Sunday, June 27, 2010

You cannot please all of the people all of the time - -

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An old man, a boy & a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding.

The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.

Then, later, they passed some people who remarked, 'What a shame, he makes that little boy walk.' So they then decided they'd both walk!

Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.

Next they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.

The boy and man figured they were probably right, so they decide to carry the donkey.

As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass goodbye! Have A Nice Day And Be Careful With Your Donkey

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bear and Totty

Proposed Cross
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Bear and Totty


I have been asked if I will have another litter this year and I have to admit that I am sorely tempted. I think Bear and Tot would produce wonderful puppies. She should come into season late this summer or early next fall.

Their genotypes are shown on the pedigrees. There is only one repeated ancestor. Hips scores are also there. Eyes have been tested by certified veterinary ophthalmologists and are normal. They are almond shaped. Their tails are excellent and they both have good double dews. Bear's are on the ground. Their top-lines are very good, their front and rear angulations are also very good. All of their puppies should be true chocolate tricolors because both of the parents are also true chocolate tricolors. They are predominantly chocolate with some tan (caramel color) and white. Bear has long fur; Totty has short but carries long. Half of their pups should have long hair like dad; half should have short hair like mom.

Bear has an excellent temperament; he loves people and other dogs. Totty is a very good alpha female. Both are very smart and learn quickly. They both continuously take classes at my AKC all breed obedience club.

They have both passed their health tests with flying colors.

I value good health and temperament above all other traits and these two dogs were specifically bred and chosen for those two things. Their pups should inherit their lovely temperaments and also be good in dog sports like agility, obedience, flyball, rally, herding, etc. I breed to the official breed standard and their pups should do well in the beauty contest ring. In short, these pups should be excellent examples of this wonderful breed.

Serious inquiries are encouraged.


Instructions: Please copy and paste and complete this form and either snail-mail or email to:
James L. Hansen
810 W. 13 Mile
Royal Oak, MI 48073

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James L. Hansen
810 W. 13 Mile
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Your Information



City – State – ZIP
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Additional Contact – name and phone number of a local individual (preferable not a relative) who knows or has known your other animals.
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Has any member of your household ever been convicted of cruelty to animals?
Yes No

Adopting an Older Icelandic?
Are you interested in an older trained Icelandic that needs to find a new home?
Yes No

If you are looking for an older Icelandic, would everyone living in your house be able to come and meet a possible adoptee?
Yes No

Are you willing to allow a home visit?
Yes No

Your Previous Experience with Animals
Have you had dogs before?

Yes No

If yes, what breed(s) have you had?

What happened to them?

Are any members of your household allergic to dogs?

Yes No

Your Dog’s New Home?
What type of dwelling do you currently live in? (Check the best choice.)
_____ Apartment
_____ Condo-Apartment
_____ Condo-Detached
_____ Duplex
_____ Farm-house
_____ House
_____ Modular home, Mobile home
Do you rent or own?
Rent Own
If you rent your residence, are you allowed to have a pet(s) and have you met the requirements of your lease to have a dog?
Yes No

Please list your landlord’s name and phone number if you rent:

How long have you lived at your present address?

What kind of a dog are you looking for? (Circle or bold all which apply.)

Indoors predominantly


Outdoors predominantly

When your dog is outside, will it be in a fenced yard/lot or in a fenced dog-run?

Is your yard completely fenced?
Yes No

Will your Icelandic be tied up when it is in the yard?
Yes No

What kind of fence do you have and how tall is it?

How big is the fenced yard or lot?

If you have a dog run, how big is it?

Is the fenced area and/or dog run secure?

Do you have a dog-door from the house to the yard?
Yes No

What Are You Looking For?
Where will your Icelandic be when you are home?

Where will your Icelandic be when you are not at home?

How many hours a day will your dog be alone?

Where will your Icelandic sleep at night?

Where will your Icelandic be of you are away overnight?

Where will you keep your dog if you are away on vacation?

How many adults are in your household?

Does everyone in your household want this adoption? (If you answered no, please explain.)
Yes No

Do you have any other pets? If you have other pets, how many and what kind?
Yes No

Do you have any children living with you? (Please list their ages and sex.)
Yes No

Have you ever had to give up a dog? If yes, what were the circumstances?
Yes No

How long have you been looking for an Icelandic Sheepdog?

What made you decide that an Icelandic Sheepdog would be best for you?

How did you hear about the Icelandic Sheepdogs?

What is the preferred sex of your Icelandic? (Circle one.) Why?
Male Female Either

Are you interested in breeding this dog?
Yes No

Are you interested in spaying or neutering?
Yes No

Are you willing to make a lifetime commitment to your dog even if you have a life-style change such as: moving, divorce, marriage, children, etc.?
Yes No

What is your preferred age range for your new dog?

How long do you plan to keep this dog?

If something happens that you or members of your household can no longer care for this dog, who will assume the responsibility?

What is the price range you would consider for puppy? (Normal range is between $800 and $2,000. Caution: price is not a guarantee of quality.)

Why do you think your home will be a good home for a puppy?

Training Your Dog
Will you crate-train your Icelandic?
Yes No

If you are going to crate-train your dog, how many hours a day will the dog be in its crate?

Will you allow your Icelandic on your furniture?
Yes No

Will you allow your Icelandic on your bed?
Yes No

If your Icelandic requires obedience training, are you willing to go through the training process?
Yes No

Have you had any experience in housebreaking and/or training a dog?
Yes No

If your Icelandic makes a mistake, how will you correct (discipline) the dog?

How will you discipline your dog for:



What type of food will you feed your dog?

Will you feed the dog canned food?
Yes No

Will you feed the dog “people” food?
Yes No

If the dog requires a special diet, will you supply it?
Yes No

Who will feed and care for your Icelandic?
Yes No

Who will exercise and train the dog?

If necessary, are you willing to bathe or groom your Icelandic on a regular basis?
Yes No

How will you exercise your dog?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Papaver somniferum

Friday, June 25, 2010
Papaver somniferum
From Diane -

Korpur and Totty



Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nathan Cox

My cousin Nathan, a wonderful kind man loved by everyone, was ambushed and killed in Afghanistan this week patrolling with his unit. He died too young and will be greatly missed.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Buska's 'mom' and 'dad' sent me this photo today. Buska had been playing in the sandbox - very cute!

(Click on photo once or twice to enlarge it.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Icelandic Sheepdog International Breeders

There is currently only one Icelandic Sheepdog club in the United States. That club is linked with the parent breed club in Iceland. Decisions are made by the officers and board of directors of that club and comply with the mother country's breed club.

There are many breeders scattered around North America; many, indeed most of the breeders in the US belong to that US club. To the best of our abilities, all of us follow the rules made by the Icelanders.

On the right side of this page you can see some "links". One of those links is to the International Breeders - which is most definitely NOT a club. It is not affiliated with the US breed club nor the breed club of any other country. There are no officers, no rules, no meetings - EVER. There is no voting on anything at all. The listed kennels are willing to ship their puppies and dogs anywhere. The central location is merely a clearing house to make searching for puppies easier. It is that simple.

Each kennel listed decides what it wants to say about its dogs and puppies. They are urged to list health test results, pedigrees, registrations, photos, etc. They get to choose what they want to say or not say. Many, if not all, of the individual breeders and kennels listed in the ISIB belong to their own country's official breed club.

There is a list of questions on the ISIB home page that puppy buyers are encouraged to ask individual breeders. Check out those questions and use them. Our dogs are fully registered with the appropriate individual kennel clubs of our various countries. They have the recommended health tests done. Their pedigrees are complete. In short, they are all healthy, legitimately registered and descended from the original dogs from Iceland.

PLEASE do not confuse "us" with the official US breed club.

Because we are not organized and not a club , no one speaks for "us" including me. We are joined together merely to help one another sell puppies and dogs in order to increase the genetic diversity of our beloved dogs in our individual countries. Our site is not un-like ads in a newspaper - joined together into a similar category - Icelandic Sheepdogs.


It's not easy to take photos in the drizzle at 5:15 in the morning when it is still dark outside. I point and click where I think Aska is. Sometimes I get lucky; more often I am taking a photo of the mist.

Yankee and Buska have left and Aska is now mixing with the wolf pack! Pila is an amazing mother. She and Aska go everywhere together and play all the time.

I'm off to teach my Puppy Class and work with Bear in his Beginner Class. Tonight Kata continues with her Agility Class lessons. We are now in the most advanced agility class and doing very good. Kata is the only new student; the rest of the class are on-going students several have their MACH titles. What fun!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hosta and Hounds

A sultry, overcast day and time outs in the garden. They would never pose like this on a coolish day.

Vinlands Oskabuska

Buska left her birth home today here in Royal Oak for her new forever home in Virginia. She arrived several minutes early at Dulles airport! I think she probably urged the pilots to fly faster to meet her new mom and dad.

It is always wrenchingly hard to leave my babies at the airport but Buska's new home is a wonderful one. I am truly blessed that so many of my pups have ended up in great homes where they are truly loved and appreciated.

Here are some pictures of Buska during her too short stay in Michigan. I hope her new family will be sending us some new photos over the coming months in her new home.

Her brother Yankee will be leaving this afternoon. Fortunately for me I will see him often at Sportsmen's Dog Training Club in nearby Warren, Michigan where Eileen, his new mom, trains her other dogs. I am tickled that I can finally actually watch one of my pups as it grows up and trains for many dog sports.

Aska will be very lonely without her brother and sister and is still looking for her new forever home.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bersi av Isheim

"Bear" (aka Bersi av Isheim) is enrolled in a Beginner class at Sportsmen's dog Training Club in Warren, Michigan and is now officially registered in the Norwegian Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, The American kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.