He was our first Corgi and first show dog.
We were just looking for a pet. When we found him, the Southern California Club members we met while looking, told us, “You should show him, he could do well. We’ll show you how.”
They did, and they were right. Ten years, and nearly five hundred points later, Hank had led us to dog shows all over the West, to Westminster, to Orlando, and to four nationals from Portland to St. Louis.
We learned a lot together. We learned what to expect of each other in the show ring and how to communicate with each other too. We made hundreds of friends from all over the world as we showed him.
We have many people to thank for all of Hank’s success. Mary Hering and Tracy Liston mentored and encouraged us. Mary showed Debbie how to groom and Tracy showed Mike how to handle a dog in the ring. We have an entire club to thank in Southern California; they were always thrilled when Hank did well. Hank was one of the first Gold Grand Champion Pembrokes.
We live with Hank’s legacy: three daughters and a few grand puppies close by. He leaves us after he sired nine Champions and Grand Champions in bronze, silver, and gold (there may even be a tenth on the way).
We thank Hank’s breeder, Maureen Wilkinson, for trusting us with such a wonderful ambassador for the breed.
We’ll miss him, for all he taught us, and for introducing us to the wonderful world of Corgis and their people.
We miss him every day.
Mike & Debbie