My husband and I like to take our corgi on long walks, weekend trips to the beach, and adventure on long road trips. Our corgi is precious to us because he's our little boy, a well mannered and loyal dog.
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About My Corgi(s):
Our first encounter with corgis was in Crissy's Field, under the Golden Gate Bridge. After some research and deciding between westie, petit basset griffon vendeen, or corgi we finally decided on the pembroke.
We adopted Mac, a 5 yr old Pembroke from a local corgi rescue a year ago in 2008. He is the perfect dog - house broken, knows basic commands, leash trained, etc. He's very laid back and enjoys chasing squirrels. He loves everyone he meets, gets along with cats and other dogs. He hasn't quite understand the concept of fetching a ball yet. His best trick is after every walk, he would lay down on a towel then roll-over to have his paws and behind wiped :o)
If you're interesting in adopting a corgi, I'd be happy to share my experience with you.
I purchased my pop-up crate from PetEdge.com. They have lots of portable crates that are really inexpensive and mine has lasted two years without issues so far. Sorry took so long for me to get back to you!
Thank you for your kind comments. I'm always pleased to hear that the dogs are doing well and are in great forever homes! Mac was a kind soul from day one and is truly a dog who lives in the moment and makes the most of the attention he gets. I'm happy to hear that he's continuing to lose weight, as we see so many corgis who have health issues which are related to their overweight issues. It's hard on corgi bones & joints, especially as they age.
Thank you for the update and I wish you many happy years with Mac!
The amazing thing is that these Snoqualmie Pass hikes are only an hour's drive from Seattle, and as long as the trail/snow conditions are good, it's quite easy. If you know what to do with an ice axe, you can go anywhere.
But I will never, ever let my dogs go to Florida. Then it would be, "Take me to Florida! I wanna be where it doesn't rain cold all the time!" I have cousins in Daytona Beach, and I grew up in northern Minnesota. I know. The dogs seem to love snow... but they've never seen sandy beaches and WARM ocean water... :-)
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Look at our photos. Al ("Dust on Crust") is ~25 lbs, wears medium ILS Doggles, fit OK but borderline on the big side. Gwynnie is ~21 lbs, wears small traditional 1-piece Doggles which fit her narrower face well.
I like the ILS idea because dogs are careless of optics and will scratch them, trying to rub them off. So buy extra lenses to replace when they get damaged. If the UV protection is an outside layer, when it is scratched-through, it will admit UV into the dilated pupil -- more harm than good maybe. I asked the company if the UV is an outside coating, an inside coating, or integral to the plastic; got no answer, they were asking the manufacturer. This is important info and they should know this.
Although I think the Doggles are more photo-prop than functional, you can get them to wear them despite their tendency to rub them off. They get full of snow, sand, scratches. Treat them with great care.
I doubt they'd really need them on a beach, but mountain glasses can be critical. I once saw someone go temporarily snow-blind (sunburn to the cornea) ascending 5,500' to 10,000' on glacier snow in overcast, we could not even see the sun until we climbed out of the clouds. He said it felt like sand in his eyes next day, he was temporarily incapacitated. Al & Gwynn have never been higher than 7700', usually much lower, but their eyes are right down there in the snow. So I try to get them to wear them.
I think a bubble-type lens would be better; these restrict their vision.
Look at some of our photos. Al (slightly large, 25 lbs?) is wearing the new ILS Doggles, which are medium size, fit OK but borderline too big. Gwynnie (smaller, 21 lbs?) wears the traditional Doggles, size small, they fit her smaller face well.
What I like about the ILS is: dogs are careless of optics, they will scratch them, so you can replace the lenses when they get trashed. I'm concerned that if the UV-opaque coating is on the outside of the lens, when it gets scratched, it will admit UV into the wide-open pupil (dilated by the dark lens), doing more harm than good.
I asked the company if the UV coating is on the outside (where it can be scratched off), or impregnated into the plastic, or on the inside. Never got an answer. They said they were asking the manufacturer. I was disappointed, that's important info and they should know.
The Doggles are more photo-prop than functional. You can get the dog to wear them, but eventually they rub them off. I don't think they'd need them at the beach, but on mountain snow you can literally go snow-blind (temporary sunburn to the cornea) even when you can't see the sun through the clouds. I saw this happen once between 6,000-10,000' on glacier snow with overcast. The dogs have been no higher than 7700 and usually much lower, but they're right down there in the snow....
we meet again! I remember Mac; he would be a great therapy dog in my humble opinion. I have to say, pet therapy in the greater Tampa Bay area is a bit difficult to grasp. Lola just passed with her Canine Good Citizen award, so she is eligible to visit St. Joseph's hospital. It seems every place I've approached about pet therapy has their own set of guidelines and certifications. We've just had to pick and choose our battles, I suppose. It's great to talk to you again; hopefully I'll see you at another meetup!
Hi and welcome to mycorgi.com! Thanks for your comment about my corgi kids and their kayaking gear. The googles are actually made especially for dogs and are called doggles. They have elastic straps to hold them in place. Here is a link where you can find them. http://www.petstreetmall.com/Doggles-Eyewear.aspx
Hi :o) I have a Canon Rebel XT,,and use a 70-300mm lens most the time ,,Thanks for your comment,,I wish i lived neer the ocean Cooper would have a blast,,Hes a water dog by heart..great photos too :o) `tina~ and Cooper