Of all the pets I have owned throughout my life, I think it is funny and interesting that about my Welsh Pembroke Corgi I am very often asked, "Why did you choose a Corgi"? My first response was, well I think they are cute, but upon further reflection there is more. When I was in 3rd grade I read a story titled Little Dog Lost, about a cogri that got lost and was raised by a fox. I was very intrigued by the story line and charmed by the description and illustrations of the Corgi. Every great once in awhile I would come across a Corgi and remember the story and admire them, then I knew somewhere in my future I would have a Corgi. So how about you all, why did you choose a Corgi?
For me I think it was a mix of corgi exposure that wooed my heart to the waddly little darlings.
In college I was taking a Organic Chem final study break and found a link a friend had sent to me of a youtube video. It was of the most adorable sable and white corgi pup (probably about 8 weeks) just waddling around, laying down and falling asleep, playing and just generally being adorable. That, I think, planted the seeds. About a year later one of my friends rescued a sublimely adorable tri-colored corgi. He had the sweetest temperament (I was surprised when she told me he was 2 yrs old and had been abused because he was just so incredibly sweet) and one of the things I remember vividly was her talking about how quickly he caught on to training because they're quite smart. They actually trained him well enough to be the ring bearer in her wedding-- carrying the pillow on his back and then, after it was taken off his back, giving the rings to the best man and maid of honor. I'm not even kidding about that.
When I moved to Chicago my partner and I lived in a young neighborhood and we saw so many corgis walking their owners all over. All of them were friendly, sweet and hilarious. What other dog looks so happy all the time? The little naturally smiling faces, adorable bat ears and excited waddle just make the cutest, happiest looking dogs you can find. We were both convinced and we decided that once we lived in an apartment that would let us get a dog, we'd get a corgi (and name him Stanley...we actually included that in our wedding vows. Ha!).
We ended up getting a cardi just out of coincidence. When we were looking at ads for litters in the area we saw lots of pems that were beautiful-- some had great temperaments and some didn't, depending on how much they'd been handled of course. We knew our big priorities were health and temperament as we wanted a companion dog we could take hiking or just have sitting around the house or in the car with us. Then I happened upon an ad for a litter of cardis with a gorgeous blue merle boy's picture and a note that the puppies had been "snuggled every moment of their lives" which made me think that perhaps this adorable pooch was just what we were looking for. I think I showed it to my husband 10 times in one morning, each time saying "we should go see this one. Isn't he adorable?" A 4 hour drive later that day and a meeting in the parking lot of a Starbucks and I think it took us all of 3 minutes to completely fall in love with our little blue boy. It may have been the quickest transaction in history and we've been delighted since.
My husband worked with a guy who had corgis. I had never seen them before but thought that they were the sweetest, friendliest dogs (and they smelled good)! They also bred corgis... when they had a litter they wanted us to come and see the pups. We never did. The next litter that they had we happened to go see them. All the way to their house Tim my husband kept telling me we aren’t getting a puppy. I had never had dogs before so I wondered why he kept saying that. We walked in and saw the puppies, we watched them play and one of the pups kept coming over to us….Tim said this is the one I would choose, but we aren’t getting a puppy!!!…..We put a deposit down before we left. We have been so happy with that decision!
[Please, bear with me; this is the only way I can effectively describe my husband's and my first ever encounter with corgis (Pems).]
Imagine Teletubbie land (you know the rolling green hills with flowers, a big sun - minus the baby face, and bunnies hopping everywhere. Okay, well about 14 years ago, my husband and I were at a place that looked like that. Now, imagine looking out in the distance over a hill and seeing a herd of about 10 little fairy dogs with seemingly no legs running as fast as possible up the hill toward you - all with great big smiles on their faces. :-) In the time it took for the whole pack of them to get up the hill, my husband and I turned to each other, squealed with glee and made a pact that the next dog we ever got would be a corgi. We finally got one this past year when we lost our rescue girl, Molly, who needed to be an only dog.
BTW - We had never heard of Cardigans until a couple years ago when Animal Planet started running dog show reruns on Saturday mornings. After doing some research and considering that we really wanted a tail because Molly didn't have one, we decided a laid back male Cardigan would be best for us considering we have a young child and multiple cats. One day though, I think I might still need to get my bunny butt fix. :)
:-) One could not make this stuff up.