The sad and sudden passing of twelve year-old Ivy left Laurie R.’s home one Corgi short of their customary complement of four Cardigans. Resident blue merles Brychan, Saiorse and Olwyn clearly needed a fourth member to round out the pack.
A call to her breeder led to a referral and the start of a facebook-watching vigil for a litter of pups in Washington state. Soon enough they made their appearance, and Laurie watched the eight pups — four males and four females — grow from afar as the weeks passed. All were black and white, with the exception of a male blue merle. As the pups grew and fattened, a hefty black and white male with one blue eye took her fancy. A little grey stripe on his head (and another tell tale gray spot on his tale) confirmed him as a ‘cryptic’ blue merle. When the breeder called to confirm the husky young heartbreaker was hers, Laurie was over the moon!
She took Saiorse along on the road trip to bring the pup back to her Alberta home. “Since day one of his arrival” says Laurie, “it’s been complete Cardi chaos. I’m laid off during the summer, so I’ve been able to enjoy every minute of it. Saiorse keeps him exercised and Caebri can give and take a good pounding from his older sister. His other sister Olwyn is not so entranced by the interloper and ensures that Saiorse and Caebri don’t get too carried away in their play fights.”
“Brychan, our elder statesman, allows Caebri to pull him by his leash sidewalk without getting too grumpy. It is too cute watching Caebri “show” his brother how to walk properly around the neighborhood. Our rookie’s little helicopter tail goes wild whenever he sees a human within greeting distance — even half a block away.”
“Caebri goes to the barn with me every morning and loves meeting all the boarders and their horses. At 13 weeks he’s already showing signs of wanting to herd anything on legs.”
“Caebri is going to be a big, gorgeous, happy boy and is doing his best to fill the void left in our pack. I don’t know how many Cardi puppies I have left in me to raise so, I’m enjoying every crazy minute of teaching him the ropes. Mind you, I can’t seem to get enough of those huge ears, stubby little legs and big Cardigan smiles, so who knows what the future holds?”