I always loved having pets in my life. I grew up owning a menagerie from fish to hermit crabs and cats, but I was always very fond of dogs.
My chosen breed is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, as their adaptable temperament and small size fit well to my lifestyle. They are a small, powerful herding breed that originated in the village of Cardiganshire, Wales. They are the corgi breed “with the tail” and come in a variety of colors and patterns and make wonderful companions and family pets. The National Breed club, the CWCCA, has more information including rescue and breeder information: www.cardigancorgis.com
Priscilla is my Champion show dog and loves to be in the spotlight. She appeared at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show 3 years in a row. I have a special bond with Priscilla and I joke that we can read each other’s minds. As a mother, you cannot ask for better – she loves her puppies and even remembers them today seeing them all grown up.
Iggy Pop is Priscilla’s nephew and he is a lot of fun to show as well. He is super smart and is very sweet. He loves people, especially children, and has a “fan club” at Hartz.
Dog shows are more than meets the eye. There is a lot of money and time invested into keeping a show dog at their peak. To win titles on a dog, I do a lot of traveling to dog shows, sometimes every week and, contrary to popular belief, very little money is ever awarded at a dog show. It is all done because of a love for a certain breed and for dogs in general. The American Kennel Club has a page to explain the titles a dog can earn at their events: www.akc.org. I have made a lot of friends over the years going to dog shows, which is rewarding in itself and makes shows even more fun.
Breeding is another labor of love. I carefully screen my dogs for genetic diseases and study pedigrees and dogs, choosing what will create the best puppies. The cost and time involved in properly raising and socializing a litter is enormous, and the breeder often makes very little money back from puppy sales. I breed my dog only with the hopes of keeping a puppy for myself to raise and train and show. I screen potential homes very carefully to match families up with their future companion. The end result is worth it – I enjoy getting emails, phone calls, pictures and stories about their new cherished family member.
Heather, Hartz Regulatory Affairs