Soon after Lincoln was born, while Kim G. was holding him and gazing in amazement at how perfect he and his litter mates were, she realized she had yet to give him a name. "So I asked him" says Kim, "little one -- what is your name?” He responded by rearing back, then picked up his head in a most stately manner. We looked at each other and said, “Lincoln, Here for the Defense”.
"Six months later, he continues to live up to his big name. "Inky" always been the puppy who figured things out first. At five weeks old he figured out how to push the x-pen all over the living room, rallying his brothers and sisters and teaching them to work together at moving their “pen” anywhere! Imagine seven little Corgis moving three x-pens! Once he figured out the movement, it was easy to move wood piles and fireplace brooms too."
Somebody is way too smart for his own good.
"At twelve weeks, we started Lincoln in puppy manners class at our local Petsmart, and he will start advanced training soon. He is a dream to work with as he is very serious about his work. We joke that he is truly “honest Abe"! He's fearless, and will try anything."
"Just yesterday I was moving the teeter totter when he decided to climb on it. When I saw him, my first reaction was panic. Lincoln had no previous experience with the teeter, but I decided to just calmly approach him. He walked up the teeter, went over and walked down. Whew! Just to be safe, we moved the teeter totter so it won’t be an attractive nuisance."
So THAT's where the tomatoes have gone!
"He loves people, children and other dogs and has figured out that the Petsmart people who wear blue shirts are his best friend, probably because they have treats! One of his favorite blue shirted people has vowed to own two Corgis when they finish vet school: "One like Lincoln and one like Olathea!"
"Naming Olathea was very easy; we took one look at her and said you will be beautiful place -- Olathea in Ojibwa. Where her brother is serious, she is full of fun. Her approach to life is “smile and the world smiles with you!” Or “don’t worry, be happy!”
"Princess O" too is a joy to work with as she thinks everything is the most fun ever. I swear, I ask her for something -- say, Sit/Stay -- and her response is sure no problem! Heeling? Sure!"
"I can’t help but smile every time I look at her joyful expressions!"
"Olathea began advanced training last week, and she too has excelled at all the requirements. Like Lincoln, she loves everyone and everything, but she especially likes one of the “blue shirts” who also doubles as a cashier. Olathea will wait patiently for her to be free and then heads right over to her station. We've been known to wait ten minutes, but Olathea is a patient girl."
"She has the absolutely cutest Olathea wiggle when she wants petting. She lies on her side and wiggles her Olathea self right up to you. I defy anyone to not reach over and give her scritches."
"Together the kiddos are best of friends, playing silly games they create to amuse both themselves and us. They have chewed a hole through the side of one of the dog beds so that one can be in the bed and the other under and they can play tug of war through the hole. But by far their favorite playground is the big fenced back yard. There is endless fun in bushes, hostas, hills, toys, mud puddles, pools, and of course, the disabled water feature they regard as the Corgi racetrack."
"They have recently developed a new Cardi caper: potato theft. I keep potatoes in an open drawer, and they steal them left and right. Initially I thought I would move the articles up a level, but decided in the grand scheme of things ... potatoes are cheap. The rest of the crew have stolen much more expensive items -- laptop keyboards, glasses, iphones, etc. So I went and bought bought a cheap bag of stealable potatoes, and put the slightly more valuable organic potatoes up a level!"
Look what we rounded up!
"When the day is done, all good Corgis and moms need sleep. They each choose several toys to take to our bed, then wait patiently while I first lift Ella, then Music, then Olathea and Lincoln into our once large king bed that is now full of Corgis, with a little room left over for me. The dogs are very much a part of our family lives, and I wouldn't have it any other way!"
Follow Lincoln and Olathea's further adventures at the Cardi Corgi Capers blog.