AKC GAZETTE December 2021
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column
It all started months ahead of the big event. The excitement of another national, and a chance to show my specials dog. I wanted her to be in peak condition. We walked daily and would run full-bore for as long as you wanted. Sounds like things should go pretty well for this well trained and conditioned Cardigan. One might think that, wouldn’t one?
Here we are about a month and half away from the big event. The routine was going well, and we started on the table with a combing session. The first pass of the comb seemed a little strained, and a closer inspection showed a little more undercoat hair in the tines than usual. OK, no cause for alarm, just a little springtime shedding—no big deal. The next day we hit the table again, and even more hair came loose. Combing thru the pants revealed lots more loose undercoat. OMG, I realized, this dog is heading into the dreaded shedding phrase! Now what do I do? (Here is a video on YouTube of the dog being blown dry and hair going everywhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzCex_Wbl0)
Every dog show exhibitor has their so-called secret formula for getting hair to regrow quickly, I on the other hand, I have never had success with any of them. I immediately started with cool baths on a regular basis, much to the chagrin of my dog. I got that look of Didn’t we just do this a few days ago? As the undercoat loss seemed to slow down, I foolishly thought I’d managed to dodge the bullet. Silly me. Now it was time for the guard hairs to kiss the world goodbye.
The ongoing joke at our house is the Cardigans shed only once a year—January to December. As you can guess, my heart sank as my beautiful dog was reduced to looking like a plucked chicken. I entered into the denial stage and thought the dog would fine by the national. Add on top of this she decided to go into season, and all hope was lost of showing this year. So, here is this dog in top physical condition and trained to perform at her best—but without the matching coat she was doomed never to enter the ring. The ole saying “You can’t beat Mother Nature” certainly held true for me this time. It just goes to show you that you can have hair today, but gone tomorrow.
-David L. Anthony
First published in the AKC Gazette Digital Edition, December, 2021.
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