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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

randomly corgi

We went to a dog show last weekend.  It was a AKC one.  I had never been to one before, but saw the Westminster Dog Show on TV.  We got there right when they were starting to do the herding dog class.  There were 10 dogs in the class and there was a Pembroke corgi (like Koda; no tail) and a Cardigan corgi (has a tail).  Of course our eyes were glued to the Pembroke corgi.  He was last in line to be judged.  The Cardigan just sat or stood, waiting for his turn.  The Pembroke had to be fed treats constantly (such a corgi trait).  He/she??? definitely had personality.

Finally it was their turn to be judged.  We applauded when they did their walk/run on "the red carpet."  (It wasn't red, but there was an area they had to jaunt on).  We waited on pins and needles while the judge carefully looked at all the participants in that class and then she called out 4 dogs. The corgi was the first one she called.  I wasn't sure if that meant first place or if she was going to put them on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th markers.  Sure enough, that adorable corgi won 1st place! It made our day!


When we left, we stopped by one of the vendors and saw this cute hat.  Of course we had to buy it.  Thankfully hubby likes to wear hats.  I kind of lost it. The sales lady asked if we did obey the corgi.  I teared up.  Nine months as of today and I still miss that little guy.  We did obey him and I'm sure we'll obey the next one :)


The house in the San Diego area is in escrow; due to close any day now.  They are tenting it for termites on Friday, which is always a good sign the "end is near."  Now we can start planning for Plan B.  I'm on a lot of corgi rescue sites on Facebook.  Heartbreaking the stories of corgis (purebred not always mixes) that are out there looking for a forever home after being given up by their owners.  The saddest I read this week was Thumper.  An 11 year old.  His "mom" recently retired and wants to be able to travel with "dad" and they can't take him with them.  They have a 2nd dog that doesn't get along with Thumper (Thumper was there first).  They want to get rid of Thumper and keep the 2nd dog.  It breaks my heart every story I read.  I could adopt them all.  Its not time yet but I would have gone to get Thumper.  (Someone has already adopted him; there is a great system of corgi rescuers that really make sure "no corgi is left behind.")

I take heart.  I know there will be one for us when we are ready.  And I do think he/she will rule the roost and we will have to obey the corgi.  I think I wouldn't have it any other way.

45 comments:

Sunni said...

Betty,

What a lovely, heartfelt post. I know exactly where you're coming from. How nice the Corgi won first place and then getting the cap was something else, like it was there waiting for you.

What a story about Thumper. That's terrible that the family wants to keep the second dog and get rid of the original one. I could never do that with one of my cats! I'm glad there are many rescuers out there that can step in and provide a loving home.

Yes, there will be a Corgi for you when you're ready to get another one. And it will be just the one you're supposed to have. I really feel strongly about this.

I almost adopted another little black kitten from the local shelter a year or more before I adopted Raven. I couldn't talk hubby into it at the time because we already had four cats (all girls) and this was a boy. Well it wasn't meant to be because less than a week later I ended up in the hospital for emergency surgery that had a long recovery.

Almost two years later, there was an ad for Raven. My husband pointed it out to me and we went to meet him at PAWS. He was in his cage all alone because his siblings had been adopted. He crawled into my arms, purring loudly, and wouldn't leave. I knew I'd take him home and I did. So I would have never given him his forever home if I had adopted the other kitten. It all works out as it should. Have faith in that.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Liz A. said...

I don't understand how people can get rid of animals. I mean, there are times when something goes wrong, like health issues get in the way. But because they want to travel? I don't get it.

Yes, the perfect corgi will appear when you are ready to adopt. I'm sure of it.

Paula Kaye said...

Ah Betty! I don't have any pets but reading this almost makes me want to adopt a dog. How sad! You just don't give away a member of the family because you want to travel. But I guess it is better than leaving him in a kennel all the time. Can't wait for you to get your new doggie and share all your stories with us!!

Eileen T said...

Hope your house sale continues to go smoothly and that having your own corgi again is not too far in the future. Love the hat!

Bijoux said...

That was awesome that 'your' corgi won first place!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It will be exciting when you can finally move on to bigger and better plans. Waiting isn't easy, especially when you know what you want. Hope it will be very soon for you !

Joanne Noragon said...

Good for you for keeping your hand in, so to speak, and double good for looking for a rescue.

Maria Zannini said...

I can't believe someone could abandon a dog that has been with them for 11 years. People like that shouldn't have dogs.

I'm glad Thumper got adopted. He deserves better.

We don't even go on vacation once our dogs reach old age just in case they get sick or die while we're gone.

I hope your house close (and corgi hunt) reaches a conclusion soon.

lyndagrace said...

Life is moving in the right direction for you. One step at a time. We've had our puppy for 14 years. It's true we are restricted somewhat in terms of travel. But we are fortunate to have a great place to board Rico when we do want to have a get-a-way.

Linda said...

Fun to see dog show in person! All the more memorable thinking of Koda. Great news, house selling, and all the fun places and trips you've been. I have no doubt someday you'll be giving a Corgi a home.

Pat Hatt said...

Being #1 sure is fun. Never been to a dog show. Yeah, many of the stories make me want to smack the people upset the head who give their dogs/cats away for stupid reasons.

Birgit said...

I just don't understand how they can get rid of a dog they had for all those years. I mean, we don't know the whole story but if my hubby told me we are travelling so it's the travelling or the animals...the animals win and I would wave my hubby bye bye as he started his travels:) Thankfully my hubby feels the same way. I am glad Thumper found another home. I am glad you are starting to look even though the loss of Koda is still there. My friend is loving her pug despite the loss of her precious Sydney over a year ago. her new dog rules the roost and she has everything a doggie wants plus more

Saleslady371 said...

Such good news about the San Diego house. Hope it closes for you without a glitch, fast and easy. I bet you are dreaming of your own home again with a Corgi pet! I'm happy for you.

jack69 said...

Oh this is so good, okay mabe bitter-sweet, but I loved it. I have never attended a real dog show, but watching them on TV the dogs are amazing. And YEAH, I have no doubt you loved Koda and a love for the Corgi!
Thanks to you, Koda was my first into to them. Since then I have looked for them and I used to tell the folks I blogged with a Corgi friend.

The best on the next step in THE PROCESS!!!!

Intense Guy said...

Too many people get pets that shouldn't ... just like some folks shouldn't have children. When you get a living creature - it's for life... not until it's inconvenient!

Jerralea said...

I'm not a dog person but I'd have to have that obey the corgi hat too. When the time is right I'm sure you will find just the right corgi to bring home and love

Cindi said...

Im on pins/needles awaiting the new Corgi arrival to your home. You have a great heart. I love other peoples dogs, but prefer to raise my cats. I grew up with both, but when our Labrador JJ passed my heart was shattered. The care that dogs require is so much more than cats. Don't get me wrong I love my cats, but the attention, care, that dogs require while living in a home; one must recognize the demand. A cat give it water, food, litter box they're good to go! LOL Again, Im getting excited knowing your home will be soon filled with the pitter-patter of Corgi paws....AND TREATS!!!! lol

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I've never been to a dog show, sounds like you had a great time. Happy to hear that the house is almost closed. Love the hat! I don't think I could handle reading about the dogs online. I can't wait for the perfect on to come into your heart......

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh yo sold your house so fast - congrats. A ne house and then get a new pup - you will be so happy.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oh, this is so heartbreaking. I've run across so many sad animals stories this week. I can't understand for the life of me how people can be so cruel with animals.

Mevely317 said...

How neat to see a 'real' dog show like that. Tom watches Westminster all the time; why, he'd be over the moon!
That's pretty neat about the Corgi rescuers keeping others informed and no one furball gets left behind. Don't you wish that was true for all the ones who're homeless through no fault of their own?

Congrats on the pending sale; 'love it when good things happen to good people.

susie said...

I love dog shows when the dogs act like out of control dogs. Or they poop. Funny.

netablogs said...

I am not surprised there's another corgi in your future. What a wonderful home it will have! Our little chihuahua is a rescue dog of sorts and I am just so happy to spoil him ;)

DMS said...

I have never been to a dog show, but it sounds like you had a good time. The hat is very appropriate! I am glad things are moving along in the house area. What a relief! I agree with you that the right dog will be yours at the right time. You will both be very lucky! :)
~Jess

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Obey the Corgi! Ha! I love it! Congrats to the winning Corgi. What a cutie!

Wendy said...

I thought for sure you were going to say you finally bought a dog.

Blue Grumpster said...

'They can't take him with them.' Glad to hear they're not selfish....

Lux G. said...

Aw. So cute. I have a thing for dogs. I can't imagine a life without them. My heart goes out to those who are abandoned and especially cruelly treated. They don't deserve such treatment.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Interesting idea--obey the dog! I have a Maltese who is given choices on our morning and evening walks. He is allowed to meet other dogs and since I am new to this city our walks have helped me meet people. However when I have to cut short his morning walk he has to obey me or I pick him up and we go home. He has adjusted well to downsizing and walks instead of a backyard.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I cannot tell you hoe happy it makes me to read that your next corgi will be a rescue!!!! :-) That makes my day. The stories about how they end up in need of rescue are just awful. It helps to see all of the people working so hard to make things better for them. I'm so glad someone rescued Thumper. What a terrible "reason" to give up a dog!

I love the "Obey the Corgi" hat. We're very obedient to our fur kids too. :-)

Chrys Fey said...

That corgi is cute! And I love the hat you got. It's a great way to honor Koda and show your future corgi love.

Veronica Lee said...

Love the hat. What a wonderful way of honouring Koda! I am sharing my corgi love for Koda on my blog.

((hugs))

Nick Wilford said...

The show looks like a lot of fun. I think Thumper's owners should have stayed put, giving up a dog should only be a last resort. Unfortunately we have been in the position of two dogs not getting on, but it literally would have been a fight to the death (between two girls), so we gave the second to someone we know and trust. Now our first girl is happy keeping her three brothers in line. It's not always black and white, and it should never be done lightly.

Sharon said...

There will come a day, and there will be a dog - just when it's right.

xo

David P. King said...

Such awesome dogs. Wait, get a new dog and ditch the old one? That's a real sad story. Not that I can judge, they must have reasons. :)

Sandy said...

Glad you had such a good time at the show and that things are finally coming to the end with regard to the house,that's been a bit of a long haul.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

Juli G said...

I love that you are using a rescue. My mom recently got a puppy from a breeder... which I understand, but it makes me crazy... I used to volunteer in a large shelter. So many amazing dogs, so few homes.

Stephen Tremp said...

Corgi are very cool. I have some friends with corgi and they are really man's best friend.

Stephen Tremp said...

Corgi are very cool. I have some friends with corgi and they are really man's best friend.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, that's great that the corgi won the show, I always root for the corgis during the dog show on Thanksgiving :) Corgis will always hold a special place in my heart. My Zoe died 4 years ago on August 14, I still miss her playful spirit. I never did get a new dog and have fully embraced my cat lady tendencies, at least for now, lol.

Carolyn van Poppel said...

I've never been to a dog show, but glad that the one you picked out ended up winning. I have recently rescued a pup from an animal shelter. She is such fun and so affectionate! You will know when you are ready to take on another pup.

TBM said...

What a cute corgi and love the hat. It's a shame there have to be so many rescues, but they do play a vital role. I wish people were more responsible with their pets.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

oh. my. word!! I canNOT believe anyone would just throw a pet away like he was nothing! Poor, poor Thumper. I try not to judge, but how can one look at themselves in the mirror when they do that?

Yes, there will be the perfect Corgi for you when the time comes. That I know.

I know you weren't surprised that a Corgi took first place, were you? lolz

SweetMarie said...

Thumper's story gave me tears. what is wrong with people?! I'm so happy he has a home. I can't be on the front lines helping rescues because it breaks my heart and i have a hard time getting over sadness, but I do make different types of donations. If we all just do our share to help, so many pets out there that have been thrown away...just breaks my heart.
hugs,
Marie

assholeswatchingmovies.com said...

Betty, this is my first time visiting your blog so I had actually never heard of a corgi before. After looking at some photos online, I absolutely love them. Best of luck in your search for your next dog.
-Matt