Thursday, April 2, 2009
This is the dog who started it all for me with regard to conformation, Char-Don's Sassy Sword-Dancer. I had been in competitive obedience for 14 years, and at class I became friends with a Cardigan breeder, Debby Burnett. When I lost my big black Lab--his CD won at 8 months of age--Debby suggested I buy a show prospect and try the breed ring; if I didn't like it, she said, I could go back to just doing obedience. Hah! I was immediately hooked. Sassy x-rayed as dysplastic at age two after winning three points and a BOB (much harder to finish Labs than Cardigans!), so she was retired from the breed ring and spayed. I did go on with her in obedience, and she attained a CDX.