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Wolfgang: A Good Dog
Wolfgang is actually my parents' dog. But I lived with him for the first 3 years with his life and we still hang out sometimes. He's a good dog.
Wolfgang is a Keeshond and was born on August 15, 2006. He was one of a litter of two (one male, one female).
Wolfgang is also a show dog. He isn't a champion (yet?), but in the ring he's known as "Designer's Magic Flute."
The daughter of a former dog breeder, Lauren R. Tharp has been around dogs her whole life both at dog shows and in her personal life. In fact, she was raised by dogs! (Just kidding). Lauren is now a talented copywriter and has been frequently published in magazines and on numerous websites. Lauren can be contacted for a free consultation for your project, or just to say “Woof!,” at littlezotz (at) gmail (dot) com
Where Did You Get Wolfgang?
My parents got Wolfgang from a Keeshond breeder.
They had had two Keeshonds before Wolfgang. Max (lived to be 14) and Maxwell (lived to be 9--but he had a ton of health issues). Wolfgang is their third Keeshond.
I first met Wolfgang when he was about the size of a meatloaf. Pretty darn cute.
I had only been around one other puppy (for an extended time--visiting other people's puppies doesn't count!) and that was Maxwell, my parents' second Keeshond. However, having a puppy and a girl (me) going through puberty at the same time isn't exactly what I'd call fun. I didn't really enjoy Maxwell's puppyhood... It was nice to have a second chance with Wolfgang.
What Are Your Favorite Things to do With Wolfgang?
Wolfgang LOVES himself some toys! Oh, yes he does!
Wolfgang's pretty much up for doing anything. He's an "any attention is GOOD attention" kind of dog. He's very agreeable.
Tug-o-War, balls, stuffed toys, whatever. They're all good.
Mostly, Wolfgang just loves to be chased around. Even if you're walking, he loves it. Extend your arms like Frankenstein's monster (movie versions) and just go for it.
Some of Wolfgang's Favorite Toys
Amusing noises keep your dog's attention for hours. Two of my parents' Keeshonds loved this toy.
This toy makes a grunting noise (which gave it the name "Mr. Grunty" around the house) that Wolfgang loves. Surprisingly durable!
Photos of WolfgangClick thumbnail to view full-size
For the Dog on the Go!
I recommend the Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle for short trips and inside-the-car use (easy to use, easy to carry, and less mess than a bowl or bucket) and a regular bowl or bucket for longer trips or for use outside the car. Yes, you should offer your pooch water, even inside your car!
My Cat's Best Friend - Dorian + Wolfgang = BFF
Dorian used to be a part of a Feral cat colony. Running around with other renegades, he was hardly ever seen unless he was making trouble. It took him several years to come around and leave The Dark Side behind him, but he's now a Domestic wonder.
Wolfgang was introduced to Dorian when he was just a puppy and fell in love. Dorian and Wolfgang are totally BROS now!
I don't know about you, but I always find it amazing when different species decide to become friends. It's amazing and beautiful. I think people could learn a lot from Wolfgang and Dorian.
Poll: Animal Friendships...
Is Your Dog Friends With Any Other Species of Animal?
What is a Keeshond? - Short Answer: NOT a Chow!
First off, Keeshond is pronounced "Kays-hond." Not "Keys-hound."
Keeshonden are part of the Spitz family and are in the "Non-Sporting" group.
They're Dutch. Originally they were barge dogs, serving as watchdogs for riverboats. But, mostly, they were used for companionship.
They're loyal, affectionate, very intelligent for dogs (they're quick learners), and make great watchdogs. They're very friendly, gentle dogs.
Keeshonden can also be stubborn at times and have VERY LOUD barks (and tend to bark OFTEN). They also shed like CRAZY!
Even though Keeshonden can sometimes drive me crazy, they're still the best breed of dog I've known personally. And all three of my parents' Keeshonden were fabulous with other animals!