Pembrookes are like koi. If it fits in their mouth and seems edible, it's eaten. The only difference is that the pembrooke might roll in it first (protip: don't let the corgi roll in shrimp).
Oh man, I think my Koi are less grabby than Riley ever was. I remember once dropping change out of my pocket and he grabbed it and attempted to swallow it. Of course I freaked out, pounced him, tried to make him drop it and he was like “MINE.”
I ended up tucking him under an arm, holding him upside-down, trying to pry his jaws open and he was like “Mmmph GONNA EAT DIS! FINDERS KEEPERS!”
I finally got the quarter back… no one was harmed in this scenario… but really? Seriously?
I looked over and of course the cats were watching on on the sofa. I believe they were holding up little scorecards. “8.” “9” “8.5.”
I hear Pembrokes have black holes for stomachs. Is that true for Cardigans as well?
*laughs* Well, I can honestly say that having owned Pembrokes that attempted to eat anything that hit the floor… yeah, they’re for the most part pretty food driven.
I don’t find Cardigans to be as food driven. I know some out there that have black holes for stomachs, but mine tend to be more discerning. Sometimes it’s a difficult thing to work with- Caleb really doesn’t care about eating and there’s no bait that you can lure him with in the show ring if he decides he’s not hungry that day.
At the last dog show we were at, a friend made a “dog cake” with no sugar, no nothing - I mean, it was cute and it had “frosting.” She offered a piece to Simon. He got all excited (oh boy, cake, I love cake) reached for it, took into his mouth…
Then promptly gave her an accusing stare, and SPIT the cake about three feet-
Into the waiting jaws of a Pembroke who snatched it and swallowed it without even batting an eye. I don’t think she even knew what she’d just eaten. It was food-shaped, and it was gone.
After that, Simon wouldn’t touch anything she offered him. Kind of hilarious. He just turned his nose away from it and stared off into space. (That was gross, no thanks, don’t trust you any more.)
(I have to say, I don’t think I would have eaten that cake either.)
First of all - warm hugs and belly rubs from Germany (Inki the Cardigan says squeal, as he only barks in the moments of highest excitement) :) I am very interested if all your dogs are so much into balls as Simon is. And if so, do they manage to share their toys with each other or does it come to fights sometimes?
Awwww! Hello! Thank you!
Hi Inki! Hahha, I love those Cardi noises they make. Sometimes you’re like “did that come out of a dog?”
Hmm, no, Simon’s really into toys and fetching and will find things for you to fetch if you’re out doing things. Tess is into certain toys. Caleb and Tempe aren’t.
Simon’s funny, he’ll share with Tess sometimes but really that’s because she’s as game as he is about toys. Usually you have to make sure that there’s more than one toy out there for them to play with and whatever toy is his for that dayhe will get grumpy over.
He doesn’t really get into fights with the other Cardis, but he will hip-check or knock another dog over to get to a toy first and hang onto it. (Which isn’t allowed, and he knows it.) He’ll sure try it with strange dogs to intimidate them off of being the ones to fetch the ball.
No one in the house gets upset about treats or indoor toys, everyone shares nicely!
No, but I’m really consistent with them as pups… some were easier than others, but… still, none of them were what I would consider hard.
Hardest dog I think I ever had to housetrain was Piper - she spent most of her beginning time in a crate and I didn’t get her until she was six months old. She would uh, not go potty on hard surfaces or on the grass outside, but run straight to towels, rugs, shirts, pillows… because that’s what she had to potty on in her crate when she was learning where to go. :(
It took a lot of work, but we got it figured out, and after that, she was one of those dogs that you could trust in the house all the time no matter what.
Is your pack well trained and was it hard to train them?
I like to think they’re well trained, but hey, they’re dogs and sometimes they just decide “today’s the day I’m doing a dog thing, can’t hear you, lalala.” Usually at the proper most embarrassing moment so that I can apologize and say, “sorry about that,” to a random stranger. ;)
I just saw your post about your Piper (reblogged by Corgi Addict) and I just wanted to thank you for posting pictures of her. My own corgi named Piper passed away in 2012, so seeing pictures of your Piper gave me a moment to smile and think of mine. (Pipers are truly some of the best corgis around.)
I’m so sorry to hear about your Piper, and glad that my photos made you smile and think of your girl. :)
Corgis named Piper are truly some of the best Corgis. <3 I miss mine too, she was an amazing, funny, friendly little girl with enough Corgitude to run this house with a tiny iron paw. I’m glad she was my introduction to the joy that is Corgidom. Can’t thank her enough for that. :)
She was super cute, wasn’t she? I got a call about a male Cardigan Corgi in need of placement. Got there and… um, female Pembroke Corgi. Couldn’t leave her.
I always laugh about that. At least on the female/male bit. There’s a bit of a difference! Please turn over your Corgi and look! ;)
She unfortunately passed away of lymphoma at age 5. It cropped up suddenly and there wasn’t anything we could do, it was so fast. It’s one thing I find seems to sadly crop up in a lot of Pembrokes and often at that age. :( So sad.
I want a corgi so bad but can't find any good breeders near Tennessee that don't charge an arm and a leg. 😭
Corgis, and any pet, are an investment and not something that should be taken lightly. If you’re not willing to pay to adopt or purchase a corgi from a RESPONSIBLE BREEDER you’re probably not prepared to provide for a dog, or cat, or any animal. And the “good” breeders are not going to be “cheap,” if you find one that claims to be “good” and touts themselves as cheap you’re going to get exactly what you paid for.
The “startup costs” of either paying adoption/rehoming fees for a rescue or a breeder’s fee are but a mere drop in the bucket in the overall lifetime total cost of raising a corgi. You need to be financially prepared and aware of the fact that dogs, especially young puppies, have needs that they will depend on you to provide: food, shelter, wellness & preventative care, training, and love. Of course, the last one doesn’t have to cost anything but it’s not just how much a puppy costs to bring home, there are well puppy exams including vaccines, supplies, equipment, collars, leashes, food, vitamins & supplements (if you so desire), toys, a crate, bedding, safety equipment for car rides, grooming supplies, training costs, potential boarding or dogsitting costs (if you ever plan on going on vacation), and much, much more.
Of course, corgis in particular are so awesome they’re totally worth it, and then some! And when you love your pet, in many ways money is no object because you love them so much you’d do anything for them. But the reality is that times are tough, the world is a harsh place, and finances can be difficult. You need to take a long hard look and prepare and make sure you’re willing to not only make the investment in bringing home a new member of the family but providing for his or her stumpy care for the rest of theirlife. If you balk at the initial cost, will you do the same when your puppy has an obstruction that requires surgery? Or when your dog is old and maybe has failing vision or other health ailments? These are all things to consider, in between bouts of puppy madness where all you can think is OMG CORGIS SO CUTE!!! (because that’s a totally valid train of thought)
I love the top left picture from you family days. It's looks like they are all going "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy"! How are the other "puppies" doing now that they are getting all grown up? Blessings, Kathy and Myapup
Hahhaha, awwww… Caleb was like “I swear, I wandered over here to sniff this rock and there was only one, where’d these other two come from?”
They do treat him with a lot of respect though, it’s funny to watch. Poor Caleb, the only respect he gets is from his kids, the cats totally eat his food, move him off his bed… XD
The puppies are all doing awesome! I had a post up a few months ago about them…
Rusty is an amazing dog and was unexpected, as you can read in his profile page here…
However, red merle is NOT in the allowed colors of the standard. They crop up when you have two dogs carrying the recessive “liver” color that dilutes the black on a dog to chocolate. Liver is “bb” - so the parents in Rusty’s case were each Bb and no one knew it. Rusty’s brother is “bb” (liver) and Rusty is “bb” (liver) with the merle gene splashed over it.
Now here’s a quick concerned disclaimer from me….
If someone tries to sell you a “rare red merle” in Cardigans… (and sadly I’ve seen it crop up on a few questionable websites…)
I’d have to say if they used the term “rare” and attempted to sell you it for more money — don’t do it. :) They’re rare because they’re not accepted in the standard as a color. No other reason.
When I see someone specifically breeding for red merles in Cardigans there’s some questionable practices going on. :(
Love you, your dogs and blog! Always eager to see what new photos you have to share, I am in love with your rainbow of Corgis! You're such a nice person too, so positive and friendly. And your dogs are clearly extremely well cared for, so very much loved and incredibly happy as made very obvious by your amazing photos. Your blog is just a "breath of fresh air" to me, if that makes any sense!
Aw… thank you!
I love my dogs and I love sharing them. It sure has taught me to be a better photographer over the years, and I’ve got great subjects. They keep me in line… <3
They’re the best dogs - and I’m glad I get to share my life with them. Sometimes they take a bit too much of the pillow, but… XD
To me, Caleb's eyes look a little smaller than average. Is that really the case, or is that just an illusion created by the white on his face/his dark eye color? While I think all of your dogs are gorgeous, I'd say my soft spot is for Caleb. What a handsome fella. <3
It’s an illusion created by the wide white and the bright red against that super dark eye rim color, yep!
The eye should have distinct corners and therefore is not round. Neither is the eye truly oval; rather, the upper curve is more arched than the lower curve. Incorrect eye shape and size spoil the dog’s expression. Dark eyes are preferred. Light eyes are undesirable. Small or sunken eyes give a “piggy look” and are faulty, as are round, bulgy eyes. The entire pigmented portion of the eye (iris) should be checked for blue spots or specks. Dogs other than blue merle that have a blue spot or speck in the iris must be disqualified. (CWCCA Illustrated Standard)
Him and Tess have the best eye set and shape. Simon’s aren’t bad, but he could use a bit more upper curve.
Tess’s seem a bit bigger because of how little white she has on the face, but… yep, same size and shape!
(He’s my soft spot too, and super snuggly. Everyone loves him.)
Hey! What kind of travel beds do you use for your crew? Sam and I are moving to Tacoma in a couple of months and I need something that he won't be able to eat while he's on the plane. Our flight will be about 5 hours, but he'll be in the crate for closer to 7. I hate that it'll be that long, but I want him to be comfy. I just don't want him eating the bed, you know? I'm looking at Kong.
The Kong beds are pretty nice! I use pads from West Paw, though —those things hold up like iron. Considering one fell out of the car and I ran over it in the gravel driveway for three days and didn’t realize it was in a mud puddle… washed it, it looked brand new. There’s also a new one coming out from Dog Gone Smart (who does AMAZING floor/mud rugs) that should be available at mid Sept- they were awesome at the trade show. XD
Your photos are great and the Cardi Crew is awesome. Have you ever thought of doing a calendar? I'm sure a lot of people would love to buy one and if you wanted, you could put some of the proceeds towards a good cause. Oh, and give Simon a big hug for me! <3
I’ve thought about it— I’m not sure. I keep looking at places to get them made and they’re rather expensive for the quality I’d like to print at!
That said, I do like the idea of doing them and donating the proceeds to the club rescue - they do a lot of hard work and could use the funding. I’m all about helping Cardis and other dogs in need!
If there’s a real interest in it, I’ll go ahead and look into it again!
Simon says, “hugs are cool. Forget the calendar, give Simon all the hugs.”
Hi, I found your blog via a link on The Daily Corgi and have followed it for some time and also browsed through your archives. Your dogs and photos are all great and I would like to link to your blog on my website welshcorgi-news, if you don't mind. I have had Cardigans since 1979. I just love this breed. Anita with two Cardi boys, dad and son.
Aw, I don’t mind at all, thank you for asking! <3
They’re absolutely amazing, wonderful dogs, aren’t they? I totally think to myself if I had known how cool they are and how all-around dogs they are, I wish I’d known earlier in my life, I would have started earlier! ;)