“There are absolutely no Cardigans, other than my little pack of blues (and one brindle), here in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada), so I’m constantly being stopped and ask what kind of mix those “funny little dogs” are. Saiorse has one yin-yang eye (half brown half blue), and that really catches peoples’ attention.”
“Brychan, a blue boy from Shadowalk in Montana, was my first Cardi. I had just made the horrid decision to put down my Doberman bitch. Years before, I had seen a photo of a blue Cardigan on the cover of Dog Fancy and I knew that someday this would be the breed for me. It was love at first sight.”
“I had met the Shadowalk folks a number of times at a CKC show in Calgary. After my Dobie bitch passed, I checked the Shadowalk website and lo and behold, a litter with several blue males was born the very day I had to put my Dobie down. I contacted them immediately, and happily was able to get the very stern looking little pup that was my instant favourite on their website. When he was old enough, I drove to Great Falls, Montana and picked him up. Brychan has been my constant companion ever since.”
Left to right: Ivy, Brychan, Olwyn
“Brychan turns six this March. At times he’s a stern little fellow, but a more loyal guy you’ll never meet. If we’re walking alone and we are approached by a stranger who seems unfriendly, Brychan will instantly put himself between me and the stranger, rumbling until he determines if it is friend or foe.”
With sister Saiorse.
“He’s not totally thrilled to be the only boy dog in the house. The girls often gang up on him and steal his toys, but he won’t fight for his bones. He just lays in his basket and moans until Mom comes and saves the day. Those naughty girl Corgis are tough stuff and a guy doesn’t stand a chance against them!”
“Olwyn (Bluetrix Alwyn Willa Mint Blue) is my ambitious, nearly four year-old Cardigan Corgi. She’s from a working ranch line in Pincher Creek Alberta. Her dad is a New Zealand import, so we were hoping for softer temperaments with his influence, but Olwyn took right after her mom, who was described as an ‘alligator’ — yikes!”
“Olwyn thinks she’s a REALLY big dog and aspires to fly — off the microwave stand, the kitchen table, the bookcase and any other place that allows her to lord it over her three Cardi siblings. She also prefers extremely large dog toys. Little ones are for sissies.”
“I worry about her back, and tell her so every day. She doesn’t care. Olwyn is like one of those flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. Weird and scary.”
“Saiorse is just about the most amazingly destructive puppy I’ve ever raised, but gosh she’s so happy about her role as the one-pup wrecking crew that I can never get angry with her!”
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What a great Cardigan post! I love the photos and the story.