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Here’s Abi! (Last 1-Year Pupper Update)

Adorable Abi! (Abilene) is our sixth, and last, puppy to be featured in honor of her first Birthday!

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From a sweet puppy to a beautiful young lady, Abi is an outdoors gal! Now living in the beauty of eastern Montana, she and her human dad, her B.F.F., get out and about!  As you can see, this girl loves to have fun – and a little dirt won’t spoil her good time!

Don’t get me wrong. She knows the value of creature comforts too. When she’s inside she has plenty of cozy places to rest, and plenty of time to explore.

And when she’s ready to play, she has plenty of canine companions who will happily honor the invitation!

It helps to have a friend who can double as a snow plow when you’ve got short legs!

The lab is one of Abi’s best buddies and they’re constant companions. When you’re both laying down, it’s easy to see eye-to-eye.

For her birthday Abi was treated to a week of camping and hiking. Beautiful scenery, accompanied by her family and friends with free reign to explore. Does it get any better than this?

Obviously Abi has become an accomplished hiker!

I am not sure what is more beautiful – the incredible countryside, or the happy look on Abi’s face as she poses with her dad?

Abi’s dad says:

Here are some pictures from Abi’s first birthday trip into the mountains with at least one or two of these photos on her actual birthday. We had gone to a forest service lookout tower back in May for 3 nights – but this was her first ~real camping trip. She does get out for little hikes regularly in the badlands near where  we live.  We live in the prairies of eastern Montana so it was nice to get her in the mountains. 

For her birthday I am taking Abi camping with friends from Utah and two dogs in the mountains of southwestern Montana for five nights including her birthday! She will enjoy mountain lakes, short hikes and hopefully camping. She is doing great, is a complete sweetheart to all people, and loves all dogs. I clearly made the right choice. She plays with dogs nearly every day, including a corgi three doors away.

Truly, Abi has a spectacular home! We are so grateful to her dad for giving Abi such a wonderful place to spend her life.


Each of these puppies ended up in a home that any dog would be thrilled to find. And we couldn’t be more thrilled for them! We very seldom see corgi puppies in rescue. The breed is popular and still more rare than many in the U.S. When we do have puppies, there is always a lot of interest. We have only had this situation three times in fourteen years and this is the only litter of purebred corgis to actually be whelped in rescue.

As a result, we tend to screen at least ten applications for every puppy that we place. We try to find the home that is as close to perfect as it can be for each puppy, based on its individual personality. We get a lot of wonderful applicants and making the placement decisions isn’t easy. We spend a lot of time considering what seems best for each puppy.

So when we see these sweet little puppies grown into beautiful big dogs, each clearly so well-situated…well, that’s why we spend the hours. It’s all worth it when we get pictures like this:

Abi, with her little pink blanket, and the perfect pillow!

Thank you everyone for a VERY good year! 

(And many more to come!)


Another BHT Puppy!

This litter was a nice mix of color, with two little black-headed-tricolored males. All were named for cities/towns in Kansas and our two BHT boys were Logan and Lucas. You’ve met Logan (Bogey), now here’s the other boy, Lucas! Just as handsome and just as sweet, he’s shown here as a twelve-week-old pup, with his litter sister, Viola.

Destined to be our Travelin’ Man, this little fellow’s theme song should be “I Get Around.” His parents love to take road trips and Lucas shares their enthusiasm. As part of his birthday celebration, this lucky dog is getting a grand tour! When he’s not on the road with his wonderful mom & dad, Lucas makes his home in Arizona where he’s got scenic vistas like this available when he’s ready to take a hike. This breath-taking picture was actually taken on Lucas’ first hike with his new family! No it isn’t a backdrop – it’s the real deal! Welcome home Lucas!

Along the way, Lucas visited his namesake town.

And was there at the right time of year to capture a great Christmas Card photo!

Another new discovery – snow!

This little canine vagabond has a wonderful set of wheels, allowing the family to go anywhere and take their home along.

Riding in style, he doesn’t miss much.

Of course, stopping to smell the roses is always a good idea!

Modeling his beautiful coat which contrasts so nicely with his surroundings. Hasn’t he grown into a gorgeous dog!

Of course, when you’re surrounded by the Grand Canyon it’s even easier to show off a handsome coat!

Hiking at Bright Angel Point in the Grand Canyon with his mom.

Switching gears – here’s Lucas on the shoreline of the Oregon coast. Yup – he definitely gets around!

But his travels haven’t stopped him from being all puppy during this first year. Nothing better than a plastic bottle from time to time.

Unless it’s the new rope toy that he got for his first birthday.

Or a great romp in a green meadow!

But when it’s time to celebrate your first birthday, the best thing a dog can have is a wonderful family like the one Lucas found…oh, and a great cake!

His parents said:

Here are few shots of Lucas on his birthday trip to the Northwest. He’s been on the road for five weeks now advising Mommy and Daddy what to photograph and paint while visiting Bryce National Park, the Oregon Coast, Portland, The Columbia Gorge, and Olympic National Park. We will wind up back on the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the first of the month, and then home for a few weeks before possibly heading to New Mexico.

Hope everyone is doing well and we’ll be sending more along as Lucas winds up his First Birthday Tour.

Take care and Happy Birthday to all the kiddies.

Happy Birthday Lucas – and many Happy Trails ahead for you and your family! We will definitely look forward to more pictures, as they’re available!

More Pupper Updates! (Logan)

Who is this little cutie? Yep, another one of the Morgan puppies. This is Logan, shown here at 10 weeks of age.

He was a strikingly handsome puppy with a textbook-perfect sweet and happy temperament. We thought he was a doll as a puppy and he just kept getting better as he matured! Here’s Logan (renamed Bogart, a.k.a. Bogey) at a year of age!

Not surprisingly, this wonderful guy was the first to be snatched up when it came time to find homes. Bogey didn’t have far to go to find his new family – he lives next door to his littermate, Kismet. The two are B.F.F. and play together almost every day.

But Kismet isn’t Bogey’s only playmate. He also has a canine big sister, Pandy, another adopted ForPaws Rescue dog.

In addition to Pandy, Bogey has another very special friend! Show me a dog that isn’t thrilled to have his very own Little Girl!

Not to mention a coveted spot in the easy chair!

And the most coveted spot of all!

Bogey’s first Fall season was a time to grow, explore and learn all about his new world.

He soon learned that there are creatures in the vertical world too – pesky ones!

Now an excellent squirrel dog, he spends hours keeping an eye out for these interlopers in his yard.

He takes his job very seriously. Clearly the photographer is interrupting his concentration. The look says it all.

But its definitely not all work for this beautiful boy, as his perpetual smile indicates.

Bogey’s mom says:

Bogey has had a great first year. He has many playmates, including Kismet, his litter sister. He gets along well with Bossy Pandy, his live-in sister, mainly because of his sweet disposition. He can go to visit his foster mom, Denise, whenever he wants, as we share connecting yards. He loves his walks and rides in the car. As you can see by the pictures, he is infatuated with squirrels.

He is very, very sweet! He’s grown into a large corgi and is extremely handsome. We love having him as part of our family.

Happy Birthday to all of the littermates!

Happy Birthday Bogey!

Many thanks to your family for giving you such a wonderful year. Here’s wishing you many more!

More on Kismet

In answer to the question – OH YES, Aunt Molly was only too happy to play with tiny Kismet. Molly was a rescue in foster care during Kismet’s youngest puppy days. The two were fast friends and Molly seemed to think that Kissie was her puppy. She taught the youngster a lot before ultimately finding her own wonderful forever home.

So cute at 10 weeks of age.

Deceptively adorable! From the beginning Kismet was definitely the spark in the litter. No question as to the identity of  the Alpha Princess in this group!

She started out as one of the three really tiny newborns. For the first 3-5 days we were really worried about them. They had to be tube fed. Kismet’s foster mom said: ” Kismet was only a few days old the first time she really fought me when I was putting the tube down her. I knew at that point that she would live. I wondered how I was going to give her up.”

By the time she was 5 months old she’d become as striking as Morgan, her lovely Mom, and was busy making it clear to all of her housemates that she was boss.

Her brother Logan (Bogey) went to live next door. He was the first puppy to find his new home. Luckily for Kismet, Bogey remains a ready and willing play partner. They have connecting yards and play with each other just about every day.

Her other black-headed brother, Lucas, was also a willing play buddy.  Here they are on an adventure together not long before he departed for his forever home.

All in all, life was pretty darn good in her foster home. Kissie got to go swimming with some of the in-residence members of her foster family.
She got to play by the pool in the big backyard.

Certainly she has never suffered for lack of toys, or the inability to make a toy out of just about anything.

She has wonderful places to walk.

And run…

Playmates who know all the best places to nap.

And one who will swim in the pool along with her! (Myrtle, you’re a gem!)

They all know that Kissie must be the Center of Attention – sometimes literally!

She celebrated Christmas in a proper style.

Along the way she grew into this beautiful girl!

Oh she is still plenty full of herself!

And, as you’ve probably guessed, there was no need for Kissie to go anywhere to find it. She was already in the Perfect Home! Her mom, Denise, says:

“I really didn’t admit to myself, or anyone else that I wanted to keep her. But at age six months, when we’d been unable to find just the right home to handle her strong personality, I knew I’d become VERY attached to her and decided to adopt her myself.”

Denise goes on to say:

“Kis is a spitfire. She is a smart and busy girl. She enjoys going to training class to demonstrate behaviors as my demo dog. She loves having all of the other dogs in the house to play with and gets along with everyone. She is the presiding Princess. I LOVE her tail. It is so expressive. You can really tell what she’s thinking by her tail. Having her brother Bogey next door is wonderful. With a houseful of older dogs, having someone her own age with whom to play makes having a rambunctious pup much easier.

Kis is a fun pup to raise. As she grew she was always the smallest puppy with the biggest attitude. I knew she would be a challenge, but I like a challenge.”

Kismet is definitely the Princess of the litter. As this recent pictures shows, she is a very HAPPY princess. Definitely right at home in her own back yard! Welcome Home Kismet, we’re delighted to have you as part of the family!