I am a full-time criminology student, and a mother, and a lover of all things corgi! I grew up with a corgi named Douglas, who was actually a year older than I was, and died when I was 16. 2 months ago, I adopted a female corgi, who was already named connie, which I lengthened to Constance, but call her kahn most of the time.
She has become an integral part of my family unit, and I don't know what we'd do without her. She's my bestfriend!!
Connie was rescued from Robeson County, North Carolina, where she was being held at the kill shelter after having been picked up wandering in the country. The shelter she was at, was a stab shelter, and she spent two weeks witnessing the dogs around her being stabbed in the chest by employees of the shelter. Luckily, my mother in law who works for a rescue group called the shelter and asked for the next three dogs, about to be put down. They gave her connie, and one other dog. Immediately she called me and said "i have a dog I think you'd like!", when I got there, and I met connie for the first time, we bonded so instantly that I knew we were really meant to be. Even though I wasn't actively seeking to adopt at that time, I knew I couldn't turn my back on Connie. So, my boyfriend gave her to me as a present for graduating from college.
When connie was rescued, she had just given birth to puppies (although they were not picked up by animal control), and her milk was so heavy that her nipples were literally dragging the ground. She was very sad, and exhausted, and she had a skin condition which the vet concludes came from poor living conditions and malnutrition. Although the rescue group was very careful to wait until connie's milk had dried up sufficiently to have her spayed, there were still complications with her incision.
Between the two of us (connie and i) we were able to keep it clean enough and closed often enough that she healed slowly but surely.
Connie is now very happy, and totally healed, although it's still very evident that she's had children. We are still working on this skin condition but it's not contagious, and it isn't viral or bacterial, and it isn't an infestation so we are OK.
Now connie has become second in command around the house, and she helps in anyway she can think of. Although she is a wondering and caring animal, she has moments where she worries, and when she worries she chews.
Connie isn't much of a gaurd dog, because she's a lover. But she loves cats and other small furry animals that she can snuggle up next to.
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I have had Corgis for about 7 years now. My first Corgi, Basil, was killed two years ago. Long sad story. But he was the most wonderful dog ever and I have been a corgi lover ever since. Can't imagine life with out a fuzzy butt! I do dream about non-shedding Corgis though. LOL Fern seems upset by loud noises as well and gets upset when someone has a stick in their hand...like she is afraid of being hit. I noticed this when I was giving a paper towel tube to the dogs to play with. She cowered away. I felt so bad. She is learning and is well accepted by the group. She has an incontinence problem that looks like it may need surgery. we are going in for x-rays on Friday. She is potty trained, but she leaks urine. We have tried a variety of therapies, but the vet thinks it is a congenital issue where one of the tubes to drain urine to the bladder actually drains into her vagina. I'm hopeful we can resolve the issue. She was at the rescue organization for six months. No one wanted a leaky Corgi. She is a real sweetheart. She seems to like to chew on wood. Trying to distract her with rawhide or bully sticks doesn't seem to help, but Cardboard seems to make her happy. At least the mess is easy to clean up!
What a wonderful thing to rescue a Corgi. So sad how her life started, but so happy she has a great life now. Hard to believe there are still "stab shelters" You've done a wonderful thing. The best dogs seem to find us when we aren't even looking. I have four Corgis...one is a puppy mill rescue (she was a breeding dog for about 3 years. She too will chew when she is anxious about something, but she is also a very loving little girl.