We went to a dog show last weekend. It was a AKC one. I had never been to one before, but saw the Westminster Dog Show on TV. We got there right when they were starting to do the herding dog class. There were 10 dogs in the class and there was a Pembroke corgi (like Koda; no tail) and a Cardigan corgi (has a tail). Of course our eyes were glued to the Pembroke corgi. He was last in line to be judged. The Cardigan just sat or stood, waiting for his turn. The Pembroke had to be fed treats constantly (such a corgi trait). He/she??? definitely had personality.
Finally it was their turn to be judged. We applauded when they did their walk/run on "the red carpet." (It wasn't red, but there was an area they had to jaunt on). We waited on pins and needles while the judge carefully looked at all the participants in that class and then she called out 4 dogs. The corgi was the first one she called. I wasn't sure if that meant first place or if she was going to put them on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th markers. Sure enough, that adorable corgi won 1st place! It made our day!
When we left, we stopped by one of the vendors and saw this cute hat. Of course we had to buy it. Thankfully hubby likes to wear hats. I kind of lost it. The sales lady asked if we did obey the corgi. I teared up. Nine months as of today and I still miss that little guy. We did obey him and I'm sure we'll obey the next one :)
The house in the San Diego area is in escrow; due to close any day now. They are tenting it for termites on Friday, which is always a good sign the "end is near." Now we can start planning for Plan B. I'm on a lot of corgi rescue sites on Facebook. Heartbreaking the stories of corgis (purebred not always mixes) that are out there looking for a forever home after being given up by their owners. The saddest I read this week was Thumper. An 11 year old. His "mom" recently retired and wants to be able to travel with "dad" and they can't take him with them. They have a 2nd dog that doesn't get along with Thumper (Thumper was there first). They want to get rid of Thumper and keep the 2nd dog. It breaks my heart every story I read. I could adopt them all. Its not time yet but I would have gone to get Thumper. (Someone has already adopted him; there is a great system of corgi rescuers that really make sure "no corgi is left behind.")
I take heart. I know there will be one for us when we are ready. And I do think he/she will rule the roost and we will have to obey the corgi. I think I wouldn't have it any other way.