March 9, 2012
It must be not-mutt week this week on Corgimutts.  Here’s one from deep in my family archives.  My dad snapped this of two of Corrci’s littermates the day we picked him up from his breeder in 1993.  I believe that’s Putnam Amanda’s Folly on the right, the littermate that his breeder kept as a show dog.
I was ten years old and this long-researched and long begged-for puppy was my prize for managing not to die of lyme disease the year before.  For me, it’s rescue dogs all the way now, but if you do decide to go the breeder route, this is the way to do it - not meeting a van full of designer puppies in a dark alley, not going to a pet store - instead having long talks with a breeder about what their goals are and whether you’re the right home for one of their dogs, joining their waitlist for a puppy (and if there’s no list, why are they making them?), then going to meet one or both parents, see the litter, see the home where they’re born and the yard where they learn to romp and play.   These dogs all had great lives from beginning to end, just the way they all should.

It must be not-mutt week this week on Corgimutts.  Here’s one from deep in my family archives.  My dad snapped this of two of Corrci’s littermates the day we picked him up from his breeder in 1993.  I believe that’s Putnam Amanda’s Folly on the right, the littermate that his breeder kept as a show dog.

I was ten years old and this long-researched and long begged-for puppy was my prize for managing not to die of lyme disease the year before.  For me, it’s rescue dogs all the way now, but if you do decide to go the breeder route, this is the way to do it - not meeting a van full of designer puppies in a dark alley, not going to a pet store - instead having long talks with a breeder about what their goals are and whether you’re the right home for one of their dogs, joining their waitlist for a puppy (and if there’s no list, why are they making them?), then going to meet one or both parents, see the litter, see the home where they’re born and the yard where they learn to romp and play.   These dogs all had great lives from beginning to end, just the way they all should.

January 2, 2012
Stanley the Corgi-sheltie needs a new home in Connecticut.

Stanley the Corgi-sheltie needs a new home in Connecticut.

November 15, 2011
There are many lovely shots in Wilderness Dogs, a group/photo contest on Flickr belonging to the Wilderness Society, but I must say I’m partial to this lovely Corgi, who was clever enough to recruit a longer-legged friend to haul his stuff around the backcountry.
(by klo1962)

There are many lovely shots in Wilderness Dogs, a group/photo contest on Flickr belonging to the Wilderness Society, but I must say I’m partial to this lovely Corgi, who was clever enough to recruit a longer-legged friend to haul his stuff around the backcountry.

(by klo1962)

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November 27, 2010

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Do you think that the Cardigan gets tired of being called “The Corgi with the tail”?

November 26, 2010

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A break from your irregularly-scheduled Corgi Mutts for the judging of the corgis at the National Dog Show yesterday.  

August 17, 2010
The adorable Nared got me thinking.
This month, Runners’ World turned some intern loose with an encyclopedia of dog breeds and came up with this chart of the best dogs for different kinds of running. The commenters there and at the NYT Well blog already did a nice job at pointing out some of the flaws.  (Who the hell chooses their dog based on their trail having “obstacles”?  Is it ever a good idea to run your dog in the heat of the day? Exactly what kind of running are Border Collies not good for? And, of course, WHERE ARE THE MUTTS?)
Additionally, do you notice how almost all the dog breeds listed are large? 
Let me tell you, I felt pretty smug when I realized that my 80lb Akita  (and running-buddy) could comfortably pack 20+ pounds of food, water and gear for 15 miles a  day and get up and do it again the next day with a big grin on his  face.  There were days when I was a beginning backpacker when his strength really helped me get down the trail.  I feel less smug now that he’s getting older and I’m packing for  him.  That’s a lot of dog food! 
Smaller dogs can be fine adventure companions, too.

The adorable Nared got me thinking.

This month, Runners’ World turned some intern loose with an encyclopedia of dog breeds and came up with this chart of the best dogs for different kinds of running. The commenters there and at the NYT Well blog already did a nice job at pointing out some of the flaws.  (Who the hell chooses their dog based on their trail having “obstacles”?  Is it ever a good idea to run your dog in the heat of the day? Exactly what kind of running are Border Collies not good for? And, of course, WHERE ARE THE MUTTS?)

Additionally, do you notice how almost all the dog breeds listed are large? 

Let me tell you, I felt pretty smug when I realized that my 80lb Akita (and running-buddy) could comfortably pack 20+ pounds of food, water and gear for 15 miles a day and get up and do it again the next day with a big grin on his face.  There were days when I was a beginning backpacker when his strength really helped me get down the trail.  I feel less smug now that he’s getting older and I’m packing for him.  That’s a lot of dog food! 

Smaller dogs can be fine adventure companions, too.

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August 16, 2010
Nared the Corgi-Pom needs a foster home or adoption near Edmonds, WA.
(Edited to add the link to his Petfinder!  Had some post-upload problems tonight!)
I was also going to add  that I’m always a sucker for these luxurious-coated little mutts.  Nared is  15” high at the withers (I love when rescues give heights - mutts can be  so deceptive in their sizes), less than a year old, and full of  energy.  They suggest he’d make a great running companion for an active  owner.  I’d suspect they’re right.

Nared the Corgi-Pom needs a foster home or adoption near Edmonds, WA.

(Edited to add the link to his Petfinder!  Had some post-upload problems tonight!)

I was also going to add that I’m always a sucker for these luxurious-coated little mutts.  Nared is 15” high at the withers (I love when rescues give heights - mutts can be so deceptive in their sizes), less than a year old, and full of energy.  They suggest he’d make a great running companion for an active owner.  I’d suspect they’re right.

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August 9, 2010
Warning: your heart may be suddenly expanded as you try to take in Maddison's ears:face ratio. 

Warning: your heart may be suddenly expanded as you try to take in Maddison's ears:face ratio. 

June 9, 2010
Lemon is in a high-kill shelter near Plainfield, IL, and time is short.  She has a sweet face and may well be a Corgi-Shepherd mix. She’s only 19” high, and wears a Shepherd’s saddle but not the mask.

Lemon is in a high-kill shelter near Plainfield, IL, and time is short.  She has a sweet face and may well be a Corgi-Shepherd mix. She’s only 19” high, and wears a Shepherd’s saddle but not the mask.

June 8, 2010
Mortin the Corgi-Beagle is at St. Huberts in Madison, NJ.  Lots of my childhood friends got great pets from this shelter system over the years.
It makes me sad to see that he was given up because a family member had dog allergies…  On the bright side, potential adopters can rest easy knowing that he wasn’t dumped because of medical, behavioral or temperment issues.

Mortin the Corgi-Beagle is at St. Huberts in Madison, NJ.  Lots of my childhood friends got great pets from this shelter system over the years.

It makes me sad to see that he was given up because a family member had dog allergies…  On the bright side, potential adopters can rest easy knowing that he wasn’t dumped because of medical, behavioral or temperment issues.

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