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Obesity in Corgis

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"Obesity in pets may seem cute, but it can have serious effects on your pet’s health which can eventually lead to complications and death. Proper diet and exercise is extremely important for any animal. Pet owners should also be…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on July 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sparkle's 1st Birthday

Sparkle's official 1st Birthday photo

It was close, there were times when Sparkle was being potty trained that I was ready to give her back to her breeder but she made it and as you can see she's grown into a beautiful girl.  She's got a big…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on January 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

Merry Christmas 2012

Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on December 24, 2012 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Gromit Does His Civic Duty

Since Gromit turned three this year and that's over 18 in dog years I registered him to vote.  He was keen to vote for AZ. House of Representatives member Frank Pratt who is a corgi owner.  At the polling station they questioned whether Gromit should be allowed to vote and I said "He was born here so he's a citizen…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on November 6, 2012 at 4:03pm — 10 Comments

Meeting Great Aunt Holly

My first two Corgis, Watson & Tinsel, had two litter mates, Holly and Mistletoe.  We had the good fortune to meet and photograph Great Aunt Mistletoe, AKA Missy, a couple of years ago before she went to the bridge but I'd never made contact with Holly's…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on October 29, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Fall Corgi Picnic

The fall fund raiser picnic for Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue was this past Sunday.  There was a great turn out of humans and Corgis, by some counts perhaps as many as 90 Corgis came and went during the day.  The weather was ideal and smiles abounded. 

Sparkle's brother and sister, Finn and Lacey, came down for the event from Clarkdale, AZ with their owner and…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on October 24, 2012 at 2:45am — 5 Comments

Gromit's Third Birthday

Gromit had a fine birthday day. He slept in, then had his usual breakfast. We went to the vet for an official weighing to confirm that he is back on his diet. Then it was off to Pet Smart for a pedicure and buying a new Hedge Hog squeaky toy.
Then we headed home for the dreaded brushing...…
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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on September 27, 2012 at 12:00am — 27 Comments

Backyard Fun

Summer is upon us here in Arizona so I take Gromit & Sparkle out after the sun is low enough that the backyard is in shade. They get about 10 minutes of playtime to frap, wrestle, or mess around with the agility course before the heat gets to them.

Let the games begin!…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on May 17, 2012 at 6:18pm — 4 Comments

Sparkle Comes Home!

I begin my efforts to get a second Corgi back about this time last year.  Life events and nature conspired against me and I'd about given up, telling Gromit he would just have to wait for another playmate until maybe the Fall or Spring.

 

There was an opportunity to get a female Pembroke pup back at the first of April but at the last minute that didn't work…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on May 3, 2012 at 11:30pm — 26 Comments

R.I.P. Great Aunt Mistletoe

Gromit’s Great-Aunt Mistletoe, litter mate to my first Corgi pals Watson & Tinsel,  is finally gone at age 13.  Degenerative Myelopothy (DM)  won as it always…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on April 25, 2012 at 11:00pm — 11 Comments

How To Improve Your Snow Scene Pictures

We don't get a lot of snow in my part of Arizona but I do see a lot of snow pictures from friends and family elsewhere. One of the almost universal problems is with the snow in the pictures and the over all scene looking blue or perhaps dirty gray. That's caused by the camera trying to figure out the lighting of the bright snow and the "white balance" of the scene. If you're feeling brave you can Google "white balance" for a complete explanation.



Essentially one of the things the…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on January 21, 2012 at 4:48pm — 6 Comments

Lost and Found

As Charlie walked with his rifle in the Arizona dese rt far south of Phoenix,  near the old airport where his business was based, he spotted something moving off in the distance. Through the scrub brush and mesquite bushes a small shape moved through the otherwise lifeless desert. Charlie raised his rifle and peered through the scope. “It must be a small badger or something”…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on December 4, 2011 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

I Want A Corgi Puppy!

I want a Corgi puppy.  Gromit needs a pal his own size and I love having two Corgis to share my home.  Things around the house have not been entirely in balance since I lost my beloved Watson & Tinsel back in 2009 so I have great enthusiasm for owning Corgis and finding a puppy to become Gromit's little brother or sister. 

Perhaps you're starting down the…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on November 13, 2011 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Ozzie's Diet Plan

In the previous blog post I showed pictures of Ozzie who has lost 30lbs since arriving at Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue.  A couple of people asked me what diet Ozzie has been on so I wrote Vicki, who runs AZCCR and asked for the details.  Here's her reply:

"As for kibble, we feed Purina OM…
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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on October 31, 2011 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Big Ozzie

When 9 year old Ozzie arrived at Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue late in 2010 he weighed over 60 pounds, a shocking weight for a dog that should weigh 30lbs or less. He was a sad sight, too fat to play, too fat to do anything but be sad.  But AZCCR pack leader Vicki Combs knew there was still a happy Corgi inside there so Ozzie went to diet boot camp.

Sad…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on October 26, 2011 at 11:00pm — 11 Comments

Gromit Turns Two

My big, hairy friend Gromit turned two years old today so I grabbed the camera for his official birthday pictures, or as he likes to call them, "whelpday pix." 

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on September 27, 2011 at 1:30am — 28 Comments

Thousands of Corgi Pictures!

Tinsel & Watson & Doug. 2005

Yes, with my first two Corgi pals, Watson & Tinsel, I took took thousands of pictures of them over our ten years together.  I took lots of them because I loved those two and because digital "film" is cheap. 

 

About a year ago I got to looking though all…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on August 29, 2011 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

AZ Cactus Corgi Rescue Spring Fling

Gromit and Holly and Debbie and I drove up to Phoenix for the Spring picnic hosted by Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue.  There were about 70 Corgis in attendance but only about 20 left for the end of the day photo. The park people are probably still trying to sweep up all the Corgi fur left behind.

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on March 21, 2011 at 8:06pm — 3 Comments

In A Just And Perfect World

Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on March 9, 2011 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

Gromit Goes To The Dog Show

Gromit and I and Debbie headed off to the big dog show in Scottsdale today.  Gromit isn't a show dog but like the ordinary fellow who has friends that are show people, Gromit's brother Night was being shown, and we also heard from MyCorgi members Mike and Debbie Burk that they would be showing Hank this weekend.  A chance to visit with Gromit's breeder, Jean York, and to meet Mike & Debbie & Hank wasn't to be…

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Added by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on March 7, 2011 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

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