So 2016 is drawing to a close, and so are some hopes and plans. Its been a rough year, and no fairy god mother, knight on a white steed, or lottery win has appeared. So changes are going to have to be made, and there will be a number of young dogs available for sale or for lease.
We finished up the year at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club show. An ending of sorts, but a beginning too, as two of the babies made their ring debuts.
Guinness was entered in Baby Puppy (3-6 months) at 16 weeks of age. He looked like a midget, especially compared to the German Shepherds and other large herding dogs, but he held his own and although he didn’t show well with anyone else, he did great with me the last day earning a Best Baby Puppy in Group. Here is his profile in the Best Baby Puppy in Show ring. Lots to love about this boy.
And an entirely new chapter was written with the introduction of Annik. It’s funny how many people in the show community now don’t remember that my first love was the wolfhounds.
Long before the Dolly and Dragoon days – there was the Donovan and Ruari days!
But even though I can’t do that seven year heartache ever again, I needed a large dog in the house, and brought home Annik last summer.
She has gone through some wonky growth periods where I wasn’t ready to let the world see her, but Annik made her debut this weekend also. Unfortunately as the ONLY Swissy she had no competition and no points, but it gave her lots of opportunity to go from goofball to “almost a show dog” over the weekend. Thank you Dennis for your patience with her and her antics. I have lots of high hopes for her in the future, and will need to get the website re-worked again to include her!
Here is her progress over the first show.
So while it may not have been a “wildly” successful year, it was a good one. Dragoon ended the year as #1 Cardigan Welsh Corgi in Canada, and #22 Herding dog. Jolene won the Canadian National and will end up as #7 Cardigan, Hope as #11 and #2 puppy, and Susie will tie for #15. Gryphon, Natasha and Sean are all close to championships.
In the U.S. there has been several major awards won by the youngsters, and titles earned in Europe also.
But breeding quality dogs is not easy, and without anyone to share it with, is no longer really feeding my soul. Where at one time there was Chris, and there was a partner to share the joys and sorrows, its now all on me. Joy is multiplied when shared, and burdens are eased when divided.
So while there will be Yasashiikuma dogs out representing us, as things stand right at this second, you most likely will not see me. Good luck to all of you who are there to continue to carry the flag, I will be with you in spirit. I hope all of your show days are successful ones.