Chip was a true character, as I tried to express in my last post. One of his favourite things, being a singleton puppy, was to entertain himself by throwing toys to himself. I never managed to catch this on video, but here is some video of him coming close.
When Chip had his surgery to remove a major abcess from his prostate, he needed to be confined to his crate for an extended period because he had 23 staples in his belly. In order to keep him entertained I purchased a selection of puzzles for him. One of his favourites was a fabric cube in which were hidden three balls. This is Chip healed up playing with his ball cube.
From the time he was a tiny puppy Chip had a personality that stood out, and he was always such a card! Being a singleton, with an indulgent mother who never corrected him for anything, Chip fully believed the world rotated around him!
Chip was the first dog that Chris was ever the breeder on, and he was the first dog that Chris ever owned. Therefore, he was a little bit spoiled, and it just proved to him that he was right!
For his first show, at just 6 months old, we entered Chip as a pointmaker hoping that he might just end up with a Puppy Group win. Instead Chip the novice puppy, along with Chris the novice handler, kicked my butt with the other dogs, going best of winners for his first points.
The next show Chip attended was a supported entry weekend at the Credit Valley Kennel Club. He finished his Championship at 8 months old – and what I remember about this show is the judge watching him go around the ring and saying “Cute, cute, cute!” Yes, he even had it then!
Two months later, Chip went to the Ontario Breeders Association and was shown by Tom Curley to a Group 1 and a Best Puppy in Group! He made sure people noticed him! At another show that winter I overheard a judge watching the Herding Group saying to his wife “Look at that little corgi in there – he thinks he OWNS the ring!”
Our handsome little guy continued to dominate the ring (pictures below)for the next year ending up as #1 Cardigan in Canada. He did well in the U.S. also, but his primary jobs were Chris’ office companion, and chief comedian in the house.
Chip also verbalized. He made the strangest combination of noises that sounded like he was talking to Chris.
But suddenly when Chris died in October 2008, Chip stopped talking and went into a deep depression. His silence continued until the CWCCA Nationals.
When I put the picture of Chris and Chip on his crate, all of a sudden he started talking, and talking, and talking making up for lost time!
At that same show my friend Emily gave me this pin, which depicts Chip with a dragonfly, representing Chris. (See Oct 2008 post)
I had this painting commissioned by Bram Wolfe as a tribute to Chris. In it are my horse Manitou, that was the first horse Chris ever befriended and rode, and of course Chip. As well there are three dragonflies that Chip is looking at. This picture tonight is extra special, as I am sure the three amigos are together again.
Trot on across that bridge Chip-wich, and go find your daddy and buddy and give them kisses for me.