Papa Yorick, Couch Potato King

For their one-year updates, a few of Yorick’s puppies submitted photos of their gorgeous selves lounging on their favorite couches. Not to be outdone, Yorick indulged me in a photo shoot of him on his favorite couch, and here he is: Papa Yorick, the couch potato king!

Papa Yorick, Three Years Old

Here are five males from Yorick’s first litter, all lounging on their favorite divans. How majestic!  They were a year old on June 10, 2012.

Dugan at a year

Drake, or Frankie at a year

Darby sacked out on the back of the couch.

Duncan at 16 months

Toby (Rosewood's Dalton) at 9 months

Rosy Approaches Her First Birthday

Rosy is a few weeks shy of turning one. Her birthday is July 2.

Rosy in her front yard with Pat and Dwayne

This past weekend my sister Joyce visited with Elsie, and we took the opportunity to have a small kooiker reunion and take some pictures.

Yorick, Rosy, Hammie and Elsie

Click on the photo below to see a slide show of our afternoon in the Martin’s back yard.

Dragon Visits His Pappy

We had a visit from Dragon (usually called “Dunkie”) and his pack, Rosie (RedGold’s Christmas Elegance), Nathan, and Karen. After lunch at a favorite local restaurant, we took everyone out to the farm so the dogs could run around. It was a windy day, and everyone was in good spirits!

Windy! Dragon, Rose, Yorick, Hamlet, Rosie, Nathan, and Karen.

Dragon is a city dog, and had never been off leash where he could run around. He barked at the horses, startled at the guinea-fowl, and glared at the goats. Grass! You can dig in this! He was well-entertained, and we had a kick watching his antics.

Dragon could have spent the whole afternoon barking at Merlin!

Wow! Grass!! What's under here?









Here’s how the father and son line up! The visit happened on April 10, so Dragon (Litter D, June 10, 2011) was exactly 10 months old.

Father and Son Reunion

Back to back they faced each other . . .









Yorick, Hamlet, Rosie, and Dragon

Hammie and Yorick meet the Big Dogs

Kidogo mzee na kubwa bwana!

I’ve always had a fondness for Rhodesian Ridgebacks since I grew up in Kenya and one of these majestic animals was my next door neighbor. Since those early days in Nairobi, I haven’t had much opportunity to see these dogs again until my husband’s cousin got one a few years ago.

Last weekend at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, we got another opportunity to see lots of these dogs close up. We were there representing the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje at the Meet the Breed booths. We had a breed Fun Match with AKC judge Marie Povilitis, who was also there exhibiting her Rhodesians.

Another favorite breed (don’t worry guys, I’m still nuts about you kooikers and not looking for a different breed to replace you!!) is the bizarre-looking Borzoi. The ones shown here both won their Grand Champion titles during these shows, and are magnificent indeed!

Rosy Goes to Detroit

Conquored by Kooikers!

Rosy, along with Hamlet, Yorick, and other representatives of the Kooikerhondje Club of the USA, participated in the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows on March 3 & 4. Rosy was exactly eight months old on Friday, the day we drove up to Michigan.

On Saturday, she decided that with 1000 intact male dogs at the Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit, it would be a good time to go into heat! It took me a while to realize what was going on, since in my experience kooikers are slower to mature and go into heat when they are a little older. The male kooikers at the Meet the Breed booth, where we were all stationed, were interested in her, but no one was being obnoxious about it. Then I saw a telltale spot of blood on the concrete floor and thought to check her tail. Sure enough, her white breeches were marked here and there with red!

Poor dear traveled all that way, and spent most of the weekend in her crate! She was still able to earn a ribbon for Best Female Puppy (OK, she was the only girl puppy there, but I’m sure she deserved it nevertheless!) and second place to Rosewood’s Dragon for Best Puppy overall.

Of course, now that she’s a young lady, we can’t keep calling her a puppy, can we?

Rosy 9 months

Rosy and the Deer

Tuesday morning (17 Jan 2012) I was walking with Rosy thru a clearing between a woods and a smaller grove of trees, when Rosy decided to check out the grove of trees. I expected her to follow after me once she satisfied her curiosity, but she didn’t. She just sat there and looked at me even after I called her. So I had no choice but to go and see what was happening. As I got closer I saw a young deer about two-thirds grown standing behind her. It didn’t flee as I approached, and then I saw why. Its left rear leg was caught in a wire fence and was pointing straight upward. The top wire looped around its hoof so tightly that it took me several minutes to get it free, but at last I succeeded and the poor animal could at last stand on all four feet.

For a while it just stood there and looked at us, not seeming to fear me or Rosy. Either it was in shock, or it figured that if we meant to harm it we would have done so already. Finally it started to walk away, and I saw that the formerly-imprisoned leg was stretched out straight and and totally stiff, apparently from the who-knows-how-many hours it had spent ensnared in the wire loop. So it hobbled away, and I wished it well, feeling happy for having freed it, but fearing that its troubles may have only begin.

Rosy followed it for a while, but seemed only curious. She did not attack or harass it, and eventually she came back to me and we resumed our hike.

–Dwayne Martin

(Stock photo)


Bianca and Jorie Retire from Rosewood

Bianca and Jorie

In 2012, after two litters and many happy years as part of the Rosewood family, Bianca and Jorie have retired from breeding and puppy rearing.

In December, after earning her Doctorate degree in Cultural Curriculum Studies at Goergia Southern University, Jorie took a position as Natural Resources Instructor at Aaniih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. The demands of her profession leave her with little time to continue as a breeder.

Now spayed, Bianca is adjusting to her retirement from motherhood duties and is happy to continue her life with Jorie as beloved pet and companion. She and Ochie, the yellow lab, enjoy exploring the new frontiers of the Midwest.




Bianca’s Bio and Pedigree

Bianca, right profile

Bianca, two years, 19 in. 32 lbs.

Bianca left side, Nov. 2010

Bianca moved from her birthplace in Boston to Jorrie’s house in Statesboro Georgia, to become our second breeding female. In 2012, after two litters, Bianca and Jorie moved to the Midwest where Jorie will be a Natural Resources Instructor at Aaniih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana.

Due to Bianca’s unusual size (she is very tall for the breed) and the fact that one of her siblings has developed epilepsy, it was decided that she should no longer be a candidate for breeding. Jorie and Bianca have retired from breeding.

“Bianca is definitely the alpha female of the family. She dominates her yellow lab housemate Ochie, bosses him around, chews on him, pushes him aside when loves are being given out, etc. And the funny thing is that Ochie puts up with it all! Also, her energy NEVER runs out! She is ready to go any time of the day or night at the drop of a hat!

The back yard is Bianca’s favorite place. She races out the doggie door and makes a circuit around the perimeter of the yard at top speed, tail flying and ears pushed back in the wind. If I am at the computer and she wants me to “notice” her, she bugs me until I ask her if she wants me to watch her at which she zooms out the door. She reminds me of a kid that says “Mommy, watch me!” I tell her what a good girl she is and how pretty she is and watch her for a few minutes. That makes her completely happy and I can go back to writing or checking e-mail . . . for awhile!”

Bianca’s hips were evaluated as Excellent in a Preliminary Xray Evaluation.


AKC SR49291602

DOB January 19 2008

Hamlet and Bianca, right

Sire: Uultje-Remy Lyske V. Doralyteira
AKC SR36049601
S: Rakker NHSB 2343473S: Heer William VD Kooikerexpres NHSB 2124761
D: Wenda VD Ukkesteyn NHSB 2065311
D: Lyske-Dora NHSB 2271232S: Nyarr Scooter Urjette von Muskyteira G-2-2065320
D: Nefoko’s Dora Eliez
NHSB BILJ G-2-1989870
Dam: Taga’s Weika, Lady Elsinore
AKC SR36052701
S: Tea’ Land’s Mowgli Don’ Kit
NHSB 11377/98
S: Taga’s Gordon
NHSB 16177/96
D: Lonniland’s Tea’Kit Mc-Twire
NHSB 11779/96
D: Taga’s Chiquita
NHSB 10404/99
Sire: Quiz Byondra von Muskyteira
NHSB 00792/96
D: Taga’s Debbie
NHSB 25405/95

Dangerous House Plants

Rosy was standing by the dinner table hoping one of us would throw her a table scrap, when I noticed that her leg was shaking. By the time we got her to the vet, her whole body was shaking and I was in tears. The vet said that the symptoms resembled pyrethrum poisoning and asked if we had bought any new house plants. We had some poinsettias, and wouldn’t put it past Rosy to have taken a bite, but we hadn’t seen her do it. (Poinsettias themselves are only mildly toxic, so the poisoning would have come from insecticides sprayed on the plants.)

The vet anesthetized her and gave her an intravenous antidote. By morning she was OK and we were relieved, but $200.00 poorer! We worried that it might happen again since we weren’t sure what caused the problem in the first place.

We are passing this on to let people know that newly-purchased house plants may come treated with insecticides or other chemicals that may be hazardous to a puppy’s health. Next time you buy a house plant, ask if it has been sprayed or treated. Keep your plants up where pets are less likely to eat them, and have a safe and happy New Year!

–Dwayne and Pat Martin, and Ammerville’s Rosalind Layka

Dwayne, Rosy, and Hamlet share a moment of reverent thanks for everyone’s good health


Rosy at the Fun Match, Oct. 8, 2011

Dwayne and Rosy at the Fun Match

Rosy made a splash at her dog show debut at the Kooikerhondje Fun Match this October. Dwayne Martin, her housemate and handler, had never been to a dog show, let alone been in the ring with a show animal! Rosy was all confidence (even if she didn’t have a clue), and quickly put Dwayne at ease.

It all paid off, and Rosy earned her first ribbon, bringing home the Best Puppy Award.

Of course, there were only three puppies in the field–all excellent kooiker specimens, and the other two Rosewood bred pups–so there was no way to lose.

But in the end, the day was clearly not about the competition. Judge Carol Noe had to do some on-the-spot handling instruction, and her patience and good humor prevailed as human and canine alike bumbled around the ring.

Instead, the day was about sunshine and camaraderie, laughter and beauty, as we got to know each other and meet another wet, wiggly nose.

Everywhere you turned, there was something spectacular going on. A Border Collie, all its energy focused in one blue eye, snakes its way through a set of weave poles at the adjacent Agility Trial. The clear afternoon sun slants across the tin roof of an old barn. A girl with impossibly long hair leads an old kooikerhondje around the ring for the first time and takes home a ribbon.