This has been quite the week, and I can finally get around to updating the blog and dedicating this post to my very special girl Dolly. I made a decision about a month ago, that this week would be Dolly’s last week of showing as a “special” (a champion), in shows. She is 7, she is a mother of 19, wonderful puppies, and I arranged to hopefully send her out with a bang, showing her at three specialties the last week of her career.
Last week we travelled to Calgary, Alberta to show at the Alberta Kennel Club shows, and the Canadian National Specialty. Dolly placed Best of Opposite Sex or Select in the 4 all breed shows, and at the Canadian National was Award of Merit, Best Brood Bitch, Best Veteran and Best Brace with her son Patrick.
Unfortunately the photo taken there was so ugly, I didn’t purchase it – so we have nothing to share from that weekend.
We then travelled down to Ohio, for the CWCCWR specialties where there were more dogs in the specials class alone than there were total entries at the Canadian National. On Thursday, under judge Emily Fish Barnhart, Dolly and Dragoon were Select Dog and Select Bitch – an amazing end to her specials career.
In addition to this her son Patrick (Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number) was Winners Dog the same day.
On Saturday night, I posted an invitation and invited people at the show grounds to “Dolly’s Retirement Party”.
While she didn’t “go out with a bang” as I would have hoped she had a very respectable week of showing as an end to what I can only call a phenomenal show career.
Seven years ago I could never have imagined what a wild ride this little puppy would drag me along on at the end of her leash!
She finished her Canadian Championship easily in 3 weekends including going Best Of Winners at the booster preceding the specialty in 2008 in her underwear! What a little tube she was!
Three days later, at the CWCCWR specialty in August 2008, she was Reserve Winners bitch under Gayle Garvin.
Just after this, I lost Chris, and disappeared from the show scene for 6 months coming back out at the CWCCA National specialty in Topeka KS, April 2009. Despite the early end to our show season, Chip still ended up as #1 Cardigan in Canada that year, and Dolly as #5.
Dolly’s show career kicked into high gear with her Best of Winners Award for 5 points at the specialty under Breeder Judge Jon Kimes, and the following day Winners Bitch at the Three Trails Regional Specialty under Gayle Garvin for another 5 points.
Dolly began accumulating group placings in Canada, and in September was awarded an All-Breed Best in Show by Cheryl Myers-Egerton, the first Canadian bred bitch to achieve this award, and she did it in her underwear!
This qualified Dolly for an invitation to the Show of Shows in November 2009, where she again made history as the first Cardigan to even place in the group, placing 2nd behind the current #1 herding dog in the country.
In 2010 we returned to the US for another Natrional Specialty, where she was again awarded Winners Bitch to finish her US Championship with 3 5 point majors.
In August 2010 Dolly headed out west for the Canadian National Specialty – and won Best in Specialty! This win also gave her the final qualification for her Canadian Grand Championship Excellent. To date she is still the only GCH EX Cardigan.
Following this in July 2010, Dolly went down to the US for a short visit with Debbie and Katie Brooks to pursue her American Grand Championship also. For the first two weekends she was undefeated, and would have completed the requirements the third weekend except for the final judge. So she went into the CWCCWR specialty in August 2010 needing that last point.
Instead she picked up 5 points, and Select bitch under judge Simon Parsons, from the UK! This made her the first American Grand Champion bitch! And she is still the only Dual Grand Champion!
Next on her agenda was the Chesapeake Cardigan Corgi specialty in October 2010.
Dolly achieved a specialty Best of Breed in the US with her incompetent breeder/owner/handler on the other end of the lead! After this she went into the Group with Howard Huber, and came out with a group 3.
April 2011 – we once again headed south for the CWCCA National – this time in Houston under James Reynolds.
At this show, Dolly was 3 weeks pregnant with her first litter – the Double D puppies – Dash (Dare to Dream Big), Darren (Double Dare), Draco (Dragon Defender), Justin (Dancehall Doctor) are all Champions at this time. Darby, Thor, and Bunny were all placed as pets, and Daisy was unfortunately placed with a friend who abused my trust.
In December 2011 Dolly and I travelled to Florida for the Eukanuba Invitational. At this show Lois Demers handled her to the 1st Award of Excellence.
Then in March of 2012, I made the trip over to the UK for Crufts with Dolly and Dragoon to fulfill a bucket list item – to show at Crufts. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to handle her to Reserve CC under breeder judge Kim Neilsen.
In April of 2012 we headed to the US again for the CWCCA specialty and Dolly won an Award of Merit
Shortly afterwards Dolly was bred for her second “lit” (not a full litter) resulting in my beautiful Cara.
In April 2013 we headed down to Arizona for the CWCCA National and Dolly brought home Runner up Brindle Bitch in the Megan, as well as Brace.
At the end of the year she had the Spy litter, and was not quite back into “fighting shape” at the 2014 National. However her kids did her proud and she brought home Best Brood Bitch
Which brings us to this weekend, and Dolly’s party.
Dolly and I would like to thank everyone who stopped by to share in cake, drinks and treats. Dolly herself would like to especially thank those who slipped her cheese, and meat snacks :) Here are a few photos from Saturday afternoon. Thank you all for your support of us over the years. As the Irish Rovers sang “Tell me, me oh me oh my,
Wasn’t that a party?”
Dolly enjoying a tiny corner of her cake!