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Puppy energy or personality?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bogart the Cardigan Mar 22, 2015. 14 Replies

Hi all, I'm hoping to get some advice about Timber's energy.  Let me just start by saying that I love my dog and wouldn't change him at all.  He is smart and loving, and he goes with me everywhere…Continue

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I'm an East-coast transplant living in Anchorage, AK. I love all things outdoors, especially hiking, camping, mountain climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing. As of 2014, I am also a new "corgi mom". I can't wait for my puppy Timber to discover his hiking legs! We'll see who is keeping up with who on our future adventures.
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Timber is an Alaskan born-and-bred Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While his lineage is mostly comprised of show and agility corgis, I'm hoping that he proves to be the "black sheep" of his family and loves the outdoors. (After all, he was the only tri of his litter.) Timber's other aspirations include volunteer therapy dog and Iditarod champion.
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Posted on March 5, 2015 at 1:30am 6 Comments

HI everyone, thanks for the welcome to the group.  My name is Rebecca, and my corgi's name is Timber.  We live and play in Anchorage, Alaska.  I met my first corgi in Fairbanks, AK, and I've been hooked ever since.  I've often heard that I shouldn't get a corgi because I'm the adventurous type.  "That dog is too short to be climbing mountains; you should get a husky or a lab instead."  Otto - the corgi that inspired it all - was definitely one adventurous dude.  Then I found this group, and…

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At 9:25pm on June 5, 2015, WhiteDove said…
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At 12:29am on March 20, 2015, John Wolff said…

The Chillybuddy guy had changed the design slightly when last I emailed him, some years ago.  They make custom sizes for $15 extra, which you might consider.  My Medium is just barely long enough -- he says you want it to cover their butt -- he changed the belly band to have velcro on both ends, to better modulate the fit.  A corgi is like a Small girth with Medium length.  Pay attention to their specs.

I carry ours in a heavy-duty plastic bag.  Add water to the bag to wet it (must be damp for evaporative cooling).  I usually carry a pint plastic bottle to save dog-water leftovers when water is scarce -- can't always afford to waste the water they don't drink.  When strands of mylar pull loose, just cut them.

We do not have thorny brush here; stuff like blackberries might be trouble for the Chillybuddy.

Do teach the Corgi Toss and encourage it.  They WILL try to do dangerous stuff like trying to leap logs 3' high, and I hypothesize that Al got hurt on a backslide from something like that, getting his leg caught in the tangle.

And they DO get these CCL injuries, which never heal perfectly.

You might check out some of the hi-tech harnesses with a handle on the top.  They are unnecessarily heavy (I made my own lightweight version).  Once you get it sized, you can cut out the adjustable buckles and stitch it permanently if you're good with a sewing machine.

At 3:13am on March 16, 2015, Geri & Sidney said…

Whoops, I see you already know of John, Gwynnie and Al :)

At 3:00am on March 16, 2015, Geri & Sidney said…

Welcome Rebecca and Timber! Look u0p John Wolff, he and his corgis hike all over Oregon. My SIdney is a therapy dog :)

At 1:28am on March 5, 2015, John Wolff said…

Our breeder, knowing that I'm a hiker, was quite firm with me:  "No big physical challenges until he's a year old".  Don't want any growth-plate injuries in the growing legs.

I made the mistake of coming to believe these animals were indestructible, but Al hurt his leg one bad day.  I never saw anything happen, but I suspect he tweaked it somehow when we got into some thick blowdown on a neglected trail.  Usually, I try to help them over rough spots (they often just jump over the obstacle and laugh at me), or help them find the path of least resistance, but this time I had to scout around to find the trail, and then call him to me, so he ended up struggling through some thick stuff on his own.  I wonder if his leg got caught in tangled roots or something?   Anyway, don't let this happen.  They will attempt to surmount obstacles that are too much even for them.

Our two recognize "Corgi Toss!" as a standard command, so whenever I say that, I have to be ready, because they will jump right into my arms, expecting an assist (sometimes they spurn help; it hurts their pride).

Also, since your guy is also a black-backed tri, if you find him getting hot in summer sun, check out the Chillybuddy cooling vest (see my page for photos).  It really does help.  You have to keep it damp.  The mfr makes custom sizes for $15 extra, and the standard size is a bit short for a corgi.

 
 
 

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