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I had to put my corgi to sleep the other night

I have to admit, I had never really thought to check my dogs lymph nodes with any degree of frequency.  A few months ago a family member noticed that Cheez-it had lumps under his neck, and I just assumed he had an infection or something.  I took him to the vet the very next day (Oct 18 2012) and they suggested the possibility of lymphoma.  But I knew what they were going to suggest from spending the night reading what enlarged lymph nodes indicate.  They were enlarged beyond the possibility…


Added by James on December 19, 2012 at 1:30am — 31 Comments

Pooping firm poop-balls in his sleep

Well, about two weeks ago I noticed two little pooplets (tiny balls of what appeared to be poop smaller than a grape and perfectly sphere shaped) on the floor. Cheez-it is perfectly potty trained so I chocked it up to something hanging that he brought inside. Since then I have found a few of these in his kennel a few days apart and I have also noticed that he has been having some NASTY gas. I mean, "Walk into my office and clear out the room" gas. So, dogs have gas, no big deal. But just… Continue

Added by James on January 28, 2009 at 5:18am — 6 Comments

Nearly a year Cheez-update

Well, I realise I have been away from this site for some time. I've been really busy with work and moving and all of the details those things entail. Anyway, Cheez-it it doing great for the most part, he still has his quirks, but that's what makes him my dog.

He's turning 1 sometime in Feb. (I'd have to check the date to be sure, I suppose I am a bad parent), and he's slowly turning into a nice calm managable dog. I have noticed that he… Continue

Added by James on January 19, 2009 at 1:32pm — 15 Comments

6-month Cheez-it Update

Well, I've been distracted for a while but I thought it was about time to stop on in and say how Cheez-it was doing. He is just around 6 months old now and weighs around 17 lbs. (correction: I just weighed him and he is 19lbs.) He still seems rather small for his age, or mabye some of you guys have giant monster-corgi's. He just really isnt intrested in food too much, he mabye eats a cup daily and every other day a cup and a half (I feed him blue buffalo lamb for pups).

He's… Continue

Added by James on September 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

The Cliche Butt-Drag

Well, I thought we figured this problem out, but I suppose I was wrong. Cheez-it has a hot-spot right next to his butt and he pulled his hair out at the same location, it looks horrible. I noticed it last night and it is in an area where it could be worms or an anal-sac problem.

I oatmeal bathed him and gave him a good furminating and E-collared him for good measure until I could take him to the vet (which doesnt open until Monday!). He has quickly learned that he can sit and "chase… Continue

Added by James on August 16, 2008 at 2:59pm — 11 Comments

Gas powered dog crate?

I have two cars, they both have a very high appetite and pallette for gasoline. Requiring both Premium and large amounts of it, you would think I had a large SUV, I dont. So the time came in this failing-economy/high-commodity country to think about parting ways with one in order to serve a better purpose. Both were terrably fun to drive at the very least. So I disposed of my least favorite of the two and went to pick out a small sub-compact with alot of room and good mpg.

So after a… Continue

Added by James on August 10, 2008 at 11:58am — 5 Comments

Weasel biting and butt chewing....aak!

Well the couch issue is turning out pretty well. My funny pup has decided it futile to jump on my couch because he gets put right back on the floor, or worse, in his kennel. He does do it when he is extremely excited however. Here is my current issue, and I would be deeply resolved if I could solve just one of these.

He chews his butt, well, not his butt but the hair on the back of his legs that resembles butt-cheeks. He seems to be starting to become obsessed with it. He is not… Continue

Added by James on July 30, 2008 at 6:01am — 3 Comments

Couch Control ??

Well, it took a frap session or two with his new ferret buddy for him to learn that with a running start, even stubby-legged elongated fox-dogs can make it onto the couch. So naturally that is his new favorite thing but the more I "NO!" and try to get him down the more he keeps getting up. Right in front of me none the less. There are four couches in the house and if I thwart his attempts at the back-living-room's two he immediately runs to the others and bounces around on them.

I… Continue

Added by James on July 21, 2008 at 11:31am — 10 Comments

Corgi's and small animals.

Okay, so mabye you know a while back we found a "stray?" ferret. I did what I could and finally turned it over to a ferret rescue. Well, I sort of missed the little girl (as smelly as she was) and I recently adopted a ferret kit(baby). He is one of the little brown/black/white ones in that "racoon" pattern, absoutely adorable no doubt. He was sweet when I chose him, he was nice the ride home, he loved his cage (It's massive, the size of an armoire). He was all cuddly in my hands he is using his… Continue

Added by James on July 19, 2008 at 3:37am — 6 Comments

The Cheez-it Trauma incident.

Well, today we went for a walk at a rather unusual time for Cheez. This time during the day the lawn people and other city workers are about and I usually time it so that Cheez-it is inside to escape the over-excitement. Unfortunately today he had to go out, so we went for a walk as it was such a nice day. We reach a point down the street where a little construction has been going on the last few days. There are various piles of wood, blocks, and other this-and-thats laying about. Next to the… Continue

Added by James on July 11, 2008 at 11:32am — 8 Comments

"Best week ever" and Corgi's

I know, 2 posts in one week! Unlike me, let alone on the same day. But I just read this awesome article from the "Best week Ever" show's website. It has Corgi's in it, as well as some other mutts!


Added by James on July 6, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Oh dog park finally!

Finally finished with his shots I took Cheez-it to the dogpark. It's huge and I think he had a blast. Here is an example of it's hugeness.

I was suprised at his amazing off-leash abilities. He stayed near me almost the entire time, when the girls working at the desk held him while I took the pamphlets/wallet ect. out to the car he was very good until I came back when he started flapping his stubby arms in my direction and gladly jumped from… Continue

Added by James on July 5, 2008 at 7:24pm — 11 Comments

Cheez-it, you ate a whole wheel of cheese! I'm not even mad, I'm kinda impressed.

Oh puppy teenage angst, what to do about it, I have not a clue.

I am a runner, I run, and I run alot. Puppies have a ton of energy and while small I wouldnt think of taking them running, but it is something I hope the little Cheez-ball will enjoy someday. Lately he has been ever so destructive. Mauling toys, bones, reptiles, bottles, chewy sticks, beetles, worms, grass, his kennel bedding, the blanket I cover his kennel in at bedtime, part of my back-room couch(that was my fault),… Continue

Added by James on July 1, 2008 at 2:45am — 6 Comments

Nefarious Kitchen Lizard, how I hate you. (and some other stuff)

*23Jun08 - Update amended to end of type*

He peers at me from under his ceramic coven. Watching, waiting, anticipating my movements to find the right time to climb out from below in search of a meal. I come home to a quiet house, open the garage door to the kitchen, and he is always there staring at me, inflating his neck with the most sinister grin on his scaley lizard face. How did you get in Kitchen Lizard? I can only guess. How can… Continue

Added by James on June 22, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Um.. Terrible 15's? (or is it 16 weeks?)

I have been very sick, I do not get sick often, but apparently when I do, I do it big. As a result I mainly stumble home after a workday and roll up into a ball to die. Naturally, Cheez-it found this the perfect opportunity to switch personalities (er. dogalities?). The day before I fell ill with the common cold it rained, pretty bad actually. We went out to potty as usual and he enthusiastically jumped from the sidewalk to his normal stomping(pooping) grounds. On realization that it was wet he… Continue

Added by James on June 19, 2008 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

Ate my couch

I came home around 4am, I was dropped off and walked clumsily inside. I immediately let out the little Cheez-it where he relieved himself many times. We came in and I took a seat on the couch and fell asleep! At some point during the night he chewed the bottom of my other couch, ate the debris, and then pooped it everywhere just so I would be sure to notice his efforts. I suppose I can only blame myself, but chewing the couch? Really? He's never done that before, but he proved he cannot be out… Continue

Added by James on June 15, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Funny looking squirrel

Cheez-it had his second to last vet appointment today. Everything went well and she said that his inguinal hernia is looking like it has healed up on it's own. I was told that could happen and in his case it probably would. He got some shots (he hates them) and some new 10+ lbs advantage (which he needs). I keep finding random fleas on him once a day or so, but I have bathed him alot in the past month and I only notice a flea when he comes inside. I give him a good check-over through all his… Continue

Added by James on June 7, 2008 at 3:21pm — 13 Comments

The Crate Escape

I live alone, so you can probably understand why the shower curtain jumping at me would be a bit un-settling! I placed young Cheez-McQueen in his newly divider-free kennel earlier in the evening. Little did I know that the side-door to it was a bit unsecure. The shower curtain jumped at me, and I was soon met by a dog frantically yelping when it occured to him that showers are full of water. He jumped in through the curtain, got his feet wet a… Continue

Added by James on May 30, 2008 at 7:30pm — 12 Comments

The kennel attacked my dog! (Everyone at least read the first para.)

I ramble on, so I will keep this paragraph short. A good amount of you all have a kennel like THIS, and most all of you have a corgi with feet like THIS. Well if your kennel is like that and the divider wall (if one) is up, there may be a gap under the wall. We all know that Corgi's sometimes sleep/lay with their feet behind like in… Continue

Added by James on May 28, 2008 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

Hot new dog trend?

Oh retractable lead, you were supposed to be so amazing. I had dreams of regulating dog-to-master distance ratios on the fly in real time. You were supposed to be multi-purpose, allowing my pup the freedom of movement and the restriction of a short-lead in one sleek glossy package. You cost upwards of 50 dollars, but I thought you were worth it. I was never told that your cord is extremely tactile/textured, and that it sticks to the things your dog encircles. Your fanciful package never listed… Continue

Added by James on May 26, 2008 at 4:25am — 7 Comments

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