It all began…
It began innocently enough, my obsession with the little dwarf
dog with the elfin grin. It wasn’t as though I hadn’t
had a dog or two before. But they were always BIG dogs.
I got my first German Shepherd when I turned thirteen. There were always
Shepherds around, though. My mother had them all my life. She raised
them, trained them, showed them, gave obedience classes, and boarded
dogs of all kinds.
I started helping with the classes as a teenager and as the years went
by I did everything “dog”. I taught classes; gave private
lessons; trained, showed, and titled other peoples’ dogs (as well
as my own); whelped litters; and did all the assorted chores that go
with having a kennel.
Learning about temperament…
The dogs that boarded in the kennel for private training ran the gamut
from sweet, sensitive, and eager to learn, to dominant and pushy. Many
were merely spoiled, but some had serious temperament problems, from
shyness and fear aggression, to aggression towards other dogs, or people,
or children, or towards their trainer.
It was while working with these dogs that I learned the importance of
producing dogs with genetically good temperaments, by breeding only dogs
with exceptional dispositions.
Falling in love…
In the summer of 1981 I met a Corgi at one of my mother’s obedience
clinics. I don’t now know who that dog was, but in that three
day period, I went from, “I’ll never have any other breed
than a German Shepherd”, to “I HAVE to have a Corgi!” That
little anonymous dog changed my life.
In my quest for this new breed, about which I knew little at the time,
I had the marvelous good fortune to call a breeder who was to become
a very dear friend and my mentor in the breed. I knew exactly what qualities
I wanted in my Corgi, and what I wanted to be able to do with the dog.
I explained everything to Elaine, the breeder.
I wanted a dog that was first and foremost physically and mentally sound!
It had to be from a healthy line, and it had to have an outgoing, happy
personality. Intelligence was a must, and he must have a good sense of
humor; not fearful in any way, nor at all aggressive. And, I wanted a
dog who could earn an Obedience Trial Championship. That was all.
My first Corgi…
I got EXACTLY what I requested in November of 1981, when Larklain Lees
Honeybear arrived from Denver. He was then four months old, and all
Corgi through and through.
Bear was happy, outgoing, had a smile that never ended, and loved any
activity or game you could come up with. He was smart and eager to learn.
He was content when alone, and could find games to play by himself, such
as tossing apples in the air and then catching them. But what he loved
the most was being with me, and doing whatever I was doing, whether chasing
the hose while I hosed out the runs, following the tractor while I mowed,
or acting as a distraction when I trained boarders.
He went everywhere in the car with me that winter, and it was a few
months later that I discovered that there were no door handles on the
car doors in the back seat. They had been eaten off flush with the doors.
It was the only naughty thing he ever did, and it made it very interesting
when back seat riders tried to get out of the car.
Honeyfox was born…
In 1983 Honeyfox was born with my foundation bitch of the same name.
My Honeyfox was out of a half sister of Bear. She earned her Championship
quite easily, and produced nine Champions in her career, garnering
her a Register of Merit Excellent title, and putting her on the list
of top producing dams in the United States – the all time top
(1935 through 2003).
After he chewed off the car door handles…
Bear earned his OTCH in July of 1986. He earned many High in Trial awards
in his career, and he convinced a lot of people that they HAD to have
a Corgi too. He lived to be fifteen, and as he matured and I added
lots more Corgis to his home, it became obvious that he was the undisputed
leader of the pack, but NEVER did I see him explain this to any of
the other dogs in any discernible way, nor did I ever see a dog dispute
his position. He was totally non-aggressive, but had power.
These many years later…
As of 2005 Honeyfox has produced almost 50 Champions, and Honeyfox Corgis
have earned many, many obedience, agility, and herding titles. Bear’s
successor in the obedience ring is Pete, affectionately known as Pete
the Wonder Dog. He’s the top winning obedience Corgi in the history
of the breed, and, like Bear, is a Corgi of exceptional intelligence,
outgoing disposition, and fun-loving character.
Honeyfox is located on six acres in the south eastern corner of Pennsylvania,
very close to the Delaware line. We have five big fenced yards for
the Corgis to run around and play, and a training building where I
can hold obedience classes for all breeds of dogs.
Our puppies are bred to be friendly and outgoing, as well as healthy,
and structurally sound. We try to breed the type of dog that makes you
smile whenever you look at him. Corgis are a lot of dog in a little package.
They should be bold, but not aggressive, and friendly, not fearful. They
love to go for walks, love to play games, and are equally happy just
to be sitting next to you on the sofa, or going for a ride in the car.
And yes, they have a sense of humor.