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What are corgis for?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) 3 hours ago. 9 Replies

Corgis don't do fear...

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Snoutbook page for Gwynnie et Al. Corgis with altitude.

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Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"We get another response not as funny.Folks ask Us what they're bred for,We'll say herding cattle or sheep.Answer'Why would they want to HURT cattle or sheep??Life is amazing,lol!"
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Lois B. Allen replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"Thanks for the laugh.  You and your dogs are great."
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susan replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"What an awesome photo!!!!  Gives me the heebyjeebies though.  I'd be afraid my dog would see a butterfly and go leaping after it! "
susan replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"hahaha. Love it!"
Anna Morelli replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"When I had Alaskan Malamutes a Ranger in  a National Park came over to see them.  He asked me how you could tell a Malamute from a Husky.  I mentioned a couple of differences then said: "Malamutes only have brown eyes, Huskys can…"
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Beth replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"Jack can outrun any dog for the tennis ball except the two pointer-mixes we know.   And I have never succeeded in tiring the dog out. Maddie is more like a normal dog and gets tired after exercise, but Jack has gears I've never even seen…"
Cheetah & Shippo replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"I can attest to this!  Shippo would just keep on chasing his soccer/tennis ball till he collapsed on the ground if I didn't decide for him that he's done!  Corgis don't wanna stop. =P"
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Beth replied to John Wolff's discussion What are corgis for?
"Hah!   So funny.  John, I was just thinking about you and wondering how Al and Gwynn are doing.   Do they still hike? Forgive me but I used your dogs as an example (didn't name you are the dogs) when someone tried to claim that…"
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What are corgis for?

Passerby:              "What were these dogs bred for?"What I replied:       "Herding cattle in Whales."What they heard:   "Herding cattle and whales."See More
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This is my dog.

"Al is handsome as always and must contend with your more normal appearance."
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Duluth, MN. Seattle since 1976.
About Me:
I'm an over-the-hill mountain climber. I take the dogs on long hard hikes and backpacking trips in Washington's Cascade mountains (West Pembrokeshire), including peaks above 8000', but mostly we maraud about the neighborhood, striking terror into the hearts of evildoers, amusing children, and playing soccer. Mostly, they're couch potatoes.
We lost Sirius, our first corgi, after 7 years, a choking accident.
Check out our song! See below.
Trying to be the person my dogs think I am.
Welsh Corgi Breeder?
About My Corgi(s):
Gwynnie is the best dog in the world. Al is even better.
Al is Gwynnie's nephew, from Haley pwc of Bellevue WA (Carrie Hale). Wonderful temperaments, quiet, playful, strong, great with kids, no health problems so far. Their poop don't even stink (YMMV), although Al is, technically, an SOB.

Al would be a good obedience dog; he's always watching you to see if he's doing OK. Independent-minded Gwynnie would flunk (our fault, not hers). Al is an unabashed love-sponge extrovert who'll fall asleep in your arms.
They greet me at the door like I'm some kind of god. It's bad for my ego problem.

Vacuuming is a contact sport, akin to hockey but more violent. They LOVE herding their soccer ball on the paved playfield. Al kicks it hard with the tip of his snout (OUCH?), has poked the ball airborne 8 times in a row, and can aim it unerringly back to me. Their ball-control is done by the committee method, so they seldom score. They never tire of this. Al is an incorrigible ball-hog: I feed Gwynnie softball passes, but Al gets them anyway. This is a great way to exercise a corgi.
A soccer ball turns Al into an ANIMAL.

Pneumatic Sphere Consultants' Technical Report:
Best: 7-8" dia. Nike Jr. child's basketball, toothproof.
Excellent: soccer ball, fastest, carry farthest, durable. Padded balls invite teeth, but is soon removed.
Very good: a volleyball (light, lively, toothproof).
Good alternate: a water polo ball.
Yard sales or secondhand stores, $1-2.

When children fawn excessively over them ("Ew! They're so KEWT! Are they FRIENDLY? Can I PET them?") I introduce them as "Killer" and "Fang".

You can't outwalk a fit corgi*. The Pembroke Welsh marmots can hike all day, 20+ miles with much elevation gain, and the only terrain they can't handle is coarse boulder fields and deep snow. The only time I have to wait for them is above timberline in hot sun; when they start seeking shade, I feed them scraped snow or make a pupsicle out of them (see photos, and the Chillybuddy cooling vest). They're amazingly sure-footed and can handle steep, rugged and brushy terrain; I no longer worry about them falling on rock. I do worry about dog-induced rockfall. They don't bother wildlife, and are so quiet they scare me -- hiking in my blind spot, I often look about and call for my missing dog in growing panic, only to find it at my heels. We've spent nights as high as 9,000' in good weather.
I learned how to sleep with Al entirely inside my wet mummy bag. 1 corgi counts for 3 on a Three-Dog Night, like an electric blanket.
I carry a chest harness and stout leash for safety belay mostly on scary river log crossings; be careful [see my post], a corgi can slip neatly out of a chest harness in a vertical hang!
I've tried to post some useful hiking tips. Their coats resist weather, dirt, and insects.

Peace is a corgi snoring softly in your ear at night. Uh, SOFTLY, Gwynnie, softly...

*UPDATE 9/12/12 Al lamed-up on day 6 of a backpacking trip, so I carried him out in an improvised sling. Cause unknown, likely a knee problem, but don't know for sure and don't know if it's totally healed. He seems fine in the city, X-ray inconclusive. Guardedly optimistic 4/10/13, he seems fine.
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Backcountry hiking with corgis -- some things I've learned.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:43pm 3 Comments

We once quickly returned 2 lost pointers because the owner's cell phone# was on the collars.  Test your microchip when you visit the vet -- Gwynnie's gave no signal!

chillybuddy cooling vest    keep in plastic bag, so you can add water to wet it (crtitical; much of the cooling is evaporative).  They wilt in sun above treeline and this thing really does help.  Size Medium with a Small girth strap.



Al's turn to make Buzzfeed

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 4:30pm 5 Comments

Al makes Buzzfeed

There are others of us in there, too.  Al is there twice; he is also #18.  Snickmom's #15.

Sitting majestically on the top of snowy mountains

Happy Birthday Gwynnie, 10 y.o. 4/8/13

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:30am 18 Comments

She has climbed 7 mountains this year, and we failed on an 8th.  She gets to go more often lately because Al is recuperating from last September's injury.  She's maybe a bit slower than she used to be, but I don't have to wait for her unless it's icy or really steep.  She gets the occasional "corgi toss"…


We stole another song

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

with apologies to one of my musical heroes, John Prine  

Still touring don't miss him.  6/23/13 at Woodland Park Zoo Seattle.

John Prine, "Dear Abbey"

Dear Abby, Dear Abby, please answer my mail,

My ears are too big,…


Merry Christmas everybody

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

Especially at this festive time of year, want is keenly felt, and abundance rejoices.  So we wish continued prosperity to our comfortable friends, and patience while the wheel of fortune turns for those in difficulty.  Health to all of our smaller friends who reliably remind us to watch the doughnut, not the…


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At 2:14pm on August 12, 2014, Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) said…

PS John. I got a kick learning that you have a 3 mo old tri named Butters. That was RR's name when we rescued him. He was hardly a Butters, or Rafa, it seems. He never answered to Rafa, so Ricky's it is, now. Tho' occasionally I call him Rafa for old times sake. He never even looks up. BTW, Rafa Nadal doesn't like dogs. Much as I love him, I don't understand people that don't like dogs, unless they had an unfortunate incident with a dog at a young age.

At 2:11pm on August 12, 2014, Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) said…

Good to hear from you, John & that Al's doing ok, even if not climbing the mountains with you and Gwynnie. RR would love to chase down Rafa Nadal's tennis balls, but you know he wouldn't bring them back! Have you tried that supplement I recommended for MicroLactin. It is great for knees. It's helped my friends 13 yr old GSD tremendously, and Jack and I feel that it's helping us, too. It's possible to see a marked improvement w/in a week. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Happy summer J,A,G

At 12:29am on May 19, 2014, Natalie, Lance &Tucker said…

thanks for the kind words john, I appreciate it. 

At 6:26pm on January 27, 2014, Kristin Lewis said…

Monty misses you all back and now we have another corgi (a cardigan)

At 2:16pm on January 26, 2014, Lucy & Ricky-Rafa (Wendy/Jack ) said…

I don't know who Ricky's rooting for as he's slept through the Australian. I don't want to do any spoiler here in case you care who won the finals today.

I'm glad Al is doing ok. We had to bring Ricky Rafa back to the veterinary hospital this week, but not for his ACL. This time for eating the carcasses of dead rodents. Apparently he found my old cat's stash of remains. He was quite sick, vomiting in volumes I had never before seen. But, he's fine now. No obstructions and xrays showed no remaining rodent bones. He's got 9 lives.


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