1st Kees bitch to be awarded the Grand Champion title, GCh. Ashbrook Satin Slippers .. new Champions late summer are Yoyo, Ch. Trumpet's Wind It Up and "Halle" picks up another specialty WB at the Great Lakes Keeshond Club and is new Ch. Trumpet's Got To Be Bonnyvale N' Karolina ... New Grand Championship on 15" Beagle "Soda" (GCh. Lochnaw Something Good) and BOSS Ch. Trumpet's Love For Sale "Jade" finishes by going WB/BOS at both KCDV and Capital Keeshond! ... First new champion for 2011 "ACE" Ch. Trumpet's Winner Takes It All ... and Trumpetís Higher Ground has completed his Championship completely owner handled by novice handler Brenda Flattum. Saku completes a litter of 6 american champions! ...

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Ch. Shalynn's Prarie Mist, CD ROMDuring my last year in college, I started researching what type of dog I wanted to own. Prior to those years, I had always had a companion dog of some sort. My father raised various types of hunting dogs, including field trial beagles and I attended many of those wee-morning events with dad until I discovered I was a girl. In 1988, I purchased my first Keeshond from Shalynn Keeshond as a pet with the option to show. I really wasnít looking for a show dog, simply interested in a dog that well-represented the breed it was supposed to be. Local Keeshond exhibitors, Jane Turnage and Betty Herman invited me to a fun match and the rest is history. Ch. Shalynnís Prairie Mist CD ROM proved to be a great start for Trumpet Keeshond (first litter used prefix Misty MTN).

BIS, BISS AM/CAN CH. Trumpet's Send In The Clowns, HOF "ASHER"Misty was everything a Keeshond bitch should be; even-tempered, confident, smart, sound, great brood bitch and producer. I learned a lot from Misty as we trained in obedience, agility and did pet-therapy together. Misty is behind every Trumpet Keeshond of today. Her first litter produced a multiple-group placing dog, which was tragically killed by a neighborís guard dog shortly after he started his specials career. Ch. Misty Mtnís Dutch Choco-Nut, my first home-bred champion was No. 5 in rankings at the time of his death. His brother, Ch. Misty Mtnís Raisin Rock, CD was my first point winner at a regional specialty in 1994.

Two decisions I made early-on would prove to have a great impact on the future of my line; mating Mistyís daughter to Ch. Windriftís Summertime Blues HOF ROMX and buying a show puppy from Wade Koistinen of Laser Keeshond. Badger was the sire of Mistyís famous grandsonís, Best In Show and Hall of Fame littermates, Trumpetís Send In The Clowns and Trumpetís Me And My Shadow. When these boys were 6 months old, Wade and I met at shows where Wade had awarded Trumpetís Me And My Shadow a Best Opp in Sweeps win. Soon after, I purchased a puppy from Wade; Ch. Laserís Take A Chance On Me ROM who went on to be one of my best producers. She is one Champion get shy of her ROMX. For the next 10 years, a partnership grew with Wade; he was my mentor, handler and friend. Wade had the perfect type bitches to blend with my sound, more moderate males.

I have shown many of my dogs to top honors, including putting my first Best In Specialty win on Am/Can Ch. Trumpetís Send In The Clowns HOF ROM in 1998. Asher and I were a great team and in 16 short months, he had earned his place in the Keeshond Hall of Fame, owner/breeder handled. In the spring of 2000, I had a life-threatening auto accident which resulted in a crushing injury to my hand and the loss of a promising young dog, Ch. Trumpetís Some Like It Hot at only 18 mos old. Dog shows took a backseat for awhile and Wade became the primary handler of my top dogs. He took 6 different specials to the top KCA Awards in the years 2000 through 2006, with Best In Shows, National specialty wins and Breed wins at Westminster and Eukanuba.

I have bred over 60 champions (with 36 of these winning points or sweepstakes at regional specialties, National specialty select awards and/or group placements) and have put most or all of the championship points on 55 Keeshond. I am the breeder of 10 Hall of Fame Keeshond and am listed as owner on 9 of them. I am also the breeder/owner of 6 All-Breed BIS Keeshond and 3 National Specialty BIS Keeshond. In 2001, I put my first All-Breed Best In Show on Ch. Trumpetís Mr. Bojangles HOF and hope to be the handler of a national specialty winner someday instead of cheering on three of them from the sidelines.

I believe it is important to spend a lot of time learning as much as possible before breeding litters. I also encourage novice show people to start with a male. This allows the newbie a chance to learn more of what they want in a foundation bitch, prior to purchasing one. I am glad I started early training dogs in obedience and believe it is a key component to being a successful breeder. Being able to advise puppy owners on the how-toís of raising a mannerly companion is a great asset for the buyer.

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