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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
  • 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)

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    Bridgecreeks Little Bit, CGC

  • Sage – Our Perpetual Puppy!

    C-Myste Baledwr Redwood Sunrise RN

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Preparing for the Cardigan National Specialty 2013

Look for this little sketch at the 2013 Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialty! Inspired by my girl, Denali, she’ll show up if you look for her!Cardi-3_crop

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Sage or Quimby – I have to Choose!

This is Sage. He is almost 4 years old. I raised him from puppyhood, age 10 weeks. He is incredibly sweet and funny – he loves people. I love this dog and he called to me from the time I first saw his puppy picture.

Unfortunately Sage is a dog that is easily over-stimulated. He was heavily socialized as a puppy, but never learned to tolerate other dogs and becomes fear aggressive if they get too close. He is fearful of all other dogs and has only accepted Denali, the adult female that we had when he was a puppy. I think he thinks she is his mother. He adores Denali and looks to her as his pack alpha and protector.

He is good with people (very affectionate), but needs a few minutes to get to know them. Initially he is fearful when meeting someone new, but has NEVER been aggressive with a person – and I’ve purposefully pushed him to test this. Due to his coloration (clear red dilute) he isn’t a show dog. Accordingly he was neutered when he was about eight months old.

When I took Sage I was hoping for a competitive obedience dog. He is SO smart – forms concepts incredibly quickly. We started training right away. He was able to compete in Rally at the Novice level (on leash), but can’t be trusted off leash in a dog show environment. After three years of training, I just accepted that he would have to be a pet.

He loves to give kisses and has my heart and the idea of him leaving our household leaves me feeling just shredded.

Sage has always been playful. He’s still like a puppy in so many ways. We thought he might accept a puppy more easily than another adult dog, so in March 2012 Quimby joined us.

Enter little Miss Quimby – now age 9 months. She joined us at 12 weeks of age. She is the dog everyone wants. She has a solid temperament, is sweet, affectionate, super smart and very biddable. 

Quimby has almost completed her third obedience class, starting in “puppy” class when she was 12 weeks old. She has amazing focus, loves to work and shows great potential as an obedience/performance dog. She also called to me when I first saw her puppy picture. I tried to find something that would disqualify her,  knowing we really didn’t need a third dog, but just couldn’t. She was exactly what I was looking for!

When I first met Quimby, at 8 weeks of age, I knew she was “my dog.”  Subsequently she has bonded closely to me. Sadly, Sage has refused to accept her and evidenced fearfulness around her from day one. As she has grown things have become more strained between them and we have an unsafe home situation. I can’t imagine letting Quimby go, but she has now realized that Sage isn’t to be trusted and has become defensive with him. I don’t want to risk spoiling her wonderful temperament either.

It breaks my heart, but it has become clear that it isn’t safe for Sage and Quimby to remain in the same home. I am completely torn as to what to do.

Sage is my little boy. He’s got a quirky personality and needs to be in an only-dog situation with someone who “gets” him. For reasons I’ll never know, he is just extremely fearful of other dogs and feels the need to defend himself. He needs a knowledgeable, understanding owner with whom he can form a bond of trust. I feel terrible when I think of letting him go and worried as to what might happen to him if I do.

Quimby is about as nice as a dog can be. She  could go anywhere, but she too has my heart. The idea of seeing her go is devastating. And if she leaves, I lose the obedience candidate I’ve been looking for for so long.

It is a very emotional dilemma for me. Both dogs came from reputable breeders who have fully supported whatever decision I make and will work with me to find a good home for whichever dog becomes available.

Even so, I am struggling horribly with this decision. I know there are a number of “cardigan people” out there who have faced this sort of an issue. I also know that in the end the decision is mine, but would be interested in advice, observations, inputs from others who have faced this decision in the past.

Breathing through the Holidays

For most of us the pre-Christmas season is a busy time of stress, filled with too much to do. This morning Denali reminded me to savor the moment. I came around the corner, cell phone in hand, and found…this

After eight years, she still makes me laugh every day. An upside-down sleeping corgi, still funny! Thanks for giving me a smile and a moment to breathe Denali!

Now I’ll go wrap presents!

Day After – Recovery Mode

Following guests around and being on the lookout for falling tidbits on Thanksgiving day was hard work. Last night the dogs hit the pillows and didn’t move all night!

Today recovery continues with a nice nap in Sage’s favorite sun puddle.

Another ForPaws Dog goes Home for Thanksgiving!

Last Saturday Lada, our nice Cardigan Welsh Corgi girl made the trip to her new home, just in time to get to know her new family for Thanksgiving.

Today it was Pepper’s turn to fly! If she looks happy, it is because she is.

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Unfortunately we don’t have a photo, but if the telephone report is any indication her new family was smiling just as enthusiastically when they picked Pep up at the airport!

Happy Homecoming ladies! Have a great Thanksgiving and a happy, healthy life!

Needed – A Home for a young Cardigan Boy!

“Romeo”

Available for adoption. Fostered in Wichita, Kansas.

Currently ForPaws Corgi Rescue has this handsome 17-month-old Cardigan boy available. He is neutered and up-to-date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative.

He is a typical teenager – full of energy, happy, affectionate and in need of all of the typical training and socialization that goes with raising a nice young Cardigan. He gets along with other dogs, plays well and understands the cues. Being a teenage boy, he’s a bit full of himself and would not work with an alpha male dog. He has not been cat tested. We also would not place him in a situation with young children, as he’s pretty rambunctious.

Ideally, we would love to find a “cardi person” for Romeo. Another female corgi, or dog of similar size, as a companion would be wonderful. Any new owner should plan on basic obedience training and continued socialization for Romeo.

With the holidays coming, there are always more dogs in rescue and we’re really overloaded right now. If you’re aware of anyone who might be right for this boy, please send him our way.

Interested and qualified parties should submit an application through ForPaws Corgi Rescue.

Please help find Romeo a wonderful new home for Christmas! (Thanksgiving would be even better!)

Whee…it’s an RAE3!!

Two days

Four Trials

One Blue Ribbon

One Perfect Score!

One new RAE3 Title!

One incredibly beautiful working dog!

Congratulations C-Myste Denali RAE3

Check out those scores. This is how it went ALL weekend. An amazing field of dogs performing wonderfully well. A real pleasure to watch! The downside – no margin for error. If you didn’t score 98 or better, no chance for a placement in many cases.

Denali was as focused and consistent as I’ve ever seen her. She did an awesome job, but should have traded me in on a better handler. I did things I’ve never done before – walked through a sign (would have been a second place) and didn’t notice that the judge swapped a Pivot Right for a Pivot Left between the Advanced and Excellent Classes (would have been a third place finish).

Redemption came with the award of a perfect score in the Advanced Class of our Title Leg! The clapping at the end said we looked good out there. I was hoping for a 99. When I saw the 100 I was thrilled! Must be an audience. Last time we got a perfect score Denali’s Gramma Carolyn and her family were there to see it! This time we had some new cardigan friends who were anxious to see how Denali looked in the ring. She didn’t disappoint! Thanks to Lynn and Peter for sticking around to watch!

The final result…one tired girl. Have a nice nap Denali – you earned it!