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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


Next puppy…Mini Me!

Even if I didn’t know, it would be a no-brainer to figure out that these two dogs are related! The first picture is Kismet, all grown up! Compare her to the second photo of her mom, Morgan.

Gee, do you think they’re related? Here’s Morgan, you make the comparison!

But she didn’t always look quite like this. Here’s how Kissie started out at the age of 10 weeks. Do you notice the gleam in her eye?

How about now? Think she’s a spunky puppy? From the beginning this little girl had no compunction about making her feelings known and going after what she wanted – with gusto! Here she play-bows to “Aunt Molly,” tying to convince her that the game is on.

Will Molly play with her, or just teach this little upstart a lesson? We will find out tomorrow in Kismet, Chapter 2.

(Today is my birthday and my blogging time is limited! Stay tuned for more tomorrow!)

Thanks to Morgan!

Here is the Star of the Puppy Show, Miss Morgan, upon arrival in foster care in June 2010. 

We thought she was gorgeous! (And still do!)

Beautiful markings, a really pretty face, and a personality to match!

Sadly, she was a little on the roly poly side. We knew what we were getting into and were just hoping there wouldn’t be 10+ puppies!

This photo was taken on July 3, 2010 – no real question about what’s coming!

On July 25, 2010 they arrived – all seven of them!

Morgan proved to be an excellent mother, taking good care of her kids.

The little piglets on their first day in the big new world.

Here are our very first individual pictures. At this point they didn’t have names, they were just numbers, assigned in birth order. Ultimately they were all named for towns/cities in Kansas, as they were born near Wichita, KS.

Puppy #1 – Logan (renamed, Bogart (Bogey for short)) – male

Puppy #2 – Abilene (Abi) – female

Puppy #3 – Dodge – male

Puppy #4 – Atticus – male

Puppy #5 – Viola – female

Puppy #6 – Kismet – female

Puppy #7 – Lucas – male

At four days of age, they’ve already changed and grown! It is astonishing how they morph in every 24-hour-period. You’ll notice that there are only six puppies in this picture. Sadly, puppy #4 never seemed to thrive and was the smallest at birth. Something just wasn’t right from the start. He didn’t gain weight and in spite of continued efforts with tube feeding, he just couldn’t make it. We were really heartbroken to lose him. We remember you well Atticus!

Morgan didn’t leave them and was really good about feedings. She was protective and proud of her little family, but she did allow her foster mom to handle the pups without objection.

Morgan stayed in foster care to recover from whelping the puppies. Here she is with her figure almost back to normal.

Ultimately she found her forever home. This is a current photo, taken by her new mom, who tells us that Morgan doesn’t much care to pose for pictures. She always pins her ears back.

Morgan’s mom writes:

Well, Hello everyone,

I have been negligent in sending photos and I do apologize. The problem is that Miss Morgan will not keep her ears up when the camera clicks. She ducks before the shutter can capture her.

 Anyway, She is doing perfectly for me and is my shadow.I thought she was lonely so I adopted a male Corgi for her. His name is Hunter and he is 5 yrs old. Well, she could care less! She has put him in his place and he is making sure that whatever he does is ok with her first. They are so funny together. She will play with him when they are in the house together alone, but not in front of me.

 These photos are not great but you will see, my children are doing fine. They are my life!

Well Morgan – you’re the center of the doggie universe for your new mom! You are one lucky girl and we appreciate all you went through to get here! Thank you for giving us such lovely children. May you enjoy a long and happy life!


A Day in the Sun

One of the advantages of a dog with a white face is that he is incredibly photogenic. Sage’s pale coat reflects light so beautifully. I often find myself snapping shots of him during a typical day because he’s just so pretty! (Sorry…”handsome” for a boy.) Mid-morning, when the sun comes through the living room windows, this is a favorite spot. A sunbath and a bone…doesn’t get better than this!

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Nope, Nothing Cuter than a Corgi Puppy!

Today’s Daily Puppy is…

It was a Dark and Dreary Rally Morning

Really? I had to get up at 5:30AM to go outside where it was dark, cold and wet, after a stormy night, for our morning break?

Oh but, I DID get to go with Kathy (my favorite thing).  And I did get to show off what an accomplished little Rally Dog I’ve become (my next favorite thing), while wading through some pretty big puddles to get to the rally trial (I AM the famous Oregonian Duck Dog, after all!)

All I have to say is that a field of 27 dogs is a LOT of competition. And since I was the second dog, it meant waiting a long time for them all to finish. After my long day and my excellent performance, EX-B=94, ADV-B=97,  I am happy to say that my RAE title now has a “2” attached! (Pending AKC confirmation.) You can call me:

C-Myste Denali RAE2, CGC

Sage was so bored without me. So when I got home we had to play for awhile. I tuckered him out – for now!

Whew, I’m really tired now. If she’d just take that camera away I could have a nice…zzzz…a nice..zzz..little nap.


Today’s transport was cancelled

When our transporter had already traveled approximately half way to the shelter (a 3.5 hour trip) we were contacted and told that emergencies in the vicinity demanded that the Animal Control Officer assigned to this case abandon the plan to pick up the corgis today. We are told that this will be rescheduled for a day next week. We do not yet know what that day will be and we can’t predict when the pickup will actually take place.

About Adoption

As of now, we’ve already received multiple inquires asking about adoption. We will not be able to respond to these immediately, but will hold them until the time is right. We will not be placing any of these dogs for at least two weeks from the time they arrive, generally three is better, so that we can provide any needed veterinary care and throughly evaluate their temperaments.

Anyone interested in the possibility of being considered should submit an application by visiting the ForPaws Corgi Rescue website. Click on “how to adopt” on the home page for full details and access to the online application. Please put “Tulare Corgi” in as the dog you are requesting so that your application will quickly be identified as one for this group of dogs.

Ideal homes for these dogs will have the following qualifications:

1. Prior experience owning a corgi, or someone who has done very thorough research into the breed and clearly understands the socialization and training requirements involved (we will ask questions). For more about corgis, visit our Learn More section and see the articles listed.

2. An owner who plans to work with the dog to train it in basic obedience commands.

2. A home in which there are no children younger than mid-teen years (living or frequently visiting).

3. A secure fenced yard.

4. No more than two other dogs in residence, ideally not huge in size.

As a general rule, those who meet the above qualifications will be given precedence in our processing of applications. We will require references.

Application Responses – PLEASE BE PATIENT!

Understand that we will have our hands full for the first 1-2 weeks just getting the dogs properly vetted and starting to evaluate them. We’ve been told that they are shy and will require some socialization. Until we have had a couple of weeks, minimum, to observe these dogs we will not even begin to consider what type of home might be right for them.

Please give us some time to process these dogs properly without sending multiple e-mail messages regarding inquiries. We will be exchanging a lot of information with our rescue colleagues at this time and we all have regular jobs and other obligations, so our time to respond to e-mails is limited.

When the time is right qualified applicants will be contacted

We know you are anxious and we do want to carefully screen all qualified adopters, but we will not have the ability to respond to adoption inquiries until we have more information about the dogs. At this time we do not know how old these dogs will be, nor do we know the genders. We have not seen a picture of them.

In the interim, the best thing you can do is to follow the links above and submit an application if you are seriously interested in adopting a corgi.

We appreciate your interest in adopting a rescue corgi and look forward to talking with you when we have more to tell you about these dogs. In the interest of efficiency, I will be posting updates on this situation here on the blog. Rather than e-mailing, please check back here for more information.

Thanks very much for your consideration.

ForPaws Corgi Rescue