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Kelly – The Penultimate Pembroke


Kelly is…well, just a nice little fellow!

Time for more about Kelly: He is the easiest one of the four Cast Away Boys because he is what every little Pembroke Welsh Corgi ought to be. He is sweet, friendly, happy, playful, smart, and just plain cute! 

He knows his place in the pack and isn’t overly dominant or submissive, but a nice medium temperament. Getting along with all people and other dogs is one of his specialties. Here are a few pictures of him with our new girl, Gerry Berry. They had quite a nice time together, as you’ll see.

Isn’t she just the prettiest thing…and she’s talking to me! Wow!

You’re really sweet! Wanna wear my hat?

You’re a pretty handsome fella Kelly! 
We look Good together!

I just LOVE going out on the town!

Make a Cute Face…You want a pose, how’s this?

We continue to be really pleased with how well the Cast Aways are coming along. In fact, we were so impressed with Kelly’s progress, that when he asked us to find him a new home….we did! 

That’s right! Kelly is our lucky winner: The first to find his new home from among some of the applicants who’ve expressed interest in these dogs. Kelly will be traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he will live with his new mom and a nice canine sister! 

We couldn’t be more pleased for him! Congratulations Kelly! We will miss you and wish you a long and happy life!

Next up: Charlie – our little Wild Man!
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Kelly – The Penultimate Pembroke


Kelly is…well, just a nice little fellow!

Time for more about Kelly: He is the easiest one of the four Cast Away Boys because he is what every little Pembroke Welsh Corgi ought to be. He is sweet, friendly, happy, playful, smart, and just plain cute! 

He knows his place in the pack and isn’t overly dominant or submissive, but a nice medium temperament. Getting along with all people and other dogs is one of his specialties. Here are a few pictures of him with our new girl, Gerry Berry. They had quite a nice time together, as you’ll see.

Isn’t she just the prettiest thing…and she’s talking to me! Wow!

You’re really sweet! Wanna wear my hat?

You’re a pretty handsome fella Kelly! 
We look Good together!

I just LOVE going out on the town!

Make a Cute Face…You want a pose, how’s this?

We continue to be really pleased with how well the Cast Aways are coming along. In fact, we were so impressed with Kelly’s progress, that when he asked us to find him a new home….we did! 

That’s right! Kelly is our lucky winner: The first to find his new home from among some of the applicants who’ve expressed interest in these dogs. Kelly will be traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he will live with his new mom and a nice canine sister! 

We couldn’t be more pleased for him! Congratulations Kelly! We will miss you and wish you a long and happy life!

Next up: Charlie – our little Wild Man!

Live…from Minnesota – Corgi Summer Olympics!!!

New World Records set by Competitors without Tails!!


Updated events have just been filed by the CPI (Corgi Press International) from Minnesota where the Corgi Summer Olympics are taking place this year. Senior Correspondent, K.D., reports on the action:

TRACK & FIELD COMPETITION
Charlie has been practicing running laps and I told him it paid off!  He won a SILVER Medal for his “SPEED” and ability to “LEAP” straight in the air and land on the other side of the finish line, without breaking stride.  He also is quite talented at kicking up a lot of dust to throw off the competition!

SPLISH SPLASH IN THE CORGI CUBE
Wilson has perfected the NEW swimming stroke that is done on land.  Have you all heard of this one?  It is an incredible new event called “Alligator Man”?  The dog is jumping up and down with his front legs and bowing at the same time while his mouth is snapping and he makes a little growling sound. Well, our own Mr Wilson seems to be quite a natural “alligator man”.  You should see him in action!   The unbelievable movement landed him a SILVER MEDAL. We will see this guy again in 2012, and you better believe he’s going for the Gold (Did somebody say Solid Gold…where’s the food?)

NEW EVENT THIS YEAR – INTRODUCING,  “AND YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD DANCE – OLYMPIC STYLE!”
Kelly (Hey Gene Kelly look out! You aren’t the only one that can dance!) Kelly won a SILVER Medal in FLOOR Exercises with his incredible “Foot work,”  complete with verbal expressions! The judge was quite impressed with this talented “Young” (in fact the youngest in the field) competitor. This one has a brilliant future ahead and we’ll be looking for him again in 2012!
EMOTIONAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORIES, AN EXCLUSIVE AS TOLD TO CPI
Nolan competed in a very special class where most dogs could not enter.  It is a most special class and he excelled.   It was called the “HEART” contest.  No one else even came close.  This “Little Man” touched the judge’s hearts and it was clearly visible by the tears in her eyes.   The amazing depth to this little guy is staggering.  Needless to say, he didn’t have to stagger to the top of the platform, but hopped up with ease to accept his GOLD MEDAL! Nolan, you’re our Hero!

Fun Facts – As we Learn More!

Charlie – Great table manners: He lays down with his bowl between his feet when he eats. Also does the Frog Dog – too cute!

Wilson – Is showing himself to be quite a character. The most serious of the group upon arrival in foster care, this fellow is now showing that he’s playful….and VERY smart! Each dog has his own kennel area and his own outside run area. Wilson has already figured out whos is whos!
Nolan – Asked his foster mom if “Clean Sheets” came with room service. He is kenneled next to a couple of cats and doesn’t like the way they stare at him. Quiet up to now, his first bark was at the cats. From now on he gets a “privacy sheet” hung between him and the cats!
Kelly – The diplomat: Gets along with everyone – even the cats!
And we’re told that they all like Country Music and Oldies. When I asked K.D. how she knew this, she said: “That’s what they listened to all the way home from the shelter – and they didn’t HOWL at it! “ 
OK, I’ll take that for now! But we will have to see just who likes Shania Twain and who votes for Mick Jagger, as we get to know them better!

This Week’s Activity: Healing Body & Soul

This evening I received an update from the Cast Away Rescue’s Foster Person, “K.D.” She said:

The Cast Aways are enjoying the down time to rest and heal. Not just their external hurts, surgery etc. but their hearts, minds and souls.  They like their new individual runs (dens) as their own and not having to share everything.  They also like being clean.


Charlie is like a puppy with his inquisitive nature. He gets into everything if I give him half a chance.  Then he races around and chases back and forth when he comes inside for the night.  I attempt to catch him like a game but let him make a few passes running past me before I finally catch him. (Hmm…could this be an agility dog in the making?)

Kelly is the most mellow.  He is sweet, friendly, outgoing, and has kissed my fingers and cheek. Tonight he rolled on the grass about half a dozen times.  When I asked him “what are you doing Kelly?  You goofy dog!” He got up and just looked at me, like “What do you mean? or who me??”  He is So cute.


Wilson is the surprise as he keeps changing daily.  Mr Wilson as I call him.  Sometimes gruff with the others as they are being taken in or out, he has “words” for them.  I think he is trying to tell them he is in charge, but not sure. I do tell him that he needs to knock it off or stop and he does!!
 
When I go to his pen and want to bring him in, he is starting to play. Bouncing up and down, runing around, me acting like I am chasing him, bent over, butt in the air, hands closer to the ground and he is so happy.  He even runs between my legs from behind.  Since he is such a chunck I try NOT to pick him up anymore than I have to. I have not tried the “On the back thing yet”.

Nolan is the quietest one.  Although this morning, he spoke his mind to Tramp (the cat).  He did not enjoy having Tramp meowing at him.  Tramp just sat in the corner of the kitty run and stared at Nolans food. I did not realize at first that they could see each other.  Nolan definitely told Tramp to back off because it was his food.  Tramp however felt that since the dogs were in his “Former” extended kitty fun and run area, why shouldn’t he share that good smelling chicken dog food!

You all take care and stay tuned for more.  They love the outside runs and enjoy just laying on the grass or ground and watching and listening to everything around them.  I am sure it is just a “TAD” overwhelming!

Thanks K.D. You’re doing an awesome job with these nice boys. They’re obviously becoming much more relaxed and are starting to show us who they really are. Sounds like more fun than a Barrel of Corgis!

Back to Basics – Getting them Healthy!

A big day today as our four Cast Aways all had their first vet visit. For Kelly, Nolan and Wilson, this meant saying goodbye to some beloved treasures…time for the neutering! Charlie had that experience just before we pulled him while he was still in the shelter.

Everyone was tested for heartworms and found to be negative – Yahoo! This is a Big Deal, as heartworm treatment is quite $$ and not easy on a dog.
Other fun stuff included rabies shots all around (other vaccinations were done in the shelter), plus fecal tests, ear cleanings (a couple have ear infections). And another first…dental cleanings! Sadly, due to neglect of their dental health, three of the four dogs required tooth extractions. Nolan won the prize needing to have 5 teeth removed. Lesson: Brush your dog’s teeth!
We suspect that we will see an upsurge in energy level, particularly from Nolan and Kelly who had multiple infected teeth. This is extremely draining, as the dog’s immune system is fighting to control infection and it can really sap a dog.
And…then there was the bill! Funny how none of these canines pulled out a checkbook when it was time to pay the $1,344.00 bill! (And that was with the Rescue Discount applied!).
But, other than the dental work, there were no issues – they’re all basically very health fellows and it feels good to know that they’ll be in good shape when they’re ready to find their permanent homes!

First Observations – Really Nice Personalities!

Now that our Cast Away Crew of Rescue Corgis have been in foster care for a couple of days, their personalities are already starting to emerge. All four are responding far better than we’d imagined; not as shy as we’d expected. Clearly these boys know that something BIG has happened. They seem to know that K.D., our foster mom, represents a ticket to a real life and they’re determined to make the most of the opportunity. Here’s what we’ve seen so far.


WilsonOur tri-colored fellow is the shyest of the group, and the most serious. At times he shows a gruff exterior, but underneath there is a Teddy Bear. We don’t think he has ever been on grass. He doesn’t seem to have had too much human attention, but responds quite positively to it.  Our Foster Mom said: “Petting him and praising him does work as he will walk a little with me.  We sat on the grass and he crawled in my lap!!  Then he lifted his “BIG” head and licked my chin a couple of times.” Quite a handsome boy, probably about 4 years old.” I think we’ll see more of the “Teddy Bear” side as this guy discovers his new world.

 

Charlie – A happy red/white boy, seems to be the alpha of the four. He also seems to be the most well-socialized and the one that was probably considered the most eligible for adoption by the shelter staff. Our Foster mom said: “He’s very friendly and met my neighbor on the tractor as they were going to the garden to do some plowing. He was not intimidated by the noise at all.  He went up and met “Mary” and she petted him.” Charlie’s foster mom has also branded him the “comedian” of the group. Happy, bouncy and smiling, this is a nice fellow! Charlie was born in January 2004, according to shelter paperwork. We don’t have any DoB information on any of the others, but we’re pretty sure that Kelly is a littermate to Charlie, making them both about 4.5 years.


Kelly- A handsome red/white boy, Kelly is a little softer than the others. We think that Charlie and Kelly may be littermates. Like Charlie, Kelly is extremely friendly and outgoing.  He was not afraid of the neighbor’s tractor when it was his turn to be out with his new foster mom. She said that he was “…running ahead of me and racing with the grass and checking out every spot under trees and flowers. He completely finished his dish of food before everyone else…and wants to be outside. I can lift him with no problems and hug him.”

 

Nolan – A lovely red-headed boy, Nolan is extremely sweet. He seems like the oldest in the group, perhaps 5-6 years old. Was a bit hesitant at first, but within 24 hours, he’s coming out of his shell nicely. Our Foster Mom said: “He is very outgoing and runs ahead of me on leash.  Not afraid of anything and very inquisitive with everything especially the grass and trees.”  Nolan has a bit of a glamour coat and allowed himself to be brushed without any resistance. This is pretty significant for a dog that we’ve had less than 2 days! Foster Mom said: “I was able to rake out the pants.  While I was raking the underside very slowly and carefully, I held his right paw up so I could see and have access to this part of him. Nolan reached down and licked my hand that was holding his paw! I really like this fellow!”