Chelsea Meredith's Blog (10)

What's your pup's favorite chew that lasts longer than a sitting?

Hi, everyone!

What's your dog's favorite chew that lasts longer than ten minutes?  So far the best chewing device that lasts the longest in my household are bully sticks (the quality kind, otherwise kinds from brands like Ol' Roy get chewed up in a sitting) and pig skin twists (those seem to last about a day or two).

I have a variety of different flavored Nylabones, but they're not interested in those. 

Any suggestions?  I have a 1.5 year-old and…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on June 15, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Hello, everyone! Meet Margo the 6mo-old Cardi!

Hi, friends!  

I want everyone to meet Margo, my new family addition!  She's a 6mo-old black brindle Cardigan Welsh Corgi (from a breeder, held for show but her sister ended up being just a bit better in the show evaluation so she was re-homed).  She's SUPER sweet!  Loves to lick faces and wag her fox tail!

The first few days:

She has only been home for three days, but already her and Gutie (my 1.5 year-old male Pem) zoom and wrestle through the house like they were born…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on June 14, 2016 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Is it necessary to keep dogs on heartworm medication year-long in Wisconsin?

Hi, friends!

I live in Wisconsin at the tippy top right on the peninsula on Lake Superior.  October-March it is below 60 degrees everyday (Dec-Feb it's commonly negative in temperature), but we do get the occasional "heat stroke" in October or March where it spikes to 60, sometimes 80 degrees for a day.  I've had Gutie on heartworm medication every month, but my vet has suggested that Gutie doesn't need it when it gets below 40 degrees.  She suggested that I just administer Pyrantel…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on June 5, 2016 at 9:08am — 8 Comments

Do Cardigans and Pembrokes generally get along?

Hi, friends!

Thank you for helping me with my last blog post!  I'm VERY excited to go visit Margo, a 6 month old Cardigan (held for show by the breeder) next Sunday to see how compatible she is with my little dude Gutie (1.5 year old Pembroke).

Do Cardigans and Pembrokes generally have the same temperaments, exercise requirements, etc?  My guy requires 2 hours of exercise daily, which is NO PROBLEM because I absolutely love to be outdoors and even though I work full-time the…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on June 5, 2016 at 8:41am — 2 Comments

2 dogs?! 6mo old and a 1.5 year-old?

Hey, friends!

So, I have the opportunity to adopt a 6mo-old Cardigan (female) from a breeder I live near.  I would absolutely love to have her, as Gutie gets lonely during the day while I'm working and he'd love a playmate the rest of his life!  I'm going to go visit her (Margo) on Wednesday to see how compatible her and Gutie are.

If all goes well, how do you guys juggle having two dogs in your life?  I already have a second crate from when Gutie was younger, I…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on May 31, 2016 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

Is obedience training necessary?

Gutie is 6mo and is incredibly smart/obedient.  He knows how to sit, lay down, come, stay, roll over, play dead, bark/howl on cue, touch an object when pointed to, nose a bell when it's time to potty, heel, dance in a circle, jump through a hoop, kennel up, high five, shake, wave hi/bye... among other various tricks.  I've heard that training classes are also an excellent way to teach good behaviors and socialize but Gutie is such a good boy.  He doesn't jump on anyone (children especially)…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on July 17, 2015 at 8:28pm — 8 Comments

How much should he eat?

Hi everyone!  Gutie is 4.5 months now and is getting 1/2 cup of Fromm's Puppy dry food 3x day (7am, 12pm, 5:30pm).  I can visibly see his waistline and his ribs (both of them aren't sticking out, but I can see them without any difficulty).  He's an active dog (puppy play dates 2x/week, hiking/long walks everyday, swimming at the beach/pool, running freely at the park/cabin).  I took him to the vet to get weighed the other day on their scale and he's nearly 21lbs, but she the tech assured me…


Added by Chelsea Meredith on June 24, 2015 at 8:29pm — 2 Comments

Barking and fearfulness of strangers?

The other day my Gutie (14 weeks old) decided to just start barking at strangers and when people approached he gets fearful and hides behind me. He wasn't like this before! He used to bound up to strangers for pets and kisses! He is very well socialized around people and other dogs. To my knowledge he hasn't had any bad experiences with people at all that would lead to this. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't want it to lead to more fearfulness or aggression later! :(

Added by Chelsea Meredith on May 23, 2015 at 1:46pm — 4 Comments

Potty training/crate training tips?

Gutie is nearing the 15 week mark and he's doing well with his potty training; he is still a baby so accidents are ok. He needs to go out every 1.5/2hrs or he'll potty in the house, is that normal at his age? I crate him at night and he holds it the whole night (bedtime at 8:30, no water after 7pm except for an ice cube or two, potties before bed). I've been told that more crate training will help his bladder control, but I'm not sure how exactly to go about that? I put him in there for naps… Continue

Added by Chelsea Meredith on May 22, 2015 at 10:44am — 6 Comments

Weight Normal?

Hi fellow corgi lovers! Gutie is almost fourteen weeks old now (I can't believe it) and he's already 15 pounds! Is that normal? The vet said he's in great condition but after reading others' posts about corgi weight I feel as though he's a monster!

Added by Chelsea Meredith on May 20, 2015 at 8:22am — 6 Comments

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