On April 21st, 1996 we picked up
Spunkie at Sandi Smith's house in Woodbridge, VA. She's a Keeshond
(pronounce that caze-hund, please). She was living with some people
in Virginia who couldn't keep her, but who had taken her from a real
bad home. She was a perfect, if extraordinarily stubborn and willful,
lady from the moment she saw our car, hopped into
the driver's seat, and refused
to budge (it took three strong people to convince her the back seat
was hers). She is still the most perfect dog in the world and getting
more perfect every day.
She's 3 now we think, but just 3. In the first two years
of her life she was shaved a couple of times, forced to live outdoors
during a really bad winter with only a doghouse for shelter, and not
allowed to walk on any hard surfaced floors when she was allowed in
Spunkie is shy with strangers, but also proud of her real
fuzzy butt. Tall thin men still scare her, but little kids are her
greatest joy. She likes to slowly go up to them and have them touch
and play with her. She knows all the small children for blocks
around. Many think she's a living teddy bear.
I wrote this next part myself! Charley and Daddy helped a little
Sometimes Mommy and Daddy take me
to the woods outside Warrior's Mark, Pennsylvania, where I can safely
run off my lead and bound and play. I love it. One day Mommy asked me
to play fetch so I went and got an appropriate
stick to fetch. Mommy didn't
think so. Humans can be so wimpy.
Mommy and Daddy also take Charley
to the woods. He doesn't like to be off leash near as much as me, but
he did show me something really neat. I was walking around the mud
puddles in the road. He rolls in them! I tried it it too. NEAT. And
Mommy and Daddy get SO SO excited. They must think it's neat too,
although I haven't seen them do it. Wonder why? Anyway, here's a
picture of me and the Brat Boy enjoying ourselves in the
Spunkie (Fancy at the time) and Sandi Smith, who got us
all together. Note the red in coat, a result of poor food and outdoor
living. Not a trace remains today.
Click on any of the small pictures below to see the
absolutely fabulous full size versions. The full versions average
about 30 seconds a picture to download with a 28,800-bps modem.
Check out my favorite Keeshond pages and links on the
Keeshonden Keeshond Dogs, Modern Natural Rearing Using
Herbs,Keeshond Videos, Kees Pedigree Search -- A set of pages well
worth your time
You should also check out Daddy's
Home Page, my bratty little
Page, and Tammy, the intruder dog's,
page (she not really so bad, but I am the ultimate softie). Also look
at Boomer's page. He another visitor and
thinks he's too good to play with us. Hah!