(Just an extra Corgi puppy Friday too… since we have Corgi puppies!)
One of these Corgis is doing their own thing! ;)
Tempe week —
Tempe and Ginger being bff’s on the sofa tonight. :) It’s funny, they pass the chew back and forth while they’re watching TV.
I know, I know. I’m cheating on Tempe week with babies, but…
Come on, look at Topaz’s tongue. She is like pbbbbtthhhht. How can you not love that? ;)
For such a girly Hello Kitty fan, Tempe as a puppy didn’t quite see the joy in unicorns.
“This better be the last unicorn. Heh, I made a funny. Get it? Get Peter S. Beagle on the phone, he totally needs to hear this.”
(It’s okay. When she was a teenager, she totally went horse crazy. I guess she’s my kid after all. ;) )
Tempe week, day 2 — Tempe on the farm, hanging out with her pal Mercedes the Great Dane.
Aw, springtime girls. :D
Do we get to see a picture of mama Kate? -rose8423
Sure! Kate’s a lovely girl. If you follow my blog at all, these puppies are half-sisters and brothers to Ginger. :D
Will your other dogs be meeting papa Caleb's puppies? I remember seeing the picture of Simon meeting Tempe for the first time and his expression was priceless.
Yup, when the time comes, they will be in and out of my house too! Both the co-breeder and I feel that puppies need to be socialized with all dogs and new places and things. My dogs are grand with puppies, and Simon loves puppies, so… hahah, I have a built in babysitter.
Poor Simon. ;) I am totally only paying him five dollars an hour for it too. I’m sure he’ll save it all up and buy himself a Wubba.
Two questions! Firstly, loooove your blog, your dogs are so beautiful! I was wondering how you got into showing, and what tips you'd give for a beginner looking to get into it/acquiring a "show quality" puppy. I'm already a show-lurker, just wondering how you'd advise the next steps. Secondly, seeing as your cardis are show dogs and so I'm assuming intact.. How do you handle the inevitable bedlam when Tempe comes into season? Bit of a weird question, but I'm curious! Thank you!
Awwww… thank you! :)
Actually, my love of showing comes from cats. I started with Household Pets when I was like oh, five. The cat was bigger than me. Then we had an Old English Sheepdog my parents showed - and then horses. When I moved out, I still showed cats (my Korats) and then got into working GSD’s that progressed to a show GSD, and then when she finally passed away- I went to Cardis. :)
Still have the cats. Will always have cats. Love cats, shhh. ;) I could totally do a cat blog, but man, the internet is full of better cat pictures than mine.
Honestly? My tips would be this. Find a breed you love, and then find a breeder that is willing to mentor you. Talk to all the people you can, go to dog shows and look at all the dogs you like and make notes as to the breeders. Most of the time at dog shows I don’t have time to talk until I’m done showing, but man, I love to talk with folks about the breed and if you just say, “I know you are incredibly busy, but I’m interested in the breed and would be interested in learning how to show, could we talk later or could I get your number so I can contact you when you’re not so busy?” I will make time for you, you bet! Most folks are awesome about that. They love to talk their dogs. It’s just showing is a ton of busy prep and a bit of stress of course.
If I was to give one bit of advice, it would be this. Chances of getting an amazing quality girl from a show breeder if you haven’t proven that you will show (most people start and then drop out) is very slim to none. Your best bet is to start with a boy. That’s what I did on both of my breeds of dog, and I got a much higher quality boy to start out with and as breeders saw I was serious and sticking with showing- then the offers of “I just might have a girl for you…” started coming in. That’s how I ended up with Tempe. Her breeders knew I showed and would show and I would stick with it. It’s good for them and good for me. Plus they know they’d have to pry her out of my cold dead fingers. ;)
Hahah, actually… the bedlam isn’t too bad here. When that time comes, Tempe sleeps in her crate next to the bed with the crate cover on. I don’t let her out of my sight and of course, she’s not allowed alone outside by herself or with the boys, period. Usually I take her to work with me and she sleeps behind the counter all day and that helps a lot to break it all up for the dogs.
The boys really are good and don’t get stupid until the actual day (and boy do they know.) Simon’s actually a pretty easy going dude about it, he’d uh… rather play ball than hang out with the girls, and always has. The worst I get is a whole lot of whining and a bit of howling. :)
I’ve had them out around all sorts of girls in heat and ever since they were puppies my rule has been “mind your manners.” I say leave it and I mean it - and they do. No lifting your leg all over the place, no throwing yourself at girls. Honestly? The two unfixed boys are politer than Riley, and he’s been fixed since he was 10 weeks old. I don’t like rude boys and neither do most girls. ;) It’s totally uncalled for and can be redirected postively somewhere else.
Nah, not a weird question at all. :) Lots of folks I know run mixed households and it can be tough to live with. I have two good tempered boys with good minds and good manners, and I appreciate them every day for it!
Gotta share with all you awesome Corgi Tumblr people before I go and bed down myself for the night. Shh, you get to be the first to know since it’s 1:40 in the morning here.
Caleb x Kate babies arrived tonight. <3 All happy, all healthy. Five girls, three boys. Mom is doing great, babies are great… me? I’m going to go curl up into a ball now and go to bed.