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Dedicated to Bart, who had the Most Beautiful Tail

"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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pupper Update #17 - Ready for Adoption!

Pembroke Puppies - READY TO GO HOME! As of now, we have four of the original six available. Logan and, hopefully Dodge,  already have great new homes!  We are also looking for just the right home for their mother, Morgan.

Their story: When a small private breeder fell victim to the recession, lost his job and could no longer keep his seven nice Pembrokes, they were surrendered to rescue. We took a pregnant female, Morgan, whose puppies were born while she was in foster care.  Morgan, and the sire both both have lovely temperaments. Their offspring appear to be chips off the ol' block in that department! 

Here are the puppies (and their mom) looking for just the right place!  Ideally, we are looking for corgi-experienced homes in which children are minimally age 16, no more than two existing dogs, and no cats. To be considered, please apply through ForPaws Corgi Rescue.

(Litter birthdate: July 25, 2010)

Kismet - a.k.a. Spunkiest one in the litter!

This little girl needs an experienced owner who can keep up - and definitely a job to do! She's the smallest puppy with the biggest personality! Smart, happy and ready to to rock, Kissie would be
a great candidate for a performance home. She would love to be an obedience, rally or agility dog!


 Lucas - the sweetest little boy ever!

A Classic Pembroke Teddy Bear, Lucas is confident, happy, active and affectionate - the textbook male Pem!

Viola - the "softer" female.

Sweet, sweet sweet! This is the "easiest" female, but she is definitely still a Pembroke Princess. She's got enough spunk to boss a lab around and would love to have a buddy and plenty of activities to occupy her active mind! A really nice, well-grounded girl, Viola will make a great companion!

Abilene (Abi) - the other alpha female (HAS BEEN ADOPTED!)

Not quite as much spunk as Kismet, this confident, sweet girl would also be happy with a nice male companion who was content to be her "pack." Also a dog for a corgi-experienced owner, this smart, busy girl and needs to be stimulated mentally and physically. Another good candidate for a performance home!

Morgan - adult female (mom to puppies)

Morgan has a temperament similar to Abi's. She is not as much of an alpha female as Kismet, but she does like to call the shots in the pack. Morgan gets along well with other dogs, but should not be paired with another dominant dog, nor with cats.

She is smart, confident and affectionate - a really nice companion for someone who understands that classic female Pembroke temperament.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Compare and Contrast

Carolyn's post, asking whether Hiro looks more like his brother, Captain (Cappy), or his dad, Wally, made me curious. So I stacked them up side-by-side to take a look. Just based on these photos, I am going to say that Hiro is well on his way to being a Cappy look-alike, but Wally's influence is certainly clear in both of them. But then...

L. to R. - Wally, Hiro, Captain
(click on images to enlarge)

I added Mom to the mix! And guess what, Hiro's white markings certainly show Hannah's influence! All this made me even more interested to see how my own Hannah-Wally puppy, Sage, compared to his handsome parents, so...

L. to R. - Wally, Hiro, Captain, Hannah

Here's the lineup, complete with a picture of the other "pink" puppy in the litter, Sage's sister, Iris. Although it isn't as evident in these photos, due to the different angles, I have always thought that Sage and Iris bore much more of a resemblance than Sage does to his two local brothers, Cappy and Fig. I also thought that Sage's facial structure came from Hannah, not Wally. At the same time, I certainly see Wally's influence! After all, they are a mix of both parents.

L. to. R.- Hannah, Sage, Iris, Sage, Wally

Having a boy with a mostly-white face makes you really look at structure, more than color. Sage is his mother's son. But if you look closely at the coloring to the left of Sage's left eye, you'll see that the shape of his markings echos Wally's markings. Just interesting to see how the parents each influence their young.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pupper Update #16 - Good Housekeeping

Oh yea...they're eight weeks old, and ready to rock the world - 
puppy style!

In this case, that means a little help around the house!

We'll just tidy up these newspapers for our foster mom.

She didn't really want them in that bin did she Dodge? 
Nope, don't think so.  Good work getting the last of 'em Lucas.

Yumm...these are actually quite tasty Logan! 
And I like that crunchy noise they make when I chew on 'em.

And if you don't want to work on the newspapers, can we interest you in a nice box?

She called it "dog earred" Abi. It doesn't look anything like our ears!

If you need help around your house, one of these puppies might be just the thing! We're now officially looking for just the right corgi-experienced home for each one of these nice puppies!  If you have experience in raising, training and properly socializing a young corgi, and are interested in adopting, submit your application to ForPaws Corgi Rescue. (Experienced corgi owners only, please.)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pupper Update #15 - Six Weeks Old!

Dodge & Viola

Dodge chewing on Logan
Abi & Aunt Molly.  Molly is looking for her forever home too. In the meantime, she is proving to be a wonderful babysitter!

Morgan and the kids




Monday, September 6, 2010

Boys and their Toys

The best toys are "found," not made!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Two GREAT Photos!

Remember that cool professionally-taken photo of Denali going over the jump in a Rally trial at the beginning of August? Yea, well...I had to have it. And when I looked back, I saw that there was actually a second one which turned out to be Moe's favorite. So we took both. Here are the digital versions. 

She could be a calendar girl!

Photo credit: Steve Southard Photography
(These photos are from the Monterey Bay Show, 
August 8, 2010, Rally Ex-B)