New customers for ZooEasy Online

Recently a few associations have joined ZooEasy as a new customer. ZooEasy introduces you to three of these new associations: The Dutch Chow Chow Club (Nederlandse Chow Chow Club (NCCC)), The Dutch Association for Domesticated Waterbird Breeders (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gedomesticeerde Watervogelfokkers (NVGW)) and the Nationwide Association for White Swiss Sheepdogs (Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V.)

First waterbird breeding association
The Dutch Association for Domesticated Waterbird Breeders (NVGW) is the first waterbird breeding association that will use ZooEasy, thanks to the support of the Foundation For Rare Pet Breeds (Stichting Zeldzame Huisdieren) Edgar de Poel tells: “This is a special initiative, because small animal breeders have never worked on a combined population registration system before. This should contribute to the reduction of inbreeding and a better exchange of proper breeding stock between breeders.”

The NVGW unites breeders of Dutch and international domesticated ducks and geese breeds. A particular interesting project of this association is the reconstruction of the Twentse Landgans, a Dutch goose breed. In the heydays between 1850 and 1940, ten thousends of geese and goose products were traded and exported annually. Due to World War II the trade market stopped and the Twentse Landgans seemed to be extinct. Now the breed is doing better. Edgar de Poel: “The NVGW organises an annual summer breeders day and the breeders of the Twente Landgans have their own breeders day to exchange animals and to support breeders to select their breeding stock.”

Dutch Chow Chow Club
The Dutch Chow Chow Club (NCCC) was founded in 1941. The Dutch association does not have many members, but the Chow Chow has a great population worldwide. Many foreign Chow Chow have a Dutch ancestor on their pedigree.

Janneke Leunissen-Rooseboom is the secretary of the NCCC. “The main purpose is to provide breeders, stud owners and puppy buyers of all the (health) information that will be useful to make a good decision regarding the dogs. They will need to find that information independently. That is the way it goes nowadays. For a right decision we want to provide more information than just the official health records and a three generation pedigree. As an association, we want to provide that extra information. We hope that our members will share all the knowledge about their dogs with the NCCC database. ZooEasy will help us archiving all the data and will make it available for all those who will have benefit of this knowledge.”

Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V.
The Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V. (BVWS) is the latest customer from Germany. This is one of the first White Swiss Sheepdog associations of Europe and they have close bonds with associations in Switzerland and Sweden. The White Swiss sheepdog is very versatile and can be trained as companion, investigative or watchdog, but also for rescue operations. There are registered over 2000 dogs in the herd book. The goal is to improve the breeding of the White Swiss Sheepdog even more, to maintain a healthy and resilient breed.

ZooEasy is looking forward to cooperate with these associations and wishes them the best of luck with the start of their new online database.

The first online customer

Willem Stemerdink

Willem Stemerdink is the online manager for his association

ZooEasy has existed for ten years now. The customers of ZooEasy are spread over the entire world: from a bird breeder in Australia until a dog breeder in Sweden. There are sold over 15,000 stand alone software programs to hobby and (semi)professional breeders, and nowadays over 40 breeding associations and herd books are using ZooEasy Online. How did the first association came to ZooEasy?

Dutch Association for Stabij- and Wetterhounen
The Dutch Association for Stabij- and Wetterhounen (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stabij- en Wetterhounen, NVSW) celebrates their 65th anniversity. In the past the association had its own database in a homemade MS DOS program. This worked out well, until the manager of this program became ill and the program was no longer supported. They then tried the data manager of GCS, but that was also stand alone software. It was a lot of work to spread this information to all the members. Willem Stemerdink of the NVSW says: “We met Erik Reudink before on dog shows, so we had met before. As we needed another program and heard that he worked on an online version of his software, we contacted Erik. We started out with ZooEasy Stand Alone, and soon after that we changed to ZooEasy Online.”

“I like to help at hunting training”
Willem Stemerdink lives in the east of the Netherlands. He and his wife Ieke have two Stabijhounen. “My favourite part is the character of the dogs. Let me put it like this: they don’t deny their roots. The Stabij has their own opinion. My wife likes that about them too.” Although the dogs are particularly of his wife, Willem does a lot with them too: “I help out at hunting training. I let them exercise with retrieving, searching, pulling a drag track, and more. They have been bred for that purpose once.”

Rare and endangered species
Willem Stemerdink speaks enthusiastically about the Stabij: “This dog is getting more populair. There is an increased demand for puppies. Because the Stabij is a rare breed, the mating selection must be very precise to spread the genes.” The Wetterhoun is even more rare, it is an endangered breed. Willem: “There is a discussion about the Wetterhoun to choose for lateral crossbreeding of lookalikes. A gene population research has been started in order to crossbreed a new dog. However, it takes about 15 years before the bloodlines of this new dog will become a full Wetterhoun again. It is a hot issue right now, but introducing a new dog will be the begin of a healthier breed.”

“Members like it when a picture is included”
The use of ZooEasy Online helps the association to keep record of the health data. A fifth of all the members has their own ZooEasy Online account. Willem: “The members use ZooEasy especially to find a male dog for a new litter. What male dog looks good, how is the inbreeding? The members make their own trial breeding pair. They also like to see the show results of their own dogs. They like it when a picture is included on the dog’s data.”

Good cooperation
Willem Stemerdink is the manager for ZooEasy Online and he also registers new members in the online software. “The program is not so difficult, it just takes some time. I also answer the questions of our members, but usually they do not have questions. The program is very clear to them. If there is something I do not know, I can always ask Jan Vissinga of ZooEasy, which is always a good cooperation.” Willem knows one thing for sure: “If it is up to me and the members, we will be a customer of ZooEasy for a long time. We are satisfied. At the moment ZooEasy works on a way to make the stud request automatically, and with that feature the program will be even more complete.”

Willem Stemerdink met honden

Willem Stemerdink: “My favourite part is the character of the dogs.”

You can now read the complete series about the foundation of ZooEasy:
The interview with founder and director Erik Reudink.
The interview with Jacob Miedema, the very first customer.