Month: April 2015

Irish Setter: Long Legs and High Style

I have always loved Irish Setters because of the way they look, definitely stylish and such beautiful color. But then they would be themselves and they were really ditzy. Well, I suppose you can’t have everything! They can suffer from serious separation anxiety, as our weimaraner did, so be gentle with them. This can lead to health problems or to destructive tendencies. Hint – don’t leave them with a bean-bag because it might be shredded when you get back, or there might be a hole in the wall next to the door that you last walked out of. Nine...

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Bouvier – Massive! Dangerous? Loving! Friendly.

Being herding dogs Bouviers are highly intelligent and, while some people like to brag how smart their pets are, having had dozens of dogs and even pet sheep, I know that a dumb pet is often the best choice – friendly, easy to control, etc. But intelligence has its place in the canine world. When we moved our closed kennel from where we were living in a small town (see the local bridge for an idea of how rural it was) to a 30 acre ranch, we knew Bouviers were classed as herding dogs but not until a dozen...

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Keeshond, Closely Related to Spitz, but Different!

The Keeshond used to be called a Spitz, Wolfspitz or German Spitz. In 1926, in England, they decided to call it the Keeshond, pronounced (/ˈkeɪz.hɒnd/ KAYZ-hond; plural: Keeshonden), according to Wikipedia. I couldn’t discover why that was – please let me know if you do. Maybe it was because the dog had too many names, so they would add one more. In England, they had called it the Dutch Barge Dog. This dog is closely related to Spitz dogs (obviously!), such as the Großspitz, Mittelspitz, and Kleinspitz also known as Pomeranian. They have a two-layer fur coat, silver and...

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The Bouvier des Flandres or Dirty Beard

As a professional photojournalist I feel I can capture a picture of anything. Beginning in physics lab in the 60’s when I used sheet film in a lens-less press camera to capture laser patterns and extending through many assignments I’d always gotten my picture but owning a Bouvier des Flandres kennel proved a real challenge. These Belgian/French war and farm dogs (“The Dog of Flanders” [famous book], was a Bouvier) and the Germans put a bounty on the head of the dogs because they were so effective in carrying messages in war zones. (The fact that they tended to...

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Great Danes and Miniature Horses

Highland Ranch Sanctuary (covered in our autobiography, “Sheep in the Rafters“) was located near Punxsutawney, PA, the world’s most famous small town, at least on February 2 – each Groundhog Day. We had always rescued dogs and, since we now had 30 acres and 3 barns, pets which are normally too large to adopt including miniature horses. We had Bouvier des Flandres left over from our closed kennel and they did a great job herding the endangered St. Jacob Sheep, but we also had two Great Danes which are shown here running beside the adult horses which are actually...

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