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Young Keeshond becomes a champion at Bible Hill dog show

Saturday was a big day at the dog show for Mike Goodard and his Keeshond Spencer (Keysmark’s Specner Tracy, centre. Spencer won his championship and was joined for a photo with his breeders, John and Marsha Kaczmarek and dogs Fynn (Keysmark’s Heartstopper) and Maxx (Keysmark’s Incognito).
Saturday was a big day at the dog show for Mike Goodard and his Keeshond Spencer (Keysmark’s Specner Tracy, centre. Spencer won his championship and was joined for a photo with his breeders, John and Marsha Kaczmarek and dogs Fynn (Keysmark’s Heartstopper) and Maxx (Keysmark’s Incognito).

BIBLE HILL, NS  - Saturday was a big day for Spencer, but he wasn’t quite aware of how big it was.

Spencer, whose full name is Keysmark’s Spencer Tracy, is a 16-month-old Keeshond who earned his championship at the Cobequid Dog Club show on the weekend.

Seeing him become a champion was a rewarding experience for his breeder, Marsha Kaczmarek, of Belmont.

“This is the first time we’ve had three of the same line in the ring together so it was pretty exciting,” she said.

She grew up with Keeshonds and has six, as well as a rescued beagle, at home.

“They’re awesome all-around dogs,” she said. “They’re great companions, can do agility and obedience; they’re multi talented. More of my dogs go to companion homes than show homes.”

Keeshonds are considered a rare breed and people as far away as BC and Arizona have purchased dogs from Kaczmarek.

Mike Goddard, who lives in PEI, owns Spencer.

“The camaraderie is a big part of showing dogs,” he said. “It keeps me busy now that I’m retired and I meet a lot of people. We’ll be working on his grand championship now.”

He also plans to get the dog involved in rally obedience next year

Carley Kaczmarek and her mother Marsha, of Belmont, were busy with their Keeshonds at the Cobequid Dog Club show on the weekend.

 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

 

Breed info:

The Keeshond was once known as the Dutch barge dog because it was often a watchdog on the canal barges.

Personality: Friendly, loyal and protective

Activity level: Medium

Height: 43-46 cm (17-18”) at the shoulder

Weight 35-45 pounds:

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