End of a royal dynasty

An end to a dynasty with the reports of the death of the last of the royal Corgis. Whisper, who was 12, had been taken on by the Queen on the death of Bill Fenwick, widower of Nancy who looked after the royal dogs for so many years. I’m not sure whether he had been bred by the Queen; perhaps not as her last Kennel Club register litter was born in July 2003, by Ch Kaytop Flare Of Orange ex Windsor Linnet, and contained Willow whose own death was reported recently. Whatever, this brings to an end Her Majesty’s association with the breed which stretches back 85 years. One can only imagine what a blow this is to her. She still, I believe, has two ‘Dorgis’, Pembroke crosses with Miniature Longhaired Dachshunds. As ever, our thanks must go to Joy Whitehead for organising the breed’s representation at Discover Dogs in London, and to her loyal team. She writes: “A very early start from Solihull with Reg Allbones and Corgis Meg and Buster on the Saturday meant we arrived at Excel for 8am. The journey was not helped by the satnav refusing to speak to us at all! We are now starting to recognise various landmarks on the journey around East London, the gasworks for example! “The so helpful Owen and Jenny Parry were already there with Piper and Rose and thanks to Owen’s height we soon had the booth decorated! We were so busy and the booth was completely stacked out with visitors. I had thought that being on an outside edge booth we were out of the way of the crowds but this proved not the case. “In the afternoon Cynthia Brown, partner Andy and corgis Teddy and Perry arrived as well as Antoinette Paltrow and Marcel le Corgi and Lesley Herridge and Poppy, and two well behaved young helpers who handed out leaflets so respectfully. Diana and Gerald King visited in the afternoon when you could not get anywhere near the booth for crowds. “I thought the Excel show this year was not so well attended by the big dog food stands but it did seem easier to move around. The Kennel Club recorded record attendance. There were also plenty of coffee stalls about. I must admit the venue has some interesting views; the sight of towering Canary Wharf up river in the distance is really something for a Midlands pensioner! “This was to be Jenny and Owen’s last Discover Dogs as they go back to the States next February. We will miss them and their two well behaved dogs and thank them for their help both at Excel and Crufts but know they are taking back some lovely memories. “The long journey home for Reg and myself accomplished, Sunday was the turn of Wally and Babs Aylott with the Barwal Corgis with Lesley Herridge also attending. Again the booth saw really good numbers of visitors and much interest. “The only problem seems to be a shortage of puppies for those most willing to be taken possession of by a Pembroke and with what looks like a really good cartoon about a Royal Corgi next year I can see the problem escalating! My most sincere thanks to all who helped.” And thank you Joy for your dedication. A reminder that I’m always pleased to have reports on non-show or fun events where the breed is prominent. Midland Counties had all-rounder Frank Kane (Hirontower American Cockers) judging the breed; he did the League show a couple of years ago. Vittoria Valsecchi and husband Luca from Italy have competed at quite a few UK shows in recent years and campaign their dogs successfully around Europe. This time their journey from Modena was rewarded with their first UK CC plus BOB for the tri Int/It/Cro Ch Wallfugh Ink to Nireno Picture, handled by Luca. His sister was a RCC winner at the City last year; they are by Dutch-bred Int/It/Slo Ch Beaudy ex Australian-bred Nireno Charme Bracelet. BCC was a seventh for Barry and Sue Coulson’s sable Ch Woodhenge Star Xtravaganza (Ch/Ir Ch Craigycor Lightning Bolt ex Ch Woodhenge Star Maiden). RDCC went to Mary Davies’ veteran tri Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Wharrytons Pansy Potter at Ermyn) and RBCC to Hannah and Patricia Fawcett’s Whitebarn Sea Shell (one CC, Ch Pemcader Thunderball ex Whitebarn Tabitha Twitchit). Incidentally, good to see that several Corgi people won CCs and/or BOBs with other breeds, the Fawcetts in Border Collies, Tracy and Kath Irving in Jack Russells and Ally Boughton in Papillons. BP was Lynne Creech’s Zydahayes Sir Bruce (Ch Corrogs Young Whistler ex Zydahayes Jitterbug). There doesn’t seem to have been a BV award. Twinan Tight Squeeze was VHC in the PB stakes under Derek Smith. Good to see Liz Cartledge back in good form, judging some huge stakes classes. The Lakeshore club, serving the Chicago area, moved its back-to-back shows back to the traditional dates this year and the judges were Larry Adams (Gaylord) for the first day and Robin Robertson (Anwyl, New Zealand) for the second. Larry’s BOB was Betsey Orman’s bitch Ch Bramblyhedge Love In Everywhere (Ch Linincorgi’s Livin’ On A Prayer ex Ch Bramblyhedge Brass In Pocket) and BOS Sharon Cerny and Yolanda Lininger’s Ch Double G’s Linincorgi Adele’s The Eleventh Day (GCh Rosewood Sea Quest ex Double G’s Catamarans Rolling In The Deep). Robin selected Nancy and Mike Oehlhof’s dog GChB Springmill A Blast From The Past (GCh Springmill Sweet Talkin Guy ex GCh Springmills Dec Th’ Halls) as BOB with BOS to Vicky Northway and Beatrice Quinio’s Ch Drifan Butterfly Kisses for Shamquin PT (GCh Cariadh Iron Butterfly RN HIAds HXAs ex Int/Fr/Bel Ch Shamquin Emei Shan HSAds HIAs). I know Corgi friends worldwide will send their sympathy to Anne Indergaard (Annwn, Norway) on the death of her husband Tor. He always supported Anne’s Corgi activities and himself was an architectural designer; I can recall watching members of his company at work restoring Trondheim’s beautiful cathedral. Border Union has Pem CCs back next year and our judge at this lovely show is Linda Preston (Willinda). We also regain CCs at Leeds which is one of the new ‘all-breed’ shows and here the judge is Martin Sanders (Castellcoch Dachshunds and Whippets). At the Scottish KC in May 2020 judge is Julie Swann (Kenpeth Pems/Swanndale Heelers) and at Three Counties, Amanda Rees (Stadwen). SIMON PARSONS

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