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

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

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    Bridgecreeks Little Bit, CGC

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Farewell Sweet Blaze

On October 14, 1997 these two pretty sisters were born. Whelped at Trust ‘n Luck Kennel in Palmer, Alaska, they are the offspring of C-Myste’s venerable “Juneau” and Julie’s sister, Jewel.

Kenai (left) was our very first Cardigan. Blaze (right) went to live with some lovely people that also live in our area here in N. California. Sadly, we lost Kenai way too soon to a terrible accident in 2003 when a power line separated from a pole and fell into our backyard.

This morning her beautiful sister traveled over Rainbow Bridge after a struggle with Cushing’s Disease. We are heartbroken for Blaze’s family and wish them our deepest condolences. Travel safely Blaze. Kenai will be there to meet you. Remember, we love you both forever!

These photos were taken just a few days after their second birthday, in the company of their handsome father. They were sweet young girls, full of life.  And this is how I shall always choose to remember them!

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Saying Goodbye to Glendi (Sophie)

Now that ForPaws Corgi Rescue has been in existence for almost 15 years, some of the dogs that we placed in the early years are making their way across the Rainbow Bridge (sniff).

Last week I received a message from Pamela, a lovely woman who adopted “Glendi” (renamed Sophie) in 2000. This sweet dog had not had the greatest life until she found Pamela. For the next eleven years they would travel together – steadfast companions throughout the changing chapters of life. They found one another at a time when it was meant to be, but on June 6, 2011 it was time to say goodbye. Pam writes:

Good Morning ForPaws,

I wondered how I could memorialize Glendi? We adopted her from you in 2000. We called her Sophie. She brought 11 years of joy to our family. We send her off to doggy heaven on June 6, 2011 due to cancer. Our hearts are heavy, she has left a large hole and we miss her terribly. Please tell me how to post a memorial.

Thank you so much.

Pamela

Sweet Sophie – travel safely over the Rainbow Bridge. Go with dignity and grace. We will never forget the many gifts you brought into the lives of those who loved you and you will live forever in our hearts!

Fun at Woofstock – Vallejo, CA

Today at the Woofstock Dog Show in Vallejo, CA was a pretty good time. More tie dyed items than you’ve seen since 1969 (assuming you were around to see them then!)

 There were some similarities, but wait…this time there were also more dogs wearing tie dyed clothing than you’ve probably seen anywhere else!

Today’s show was a pretty big deal for one member of our Cardigan Family. Sage’s littermate, Captain (Cappy) was awarded his Grand Championship today!

Big Congratulations to Cappy, and to his owner/handler, Trenton!

I liked this – Harvey’s handler giving Cappy a congratulatory treat!

G-CH C-Myste Baledwr Whomping Willow

What a gorgeous fellow! He keeps getting better and better!

Another treat for the day: Amber brought Rosie (Hannah/Wally 2 Litter) to meet us. She looks like Sage with a black coat instead of a pink one – beautiful! And what a personality! She thought everyone at the show had come JUST to see her!

And it wouldn’t really be Woofstock without:

PEACE!

A Corgi for her 18th Birthday!

To celebrate her 18th year, Queen Elizabeth received a Pembroke Welsh Corgi for her birthday. That was the start of something big for these engaging little dogs!  My mom sent me this clipping from her Santa Rosa newspaper.

Happy 8th Birthday Denali!

It is really hard to believe that our beautiful little girl is eight years old. Confident and grounded  she is a dog that can go anywhere, a lovely ambassador for the breed.

Over the years she’s learned a lot. She has come a long way. Just how far was evident when I started looking back. Taking a walk down memory lane, here are some high points.

Seriously, does a 14-week-old puppy get any cuter? (Oh no…I am not at all prejudiced!)

How about now? Is she adorable, or what?

Are you starting to get a feel for her personality?
How about now?

Think she knows how to express herself? It certainly seemed that way to her big brother, Bart!  He was instrumental in raising her from the time she was 12 weeks old for her first five years. Below, Denali gives us her best Arrrooo, while Bart gives his customary kisses.

Now we’re at 16 weeks. OK yes, she is EVEN cuter!

The only thing cuter than one puppy is two! Denali shares her beloved wading pool with her litter brother, Dakota.

By this time we’d figured out that we’d gotten the little Wild Woman in the litter. This look, perfected at just 16 weeks of age, saved her life during her “teen” years!

It took two other dogs, and two people to even begin to keep Denali occupied. In addition to Bart, her mentor and pack leader, she had a “pack” of her own in her little sister, Elbee. Four years older than Denali, Elbee was thrilled to have a buddy and was very happy to award Denali the female alpha status. They were fast friends for the next seven years until we lost Elbee to kidney failure just before her 13th birthday.

One afternoon, while I was working on the computer, these two girls were working on a project of their own.

And just like all classic hoodlums, they chose to return to the scene of the crime!

Dog beds were not the only things that didn’t survive Denali’s puppyhood!

She celebrated her first birthday with two of her litter brothers, Max (tan points) and Dakota.

A BIG part of Denali’s life revolves around her toys. Like diamonds, a girl can never have too many in her opinion.

Today’s Birthday Gifts!

By the time she was eighteen months old, there was no denying that she was going to have a beautiful Glamour Coat!

Bart remained a pivotal influence for Denali. He was an awesome model and Denali made sure that he didn’t take life too seriously. They were strongly bonded throughout the course of Denali’s first five years. When we lost Bart at the age of nearly 17 years, Denali was ready to become the alpha dog she’d always wanted to be.

The other most important “man” in Denali’s life has been her human dad, Moe. Truth be told, she is his favorite! Can you tell?

Getting older means getting fuzzier!

AND no less amusing!

At age four, a new chapter opened for Denali. With the passing of her CGC Test, her competitive obedience training was initiated.

We trained for quite awhile. As a “newbie” to this, it took me awhile to realize that Denali was completely bored with formal obedience. Repetitive heeling just wasn’t her thing. She was too quick to learn and needed more mental stimulation. A switch to Rally obedience changed everything!

She earned her first of many Blue Ribbons, and a few treats, with the completion of her Rally Novice Title.

Along the way, she celebrated more birthdays.

And more Rally placements of all colors. This great photo was taken by Gadabout Photos during her RAE Title leg.

At our Training Club banquet, Denali celebrated the award of her RAE Title.

In January 2011 Denali attended her first CWC Specialty Show in southern California, completing leg #9 of her RAE2.

A couple weeks later, she got her RAE2 Title!

Meeting up with friends and family at various dog shows was part of the fun! Corgis on a Table at one of the Vallejo Shows! (From left: Denali, Captain (Sage’s litter brother), Watson, Fig (Sage’s litter brother), and Duncan, Denali’s maternal Grandfather.)

In addition to running around on the Rally course, Denali is a big-time squirrel chaser. Just as we were considering a transition to agility, Denali severely dislocated her toe while chasing a squirrel! Sigh! Limited jumping in her future, but she can still do formal obedience…yay!

Her brother Dakota came to visit while she was in the healing process!

Over the years, Denali has received many wonderful gifts. One of the biggest was the one she got in 2008 – a little boy puppy of her very own! Welcome Sage!

Raising Sage has been a great life lesson. It allowed Denali to become the grounded role model and confident alpha dog she has always wanted to be. The relationship brought out the best in both dogs.

They couldn’t be better friends! (Photo below taken today.)

The first eight years have been pretty good ones for this wonderful girl!  She has been an incredible gift! (Thank you again Carolyn & Mandy!)

November 2009 after her first Rally competition in Napa.

Taken today 6/2/11

Happy 8th Birthday C-Myste Denali RAE2, CGC –  and to all of your SUV/Truck littermates!

Here’s wishing you all many more!