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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pembroke Puppies - Status Update


All puppies but one, "Willie" (pictured below), have found wonderful new homes! Willie actually had a home too, but at the 11th hour the landlord refused the planned adopter permission to add another dog, so he's still looking for that "just right" spot!

We have had many inquiries, and choosing just the right place for each puppy has been an intensive process. (Hats off to those of you who are breeders, and have done this multiple times. It's not easy!)

But the result of the screening process has yielded simply fabulous homes for all of them! Reba, the two-year-old "mom," has also been adopted, and we're equally as thrilled with her new home-to-be!

So...now there's one little man searching for just the right home:

Willlie - a sweet, velcro teddy bear of a guy!

We are looking for the following situation for this dog:

1. A fenced, secure yard.
2. An experienced owner who understands the "testing" nature of this breed.
3. Prior experience with corgis, or other similar herding breed.
4. No children younger than 13 years of age in the home, or frequently visiting.
5. An owner who plans to carefully socialize the puppy and provide basic obedience training, as well as provide regular exercise and conscientious veterinary maintenance and care.

Plusses:
1. Someone who has previously raised and trained a herding breed puppy.
2. Someone who has a nice female corgi in the home now, to serve as a playmate.

Anyone seriously interested should submit an application form to ForPaws Corgi Rescue. You can locate the application in our "Learn More" section by reading "The ForPaws Adoption Process."


4 comments:

dreameyce said...

I'm surprised he's not been SNATCHED up yet. Everyone needs an adorable 'teddy bear' dog like him!

If I placed the kid, I could qualify for him........

;0P

Elbeepem said...

We've had many inquiries on sweet Willie, and he's an awesome little dog! But so far none that represents the right fit. The issue of children is a difficult one, particularly when I'm usually placing long-distance.

I've had a lot of inquiries where the presence of young children was a deal breaker. I've tried to explain why this is repeatedly and so many people seem to misinterpret my message, choosing to take it personally, when that isn't the intent at all.

In rescue we get SO many corgis that are surrendered because they have not worked out with children. I get an e-mail about every 60 days or so from someone asking for help due to this.

I know some of people think that I must have a fleet of winged monkeys and a large hourglass in my basement because I am seemingly denying them a nice little dog, but after seeing what I've seen in over a decade of doing this rescue work, I've got to stick with practices that are most likely to guarantee that a dog I place stays in the home. Unfortunately, in most cases, that means no children younger than teen years.

Currently I have an educational article on my website that explains the rationale and the safety issues, but I'm thinking that I need a Volume II. After reading that article, I still have people writing back indicating all the reasons why their children should be viewed as exceptions. They don't understand that it is the DOG's reaction to normal child behaviors, that is the issue. not the "maturity" of the child.

In case you can't tell, this has become a real source of frustration, particularly in the placement of these puppies.

Sorry for the rant....I needed it!

dwlaptop said...

I am 44 years old and single. I have a 14 month old female, and she needs a playmate. I'm looking for a boy. Would you consider me? I am getting ready to install an invisible fence, and have a very nice situation for raising a puppy. I live in TN. No kids, husband died 4 months ago. If you would like to talk further, please email me dwlaptop@inovegraphics.com.

Elbeepem said...

I am sorry, but we don't feel comfortable with an invisible fence as a solution. Over years of doing this rescue work, I've had too many people tell me that the corgis quickly figure them out and will go through them if they see something that is just too inviting to resist, such as a squirrel, another dog, etc.

As well, the invisible fence offers no real protection to a dog from an outside threat, such as another animal. It just isn't something we feel good about for these dogs.

I am sure that there are circumstances in which this works, but I've just heard too many negatives with respect to the invisible fence as a solution.