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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, August 29, 2010

On the Brink of an RAE!

This weekend we traveled to Santa Rosa for a two-day Rally event (indoors - nice!). Denali came home with four more green ribbons, having given some wonderful performances. This earns us RAE legs 8 and 9. Our title attempt will be on October 3. The September shows in Petaluma were so gruesomely hot last year that I opted to skip them this year.

Seriously, the field was incredible. When a score of 99 isn't enough to earn you a placement, you know you've got competition! That's what happened on Saturday! It put us in the 5th place position by virtue of a tie score for time...sigh!

Nontheless, I know how well she did. We came SO close to a 100%. Had I stepped out a second sooner after a right finish (no sit at the end) we would have had it!

Denali was just awesome - both in the ring and out. She was a model citizen, letting people "pet the corgi," and showing just how engaging this breed can be!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pupper Update #14 - Featuring Logan

Our two little black-headed tri-colored boys, Lucas and Logan, are turning into VERY handsome fellas! Here's a look at Logan out and about! Yep, they're mobile - just try keeping track of all six of them when they're headed in all directions! Don't worry, pictures of the others are coming soon!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Riff and Raff

This evening Sage and I attended his weekly obedience class.  After an hour of working with all of those other big dogs, he's generally pretty quiet on the way home.  But the minute he's out of the car he's looking for Denali! 

His interactive toy is only too happy to oblige and they wrestle and FRAP till both tongues are hanging out.  As I started upstairs, there they were, both looking pretty pleased with themselves!

Thank goodness they have each other for entertainment!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pupper Update #13 - Eat, Play, Sleep

Weighing in: All are doing well. Even the little girls, Abi and Kismet, are thriving and have passed the one pound mark!

This allows you to see their relative size, and the roly-poly tummies.

Morgan's Milk Bar - Still the "in" place to be!

But the "drive-in" isn't bad either!

Recreation time. Let's play, "I chew on your ear."

Get it Lucas, get that green monster!

Ahh...nothing like a nice, plush sibling pillow. 
The food on my face...I'm saving that for later!

Stay tuned for more individual puppy photos. 
Next up: "Going Mobile!"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Paw it Forward - Our gift made it to Napa!

Alden received her box and the furry Cardi kids, Fig, Watson and Duncan, are having a great time with the contents. See photos on her blog, be one of two to indicate your desire to be next in line in the comment section, and you're next to play Paw it Forward!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pupper Update #12 - First Big Dog Meal!

Our foster mom says:

"They were hilarious at the first meal.  They weren't very efficient eaters at first, stepping in the bowl and the trying to eat the food off of each other, sucking on the edge of the bowl, and then face planting into the food.  Pretty comical and all needing a little bath after dinner.  By the second feeding they had it figured out. They headed straight for the bowls and lapped it up. It is amazing to me how much the piglets can eat!"

Hilarious she said...see for yourself!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pupper Update #11 - The Big World Unveiled

Growing puppies - here's their weight progress of the past week. Kismet remains our tiny girl, but she is gaining gradually. She and Abi are still being given the VIP treatment at Morgan's Milk Bar, plus supplemental feedings.  They are just starting on goat's milk and ground turkey.

One of my favorite photos: Abi and Mama Morgan


Abi - as upside down puppy







First time out in the Big World!

It's a real jungle out here! How tall do you suppose this grass is? 
Oh, at least three inches! (What's grass?)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Photos from Last Week's Rally Trial

Last weekend there was a professional photographer at our Rally Trial. He took photos of the Rally contestants and has posted them on his website. Some of them are really good.  Here are just a few of Denali doing her Rally thing.  This is the first time we've ever had professional photos of us and it was fun to see them!

It was actually raining lightly when we arrived and stopped just before we went into the ring. If we look a little damp, we were! It was also cold. I had on about four shirt layers! Great temps for a fluffy! Denali loved it!

See all of our photos in the Excellent-B class.
See all of our photos in the Advanced-B class.

I think I'll have to buy this last one!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Off it Goes - Box #2 (Paw it Forward!)

Our Cardigan Postal Inspector, Sage, is at it again.  He's checking my work to make sure that all is in order for our Paw it Forward Box #2 to make its way to Napa, CA, where it will arrive on his brother Fig's doorstep, to be enjoyed by Watson and Duncan too!

He made sure it was plainly marked.

And that all the seams were securely taped.

Then the Cardigan Postmistress gave it her final approval. Thanks Denali.

OK, off it goes! 

Official notice to Fig, Watson and Duncan: Look for your box to arrive on Monday!
And make sure Alden posts on her blog so the next lucky Paw it Forward canine can check things out and be the first or second to place a comment on her posting and keep things moving!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pupper Update #10 - The Upside Down Puppy

Logan - Upside down - just like a real corgi!

The line up - with the incredible shrinking hot dog stuffie.

Someone needs a bath...awww Mom!

Let's go for a walk. Lemme outta here!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pupper Update #9 - Dodge & Logan

"Well, I moved the little explorers to a baby pool. They were climbing out of their bed and were all over the place. They all went to the place where the door was on the bed and fussed when they couldn't escape. I am hoping this will contain them for a little while (yes, maybe a few days). We are learning and puppy proofing as we go."


FOSTER MOM'S REPORT - continued:
"Logan is the little wanderer. He takes off on his wobbly little legs with a determined look and blindly explores the kitchen. If you take him back to the bed he gets out and marches off again. He's been doing circles in the pool... They are changing so much each day."