, takes orders from the little ones. He also sleeps very contently surrounded by the smaller breed. Sorry this is so long, but I can talk forever about my babies. I just adore them.
Kissimmee, FL USA - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 14:21:43 (EST)
Had to come back again & tell everyone that Comet is the BEST dog I have ever had the fortune to experience. It's been 2 months, he has turned 2 years old & those teen years are upon us. I'd never trade him for the world! He is fun, fun fun all the time & just a furry ball of joy. Terry & Janet know their Kees. and are the greatest!
levittown , ny USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 20:51:32 (EST)
We have a Golden Retriever who is wonderful, but I would like a Keeshond. I have been looking into this wonderful breed, but I need someone to E-mail me and answer these questions. Does the Keeshond have a tendency to chase cats? I have two docile kitties. Also, our male, soon to be neutered Golden Retriever is submissive to us and very sweet to the cats-Should we get a female or male Keeshond? Also, are the Keeshonden frequent, constant barkers? I really need someone to write me back and give me the answers. I have fallen in love with this breed, but I need some help. Please write me. Thanks so much.
Niceville, FL USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 20:04:08 (EST)
What a wonderful site! I have a male, rescued Keeshond who is an absolute delight everyday. My husband and I spoil him with affection and he does the same in return ten fold. We have our moments, stubborness and over eagerness to go for another walk, he is so social, but it is all in good humour and I love him to bits. He's my second Keeshond and I really wouldn't consider another breed (unless I knew of another doggy that desparately needed a home and would fit in with my Pippin. Again, a wonderful site dedicated to the unique Keeshonden. Best regards, Wendy, Andrew and Pippin
CA USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 02:21:31 (EST)
I really enjoyed your site... I've got a kees X about 7, she's been the best companion for about 51/2 years now, I'd never heard of Keeshonden until I got her, now find myself really wanting another one to be a companion for Chelsea. I'm always looking for more information on Kees, your site has been very informative and interesting....
Victoria, B.C Canada - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 19:25:40 (EST)
The update are wonderfule. Very nice new photos. By Angelika Rubens
Solingen, Germany - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 15:03:46 (EST)
Thanks Terry and Janet. I have enjoyed reading about your precious dogs. Take care. Keep up the good work.
Fowler, IN USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 15:25:19 (EST)
I had to come back to tell everyone this: No one can truly read this site & understand it fully without experiencing these dogs for themselves. I read it a month or so ago, laughed, cried, learned & responded . Said yeah !, I definitely want this dog, Mark was right!. Started my vigil to find one. Got him & had to go back to read this site again, saw it differently, still had all those first emotions & more now . However, talk about seeing is believing, BIG difference in the dreaming compared to the experience. What a wonderful experience it is & it's only been three weeks! If you think you know all there is to know about dogs & a dog is just a dog, WELL are you wrong. The stories you read here are not just stories, they are true life & until you get one you just won't understand. This has got to be the best dog I have ever had in 42 years. Always something new & exciting around the bend. I swear Comet will be talking humans words next, he already knows how to sommunicate like a human. I think there probably could be hundreds of these sites all with different true life stories if all actual Kees owners had the time to tell their stories. They'd be the same subject just different instances. Thanks to Terry we have learned sooo much!!
Kathy & Mark Weber
Levittown, New Yok USA - Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 10:27:10 (EST)
I have recently been given a 6 year old female and am quite happy with her. She fits in with my Beagle and Himalayan/Siamese cat. I enjoy her very much and am happy to have made the aquaitance of a Keeshond. I have 11 grandchildren and compatability with children is a must!! I love your website and will be back. Thank you.
Marcellus, MI USA - Friday, August 10, 2001 at 18:28:14 (EST)
Hi, My daughter and I parked beside you at Circuit City in the Blazer and were admiring your dogs. They are really beautiful. We have an American Eskomo. Also have 2 cats, a rat, and 3 birds (2Quaker Parakeets, and an African Grey) all of them are spoiled rotten, but I love each and every one of them. I am a BIG animal lover. I am enjoying this web sight. Thanks for giving us your card.
West Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 22:52:31 (EST)
Just found your site and love it! I lost Taera (my kees) in November and still miss her. I had never heard of the breed before I got her and fell in love with her from the first moment I saw her. I'm glad to see I am not the only one who feels so strongly about kees, they are truly special.
Robertsdale, AL USA - Monday, July 30, 2001 at 23:23:17 (EST)
I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your site very much. We have owned many different dog breeds in our lifetime; Rottweilers, Hounds, Labradors, Mixes, American Eskimo's..etc. All large breeds as you can see. We recently lost our biggest "bear" ever, Benjamin, a 10 year old Rottweiler (who was the biggest hugger and a most loving dog, by far one of the best dogs we have had) - we are left with our 10 year old Chocolate Labrador - Becky. Who has shown some sadness and loneliness since. Jim (my husband) and I resolved awhile ago however to never have another large breed dog because of the size of our home and a want to have a dog that can be more easily kept indoors, and decided to look into smaller breeds like Chows, Keeshonds, Pomeranians or Pekingnese. We love the fur! We have a young daughter, whose personality has grown into a very apparent animal lover's personality. So, we decided it was time to adopt another dog into the family. We've been researching dog breeds for the last month. We were originally going to look into getting a pomeranian or pekingnese as she just adores my sisters pomeranian, Zoe. After reading other stories on the net about Keeshonds, and reading every single story you have on your site, I really think the Keeshond is the dog for us. We located some puppies at a local shelter that were rescued, and we are going tommorow to possibly adopt one. But, I just wanted to share with you that the stories on your site have inspired me to the point that we may end up owning Keeshonds for the rest of our lives. They sound like an absolutely wonderful dog, and perfect for our family. I welcome any suggestions for house training you have for Keeshonds as we may have a new family member tommorow! Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us all.
MI USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 23:46:56 (EST)
We have two adorable Kees named Trixie and Dutchess. Thanks for your work on this great site.
Bette Jean Huet
Northport, AL USA - Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 17:08:13 (EST)
Thank you for that response. I e-mailed back & will state here what I stated in my e-mail. It doesn't really matter what gender I get because I know either way we will love & nuture it & like humans, will deal with whatever personality it is born with. I'll keep you posted about our rescue efforts. I have bookmarked you in my favorites. keep up the great work it's worth all your efforts. Thank You!
Katyh & Mark Weber
Levittown, NY USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 20:44:38 (EST)
After Kathy made her entry below, she emailed me with a specific question. I had been expecting this question for a long time, and wanted to share my answer(s) with all who read WWW.Keeshonden.org. To paraphrase: which is better Male or Female? I, in turn, indicated that answering such a question is akin to marching into Hades. But I believe that some sort of answer(s) is/are possible. The male and female are different. But then, again, so are each of the litter mates. The mother and father are most important, because all the final adjustments in potential are done at that point. I.E., aggressive stubborn mother, laid back cuddly father, sparce coat on mother, huge impressive coat on father - and so on. So,if you can, always observe the parents and then the litter as a social unit. If you actually get to see the litter in action, you will have many questions answered. When I picked Flying Dutchman's Dream in 1983, I was allowed to view the litter many times. I noted this large female, that was not afraid of anything. I noted that no one got in her way, not even large males. She had fair markings, for no one in this litter came from champions. I chose her, and you can read her story. She was as predicted - powerful and calm to the end... So, if you can, do see the mother, the father and the litter. As to female versus male, most all heros of the rare Kees books are male. But that could be like "Lassie", who we all know needed the female to really do the cool stuff. There is no defined role for the male or female. That is, you may find that a male is sweet and cuddly. You may find that a female is dominant. Both have equal intelligence, though, due to early hormones, they may use that intelligence much differently. I find that the male is still over-whelmed by smells and markings when we are on the "trail". The female usually drives straight ahead, still affected, but less affected by such things. Even neutering of the animal will not affect such drives. The male still wants to mark, and can (I say can) develop an in-house problem, if he should have other emotional problems. But then many readers send me stories of long life with a male, no marking problems and a tale of an excellent citizen. With a female, marking and other over-drive situations are usually an non subject. The female is usually smaller, though the versions closer to the German wolf-spitz are just plain big. Flying Dutchman's Dream (female) was closer to the wolf-spitz line and was over 50 pounds - just look at her in Janet's lap = HUGE! She also violated some Kees definitions in other ways, but not many. The Dutch line is smaller 17 to 18" at the shoulder and no more than 35 to 40 pounds (male or female). Janet claims Casey. I claim Vanna. In each case, we love them both. Jokingly, we refer to "your" dog, but interact equally with both. Vanna is very much like she is projected in her column. She is very dominant, decides everything for Casey and would for us, if we allowed her to do so. Her vocabulary is almost the same as Casey's now. Both use the large vocabulary and the famous eye contact to watch us closely. Very closely! Casey is sweet, kissy, apologetic and super laid back - UNTIL we get him outside. Then he becomes a flat out fast walker, who Vanna and I cannot keep up with. Janet is a long legged marathon runner (all 50 states)who can, which is yet another reason why they get along. Against the smells and codes of the outside, Casey sort of goes all male and gets lost into the action. At that point, in conjunction with his mishandling and abuse, he becomes non-responsive to almost everything but the leash that he is on. Put him back in the car or house, and you are back to Mr. Sweet - attentive, compliant, loving. I mention all this about Casey, because as I strongly indicate in his article, he is not a 100% healthy Kees. And we love him just as much as any other in the household, and could not do without him for a day! Vanna continues to represent health in all aspects. She is the complete definition of the modern Kees. The over compensation, controlling tendencies and stubbornness are classic components of a Kees - though in her case, perhaps amplified by being the runt of the litter (boy, did she get even!). Finally the decision about male or female is very personal. Your early experiences with other male or female pets will affect your interpretation forever. Finally, you need to consider the environment that you will placing the Kees into. Other dogs (see dominant)? How old is it and how formed is it when you finally get the Kees (you can read Casey's story). I am so over-whelmed by the Kees and its aura, that I want for each and every one a household that is indeed dedicated to the dog, giving it love and attention each and every day of its life. That's all...
The Web Site Owner
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 09:18:43 (EST)
What a wonderful site. This is the first time I have actually read someone's entire site! We are looking to rescue a Kees. & the more I read the more I love. They remind me so much of my Husky I had as an adolesant, this will be our first but we are so looking forward to one, Maybe he'll put our two cats in line. They keep volleyong for top cat maybe he'll/she'll be top dog & they'll have to succumb to the dogs rules!!
Mark & Kathy Weber
Levittown, ny USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 17:35:47 (EST)
My daugther just recently adopted a Kees from the SPCA. He is 7 mths old. Not knowing much about the breed (we have 4 shetland sheepdogs) I decided to do a little searching into the characteristics, etc. Your website gave me a much better insight into Bear's personality and behavior. We have all fallen in love with him, including the 4 dogs and 2 cats. I am glad to see that one of the traits is that of a watchdog. It is evident even now, how much he loves my daughter and will protect her. What a great breed!
Manassas, Va USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 16:11:25 (EST)
Great site!!!! I read every line and plan have my wife Karen take a look. We are also hung up on Kees.. We have two of them or should I say they have two of us... Even right now Smokey and Shadow lay at my feet taking a much needed nap. It's Sunday and so they have their ride, their swim in the river, the ice cream cone to share, and if that is enough they take Mom and Dad for a walk even if we don't need it. Then it's curl up at Dad's feet at the computer. Pure heaven! We are looking for another little one to add to the Pack that how stumble onto your site and not it's been recorded.... Thanks again for the site.
Wausua, WI USA - Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 20:11:06 (EST)
After a long quiet period I,m back to tell you, that your site still looks wonderfull, please stay in touch, love to all Clarissa
Hill Top, Nsw Australia - Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 02:26:38 (EST)
It is a very nice website and wonderfule dogs By Angelika Rubens
Solingen, Germany germany - Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 15:03:47 (EST)
Ilike jour site , ihave two beautifull white keeshonds dommel and snoopy they are brothers and they are bestfriends
amsterdam, holland - Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 16:37:52 (EST)
I enjoyed surfing around your site.Wonderful,thanks to let me know about it.
Goch, Germany - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 10:00:40 (EST)
Sorry,I make a mistake in the URL
USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 09:59:49 (EST)
I enjoyed surfing around your site.Wonderful,thanks to let me know about it.
Goch, Germany - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 09:58:24 (EST)
i loved your site.
boswell, in USA - Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 16:06:49 (EST)
I love your website and will bookmark this site! Kees are the best! I love Keeshonden. Our Keeshond, Jasper is in a photo contest, but is losing. Lassie look a-like in same contest!!!!!!!!!! Please vote Kees!!!!!!! You can't miss Jasper, he's the one on the ball. Please go to this site http://members.aol.com/iluvpwcs/contest.html and scroll down to photos. Vote Kees then see how far Lassie is ahead!!!! There is no charge or club to join. It is a neat website. I go there often to vote for cutest pic. Thank You Very Much, Rebecca Sweeney Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC USA - Friday, May 25, 2001 at 12:55:41 (EST)
I just want everyone to know that Howard (see prior message) was contacted immediately. I offer the same for anyone else in need.
the owner of the site
USA - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 19:06:35 (EST)
This is a sorrowful day for me, although partially allieviated by your wonderful site. My 15 year old male Keeshond died today. I had him since he was a puppy; he was my constant companion and I am truly heartbroken.
Howard Alan Lantzer
Lansing, MI USA - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 17:56:10 (EST)
Bonjour from FRANCE, where the bread is called "spitz-loup" (wolf spitz). I really had so much fun reading your site, especially the "wake up lick lick". That's my Kissloup's special trick, I always wonder how long she's been silently waiting for me to wake up. Thank you!
Paris, France - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 19:44:22 (EST)
Loved viewing your site!. My site, which is devoted to my wife and my rescue effort, should be up in two weeks. We're listed as contacts for Alabama and Florida on the Keeshond Rescue Railroad. Keeshonds don't often show up in this part of the country, but we did rescue a female Kees six months ago. We lost our two oldest due to old age, so she's now been promoted to top dog. Again, great site!
Crestview, FL USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 22:35:52 (EST)
Hallo, Hallo, Australia here, A great site and great Kezen. A lot of work has gone into that, I know, because I haven't finished mine as yet.Hope to stay in contact, bye for now, Clarissa
Hill Top , NSW Australia - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 03:36:10 (EST)
Hallo,Hallo Australia here, a fantastis website if I ever saw one!! Love the Kees just as much as you do, have a look at our website http://www.suitkees-keeshonden.cityslide.com my emailaddress is also email@example.com stay in touch, Clarissa
Hill Top 2575, NSW Australia - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 00:52:42 (EST)
I'd like to send you a photo of what I think is a Keeshond puppy. This puppy appeared at the front door of a friend of mine with a collar. We tried to find an owner but could not. We've since fallen in love with her and named her Mocha. She is darker than most of the photos on the web I've seen, but her facial characteristics are the same. We also have a Rottweiler and I'm amazed at how well they play together. She isn't afraid of him and he is gentle with her. I had a Sheltie that was over 13 years old and died last summer, so this puppy is very special for me. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll email the photos. I have a vet appointment scheduled for her this Friday, so the vet may be able to tell me, but I thought in the interim you guys might like a look at her. Terry Hines Smith Pass Christian MS
Terry Hines Smith
Pass Christian, MS USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 18:30:34 (EST)
I enjoyed your website. Your my kind of people because of your love of kees. I especially loved the picture of the kee on the Dixon. I have a Dixon mower and I feel that only kees know what a quality mower can make of his yard. It is like sitting on the front steps of his Castle. Kees deserved only the best.Sincerely, Jo Ann
Jo Ann Hoffpauir
Alvin, TX USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 22:14:41 (EST)
Terry, I took the time to check out your website. It's just what I thought It would be. Very nice.
USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 10:01:01 (EST)
I have sent this link to everyone I know who wonders why we are so obsessed with our Kees! We adopted "Keesha" while living in Houston and now have added "Sasha" and "Ditto" to the family. None of ours even looked like Kees when we first rescued them! What a thrill to see them "fluff up" physically as well as emotionally! Now they have a big yard with a picket fence and a door of their very own! Thank you so much for this wonderful presentation. You really hit the mark! I especially enjoyed the "Tricks" section....LOL The keeshond is truly a thinking person's dog....I can respect a dog who says, "You want me to do that over and over? again? If that's all you can come up with; I think I'll just go "nap." These little folks keep you on your toes! They want FUN games!!! I always say it is like having 3 toddlers who shed! Any spinners out there? We save all the beautiful fur from our brushings. Thanks again for communicating the JOY of being owned by Keeshonds. I will be back often, Love, Laurie
Taylor, TX USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 07:04:11 (EST)
Your website is really great! Last June I lost my best friend Bear who was an abused Keeshond rescue. He was 15. I now have a new friend Riley who is a bouncy 2yr old Keeshond rescue as well. Every Kee deserves a good home!
Waukesha, WI USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 14:37:26 (EST)
Two very unusual things happened last night. First, I see two Keeshonds walking by the restaurant window at Purdue. I rush out and meet you, the pets and hear about your website(which I am enjoying). Secondly, I tell you about a breeder and owner near Tipton where I got our Keeshond about 5 years ago. When we got home that night in our mail was a letter from Sandra(who we had not had contact with in almost 5 years). She sent pics of 2 darling females that will be available at end of April. So she never left the business or has returned. I have her name, address and phone number - feel free to email me for such. It was a blast to visit her 6 Kees and Labrador when I got our pup.
Pendleton, IN USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 09:30:12 (EST)
Terry and Janet- What a fantastic website! Having participated in almost every aspect of AKC dog show events, and viewing many different breeds' websites ( I am a collie person), I can say yours is truly dedicated to the magic of the breed itself instead of the various "titles". And I loved the tricks section. Keep up the good work, and kudos to you both for your efforts!
Earl Park, IN USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 07:52:49 (EST)
Terry and Janet , No need to tell you how well you put together your Web site . The guest book tells it all . Most people I know buy new bigger car with room for the kids , but you guys bought one for your Keeshonds !
Fowler, In USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 20:15:11 (EST)
http://www.hometown.aol.com/suebaldwin/myhomepage/index.html Incorrect e-mail address on previous guestbook entry. This one is correct.
USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 15:18:35 (EST)
Love your website! What great dogs. I am owned by two rescued Keesies, BucaMarie and Casey Patrick. Ms. BucaMarie is our furry princess who was abandoned by her foolish first family because they didn't think she would be good with expected baby. They didn't even try to find her a loving home, but just dropped off at animal control, where we were fortunate enough to find her before she went into the general population. She mourned the loss of her family, although they did not deserve it. Casey had a history very like your Casey. A puppy mill dog (we could tell from his papers), born in Kansas, he was sold in a pet shop in S.C. when he was barely six weeks old. His original owner died when he was three months old and he was rapidly passed through three other homes. By the time we heard about him, he was six months old and being kept chained, in an unairconditioned garage in South Florida (in August). He was sick, skinny, wormy, and had no social skills. I didn't even think he was a Keeshond, but I couldn't leave any dog in a situation like that, so he joined out family. Imagine our surprise when he turned out to be smart and gorgeous. He had such bad hip displaysia that he couldn't walk by 11 months, so had one hip replaced when he was a year old. I will never have another breed. Keeshonden are furry, funny angels! See my webpage, Temple of the Keeshonden, to view a picture of my babies!
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 15:15:33 (EST)
Terry and Janet, you are a breeder's dream come true. If all Kees owners were as dedicated as the two of you there would be no need for rescue, questionaires or contracts. I have been truely blessed and I am proud to have you as a member of the JO-LYN family. What a website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Westville,, OK USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 17:45:45 (EST)
This is a wonderful site full of information from Keeshond owners who are just as obsessed as we are! We've had our fur child for 2 years. When I found him, he was only 8 months old; sadly, he had been abandoned by a previous owner. But, how very lucky we are to have this bundle of joy. And, how lucky we were to have discovered THE best breed in the universe!
Johnson City, NY USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 14:37:13 (EST)
Having a precious one myself for almost 10 years now, Inde. This is definately a sight i will check out often.
Newport News, VA USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 22:49:42 (EST)
What a wonderful website dedicated to the most wonderful breed in the World. I will definitely be back.
Lou Anne Bennett
Corydon, IN USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 18:04:05 (EST)
You have really captured the essence of the Keeshond! What a wonderful tribute to your D.D. Wonderful site!
Abrams, WI USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 08:55:48 (EST)
it seemed like i was reading my own tales and sentiments as i was reading your words. Thank you so much and please know my heart hurts for your great loss of DD!
evergreen park, il USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 23:23:27 (EST)
What a wonderful site! You have done a great job in showing the world our Keesie Babies!
Halifax, MA USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 22:16:29 (EST)
Biloxi, MS USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 22:12:39 (EST)
Thank you for the lovely opportunity to read about your furkids. The stories made me laugh and cry. Our keesies are indeed a wonderful breed.
New Galilee, Pa USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 21:14:00 (EST)
Beautiful site. It's obvious that you love your Dogs especially your Kees.I'll be back.
Otsego, MI USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 19:11:16 (EST)
A wonderful website. Enjoyed it very much.
Hacketts Cove, Tantallon, NS Canada - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 17:36:35 (EST)
I loved your website. You've done a beautiful job of touching on the true beauty, inside & out, of the Kee. Nothing like being owned by a Keeshond.
Manitou Springs, CO USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 17:23:56 (EST)
What a great site.I will come back.
Sweden - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 15:45:45 (EST)
Beautifully Done - very descriptive and innovative!
Phyllis Noonan - Sherwood kennels
Pottstown, Pa USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 15:34:17 (EST)
Good job guys. It looks like Roger got all the minor issues I noticed. Looks perfect on IE 5.0/Win 2000!
Carrboro, NC USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 13:04:27 (EST)
Thank you for your card as I was in today. I enjoyed your site and will view again another day.
Fowler, IN USA - Monday, March 19, 2001 at 17:38:23 (EST)
This is great for ALL pet owners. I'll be making regular visits.
Terry A. Potts
Romney, IN USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 08:28:17 (EST)
Wow, cool site!! And the guestbook is a great idea!
Fair Oaks, IN USA - Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 14:26:12 (EST)
nice site, will be back.
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