Keeshond Breed Notes

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28 Keeshond Breed Notes – July 2021

There were no CC’s on offer for Keeshonds at East of England, where our Judge Millie Lambert (Sturtmoor) had an entry of just 8 dogs. Keesies were second in the ring after 59 Dalmatians and judging started just before 2.00pm.

I wonder if it was the fact that Utility day was on a Thursday (a work day for many) which affected entries, whatever the reason, it was a shame as their classification was more generous than some societies offer when we have tickets. There were no entries in Junior Dog & Open Bitch and both dogs & bitches Yearling, Post Graduate, Veteran & Special Beginners classes and with no absentees.

Best Dog with Best of Breed went to Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition) and Reserve Best Dog along with Best Puppy was Mel Harris’ Amikirs Lover Boy for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

Best Bitch from Junior was Sue Pattison’s Eastkees Diamond In The Dust (Serenaubach full of Wonder x Eastkees Blue Diamond) and Reserve Best Bitch went to Karin Hickson’s Kichigai's Uptown Girl JW (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine) from Limit.

And last but not least, congratulations to Richard Lemon (probably better known to us along with Linda Morton for showing Pauline Wilson’s Keesie) and his Tibbie – Magnus, on their consecutive Best in Show win. Well done all of you!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk






26 Keeshond Breed Notes – June 2021

Southern Counties was the eagerly anticipated first general Ch show not to be cancelled since Crufts last year, when the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns appeared to put paid to virtually everything apart from football.

Our judge Carole Jackson (Carnor) (who last judged us at Midland Counties in 2017) had drawn an entry of 27 dogs with 4 absentees making 23 entries. The puppy dog was absent and there were no entries for Junior Dog, Special Beginners Dog or Bitch & the Good Citizen class. Keesies were first in the ring with a 10.00 am start and were finished by 11.45am

The Dog CC went to Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition) with the RDCC going to second in Open – David Peck’s Kwajongen He's A Dandy Byquy (Ch Wund-R Y Workin For A Livin at Szaryk (IMP USA) x Ch Byquy Pebbles at Kwajongen) handled by David Matthews.

The BCC with Best of Breed went to Sue Lindsay’s Ch Cosmic Dream's Damn You Look Good For Mezanda (Imp Nor) JW (Dungens Never Ending Dream x Dungens Kosmic Love) The RBCC also went to second in Open and was won by Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Can Am Ch Cedarhills-Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez (Imp Can) (Ikon's Cha Ching x Cedarhills Shamrock Sabrina) attending her first ever show in the UK.

Best Puppy was Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) and Joan Miles and Gus - Ch Rossvale's Legacy For Lekkerbek (who was BV) won Veteran Group 4 from judge Ian Gabriel.

All the rings were outdoor with a gazebo set at one end for the stewards and judge and where exhibitors could stand either waiting their turn or to have their critiques written up. There were 2 metre lines on the ground with plenty of gangways for all the gazebos & pop up tents to set up around the rings. The layout made for a very friendly relaxed atmosphere, shade for the dogs & somewhere reasonably safe to leave your things when in the ring and all in all contributed to a sociable day out. Although from what I gathered, the trade stands didn’t appear to have a particularly profitable weekend as they were sited at the far end of the show ground and not many exhibitors made it that far down.

Members of SCCA were canvassing exhibitors for their opinions about the show and judging by the comments, this layout was by far preferable to the traditional benching under a large marque. But that was with blue skies, sunshine and ice-creams all round. Would opinions and the general ambiance have been the same on a more typical show day - with a cold wind, chucking it down with rain and being surrounded by mud?

The schedules are now appearing thick and fast – as are the huge dents in our bank balances as we start to enter the shows again. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed how expensive showing actually is; and that’s without fuel etc taken into consideration. I wonder if this will be reflected in fewer dogs and shows being entered or will exhibitors recover from their initial financial shock & carry on as before?

For those of you who have been wondering about (& looking up) the future show results appearing on this site last week, no I don’t have a crystal ball – I just couldn’t remember how to set a new years’ show page and it took a few attempts before I got it right!!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk








21 Keeshond Breed Notes – May 2021

The long awaited Leeds schedule has now finally appeared on Higham Press and the Keesie judge is Janice Bannister who is awarding CC’s in the breed for the first time. Unfortunately show details are sparse to say the least, presumably Leeds committee don’t or can’t make any final decisions until Boris finally confirms the country is fully ‘open for business’ at the end of June.

What Leeds’ do say though in the small print is that no chairs will be provided – so bring your own and that no pop up tents, gazebos, umbrellas etc will be allowed. They state that there will be adequate cover under the marquees as no benching will be provided – so more, larger marquees or no social distancing, that is the question!

Presumably all these questions (& more) will be answered when passes are issued. Talking of passes, they state that there will be no provision for spectator dogs. So if you have dogs entered only for our Ch show and not Leeds, then you’ll need to get in touch with Ian for NoEKC passes. Also if you are considering entering the NoEKC’s Ch only, be warned that Leeds charges £4 car parking if prepaid or £8 on the day.

Hopefully our schedule will appear the week after next and it will be on-line entries only via Cavalier Impressions. All members will be sent a copy and for non-members, details will be available from Cavalier and will also be on the NoEKC’s website under the Future Shows heading.

Due to restrictions which may or may not be around, no trophies will be handed out at the show and the Trophy Stewards from both breed clubs have requested that all cups and trophies be returned at their next show - that’s Leeds for the NoEKC and Bath for the Keeshond Club.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk




20 Keeshond Breed Notes – May 2021

By now all members should have received their Spring issue of Walkee Talkees, which was sent out almost 2 weeks ago. If you haven’t got your copy, please get in touch with news editor Andy Fitches.

I know that quite a few of you have been wondering (& asking!) when the NoEKC’s schedule for its Ch show (which is to be held in July along with Leeds Ch how) is going to be available. The long & short of it that we don’t know, but Leeds Ch Show has again asserted that their 2021 show is going ahead as planned, and have added that their schedule will be available ‘later this month’. So hopefully ours will also be in the near future as we are waiting on Leeds to publish their schedule so that we can finalise the details of ours.

When our schedule does appear, it will be on-line entries only via Cavalier Impressions and through necessity, there will be a shorter time to make your entries – so watch this space!

Due to restrictions which may or may not be around, no trophies will be handed out at the show and the Trophy Stewards from both breed clubs have requested that all cups and trophies be returned at their next show - that’s Leeds for the NoEKC and Bath for the Keeshond Club.

Finally some good news from the newly opened Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) to say that they are settling into the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and the team, led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, now has a full complement of 9 members, all of whom have come from the Animal Health Trust

The past few weeks have been spent sorting out their new space, unpacking samples, downloading data and finding their way around. As a result of the pandemic they are still largely working from home which has meant the moving in process has taken a bit longer than it would done under normal circumstances, but are more or less ‘back to business’ now.

They now have a brand new, recently launched website at www.canine-genetics.org.uk. where they list their current research areas as : Inherited Eye Diseases – such as Glaucoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) etc. Neurological Disorders – such as Idiopathic Epilepsy & Paroxysmal Dyskinesia. Congenital hepatic fibrosis in Skye Terriers and last but not least - Primary hyperparathyroidism in Keeshonds.

This is the news that we have all been waiting for and hopefully the linkage test for PHPT will be made available just a little later than originally planned!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





16 Keeshond Breed Notes – April 2021

To tide owners over until shows resume, the NoEKC held its first online show last week which was organised very efficiently by Allison Stephenson. Many thanks to everyone who participated making it such a success and an enormous round of applause to Allison for all her hard work in getting the show up and running.

Also not forgetting our judges Helen Davenport-Willis (Nellsbern) and Ruby Adey (Echezeaux); a big thank you to them both for judging and getting all the results (& prize cards) out so quickly.

The results are as follows:
Best In Show : Ch Skathki Just Got Wicked - Carol Bardsley
Reserve Best In Show : Ch Torrikees Lust For Life -Alison Passmore
Best Veteran In Show : Rossvale Spirit Of The Night At Collcrist - Colin Barton
Reserve Best Veteran In Show - Ch Rossvale Hidden Destiny - Sheila Brown
Best Puppy In Show : Kichigai's Uptown Girl - Karin Hickson
Reserve Best Puppy In Show : Torrikees Made In Heaven At Devonia - Vikki Marshall
Puppy Bitch
1st - Kichigai's Uptown Girl - Karin Hickson
2nd -Torrikees Made In Heaven at Devonia - Vikki Marshall
3rd - Ch Rossvale Hidden Destiny - Sheila Brown
Res - Torrikees American Affair - Alison Passmore
Puppy Dog
1st - Torrikees Crazy Love - Alison Passmore
2nd - Foxifayre Pieces Of Eight among Spitzcav - Shelly Day
3rd - Rossvale Endeavour to Esorkees - Sheila Brown
Res - Arabesque at Devonia - Vikki Marshall
Yearling Bitch
1st - Devonia Black Pearl - Vikki Marshall
2nd - Torrikees Made In Heaven at Devonia - Vikki Marshall
3rd - Blume vom Taubengarten - Charlotte Craig
Res - Flatmeer Fleurette - Anji Marfleet
Yearling Dog
1st - Ch Skathki Just Got Wicked - Carol Bardsley
2nd - Arabesque at Devonia - Vikki Marshall
3rd - Lyntova I Am Legend - Ron Shepherd
Res - Divnyi Drug Dar - Gill Brunt
Open Bitch
1st - Ch Torrikees Lust For Life - Alison Passmore
2nd - Ch Rossvale Hidden Destiny - Sheila Brown
3rd - Torrikees Made In Heaven at Devonia - Vikki Marshall
Res - Kichigai's Uptown Girl - Karin Hickson
Open Dog
1st - Rossvale Endeavour to Esorkees - Sheila Brown
2nd - Ch Am Ch Trumpet's Disco Inferno for Torrikees - Alison Passmore
3rd - Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley -Natasha & Karin Hickson
Res - Am Ch Torrikees Show Me The Walk - Alison Passmore
Veteran Bitch
1st - Ch Rossvale Hidden Destiny - Sheila Brown
2nd - Lacetrom Cruivie ShCM VW -Michelle Wright
3rd - Ch Vanstrand Quantum Of Solace - Gill Brunt
Res - Venway Believe In Magic at Samoykees - Andy Fitches
Veteran Dog
1st - Rossvale Spirit Of The Night at Collcrist - Colin Barton
2nd - Ch Neradmik All About The Boy at Watchkees - Mel Harris
3rd - Int Nord Ch Dungens Nice Guy - Eva Andersson
Res - Ch Kichigai Great Pretender JW ShCM -Karin Hickson
Beach Bums
1st - The Flatmeer Gang - Anji Marfleet
2nd- Vinny and Jade - Karin & Natasha Hickson
3rd - Bettekee and Tilly - Christine Searle
Res - Scarlett and Saffy - Alison Passmore
Couch Potato
1st - Pepper - Sally Heron
2nd - Chance - Ron Shepherd
3rd - Teddy - Carol Bardsley
Res - Lyra - Lisa Axford
Family Favourites
1st - Ch Rossvale Hidden Destiny, R. Scarlett's Secret, Ch R. Gone With The Wind, Ch R. Strike A Pose - Sheila Brown
2nd - Torrikees Made In Heaven at Devonia, Arabesque at D, D. Black Pearl - Vikki & Sean Marshall
3rd - Mika, Tara and Ruby - Shirley Johnston
Res - Mika, Tara, and Ruby - Shirley Johnston
Gone But Never Forgotten
1st - Keeswey The Marksman at Keez - Cheri Rogers
2nd - Flatmeer Fluiter - Lynn Mayes
3rd - Lasko Oet Et Laand van Aleer - Andy Fitches
Res - Flatmeer Flonkerlicht - Charlotte Craig
Best Action Shot
1st - Caraspitz If I Could Dream - Shirley Johnston
2nd - Venway Believe In Magic at Samoykees - Andy Fitches
3rd - Brykin Beulieu at Heemstede -Christine Searle
Res - Vanstrand Thunderball at Caraspitz - Shirley Johnston
My Faithful Servant And Me
1st - Mezanda Merry Starshower - Disney & Aunt Hayley - Sue Lindsay
2nd - Flatmeer Florisel – Talyn & Charlotte - Charlotte Craig
3rd - Lacetrom Cruivie ShCM VW - Kimi & Callum -Michelle Wright
Res - Reesburg Rainbow Warrior - Bliss & Karen - Ron Shepherd
Cutest Puppy
1st - Keez Here Comes The Son - Cheri Rogers
2nd - Lyntova I Am Legend - Ron Shepherd
3rd - Farsetkees Willows Girl - Sue Christie
Res - Bert von Ricara - Barbara Stott
Prettiest Bitch
1st - Martellkees Forget Me Not by Ricara - Barbara Stott
2nd - Caraspitz If I Could Dream - Shirley Johnston
3rd - Devonia Black Pearl - Vikki Marshall
Res - Serenaubach Full Of Mystery at Martellkees - Michelle Queen
Most Handsome Dog
1st - Lyntova I Am Legend - Ron Shepherd
2nd - Ch Allforus Dicemaster for Spitzcav JW ShCM - Shelly Day
3rd - Bert von Ricara - Barbara Stott
Res - Neradmik Over The Rainbow to Kyross - Jean Davies

Pictures of the all the class winners will appear in the Spring issue of Walkee Talkees, which should be dropping on your doormats next month. The Club hopes to hold another on-line show later on this year, so now’s the time to get your keesies brushed up and camera (or mobile) at the ready to catch that perfect shot!!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 Anji@Flatmeer.Co.Uk







14 Keeshond Breed Notes – April 2021

As I've had some discussions & been asked questions recently about hip & elbow scoring, I thought that updating & repeating my notes from 2019 with my story might not go amiss!!

I started off by ringing my vet and asking how much they charged. The receptionist didn’t know, had to ask the vet on duty and gave several varying quotes – not an auspicious start. So I booked my dog in thinking I’d get it sorted on the day. To cut a very long story short, my vets was going to charge me £120 for the BVA, £395 for 5 X-rays & £210 for a General Anaesthetic making a total of £725 and all I was asked to sign before handing my dog over was the surgery’s general consent/admission form. Needless to say, I said that I wasn’t going to pay such an extortionate amount and walked out!

When I got home I spent the next few hours ringing around local vets for a quote and what an eye opener that was!! When asked what the price was for hip and elbow scoring a dog under 20k, I got either an immediate (and cheap) all-inclusive quote of £280 - £400 or they weren’t sure & had to find out and those prices ranged from £550 - £750. In fact at one of the practices I rang, the receptionist was so appalled at their price, she actually advised me to try elsewhere!

Surprisingly, the cheapest vets were also the only ones who went through the procedures & told me that the dog had to be microchipped and that I had to bring the dog’s KC registration papers (ensuring that the dog was registered in my name) with me. They obviously did scoring on a far more regular basis than the other more expensive practices; as all the information etc was to hand and they were far more thorough.

When you actually get to your chosen vet with your dog and KC papers, if your vet does postal submissions, there will be two BVA forms to be filled out on the day – a green one for hips and yellow one for elbows. It is up to you to check they’ve been completed correctly, as the BVA will reject & return forms where any information has been altered (ie corrected misspellings etc), if the owner &/or vet hasn’t signed or dated the form or if the form submitted is not the ‘latest edition’.

Much has been said about the appalling backlog and subsequent delays receiving scores back from the BVA and I know many people have sent X-rays to Australia for scoring; £56 and results back within a few days compared to £127 and a wait of several months from the BVA – it’s a bit of a no brainer really.

The British Veterinary Association and Kennel Club have now agreed to the proposal by the Labrador Health Subcommittee of a study comparing the BVA/KC scheme and Australian Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme.
As the first part of this study we are inviting owners of ALL BREEDS who have had both ANKC and BVA scores to send a copy of their certificates (either a scan or a clear photo but we must be able to see the dog’s details and the results) together with DICOM images to both labradorhealth@gmail.com and health@thekennelclub.org.uk with the subject line “ANKC/BVA Comparison”. Together with the KC we will then compile a database which will mean a comparison can be made. Anyone having issues with transferring large files we recommend www.wetransfer.com

We will also be looking at a linked but separate study in which we will be need a significant selection of hips and elbows that have only been scored under the Australian ANKC (CHEDS) scheme. To take part in this study pleases send DICOM images and ANKC (CHEDS) score certificates to be part of this study please mark your email ANKC (CHEDS) ONLY and forward to labradorhealth@gmail.com and health@thekennelclub.org.uk

Whilst on the subject of hips and elbows, to date there has been a total of 49 keesies scored since 2013 with more than half being in the last 2 years. Information and results can be found on the health web site - www.keeshondhealthmatters.co.uk

Finally yet another reminder that Andy Fitches is still waiting for all your contributions for the next edition of Walkee Talkees, which he would like by the end of April at the latest please.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk








12 Keeshond Breed Notes – March 2021

For the past year the NoEKC has held all its committee meetings virtually and last Saturday it was another first as it held its 2021 AGM also via Zoom - and most successful it was too! All the Officers reports etc had been previously circulated to members, so were automatically taken ‘as read’, no questions had been raised and the AGM which began with a minutes silence in remembrance of those members no longer with us finished just fourteen (yes 14!) minutes later.

There was about 20 minutes chat time beforehand whilst everyone joined in and for around 5 minutes after before the meeting was ended. It was nice to ‘see members’ who wouldn’t normally attend the AGM and the general consensus seems to be that with no travelling involved, it’s certainly the way to go. The Keeshond Club also held their virtual AGM the following day, which was also as successful.

The Kennel Club’s IT woes continue to be a saga as last weekend PetLog (which is managed by the KC) implemented a new microchipping database. It’s come as no surprise to hear that there are many reports of missing accounts, dogs not on accounts, non- recognition of microchip numbers, jammed phone lines resulting in reporting a lost or found dog taking multiple attempts to get through. It all sounds unfortunately familiar and all this at a time when dog theft is rife and identification of found dogs is vital.

Dog shows are being cancelled left, right and centre, with Crufts being the latest casualty; but I am doing my best to keep the NoEKC web site’s show calendar up to date. I’ve given up on explanations etc and the shows are now listed as cancelled, postponed or simply new date!! Some judges have been changed & some no doubt will be changed, but nothing seems to have been published by the KC. So if you have an appointment for a show that is going ahead, let me know & I’ll update the info.

The General Championship Shows all seem to be bunching up together towards the end of the ‘open season’ – September and October; so it’s to be hoped that we get an Indian summer!! With Keesies having an unprecedented set of 6 CC’s within a two week period, it’s also going to be a very expensive time of year – especially for those showing more than one dog. Forking out for multiple show entries and having to fill up petrol tanks is going to come as a bit of a shock for bank accounts and credit cards. Especially if you’re like me - I filled my van with diesel last week for the first time since the beginning of December!!

Finally a reminder that Andy Fitches is still waiting for all your contributions for the next edition of Walkee Talkees, which he would like by the end of April at the latest please.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk






08 Keeshond Breed Notes – February 2021

As people may be aware, the North of England Keeshond Club had been planning an outdoor Open Show on 16 May; but in the light of the Government’s roadmap for the lifting of the various lockdown restrictions, it is clear that that date is just too soon for us to be able to hold the show and it is with much regret therefore that the Committee has decided to abandon its plan.

Meanwhile, the Committee are concentrating on the two Club Ch Shows to be held in partnership with Leeds and Darlington Championship Shows and are hoping very much that these shows will be able to go ahead. The Keeshond Club are also holding their two Club Ch Shows as partnerships - Windsor and Birmingham National (with a new date in September) and also an open show at Bath which has now been moved to August.

Let’s hope that we are finally coming to the end of all the cancellations and postponements and that we can now start to put dates in our diaries with some degree of confidence.

In line with the Kennel Club’s most recent guidance concerning 2021 AGMs, Club Members will also be invited to participate in a virtual online AGM on Saturday 20 March, full details of which will sent to all Members shortly.

Andy Fitches has asked me to say that he would like all your contributions for the next edition of Walkee Talkees by the end of April at the latest.


Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk



04 Keeshond Breed Notes – January 2021

It is with great sadness that I am reporting the death this week of our past Chairman, Gordon Lister. Gordon had been in poor health for some considerable time, but his condition deteriorated very rapidly in recent weeks - he would have been 91 in March. Gordon first joined the Committee in 1986 and was our Chairman for almost 30 years, only accepting ‘early retirement’ in 2019 due to both his and his late daughter Irene’s ill health.

Gordon & his late wife Doris (who showed the dogs) got their first Keesie from Sheila Mac, Shelderon Sterren Sparkle born in 1977. He was followed by Boreasvale Banjo Bill and then Boreasvale Bourbonien, who sired their only Keesie litter from which they kept Gordorna Sweet Spice. They also kept another of his daughters, Venway Narina of Gordorna (sister to V. Nimrod) – with his Vickie living to the ripe old of nearly 18. But it will probably be for Japanese Spitz Gordon will be best remembered with his Buttons - Ch Gordorna Buttons and Bows, who was the breed record holder and of whom he was so immensely proud.

He was a regular helper at Discover Dogs Crufts on the Jap Spitz booth; but he wasn’t adverse to popping ‘next door’ to meet Keesie people or to see if there were any chocolate biscuits around. Gordon was a true stalwart of the dog world, always ready to help out anyone and any society, often with little notice, from judging fun classes at Companion Dog Shows to stewarding at General Ch shows. He awarded CC’s in both Keesies and Jap Spitz and was upset he never got to award them in Mini Schnauzers – when the Kennel Club instigated the 70 year age rule for awarding 1st time CC’s in a breed, he missed out by a couple of months.

For many years, Gordon (along with Irene) had been a permanent fixture stewarding at Club shows. With his natural warmth and charm he helped put many a new exhibitor at ease; usually by greeting them with a ‘Now then Flower’ or ‘Hallo Pet’. Who can forget, when it came to the veteran classes, Gordon calling out for all the old girls to come into the ring and the responses he used to get in return. Or being given a posh new pair of slippers by the Committee, after he’d complained his feet ached and which he proudly wore in the ring after lunch.

He was generous, both with his time and with donating items for the raffles; always ready with a friendly word or one of his jokes – a gentleman and a gentle man. The Hartlepool Crusher is no more, the Mayor’s Parlour is closed and he is finally reunited with his beloved Doris and Irene. There will be a small private funeral attended by just his close family, but they hope to be able to hold a more public memorial once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

And more sad news comes with the death of Michael Fusco; along with wife Margaret who showed Jack (Amikirs Lord of the Bubbles) were regular supports of the Club and also of their local open shows. He was admitted to hospital with a broken hip, where he unfortunately contracted Covid-19 and died shortly afterwards on Thursday.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk






01 Keeshond Breed Notes – January 2021

Considering what last year has been like with lockdowns, tiers and social distancing, I guess all in all it’s a miracle that not only did 2020 managed to exceed 2019’s dismal number of puppies born – we almost managed 100 puppies!!

There were 16 litters born resulting in 92 puppies, 47 dogs and 45 bitches with some decent sized litters - 1x10, 2x8, 5x7, 2x6, 3x4 and 2x3 puppies, with just one singleton. Of these 16 litters, three were repeat matings, four were sired by one dog, three by one dog and two by another. For two lucky boys it was their first litter and there were six maiden bitches bred from.

But in what more worryingly seems to now be the norm, fourteen ‘misses’ have been reported, although I’m sure the true number is much higher. Of these fourteen ‘misses’ none of those girls has gone on to have a subsequent litter this year. Although half the dogs are proven, only one of the boys has sired another litter – in all this is a huge number and doesn’t bode well for the breed.

As I wrote in both breed club’s newsletters last year, part of the problem is that Keeshonds no longer have any large kennels that regularly produce several litters each year; we are all, in the main, what is classed as Hobby Breeders - low volume, but experienced breeders. (Recent figures from the KC suggest 81% of breeders who register puppies only breed 1 litter per year).

There is a huge demand out there for well bred, carefully reared keesie puppies. There is no shame in breeding for what many derogatory call ‘the pet market’; but why else would you have a litter - there aren’t any shows being held and won’t be for the foreseeable future either. There are so many people who have recently lost their keesie or their keesie is getting on and want another. Or just people who are new to dogs in general and think that Keeshonds are the breed for them. A lot of people forget that we were all ‘newbies’ once and none of us are getting any younger; we should all be encouraging newcomers to the breed who want to learn and begin breeding.

Only having a litter when you want something for yourself is really no longer a viable option if the breed is to continue. We all need to think about having an ‘extra’ litter and not keep a puppy for ourselves. Some attitudes are going to have to change, whether we like it or not, if the breed is to survive.

With the recent cold spell (and another ‘Beast from the East’ forecast), the lucky ones amongst you will have had well gritted roads. Dogs (and cats) walk through the substances left by the gritters clearing the roads and from car drivers defrosting their windscreens etc - they then lick their paws. Consuming rock salt can cause problems including dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis; while antifreeze contains ethylene glycol - a sweet tasting chemical which can be lethal when ingested. Every year hundreds of pets throughout the country become seriously ill, sometimes fatally, because of the antifreeze substances used during a cold snap.

So please remember that if you walk your dog on gritted roads/paths, make sure that their paws are washed; either by walking them through fresh snow, unfrozen puddles away from the gritted surfaces or by dipping their feet in clean water once back at home.

Included amongst all the NoEKC annual ‘club stuff’ sent out recently, was information on how to pay your subs electronically. If any of you out there wish to save paper and postage, please email me & I will forward you all the relevant details.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk




52 Keeshond Breed Notes – December 2020

What a difference a year makes, this time last Christmas virtually no-one had heard of coronavirus and news was only slowly circulating about a nasty strain of flu in China. I don’t think that anyone could have predicted what a devastating effect it would have on the whole world – effectively putting a stop to life as we knew on hold indefinitely.

2020’s dog shows started as normal with Boston, Manchester and both clubs held their first open show of the year and AGM’s, then all of a sudden coronavirus appeared and there was doubt if Crufts was going to go ahead. Well it did and it also turned out to be the last show of the year – which no-one really expected. We have all missed seeing friends at shows and I know my dogs have missed taking part in all the various activities they enjoy; although I can’t say that I’ve particularly missed the crack of dawn starts!!

From the Kennel Club’s point of view it’s probably been just as well there have been no shows as their promised ‘new and improved’ website proved to be an unmitigated disaster; unable to cope with registrations and with most of the ‘old facilities’ missing completely. Even now, over four months on, many of their services relating to showing are still unavailable; no details of breed clubs or training clubs and what information there is difficult to find.

But on a more optimistic note, we are past the Solstice; days are starting to gradually get longer, the vaccine program is being drawn out, tentative plans are being made for next year and subs are still due!!

Included amongst all the NoEKC annual ‘club stuff’ sent out recently, was information on how to pay your subs electronically. Don’t forget that in 2019, the members voted to increase their subs by a pound; Joint membership is £13 and Single £9. If any of you out there wish to save paper and postage and pay by bank transfer, please email me & I will forward you all the relevant details.

There will be no annual trophies awarded for 2020, so if you were the lucky recipient of one at the 2020 AGM, please either hang on to it carefully for another year or return it at some point to Gill Brunt.

All that remains now is for me to wish you and all your four legged friends a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.
Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk






49 Keeshond Breed Notes – November 2020

No notes for ages and then 2 lots within a week, you’ll be getting spoilt!! Hot off the press from the Kennel Club are the new measures for registering progeny of imported Keeshonds regarding PHPT.
Following consultation with the Keeshond Breed Health Coordinator and breed clubs, it has been agreed that all imported Keeshonds, or overseas dogs being used in a UK breeding programme (including AI), must be DNA tested for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) before registration of their progeny is accepted. Similarly, any litters produced from AI must be tested prior to registration - to avoid wasting of semen samples from deceased dogs and possible loss of useful genes. This restriction will come into effect as of 1 January 2021.
PHPT results from an inappropriate and excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) into the blood. As a result of this, calcium levels rise above normal levels, which if undetected, can lead to too much calcium within the body, causing clinical signs such as muscle weakness, tiredness, excessive urination/ thirst, lower urinary tract problems, weight loss, and vomiting. In the majority of affected animals, clinical signs are not evident until later in life, often after the point at which a dog would be used for breeding.
Whilst this condition is rare in the UK breed population, it is acknowledged that untested imported dogs may have the potential to rapidly reintroduce disease. Given the very small global population size of this breed, making use of breeding animals from a range of countries of origin is essential in an attempt to conserve genetic diversity.
Breed Health Co-ordinator, Anji Marfleet, commented: “The breed are excited that the proposal has been accepted, which will lessen the risk of untested dogs bringing PHPT into the UK population. It will also benefit breeders to raise the profile of health testing, and in particular awareness for this condition. The Keeshond is a small breed so the ability to use dogs from overseas, but also be aware of their hereditary status, will ensure we can maintain the gene pool for our breed and continue to breed healthy dogs. The breed are also keen to monitor and research PHPT further in the UK population, and will continue to engage in research opportunities surrounding this disease”.
Details about other diseases, and which test providers The Kennel Club is able to record results from, and those that will send results direct to The Kennel Club, can be found at (https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health-and-dog-care/health/getting-started-with-health-testing-and-screening/dna-testing/dna-test-phpt/ )
Dr Tom Lewis, Genetics & Research Manager at The Kennel Club, said: “The Kennel Club constantly reviews DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are supported with resources which help them to make responsible breeding decisions. We work alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs and are happy to accommodate a breed's request to tailor restrictions for a DNA test, for breeds which fit a number of suitable criteria. A formal request from the breed health coordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs is normally required to do this.”
Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details which will trigger the publication of the result in the next available Breed Records Supplement, and also on the Health Test Results Finder on The Kennel Club website.
Results for dogs already tested can also be recorded, but owners will need to submit copies of the DNA certificates themselves. DNA test certificates should be scanned and emailed to our health results team.
It's been a somewhat lengthy process to get to this stage to put it mildly, as requests for some type of control scheme were first submitted in 2012; this is not what we initially requested 8 years ago, but beggars can't be choosers and better late than never!! But at least this criteria will lessen the risk of untested dogs re-introducing PHPT back into our population. It will also help breeders to get ready for 2022 when the KC introduces repeat testing of third generations and means PHPT paper trails will be a thing of the past. All we need now is for Dr Cathryn Mellersh and her team to be able to resume their research and come up with our linkage test!!
Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk

48 Keeshond Breed Notes – November 2020

By now you should all have received your copy of the autumn issue of Walkee Talkees, along with an updated Rules & Regs booklet and a membership contact list. If you haven’t rec’d yours by now, please get in touch with Andy Fitches and he can send you out another copy. Whilst on the subject of mailings etc, can you all please check that your address details etc are correct in the new list? Some errors & typos which have been recently corrected have been wrong for years!!!

You may have noticed that the magazine is a little thinner than usual. Well, Andy has the same problem as I do with these notes – there’s a limit as to what either of us can cobble together to put in if no-one sends us their views and news.

The Kennel Club has just released news that Crufts 2021 is being postponed until July (still at the NEC) with Utility day being on Friday 16th, which is the weekend before we are hoping to hold our cancelled 2020 Ch show in conjunction with Leeds Ch show. Looks like July has the potential to be a busy month for some of us!! Further details on qualifications etc can be (eventually) found on their website (www.crufts.org.uk) which is marginally better than the Kennel Club’s main website. The main difference for 2021 is that there will be no puppy classes; and certainly for keesies I can’t see that there will be many (if any) juniors or yearlings either and it’s only 1st & 2nd placings which count towards qualifying, no 3rd’s.

Most of you will have heard by now that Brodsworth Miners Welfare Hall has now closed and will not be re-opening its doors. The trustees were reliant on the hall hire fees and I suspect that (like many venues) coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns has been the final straw. The Club held its first Championship Show in Yorkshire at Brodsworth in 1970 and apart from a couple of years in Leeds; we have been there ever since. Almost fifty years of holding our championship show at the same venue must be a record of some sort, although nothing lasts forever.

As time is not on our side to find another venue, (and that’s without the added complications of coronavirus restrictions & lockdowns etc); the Committee have decided to hold our 2021 Club Ch show in conjunction with Darlington Ch show on Sunday September 19th. Our judge is Gustaaf van den Bosch who will be awarding CC's in England for the 1st time.

This means we are looking for a suitable new venue to hold our 2022 (and all future) Ch show – any suggestions that any of you might have will be gratefully receive by Ian. The only provisos being that the dog friendly venue must be somewhere in the north of England, have a kitchen, plenty of car parking and most importantly – heating that works!!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk



44 Keeshond Breed Notes – October 2020

The NoEKC committee held a meeting via zoom last week so that we could make some decisions on Club events for next year. Due to Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall being closed for all events (including the infamous village panto) for the foreseeable future and not taking any bookings, it means that we will are going to have to make alternative arrangements for our AGM & February Open show. All being well, we plan to hold a virtual AGM around the same time and hope to hold an outdoor open show later on in May. Details of both events will be released nearer the time, so it’ll be a case of ‘watch this space’.

I expect that most of you will have heard by now that Brodsworth Miners Welfare Hall has now closed and will not be re-opening its doors. The trustees were reliant on the hall hire fees and I suspect that (like many venues) coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns has been the final straw. The Club held its first Championship Show in Yorkshire at Brodsworth in 1970 and apart from a couple of years in Leeds; we have been there ever since. Almost fifty years of holding our championship show at the same venue must be a record of some sort, although nothing lasts forever.

This means we are looking for a suitable new venue to hold our 2021 (and all future) Ch show – any suggestions that any of you might have will be gratefully receive by Ian. The only provisos being that the dog friendly venue must be somewhere in the north of England, have a kitchen, plenty of car parking and most importantly – heating that works!!

Andy Fitches is putting the Autumn issue of Walkee Talkees together, so please email him all your contributions (which will be gratefully received) as soon as possible please.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





41 Keeshond Breed Notes – October 2020

Sorry there haven’t been any notes for a while, but September has raced by in a blur and apart from shows being cancelled left, right and centre not a great deal has happened.

Andy Fitches is putting the Autumn issue of Walkee Talkees together, so please email him all your contributions (which will be gratefully received) by the end of October at the latest please.

I had delayed doing a ‘Doom & Gloom’ report in the faint hope that numbers might somehow have improved over the summer; but they are as bad as I thought they would be. At the beginning of this month we are three quarters of the way through the year and so far there have been 11 litters born resulting in 71 puppies, 33 dogs and 38 bitches with some decent sized litters - 1x10, 2x8, 4x7, 1x6, 2x4 and just one of 3 puppies.

More worryingly, twelve ‘misses’ that have been reported, although I’m sure the true number is much higher. Of these twelve ‘misses’ none of those girls has gone on to have a subsequent litter this year. Although half the dogs are proven, only one of the boys has sired another litter – in all this is a huge number and doesn’t bode well for the breed. Although there are a couple of litters ‘in the pipeline’ there’s no way sufficient puppies are going to be born this year to boost the total into a decent amount.

Keeshonds no longer have any large kennels that regularly produced several litters each year; we are all, in the main, what is classed as Hobby Breeders - low volume, but experienced breeders. (Recent figures from the KC suggest 81% of breeders who register puppies with the KC only breed 1 litter per year).

There is a huge demand out there for well bred, carefully reared keesie puppies. There is no shame in breeding for what many derogatory call ‘the pet market’; but why else would you have a litter - there aren’t any shows being held and won’t be for the foreseeable future either. There are so many people who have recently lost their keesie or their keesie is getting on and want another. Or just people who are new to dogs in general and think that Keeshonds are the breed for them. A lot of people forget that we were all ‘newbies’ once and none of us are getting any younger; we should be encouraging newcomers to the breed who want to learn and begin breeding.

Only having a litter when you want something for yourself is really no longer a viable option if the breed is to continue. We all need to think about having an ‘extra’ litter and not keep a puppy for ourselves. Some attitudes are going to have to change, whether we like it or not, if the breed is to survive.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





32 Keeshond Breed Notes – August 2020

There is a new VetCompass paper out now that sheds new light on heatstroke in dogs. Based on heavy messaging over the past decades, the focus has been on hot cars (still inadvisable to leave any dog in a car during warm or hot weather) as a main risk factor for heat stroke in dogs. But there is evidence that exercise is really the most common cause of heatstroke in dogs.

Heat-related illness (often called heatstroke) is a potentially fatal condition inflicted on dogs that will become more common as global temperatures rise. Understanding why dogs develop heatstroke can help to refine prevention strategies through owner education and societal changes. This study aimed to determine the most common triggers of heat-related illness in UK dogs, and which types of dogs were at most risk. The veterinary records of 905,543 dogs under primary veterinary care in 2016 were reviewed to identify 1259 heat-related illness events from 1222 dogs.

Exertional heat-related illness was the predominant trigger (74.2% of events), followed by environmental (12.9%) and vehicular confinement (5.2%). Canine and human risk factors appear similar; young male dogs had greater odds of exertional heat-related illness, older dogs and dogs with respiratory compromise had the greatest odds of environmental heat-related illness.

The odds of death following vehicular heat-related illness were similar to that of exertional heat-related illness. In the UK, exertional heat-related illness affects more dogs, and kills more dogs, than confinement in a hot vehicle.
As the world gets hotter, we need to include our canine companions in our strategies to stay cool, as they can suffer fatal consequences when we fail to keep them safe. Campaigns to raise public awareness about heat-related illness in dogs need to highlight that dogs don’t die just in hot cars.

I have mentioned heat stroke in my notes on previous occasions and relevant articles have been published in Walkee Talkees. These latest findings from Dan O’Neil and his colleagues at VetCompass concur with the results presented by Major Janice L. Baker, DVM US Army Veterinary Corps (who works with military working dogs). Heat Injury is number 1 cause of death in non-combat Military working dogs and number 2 non-hostile line of duty cause of death for police dogs (traumatic injury is number 1). Her seminar (which was given several years ago) was talking mostly about working dogs (fit, athletic dogs such as those used by the military, police, search/rescue, etc). But the information is equally applicable to any sport (agility, flyball & obedience etc) dogs as well.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk




30 Keeshond Breed Notes – July 2020

Last week I wrote about championship shows, both the lack of and ones being cancelled. A couple of days after I did my notes BUBA announced that they were cancelling their December Ch show and this weekend Bournemouth released the following statement:

‘As we all enter the new normal and come to accept it, the world of dog showing folk need something to look forward to with our fur babies. WE all miss the dog shows, where we see our friends and have their company and the total enjoyment; we all get from a day at a dog show.

So, we at Bournemouth Canine Association decided not to cancel our show when all around us were, and just suspend till a later date. The Kennel Club had suggested no shows should take place until October in one of their press releases. Bournemouth decided to wait to see how things progressed. Then we applied for the 3rd, 4TH and 5th October 2020, and we are very pleased that the Kennel Club granted us a new licence for this date.

All our suppliers have been contacted to see if they would come and offer their normal excellent services for the show. They have confirmed and are all pleased and ready to come to the show and support us and carry out their trades all will be Covid 19 compliant. They will include the Marquee Company, Bannerdown, Touch of Class Catering Trailers, with speciality coffee and a lovely choice of food, the renowned catering in the restaurant tent with their lovely breakfast, lunches and Dorset Cream Teas. The trailer bar and the softie ice cream vans. Our wonderful Vet, reliable Paramedics, The Health and Safety officer and this year his team, Birdbrooks & Our Dogs Banners around the show ground, are all delighted to attend, along with the toilet company, and the PA. There will be many faithful trade stands that you are all used to seeing as well as some new ones. So plenty for you to browse with social distancing. All stands have plans in place to keep you safe.

So far this has been a hard task with many hours of discussion on the way forward in working out what is needed to be done to put this show in place as this will be a first for us, in so many ways as it will be for you when attending, Many of the Officers and Committee will have never had to do anything like this before. This is the first show we have had to reschedule and not an easy task and with contacting judges, stewards and helpers. In all aspects some of our faithful friends are having to shield because of are themselves and family members, but we have had many people contacting us offering their services to assist us with running the show, for which we are grateful.

Our judging panel has had some changes in both CC breed and Non cc breeds, as some have appointments that will now clash will our new date, others have various commitments, some had personal appointments and even judges unable to leave there country. To those of you that are unable to come this year, we hope we will have you company soon. The new panel will all judge in the normal way.

The Show Manager has decided it would be good for you to bring your Gazebos no larger than 10 feet x 10 feet, also small pop up tents and you can erect them in designated areas that will be clearly marked out , and NOT in the grooming rings or around the ring as you will be as to move, there will be plenty of space , to help with your social distancing and grooming. You will need to bring your own chairs to stop cross contamination. There is plenty of room on our 50 acre show site. We ask you to bring your own masks as some judges may on the day want you to wear them. There will be hand sanitising stations around the show ground. We will supply judges, stewards and helpers with masks, gloves and hand sanitisers.

The entries are open on Higham’s Press website and a schedule can be downloaded there. You can either enter online or by paper. Paper entries close on the 1stSeptember and online entries the 8th September 2020. There will be a limited numbers of schedules available from the Secretary, Mrs S Duffin, Foxholes Cottage, Poole Road, Sturminster Marshall, and Dorset, BH21 3RR. Please send a stamped address envelope if you require one.

I hope you will find this information helpful. We must ask you our friends, exhibitors and colleagues in the world of dogs in helping us succeed and putting this dog show on and therefore helping the dog world get back on the road to recovery. For all show’s sake large and small, we ask you to follow the guidelines and practise social distancing at the show. We would like us all to pull together making this show a success and start on the recovery for our dog show world.
The Officers and Committee at Bournemouth look forward to working with you one and all. If you require any more information or have any questions to ask PLEASE contact the Secretary at secretary@bournrmouth-show.org.uk or 01258 857721. I thank you for taking the time to read our post and trust you will all have a successful show with us. Thank you Sally’

Meanwhile, hot off the press, is an update from the NEC, home to LKA in December and Crufts for March 2021

The Government has announced that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1st October 2020 & the NEC has confirmed that the NHS Nightingale currently occupying the venue is being decommissioned and will reopen for events on 1 October. In a letter to its clients, the Birmingham venue noted that the field hospital has been in hibernation since May and did not receive a single patient. However, the venue says it will continue to support the NHS with the creation of a small non-Covid standby facility until March 2021, and add that won’t affect the re-opening for event business.

“After an immensely challenging period, this is the news we’ve all been waiting for and I believe it’s the first step for our industry on the path towards recovery. Clearly there will be challenges ahead and we are certainly not out of the woods just yet, but the fact that we can all start to plan with a clear go live date is great news. It means the NEC will be open for business on 1 October and we couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of once again being able to look after you and your events.

We know there’s work to be done to rebuild customer confidence in live events and we’ll be doing everything we possibly can to help you stage successful and safe events. The message from me is that the NEC is open for business from 1 October, so let’s work together and get back to doing what our industry does best – staging great live events.”

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk



29 Keeshond Breed Notes – July 2020

The past few weeks have seen dog shows falling thick and fast; with breed and general societies now deciding it’s easier for all concerned just to cancel their shows until next year. One of the larger agility clubs announced last week that it has cancelled all its planned events (more than 12 shows, many held over 5 days) both indoor and outdoor until Easter 2021 - and social distancing etc would be far easier at an agility show than a regular dog show.

Bournemouth and Blackpool with their new dates (last weekend of September & the first weekend in October) are still going ahead, with entries for Bournemouth opening last week. Yet news has just come from the Kennel Club to say that they have cancelled Discover Dogs, which was due to be held in London in October.

This weekend, Blackpool issued the following statement:
With these dark times in the world the Committee of Blackpool Championship show decided to apply to The Kennel Club for the dates of 25th - 27th September 2020 to hopefully hold our show. As we wanted to try and put the mojo back into the world of dogs and hopefully give us all something to focus on and look forward to. Hopefully more shows will follow.
This has not been easy, as most of you know this takes a lot of planning and hard work to reschedule a championship show. We have contacted judges, trade stands, Stewards, suppliers and food vendors to see if they are happy to participate in our 2020 show. Whilst most of the judges have confirmed they are willing to join us, some have not been able to due to prior events or appointment’s and most trade stands and food vendors are looking forward to joining us. We do respect and totally understand that some people are not happy to possibly put their selves or elderly family member at risk and we totally understand, but we look forward to seeing you back with us in 2021.
We are still mindful of the situation in the world so we will be putting in place temperature taking on arrival, plenty of hand sanitizer dispensers around the show ground and constant cleaning and sanitising of toilets. As we have a 12 acre show site there is plenty of room for small pop-up tents gazebo’s no larger than 6ft x 6ft and you must bring your own chairs so there will be no cross contamination, so plenty of room for social distancing on site.
Entry will open on Fosse Data Website on Monday 10th August for 3 weeks only, there will be no printed schedules available as this is not cost effective and there are no shows to distribute them. If you don’t have access to a computer don’t worry you can use any entry form and you can call 01254-853526 for class numbers and any other information required.
As of today we have received 10,273 visits in an eighteen day period on our website, as we only receive between 50/60 visits a month normally, we are quite took back by the enormity of these amount of visits.
We now have a big ask of our fellow societies, exhibitors and friends to make all this possible to happen we need your help on the days of the show, we all need to pull together as ‘The World of Pedigree dogs’ needs to work as a team to pull us forward into the future, if you can help this would be gratefully received you can make contact with the secretary by email:- secretary@blackpooldogshow.com
Please rather than ask questions on Facebook or other media sites, PLEASE visit our website where you will be kept fully informed of what is happening. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

There are only three remaining Championship shows ‘left standing’ this year, SKC (rescheduled to the end of November) BUBA & LKA. They are all presumably waiting to see how events further unfold before they make any announcements as to whether they are proceeding with their shows or not.

It is impossible, without the benefit of either hindsight or a crystal ball, to know or predict what the best course of action is. Like all politicians, governments, organisations and businesses are finding out, the Kennel Club and by default show societies are themselves in the position of ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’. Everyone realises that we are all going to have to accept and adapt to a ‘new normal’, but no-one is quite sure at the moment exactly what that is and how it’s going to work.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk

Editor Note: BUBA have now confirmed cancellation.




28 Keeshond Breed Notes – July 2020

Short notes this week to say that the BVA are now able to accept and process hip and elbow submissions, with weekly scoring sessions commencing from the 8th July. However, this will depend on whether your individual veterinary practice is able to undertake imaging and their specific guidelines. Eye testing sessions have also now commenced, with available panellists listed on the BVA’s website.

As both clubs have cancelled their championship shows this year, the subsidised group eye testing will now take place next year instead; at the Keeshond Club’s Ch Show at Stoneleigh on Saturday 11th April 2021 with Professor Peter Bedford and the NoEKC’s Ch Show at Brodsworth on Sunday 14th November 2021 with Paul McPherson.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk



26 Keeshond Breed Notes – June 2020

Some more sad news this week, as I have to say that Val Taylor died unexpectedly last week, she was aged 83. She was a regular supporter of the NoEKC and although hadn’t been ringside for a few years, she still kept ‘abreast of current affairs’. Val loved chatting on the phone and will be missed by many, she was a real character.

As far as I’m aware Val’s first keesie was Duroya Just One, born in 1980 and her second Keesie – Venway Komeet was born in 1986. I think this was around the time that she retired from the police force for whom she had worked for all her life; they were followed in 1992 by Ch Keenote Kopper. Val had to wait until Kopper was almost a veteran (he was aged 6½.) before he got his crown, which came at the NoEKC’s Ch show in 1998 from Peke judge Jack Mitchell and a couple of years later he was joined by Ash – Reesburg Rock-A-Fella.

Val joined the Keeshond Club committee in 1999 (the same year she got Gavimir Marauder (Smokey)) and in 2000 became Cup Steward (taking over from Maureen Elliott). That must have been a baptism of fire, as her first Ch show as Cup Steward was the club’s 75th Anniversary Show at Sherbourne. During her stint ‘overseeing the silverware’ Val introduced the current system of colour coding each cup/trophy for the show where it’s presented; she resigned from the committee at the 2009 AGM.

Her last keesie was Reesburg Ringleader (Echo) who died around a year ago and I know she missed him dreadfully.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk




24 Keeshond Breed Notes – June 2020

After much deliberation, the North of England Keeshond Club Committee has decided, in the best interests of all concerned, to cancel the Championship Show due to be held on Sunday 15 November 2020. The Committee does not believe that it will have at its disposal the resources required to offer Members, Exhibitors, our Judge, our Stewards and the wider public, a show environment which is Covid-19 secure, however that may be defined at the time. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that many members of our Committee, helpers and also potential exhibitors are in the vulnerable category.

Additionally, we have had to consider the complications which our Judge, Corry Saes from the Netherlands, may face in terms of travel and accommodation restrictions.

Our intentions for 2021 will now be to continue with our preparations for our February Open Show (and AGM) as planned on 13 February 2021 and our November Championship Show as planned on 14 November 2021. However, subject to KC confirmation and final agreement with the Committee of Leeds Championship Show, we will change the previously planned July Open Show to a 2nd Championship Show in partnership with Leeds on their Utility Day, 23 July 2021. The judge will be Corry Saes.

Eye testing will now be held in 2021 at both Breed Clubs’ original Ch show dates: ie Keeshond Club April 2021 and NoEKC November 2021

It’s a great shame, we know, but we are sure that everyone will understand. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 when, hopefully, the world will be a much more normal place.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk


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