After giving "Hex" a break for Christmas, we wanted to see if he would hit the rings a little more enthused. He didn't, so we showed him through Westminster, where he pulled off an Award Of Merit. Hex accomplished top KCA honors last year, so we officially retired him.
We decided to give Ch. Trumpet's Disco Inferno "Sparky" a shot with Wade. He was already a successful show dog with Group wins and specialty wins to his credit, but not really shown very much. He hit the rings with a bang, winning groups and quickly becoming a #2 All-Breed and top 5 Breed contender. After 6 weeks of showing, we decided he wasn't exactly what we were looking for in a Keeshond special even though he was winning. We were looking for less of a group dog and more of a breed dog. In the states, he just seemed to be too much dog and a little coarse. So, it was decided to get Am/Can Ch. Trumpet's Spirit In The Sky E'sprit HOF "Lucy" out since she had completed her Hall Of Fame at under 2 years of age. We thought it would be fun to bring her back out as a mature girl.
While Wade was busy with the above, I was getting the class stuff out and showing Satchmo in the specials ring. He picked up some breed wins and Group placements that spring and we finished the titles on now Champions Trumpet's Candle In The Wind "Norma Jean (my girl) and Trumpet's I'll Follow The Sun "Soleil" owned by Kim McCue and Mike Olson from the St. Louis, MO area. They are wonderful parents and have had a blast with their first kees "Soleil" sold to them as a companion. Oh well....
Then off to Nationals, where Asher and Dylan got to strutt their stuff for the first time since they retired. Asher ran for President in a fun event the Nationals held to raise money for various causes within the breed. Jane Turnage made all kinds of campaign geer and we had a blast, because not only did Asher love all the attention, but we (all of his friends) loved honoring him. Which is what it was to us. Asher did well in the rings also, taking stud dog and veterans 2 of the 3 days. He also went Best Veteran in Sweeps. Dylan had a glamorous return to the rings, and rightly so. He looked stunning and moved flawlessly to a Best In Specialty (judge Charles Trotter) and an Award Of Merit (judge Frank Sabella who gave his half-brother the nod that day) and a National Select Award (judge Eugene Blake). His bowing for the crowd brought out fun during the long waits for his turn to shine. Satchmo had a great time picking up a National Select Award also. Bentley had also been sitting at home since the Cleveland specialty weekend last December, so we brought him out to finish his title going Best Of Winners the first day under judge Charles Trotter. The best part of that day was when the judge put Bentley up behind his half brother Dylan and moved them together around the ring. It was breathtaking to me, the breeder of two dogs I am very fond of. Another highlight of this weekend included Sutter going Best Junior in Show with her retired juniors dog "Trace" BIS/BISS Ch. Trumpet's Me And My Shadow. I was also proud of the many other kids of Trumpet taking or placing in their classes throughout the show..... (BBX winner) Laser's N'Sync with Trumpet "Justin" owned by Mike and Mandy Huffman and Wade Koistinen and (9-12mo winner) Trumpet's Ready Or Not "Chayse" owned by Kym and Scott Van Hise both of whom are beautiful young males we will see more of in the future, Laser's Tuxedo Junction "Tux", Trumpet's Tainted Love "Sully", and Trumpet's Simply The Best "Chevy".
Most of the summer we were off from shows, but stepped back out for the Buckeye specialty in Canfield, OH where Trumpet's Jumpin' Jack Flash "Bounce" took a Best in Sweeps and Trumpet's For Your Eyes Only "Hazel" finished her title going Best Of Winners both days and Best Of Opp. over some beautiful girl specials the second day.
Wade took Lucy and Hex up to Canada for their National specialty weekend. Hex and Lucy did very well finishing their Canadian championships.
In the fall, Trumpet's Get Off Of My Cloud "Cody" picked up both his majors and Non-sporting puppy Group 1st. His owners Laura and Caitlin Flesher and Tina Logston have become wonderful friends and such a great help with the guys. It's great to have some new local puppy sitters. Caitlin will be showing in juniors soon and watchout!! Not to forget Sully and her new title, aka Ch. Trumpet's Tainted Love. My 11 yr old niece started showing in Juniors and quickly picked up two of the three required first place wins alongside the now willing show dog, Hex ... ummm must be the kid thing.
Lucy had a good year, and finished as Keeshond Club of America's #1 Showdog and Keeshond Club Of America's #1 Keeshond Opposite Sex. She also finished as #2 Keeshond in All Breed Points. Thank you Judy for letting us present to the fancy a beautiful Kees girl with sound movement and a great attitude.
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