The Pomeranian world has suffered a great loss this week.  Margaret McKee was taken from us suddenly on Monday night. 

She was a founding member of the Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia 15 years ago and has been active ever since holding numerous offices, In addition, she was a founding member of both the Greater Baltimore Pomeranian Club, the Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club and was a member of the Richmond (Va) Dog Obedience Club (RDOC) for an amazing 45 years!!

Her prowess in the Pom world was so well known, she warranted a paragraph in the book Pomeranian: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide), Juliette Cunliffe, 2011.

Margaret spent the last 50 years breeding, showing, and competing. She leaves the Pom world better than when she found it.  She even found time to raise a future AKC Judge (Rachal McKee Sager).

Her absence will be felt at every show when you look ringside and she’s not in her usual spot near the entrance and every meeting/event when you don’t see the “PomMom” license plate parked right up front. Margaret once told me that she’s had the ‘PomMom” VA Plate since the mid-70’s! I don’t know anyone that’s had the same plates for that long.

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  1. Mom was featured in Friday’s Richmond Times Dispatch ***Disclaimer: this lovely article was written late tonight by a features editor at the paper…and she missed several facts that were explained to her… So, if you question the claims, we will be happy to clarify what was supposed to be in the article***

    Margaret Langhorne Rachal McKee, the first to put a dual-title in confirmation and obedience on a Pomeranian in modern times and the holder of the international breed record for the most Pomeranian dogs dual-titled, went well beyond showing well-bred Poms for their looks.

    “Nobody had been doing obedience, agility and rally with Pomeranians,” said Peter Lenk, president of Richmond Dog Obedience Club Inc., who had known Mrs. McKee since 1994, when she was the trainer at a puppy class he took with his young golden retriever at the club.

    She won “more titles than anyone had ever tried, over time,” he added. “She recently put a Rally Advanced Excellence title on her dog Alvin.”

    A daughter, Rachel Sager of Mechanicsville, noted: “My mother’s was the first homebred dual-titlist, sired out of a dual-title dog. She had generations of dual-titled dogs.”

    Rally is a sport in which competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position, either on- or off-leash. At each of 10 to 20 stops, there are signs instructing what to do, such as figure eights, “stay” and more. Unlike traditional obedience competition, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs. The divisions include novice, advanced, excellent and advanced excellence.

    Mrs. McKee, who spent 50 years as a breeder and exhibitor with her Idlewyld Pomeranians kennel dogs, will be honored at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Ave. The Goochland County resident died Monday at age 75.

    She fell in love with the breed after she saw a fellow dog club member with a pair of Poms at Azalea Mall. She purchased her first Pom puppy at a pet store in 1968 and later learned that it had come from a puppy mill. After it died, she bought another puppy — also a puppy mill dog, she discovered. She bought her first registered Pom, named Trinket, from a breeder in 1969 and later became a breeder.

    “Every Pomeranian she bred came with a 100% guarantee. They always were welcome to come back,” said her husband of 53 years, John Richard McKee.

    Mrs. McKee had held almost every leadership position in the dog obedience club, including president, and for years had been the obedience show’s chair. She recently celebrated 45 years as a club member.

    “She taught all the basic and various obedience utility classes — pretty much everything we have,” Lenk said. “She was well-respected in the dog world.”

    In addition to being a life member of the American Pomeranian Club, she was a founding member of the Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia, the Greater Baltimore Pomeranian Club — with which she also did rescue work — and the Mid-Atlantic Field Spaniel Club.

    She also had owned rescue greyhounds and showed greyhounds.

    When she wasn’t training dogs, she was teaching children.

    A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mrs. McKee moved to Roanoke and then Richmond. She graduated cum laude in 1966 from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College, with a degree in chemistry.

    After teaching chemistry for three years at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, she took off time to have three children and did some substitute teaching. She went back to work part time and then full time at Elk Hill Farm School, where she taught science until she retired in 2007.

    “She had a very easygoing personality. Whatever she put her mind to do, she concentrated on it 100%,” her husband said. “When she was in her element — dogs and teaching, something she had studied about and knew a lot about — she had a very strong personality. She was the queen bee. She was always right — and she usually was. Whatever she did was done wholeheartedly.

    “She was a wonderful mother and a wonderful person.”

    In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include another daughter, Elaine Askew of Virginia Beach; a son, John Langhorne McKee of New Kent; three sisters, Lynne Chambers and Ruth Wilhelm, both of Henrico, and Laura Reinhart of Midlothian; and two grandchildren.

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