Kromfohrländer in the USA

Maze the Kromfohrländer

Maze the Kromfohrländer

I had an opportunity recently that I just could not pass by. I’ve named him Maze and he’s a Kromfohrländer who was born in Denmark. He is absolutely adorable!

I was surfing the web and I found this medium sized breed that sounded like they would really fit my personality. After talking with Mary from the Kromfohrländer Club of America, who told me that she was bringing three puppies from Denmark soon, what could I do? I could not resist. So on November 14, 2014, Maze joined our family.

Maze with Connor

Maze with Connor

I want to Ann Arbor Michigan to pick him up. And he is adorable. The Kromfohrländer are a non-sporting breed, which is unusual for me. They were bred to be companions. Usually I like a working breed, mainly the herding breeds, but the Kromi’s excel at agility! If you do a search for Kromfohrländer Agility on YouTube, you’ll find a ton of great Kromi’s doing agility. And Agility is still my main sport, even while I’m dabbling in some others as well.

Maze is a wonderful puppy. He is learning to sit and down. He’s already offing a sit even after only two training sessions. He does seem like he has more spunk, more attitude, than my Danish-Swedish Farmdogs. I do love the sweetness and the softness of the Farmdogs. I really don’t know what to expect with Maze, so hopefully I’ll blog about our training adventures. I’d like to start to blog more again. I need to clean up this darn blog and blog more about my dog adventures.

They were a breed discovered during World War II in Germany. The first was found by American soldiers and the breed got started with an oops breeding at Ilsa Schleifenbaum’s place in Seigen Germany. All the pups looked like the ‘Original’ Peter. And then he was bred to a few other dogs, and they looked like him, too. 10 years later, FCI said ‘yep. It’s a breed’ They come from Fox Terriers, and perhaps Grand Basset Griffon Vindeen. However, their ancestry isn’t really known. Visit The Kromi Club Website for some more history of the breed.

Maze is really fun to train so far. I was trying to get him to go in and out of the dog door, and he didn’t really like that very much. So for a while he stood outside on the patio like he was saying “Fine, I just won’t come in!”. :) But I coaxed him in with some yummy freeze dried liver treats.  He does like to play tug with my hair when he’s sitting behind me on the dog shelf.  :-)  He loves to play, and he’s already playing little tug games with me. He doesn’t really like his eyes or mouth messed with, so I’ll be teaching him the ‘chin’ cue so he’ll just place his chin in my hand. Then from there I can teach him other things like letting me see his teeth and clean his eyes.  He settles down to sleep very, very well. He’s not one of those dogs that needs to be crated to calm down. He’ll play for a while, and when he’s tired, he’ll snuggle on the couch with me for a nice nap.

So it will be a fun adventure to see how Maze grows up and learns lots of new things!

At the Vet

At the Vet


Another Year Gone By 2013

IMG_6780Wow has it been a whole year almost already? I can’t believe it’s December of 2013. Wow! This month Jet and I are going to Agility Invitationals in Orlando, Florida again. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it!

I think it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We had a new addition to our family, another Danish-Swedish Farmdog. His name is Connor and he was born in Sweden in June 2013. He is an absolute doll and I’m so thrilled he’s part of our pack. Hopefully well be able to do agility together, and obedience, maybe some flyball, and we’ve already been doing some tracking!

Since I retired on August 1 of this year, I haven’t been on the computer much anymore. I was a computer programmer and was on the computer All The Time. So now that I have more free time, I am not spending it on the computer!

However mayhap I’ll try to post more on the blog in the next little while. Though if you can’t find me here, I’m usually pretty chatty on Facebook. :)


MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!

MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap

MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!


Agility Injuries, AKC Nationals, and Jet

Jet and I went and competed in AKC Agility Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. He did really well. Even while I didn’t think it was as fun as Invitationals, it was my very first Nationals and we had a good time. Jet ran clean in the practice round on Friday, and in T2B for a Q. Then on Saturday he did well in JWW, but he took off early over the triple and came down hard on the top bar. He ran clean the other two runs… even though the judge called an F on his standard run for stepping into the chute… which I guess they were being very picky about. It rather ticked me off, since Jet doesn’t ever run out of the ring. I talked to the reps, but they wouldn’t take the F off his run, so no ribbon. Oh well, we got a ribbon for Hybrid on Sunday so that was fine. And the Time to Beat ribbon on Friday.

Jet Nationals

Jet Nationals

On the Wednesday after we got back, Jet came in from playing in the back yard with the collies and he didn’t put any weight on his left rear leg. Oh no! Well, long story short, I’ve taken him to three vets now, and has his hips and elbows xrayed for OFA. He also appears to have grade one luxating patellas in both knees, which is a bummer. His hips are probably Fair to Good, I hope to hear from OFA back soon.

The patellas shouldn’t affect his agility at all, which is good. A couple of weeks before Nationals, Jet got sick, and had to spend the night at the ER Vet getting fluids. That was probably the scariest night of my life. We still don’t know exactly what happened, but he seemed to recover fine and the vet gave us the go ahead for Nationals.

Yadda yadda yadda… and the latest sports/holistic vet tells me that Jet has pulled his left rear hamstring. So I’ve been trying to Google “Dog Hamstring” and I haven’t found much at all. He is going to do some homeopathic remedies, and in a couple weeks we are going to meet with the physical therapist. For the last month his play has been severely restricted. But walks are fine, so I’ve been taking him on walks to keep him strong, and it’s good for me as well.

I had to pull him from two agility trials in May. Which is a bummer, because we are 71 points from his MACH. But.. I’d rather have a healthy dog without a MACH, than an injured dog with a MACH. He hasn’t held up his rear leg in over a week, so I think he’s healing, but not quite out of the woods yet. Hopefully with some PT and remedies, rest and exercises… he’ll be good to go for the end of May, and June. He’s my baby boy, so I want him strong and healthy!

Below is the video of his JWW run at Nationals where he crashed the bar. The holistic vet did say that the entire sickness, crashed bar.. etc, may have all added up to weaken his system. I hope he heals quick. Oh, and he’s going to get cold laser treatments as well to help speed the healing.

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The Growing Quinnie

Oh boy… puppies just grow up so fast! I put together a little collage of the pictures I’ve taken over the last months. I had some fun pictures like this of my guide dog for the blind puppy, Greta, waaaay back in the 90s. As she grew I took pictures of her next to Kip, my Shepherd mix.

So I thought it’d be fun to do the same with Quinn.

So here’s the three (the BCs are not included since they do more with their Dad than with me). These are of Tatum, Jet and Quinn. Quinn just grew so fast!

Growing Quinn

Growing Quinn