CH Windrift's Summertime Blues HOF ROMX

 

By CH Keesland Outlaw (imp.) out of CH Windrift's Stylistic Blues

Bred by Joanne Reed and Jan Corrington

 Owned by Joanne Reed

 

 

CH Windrift's Summertime Blues, HOF, ROMX (better known as Badger) was born May 3, 1991. I imported his sire, CH Keesland Outlaw, from England as a puppy. Outlaw achieved his Championship in six shows undefeated. Badger's dam was CH Windrift's Stylistic Blues, ROM, who produced seven other champions as well.

 

Badger was sold as a show puppy to some people in Michigan who were involved with Golden Retrievers at the time. After I requested that Badger attend his first National and saw what potential he had, I bought him back and showed him at the National.  He won winners dog from the Am. Bred class under the famous Annie Rogers Clar.   He attained his Championship in short order, winning many BOB and Group placements along the way.  Badger went on to an exceptional record as a Special, meeting the requirements for the Hall of Fame title three times over.

 

In three years of campaigning, Badger was the #1 Keeshond in breed and group competition. He was the #4 Non-Sporting Dog in 1993 and 1994. In 1995 he was the #3 Non-Sporting dog in the country. In those three years he defeated over 40,000 dogs! Among his prestigious wins are eight all-breed Best In Shows, Best Of Breed at Westminster three years in a row as well as placing in the Non-Sporting Group at Westminster, and Best of Breed at the Keeshond Club of America National Specialty in 1996. He won 18 Specialty Best In Shows to become the TOP SPECIALTY WINNER OF ALL TIME! Badger was only shown THREE years to attain this record.  His record stood for nearly 20 years.

 

Badger had an exceptional personality. He was one of the easiest dogs I have ever lived with. Showing was the most important thing in his life. (Of course, breeding was a close second.) His love of showing was obvious to anyone who saw him in the ring; he had a charisma and joy that made him unforgettable. When people applauded he just knew that they were applauding him and he started barking as if saying, "Thank you, thank you!" I soon found that if I tried to stop him from this he just barked longer and louder. So, I learned to just let him take his bows!

 

Badger was retired from heavy showing in 1996, though he continued being shown at specialties and an occasional other show. Having been #1 Keeshond for all three years he was campaigned, he accomplished all that one could hope for in the show ring. He has also left a wonderful legacy in his descendants. Badger sired 46 champions to qualify him for his ROMX! His grandpups and greatgrandpups are now continuing this winning tradition. I feel he produced soundness, great personalities, wonderful coats and, most of all -- happy, healthy puppies. As a retired gentleman Badger "ruled the roost" at Windrift, supervising the antics of his descendants and holding court for admiring visitors. He would "strike a pose" at a moment's notice, displaying the beauty, style, and charisma that made him such a great showman and a really great dog.  His memory will never be forgotten or equaled.  Badger has frozen sperm available for private use.