Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Classic Cardigan: We Were Destined for Each Other

Well, turns out our little Sheltie friend, Devon Grey, is here for one more night, so - because I'm too bleary eyed to type anything afresh - I'm going to share with you one of my very first posts.

Could Jon Farleigh and Dewi have been destined for life with me?

Originally published on January 19, 2011:

An Accidental Cardi Fool

Okay, so last night I was flipping through the channels and ran across the 1988 film (based on the 1985 same-titled novel by Anne Tyler) The Accidental Tourist. Since I'm a hopeless Cardigan Welsh Corgi fool, I already knew that one of the main characters in the movie is a tri-color Cardi named Edward. Of course I tuned in - and for any other Cardi fool out there reading this, if you haven't seen this movie, please do yourself a favor and rent it. The action can be slow at times; however, if you can get past that and the depressing score, it's wonderful entertainment. It's the quirky and adorable Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Edward, however, that steals the screen.

That was my two-cent movie review. (I'll be keeping my day job, thanks.)

Now, the reason I had to write this post is not because I want everyone to go rent the movie; it's because into the first 20 minutes or so of watching it, I realized that the seed of my deeply-rooted Cardi fancy (aka foolery) was not planted three years ago - when I accidentally discovered that there was a second, lesser known corgi breed with a tail -  but 22 years ago when I first saw the movie The Accidental Tourist.

I can still remember the day I bought the book in my college bookstore ('86). I chose it from all the other "best-sellers" on the shelf because the cover art was cool, it had good reviews and most importantly, there was a funny dog in the plot summary (I never claimed to be an intellectual). I ended up reading the book several times before I saw the film. Anyway, as I was watching last night, I started to get a vague recollection of being completely thunderstruck in the movie - all those years ago - by the most charming little actor dog I had ever seen. Of course back then - without the modern luxury called Google - I most likely assumed Edward was some sort of Basset/German Shepherd mix; wanted desperately to have one just like him; however, resolved to never find another one in "real life," and not too long after that, forgot all about it.

Last night as all of this started coming back to me, and as I gazed down at my beloved stubby-legged Boys (who were barking loudly at the dog on TV), I sat in amazement at how some things just seem to work out.  Like they were meant to be. Maybe I'm not an accidental Cardi fool after all. :)


I'm taking a little breather tomorrow (Wednesday). See you back here on Thursday!


  1. A wise man once said: there are no coincidences. Or something like that ;-) However it happened, I'm just glad it did and that you tell us about it!

  2. I'm with Sue. I think this Cardi love was meant to be. I love Corgis too. They are great little dogs. I sure hope your Sheltie friend wasn't the reason for the bleary eyes this morning. Devon is adorable!

  3. Check out the somewhat terrible movie, "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" for another starring Cardigan!

  4. I love that your first glimpse of a cardi made you think of a basset crossed with a German Shepherd. I thought the exact same thing when I saw my first one as a child.

    BTW, you've helped me rediscover my faith. I now believe the universe has a purpose!


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