Good day! I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Just joined your attractive and informative website. My name is Vicky Hay and I live to serve Cassie the Corgi, Queen of the Universe.

Cassie came to me by way of the local Humane Society. Her previous humans had dumped her in the society's pound, complaining that she "barked." Imagine that...a dog that barks!

As a practical matter, she doesn't bark excessively. When she's not barking to order the human around, she's quiet unless she hears someone or something outside. So I have no idea what these folks' problem was, but it seems not to have actually been with the dog.

A couple of years ago, Cassie raised a golden retriever pup to maturity. My son soooo much wanted a retriever (having grown up with one), but he has a job, of all things. He happens to work near my house, and so as a birthday present I proposed to give him a year's worth of doggy day-care: he would drop Charley the Golden Retriever off at my house on the way to work and pick him up on the way home.

This created a year of general hilarity. About the time Charley was seven months old, Cassie decided it was time to train him to live in civilized company, and so she took it upon herself to teach him to behave. To this day, the 80-pound Charley believes that the corgi is bigger than he is.

Charley now resides at his own human's house; my son lives close enough to work that he can race home over the lunch hour, let him out, love him up, bolt down lunch, and fly back to the office.

Lacking a galumphing pup to order around, I imagine Cassie is a bit lonely. So I've put my name on a list to get a corgi pup, slated to come into this world in early January. This breeder likes to keep the puppies and socialize them for nine weeks, and so the little guy will be joining us in late February or March. This should be interesting!  I'll undoubtedly blog about it at my site, Funny about Money.

My previous dogs have mostly been German shepherds (and one notable greyhound). But now I'm too old to manage a big dog with that kind of drive. In particular, I can't lift an 80- or 90-pound dog. In her dotage, the beloved Anna the Ger-shep couldn't get into the dog chariot by herself. Toward the end, I was dragging her to the vet about once a week, and since I lack human company here at the Funny Farm, that posed quite a challenge. While I've found it not quite true that a corgi is "a German shepherd in a small body," as some claim, I am accustomed to living with and training herding dogs and so knew something about what I was getting into when I decided nothing would do but what I had to have a corgi.

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Comment by Anna Morelli on December 3, 2013 at 12:37pm

Welcome Vicky, you described the very  reasons I no longer have Alaskan Malamutes, which I had for 30 years.  You may be right about the previous owners.  If you lose your home, finding a rental when you have pets is hard, but even harder if you have a barky one... Glad you found each other.

Comment by Holly on November 30, 2013 at 7:08pm

Welcome Vicky. Your intro about offering a year of doggy day care brings up an idea that would be such an incredible holiday gift. My dog was surrendered to a shelter under some pretty intense pressure from the shelter owner as she was being mistreated. Fortunately she still likes, loves people, but she still ducks or cries sometimes when I reach for her despite the fact I have never raised a had to her or even raised my voice in her presence. The foster care giver said she screamed as if she was shot when someone accidentally bumped into her even slightly so I try not to take it personally. Being so smart, adaptable and eager to please, I think corgis make great pets. The are smart but they know it so they don't offer blind faith and admiration. Personally I like that independent quality because I think it fosters true mutual respect which can't be beat. Welcome again. I am sure you will love getting to know about living with corgis.

Comment by Lois B. Allen on November 30, 2013 at 12:35pm

Welcome Vicky.  Cassie looks like a beauty.  I'm glad she found you so that she has her own special companion and servant! You are both lucky and I know you will enjoy the baby! We look forward to seeing lots of pics.

Comment by Jane Christensen on November 29, 2013 at 11:29pm

Linda, I remember years ago when I did more Corgi rescue, I got a call from a humane society about a 10-11 year old corgi that was turned in due to people losing their home. They had brought her in and took her home again till they had to move. I couldn't take her but emailed everyone possible and luckily the day she became available she was adopted:) They had called me because they were afraid due to her age she would not get adopted. SOOOOOO sad!

Comment by Linda on November 29, 2013 at 10:54pm

Vicky...it was horrible when people were pushed to their limit and had to give up their beloved pets.  But I give them credit for at least taking them to a shelter, so many just dumped them on the streets or out in the country thinking they could fend for themselves...especially cats.

Besides being bossed by 2 corgis I am also staff to 3 cats....amazing how alley cats soon learn the role of royalty once they have a nice warm home.

Comment by Jane Christensen on November 29, 2013 at 10:10pm

Welcome! Cassie is beautiful:) You'll love this site and I'm sure Cassie will love having a new little sister/brother!

Comment by Remmy and Logan on November 29, 2013 at 9:52pm

Hi Welcome to the site:) 

We just did the same thing. We have a five year old Cardigan corgi and she gets lonely when we're at work or school and not here to play with her every second so we just brought home Logan a week ago. He's 8 weeks tomorrow actually. But they get a long so well and Remmy has kicked in with her maternal instincts so its really great. If you have any questions feel free to ask:) Good Luck! 

Comment by Vicky Hay on November 29, 2013 at 8:44pm

@ Kat, Bev, & Linda: Thank you! This looks like a fun site...a bunch of people who are addicted to strange little dogs. My attention was really caught by the post about the risk short-legged dogs getting bags over their heads. Will link to that on my site, whenever I get a chance to take a deep breath.

@ Linda: One of the women at the Humane Society said sometimes people lie about why they're really bringing in a dog. At the time -- about three years ago or so -- people were still losing their homes right and left. They had a 13-year-old girl, a cat, and a golden lab (so they said), and Cassie simply dotes on children and cats. I figure they wouldn't have given up a three-year-old pooch that obviously was a child's pet if their backs weren't against the wall.

It's a great life! Who else gets to wait on the Queen of the Universe and Empress of All Eternity?

Comment by Linda on November 29, 2013 at 7:31pm

Welcome!  As you have already learned...corgis are like potato chips, you can't have just one.  Glad you and Cassie have found each other...sounds like a match made in heaven.  I don't understand either why people dump a dog for being a dog.  Our first Irish Wolfhound came from the SPCA.  Why she was dumped at the age of 6 months....she was too big.  Ummm, then why did you get an Irish Wolfhound to begin with.

You have a good sense of humor about being owned by a corgi...quite a life isn't?

Comment by Bev Levy on November 29, 2013 at 6:09pm

Another welcome! We are happy to have you here. Corgis are very special to most of us on this site and it sounds as if you have caught the bug also. Corgi on!

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