We took Toki to Cleveland, TX last weekend to visit her family and for me and my boyfriend, Cody, to meet her parents for the first time. It was a great trip, I know Toki had a blast and my breeder shared so many wonderful tips on corgi raising with me. We also found out her dad has minor allergies and she recommended a few things for me to try.

I've never been to Cleveland before and I am one who prides herself on visiting almost every place in Texas. It was a very nice drive into the middle of no where as our bars went down and down on our phones. The only way I found the place was the corgi mail box, it kinda stood out. Pam Williams, our breeder, lives on a big farm with all kinds of animals I did not expect to see living amongst corgis. She owns 22 corgis along with many other kinds of dogs, and has been showing, breeding, and rescuing corgis for over 20 years. At first glance my heart kinda jumped and for a second I thought this was some kind of mill. After walking around with Pam and talking to her it quickly became apparent that this was a loving home for all her corgis and other dogs. They were all taken great care of and of course, not bred over and over.

Her farm had been hit hard by hurricane Ike, she lost half her house, alot of trees, and all her dog kennels. She told us the brief story of her and all her dogs in little crates all through her house while the storm hit. I couldn't even imagine how scary that was. My city was hit hard by hurricane Rita back in 05 so I could really sympathize.

Anywhos, Toki's family was quite a trip. Her mom has almost an identical face while her dad has very similar markings. Pam, Toki's mom and aunt, and adopted aunt gave us a tour of the place. It was very cute to see the girls pal around in a little group everywhere. They all got along great until a bag of dog food was some how torn open. Toki's mom (and now I see where Toki gets it from) protected that bag of dog food the rest of the time and would pounce of anyone who tried to get near it. Even baby Toki got jumped on by her mom! She let Toki's uncle Ike out to play with us, he placed 3rd in Eukanuba. He's taking a year off but expect to see a new corgi in town when he enters again! I've never met a real show dog before but the moment I set eyes on Ike I could tell he stood out. I wish Toki's coat was that pretty, soft and fluffy!!

She had a faun corgi she received from Wales (so cool!). In my years of researching corgis I've never heard of a faun but I guess they're starting to gain popularity. He was almost all white but was mostly a very light creamy color. He has a naturally docked tail and is very beautiful! I want one now!

It was very hard leaving the farm without smuggling some corgis in my car when Pam wasn't looking! But it was an amazing trip, I can't wait to do it again! Toki had so much fun even though I'm pretty sure she didn't remember her mom. I posted some pictures if you want to check them out. Thanks for reading!

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Comment by Brent & Marilyn on March 27, 2011 at 12:04pm
Nice to actually meet people who go their corgi from Pam! she was such a nice and caring person toward corgis. Our experience was wonderful
Comment by Liz & Lily on July 19, 2009 at 2:18pm
I got Lily from the same breeder in Cleveland, TX! Lily was born on January 23, so she's a few months younger than Toki. I know exactly what you mean by her place being in the middle of nowhere! I almost drove by it, but then saw 5 corgis running toward the front gate, so I knew I was in the right place. I didn't know that you could visit Pam and have a family reunion! Maybe I should plan something later on so that Lily can see her mom and dad again...
Comment by Cindi & Twinkie on May 30, 2009 at 8:15am
What a great trip for you! I am relieved to hear about Toki's mom and her behavior regarding food. Now I know that Twinkie isn't just a bad dog when she guards the bowl. Sounds like it is corgi standard operating procedure. I am jumping off here and going directly to look up faun corgis. They sound wonderful.
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on May 30, 2009 at 1:46am
Sounds like everyone had a great time! How fun that had to be to visit Toki's family! I would love to take Lance to visit his family, hmmm, maybe I should call Lances breeder and see if that would be possible! We met Lances Mom and Dad once but how fun it would be now, a couple years later!

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