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!