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Exhibitors ‘fragile’ after Motorway Horror Crash; Cardigan Corgi Found Unhurt

Due to the enormous concern for Lisa Croft-Elliot, Carrie Russell-Smith and Anastasia Egorova, we will continue to provide updates as they develop. Anastasia “Twinkie” suffered severe injury and remains in ICU with a broken back, collapsed lung and other injuries. If you would like to donate to help offset expenses, the paypal account is dogphotographer@mac.com or can be given directly to Helen Blakewell, Eastern Counties Poodle Club. Best In Show Daily in partnership with Dog World-UK will continue to provide updates. Lisa, Carrie and Twinkie thank everyone for their concern, support and help – BISD

Update: Sadly, Lisa Reports on FB that Sweet Suka The Cardigan Corgi passed away as she was too severely injured to recover.

ALL the dogs who went missing in the crash on the M40 involving an exhibitor’s motorhome have been found. Three did not survive; two were killed on impact and the other was hit by a car, but Cardigan Corgi Darren was found seven hours later unharmed.

Remains of the Crash involving Lisa Croft-Elliott, Carrie Russell-Smith and Anastasia Egorova – and their 11 dogs.

The show world leapt into action yesterday to help the three stricken women inside – international photographer Lisa Croft-Elliott, Carrie Russell-Smith and Anastasia Egorova – and their 11 dogs and puppies after their vehicle was struck on the hard shoulder and demolished by a lorry at about 5.30am on Saturday.

Inside were four Cardigan Corgis, four English Toy Terrier puppies, two Poodles and the Chinese Crested. The three killed were a Corgi, a Toy Poodle and the Crested.
One Corgi is still at the vet’s and on a drip but the other dogs are back home. Ms Croft Elliott’s and Ms Russell-Smith’s 12th dog, a Parson Russell, had been staying with a friend for the weekend.

The three women were on their way to a Corgi specialty near Shrewsbury when their vehicle broke down. While waiting for help on the hard shoulder for three hours between junctions 11 and 12 near Banbury, Oxfordshire, they were hit by the lorry, which demolished the motorhome. The dogs were in reinforced metal crates which protected most of them.

Ms Egorova (Twinkie), 19, who spent the summer helping out at Ms Croft-Elliott and Carrie Russell-Smith’s kennel and had returned to go to the Corgi specialty, is in intensive care having suffered various injuries including a broken back. She is on a board and being turned every five minutes to aid her collapsed lung. She is awake but immobile, Ms Russell-Smith said. “She has broken ribs, has had an operation on a broken femur and has three fractures to her spine,” she said. “We have been to see her this evening (Saturday) and she was awake and immobilized.”

When word spread about what had happened people drove, unbidden, to the scene to help. “We can’t begin to thank everyone individually for support and offers of help, but three cheers to Mel Spavin and Lee Raymond, Margaret and Andy Anderson, June Caffel, Hollie Kavanagh, Gavin and Sarah Robertson and DogLost who outdid themselves,” Ms Russell-Smith said.

The Corgi who died was Int Ch Telltail Sweetdreams (Sweetie) at Llaneirwg, owned by Ms Croft-Elliott with Paula O’Donnell in the US who bred her. She won the group at Scottish Kennel Club and had one CC plus various wins abroad. Darren, who went missing, is Ch/Am/Lux/Hung Ch Yasashiikuma Telltail Dbledare (Darren), is current top Cardigan 2013, group winner, BOB at Crufts and has had various wins abroad BOB at the World Show this year. Corgi puppy Waggerland Last Laugh for Llaneirwg (Smirk) also survived. She has done well as a youngster, including Pup of the Year heat runner-up twice and RBPIS all breeds at Belfast. She was bred in the Netherlands and is co-owned by Ms Croft Elliott and Hanno Dijkhorst.

The Toy Poodle who died was Argoel Road Rage, Today Ms Russell-Smith told DOG WORLD that she and Ms Croft-Elliott felt ‘very fragile’ and would be going to hospital to be checked over. “Our backs and necks hurt,” she said. “The paramedics checked us over at the scene and wanted us to go to hospital, but you don’t when you’ve got dogs, do you.” She said they had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the kindess shown by dog people worldwide.

“Lisa has received 11,000 emails from all over the world,” she said. “Our phones have not stopped ringing, it’s unbelievable,” she said. “We are staggered to find out how many people care. The dog world is incredible.”

The three women had been waiting for several hours for a recovery vehicle when the crash took place. In a statement the RAC said: “We are extremely saddened to learn that a young woman has been injured and that three dogs have lost their lives as a result of an earlier incident. We had despatched a specialist recovery vehicle to attend but unfortunately the accident occured while the vehicle was en route to the scene.”

The crash shut all three lanes of the carriageway after the lorry jack-knifed. The lorry driver was not hurt.
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  • Karl November 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I hope Twinkie will recover soon and get healthy again. Once again, sorry for all of you Lisa, Carrie and Twinkie.

  • Laurie Savoie November 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Horrible for all concerned…owners/breeders of the dogs involved must be going through hell. Unfortunate the name of the breeder of the Cardigan, Darren, was omitted from the report. He was bred by Shelly Cam, from Canada.

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