I walked Bartleby to a park today, and there was a ledge maybe 5 feet high between where the grass started (it was on a hill) and where the sidewalk was. Bartleby was walking along the ledge on leash, I was right next to him, and didn't perceive that he'd be dumb enough to jump off the ledge onto the concrete. I was wrong. He ran a little ahead of me and jumped for the sidewalk. He didn't yelp out at all but I made a loud shout in fear he was going to break his bones. Mid-air he seemed to realize he was much higher up than he thought and started rotating his body. He ended up kinda rolling onto his left side on the way down. He landed and I heard a loud bone thudding against concrete sound. 

Imagine my surprise when he sat up, looking more embarrassed than anything. He resumed acting normal and to my amazement has exhibited no limping. He didn't make any sounds to imply he was in pain, and I checked his mouth to see if he'd cracked or lost any teeth, and not even any blood. When we went to the park, he acted completely normal! He was dashing around, chasing other dogs, super happy. I'm hoping I'm not being too optimistic but he seems completely fine. How can that be? He looked like he smashed his face into the ground. Is it just because corgis are so stocky and sturdy and thick boned he can handle the brunt? I guess corgis were bred to deal with cows and I guess they do have thick little skulls. Very scary moment though. Geez everytime I write on here its because I'm worried there's something wrong with Bartleby

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Comment by Michelle on March 21, 2012 at 3:21pm

My normally level headed "worry" corgi got carried away with herself one day and jumped off of a rather steep ledge down into a flower bed.   I did not freak when she jumped on the ledge because she was always so cautious, but the azaleas were undoubltly beaconing her.  I was a mess screaming her name and running off of the porch like a crazy woman, people coming outside looking at me like I was totally insane, she was like "what, I'm good".....^,,^. 

Comment by Stephanie on March 20, 2012 at 8:38pm

I once took Goldy to school with me, we were in the cafetorium (cafeteria/auditorium) and all the kids practicing for the school play were oogling her of course.  She followed them up the steps and they were giving her lots of loving, I turned around to grab a drink from the water fountain near the doors and I guess she thought I was leaving her - SHE LEAPED FROM THE STAGE TO THE LINOLEUM/TILE FLOOR!  The kids screamed, I screamed - it's easily five feet high.  She stood up, shook and came trotting over to me.  I still have no idea how she wasn't hurt.  When she landed her legs splooted out on the click floor and she hit all belly and chin.  Scared me to death - kamikazeecorgi!

Comment by Ellen Andersen on March 20, 2012 at 6:38am

Thick skulled, I dunno, but thick headed and stubborn....oh my yes!  I'm so glad Bartleby is fine....if you see him running around with a little SuperCorgi cape on, take it off!  LOL

Comment by Chris, Kadi & Brodie on March 19, 2012 at 10:45pm

Definitely comes from the whole 'cow thing'. They are tough and have an even tougher attitude. Actually a lot of dogs are tougher than we think--I once saw a Pomeranian come into our clinic that had decided to run under a tractor while it was plowing the field. Only had a couple of scratches! Guess that's why they need us to look out for them--they don't know they aren't Super Heroes!

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on March 19, 2012 at 9:44pm

Welcocme to a day in my life lol. Corgis are such tough little guys! Franklin has, on more than one occasion, done similar things. He has even jumped out of the window of a car. He generally lands on his face and has chipped a front tooth from trying to jump up a ledge and misjudging his take off and smashing head first into the ledgs. I think since they are built to be kicked by cows, they are tough little guys! Glad to hear he is ok!

Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on March 19, 2012 at 9:10pm

I spoke one time with a woman who trained service dogs including Corgis as hearing assistance dogs.  She said Corgis were the most stubborn breed to train "but that's probably what comes from being kicked in the head by cattle for 600 years."    Anyway great the Bartleby didn't get hurt, just keep a close eye next time because they don't always perceive the danger themselves and even if a bone isn't broken, they can do subtle damage to joints and such just the way we humans do.

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