Jellkees Keeshonds - Western Australia





RONPHLORA ALEXANDER

Ronphlora Alexander
A TRIBUTE TO LEX - MY FIRST KEESHOND
A really companionable and indispensable dog is an "accident of nature" - you cannot just get one by breeding for it and you cannot buy one with money.  They just "happen along" and in January 1986 I was lucky enough to obtain Lex from Phyllis and Ron Ogston of Ronphlora Kennels in Dural, NSW.

Lex was more the old style of Keeshond in appearance, dark in coat but still with cream legs, and light tail, and also with a great natural gentleness and intelligence.  He was wonderful with our other dogs, cats and horses, he was in all respects really one of those "once in a lifetime" dogs. He made the odd appearance in the show ring and won a couple of Best of Breed awards and some challenge points. But the showring was not his scene. His main niche in life was as our family companion and guard dog and in this he was without equal.  He gave us 8 1/2 years of absolute love and loyalty.
"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.   Yet, if they find warmth therein, who would grudge them those years that they have so guarded?  Nothing else of us can they take to lie upon with outstretched paws and chin pressed to the ground: and what ever they take: be sure they have deserved " (JOHN GALSWORTHY)

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