Ian

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DOB 09/03/2006     Bred by:  Karen Lyons, Woodrose Kennel

Prior to stumbling across a photo of Ian on Karen Lyons’ website, I had never even given any thought to a Cardigan.  I had owned a Pembroke previously and was awaiting another Pem puppy when I found Ian on Karen’s “Available” page.  Described by her as a “happy, happy boy,” Ian had been returned to Karen after his original placement didn’t work out.  He arrived at my house a few days prior to Christmas 2007.  He’s the best Christmas present I’ve ever received!

Though conformation showing was not necessarily a goal of mine, I agreed to show Ian to see if we could earn any points.  So, in April 2008 we headed to the Spring Fling shows in West Springfield, MA — me with no clue what I was getting myself into.  I had no idea how to “show groom” a corgi, and since Ian was *ahem* blessed with an abundance of wave in his coat, he had no business going into the ring looking like he did.

I knew how the class progressions worked and what-not, but I had virtually no experience of actually being in the ring and show handling.  Ian comported himself well despite being “handler-capped” and, much to my surprise and delight, he earned one point at that first show.

The next day rolled around, this time with a 3-point major under a breeder judge on the line.   One of us was an unmitigated disaster.  (Hint:  It wasn’t Ian.)  During the course of my two minutes of judging, I  a) bonked Ian’s head on the bottom of the grooming table when I lifted him up;  b) had my armband slip off and go sliding under the ring gate;  c) spilled bait all over when I went to retrieve the armband; and d) had a wardrobe malfunction.  I imagine the spectators all thought it was nice that they let the “special people” compete.  Yet even with the devastating handler-capping, Ian won again and earned his first major.

I was hooked.

Ian topped out at 14 points, with 3 majors.  I have every confidence that he would have finished had he not suffered a bout of IVDD (intervertebral disk disease).  Though his case was mild, and he recovered with full function, his topline and rear movement suffered for it, and I made the decision not to pursue the last point.

Sidelined from his agility training by his injury, Ian started his obedience career and quickly earned his CD.  He followed with a single leg toward a CDX title.

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, as the number of dogs in the household increased, it became more and more obvious that Ian was not content with being part of a pack.  As much as it pained me, I made the decision to place him with a family in New Hampshire where he could be the only dog, adored and cherished and pampered.

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