Well it's been confirmed: Gibson is a bit of a tub. We went to the vet last night and when she was examining him, she said, "look at the round little belly, you must have just eaten huh?" Uh oh. No, Gibson hasn't eaten since lunch time (the appointment was at 6). She said he was a little "portly" and I should not increase the amount of food I give him for awhile. I was feeding him 1/4 of a cup three times a day, but then I increased it to 1/3 of a cup three times a day after reading that some people feed their corgi puppies 1 1/2 - 2 cups a day! I thought I was starving the poor little guy! The rule my vet gave me was 1 cup per 10 lbs of puppy, and gibson weighed in at 9.6lbs..so I'm just about right, was probably just overfeeding him for a week or two :)

Another update: He doesn't have any parasites anymore! Yay, no coccidia!! Now I can take him more places w/o worrying. Oh and the vet's office absolutely goes ga-ga over Gibson. They said he should be their mascot, haha. They always bring out everyone to come see him since he's the "cutest puppy ever". And of course all the people bringing their pets in love him too. When it was time to go he did not want to leave! it was ridiculous :) But I guess it's good he doesn't hate going to the vet!

The rest of the week had it's ups and downs. He will be really good one day, and then the next be a little terror. I'm trying to walk him more to get out his energy, but he's not wanted to leave the yard. It's kind of embarrassing when he'll fight so hard not to go.. I resorted to carrying him the first block for a few days and he at least would walk after that (bad idea, I know, but he at least got some exercise). The past few days he's been a little more open to the idea of leaving the yard though, and as long as I say "come on let's go" enough times he'll come with me :)

On one of the REALLY bad days, my husband kind of flipped and said Gibson was not worth it and it was a mistake to get him and lots of other horrible things :( To the point where I thought he was going to say we'd have to give him up or we'd end up divorcing over it (yeah I tend to jump to conclusions)! To his defense though, we've had an extremely stressful 5 or so months since we've gotten married. We got married, he got a raise & new position, then was told where he was working was shutting down, got a new job, we searched for a home and bought one (which is a fixer-uper..lots of work!) and now we're raising a puppy! I handle the stress a little better than him, so yeah he kind of lost it one night when Gibson would not even let him pet him (he's never had puppy growing up and did not realize about the mouthing and other fun puppy things..). Luckily, the next day he was perfectly fine and loved Gibson again :) But yeah, kind of a rough day!

Anyway, I'm hoping to take Gibson somewhere fun this weekend, and then on Monday his obedience class starts!

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Comment by Lil' Guinness on September 26, 2008 at 6:03pm
Cute story! It was also helpful finding out 1 cup per 10 pounds the puppy weighs!
Comment by Kelly on September 25, 2008 at 1:48pm
I feed him Wellness Just for Puppy, so I'm probably feeding the right amount, or maybe a little much. I'm sure he's fine, we love his chunky butt :)
Comment by Jennifer on September 25, 2008 at 1:04pm
how much to feed really depends on the food you buy. We buy EVO and little harry who is now 6 months and 16.5 lbs gets 1/4" in the am and then 1/2" cup at night. If you are feeding like am Iams or purnia then your dog will need a lot more food. Cori's are suckers for food so they will "play" hungry 24 hrs a day if you are willing to give up the food!
Comment by Madog on September 25, 2008 at 12:39pm
Gibson is a doll even if he can be a terror every other day. :)

Madog is a tank. He was 12.5 pounds at 12 weeks and was not overweight.... just big boned. At 12 weeks he didn't want to walk either but he got over it.
Comment by A & P on September 25, 2008 at 12:14pm
Gibson is one handsome Corgi and being a Corgi, stubbornness is a strong trait so continue to try different things with him like playing ball or join a training class so he will get exercise. Corgis are very creative so they need a lot of simulation and I won’t lie, it is exhausting but it is worth it at the end but it takes time and commitment, so stay with it! Congratulations on the new everything!

As for the weight…my dog trainer stated puppies need the extra calories so not to worry and suggested that at 8 to 9 months switch them off of puppy formula food to adult formula as it has fewer calories but it is up to how Gibson is doing.
Comment by Kelly on September 25, 2008 at 11:17am
Well, I'm glad to know I'm not alone (on the fat puppy or husband thing!) hehe.

I forgot to mention how well he's doing with not squirming (he used to be awful). He'll actually let me put his collar on and off with no problems and his leash too! He'll sit down and wait for me to do what I have to do to him, hooray!
Comment by Alla on September 25, 2008 at 11:07am
Thanks for an update on Gibson's life! It was interesting to read.
Things happen, and my husband had such an outburst once. That's OK, especially at those stressful times.
I give Charlie 1/2 cup of Wellness for puppies twice a day. He is quite lean right now, and I'd like to keep him in this condition :)
Comment by Chantel & Princess Bella on September 25, 2008 at 10:39am
I have the same situation at my vet. Everybody loves my Bella, and she is a sucker for attention. She loves everbody and every dog...she's extremely friendly...and I love seeing her excited around other people cos her lil' bum shakes and her ears go flat against her head :-)
Bella also had the case of the "big round belly" when I took her to the vet...I was just over-feeding her...I guess we just want our lil' babies to be full & happy! haha.
Glad Gibson is ok!

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