Woodrose Innuendo at Wits’ End, CD
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.