We're back from Maine, but need to pause a moment to acknowledge a sad moment in the Corgi world, the passing of a special Corgi, Lewis, (CH. Slavenik Sweet Thoughts, ROMX), owned by Dianne Connolly of Llandian Kennel.
Lewis was a champion and sire of many, many other champion Corgis, quite a feat in the Corgi world. To get the ROMX award (which stands for Registry of Merit Excellent) from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, a male has to have sired at least 15 champions. But what was most outstanding about Lewis, was his gentle, loving, calm temperment, which he passed on to many other Corgis. He was the father of our Corgi, Phoebe (and her brother Polo, hi, Polo's owner). The above photo shows Lewis and some of Dianne's dogs who have Lewis in their lineage, from left to right, Lewis, his daughter Penny (Ch Ivywood-Llandian's Sweet Pea ROM), his grandaughter Tuppence (BISS CH. Llandian's Love In The Mist, the 2002 Pembroke Welsh Corgi National Specialty winner), his great-grandaughter Chanel (CH Llandian's Talkin' Bout My Girl) and his daughter and great-great grandaughter, our Phoebe. (It took several adults to get them all lined up sitting still for this photo I took!)
Lewis was born on August 25, 1994 and went to the rainbow bridge on July 21, 2009.