Am BIS, BISS Can Ch. Trumpet's Send In The Clowns HOF, ROM

"Asher"

August 27, 1995 to July 11, 2008

Asher, 10 weeks Asher, 5 months Asher, 1 & 1/2 yrs old

Asher, 4 & 1/2 yrs old Asher, 5 yrs old Best Of Breed KCA 2000 National Specialty

Best Of Breed Keeshond Club Of America 2000 Asher, 8 1/2 years old 2004 Vice President elect

It's tiring to be so adored..... Oh Mom! 13 years old

Asher started his career with a Best In Sweeps and Res. Winners Dog at the Oklahoma specialty when he was a year old. He finished his title young, so I put him up until he was 2 years of age. His first 5 group placements were Group One's and a Best In Specialty at the Heart Of America Regional Specialty. I completed his Hall Of Fame breeder/owner handled in 16 months of showing. He then continued his career with Wade, starting it out by winning Best In Show at the National Specialty in 2000. He was # 1 KCA Showdog 2000 then #1 Keeshond in All Systems, including the Pedigree Award winner for 2001. He won another Best In Specialty during the 2001 Nationals weekend. He has been an amazing friend. For all who know Asher, he is the epitome of what we look for in a Kees temperament.

He was brought back out as a veteran at the 2004 Nationals and he had quite a time. He won Veteran Best In Sweeps, Best Veteran Male 2 of the 3 days and Best Stud Dog 2 of the 3 days. He ran for president, too. We were happy with the Vice President elect. He's more suited for that job anyway. It gives him more time to flirt and socialize. At the following national in 2005 in Columbus, OH Asher was even more revved up. He won his class the first day and went on to the 2nd Award of Merit in males over many of the current top ranked young males of the day, including our own. He was best Stud Dog both days and won his sweepstakes class also. Much to Asher's disappointment, I chose not to fly him to Oregon. Maybe next year, buddy......

At almost 13yr, with an achy back and cervical area, he still has more heart and drive than most. He went with us in the RV cross country to the San Francisco area to attend the 2008 National specialty weekend. He wore his new lead that his grandma Joanne Reed had custom made for him with his name on pewter squares that were woven into the lead and 'best in show'colored crystals near the handle. While his grandson was going WD dog, he went in with me to cheer him on, but was more interested in the bait everyone had in their pockets than all the commotion over that silly pup. He won Veteran Sweeps and made some cuts in best of breed, but mostly he and I had the most fun ever. Watching his head lift up when he crossed the threshold of the entrance to the rings and having to tell him to slow down as he was dragging me around the ring made my heart swell.

Within a few weeks of the national, Asher started showing signs of cervical disc pain. He went to a rehab vet once a week for acupuncture. Eventually, he worsened and we took him for an MRI, expecting to find a bulging disc. Unfortanetely, they found a tumor invading his brain stem and into the spine at C1. The surgery was explained as risky, but his life as it was would be short without a try. I decided to give him and I a shot at more time. Asher was a dignified soul and I wanted him to live as long as he could pain free. The plan was to go in and debulk the tumor. If successful, he would have gone home the next day. Sadly, Asher came out of surgery fine and they thought with brain function. Brain stem swelling can affect breathing and the inability to swallow and that is what happened. After two days on a respirator, he finally lost all brain function and I had to let him go. Knowing Asher was a gift and all who came into his life, knew that. True to his nature, he drew another one in while in the waiting room waiting to go back for surgery. Not an anxious or nervous bone in his body, he lay in the waiting room scanning the room for his first victim; a gentlemen who was waiting for his pom to get out of cataract surgery. Asher goes to his feet and sits down without any encouragement from me or the man. The man looks into his eyes and well, you know the rest. Asher lays at his feet and the man strokes him for an hour, telling me how amazing this dog is. He calls his wife and asks her to come meet Asher, as he couldn't believe this dog's spirit. I said goodbye to Asher that day. But, it's something we all face with those we love. There is always sadness with saying goodbye, but the brightness of his eyes, the largeness of his heart and the sweetest spirit I've ever known is what I will grieve the most. OFA Fair, CERF cleared, Thyroid normal, Knees tight, AKC DNA # V219183, PHPT # KEM-028-N-M.

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BIS, BISS Ch. Windrift's Summertime Blues HOF, ROMX

OFA: Good

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Ch. Keesland Outlaw

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E Ch. Ledwell Silver Dollar

Dam

E Ch. Keesland Legend

Dam

Ch. Windrift's Stylistic Blues

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Ch. Windrift's Prophet HOF

Dam

Ch. Windrift's Perpetual Time

Dam

Ch. Trumpet's Strike Up The Band, CD

OFA: Fair

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Ch. Fantasia Gigolo

OFA: Good

Sire

BIS, BISS Ch. Fantasia Flying Colors HOF

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Ch. Markwright's Wudnshu Promise

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Ch. Shalyn's Prairie Mist, CD CGC TT ROM

OFA: Good

Sire

Ch. Shalynn's Strike 'Em Dead, CD

Dam

Shalynn's Whirlwind Surprise


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