My involvement with showing and breeding dogs began when I was first born. This was due to my Dad, Ian Stirton being an Australian All Breeds Dog Judge. His first love was his German Shepherds and
had achieved in breeding the First Gold & Silver Medal winners at the first German Shepherd National in 1967.
While growing up we always had a GSD as a pet. But it wasn’t until
1984 that I started showing and breeding dogs. My first show dog was a Labrador named “Sam” unfortunately his show career ended before it started as he had being diagnosed as having OCD in both
of his elbows. My next dog was a German Shepherd call "Max" but his show career also ended before it started as he was viciously mauled at a puppy socialisation class. Both these dogs had promising
show careers but it was not to be and with a heavy heart I had no choice but to put them down. My family were heartbroken each time.
You think I would have given up showing by then but when the time
was right, my Dad bought me a Welsh Corgi Pembroke for me and his name was “Jack”. He was beautiful! But he to had a limited show career as he
only had one testicle (it pays to check your dog all over)!
When I first started out in Corgis
my long time friend Shirley Close from Young, NSW introduced me to Jenny & Ian McMahon of "Corrindabella Kennels" in 1997. Jenny is a perfectionist and give her credit as no dog of any breed would go into that show ring with a hair out of place. It's amazing
what she can do with a corgi that is out of coat! Through our friendship I was given the opportunity to have one of their corgis puppies and her name was Dayna "Ch. Corrindabella Summa Wine".
Dayna was very pretty and unique, as she was a sable corgi and at the time there were not many being shown. After gaining her title, I mated Dayna to a dog called Jamie "Ch. Pictorela Scotch N Ice" (his
mother "Ch. Pictorel Secret Garden" was bred by Shirley & Ron Close from "Pictorela Kennels in Young & his father "Gr Ch. Coondarby Shane" was owned by Allan & Gai Lewis from Coondarby Kennels in Cowra) and she produced 7 very nice puppies
and out of that litter I was persuaed by my Dad to keep a litter brother & sister. Which I did and they were known as Mo "Ch. Abercarn Scotch N Rye" & Nicki "Ch. Abercarn Star Wine".
Again they were both sables! It was tough with getting any recognition from Judges as they were use to red &
white colours. But eventually they were starting to be recognised by speciality judges due to both of them always being placed at speciality shows and then some all breed judges has also started to notice them. We had a couple of Best In
Group & numerous Classes in Group. My involvement with the corgis spanned some 18 years. Unfortunately, when the tail docking ban was introduced to Australia, I decided not to carrying on with the Pemmies, as I couldn’t come to
a Corgi having a tail.