Wisconsinite living and working (chemist) in Alabama.
Welsh Corgi Breeder?
About My Corgi(s):
I adopted Paco, a Pembroke corgi, from the humane society Fall of 2007 and have become smitten by the breed.
I still can't understand why anyone would give this great dog away. He is a bit peculiar. He doesn't play with anything that he can't eat, doesn't chase balls or squirrels, is afraid of cats, loves everyone he meets, is afraid of pumpkins, is an expert high-five giver, enjoys howling with us, and only talks to my fiance. I wouldn't have him any other way.
Sadly, Paco lost a fight against and unknown ailment on Valentine's day of 2013. He is sorely missed.
Early Spring of 2009 we acquired Erma, our second Pembroke corgi. She's 8 and quite timid still. She loves chasing a tennis ball and has a very opposite personality of Paco. They're still working things out about who gets lap rights. Erma has some confidence issues which we're going to work on so she doesn't get so scared when new dogs sniff her butt. She's super sweet and LOVES belly rubs and insists that you never stop once you've started.
Since the death of Paco, she's taken on the huge responsibility of caring for her two owners by herself and accepting all of the burden of full attention and abundant treats.
Update: Erma has now passed too. Her spleen gave out at the ripe age of 13. Her last moments were spent in my arms on the shore of Lake Superior. She is sorely missed.
We have now adopted Gunner since moving to Alabama. He was posted on petfinder.com as a corgi mix in Lawrenceburg, TN. We were told he was confiscated from a home where 12 dogs were left to run free in a backyard. He was near feral when captured by animal services. The owner agreed to reduce her number of dogs to 6 giving up Gunner and some of his friends. He wasn't properly socialized so we've been working on that. We do know his father was a Cardigan and his mother was a Pembroke. His body shape is like the Cardigan with brindle and white markings and a sleek body and coat. The expressions me makes are so much like Paco it's unnerving some times. But, his personality reminds me so much more of Erma. I feel like both of my lost pups Paco and Erma are somehow embodied in Gunner. Of course, he has his own personality and unique appearance and we love him. People are always asking if he's a purebred corgi. We reply with corgi/corgi to which most people get confused. At home we describe Gunner as half corgi, half corgi, half otter.
Hi!! I read your post on rescued corgis, it sounds like she just needs some time, love, patience and belly rubs! :) It took a little while for Lilly to feel like she really belonged! She has problems like yours, she was so affraid of other dogs, people, etc! And now look at her! She is a corgi extrordinaire!! Twinkie is our newest addition, she was a "forclosure dog". It only took her 1 day, and she wanted to rule the roost! They are all different, and would all have a different story to tell if they could talk. I hope it works out, and if not please give her to a corgi rescue.
When we have added a new dog, I always worried about "offending" the other (s), but , from experience, I think the additions have made our other dogs better. Good luck. Your concerns mean you are on the right path. It doesn't always work out, but all you can do is try. How lucky both your furkids are!
Deirdre, just read your post on Rescused Corgis. Don't panic. It sounds like you have come a long way in just a few days with this little girl. We got our resuce Fern about a year ago. She had been a breeding dog in a puppy mill. She had to make the transition to a home with three other Corgis!. She too was and still is in many ways very timid. She is having to make a number of transitions all at once. A new place...someone elses territory... and learning new things. I think you will find she will be very willing to please. You will have to monitor the jealousy of your other dog. That is completely normal, but does require some intervention. The new girls needs to learn that she has a place and at the same time Paco is going to learn to adjust to sharing you. It can be done! It does take time. Not just a few days, but mayber a few weeks or even a few months. Fern is still startled by sudden movements and loud noises and will retreat, but she does "recover and join back fairly quick. She still will isolate herself now and then..comfort zone I think, but she will play with the other dogs runing like crazy outside, but still more reserved inside. She has become defensive of me when she is in my lap and will assert herself when she doesn't want to share. Overall she has been an amazing addition to our family and was worth al the extra effort she needed..