We've been very busy this year, already. We finished Breeze in January and Chile in March.
We had a wonderful time in New York at the Garden. "Trace" was shown, but not successful this year. We were happy for the Dowd's and their newest accomplishment on "Dallas".
In April BISS, Ch. Trumpet's Send In The Clowns "Asher" finished his HOF requirements winning the Non-Sporting group under Mrs. Lorraine Boutwell. This was especially exciting for us as it is always nice to win this way under a judge who has been a consistent supporter of a dog. After Asher completed this title, I decided to let him stay home a couple of weekends, so I could play with my new puppy Sparky. Sometimes the stress of a special takes away from a young dog, as you are always more pressured to make sure the special is ready to win. So, Trumpet's Disco Inferno "Sparky" had to make a liar out of me and not let me play that weekend. He went Best of Breed all 3 days over 5 to 6 specials and then went on to a Group 2 on Sunday. That finished him, as it was 2 4pt and 1 5 pt major. By Sunday, he was the talk of the show, as he was only 9 months old. The next weekend, I took his littermate "Sister" to some smaller shows and managed to go Best of Breed one day over a very nice male special. She now has 7 points and we will wait til she grows up some before continuing to show her.
Unfortunately, on the way home from that show, I had a terrible accident in my van. As a result, I loss the use of my hand and my 18 month old Ch. Trumpet's Some Like It Hot "Chile". He was not injured in the accident, but killed days later when we could not find him. We are unsure of his injuries. Undergoing multiple repairs to my hand, I was unable to show my dogs at the Nationals the following month. My great friends Angela Curtis Perkins and Wade Koistinen helped me so much. They groomed and exhibited my dogs with the utmost expertise (as usual) and even put up with my bossiness. I value them both very much. As a result........Sparky took a 3rd in Sweeps, a 1st in Futurity and a 1st at the Mt. Hood Keeshond Club, Diva (Trumpet's She's Got A Way) won 12 to 18 class both days and Gabby took 2nd in Maturity, Winners Bitch at Mt Hood Keeshond Club and 2nd in Open at the Nationals. Then, to top it all off "Asher" took an Award of Merit at the Mt. Hood Specialty and on to win Best of Breed at the Keeshond National Specialty under judge Don Gregory. It is a dream come true. There is no higher honor for a showdog and Wade, Angela and I were about to bust with emotion.
Ch. MtKees Olefort Crunch " Crunchy" took a Select Award at only 20 months old. He is owned by Angela and out of Ch. Trumpet's Triumph of Time, one of my first specials.
Because of my hand, I have decided to let Asher continue his career with Wade for awhile. In there first 4 weekends together, they have accomplished a Best in Show (another dream), 5 Group 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd. It has been so exciting.
"Tatum" Ch. Trumpet's Big Shot at KJ is being specialed with Kristen Jackson and doing very well. She started her at 15 months this spring and has picked up multiple group placements and is currently the #1 Keeshond bitch for 2000. Yea!
Then towards the end of June, I showed in my first shows. I finished Gabby and put 2 pts on my new puppy, Dizzie. His sister, Blare picked up 1 pt, also. My hand is undergoing lots of Physical therapy, but getting better all the time.
Summer News: Asher continues to win and place in Groups almost every weekend. We had a great showing at the Greater Houston Keeshond Club. Best In Sweeps went to "Dizzie" with Best Of Opposite going to his little sister "Blare". He went on to Winners Dog. "Maggie" (Breeze's littermate) went Winners Bitch/Best of Winners, with Reserve going to "Blare". Best of Opposite Sex went to "Breeze" and Best of Breed to "Asher". You could say we were stingy. The judge had no way of knowing all these dogs were related either. I only handled two of them, the rest were handled by their novice owners. Wade did show Asher, of course. The really bad part was that I also won too many things at the raffle later that afternoon. The Houston club were great sports about it, though. We really need to support that club with our entries.
Fall Events: Even though we've been going to fewer shows than usual, we've been steadily picking up points on everybody. Joker has picked up 9 points and both of his majors, Sister picked up her 1st major, giving her 11 points and then we went the specialty in Oklahoma. Dizzie took Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes and RWD at the specialty. He won the major the 2nd day and took Best Of Winners. His littermate, Blare, also took the major that day and picked up more points that weekend. Tatum and Asher went Best of Breed 4 of the 5 days and represented Trumpet Keeshond very well in the groups. Asher took placements behind the No. 1 dog All-Breeds each day, even though he had a strong following of applause and cheering.
Now off to Cleveland Specialty......Dizzie won his class each day in Sweepstakes, Bailey went RWD at the Specialty. Sister finished her championship on Sunday with a 5 pt major going BOW. Asher won the breed the day the dog show was televised on Animal Planet and went on to a Group 2. Asher finished the year #2 both All-Breed and Breed.
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