We decided in December, after Chip finished his championship at 7 months old, that we would keep Chip out until his birthday as a “Puppy Special” and see if it were possible for him to earn some Puppy Group placements, or a Best Puppy in Show. So with that goal in mind we hired Tom Curley to show Chip, as I know myself that I “ain’t no handler!”. I can breed them, I can train them – but if they win it is DESPITE my handling – not because of it!
So while I was showing Dolly to Winners Bitch – Tom and Chip were playing in search of bigger game. While we were hoping for a Best Puppy in Group this weekend- never did we dream that it would come along with a HERDING GROUP 1ST!!!
To our knowledge (and we are trying to get confirmation of this!) Chip is only the second Canadian bred Cardigan Corgi to win the herding group, as well as the youngest!
With Chip being the only puppy in Best in Show at the end of the day, we were hoping that he might just get the nod for Best Puppy in Show (we didn’t even THINK about Best in Show!!) but unfortunately, it wasn’t his day.
The show photograhper did catch this nice photo of him coming at the camera on the down and back though 🙂
So today we crashed back to earth and reality quickly. While Chip won the breed again, he didn’t even make the cut in the group. Just goes to show – some days you’re top dog, and some days you are just the hydrant!