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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

Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Party at the Ranch

Another wonderful day in Napa! Many thanks to Alden and her parents for allowing us to create another Corgi Invasion so soon after the last one just a few weeks ago!

Moe took 76 photos. A few of them are below and you can see them all if you click here

Alden - you're a dynamite hostess - thanks loads for a wonderful time!

Here's the newest member of the pack, and little Star of the Day! Watson was soooo cute playing with all the big dogs, but it was a lot of action for this little guy. At a point, he crashed under this chair, sleeping soundly.

This is one sweet puppy! Welcome Home Watson!

Pretty Denali

Sweet Duncan

LtoR: Cappy, Malibu, Fig, Elbee, Sage, Denali, Watson

As they had at the previous get-together, the three littermates, Fig, Cappy & Sage, played ALL DAY long!

Sage & Fig

Three boys, all vying for position. Sometimes it got pretty heated, but never more than posturing. They all seem to honor one another when it comes down to it. Carolyn observed that they are still retaining their relative positions, learned when they were very young and tussled with one another in their pen.

Pink and Blue merles - cool suits!

Here's the view off the deck, a little later in the evening. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is visible on the left horizon, located about 50 miles away!

By the end of the day, Watson was downright exhausted! Thank goodness his mom scooped him up for a rest (and because she was probably afraid he might end up going home with someone else if she didn't watch him closely!) A fair concern with this cute boy!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

CorgiAid, Inc. Auction - LAST DAY TOMORROW!

Don't forget...tomorrow,
November 29th is the LAST DAY of the
CorgiAid, Inc. Auction.

Get your bids in now...don't miss out!
(Somewhere, a homeless corgi is depending on you!)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Being Thankful - it's all Relative!

Something for which I'm thankful:

Something for which Moe is thankful:

Something for which Sage, Denali & Elbee are thankful:

Something for which we will all be thankful at tomorrow's dog party:

Wishful thinking!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Positively Autumnal!

People say we don't have seasons here in California. And, compared to most places, we really don't. But today, looking out my front window...

Looks like it might be close to Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ying & Yang

Denali has never been so happy with a canine companion as she is with Sage. For his part, he idolizes her; follows her everywhere and emulates her behaviors, which isn't always such a good thing!

They hang out together constantly throughout the day, but until now, I've never seen them make a dog pile together. As I prepared to go down the stairs this morning, here's what I saw in the living room below.

Pals for Life!

Monday, November 16, 2009

CorgiAid, Inc. Auction - DON'T MISS IT!

The annual CorgiAid, Inc. auction is now open and will run through November 29!

Be sure to check out all of the great offerings and place your bid! This is a wonderful way to do stress-free Christmas shopping for those corgi-loving friends! And don't forget the CorgiAid online store. Great for Christmas, and all year around!

Think about it: As you're shopping, you're saving a dog's life!
Click on the links below to start saving more rescue corgis!

Always a great gift, the 2010 CorgiAid Calendar features ForPaws Corgi Rescue dogs, Ozzy (April) and Pandy (December). Their foster mom submitted these photos. Thanks Denise!

ForPaws Corgi Rescue wishes to thank CorgiAid, Inc. for all of the wonderful dogs they've sponsored for us this year. Without the help of CorgiAid, independent rescuers like ForPaws wouldn't be able to save nearly as many corgis and corgi mixes as we do!

By supporting CorgiAid, you are making a BIG difference! You are literally giving dogs that otherwise wouldn't have one, a chance at life!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Many More Great Birthday Pics! (Thanks Denise!)

Here are some additional photos from the California "Trees" Birthday Celebration last weekend. These were taken by Denise Sponsler. She has a good eye and a nice camera, with a feature that allows you to take a series of shots in quick succession.

As a result, she has some wonderful action shots that string together like a slow-motion picture. Below is one segment of a series in which she captured the Three Brothers, Captain, Fig, and Sage, playing together.

But there are a LOT MORE great pictures!
You can see them all on Trenton's Photo Gallery.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Big Day for Denali & Sage!

Yesterday was a really big day! It started VERY early! Up at 5:30AM and off to Napa, CA for Denali's first-time performance entry in Rally!

Denali has been training for quite awhile, starting with formal obedience. But from the start it was apparent that the pace of the formal obedience was too slow. As well, this is a very social girl. She is much happier when you interact with her. Not being able to talk to her proved a real detriment.

One of our training classmates suggested we try Rally instead. From the very first lesson, Denali was smiling and happy. I looked down to see her sitting next to me, tail vigorously brushing, awaiting the "heel" command...a different dog! This is the performance experience we'd hoped to achieve!

Yesterday morning, Denali was ready to show just how much she's learned!

And, did she ever! First time showing, she earned her first leg, snagging a second place finish in an entry of 9 dogs. It would have been a first place finish, with a score of 98, had her handler (me) not made a silly error!

One of the rally stations requires the dog to come forward to the handler and sit three consecutive times. Denali does this perfectly. But on the final sit, I didn't give her enough time to get her butt all the way down before motioning her to finish and move forward. Given her 5-inch legs, and her generously fluffy pants, I had no idea that she wasn't sitting. From the front, she looked to be fully down. But from the judge's side view, she saw that Denali was not quite there. This meant a ten-point deduction for failure to complete all of the principal parts of the exercise. A big deduction! So...lesson learned for the handler - put a little pause in there before moving on!

Special note of huge thanks to Trenton for coming to watch Denali's Rally debut. Your support meant so much and I really appreciate that you made two trips to the show in one day on our account!

Here's our little qualifier, just after her showing, hanging out with Sage and Elbee, waiting for some friends to show up.

Now for the second part of our day - time to get together with Sage's brothers, Captain and Fig, and their people! Sage was pretty excited to see his brothers. He hasn't seen Cappy and Fig since they were all 10-weeks old. Cappy was showing in conformation at the show too!

And if you think that Sage was excited, here's Cappy, leaning out the car window upon arriving at the show and seeing Sage! Cappy's "sister," Malibu came along for the party.

A handsome boy, Cappy and Sage look very much alike - two merle boys in different-colored suits! Their coat quality is the same. If you don't look down, you're not sure who you're petting, just by touch. They can thank Grandma Phoebe for the texture of that beautiful, soft coat!

Other party guests included Sage's other sister, Elbee. The teeny Pembroke who played Grand Dame of the group at age 11.

After the dog show, Alden was kind enough to host the Birthday Party at the family ranch in Napa. A most spectacular location up in the beautiful hills, the ranch is home to Alden's parents, as well as their pets.

Onc of their two dogs is this little Scottish Terrier, Tartan. He is about the same size as Elbee and appeared to think she was quite special! This picture of him, next to the plaid blanket at his owner's feet, was too precious for Moe to pass up!

Naturally, Denali was there too.

As was Denali's maternal Grandfather, Alden's sweet boy, Dunkey (Duncan). Seeing them together, we don't have to wonder where Denali gets her beautiful face!

We've been related to Alden by dogs for quite a number of years. It was wonderful to see her again, to meet her son, Ian (Fig's Boy), and to see our canine family members together. Officially, the senior member of the group, Duncan is 13 years old now, and just as sweet as I remember!

Of course Cappy's human parents were there. Here's Denise with Malibu. Denise took a lot of great pictures of the dogs playing together, so we'll be looking for them on Trenton's blog soon!

Here's Trenton, with our boy, Sage. If Sage is looking a little tired here, it is because he and Cappy and Fig were running and wrestling non-stop from the time they hit the ground at the ranch. It went on for a good couple of hours and was exhausting just to watch! They had SO much fun together!

They did find time to pause for Birthday Cake however. To commemorate the first year of these three Tree Litter boys, I made them a Meat Cake! Four layers, beef, chicken, talapia (fish), and chicken gizzards, mixed with a variety of about seven different vegetables, topped with liver crumble "frosting." It was a real hit with all of the canine guests, and there was plenty leftover for an after-party food fest the next day.

Of course, the humans all had to play party games. This one was How Many Corgis can you Fit on a Table? Several of us took multiple pictures of this little group, so you're likely to see them appearing on other blogs too! From left to right: Captain, Malibu, Sage, Fig and Duncan.

The group shots were great, each one slightly different.

Our party took place on the back balcony/deck of the ranch house. The views looking out over the Napa Valley were absolutely tremendous. The ranch is located on a little slice of Heaven. Thanks again Alden, this was a perfect way to celebrate the many gifts of the day!

NOTE: Moe took the pictures above, as well as a number of others. To see all of his pictures from the day , click here. see Denise's photos, visit Trenton's blog, click here.