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 News 2020 
May 23rd 

As the Covid 19 pandemic rages on, social gatherings including dog shows have pretty much been cancelled worldwide.  What to do?  An interesting and fun virtual solution called the "Norwegian Elkhound Fun Online Dog Show" was developed in the United Kingdom and in only a few days running had an amazing 332 entries from around the world.  There were various categories, all well supported and judged by various known people all in the breed.  No names were attached to the photos, just submissions of the dogs themselves.

Winning the Veteran Dog class was SBIS American/Canadian/UK Ch. Kamgaard Kut Above ("Kobi") under Elkhound judge Jackie Hodkinson ("Thordell"):

and winner of the novelty Handsome Dog class under Elkhound exhibitor Sarah Thomas was Kobi's son, Ellahyde Fine N' Dandi ("Toki"):

After judging of all the various classes was completed, the photos of the first place finishers were sent to the mystery Best in Show judge who turned out to be noneother than Gill Bingham of Steldawn fame and the winner was...

TOKI!!!

Gill commented "To me this dog has a beautiful masculine head with well set ears and lovely dark eyes.  He displays the 'bold and fearless expression' called for in the breed standard"

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

to proud owner Danni Medhurst

May 17th 

HAPPY SYTTENDE MAI!

(Norwegian Constitution Day)

As we are all hunkered down amidst the Covid19 crisis, it's interesting to hear what people are doing while at home self-isolating.  We have been busy trying to socialize puppies "Orla" (now Kamgaard Kome From Away) and "Klemmie" (now Kamgaard Klementina) without the aid of handling classes or puppy groups to go to.  They are doing quite well and of course are totally unaware there is a pandemic going on.

In the Chicago suburbs, "Skipper" Golladay and his owner Mallory have been earning new titles in the Trick Dog category, so he now officially Kamgaard Kick Up Your Heels RATO ATT ATD.

We received the most charming document from eleven year old "Khloe" (Kamgaard Kovered In Klover) pictured above.  She dictated this to owners Sylvia and Richard Van Cleave and instructed them to email it to us.  It is as follows:

Observations of a Norwegian Elkhound age 11 under Quarantine

Khloe Van Cleave

We have been in quarantine since the third week in March, but from the perspective of the family pet, it is not all bad.  “Stay at home” applies to everyone; therefore, Dad is working from home and I get my back and head stroked a lot more.  Mom no longer volunteers at the Thrift Shop, goes to the city to see shows, plays golf or out to lunch with friends.

Dad takes me out 3 times a day, rain or shine.  Mom takes me for the longer walks, and we have kept my beloved dog walker, Mary to take me for excursions with my friends twice a week.  We keep away from other groups of dogs and in this time of social distancing, crotch sniffing is frowned upon.!  Also for a while, the parks were closed and Mary took us to the world famous Presby Iris Gardens.  Not sure the local Garden ladies would approve!

Mom says that one of the challenges for her is to now have to plan lunch.  Dad seems pleased and I am the beneficiary of tidbits that he passes to me.  Mom frowns upon treats from the table!

Another positive is that I don’t have to wait until the fall to go to church for “Blessing of the Animals.  We can actually all Zoom together on Sunday mornings in the comfort of our family room.

We also get to sleep longer in the morning.  In fact, I have become the family alarm licking Dad’s nose since it is time for my trip outside.  I don’t have the luxury of indoor facilities although I have heard Mom suggest that I learn how to use kitty litter on really bad weather days!

I notice another plus for me.  When Mom & Dad leave, they are gone for less then an hour.  Trips to the food market, pharmacy or take out restaurants are just around the corner and I wait patiently by the back door.  They always look a little silly in masks and latex gloves.  I notice, I don’t get petted until they thoroughly wash their hands while singing Happy Birthday and splash on some hand deodorizer.

I have also noticed another positive aspect of this time at home.  There are many more adorable children playing on the streets.  Neighbors feel safe with them riding their bikes and scooters in our cul-de-sacs.  They wave at me and call my name, but sadly are not allowed to stroke my furry coat.  I still wag my tail to let them know how much I enjoy seeing them at play.

We also have not been to beautiful Vermont during this pandemic.  New Jersey plates are not exactly welcomed in other states these days.  Although I miss not frolicking in the snow and watching for bears and foxes, I have not missed that ride up the Thruway in the back seat of the car!

Finally, as you can see, it has not been all bad if you are the family pet during this pandemic.  I love all the extra attention and I enjoy hugging & kissing my loved ones.

Wishing you all good health and many more happy days

Khloe Van Cleave

Love it, love it! and we can never thank the Van Cleaves enough for all their love of and devotion to Khloe, giving her a new life and a forever home.

April 12th 

A long gap between postings and here we are at Eastertime.  A happy email was received from Kamgaard Northern Silver Spirit ("Koda") from Canada wishing his littermates Marnie, Jack, Ruby, Adele and Rune a blessed Easter along with birthday greetings... six years old on the day! 

Much of our time in the past few weeks has been consumed with puppies and getting them ready for send off to their new homes.  Working around the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge and necessitated a little maneuvering but in the end, three puppies have left the nest and are thriving in their new homes.

                                                    "Bree"                                              "Lola"                                             "Stella"

Remaining at Kamgaard are two;

                                                                    "Orla"                                                                  "Klemmie"

(photos taken at 10 weeks)

They are great time consumers but in these days of uncertainty, they are a source of pride, happiness and hope for the future.

We have been heartened by the many messages and calls "just checking up on you" and genuine concern for our welfare in a state the virus is a hotbed.  We thank you all and have returned the favors by checking in with our friends worldwide who thankfully are all well.

Stay safe everyone! 

March 8th 

A big shout out today to a relative "across the pond" triumphing at the world's largest dog show,

A remarkable win for Norvin Joyeux Noel and happy owners Wendy and Keith Threadgold

"Darcy", a granddaughter of our Ch. Horizon Rock Solid and Ch. Kamgaard Kiamesha won her very first Challenge Certificate under breeder-judge Jerry Daly ("Ennafort") of Ireland.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!

February 29th - March 1st 

     

Two new specialty wins for Kamgaard Kick Up Your Heels RATO at the Greater Milwaukee Norwegian Elkhound Association over the week-end.  "Skipper" was Winners Dog at both specialties; Saturday under Mr. Richard Miller and Sunday under Mr. Eugene Blake ("Aurora") to add to his point count.  Recently he also attained the AKC title of ATT which is a temperament test with various categories, passing the test with flying colors at the Cudahy Kennel Club under judge Karin Magnuson.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mallory Golladay and Skipper!!

While Skipper was doing his thing in Wisconsin, his niece "Rune" scored big in New Jersey agility winning her final Masters title -- Masters Standard at the Delaware County Kennel Club under judge Dave Hirsch.

https://youtu.be/S0b6mENIQFQ

CONGRATULATIONS  to Cheryl Cramer and Rune who is now officially

GCh. Kamgaard Kryptic Kharacter MX MXJ OF

February 14th 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

We've gotten Valentine wishes from two handsome guys today!

 

The "Canadian Cupid" Kamgaard Northern Silver Spirit ("Koda") is left and his nephew

Kamgaard Kan You Kuddle Me Now ("Bennie") is on the right.

February 11th 

A great night for celebrating a tremendous accomplishment by two very special people we are proud to call friends.

To Chrystal and Paul Clas we raised a toast to their

BEST IN SHOW

at the one and only Westminster Kennel Club with the fabulous "Siba" - Ch. Stone Run Afternoon Tea CD.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer and harder working couple or a more deserving, sound and beautiful Poodle.

We are THRILLED for you!!!

January 28th 

One integral component of being a preservation breeder is not only making the best breeding choices using the current crop of available stock, but harvesting and storing semen from outstanding breed "contributors" to use in future generations.  Theriogenology within the canine world is fascinating and when you find the right individuals to work with your breeding dreams and plans, the positive outcomes can be wonderfully rewarding.  

Thanks to the forward thinking of the late Dr. Daniel Burnside of the Quakertown Veterinary Clinic in PA who got us started on this journey over twenty years ago and currently Dr. Eric Hartelius of the Rondout Valley Veterinary Associates in NY in tandem with Dr. Mary Stankovics of Straws To Paws in NJ, we are rejoicing to at long last have puppies which we only dared to dream about.

Using twenty plus year old frozen semen from our top winning and producing

SBIS/UBIS American/Canadian/Bermudian Ch. Windy Cove Norgren Wild Pride ("BS")

to our lovely

SBIS American Grand Ch. Kamgaard Kintyre ("Marnie")

we were blessed in the wee small hours with five uniform and health bitch puppies;

It takes a village but with great thanks to all involved, here's hoping these girls will be ongoing breed contributors as well.  Meanwhile we are just enjoying them and SOOOOO thankful they are here safe and sound!

January 26th 

CONGRATULATIONS

go out today to Margie Kabala and Edith Finsaadal and their

Kamgaard Klassic Mystic Waters ("Brooke")

on her

at the Chain O Lakes Kennel Club show under Dr. Camille McArdle.

WAY TO GO!!!

January 15th 

PACH Kamgaard Katch The Wave RAE MXP4 MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX CGCA TKN

Happy news received today from Christine Tilburg of Maine that she and "Rogue" got mail!  A certificate from the American Kennel Club confirmed that Rogue was the top Preferred Norwegian Elkhound in Agility for 2018.  Apparently these are not awarded until the end of the following year, thus a little "late but great!"

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

January 12th 

Not exactly the way we would like to start our notes for the New Year, but the inevitable part of having and loving our Elkhounds is having to say good-bye when the time comes.  To Patty and Dale Johnson we send our sympathy on the loss of 13+ year old Kamgaard Kindi's One And Only.  "Kindi" led an incredible life and was one of the first entries in our Everyday Life tab modeling her "doggles."

Rest In Peace Kindi  

January 1st 

Happy New Year to our Elkhound friends around the world!

May your year be one of health, happiness and fulfillment of your dreams.


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