Wow, I haven't posted here in my blog for a long time!
Joshua is doing well. His leg healed nicely from his injury in the Spring of 2009. The only reminder of it is when he runs down the stairs in our house - he runs down on just 3 legs still! But other than that he seems to use that injured leg normally and doesn't ever seem to be in any pain. He's also been maintaining a healthy weight (especially for a corgi) - he's about 36-37 lbs. which is perfect for a male Cardigan. In fact, he looks a bit on the small side compared to other Cardis who are typically thicker chested and just bigger all around than he is. Yet he is healthy and happy, so it's all good.
My husband and I have been gone through periods of unemployment over the past 2 years. This is unfortuante for us financially, but Joshua has benefitted from it, because for much of this time he has had one or the other of us home all day long, which means companionship, the occasional bite of people food, car rides to the pet store, and lots of visits to parks! :)
Speaking of parks, we don't take him to off-leash dog parks as often lately, partly because of the wet/cold winter weather, but mostly because he tends to be pretty aggressive and can cause fights sometimes with the other dogs because he is so exhuberant and plays so hard. His behavior around other dogs is really frustrating and has gotten worse the past few years, and we're not sure what to do about it. I'm sure it would help if he could be around other dogs more often so he'd get used to his "role" in the pack, but we can't afford to put him in doggie daycare regularly. Taking him to off-leash parks has become stressful for us because we never know if he is going to behave appropriately and play nicely, or if we will have to snatch him away from a fight. He seems to have an alpha dog mentality at the dog park, so not only does he play hard with other dogs (often puppies, he LOVES puppies - and loves to chase and wrestle and nip) but also he gets mad easily when another dog tries to dominate him. Usually the problem is either that the owner of the smaller/younger/more submissive dog gets anxious or upset about how Joshua is playing with his/her dog, or Joshua gets into a fight with a bigger/stronger dog because it tried to dominate him and he didn't like it. Normally once he's been at the park for 5-10 minutes he chills out and finds a friend who is a good match for his energy level and play style, but still...ugh, it's stressful.
Anyway, this is our only issue that we struggle with with Joshy. He is really a great, sweet dog, and pretty well-behaved other than this one thing. He's very happy, playful, active, and lovey-dovey with his mama (and he's been warming up to daddy more lately too thanks to spending so much time together while I'm at work!) He's generally pretty mellow in the house, except when we chase him around trying to steal his toys (LOL) or when he spies a kitty worth chasing. We take him for rides in the car as much as we can, and lately we've started taking him to a neighborhood park nearby our house (we don't have a yard) that is usually deserted, so we can let him off-leash to run his "zoomies" and play and roll in the grass for a bit. I'm looking forward to Spring so we can both go to that park more often, as well as get back to the dog parks more.
I am also stil a member of a local corgi group that coordinates walks and other group dog-friendly events periodically, so sometimes we participate in those events which is a lot of fun. My favorites are the annual corgi picnics each summer, and the annual corgi Halloween walk around Green Lake in Seattle (last fall he was King Joshua!)
Next month we'll be taking a short road trip down to Portland to visit my Grandma, and Joshua will be coming along with us, which always makes a road trip more fun. We'll stop at a dog park in Portland while we're in town, and also might meet up with some other friends down there who also have a dog. Last time we even found a dog-friendly restaurant, which was great!