Ever get weird comments about how well behaved your dogs are? My pembroke always seems to surprise people and vet techs with how social and friendly he is or how he doesn't mind being petted and touched. The phrase "nasty little ankle biters" gets thrown around a lot. :(
I do actually get those!
You know I don’t know if it’s weird. I mean, my crew (and obviously your dog and lots of wonderful dogs on Tumblr) are very, very socialized and trusting with people. I’ve met more than a few Corgis who weren’t, or — worse, that really had owners who didn’t expect them to behave in public because they’re small and cute. Seriously. I’ve had a couple come into my shop who were snapping and ordering their owners around at young ages because they figured out it got them what they wanted and the behavior stopped.
Awwww… I don’t have favorites. I love them all equally for different reasons.
I guess I have to say she’s pretty much me if I was a dog, so we communicate a bit differently than my other dogs do. <3 It’s more like I think it, she does it, or she thinks it, I do it. Who knows. It just works very differently than the rest of the crew. :)
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. ;)