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  • Dedicated to Bart, who had the Most Beautiful Tail

    It's very simple. Dogs and cats and other talented animals have tails; their tails, with their thousands of flourishes, provide them with a wonderfully complex language of arabesques, not only for what they think and feel and suffer, but for every mood and vibration in their feeling tone. We have no tails, and since the more lively among us need some form of expression, we make ourselves paintbrushes and pianos and violins..." _Hermann Hesse
  • Denali – Queen of our Pack

    C-Myste Denali RAE3,CGC (a.k.a. Wild Woman!)

  • Kenai – Our First Cardi

    Trust 'n Luck Keep an Eye Out (The Funniest Dog in the World)

  • Elbee – Our Teeny Pembroke Princess 1998-2010

    Bridgecreeks Little Bit, CGC

  • Sage – Our Perpetual Puppy!

    C-Myste Baledwr Redwood Sunrise RN

  • Quimby-Sweet Spirit

    Toreth Spirit in the Sky BN, CD, RAE, CGC

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I Ate the Whole Thing!

In memory of Bart’s Favorite Holiday, 
Denali will do her best to eat as much turkey as possible!

Pie (and Puppy) is Done!

For the last ## hours, I’ve been in the kitchen making multiple pumpkin pies. Denali and Elbee slept through the process, but Sage hung with me most of the time. As our official “Fruit (and vegetable) Dog,” he was most excited when the canned pumpkin popped open – Yum!
Now the pies are done.

And so is Sage!

Moosh Puppy!

Certainly our two previous Cardigan females were affectionate, but  until we got Sage we’d never had a certified Moosh Puppy. You know, the sweet, happy, bouncy, exuberant little dog that wants to give hugs and kisses and cuddle with you at every opportunity.
One of Sage’s favorite activities is hanging out with the family to watch TV. We’re not big TV watchers, but usually we will sit down on Friday nights to decompress. Sage is usually herding us toward the TV room, bouncing and smiling in anticipation.
Once there he knows it’s time to cuddle – and as a special treat, he gets the be on the couch. You can do absolutely anything with this dog, as Moe demonstrates.
But you do have to be careful…
Or you’ll end up getting upside-down kisses on your glasses.
Like our other corgis, Sage watches TV- intently. Naturally he is especially alert to the presence of an animal of any kind. Seeing dogs make him scamper up to the screen, frantically trying to locate them inside the “box.” 
Because he inherited the Grandma Phoebe gene, causing him to be particularly suspicious of anything that looks new and unusual (like moving a potted plant to a new location), Sage also responds to unusual stimuli on the TV. The other night there were some people transporting bricks in baskets balanced on their heads. Admittedly, it looked peculiar and Sage rushed up to the TV trying to figure out why. Sigh…life is never dull with a Moosh Puppy around!
Home for the Holidays means even more time to cuddle with our boy – and a continual stream of entertainment!

Denali in the News

Each month our obedience club posts brags from the members. This month Denali not only had some things to Brag about, but she got her picture featured. Just in time the photographer sent me the original so the final article will not have the photographer’s stamp on the picture. (This was a preliminary version sent by the editor.)
(click to get a full-sized corgi)
Denali is the only active performance corgi in the club.

Big Week in Rescue!

Not only did we get the great mail from Scooter’s new owners, (below) we also had the pleasure of meeting this gorgeous little BHT boy at the San Francisco airport and introducing him to his new parents.
It didn’t take Oscar long to figure out that life had just changed for the better! Starting out as a stray in the mid-west, passing through the hands of two rescuers, he’s now found the Real Deal here in San Francisco! He is an extremely handsome dog, with a temperament to match!
We had a great time meeting Oscar’s new parents and his new canine sister, Cookie! Congratulations to Oscar on his new and wonderful home. And deep thanks to his new owners for adopting this nice dog!

Forpaws Got Mail!

Today this wonderful card came in the mail. This is a picture of Scooter, a great little guy who came from a situation in which his owners just didn’t connect with him at all. When they surrendered him to a shelter in north/central California, he was in bad shape. He was terribly overweight and had an awful bacterial infection in his intestinal tract. Truthfully, it is good that I never met his former owners. Their ears would still be ringing with the sounds of my voice chiding them for treating this nice dog in this way.
But, this isn’t about that. This is about the 180-degree turn that Scooter’s life took when he came to ForPaws Corgi Rescue. He stayed with us till we were absolutely certain that he was cured and had lost a good deal of his excess weight. He still has some to lose, but his new owners are loving and conscientious and he will be a streamlined version of his former self in no time.
When they came from southern California to get Scooter recently, we were just delighted to meet them. SUCH nice people and exactly the home that Scooter had been looking to find. Today, this wonderful card appeared in my mailbox. It is so wonderful that I just had to share it!
This is the front of the card. A picture of Scooter on his way home.
Scooter is a dog that likes people much more than he likes other dogs. He was in foster care for awhile and became very attached to his foster mom. We always know when they’ve found their people when they do what Scooter did: The car door opened, he hopped in and never looked back. Instead he was looking anxiously at his new owners, asking when we were going to “go home.” How do they know? I don’t know, but I’ve seen it happen over and over with the rescues. Once their “people” show up, they know!

This is what the card said. The signature has been obscured to protect privacy. I don’t really need to comment. The card says it all. Do you think Scooter found his home, or what?

Enclosed was a generous donation to ForPaws Corgi Rescue. Certainly we didn’t expect this and I was overwhelmed when I opened the card. I called Scooter’s foster person and shared it with her. We were both incredibly touched.

These are the moments that remind us why we spend the hours, why we persevere when things aren’t going well – because when the dog finds a home, there is nothing like the rewarding feeling that goes with it. It is almost as good as the day when each my own dogs joined our home.

And I am reminded of the day when Bart walked up to me in 1997. The voice in my head was saying, “Oh, he isn’t what I’m looking for at all.” Then he sat at my feet, threw back his head and showed me the biggest smile imaginable. The voice in my head said, “This is Your Dog!” (Or was it really Bart talking?)

Over and over again, that voice tells me when a foster dog has found its rightful home. Scooter, you’re just as lucky as Bart! Congratulations on a wonderful home and a wonderful life!

HUGE Thanks to S. and C. for giving Scooter the home he was meant to enjoy, and for your generousity. You’ve just given another wonderful dog a brand new start!

Warm wishes to you, and a big belly rub for the Scoot-man!

It’s from the AKC!

Denali’s RAE Certificate came today! Whaahoo!
She is now officially
C-Myste Denali RAE, CGC
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Today we also discovered that the professional photos taken of Denali’s RAE Excellent class run-through were posted. These are great photos and I am delighted to have pictures of the RAE event! (Thanks to Barbara for letting me know of the posting. Nice shots of Charlie too!) The photos are free for personal use, so I’ll be getting some full-sized originals soon!

The money shot! Love this one – especially since you seldom see the broad jump in use!
Beautiful job Denali! 
Truly, I never saw this day coming when you came home with us in 2003 and were just big enough to fit in my two hands! You continue to amuse, amaze and astound us!