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. ;)
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…