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This Made my Heart Smile!



Over the years ForPaws Corgi Rescue has placed literally hundreds of dogs. Every so often we hear from our adopters. They write to tell us that their new dog is a bona fide family member in a home where it is clearly happy and well-loved. These letters are the real rewards that come from dog rescue work.
But once in awhile we get a letter that qualifies as the Olympic Gold Medal of reports. Below is just such a letter, received yesterday from a wonderful man who has been instructing one of our adopters, and her little rescue Pembroke in the fine art of herding sheep!
The dog he refers to was one of four, taken from a puppy mill. This little guy was extremely shy and under socialized, but incredibly sweet. It has taken him some time to trust and the herding work as given him a lot of confidence.
Note: The letter has been slightly edited, and names have been changed to protect privacy.


Dear ForPaws,

 I just wanted to send a quick note and update on the Iowa “Castaway” Pembroke adopted by Joanne.

He has been, and continues to be, a great joy to work with.  The courage he has shown is truly amazing.  As you know, I have been working him on sheep for Joanne since late last year.  

Each time we work together he shows signs of improvement.  Each time he is a little more relaxed.  He lets me pet him, without cringing.  He is smiling.  Last night after working the sheep, he even gave me a little nuzzle.  As Joanne picked him up, I gave him tummy skritches and his little eyes started closing.  You could tell he was relaxing, that he is really starting to believe that this is his forever home and that he will have a chance to be a real Corgi.

Last night our work on sheep was to go in a pen with a mix of ewes and lambs and walk calmly around them, to reverse direction, to stop and turn into the sheep.  Only a couple times did he want to charge off and raise a little havoc (he wouldn’t be a Corgi if he didn’t).  The rest of the time he walked calmly by my side, on a very loose long line, with a huge smile on his face.

The goal has always been to get him to a point where he and Joanne could be a real team in the arena.  I am proud, and sad at the same time, to be able to say that we begin the transition next week.  

What this little guy may not know, is how much he is teaching me and the gifts he is giving me.  Then again, maybe he does. 

I really feel like I am the lucky one here.  What skills or knowledge I have been able to share with the rescues I have been around…seem insignificant when I look at what they have given me.

Bob

Thanks Bob….you Made my Heart Smile!

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A "Twofer" on Friday the 13th – Lucky Day for Dogs

Today was a very Lucky Day for two nice tri-colored boys with 
ForPaws Corgi Rescue.
Coincidentally, both boys will now live in California, 
after starting out in Kansas and Minnesota.


Not only did Doodles get a great home in California, but his new owner actually flew to Kansas to get him! Something tells me this little guy is going to be loved in the way every dog dreams he might be!
This was the day that our fourth, and final puppy mill CastAway, “Wilson,” set sail for his new home in California.  Arriving safely by air transport, he offered his new parents kisses as a pre-Valentine present!
Sigh…both dogs knew that this was a big day.  And both were ready and excited to meet their new family members. For our two foster moms, it was a day to shed a little tear as two special boys take a very big step. While we want them to find loving homes, and to prosper in them, they always leave a little piece of themselves in our hearts!
Live long, happy and healthy lives in your new homes boys!  You go with our love on this Valentine’s Eve!

A "Twofer" on Friday the 13th – Lucky Day for Dogs

Today was a very Lucky Day for two nice tri-colored boys with 
ForPaws Corgi Rescue.
Coincidentally, both boys will now live in California, 
after starting out in Kansas and Minnesota.


Not only did Doodles get a great home in California, but his new owner actually flew to Kansas to get him! Something tells me this little guy is going to be loved in the way every dog dreams he might be!
This was the day that our fourth, and final puppy mill CastAway, “Wilson,” set sail for his new home in California.  Arriving safely by air transport, he offered his new parents kisses as a pre-Valentine present!
Sigh…both dogs knew that this was a big day.  And both were ready and excited to meet their new family members. For our two foster moms, it was a day to shed a little tear as two special boys take a very big step. While we want them to find loving homes, and to prosper in them, they always leave a little piece of themselves in our hearts!
Live long, happy and healthy lives in your new homes boys!  You go with our love on this Valentine’s Eve!

King Charlie goes to Washington on Inauguration Day!

Tomorrow is a Big Day, not just for Mr. Obama, 
but for “King Charlie” too!

After spending time in foster care since last Fall, one of our CastAways is going to his real home tomorrow.  He will be the star of the show for a corgi-experienced couple in the Washington D.C. area.  They couldn’t be more excited to have this new little man in the household. We know they’ll treat him like the King that he is!
Have a Safe Trip and a Wonderful Life Charlie! 
We all love you!

King Charlie goes to Washington on Inauguration Day!

Tomorrow is a Big Day, not just for Mr. Obama, 
but for “King Charlie” too!

After spending time in foster care since last Fall, one of our CastAways is going to his real home tomorrow.  He will be the star of the show for a corgi-experienced couple in the Washington D.C. area.  They couldn’t be more excited to have this new little man in the household. We know they’ll treat him like the King that he is!
Have a Safe Trip and a Wonderful Life Charlie! 
We all love you!

Herding Trials for some of the CastAway Boyz!!


Accompanied by their Pembroke Pal, Miss Ghillie, and their foster mom, K.D., CastAways, Nolan, Wilson and Charlie all had a taste of what it is to do the job for which you were bred – herding! 

Time to meet the sheep, kindly made available by their owner, JoAnna, and Steve, their trainer, who graciously provided herding instinct testing for our Rescues. – Thanks Joanna and Steve!

What’s your guess? Who had the herding genes in the group? Check out the photos below and see!

Getting one-on-one attention is never a bad thing for a Corgi.  Steve shares some herding advice before the sheep enter the scene. Dog and shepherd must be in synch for this to work well!


Foster mom, K.D. shows Nolan and Wilson how it’s done.

Whoa…Nolan is a natural!

Perfect Nolan, round ’em up!

Hey, wait a minute!

Nolan takes a moment to inspect the perimeter 
and savor the beautiful day.

Meanwhile, Wilson has work to do, with the help of Steve’s corgi, Sammo.

OK Wilson…these are the sheep, it’s up to you now!

You’ve got it Wilson, that’s the way to get those sheep in line.

Thanks Sammo…and you’re a great teacher!

Good job Wilson!

Run Wilson, run!

Watch carefully Wilson!

Go get ’em Sammo!

Someone looks like a tired Corgi.  Showing your new buddy what it takes to be a real herding dog takes its own kind of energy!
Oh, and for the record…no photos of Charlie wasn’t a coincidence. He and Ghillie are like-minded on this one, showing no real interest in the sheep. Much more fun to play with the humans! 
And thanks again to Steve for giving us an absolutely gorgeous November morning, complete with show dusting in the air, and the opportunity to see which of the Boys possesses natural herding talent!

Herding Trials for some of the CastAway Boyz!!


Accompanied by their Pembroke Pal, Miss Ghillie, and their foster mom, K.D., CastAways, Nolan, Wilson and Charlie all had a taste of what it is to do the job for which you were bred – herding! 

Time to meet the sheep, kindly made available by their owner, JoAnna, and Steve, their trainer, who graciously provided herding instinct testing for our Rescues. – Thanks Joanna and Steve!

What’s your guess? Who had the herding genes in the group? Check out the photos below and see!

Getting one-on-one attention is never a bad thing for a Corgi.  Steve shares some herding advice before the sheep enter the scene. Dog and shepherd must be in synch for this to work well!


Foster mom, K.D. shows Nolan and Wilson how it’s done.

Whoa…Nolan is a natural!

Perfect Nolan, round ’em up!

Hey, wait a minute!

Nolan takes a moment to inspect the perimeter 
and savor the beautiful day.

Meanwhile, Wilson has work to do, with the help of Steve’s corgi, Sammo.

OK Wilson…these are the sheep, it’s up to you now!

You’ve got it Wilson, that’s the way to get those sheep in line.

Thanks Sammo…and you’re a great teacher!

Good job Wilson!

Run Wilson, run!

Watch carefully Wilson!

Go get ’em Sammo!

Someone looks like a tired Corgi.  Showing your new buddy what it takes to be a real herding dog takes its own kind of energy!
Oh, and for the record…no photos of Charlie wasn’t a coincidence. He and Ghillie are like-minded on this one, showing no real interest in the sheep. Much more fun to play with the humans! 
And thanks again to Steve for giving us an absolutely gorgeous November morning, complete with show dusting in the air, and the opportunity to see which of the Boys possesses natural herding talent!