INTRODUCTION

I am Pia Iris Hollfast and I live together with my husband and my dogs in the city of Espoo in southern Finland.  

My first acquaintance with Pembroke Welsh Corgis I made as early as 1963 in England. I cannot say that it was love at first sight, too big ears and too short legs according to my foolish young girl's opinion. After this summer I did not see a single corgi until 1975 and this time my reaction surprised even myself. One month later I was a happy owner of a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

In 1978 I had my first litter and during the years 1978 to 1987 I bred 11 Pembroke litters.  

Unfortunately I had to stop breeding due to lack of time and for 20 years I was in some kind of hibernation from which I woke up more eager than ever. In 2004 my last old dog, Corgihill's Virtuous Wicky, died at the age of 17 years. For two weeks I twirled my thumbs and life was not what it used to be and within half a year our home was invaded by the cardigans Mandastamm Dark Winner "Dacke" and Beryllos Cesar's Coconut "Mandy" as well as the pembroke bitch Beryllos Maybe the Best "Dixie".

And can you imagine! My interest in breeding took a leap in the right direction. Throughout all these years I have tried to follow the trends and results of research and I can say breeding of today is much more demanding than it was during my "previous life".

In 2008 I had my first cardigan litter and in 2011 I was gifted with my first home-bred cardigan champion, Corgihill's All Of Me. In other words the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a pretty new acquaintance in my home kennel, but it surely has stolen my heart like its cousin did in 1975.

When my good friend, Hilkka Jalava (kennel Mandastamm) died, we got a new family member, the cardigan bitch Geestland's Zeilah "Seila". And the first home-bred pembroke after my 20 idle years, Corgihill's Only The Lonely "Onna" was never for sale! Last but not least in the row is the charming cardigan girl, Corgihill's Chick-A-Boom "Lily"

And a part of the credit for running the kennel is due to my invaluable groom, my husband Kurt.

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