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40 Keeshond Breed Notes – SKC & B’Union 2021

Well, I started with good intentions as I’d written up these notes in extra quick time – and then completely forgot to upload them onto the website. I’ve always said I could be lethal with a memory, but hey ho - better late than never!!

Three shows (2 with CC’s) held over a long weekend; SKC’s double show being a potential very long day – and with Utility days on a week/work day, there was always going to run the risk of low entries. Friday for SKC and with Tuesday for Border Union meaning either a weekend holiday up in the borders or two lengthy trips – plus a few days holiday meant it was just not possible for many exhibitors. Plus I suspect that an (accurate) awful weather forecast led to some deciding to stay at home and save money, hence the absentees.

SKC’s Utility day was Friday; Keesies were 3rd in the ring after 13 Schipperkes (with an 8.30am start) and 34 Shiba Inus for SKC’s May Ch show judge David Cavill (who last judged at Bath in 2016) He had drawn an entry of 27 dogs with 8 absentees, with no entries in Puppy or Special Beginners Dog. Judging started at 11.35am and was done by 1.00pm.

Dog CC (his first big green card) went to the winner of Junior, Mel Harris’ Amikirs Lover Boy for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) RDCC winner of 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 who also handled Best Puppy, Matthews & Lee’s Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Serendipity)

It was another firstt big green card with BOB Wendy McKean’s Kichigai It Takes Two (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine) from Limit. The RBCC went to the winner of Open, Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Can Am Ch Cedarhills-Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez (Imp Can) (Ikon's Cha Ching x Cedarhills Shamrock Sabrina)

A few more breeds later in the same ring and it was the turn of Sarah Hattrell who was judged the October show without CC’s and just three mixed sex classes and she had an entry of 20 dogs with 7 absentees.

Best Dog with Best of Breed from Open was David Peck’s Kwajongen He's A Dandy Byquy and the Reserve Best Dog went to Mel Harris’s TJ, Kichigai Boy Is Back In Town for Watchkees winner of Post Graduate. Best Bitch went to second in Open, Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious, whilst Reserve Best Bitch went to David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker, second in Post Graduate handled by David Matthews who also won Best Puppy with his (& his sister Tracy Lee’s) Winklestar Aurora at Valindale

Tuesday was the turn of Border Union where Michelle Wright (Lacetrom) was awarding CC’s for the 1st time. She had drawn an entry of 19 dogs with 4 absentees and Keesies were first in the ring with a 9.00am start. With no entries in Puppy and Junior Dog and Post Graduate Bitch, there were only 15 dogs present & it was all over just gone 10.00am.

DCC with Best of Breed was Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition)and it was another RDCC for David Peck’s Kwajongen He's A Dandy Byquy handled by David Matthews, who again got Best Puppy with young Rita (Winklestar Aurora at Valindale).

Winning her second CC was David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots), handled by David Matthews with the RBCC going to Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Can Am Ch Cedarhills-Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez (Imp Can) (Ikon's Cha Ching x Cedarhills Shamrock Sabrina)

After a hectic past four weekends with 8 Championship shows and seven sets of CC’s, apart from the Keeshond Club’s open show in a couple of weeks, that’s it now until December when it’s BUBA followed by LKA. I think most people’s wallets could do with the holiday!

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk


39 Keeshond Breed Notes – B’ham Nat & KC Ch 2021

For the second weekend in a row, Keesies had two championship shows on the same day; Birmingham National and the Keeshond Club’s postponed April 2021 Ch show. Keeshonds were scheduled to be second in the ring after an entry of 80 Lhasa Apsos, which meant it was another late start (Jane Paradise started her judging around 1.00pm) and an even later finish – Rodney Oldham finished just after 5.30pm.

This timing wasn’t entirely the fault of either committee though. An extra ring had been made available so that Keesie judging could have started at 10.30am, but as the National’s secretary wasn’t able to get in touch with all the exhibitors, it couldn’t happen. It seems that not every exhibitor had given their contact details (phone & email) with their entry. So it might be an idea if everyone checked that their details are complete (& up to date) with all of the various online printers and that to ensure that in future all postal entry forms are fully completed.

This ring was right outside the Argyle Building and was subsequently offered for use with a 12.00pm start (which was the ‘not before time’ given) but apparently, despite the weather being ideal for showing; exhibitors elected to stay inside the stuffy building which meant everyone had an extra hours wait.

Jane Paradise was awarding CC’s for the 1st time and she had drawn an entry of 44 dogs with 10 absentees. In dogs there were no entries for Special Beginners, Minor Puppy, Puppy and Yearling and there were no entries in Puppy Bitch either.

Winning a second CC (he won his 1st last weekend at the NoEKC’s Ch show) with Best of Breed was the winner of Veteran - Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern (Keesway The Marksman at Keez x Keez
The BCC went to Jean Sharp Bale’s Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) with the RBCC going to Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) from Junior. Best Puppy was Sue Lindsay’s Watermyth Cassiopeia by Mezanda (Mezanda Merry Starshower x Lilli Marlina at Watermyth)

After a half hour break it was the turn of the Keeshond Club’s Ch show where the judge was Rodney Oldham (who last judged Keesies at Crufts in 2018) and he had drawn an entry of 39 dogs with 9 absentees and again there were no entries in the Minor Puppy, Puppy and Yearling dog classes.
Tayla Maid) with the RDCC going to the winner of Limit - Mel Harris’ Kichigai boy Is Back In Town for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine).


It was a crowning third CC (all coming at once like buses!) with Best of Breed and Best Veteran for Trevor and Cheri’s Konner (Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern) who can now English Ch to his collection of titles and Mel Harris’ TJ (Kichigai boy Is Back In Town for Watchkees) won another RDCC.

The day just carried on getting better for Trevor & Cheri as they then won a first CC with Franki (Can Am Ch Cedarhills Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez) The RBCC went to David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots), handled by David Matthews who also won Best Puppy with Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Seredipity)



Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk






38 Keeshond Breed Notes – D’ton & NoEKC 2021

The various forecasts for Darlington weekend (especially Sunday which was Utility day) were all proven wrong as it was lovely weather for showing dogs. The day started off warm but cloudy, there was a very brief spell of fine drizzle around lunch time and then the sun came out for the afternoon and was glorious. Lovely short grass in the carparks and showground (with no large, wet clumps of grass cuttings lying around) meant that feet (& footwear) were kept dry and clean. The showground was very spaciously laid out with more than enough space for gazebos etc and the trade stands were situated by the car park entrances along with the food wagons which must have helped to boost business. And last but not least, the fabulous ‘Classic Porta-Loos’ dotted around the ground.

Keeshonds were first in the ring with a 9.00am start for judge Ann Ingram (who last judged us at Southern Counties in 2018) and she had drawn an entry of 43 dogs with 3 absentees. There were no entries in Puppy Dog and it was over by 11.30am.

The Dog CC and Best of Breed 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 winner of Veteran - Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern (Keesway The Marksman at Keez x Keez Tayla Maid) Natasha and Vinnie got Utility Group 2 under Sue Dykes and Trevor & Konner Group 3 in the Veteran Group.

It was a first big green card for David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots), handled by David Matthews for Limit and the RBCC went to the winner of Open, Nichola Kerr’s Caraspitz Good Luck Charm (Vanstrand Thunderball x Zandvoort Field of Dreams). Best Puppy was Matthews & Lee’s Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Seredipity)

After a half hour break it was turn for the North of England’s Ch show; our judge for 2021 should have been Gustaf van den Bosch from Belgium, but due to Covid travel restrictions etc appointments were changed and our substitute judge was Keith Nathan (who last judged at Darlington in 2016) ably assisted by steward Graham Copley.

Keith had drawn an entry of 39 dogs, again with just 3 absentees. There were no entries in either Junior Dog or Novice Bitch and judging was over by 2.20pm which gave everyone plenty of time to pack up and still get home to enjoy the last of the day’s sunshine.

It was a first big green card with Best Veteran for Trevor and Konner (Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern) with Natasha and Vinnie (Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition) getting the RDCC.

It was a second CC with Best of Breed for Jane Saunders’ Liefkees Adina (Ch Wund-R Y Workin For A Livin at Szaryk (Imp USA) x Liefkees Angelika) from Limit with another RBCC for Nichola and Kizzie (Caraspitz Good Luck Charm )
Best Puppy again was David and young Rita (Winklestar Aurora at Valindale)

Doris Purdon very kindly donated a £25 prize to Best Dog, Best Bitch, Best Veteran and Best Puppy and the £50 Lucky Catalogue number was won again by a very lucky Sharon Rose! Debbie Palmer managed to extract over £70 for the raffle from exhibitors of any breed who were near our ring or just passing through

The Golden Oldie rosette (donated by Sheila Mac) was won by Sophie (Ir Ch Kichigai Rare Edition at Murmansk) who is nearly 12 years young and was handled as usual by Jane Usher.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk








37 Keeshond Breed Notes – Richmond 2021

I don’t know what happened to last week, it just seemed to vanish; so apologies for a lack notes, although I have to say that I can’t even remember what I was going to write about!!

At Richmond on Sunday, Keeshonds were second in the ring after 48 Tibetan Spaniels. Our judge was Tibby specialist Ian Blackshaw who was awarding CC’s in Keesies for the first time. Judging started at 11.00am and Ian had drawn an entry of 27 dogs; but with 8 absentees, it was soon over by 12.40pm.

Dog CC with Best of Breed went to the winner of Limit, 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 and the RDCC with Best Puppy to Mel Harris’ Amikirs Lover Boy for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

It was another CC for Jean Sharp Bale’s Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) and a RBCC for David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots), again handled by David Matthews.

The following has been rec’d regarding BUBA’s 49th Championship show scheduled for 4th December 2021.
The Officers and Committee of BUBA are pleased to confirm is planned to go ahead and the schedule is up on Fosse Data. We will post more detailed information about layout nearer the time. Due to ongoing issues with Covid we are trying to plan ahead in order to limit any restrictions the Government may impose nearer the day. Please be patient with us as it may be slightly different to our usual excellent show however our aim is to make it an enjoyable and safe day for all of us attending on the day.

A reminder to exhibitors that the NoEKC will be holding a raffle, so all contributions will be gratefully received and can members please return any cups & trophies they might still have to Gill Brunt.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk










35 Keeshond Breed Notes – August 2021 D’field

It was Driffield’s first August Bank holiday Ch show, having swapped dates with SKC’s (ex) August show in 2020. There were no CC’s on offer and our judge, Elaine Stubbings (Vandersee) had drawn an entry of 9 keesies which was almost halved by 4 absentees.

Keesies had a generous classification, which meant there were no entries in Puppy Dog and Junior, Special Yearling, Post Graduate, Good Citizen Classes for both dogs and bitches. We were second in the ring after 69 bulldogs, so judging started at 12.30pm and with only 5 dogs to go over, was soon over by 1.00pm.

Best Dog was Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition) and Reserve Best Dog was Sharon and George Rose’s Rossvale Endeavour to Esorkees (Zandvoort Purrsonal Life x Ch Rossvale hidden Destiny) Sharon & Ben (Ch Rossvale Master Of Destiny for Esorkees) were Best Veteran.

Best Bitch with Best of Breed was Karin Hickson’s Kichigai's Uptown Girl JW (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine) with the Reserve and Best Puppy going to Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

Pam Luckhurst (Gavimir) has been in the wars recently, having fallen and managing to fracture both her leg and ankle; which has meant a spell in hospital. Whilst she was in her local cottage hospital recuperating, her Lily (Gavimir Arum Lily) passed away, which couldn’t have been easy for all concerned.
On a more positive note Pam had the cast off last week so should be able to get more physio now and start to get around more. I’m sure a note from her friends will cheer her up.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk









34 Keeshond Breed Notes – August 2021 B’pool

For once Utility day at Blackpool didn’t draw the short straw, as despite gloomy forecasts the weather stayed fine and there was no mud even though it had chucked it down almost non-stop the day before. Cloudy with intermittent warm sunshine made for almost ideal showing weather; the nice short grass (with no wet clippings strewn everywhere) made it so much better and kept the dogs clean and dry. The showground was spaciously set out and everyone was able to ‘park themselves’ outside next to the large rings; just as well really as the empty marquees provided were quite a distance away, tucked behind the trade stands.

Our judge was Melanie Reed Peck (Byquy) (whose last Keesie appointment was at WELKS in 2016) Keesies were first in the ring with a 9.00am start and Melanie had drawn an entry of 22 dogs with just 2 absentees. There were no entries again in Puppy, Junior or Yearling Dog and most classes just had two dogs present. It was all over by 11.00am which gave exhibitors time to try & beat the rush hour traffic going home.

Winning the DCC with Best Veteran from the Veteran class was George and Sharon Rose’s Ch Rossvale Master Of Destiny for Esorkees (Ch Neradmik Handsome Hero x Rossvale Scarlett’s Secret) with the RDCC going to the winner of Open, Joan Miles and Sarah Dean’s Ch Neradmik Family Affair With Lekkerbek (Ch Am Ch Kemonts Skyline’s Game Boy x Ch Lady Godiva’s Guilty Pleasures with Neradmik) Sharon and Ben went on to get a fourth place in the Veteran Group from David Iley.

The BCC with Best of Breed went to Jean Sharp Bale’s Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) from Limit and the RBCC to the winner of Open, Tom & Caroline Gate’s Ch Lacetrom Shuna ShCM (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Lacetrom Cruivie) handled as usual by Michelle Wright. Best Puppy went to Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

Could all judges who are on the NoEKC’s C and B judging list please send an updated CV to judgeslist@north-of-england-keeshond-club.co.uk before the end of September – even though you might not have done any judging in the past 18 months!

Pat King (Kingkeesy) hasn’t been enjoying the best of health recently; but is now out of hospital and recuperating in Althorpe Nursing Home, 3 Main St, Althorpe, Scunthorpe DN17 3HJ for the next few weeks. I’m sure a note or card from some of her old friends would cheer her up.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





33 Keeshond Breed Notes – Bournemouth 2021

There were no CC’s on offer at Bournemouth Ch show where Keesie judge Sally Pointon had 8 dogs entered. We were second in the ring after 60 Bulldogs (with 18 absentees), so it wasn’t a long wait for exhibitors.

Best Dog was Joan Miles and her daughter Sarah’s Ch Neradmik Kiss Chase with Lekkerbek (Ch Neradmik Family Affair with Lekkerbek x Ch Neradmik Miss Holly Berry) with Reserve Best Dog going to Tyra Church’s Shelderon Stemmig Sage with Tykees (Venway Blow Then Away x Eastkees Foxy Lady at Shelderon)

Best Bitch with Best of Breed was Jean Sharp Bale’s Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) Reserve Best Bitch with Best Puppy was Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) and judging was all over by 12.15pm.

The Kennel Club has recently announced that for 2024 -2028 each Keeshond breed club can hold two Ch shows a year as long as one is held in partnership with or back-to-back with a general Ch show. We already have 20 sets of CC's from General Ch shows plus the 2 existing breed club Ch shows and from 2024 we'll also have an extra set for Scottish Utility Breeds.

The KC in their wisdom, reckon that with an average entry of between 40 - 45 dogs per show (taken over the past 5 years) that we warrant an extra 2 sets of tickets making 25 in total. In 3 years’ time we'll be lucky to get an average of 25 dogs per show the rate we're going. Me personally, I think that we should be losing CC’s not gaining them – the number should be more like 10 sets not 25! What do you think? Do we warrant more CC’s? Will it attract more exhibitors or just create ‘cheap champions’?

Mind you, to attract more exhibitors the general Ch show societies are going to have to have a rethink about their entry fees. No benching, smaller & fewer marquees for many of them and yet still charging the same price? Especially for dogs entered NFC - £10 per dog for what, a couple of lines in the catalogue and the 20p KC charge - really? I suspect that many exhibitors have found other, better things to do with their dogs and money during the past 18 months.

The Kennel Club’s Find a Judge is finally up on their website after an absence of almost a year. Keeshonds have a total of 111 judges approved to award CC’s, which comprise of: 28 x Breed Specialists, 49 x ‘All Rounders’, 25 x Overseas Judges and at least 9 people who either haven’t judged within the last 7 years or who no longer wish to judge, but are still on the list. Also included are 10 ‘new judges’ who haven’t actually awarded CC’s yet have been passed to do so.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





32 Keeshond Breed Notes –2021 Paignton

At Paignton Ch show our judge was Tom Johnston who was awarding CC’s for the second time (his first appointment was at Birmingham City in 2018) he had 26 Keesies entered with 4 absentees. Keesies were second in the ring after 21 Irish Wolfhounds; but as only 14 were present judging started just gone 11.00am and it was all over by 12.35pm.

Best of Breed and winning a third CC within a week was Carol Bardsley’s Ch Skathki Just Got Wicked (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Ruby Slipper for Skathki) with the RDCC going to second in Open - Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai's Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition)

It was also a third CC within a week for Jean Sharp Bale’s newly crowned Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) with the RBCC going to second in Open - Sue Lindsay’s Ch Cosmic Dream's Damn You Look Good For Mezanda (Imp Nor) JW (Dungens Never Ending Dream x Dungens Kosmic Love)

Best Puppy was Best Puppy was Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) and Joan Miles and Brody - Ch Neradmik Family Affair With Lekkerbek was Best Veteran.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





31 Keeshond Breed Notes – August 2021 Bath

Considering the dreadful weather forecasts for the weekend, Bath had a very lucky escape - certainly for Utility day. The weather was mainly cloudy & cool, with the occasional burst of sunshine and the odd drop of rain. The society had provided plenty of outdoor space for exhibitors and most people managed to get their tents/gazebos up quite near the ring.

Keesies were second in the ring after an entry of 46 Boston Terriers; judging started just after 11.30am and ended around 2.15pm. Our judge was Karin Hickson (Kichigai) who was awarding CC’s for the second time (her first appointment was at Leeds in 2015) Karin had an entry of 30 dogs entered with 3 absentees; there were no entries in Minor Puppy, Junior or Yearling Dog; Special Beginners Dog or Bitch and Veteran Bitch.

Dog CC was Carol Bardsley’s Ch Skathki Just Got Wicked (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Ruby Slipper for Skathki) with the RDCC going to second in Open - Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern (Keesway The Marksman at Keez x Keez Tayla Maid)

It was a crowning third CC with Best of Breed for Jean Sharp Bale’s Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) Rosie’s first CC was at the NoEKC’s 2019 Ch show from Krishna Austin and her second came at the next NoEKC’s Ch show (which was held last weekend in partnership with Leeds) from David Iley.

The RBCC went to the winner of Limit, Jane Saunders’ Liefkees Adina (Ch Wund-R Y Workin For A Livin at Szaryk (Imp USA) x Liefkees Angelika). Best Puppy was Mel Harris’ Amikirs Lover Boy for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

This was then followed by the Keeshond Club’ Ch show from 2020 and the judge was Colin Barton (Collcrist) (who last judged at Blackpool 2019) with an entry of 43 Keesies with 3 absentees. There were entries in all classes apart from Veteran Bitch and judging got under way around 2.45pm.

It was another CC, this time with Best of Breed for Carol Bardsley & Teddy (Ch Skathki Just Got Wicked) with the RDCC going to the winner of Limit, Sharon and George Rose’s Rossvale Endeavour to Esorkees (Zandvoort Purrsonal Life x Ch Rossvale hidden Destiny)

It was also another CC for Jean Sharp Bale & Rosie (Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song) with a first RCC for David Peck’s
Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots) handled by David Matthews. Best Puppy was Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)

Colin had to halt judging briefly during Limit Dog due to an incident at the ringside; which was efficiently handled & dealt with by Jean Sharp Bale. Proceedings resumed and the last award was made around 5.30pm and by 6.00pm it was all over and done with, exhibitors had packed up & were finally on their way home.

Apologies to the Gate family as in my notes of last week I forgot to mention that the NoEKC’s Golden Oldie rosette was awarded to 11½ year old Lacetrom Cruvie - winner of Veteran Bitch. Kimi was handled as usual by Michelle Wright.

If anyone is planning on entering their dogs our next Club Ch show and is not going to enter any at Darlington, can they please let Ian Stubbings know; as apparently he needs the number of dog passes required for each exhibitor. Also don’t forget that you will need to also buy a car parking pass from Higham Press or pay an extra £1 on the day.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk





30 Keeshond Breed Notes – July 2021

The shows are now starting to come in thick and fast now, with at least one Ch show every weekend. This weekend it was Leeds Ch show followed by the NoEKC’s Ch show carried forward from 2020. Although how long that’ll last remains to be seen as the news has just been released that Midland Counties have cancelled their show in October.

The week running up to the show had been gloriously hot and sunny; but nothing lasts forever - especially where the vagaries of an English summer are concerned! Friday had been forecast to start out cloudy and overcast, clearing later on in the morning; but the clouds got heavier and although it wasn’t actually raining, the air was wet enough to drip off the marquees. Very few of us had come dressed or shod for wet weather, we were all in summer dress & sandals mode - but it was great for the dogs!!

Everyone had been wondering how Leeds’s ‘new layout’ was going to work as gazebos etc weren’t allowed. As it turned out we all just ‘camped out’ under the cover of the marque in the space where the benching would have been normally.
We weren’t particularly cramped, there was sufficient space for everyone, but I suspect that was because the entries overall were down on previous years. Apparently it was far more crowded over the next 2 days, but by then the weather had improved and many people were outside around the rings.

Our judge for Leeds was Janice Bannister, who was awarding CC’s for the 1st time and this year Keesies were first in the ring with a 9.00am start. Janice had drawn an entry of 34 dogs with just one absentee, Open Dog and Limit Bitch were the largest classes and there were no Puppy Dogs entered.

The Dog CC and Best of Breed 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 - Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Aust Can Am Ch Keez Kause For Koncern (Keesway The Marksman at Keez x Keez Tayla Maid)

It was a first CC with Best Puppy for Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) and the RBCC went to the winner of Open, Nichola Kerr’s Caraspitz Good Luck Charm (Vanstrand Thunderball x Zandvoort Field of Dreams)

It was all done and dusted by 10.30am which meant that the NoEKC could get our show underway in good time; as it was our judging started around 11.30am and we were finished by 1.00pm.

Our judge for 2020 should have been Corrie Saes from Holland, but due to Covid travel restrictions etc appointments were exchanged and our substitute judge was David Iley (who last judged Keesies at Midland Counties in 2016) and he had drawn an entry of 31 dogs with 4 absentees. Despite scheduling nine fewer classes, there were no entries Minor, Puppy, Yearling or Novice Dog and none in Minor Puppy Bitch and again, the largest classes were Open Dog and Limit Bitch.

Winning the DCC with Best in Show and Best Veteran in Show from the Veteran class was George and Sharon Rose’s Ch Rossvale Master Of Destiny for Esorkees (Ch Neradmik Handsome Hero x Rossvale Scarlett’s Secret) with the RDCC going to the winner of Open, Joan Miles and Sarah Dean’s Ch Neradmik Family Affair With Lekkerbek (Ch Am Ch Kemonts Skyline’s Game Boy x Ch Lady Godiva’s Guilty Pleasures with Neradmik)

The BCC (her second) went to Jean Sharp Bale’s Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry)from Limit and the RBCC with Best Puppy went to Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious.

Doris Purdon very kindly donated a £25 prize to Best Dog, Best Bitch, Best Veteran and Best Puppy and the Lucky Catalogue number was won by a very happy Sharon Rose who’s never won so much money at a show!!

There was a very well filled raffle table (thank you to everyone who brought a contribution along) and Nicky Potts managed to extract over £100 from exhibitors of any breed who were near our ring or just passing through.

On Tuesday Otley Canine Society held their first outdoor open show; they had a bumper entry of over 900 dogs and what a resounding success it was. Exhibitors were greeted with lovely short grass (with no wet cuttings lying around) planters of flowers in all the (good sized) rings; unlimited amount of parking behind the rings and with plenty of space for exhibitors to set up gazebos & umbrellas etc around the rings.

A surprising number of trade stands, catering wagons all contributes to a fabulous friendly atmosphere. Starting the (very well supported) stakes classes at 11.00am meant that they were all well filled throughout the day and by 4.30pm the show was still full of people, sitting around. Even the weather held out until just before the BIS judging started; a well organised show with a great venue, it put many a Ch show to shame.

Anji Marfleet 01924 840315 anji@flatmeer.co.uk







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&rsqu

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