I just wanted to send a quick note and update on the Iowa “Castaway” Pembroke adopted by Joanne.
He has been, and continues to be, a great joy to work with. The courage he has shown is truly amazing. As you know, I have been working him on sheep for Joanne since late last year.
Each time we work together he shows signs of improvement. Each time he is a little more relaxed. He lets me pet him, without cringing. He is smiling. Last night after working the sheep, he even gave me a little nuzzle. As Joanne picked him up, I gave him tummy skritches and his little eyes started closing. You could tell he was relaxing, that he is really starting to believe that this is his forever home and that he will have a chance to be a real Corgi.
Last night our work on sheep was to go in a pen with a mix of ewes and lambs and walk calmly around them, to reverse direction, to stop and turn into the sheep. Only a couple times did he want to charge off and raise a little havoc (he wouldn’t be a Corgi if he didn’t). The rest of the time he walked calmly by my side, on a very loose long line, with a huge smile on his face.
The goal has always been to get him to a point where he and Joanne could be a real team in the arena. I am proud, and sad at the same time, to be able to say that we begin the transition next week.
What this little guy may not know, is how much he is teaching me and the gifts he is giving me. Then again, maybe he does.
I really feel like I am the lucky one here. What skills or knowledge I have been able to share with the rescues I have been around…seem insignificant when I look at what they have given me.
Thanks Bob....you Made my Heart Smile!