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"It's very simple. Dogs and cats and other talented animals have tails; their tails, with their thousands of flourishes, provide them with a wonderfully complex language of arabesques, not only for what they think and feel and suffer, but for every mood and vibration in their feeling tone. We have no tails, and since the more lively among us need some form of expression, we make ourselves paintbrushes and pianos and violins..."

Hermann Hesse

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAGE! (A year in pictures)

Last Christmas, this was waiting for us
under the Tree!

Well, perhaps not literally, but as of Christmas, we knew that this sweet little boy was about to come and join our family. One of the ten puppies in the "Tree Litter," this little "cream boy," started out as "Bryan," the smallest boy in the bunch!

In memory of our wonderful boy, Bart, who made his journey across The Bridge in the winter of 2008, our Christmas tree ornaments were decorated photographs of Bart's life with us, and all of his canine companions, Kenai, Denali, Elbee, and our about-to-be new little man, Sage.

Here are a couple of our ornaments, and first photographs of Sage. These pictures were taken by Sage's original "mom," Megan. Thanks for so many nice puppy pictures Megan, and for the wonderful job in whelping and caring for this litter. Sage really had three "moms" when he started out and we are very grateful to Megan, Carolyn and Mandy for making it possible for this lovely puppy to find his way to us!

This is one of the very first pictures we ever saw of our new puppy. He's four weeks old here. At this point, we didn't know he was to be the one for us yet, but I was really intrigued by the two "pink puppies" in the litter. I'd never seen a cardigan colored like this. Until Sage and his sister, Iris, came along, there was no way of knowing that both parents, Hannah and Wally carried the red recessive gene required to produce the "red dilute" coloration.

As a member of the Tree-themed litter, Sage's tree is the Redwood. In keeping with his clear red coloring and with the awesome splendor of these trees, it seemed fitting.

Sage's registered name is "Starry Nights, C-Myste, Baledwr Redwood Sunrise." This gorgeous picture of a sunrise along the California redwood coast provided inspiration and signifies the new beginning of this puppy's life.

The call name, "Sage," speaks to the fact that the redwood tree lives for centuries and is truly the wise old sage of the forest. The name also honors the paws he fills as the new man in the household. Bart was our pack leader, and was an "old soul." He was a most amazing dog who could communicate with just a look. He possessed a great depth of spirit and much wisdom. Truly he was a powerful creature on many levels; a very wise sage.

This was one of Sage's ornament pictures, seen above. Here he is six weeks old.

When Sage was born, he was a little white puppy. Obviously, this was pretty unexpected. I later learned from Megan that she was a bit panicky when Sage came out. He was puppy #2 of the ten and when she saw him she was concerned that Hannah had perhaps had too many good times with more than one suitor! we have a corgi mix here? She called Carolyn, who clarified the matter...whew! You can see here, and below, just how light he was! Follow along, as that will be changing!

Sage was also one of the smaller puppies in the litter. You can already see here that the blue male (Captain?) is noticeably larger, even though they're still very young. Special thanks to Megan and Josh for the hand feedings that kept Sage going. He was tiny, and the beginning was a little rocky! Today, Sage remains the smallest male in the litter, from all information I have. He weighs in around 27-28 pounds.

This was an exciting day. On December 29, 2008, we made the road trip, between major rain/snow storms, from the San Francisco Bay area up to Carolyn's place in southern Oregon to get our new boy. This is me, with sweet Sage, not long before our departure for home. People who saw this picture were convinced that we didn't get a corgi, but had somehow been fooled into taking this little cream spaniel-looking dog!

Of course Grandma Carolyn had to have a last snuggle with this little round-bellied fellow. She crafted his lovely duct tape crown for him to wear home.

Small in size, but big in personality, this puppy's playful nature comes through in pictures!

Our first day home with our new "son." His expressive personality was quite evident right from the start.

New Years Day, 2009. Yes, he is making noise!

Still a big puppy herself in so many ways, Denali (age 5) was thrilled to have a new little brother to play with. The adoration was mutual. Denali, who can be somewhat discriminating as to who she accepts as a playmate, showed herself to be a tolerant, gentle and nurturing big sister to Sage. He's learned a lot from her.

Now he's about 5 months old and starting to look more like a little dog than a guinea piglet! Tape off, ears up - beautiful!

Check out that big yawn, and the missing teeth! Sage left a lot of his puppy teeth just laying around the house for me to find.

Denali never left any puppy teeth around, but Sage didn't like swallowing his and I'd find them just laying around all over the place! Quite a collection!

One if his favorite spots, at the base of my desk chair. When he was really tiny, he could curl up between the spokes of the base.

As he got bigger, that wasn't quite as easy to do!

At a point it looks downright uncomfortable, but it doesn't change his plans.

From day one, he has loved all of the toys. Formerly all toys were Denali's official property. Fortunately, she has been surprisingly good about sharing.

This toy was a prize, awarded in puppy kindergarten class for being the only puppy who could stand/stay for an extended period while his owner walked circles around him!

Where's the "white" puppy! Sage's pink merle markings gradually darkened. Initially it was hard to tell if he was really a merle, or not!

Oh, there's that smile...we see it a lot! He is a goofy little character - always happy!

OK, now he definitely doesn't fit between the spokes of that chair, but he hasn't figured it out yet! This was taken yesterday, his last official day as a puppy.

Isn't he a handsome boy? He really looks like a young man now. But that sweet, snuggly puppy is still inside!

Interestingly he's started to curl his paw like this when he lays down. No, it isn't injured, it is just a posture he's started to exhibit. I've never seen a cardi do this, but Bart did it all the time - it was kind of a signature posture (see the picture at the top of the page). Of course it is a coincidence, now that Sage is truly the canine Man of the Household! (Or is it?)


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Make yourself at Home!

Yesterday was Moe's birthday. As a relatively newly-diagnosed celiac, who can't eat any baked goods that actually taste good anymore, my love of baking has dwindled since I was diagnosed about two years ago. This is a real downer for Moe, so last night he got homemade cookies, fresh from the oven, for his birthday. I got to smell them...sigh!

All of this baking activity was new for Sage too. At first he thought for sure that the cookies must be for him. After all...every time he sees me cooking, it generally is for him! (Moe cooks, i bake.)

Needless to say, we were up late, opening presents, smelling cookies, etc. By the time we were ready for bed we found that a very tired puppy had beaten us to it!

This is the sight that greeted us.

He was so completely out that he didn't wake up, or even stir, when I took these photos. And yes, he has made clear that he prefers the same sleeping spot that Bart did, right here on the people bed! He is the proverbial warm puppy...a great little snuggler!

Sleep tight Sage! Only one more day to be an official "puppy."
That year went fast!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Remembering Kenai

Today would have been Kenai's 12th birthday. A few months before her fifth birthday, we lost her to a freak accident when a power line mysteriously separated from its connection at the pole and the broken end fell into our yard.

She was the First Cardigan Welsh Corgi ever to join our family. She was a spunky, vibrant, joyful creature. Always smiling, always running, always a character. And always, we will miss her!

Bart and Kenai, constant companions.

Kenai was a show puppy, for a nanosecond. She was just "too gregarious for the ring," said Carolyn! Little did we know what that really meant until Kenai came home! "Busy" was her middle name. How could she have been anything but, as a "No No" daughter!

Although she was light on coat, her coloring more than made up for it. Beautiful Kenai, a most delightful spirit! We miss you, we'll love you always!

Trust 'n Luck's Keep an Eye Out (Kenai)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Something Came for Elbee!'ve got Mail!

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And, a nice added extra - our dog training club makes these cool little identification cards for the CGC dogs. As one of the other members said, "Now Elbee can drive!"

Natasha, the club photographer, did a great job with the pictures. Not that it was difficult to get Elbee to smile. She looked like this during the entire time she was at the CGC test. Typical Prima's all about me!

And, of course, a girl needs her signature jewlery. Like Denali, Elbee now has her official CGC identification tag.

Congratulations again Elbee! You're the sweetest little Pem Princess ever!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Corgi-Lab Puppies Looking for a Nice Home!

For anyone who hasn't seen these two sweet puppies on Jeri's Blog, here they are again. They're both females, about 14 weeks old, and looking for their forever homes.

Found under a bush at the age of two weeks, along with their mom, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, these lucky girls found their way to a rescuer who has been raising and socializing them in her home.

Located in Northern Alabama, they're ready for that Just Right home of their own!

See more information on the ForPaws Corgi Rescue website.

Puppy 1

Puppy 2

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Early Birthday Present for Sage

For the remainder of his October birth month, Sage will be sporting something in keeping with the Halloween holiday. (Just wait till he figures out that a whole bunch of little people are going to come to the door, dressed in strange costumes, JUST to visit him!)

Moe has nixed "clothes" for dogs (just too cutesy for him),
but I couldn't resist this for Sage's first birthday!

Here's how the introduction went:
"Huh...what's this?"

I'll pretend I'm not interested, till she looks away.

Smells vaguely familiar...these tags look like mine!

They taste like mine too!

Well, that's why I'm NOT a model. I don't like standing still!

Yea, I see this is a trick so I'll stay still, now where's the treat?

Modeling is sooo exhausting.
Good thing this looks so nice on me!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

This annual event in Palo Alto, CA started 14 years ago. I went to the first one, and have been many times in subsequent years. Each year there are more pumpkins and it becomes more amazing! This year I heard someone say that there were over 10,000 pumpkins!

In the early years, if you didn't get there right as the event started, you missed out on the best deals. Now, there are SO many more offerings, that it wasn't an issue. The popularity of this has spawned similar events in the area, but this one is by far the best! Simply amazing! Each year the work gets better as more glass artists contribute and hone their skills. Below is a small sampling of what there was to see.