Monday, September 1, 2014

Corgi Wisdom 101: A Biscuit A Day Keeps The Doctor Away! #GetHealthyHappy




Every Corgi worth his grub knows the score. Just ask Guinness, Sputnik and Corbin Dallas Multipass!




Faces like these tell no lies. 
(Improper suggestions, perhaps, but no lies. Uh-uh)


So your Corgi is crackerjack at vying for vittles too, huh? Is there a low-rider anywhere who doesn't inhale food? Seems Pems and Cardis are enthusiastic about nearly everything, starting (and ending) with f-o-o-d






via Corbinism


Nobody ever said it was easy being a pet parent! Those faces are potent and persuasive, doG knows.  




Urrmmmm, Mom? This dog park looks an awful lot like the vet's office. 

via funnyinternetmemes



Fact is, from pupper days on up, through all the ages and stages of their lives, raising them right means being on top of our game. The care we give makes all the difference in their lifelong health and happiness. The healthier they are, the longer and happier their lives are with us. 

How's THAT for a win-win?



 via Corbinism


A good game plan involves planning, commitment and teamwork. Your pets ought to know (maybe even love!) their vet, and see them regularly, like Corbin, Guinness and Sputnik here. This lucky trio of banditos means the world to their family, which is why they get routine preventative care visits. Early detection and treatment of disease, maintenance of a healthy weight (aka the biscuit discussion), and open communication with your vet at routine visits should cover all the bases.


The friendly folks at Hill's Science Diet have put together some nifty tips on how to use your vet as a resource to keep your companions healthy and happy, right hereHave a look! 






As an extra incentive, every day for 90 days, Hills is giving away $100 to lucky winners for their next vet checkup! For a chance to win, go to http://blogp.ws/1w2TSJJ and fill out the short form. 



Once you click the link, select "This way for healthy, happy dogs" or "This way for healthy, happy cats". Finally, click on the yellow box that says "Enter to win $100 toward your next vet visit", and be directed to the entry form for the $100 giveaway. 






Easy squeezey ham and cheesy!


So love 'em long, love 'em strong … get your pet to the vet. 
Healthier pets = happier lives. 





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This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but The Daily Corgi only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Daily #Corgi Goes Back to School ...



… but not before one last week of Summer vacation! The blog will be back in action on Monday, September 1st. The Daily Corgi Facebook page will run as usual, while the blog plays hooky.







Did you know you can keep the wheels on the Daily Corgi bus going round (and round) by buying your back-to-school gear through the amazon search box, right here on the blog? When you do, a percentage of sales benefits my work on The Daily Corgi!

Look for the amazon.com search box on the right hand sidebar. (You may need to be on a PC to see it). Start your search from there, and when you check out, I get a small slice of the sale. Every penny helps! Please tell your Corgi loving friends, too.


Thanks for your support, and enjoy the waning days of August. Do good and Corgi On, my friends!


Laurie


p.s. I'd love to know who the "school bus Corgi" is and get a photo credit. If it's your dog, or you know how to get in touch with the owner, please drop me a line: thedailycorgi@gmail.com.





Friday, August 22, 2014

Bobbie Mayer: Touching Hearts for #Corgis In Carts!



I am delighted today to have a guest post from Bobbie Mayer PhD, author of the newly published book Corgis on Wheels: Understanding and Caring for the Special Needs of Corgis with Degenerative Myelopathy or Disk Disease.






You may recognize Bobbie as founder and owner of the Wheelcorgis Yahoo group or head of the CorgiAid Cart Loan program. Perhaps you've read some of Dr. Mayer's articles for Corgi publications on Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), Rally for wheelchair dogs, and carts for Corgis. You might even know her from her day job as a Professor of Chemistry at Cal State Fresno!

Without further adieu, I'll turn the post over to Bobbie.


"I’ve always enjoyed writing, and had done a few articles for Corgi newsletters. For a few years I had a book in the back of my mind. They always say “Write about what you know,” so when I thought about a book, what I know includes chemistry, and that’s not as much fun to write about -- besides which there are plenty of books -- and wheelcorgis. I knew about wheelcorgis, so I wrote my book about them. In fact, the working title was “Everything Wheelcorgi”, a takeoff on CorgiAid’s Everything Corgi book. It changed to Corgis on Wheels for publication because not everyone is familiar with “wheelcorgi”, a term I made up! When I started the Corgis on Wheels Yahoo group in 2006, I used “wheelcorgi” as part of the Yahoo address, and the term took off. Millie put it in print in her Watching books (also published by CorgiAid.)






In the book I address questions we commonly see on the Yahoo list. “Is this DM? What kind of cart should I get? What do I do, my Corgi won’t use the cart? What kind of boots work? How do you handle incontinence? How do you know when it's time to let go?” I also included a chapter on activities for wheelcorgis; our dogs are often not content to be couch potatoes, and people will be surprised at how many things they can still do and enjoy. In the “How-to” appendices there are practical things like making boots and belly bands, and fun ones on how to make skis and para-agility equipment.





Oliver, Jack and Danny


I didn’t write the book alone. The writing is mine, but Cindy Read edited it and did a ton of work to make it happen. Kay Daniels did the layout, and Julia deBeauclair, whose black-headed tri-color wheelcorgi Cardi Terrance is on the title page, did the cover. But more than that, a lot of other people contributed. They took photos and sent them to me, read drafts or chapters, wrote up how-to’s and so on. 





Zelda

In January I sent out a call to the Wheelcorgis group for a picture of a bunny butt in a cart (to illustrate proper fit as seen from the back) and Zelda’s famous tushie ended up in the book. 


Last fall, my camping friend Teresa’s Corgi Zhoie had a ruptured disk, and when Teresa called me from the ER on Labor Day, I told her to take a picture of Zhoie sitting there. I’d been wanting a picture that showed a Corgi hunched over and shaking in pain from a back injury, and of course that’s impossible to stage. 





illustration: Nancy Eckert

Teresa took the picture, then artist Nancy Eckert drew a sketch from it to exaggerate the features that are harder to see in a photo -- Zhoie’s obvious distress and hunched appearance. If you see your Corgi sitting like that and shaking, get to a vet quickly. I’m happy to say Zhoie had surgery and is walking again, although her CorgiPals fund could still use some donations.


In the book I deliberately put a chapter on the stages of DM much later than the initial DM chapter. It may sound like a contradiction when I say in chapter three that life isn’t over with DM, and then later on  describe the final stage of DM, but that’s the truth; many dogs with DM do not die of it, as Corgis tend to be older when they get it. And they often have a few good years left.




Bobbie, Candy and Oliver
credit: Shannon Willson 


One of the things that upsets me terribly is when someone elects euthanasia either when surgery for a disk rupture doesn’t result in walking immediately, or when they can’t afford surgery. Oliver didn’t have surgery, and three years later he's doing great in a cart. He swims, he hikes, he chases his ball (his favorite thing in the entire world), he even skis! Candy had surgery that wasn’t successful (he has less function than Oliver, who can stand up) but went on to get a TDI and an APDT ARCH (Rally championship) and have a long, healthy life. I want people to know that dogs in carts can be very happy. I also want them to know that caring for dogs like Candy and Oliver is not that hard. They wear belly bands in the house for incontinence, I express their bladders, and I put them in and out of carts. Otherwise they are just dogs. Oh, and because I have two, I also untangle carts! Both of my dogs understand that the other dog takes up space but not so much that the other wheels do too.

Ironically, while DM is much harder to deal with, because it is degenerative and terminal, most owners of DM Corgis would not think of immediate euthanasia. Sometimes they think, “we can’t do a cart” or “we can’t do incontinence”, but usually, by the time those things come, they’ve adjusted. DM involves constant adjustments to each new challenge. With IVDD, your dog is stable or gets better, but you have to adjust overnight. With DM, your Corgi only gets worse. It takes a few years, and a lot of owners get much quality time.

The Corgis on the book cover are Oliver (Cardigan) and Candy (Pembroke). Candy is now thirteen and has been nine years in a cart! When their Corgi goes down, some people are told that being a cart dog is not a good quality of life, but I think Candy could argue with that. He’s spent about 70% of his life as a cart dog and is a pretty happy guy. Oliver is almost eight and on his second year in a cart. It hasn't slowed him down a bit. When I take Oliver and Jack, my able-bodied Pem, also eight, for a walk, Oliver is the one out front pulling me and Jack along. Candy is a lot slower now due to a sore shoulder and I don’t walk him much when we are in Fresno, as the cement sidewalks are are very hard on him.





Merlin


Before these two wheelcorgis I had Merlin, who had DM, and Wesley, who had what was probably a traumatic disk injury. There is a lot about Merlin in the book because he is the dog I saw through DM. He was very photogenic but the truth is, before DM I didn’t have a lot of good pictures of him because he’d come running to the camera when I tried.

 



One of my favorites has him emerging from an agility tunnel with a little leap of joy as he saw me again. He hated taking his eyes off of me to go through a tunnel.






 Wesley


The book has a very short dedication to Merlin and Merlin’s Friends. Merlin’s Friends is a blog I started for stories about other Corgis who died with DM. I kept wanting to write a longer dedication but it was too hard. Merlin was one of my heart dogs (Oliver is another, and the first was my Labrador Mandy.)

I think “Corgis on Wheels” is a good book for any Corgi owner. There is useful information to have if your Corgi goes down or shows any signs of DM or disk disease. The chapter “When is it time?” is applicable to any pet owner. And maybe seeing what dogs in carts can do will help other Corgi owners realize that they too could adopt a wheelcorgi. Proceeds go to CorgiAid. And besides, it has a lot of cute pictures of Corgis!





Oliver
 
Corgis on Wheels: Understanding and Caring for the Special Needs of Corgis with Degenerative Myelopathy or Disk Disease is ready for pre-order purchase from CorgiAid HERE. The special pre-order discount price is $22.50 plus shipping; for the discounted price, mail orders need to be postmarked by Saturday, May 4 and PayPal orders need to be in by Sunday, May 5. After publication the price from CorgiAid will be $25.00 (plus shipping). Pre-orders are expected to ship by May 22nd.




Oliver skiing






Candy doing agility in wheels







Oliver swimming in his cart




Thursday, August 21, 2014

#Corgi Connection of Kansas: Great Things Going On!



Remember Max, the big tri-color Pembroke who came to Corgi Connection of Kansas Rescue when his humans lost their home and couldn't keep him?  (Here's his July post).





The good news update is that Max is settling just fine into his new forever home! (That's him on the right).





His Mom reports that he insists on sleeping on the bed and gets upset if he's not lifted up for bedtime.





Max came into rescue weighing fifty pounds, and his family are still working hard to help him continue losing weight. Corgi on, Max!

If you live near the Topeka, Kansas area (or are willing to travel a bit for the fun and frolic), Corgi Connection has set the date for their annual Gathering!




Art by Amanda Marie


This year's event is scheduled for October 18, 2014 in Topeka, Kansas. Reserve that date now and check the Corgi Connection Facebook page and website for more details, as they are firmed up.



For a glimpse of how much fun -- and FUNdraising -- this event generates, check out the 2013 Kansas Corgi Gathering Facebook page. More than 100 people and Corgis met last year for an afternoon of playing, running, chasing, treats, Corgi mayhem and prizes. In addition, $4,000 was raised through the quilt raffle, silent auction, sale of t-shirts and donations. As a non-profit organization, Corgi Connection depends entirely on volunteers and donors. They wonderful work for needy dogs every day of the year!

Here's a glimpse of the fun at last year's CCK Corgi Gathering ...





Looks like fun, doesn't it?

Corgi On, my friends. Do good and Corgi On!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Splish Splash Summer: #Corgis Gettin' Wet!





Goro/Pinterest




KOGI and WEL




Cooper in the Creek

Cooper/flickr





beach boy

Spike/flickr







Gryff / Pinterest




Swimming at Salisbury MD Agility Trial

Kelsey





Kody/Corgi Addict




Ein/Creek

Ein/flickr



simonriver823

Simon/flickr




DSC_0260

flickr




philly_swimming

Philly/flickr






Franklin the Corgi





Chewey/Corgi Addict


Anglesey Nov 2010

Emma/flickr




Chase and Fannie/MyCorgi.com






Eureka




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Arizona's Sparkle the #Corgi: It's All About the PLAYTIME!




Some faces launch a thousand ships. This one lunches on door mouldings and sofa pillows.



"A pup's gotta chew what a pup's gotta chew!"


Sparkle the adorable house wrecker really (aka Bramanor’s Black Diamond) is from a long line of champ-eeee-yon Corgis, and has so far distinguished herself as a fierce enemy of carpets and tireless playmate to her uncle Gromit, the other Pembroke Welsh Corgi in lucky Doug K.'s life.



Two men and a baby:  Doug, Gromit and Sparkle


"Sparkle is a wonderful, funny puppy, with more life and personality than Gromit and I put together" says Doug."I’ve always loved having two Corgis, but life conspired against me and I wound up with just Gromit.  After spending his first two years with a wiener dog pal, he was quite sad to be the only dog in the house, so I purposed to get a second Corgi and get back to having two bunny butts in the house.  It took a full year and some false starts, but it worked out at the last minute in April that Sparkle, then about four months old, could come home with Gromit and me."


 
 I have ARRIVED!



"I have FLOPPED!"


"Her name is a small homage to my beloved heart dog Tinsel, so named because she was born in a Christmas litter.  When I got Tinsel at two, I wanted to change her name.  A single guy with a Corgi named Tinsel might be viewed a little differently in some ways, and I only wished to attract ladies.  Anyway, Tinsel defied being renamed. In fact, her personality and eyes were as bright and sparkling as tinsel on a Christmas tree.  So Tinsel she remained until her last day.  I was man enough to deal with it."

"My new pal Sparkle is actually Tinsel’s great-grand niece, And that’s why Sparkle is named Sparkle.  To be honest, half the time I call her Sparky and also Spark-a-dog, but she comes to Sparkle just fine and her eyes and smile are as bright and happy as her great-aunt Tinsel."







Like Sparkle, Gromit (a Daily Corgi alum) is also related to Tinsel and Watson, the other of my first two Corgis.  It’s fun thing to know that all my Corgis are 'family'."

"He is genuinely thrilled to have a fur buddy again. With Sparkle in the house, Gromit has returned to his  naturally happy, frapping self.  Almost from the first night she arrived, they've been playing awesome games of chase and tug.  What Sparkle lacks in size compared to Gromit, she makes up for with a whole lot of Corgi spunk.  She figured out early on that he was a safe playmate, and they haven't let up since."





"Sparkle is a climber who loves to get up on things. Things like the sofa, a patio chair, or the bed. Unfortunately, her first time on my bed was so fun and exciting that she peed.  Not a happy moment for me. When I told her she was a "puppy brain" she just smiled."





"In typical Corgi fashion, her sweet face belies a mischievous side. She’s stolen my tennis shoe three times, and so far I've caught her before any damage."




"Sparkle loves exploring Gromit’s Corgi sized agility course, especially the tunnel and dog walk, but I don’t let her jump or do anything like run the course yet, not until she’s past a year old.  She was chasing along with Gromit one day and as he ran up the teeter totter she charged around it to meet him on the other end but ran under the descending end and got quite a smack on the head.  Fortunately, 600 years of being kicked in the head by cattle has left Corgis with nice, thick, skulls.  Since that episode Sparkle has avoided the end of the teeter totter when Gromit is on it."






"At the moment, housebreaking is going a bit slow with Sparkle. She loathes our miserable Arizona summer, so going outside on her own (we have a doggie door) isn’t something she does willingly in the heat of the day. I can’t blame her; when it’s 108° outside I wouldn’t want to go out there in a black fur coat either! She'll eventually get there with the housebreaking and all will be well.  I was going to get new carpet this winter anyway … "




 


"We are all anxiously looking forward to Fall weather, the annual Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue Picnic, and all manner of good Corgi fun together!"




I'll take two to go!






Note: This post was originally published in August of 2012.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Road Trippin' with #Corgis: More Smiles to the Miles!





Officer, I'm telling you -- this is breed profiling. A car with six Labs just blew past me in the slow lane!




I get my kicks -- and my rawhide sticks -- on Route 66!




You'd better crack a window. I had no idea brand new cars smelled like puppy farts!




Don't laugh. Chicks dig this look. 





A new car for me because a) THIS face, and b) I just turned a sweet 16 weeks. 




Oh yes, laugh Mister Big Man. Do you have your own wheels?





As many times as he made the trip to Tractor Supply, Roy never lost the thrill of being the only dog in town to pull up in his own pick-up truck. 




Hey Sully, look at that wicked loozah tryin'ah double pahk on a packie run! What a maw-ron. He's gonna make us late fuh the friggin' Sox game! 






Road trip grub? Freddie Bumbles never met a french fry he didn't like.