Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas, Poops & Hormones




Well, Christmas is finally over and, as you can see, Gibson made out like a bandit!

From Mom & Dad:
A dog bed
AKC Bunny Toy
Milk Bone Stuffed Bone
Doggy Bakery Treats
A Busy Bone (big mistake!)

From Grandma/Grandpa 1:
Doggy stuffed squeaky toy w/rope limbs
Mini Rawhide Bone
A Wizzle Stick
Random Treats

From Grandma/Grandpa 2:
A Purdue University collar (my husband went to school there)
Fleece Stuffed Squeaky Bone

From Aunt:
Squeaky Bird Stuffed Toy
Some Free Range Braided Bully Chews

What a spoiled brat!! :)

Our Christmas lasted over a week because of my husband and I's parents living far away and us having to travel to their houses on different weekends. The first weekend was at my parents. Gibson had fun and absolutely looovved getting presents! We do stockings first and he got lots of yummy treats. After that he got to open his first gifts ever and it was a riot. He actually walked inside of his gift bag! Here he is in action:





A lot of my family came over after we opened gifts. Gibson did a lot better than last time w/all the people, but because of the frigid temperatures (-30 windchill!!) and the increase of treats & food that day, Gibson had 2 accidents inside of their house :( One time was poop right where everyone was having dinner, and the other time, he whined to get up on a daybed and peed up there! It was embarrassing and all, but I could kind of understand (he was still in trouble though!). He also started following Coal, my parent's black lab, around and smelling her 'no nos'.. Hormones are really starting to kick in..

When we got home from my parents, I realized that I had less of his puppy food left than I thought.. I was planning on transitioning him to adult food after this bag because of recommendations and research I've done. Unfortunately, when we got back it was so incredibly cold that it was dangerous to go outside..so driving to Petco wasn't really an option. I had to feed Gibson what I had, so the next few days he ate his last Wellness Just For Puppy food up until I was able to buy him the new bag of Wellness Super5Mix. Well, this apparently was a terrible idea. Even though the ingredients are almost the exact same, and Gibson gobbled up Coal's exact same food at my parents house, he just does not want to eat it! Christmas day made things worse because we got him lots of yummy things to eat. The huge busy bone that I got him (that I thought would last at least a few days) was gone by nighttime and caused some lovely runny poops. I had to detox him the day after Christmas and hardly feed him anything. Now, I've been feeding him pumpkin w/all of his meals to get him back to normal.. I just feel so bad because he loved his Just for Puppy and he just is not interested in his new food and it has given him tummy aches since I did not transition him :( I am thinking of picking him up a small bag of the puppy food and mixing in w/his adult food until it runs out. Hopefully this helps!

Christmas w/the inlaws was this past weekend. Gibson had to ride in his crate this time, because going to my parents he was a complete brat and cried until I let him sit in my lap (while driving... um yeah..not good!). The ride was awful to begin with..because the roads were completely icy that day and it was foggy because of melting snow. Our 3.5 hr trip took over 5 (we took a pit stop at my parents too..since one of the major roads was shut down). When we were about 45 minutes from their house, Gibson started crying like he was about to die. I don't know when this whining/crying thing started, but he does it all the time now! We finally made it to their house though, and Gibson did not die :)

He had a lot of fun w/his cousin, Orson, who he played with at Thanksgiving. They did a lot of play fighting, which exhausted them both. Gibson was being gross though, and started humping Orson and licking his junk... ALL DAY LONG!! They both would sit and lick each other simultaneously. Gross gross gross. He is really starting to become a little teenager. He even got a little too aggressive while playing and growled when Orson came near him when he was eating a treat! He's been marking while on walks a ton too. I can't wait til he's neutered!

Well, that's that. We hope everyone had a great holiday!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rant: Off-leash Neighborhood Pups

Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous?

There are two dogs (that I know of) in my neighborhood who's owners let them run around off-leash.  The one (male) lives across the street and it just runs through everyone's yards and poops and pees wherever it wants.  I've had to clean up after him, and it is not fun, especially since I'm used to corgi-sized poop and this is a bigger dog.  The other lives around the corner, so I do not see it as often,  but it's a non-spayed female who we've run into on walks and I've actually seen her in heat!  I couldn't believe it and then remembered seeing a sign for lab puppies in front of their house last summer.  I'm not sure if the male across the street from us is in-tact, but he acts like he is..marking his territory all over the place.   Isn't this sooo irresponsible??  Especially the female..do people want random litters of puppies?   We want to say something, but being the new kids on the block it seems like it's not our place to?  Urgh...just had to rant!!  Thanks for listening :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day = Gibson Glamour Shots

My boss let me stay home from work today because of the snow/ice storm we had (yay!!). So, since I was up I decided to play around w/my husband's fancy camera and do some Gibson photography! Apparently I had the wrong lighting setting on, because everything turned out blueish, but I kind of fixed it in photoshop. Anyways, here are the results!

His cute little profile:


He's getting more and more handsomer:



Just Ears!


And the grand finale (ah! I just adooooore this photo!!)

Growing Up

Gibson lifted his leg on our walk yesterday...

..and it was adorable...




Just don't make it a habit kiddo ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Cover Boy!!

FINALLY the calendar for mycorgi.com has been revealed, and Gibson is on the cover!! How freakin cool!!



Thanks to EVERYONE who voted!! I am so excited :)

And congrats to Bryson & Picasso too! Mr. & Mr. January!!
No Theo though, boo! :( Maybe next year?? Start taking photos! :)

I recognize a lot of the others on the calendar too, so congrats to you all for making it (if you're reading here hehe)!

Oh yes, and you can order the calendar here! 100% of the profit will go to Corgi Rescue.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gibson Grooming Day!

When I got Gibson, I vowed that I would groom him properly and keep him looking his best and healthiest . When he was young, I would take him out to brush him every few days, just so I could have an excuse to sit on our porch. Now that the weather isn't so pleasant, I started a weekly ritual, which I've named
Gibson Grooming Day!©

So, every Saturday morning I groom the crap out of him (And tell him "It's Gibson Grooming Day! Yay!!"). I break out the Furminator, brush his teeth, clean his ears, and ATTEMPT to cut his nails (I usually get about 1 nail cut a week..). Plus, 1 or 2 Saturdays a month he gets a bath. Throughout the week I'll brush him w/a regular brush and brush his teeth, but Saturdays he gets the works. Having this ritual makes grooming him fun and something to look forward to (is that weird?), and it makes it something I remember to do.

Here is the finished result of all my hard work!



Isn't he a handsome young man?? :)

And here's a video of him being silly after his bath (oh and also him going down our big stairs!):



P.S. I am dying w/suspense over this mycorgi.com calendar contest! I keep thinking my next post will be to announce if he made it in or not but it's dragging on forever! ahhh!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Elfed My Family

Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? Sheesh. Luckily, I'm pretty much done w/shopping, woot. We bought our tree and put it up last Sunday. This is my first real tree ever, and I must say, I lovvve the smell. It's like I have an evergreen candle burning all day long :) I was scared about how Gibson would react to it, and he took it very well the first night. He did not even seem phased by the thing and actually went and layed on the tree skirt while we were eating dinner (aww).


That all changed on Tuesday, when I came home from work at the tree was on it's side!!! I don't know what happened, but it was not fun and Gibson was a little weirded out by it. Weirded out turned to him being petrified by it when I tried to stand the tree up by myself and it fell back over onto a bookcase, breaking a few members of our nativity scene on top of it! I shrieked, so Gibson freaked...crawling into my lap, giving me kisses, and then wanted to get as far away from the tree as possible. He kept wanting to go outside and then just hung out in the opposite side of the house the rest of the night. He's doing better around it now, but definitely keeps his distance and won't retrieve any toys that go near it...which I guess is a good thing since I did not want him drinking tree water, eating needles, or opening presents!

And now for your viewing pleasure, and ElfYourself of my family (with Gibson as the star!). Enjoy!


Send your own ElfYourself eCards


My mom asked how Gibson felt having long legs haha.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things

Part of my collar dilemma earlier was that Gibson liked to chew on his tags. It drove me crazy, because I knew it was not good for his teeth and he just looked like a moron trying to get them in his mouth haha. The tags were also just annoyingly loud and I never wanted them in bed w/me so I had to take his collar off constantly. Well, problem solved! I picked up this little gadget, the dog tag holder!


It's awesome! It looks big in the picture, but it's teeny tiny. I actually just keep it attached to his leash unless I am letting him off-leash in a public area. I highly recommend this product, it's so convenient, and it lets you change collars easily if you want to (I hate removing that keychain thing..it's so hard to do!). I got it from Big Paw Designs.

I almost had to get this too.. It's a dog tag "purse"! Soo cute (don't you love the packaging)! It's made of felt and it keeps all your tags in one spot so they don't clank together. I was very tempted to get this, but I already purchased the tag holder, so I thought this might be overkill and Gibson would think it was just a new thing to try to get into his mouth. They come in different colors and either the skull or heart design on it. Available on Etsy.


Gibson has a new favorite thing as well.. It's his newest toy, a squeaky sheep ball from Petco!


This is seriously made for him! It's plush, it squeaks, and it bounces!! It's a great fetch toy (about the size of a tennis ball, maybe a little smaller) and he likes to sit and pull at it's 'wool'. We'll see how long it lasts, but for now it's an awesome toy :)

One last favorite-y thing.. Snow! Gibson just loves it! And I love that it keeps him clean haha. We've had snow for about a week here now, and I compiled videos for it and made a movie out of them. It's kind of long and probably boring, but it has it's moments! There are some cute videos of him woofing at things he's scared of and at the end there is some reallly deep snow that he has to bunny hop in. Here it is and sorry for the bouncyness.. I was the videographer and dog walker at the same time ;)




Monday, December 8, 2008

Stairs: Accomplished!

Gibson went down the stairs today! The big flight of stairs! And I did not even ask him to!

It was so strange. I went up to take a shower this morning, and expected him to come follow me like normal. He came running once he heard the water turn on (weirdo) and I soon saw his head pop in behind the curtain haha. Well, he seemed to be pleased w/his quick appearance and then he left and I did not hear him in the bathroom at all. Strange.

So, when I got out of the shower he was not in the bathroom, not in the hallway outside, or the spare bedroom across the hall.. I looked down and there he was, sitting proudly at the bottom of the stairs! I asked him if he went down the stairs all by himself?! and he came running up the stairs to see me, smiling. I am just shocked that he did this on his own! He's always cried or growled or barked at me if I asked him to go down them. When I was done getting ready and went back down stairs he followed me like it was no big deal!

I'm wondering if he sensed that I'm kind of injured. Yesterday my wrist started hurting (not sure if I slept on it weird or what), and I think through different activities throughout the day I might have strained it (or something, it hurts to turn a door knob, that's all i know). Well, picking up Gibson and carrying him down first thing in the morning really hurt today..so do you think he noticed and decided it was his mission to go down the stairs by himself?? If so he's the best doggie of all time! :)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gibson's Tricks

I finnnnally got a video of Gibson doing his tricks :) Here they all in all their glory. You should see:

Sit
Paw
Lay Down
Sit-Stay (After one botched attempt)
Down-Stay
Come
Rollover

And don't mind my completely outdated dining room..I cant wait to tear down that wallpaper and repaint and finish the trim!

OK here's the video now ;)
(and yes, that's me..I do not have a 4 year old daughter haha)

Friday, December 5, 2008

3 degrees, a quirk & tees

3 degrees
Winter may not be officially here, but the weather sure is feeling like it! It was 7 degrees yesterday morning and today it was 3 degrees! My poor little Gibson actually has been getting too cold! On our walks, we go out the back door and walk around to the front of the house to the sidewalk (we have a corner lot). Well, while walking through the snow, Gibson has been stopping, sitting down, shaking, and lifting his paws up in the air and looking pathetic! :( It's so adorable I can't help but pick him up and snuggle and warm his tootsies up. Once I warm him up and put him on the sidewalk he is good to go and acts like, 'Geez mom, thanks for embarrassing me in front of the entire neighborhood, I'm fine!"

A Quirk
Gibson has a lot of cute and silly quirks, but I just wanted to talk about my most favorite right now..

"The Sneeze No"
If Gibson disagrees w/us or doesn't understand what we're asking him, he sneezes lol. It's so funny because he shakes his head no at the same time :) He also does this a lot when we have a realllly nummy treat and are asking him to do tricks.. "Sneeze No! Gimmee the cheeese!"


Tees
I added some new designs to the Corgi Butts Shop. Check 'em :)


Just a fun sporty design for some Corgi activities!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Avoiding Puberty

I do not want Gibson to become a 'man'. I really don't. It's getting close to that time when puberty should be kicking in and I really hope I can beat it, haha (a little over a month til neutering day!). Growing up, my family always had girl dogs, because we did not want to deal w/humping and leg lifting. I was planning on getting a girl corgi too, but then I just fell in love w/Gibson. So far, Gibson has not shown any signs of manliness though (besides humping some toys when he was 8 weeks old, but I think we nipped that in the bud!). I've kept him away from intact males and dogs that I know mark their territory (cover your eyes, Gibson!). I don't let him sniff trees too long either...he might get ideas... Last weekend I thought all of this work was going to go down the drain when the other puppies at thanksgiving were all humping each other. Luckily, Gibson seemed to think they were all just a bunch of jerks for doing so, so maybe he did not think it was a cool enough behavior to copy. I think I may be crazy, but I'd really prefer him to pee like a girl and cover his eyes during r rated movies :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gibson's First Thanksgiving/Collar Issue Solved!

Well, we're finally back from a long Thanksgiving weekend. My little family went to my parents on Thursday (hour and a half drive), stayed there a few days and then traveled down to my husband's aunt's house on Saturday (2 hour drive) for his family's Thanksgiving. Gibson faired pretty well the whole time, but I did learn that he gets overwhelmed by loud noises and lots of people pretty easily. I guess he's used to just hanging out w/mom and dad at home. He also has a hard time taking a nap at someplace other than our house. I actually had to 'put him down for a nap' the first time we visited, because he was just walking around like a zombie the whole time. This trip, he's just making up all of his sleep today (he's sooo exhausted!).

At my parents he had a lot of fun w/their dog, Coal. She's not all that interested in him, but he loves to chase her around and he thinks he's pretty cool when we take a walk w/her. All the walks at their house are off-leash, so it's a lot of fun. We get to walk through woods and by a lake, and he is so good about staying by my side the whole time .

During the actual get-together is when he was kind of overwhelmed. My family is LOUD and a lot of the time he was walking around like, "what....just...happend..and who's mad at me?" He also did not like Rock Band. He did not want to sit and watch mommy sing at the top of her lungs. So, we were complete party poopers and went to bed at 10:30 (and I was actually not feeling well, so I'm really not THAT obsessed w/Gibson ;)).

I was really looking forward to going to my husband's aunt's because I knew there were going to be 3 other puppies (+ one adult dog) there! 2 of his aunts and his sister got puppies within the month after we got Gibson. Gibson was the youngest of them, and was also the shortest and probably heaviest haha. The other puppies were a fox terrier (looked like a stuffed animal!), a beagle, and a schipperke mix (we think). Gibson has not really had a chance to play w/other dogs besides Coal and some puppies in obedience class (which were always on leashes), so this was his real chance to get some play time in! Everything started off pretty well..he just wanted to give everyone kisses and play nicely...well then the two male puppies decided that Gibson was a good target to hump on. Gibson did not like this at all (who would?)! He took care of the schipperke mix by play fighting enough that they established that humping was a no-no. But the fox terrier kept at him all day. So much so that Gibson had enough and started showing his gums and getting the most evil look on his face to keep the other dog away! I think he was also pretty crabby though to begin with..since he had 2 tiring days before and the other puppies would not stop playing the whole day. He did play nicely w/the schipperke though, which Im glad since that is his cousin that he'll be seeing often :)

Here is a video of all the doggie action (well some of it, of course I never got all the really cute stuff):






Today he is just a complete lump. I think he's been awake for a total of 2 hours. He did get to see and play in his first snow storm though, which he just loves! He just wants to eat it all and will kick snow while he's walking and then chase it, too cute :)

When we got back yesterday night, I discovered a package in my mail and it was Gibson's new martingale collar! The lovely Jenna from Corgi Pants made it for me in a swap for one of my I Heart Corgi Butts t-shirts! I absolutely adore it! The fabric is the cool abstract blue & green pattern and is lightweight and works great on walks! I'm still not sure I'll have Gibson wear it all day long, but it will definitely be on him more often than his old one was!

Here are the pretty pictures of it!







Thanks Jenna!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Make Gibson a Superstar!

Yay! Gibson is a finalist for the 2009 MyCorgi.com Calendar!!  He actually got lucky and has 2 photos to vote for!  In my defense though..the first time I did not read all the rules and sent them 3 photos.  Then I found out we could only submit 1 so I emailed them back and told them which one I wanted out of the three.  BUT they picked 2 anyways. Don't ask me :)

But anyways, here are the photos of him.  They are from the first day we brought him home (before we even made it into the house!).  It was hard picking because most of his cutest photos had me in them too.  I hope you will vote for him.  I think it'd be so cool to have a calendar w/my puppy in it!  

(I'm glad you could vote for 15, cause I was able to vote for a lot of my other 'corgi buddies'!)




On a side note, Gibson was a  (kind of ) good boy this morning!  We were on our walk and he saw something and took off after it (I think it was a leaf that he thought was a squirrel).  Well, his leash slipped out of my hands and off he ran in the direction of a busy street. I yelled "Gibson Stay!" and he stopped immediately and layed down and put his ears back!  I was proud :)


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Funny








AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

I got an email about this the other day and found it ineresting. I hope they offer it in my area!

Meet AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM—
The New Puppy Level of Canine Good Citizen



Every puppy deserves a great start in life and the AKC's newest program for puppies is here to help that happen.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, the recently unveiled puppy level of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, is designed to reward owners who have taken the time to take their puppies to a puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks long.

"STAR" is an acronym for Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner, all the things every puppy needs. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is open to purebred and mixed breed dogs and the program defines ‘puppy’ as a dog up to the age of 1 year old.

Read More Here

Thursday, November 20, 2008

20 weeks - my kisser, magnet & alarm clock

My little Gibson is 20 weeks old now, and finally done w/his puppy vaccinations!  Yay!  Our vet appointment was last night, and he did so well.  The last time we went (5 weeks ago), he was such a little jerk!  He kept biting the vet. She had to bring in a 'handler' to give him his shots..and then that weekend he bit my mother-in-law when she was picking him up!  It must have been a short phase though..  Since then we've passed obedience and he's been socialized a bit more..   This visit he was a sweet angel. He still did not like getting his temperature taken  or being examined, but he just put his ears back and gave the vet and assistant kisses when they were done :)   I realized then that his biting has been so much better lately.  He used to nip everyone when he'd meet them to say hello, but now he kisses them.  And yes, he bites our clothing a lot but never our skin..if anything he'll put his mouth up against our skin, but never bite down.  For some reason it all clicked last night how well he's been doing.  I really love my little guy (and he is really little..only 14 lbs.   I thought he weighed a lot  more!).  

We also made his appointment to be neutered last night.. He'll be sans-balls on January 9th!  I found out that they do bloodwork the night before and they have to spend the night though :(  I'm already really anxious about this!  I can't imagine how he's going to be.  He is my magnet!   He seriously cannot leave my side.  If we go to the store and I run in and leave my husband and him in the car, Gibson will growl and cry and wonder where I went (this does not happen when my husband runs in and leaves us).  He does the same thing when I leave the house.  If I do not put him in his crate when I go out and do yard work, he'll always be sitting by the door that I went out of when I come back in (like 20 minutes later!).  And he'll always follows me up the stairs when I go to the bathroom or take a shower.  I've even been trying to  give him some more freedom and leave him out of his crate when I get ready in the morning, but he always has to follow me up the stairs and nudge his way into the bathroom (kind of weird, kid).  This morning he sat while I was in the shower with is paws on the side of the tub, and just sat there watching what I was doing.  and then had to lick all the water and body butter off my legs when I got out..  It's weird!  But I let him stay in there because I don't want him running around on our new carpet or bothering my sleeping husband.  And I've tried taking him back down and putting him in his crate, but it does not seem to get through to him.  Am I the cause of this clingy behavior?  I'm wondering because my parents dogs have been the same way w/my mom..maybe it's the way we train them?  Or maybe all dogs are like this...

The other thing I'm worried about w/leaving him overnight is that he's used to sleeping in bed w/us now.  He's such a spoiled little dog.  I love him being there though.  I did, however, have to train him to not be my alarm clock.  He got used to waking up at the same time every morning..so much that he started to wake me up 5-10 minutes before my alarm! grr.  He did this by walking on top of me and licking my face..and this happend on weekends too. . Same time every morning.  So I started to put him in his crate whenever he'd do this..no matter if it was a weekend, 20 minutes before my alarm went off or 1 minute before my alarm went off.  Every time.  He hasn't tried to wake me up in a week :)   I even caught him one morning as he noticed me tossing around.  He stood  up and peeked around to see if I was awake..and then curled up and went back to sleep (or pretended to).  So it looks like he caught on that mommy does not like to be disturbed when she's sleepy.  

In shop news, I added a black headed tri, sable, fawn & two fluffy pembrokes, and a red & white, blue merle, black & white & brindle cardigan to the mix :)  Tell me if you want to see any other variations! More to come!  Corgi Butts Shop


Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Collar Issue..and my new shop

Gibson's collar has been an issue lately. Before we started obedience class, he wore his collar all of the time, and I thought he looked adorably handsome in it. Well, when we started class, he barely wore his collar, if ever, because we used training collars for class, which he would have to wear every time I'd take him for a walk to practice. So, I've gotten used to Gibson walking around the house 'naked' all of the time and being able to pet his neck and see his beautiful mane (which was non existent when we first started obedience). I always thought that after class ended, he'd wear a regular collar on walks again, so I wouldn't have to take it off of him anymore. But, I dunno... He just looks so much nicer without one! and the collar just gets in the way. Plus he sits there and chews on his tags, which I know is not good for his teeth..and of course he sleeps w/us in bed..and I do not want to listen to that loud clanking sound all night long. Is it terrible for me to only put his collar on for walks? All the dogs Ive ever had growing up have worn their collars 24/7, so this is a new predicament for me :) I want him to be safe, but I also want him to be comfy and cute haha.

Speaking of collars.. When I first heard that our class required training/choke chain collars, I wanted to cry and walk out mid-class and demand my money back! I always thought they were awful, but I figured I'd give it a try when the trainer explained that they get a bad rap because people do not use them correctly. When class was over I went back to his regular collar for walks, but it just seems like it is less comfortable than the chain! Instead of something getting a little tight around his neck when he is not staying by my side, the huge piece of fabric is going all the way up his head and sometimes over his ear! So, I'm thinking of getting a martingale collar, but am wondering if I should wait til he's older so I know his neck wont grow out of it in a month (they're a little pricey, at least the ones I've seen).

So there are some random thoughts of mine about collars haha.

In other news, I officially opened my Corgi Butts shop on Cafepress! It's not much to look at right now, but it will be growing and looking prettier, I promise! I'll be selling designs w/all of the colors and type of corgis, so if you don't have a red & white or red headed tri, don't worry.. lots more designs and dogs to come!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My boy's wicked smart

So, drumroll please............we passed! Woohoo, my little puppy passed basic obedience! And not only that, he got 1st place, the highest scores in the class, which even beat this pitbull that was showing off and doing everything off-leash!

To start from the beginning..  We got to class and were the first ones there.   We were wondering where everyone was and then remembered that the trainer said that we'd 'perform' in the order that we showed up to class.. Oh great, so Gibson has to go first, super.   After playing w/his buddy, Drake, for a little bit, we were called to go.  

We started off by walking.  We said heel, and then stopped/sat, turned in circles, walked slow, and sat again.  This did not go too well.  Gibson was ready to play and was 'herding me' and 'growling'. Oh no!  He at least followed me nicely and sat on command,  but things were not looking too good.   We then did 'figure 8's' around 2 objects and he was still in play mode, but followed me around the obstacles nicely.   

We then 'stood for examination'  which I've been working on w/him all week.  I told him to stand and stay and he did!   The trainer came over to pet him and he walked a little bit towards her and wagged his nub, but not too bad!  

Finally in our individual test, I had Gibson sit and stay, while I walked away and then told him to come.  He did perfectly!  Yay!  I then had to 'finish' him (which I think is pretty stupid) by making him walk behind my back and sit by my side.   Well, he did it, but I had to pretty much pull him around...

So, for the individual exam I thought we did ok..  I was glad that all was left was the group long stays which I figured we'd nail.    Everyone else did pretty much how I expected.  The one pitbull showoff guy that didn't use a leash was soo amazing during the walk section of it.  The dog stayed by his side the entire time..but then when it came to 'stay' he kind of blew it, and then he jumped up on the trainer during the stand for examination.   This made me laugh, because my husband said he was making faces while I was working w/Gibson..like Gibson was some screw up..whatev.

So, all the dogs finished and it was then time for the group 'long stays'.   We first did a 'sit stay', which was for 1 minute.   Gibson was absolutely perfect! He sat the entire time while most of the other dogs kept getting up, woot!   Next was the 'down stay' for 3 minutes.  I was afraid for the sit one, because he normally lays down half way through at home, but he usually rocks the down stay.  Well, everything started off great.  He layed down and stayed and I thought we had this one in the bag...until the stupid dog that didn't have a leash on jumped up and went after the puppy next to him to play.  Argh! This distrupted the entire class...they all wanted to know what was going on.  So I had to go make Gibson lay down again, which he did, and then ten seconds later the dog jumped up again!  Well, that was it..Gibson was up and confused and wanted to play or come have me protect him and was done w/this training thing.  I looked at my husband and he was so mad at the stupid non-leashed dog..and I was just heartbroken. I knew we could've sat there for 3 minutes perfectly.  I really did not think we were going to pass.  

So, as the trainer added up our scores (we needed 170 out of 200 to pass), my husband and I sat and told Gibson he did a good job and were bummed together.  She was finally ready to tell us the results, and started off w/the pitbull, since he was in a different 'class' for not using a leash.  He got a 185, not bad.   Next she said she'd announce the scores from lowest to highest..and in 7th place was the french bulldog w/180..  At this moment I realized there were only 8 dogs in class, 2 have been called already..so Gibson passed!  Success!  This was a huge relief  and felt great.   I figured he'd be called 6th..ok maybe 5th...4th??   We got to the top 3 and he still wasn't called..  My husband and I were just cracking up in disbelief when it came down between us and my favorite dog in the class (besides my own of course), Rex, a rat terrior (so cute!!)..  Rex was called in 2nd,  so Gibson got 1st w/190pts!!  We could not believe it!!  Our little craphead!  All we could do was laugh...it was such a funny, but proud moment.  We celebrated w/a  bottle of wine and Gibson got a scoop of peanut butter on his dinner :)


Sunday, November 9, 2008

For the Love of the Nub

Corgi butts are one of the cutest things ever, arent they? The way they wiggle when they walk. How fluffy they are. And of course, the nub.

Now there are some exceptions of Pembrokes w/full tails or no tails at all, but most have nubs. Some are a little longer, some look like bunny tails, and some are so short that you cannot even see them. I've heard some others talk about how they wish pembrokes all had tails because its hard to tell what mood they are in..but I have to disagree.

Nothing warms me or my husband's heart more than when Gibson 'nubs' us..that is wagging his nub. He looks so happy and playful, and then there are other times when he meets strangers where the nub wagging is a little lower, and slower..showing that he's being submissive. Sometimes he holds his nub high, when he walks around the backyard like he's a badass, and other times he 'tucks' it under when he hears a dog barks and runs to get back inside.

So to celebrate the nub, here is a video that I took today of Gibson nubbing my husband. Hope you enjoy!



Friday, November 7, 2008

Election Night Snapshots


Gibson was so thrilled to stay up for Obama's speech Tuesday night!

Tell us how you really feel, Gibson! :)  


This was definitely a 'Where were you when'  moment in our  lives, and I was pretty happy that I was lounging w/my little buddy by my feet.  My husband had to work, so I'm glad I had Gibson to share my joy with..even if he was so not getting what the big deal was ;)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ow. Stairs.

Since we've had Gibson, stairs have been an issue for him (like most short legged puppies!). It took him about a month to be able to go up short flights of stairs and going down has never crossed his mind as an option. I thought this was a good thing, since it meant we did not have to worry about Gibson going upstairs and peeing on the carpet or running off of the front porch after a squirrel when we're sitting on it. Plus, I've read that it's good for corgi puppies to wait til they're at least 6 months to start using a lot of stairs, for back reasons. I've of course have had to be his personal elevator, but that's a small price to pay I thought.

My husband, on the other hand, has been trying to get Gibson to go up and down stairs since we got him. He thinks it's cute. And he finally succeeded last weekend at getting Gibson to run all the way up our stairs after me...which means, Gibson now follows me every time I have to go to the bathroom (our only 1 is upstairs)....which means I usually have to keep him in there w/me so he doesn't wonder off into our bedrooms and do something he shouldn't.. Fabulous. Not having to carry him up the stairs is nice though..especially since he's getting bigger.

Now, carrying him down..

Yeah, I still have to do that..cause I've always said to my husband, "Don't tell him to go down the stairs. He'll fall and break his neck".

Well, last night as I was carrying him down our flight of oh 15 or so stairs, I slipped and fell...and yeah, hurt my neck. Gibson was fine (still in my arms), he just wanted to make sure I was ok.

Maybe it's about time you learned to go down stairs, kiddo :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obedience..1 week to go

Well, we have 1 week til basic obedience graduation and I'm a little scared. I really don't think Gibson is going to pass! He is the youngest kid in the class and he's learning everything, just a little slower than the other dogs.

Last night in class he really just wanted to play the whole time and kept trying to play w/my feet and "growl" at me when we were walking... and then we did a long 'stay' where we had them sit at one end of the room as we walked to the other, and then call them to come once we got there. Well he did good and sat and stayed but started slowly walking towards me when I got too far away. The trainer tried to get him to sit again and he struggled w/her so much..it took about 2 minutes (embarrassment!) and then she just had to hold him down! It was the first time we ever tried this though and the rest of the class was sitting right behind him (and all the other dogs ever want to do is play with him for some reason..I think it's because he sits and smiles at them the whole time). But anyways, when I said "Gibson Come!" he came faster than any of the other dogs..so that was at least good.

Last week in class we learned "stand" for the first time..which is really hard! I think because he is so low to the ground he just wants to put his butt down on it. Putting my hand underneath his belly and lifting up just was not working so I tried to just take a step back and guide his nose towards me and that actually worked. This took ALL of last week to learn when we were also supposed to learn "stand stay". We finally got to TRY this for the first time yesterday afternoon and then in class it was the first thing we practiced! Yeesh! It's just hard...

My husband just keeps telling me that he's just young and if he was older he'd be kicking all the other dog's butts. I'm sure he's right.. But we are going to practice like crazy people this week...and hopefully pass on Monday!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

4 months, halloween, and other fun stuff

Gibson turned 4 months on Saturday, and he celebrated by losing 2 teeth! Well, he actually lost them on Halloween. It was an exciting moment for me (yes, I'm such a mom). I looked down and saw two little holes in his mouth and had to get a snapshot of it (which meant me prying his mouth open w/my fingers) :) I'm not really looking forward to the terrible teething that goes along w/losing teeth, but for now, it's cute.

The rest of Halloween was fun too. I started out by taking Gibson for his nightly walk, and he had fun saying hi to all the kids in costumes walking by (my husband was manning the house for trick-or-treaters). He was a little confused by the constant doorbell ringing and kids when we got back to the house, but eventually got used to it. I'm glad that he isn't afraid of weird looking kids and that he doesn't bark whenever the doorbell rings.

We stuck his costume on him, which was still too big, but we got a few cute pics of it. He enjoyed ripping it off and chewing it the rest of the night.

The next day he was pretty worn out from all the excitement, but we woke him up long enough to take him for a fun walk around our local lake. I love it there, because once we get past the parking lot, I can let him off leash to run around and have fun. He's so good off leash I swear. He follows like a good boy and comes when called..but maybe that's just because he's like velcro to me :)

Oh and just a little update on training. He has stay down pat now! I can leave him for 5 minutes when he's laying down, yay! We're now working on "Stand" and are going to start using a "light line", which will basically teach him to do all of his commands off leash. Class is tonight, and it will hopfully go well!

As promised, here are some pictures and videos of our fall day in the leaves!



Gibson's photos and videos

Well, Gibson is a little superstar of course, so he has his own website w/all of his photos on it! If you're interested you can always keep up w/his photos at this link: gibsonpuppy.shutterfly.com

He also has a channel on youtube, which you can see here: Gibson's Youtube Channel. Some of the videos are pretty lame, but there are some cute ones! Here's my favorite so far of Gibson Frapping!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Tonight is Gibson's first Halloween, and also my husband's and my first Halloween in our new home! We're all excited for trick-or-treaters since they will be our first ever. I bought Gibson's costume in early September, thinking he would grow into it..as you can see from the picture though, he hasn't. It's ginormous on him, but I'll probably still try to make him wear it.

We had a fun fall day yesterday of raking leaves and carving pumpkins and Gibson was in on the action (videos and pictures to come later). Gibson lived up to his name though..while my husband was carving, Gibson ate pumpkin guts..and for those of you that don't know, Gibson's registered name is Sir Gibson the Pumpkin Eater.. No joke. :) He was obsessed with it, I swear! His one goal in life was to get at that pumpkin and suck up everything and anything that was left behind on the floor. He is my little hoover!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good Times and Bad

I'm really upset with GIbson right now. I went home for lunch earlier and was so happy to see the little bugger. He did his normal routine of crawling out of his crate and stretching like life was way too hard to do anything else :) I let him out, fed him, and then made my own lunch and ate. During this time normally, Gibson sits in the living room where i can see him and chews his bully stick or plays until I'm done and can play with him. Well today I lost sight of him and did not hear him for awhile..I got concerned, so I got up and looked at what he was doing. He walked over towards me and started hunching his back to poop! Right in front of me! And then I looked over and he had pooped on our new carpet in the den! I know, he's a puppy and all, but he hasn't done this since the very first day we brought him home over 2 months ago. Pee, has taken more work, but I thought he had the pooping outside thing down pat! So, I took him outside immediately to have him finish if he needed to..which he did..and I was going to praise him for going outside like normal. But I couldn't. Why? Because he decided to take off running across the street after a squirrel! I just can't believe it.

He's been sooo incredibly good lately..Not acting up..Biting has been down..Obedience has been going awesome..He's been sleeping in our bed! I've just fallen head over heels for this guy and he never leaves my side.

*sigh* Now, I just can't wait to go back home to be with him and give him all the love in the world.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Life with Gibson: The first 2 months

Change of Plans
August 21, 2008
Well, I was supposed to be "visiting" Gibson this Saturday, just to see him and because my breeder will be at a horse exhibition an hour closer to me than she lives..and then actually bringing him home in 3 weeks.. Well, change of plans! Since Gibson is going to be 8 weeks and closer driving distance to us, we've decided to bring him home with us on Saturday!! I'm so excited :) Tonight we need to do some serious puppy shopping and getting our home ready for our little boy. Lack of sleep, here I come!

Gibson's first weekend
August 25, 2008
Well, we went and picked up Gibson this Saturday as planned :) He's the cutest puppy ever, I swear. And he's so incredibly smart. He's already learned 'come' and 'no' and he's only had *knock on wood* one accident in the house! Everything else has been outside :) And the first night he slept all the way through w/o whining once (today he needed to potty at 5am, but that's still pretty good for a little puppy, i'd say!). His favorite thing to do is run around the yard. He will follow me and my husband everywhere, it's wonderful :) We think he's herding us, it's too cute. It's adorable that we are walking at our normal pace and meanwhile Gibson is sprinting to keep up with us hehe.

Well, anyways, so far, so good. Today is his first day by himself in the house, and he's been pretty sad, but he needs to get used it. And he's lucky his mom and dad both work close enough to come home for lunch! :)


9 weeks old
September 2, 2008
Gibson is 9 weeks old today and he's been with us for 10 days!

He is still doing really well. He can be a brat, but is a good learner. He already knows sit, come, lay down, and his name (although I think he thinks his name is 'good boy!' too). We're starting to work on leash training, but I think the leash we bought him is too big/heavy. I just can't wait to take him on walks to work off some of his energy and stimulate him with new things. I also tried to put a dog tag on his collar today, but I think it was too big/heavy for him too! When he'd sniff the ground it would scrape against the floor and then he'd just try with all his might to get the thing in his mouth to bite it off. How old do they need to be to put tags on them? I just don't want anything to happen to him if he got lost :(

He's doing wonderfully with his potty training. He sleeps through the entire night in his crate (my alarm wakes us up), and he even let me sleep in on weekends (I'm knocking on wood while I type all of this)! He's had a few accidents, but they were mainly when I would leave him alone when I should've been watching him. Otherwise, he's been going to the door to be let out, or looking at me and barking.

He plays a lot and likes to chew on anything and everything. He's learned not to chew on wires and other items of ours around the house though...although mommy's shoes and slippers or for sure for him to eat! He started frapping the other night and it's hilarious, he'll run circles in the backyard and around our coffee table like a mad man. I love it since that means he's probably going to pass out soon ;)

We had one scare last week.. He puked quite a bit on Wednesday night. Not sure why...He still was playful and wanted to eat more, and his poops were normal.. He was fine the next day *shrug*. It might have been that he ate something that needed to come out (he loves eating everything in the yard) or that I need to go slower in transitioning him from puppy chow to wellness. We'll see, he's been fine since then.

EDIT: Forgot to mention..he has some serious temper tantrums..is this normal? It's like when he's really tired he runs at my feet and grows and then will bark his head off at me to play with him and will squirm and whine if i pick him up..I really hope it's something he grows out of..and if not, something I can teach him not to do :(

Well, that's his first week update! His first vet visit with me is Thursday, and I'm looking forward to it, haha :)

10 weeks old
September 9, 2008
Well, little Gibson has had quite the week! He's still doing fabulously with the potty training and crate training..and learning a few basic commands (sit, stay, lay down). He can be a little mean at times though, which worries me, even though I know it's just the way he plays. He will herd us and run up and growl at us and bite at our feet..we've tried lots of techniques to get him to stop but nothing has really worked yet. So, today I sent in registration for puppy obedience at our park district! I'm pretty excited about it :) It's an 8 week course for only $37! I was kind of weary about obedience classes, since none of our dogs have ever needed them, but I think this will be good for him.

So, to continue the recap of last week.. He had interactions with neighbor dogs and kids last week. He get sooo excited for both. His little butt shakes so hard and he gets so hyper. He was good with most of the kids, but scared one little girl because of his excitedness (a.k.a. getting a little nippy). She got scared and ran away, which, to gibson, meant she wanted him to chase her... Yeah, not good. From now on he's not allowed in our front yard without a leash and I will not let kids pet him until he's better behaved or their parents are around (I know this should've been my rule to begin with, but he was so little and timid that it did not seem to be a concern at first)

He also had his first vet appointment on Thursday. It turns out that he had Coccidia :( I feel so bad about it, because I thought his poop was just normal puppy poop, but it turns out he was sick. This is also probably why he was vomiting the week before. Other than that though, the vet said he was beautiful and healthy..and he just LOVES his medicine for the coccidia. It smells like white chocolate mint..I'm tempted to try it! haha. I can tell he's getting better.

This weekend was his first road trip and meeting with both sets of grandparents and aunts and uncles! We traveled an hour and a half to my parents on Friday. He was so good on the way down, he just slept in his crate. He had a blast at my parents..they have a huge yard, and a black lab for him to play with. My friends came to see him and loved him. The next day we went to my husbands parents, which is a 2 and a half hour drive. He did great there too.. He did not have one accident in either house, it was great..and he did not get too incredibly bitey... not until yesterday.. I had to wake him up to go see my sister and he was sooo out of control hyper/grouchy! He made us look like fantastic owners all the way up until this point..but I blame it on me waking him up from a deep sleep ;)

Well, now we're back and he's kind of sad I think to not be around as many people and what not.. I'm glad that he had some good socialization while he was so young though.

Ugh!
September 12, 2008
So I thought Gibson was an allstar at crate training..but yesterday I started smelling pee when I was sitting on the floor next to his crate, and today it was really bad and he stunk of pee! So I decide to investigate his crate and there it is under his bedding, a nice wet spot...and after pulling out his bedding I notice a huge stain on the bottom of it! Ugh! He does not cry or whine at all when he's in there. It's a very small crate too, I even thought be too small. Why does he think it's ok to pee where he sleeps all of a sudden? I threw his bedding an big stuffed animal in the wash and will not put them back in until he hold it. I hope this works :( Grrr!

11 weeks old
September 16, 2008
My Gibson is 11 weeks today! He's getting so big..I swear he goes in his crate at night and comes out a different puppy :) And he's looking...chunkier? Is this normal for growing puppies? Everyone is commenting on what a chunk he is (maybe because he waddles), but I know I do not overfeed. The area around his neck especially, but I think that might be normal for a corgi? In any case, he's adorable. I'm seriously excited to see how he will look when he's an adult. I know a lot of people want their dogs to be puppies forever, but I want a dog, dang it! hehe

He's becoming a little more well behaved..he'll actually sit and let me put his leash on without struggling (woot). He started going on walks with me (which are sometimes a breeze and sometimes a struggle). And he's not biting skin anymore, just clothing ;) And besides my rant about him having an accident in his crate, he's been perfect w/potty training! Oh wait..besides when he decided to pee on our carpet..literally 10 minutes after it was installed haha. I think he learned from that mistake though cause he hasn't had any accidents since.

Last night I went to our first obedience class. Dogs didn't come the first night, so I just learned what we'd be doing for the next 10 weeks. At first I was really turned off because the trainer does not do a treat class, she uses 'training' collars, which I've always kind of been against (I got teary-eyed and almost walked out! I couldn't think of using a coke collar on little gibby). After listening to her though, her methods really did make sense. I'd rather gibson expect love and praise from me than treats. She must know what she's doing, she trains police dogs and akc show dogs, and she's also trained dogs on movie sets! We will see.. It's an all ages class, but 99% of the dogs are puppies, so I think Gibson will not look like too much of a dork ;)

Here's to another good week!

12 weeks old
September 25, 2008
Well it's been confirmed: Gibson is a bit of a tub. We went to the vet last night and when she was examining him, she said, "look at the round little belly, you must have just eaten huh?" Uh oh. No, Gibson hasn't eaten since lunch time (the appointment was at 6).

 She said he was a little "portly" and I should not increase the amount of food I give him for awhile. I was feeding him 1/4 of a cup three times a day, but then I increased it to 1/3 of a cup three times a day after reading that some people feed their corgi puppies 1 1/2 - 2 cups a day! I thought I was starving the poor little guy! The rule my vet gave me was 1 cup per 10 lbs of puppy, and gibson weighed in at 9.6lbs..so I'm just about right, was probably just overfeeding him for a week or two :)

Another update: He doesn't have any parasites anymore! Yay, no coccidia!! Now I can take him more places w/o worrying. Oh and the vet's office absolutely goes ga-ga over Gibson. They said he should be their mascot, haha. They always bring out everyone to come see him since he's the "cutest puppy ever". And of course all the people bringing their pets in love him too. When it was time to go he did not want to leave! it was ridiculous :) But I guess it's good he doesn't hate going to the vet!

The rest of the week had it's ups and downs. He will be really good one day, and then the next be a little terror. I'm trying to walk him more to get out his energy, but he's not wanted to leave the yard. It's kind of embarrassing when he'll fight so hard not to go.. I resorted to carrying him the first block for a few days and he at least would walk after that (bad idea, I know, but he at least got some exercise). The past few days he's been a little more open to the idea of leaving the yard though, and as long as I say "come on let's go" enough times he'll come with me :)

On one of the REALLY bad days, my husband kind of flipped and said Gibson was not worth it and it was a mistake to get him and lots of other horrible things :( To the point where I thought he was going to say we'd have to give him up or we'd end up divorcing over it (yeah I tend to jump to conclusions)! To his defense though, we've had an extremely stressful 5 or so months since we've gotten married. We got married, he got a raise & new position, then was told where he was working was shutting down, got a new job, we searched for a home and bought one (which is a fixer-uper..lots of work!) and now we're raising a puppy! I handle the stress a little better than him, so yeah he kind of lost it one night when Gibson would not even let him pet him (he's never had puppy growing up and did not realize about the mouthing and other fun puppy things..). Luckily, the next day he was perfectly fine and loved Gibson again :) But yeah, kind of a rough day!

Anyway, I'm hoping to take Gibson somewhere fun this weekend, and then on Monday his obedience class starts!

13 weeks old
October 1, 2008
Gibson is officially 3 months old today! He has had an exciting few days.

This weekend, I took him home to my parents (my parent's house has always been known as "Disneyland" to other kids and dogs because of their big back yard, pool, lots of fun toys my dad would make, etc., and it's surrounded by woods) to play and meet some new people. I took him to a party down the street at a neighbor's house, and he got to play with a huge american bulldog and some kids. There was a little 3 year old who really scared him though. She is really rough w/animals and tried to pick him up by his head and kept pushing him down. I wanted him to get used to being around kids, but not if they are going to scare him! So I sat by her the entire time and told her to be gentle with him and by the end of the party he was a little more comfortable around her (phew). On the walk home, I let Gibson off-leash and he was awesome!! He walks so much better than he does on a leash. He just loved running through the tall weeds and would mimic everything my parent's black lab (Coal) would do :) If she ran through the weeds he would too.. If she picked up a stick he would find something to pick up too.. it was adorable! The next day we took him for a super long walk through the woods on a trail and around a lake. He was in heaven and such a good little guy. At the lake, my mom was throwing a ball in for Coal to fetch and Gibson was so interested in what she was doing. So much so, that he got too close to the water and fell in! He went under for a second and then came up and started paddling around until I grabbed him out of there. He was a little scared, but then he kept going back by the water to see if he could do it again haha. I'm glad he's a brave pup. After that he even ran down a steep hill after Coal to jump in the creek down there and then ran all the way back up! I was impressed! haha. When we got back home, he slept the ENTIRE rest of the day, it was awesome! haha

Monday night was his first obedience training class. I must say, he was the best behaved dog there :) 90% of the class were retrievers puppies, and then there was a pitbull, a bulldog, a rat terrier, some kind of fluffy dog, and a miniature fox terrier. So yeah, most of the dogs were gigantic compared to Gibson. The trainers dog is a HUGE doberman too, yikes! Anyways, when we got there all of the dogs were barking and pulling on leashes to try to get to the other dogs like crazy..and Gibson was just sitting nicely next to me wondering what all these weirdos were doing. He was very scared at first, his little legs were shaking, but then played a little with the fox terrier and a lab puppy, so that made him happier. Back to the class itself...The first night all we did was practice walking on a leash, it was VERY tiring. We'd have them sit and then heel..then just walk and turn around different ways then stop. Gibson did ok, but he would not walk on my left side! He also got very tired at one point and kept stopping (which would pull the collar too tight and he would yelp, poor little guy :( ) and then some dorky puppies would think he was a little chew toy and would go after him. It was exhausting, but I think he actually learned a lot. The next day when I walked him he actually walked with me the entire time! No stopping or fighting or pulling to go back home, yay! And if I'd say heel, he'd speed up to catch up with me. It's great! I can't wait to practice more and show him off in class next week :-D

14 weeks old
October 9 2008
This past weekend my husband and I took Gibson to a forest preserve to do some hiking! He absolutely loved it, he's definitely an outdoors pup :) He loved going down this hill to see the river. He got so excited and started frapping all over the place. I would've let him go in, but I forgot to bring a towel and we brought the car w/leather seats, whoops! I think his FAVORITE part of the whole thing though, was meeting random people. I swear, he just loves meeting anyone new and having them tell him how cute he is. Little boys are his favorite,

I think because my breeder had 3 sons. So, all in all, the hike went great and it caused him to lounge around the whole day on Sunday, yay! It's so true that a good puppy is a tired puppy.

Speaking of lounging.. He is turning into such a little cuddler! I was worried when we first got him, because he did not want to be near us when was laying down or trying to sleep, but in the past week he's taken naps on my lap and between me and my husband when we're watching tv at night. We even snuggled w/him in bed one night and he just lovvved it. It was tempting to let him sleep w/us in there, but I'm just not sure I want a dog sleeping w/us all the time. I used to not be able to sleep when my cat slept in my bed because I thought he's suffocate under my covers or I'd roll over and smash him haha. I don't know, we shall see..

We also started going a new way on our walks this past week, and I hit the jackpot for him :) There is one stretch of road where there are always about 6 or 7 little girls playing outside and they always come out and give him lots of love.. AND they own a little dachshund to plays w/him too! He just loves it and doesn't want to leave. I'm glad he's a friendly pup!

Oh yeah, I mentioned that he slept all day Sunday... well, that kind of backfired, because Monday he was an absolute terror!! And of course, that was obedience class night. He was just awful. He would not listen, he kept jumping on us and crying, and he would not poop for me in the 2 hours before class, so he had to go during class..sheesh. At least he didn't have to go IN class, but I had to leave and take him out during it. He just was not in the mood...but I will say, he did very well at actually walking on my left side the entire time :) This week we continued working on leash training, heel, and sit... and we taught them to stay and to walk around objects with us. He's done very well so far on our practices, so we'll see if he behaves in class next week.

One last thought before I stop.. I believe he is *knock on wood* completely housebroken! It's been 3 weeks since any kind of accident or attempt at going inside. He holds everything much longer and I don't have to take him out nearly as often. He's just been wonderful w/it. Now, if he just stopped chewing everything, I could think about maybe crating him less often!!

15 weeks old
October 14, 2008
Welllll...... Gibson sleeps in bed w/us now *whoops*. He has just been so good this past week, and me and my husband decided to let him in bed w/us Friday night. He was so cute, he just plopped down at the foot of the bed and fell asleep :) He still did not wake me up in the morning, just waited for me to get up like he does in his crate. The next night he got up and started kissing us on the faces and tried sleeping on our pillows, so we put him back in his crate..but he slept w/us again last night and was a good boy and just snuggled our legs. I just love this little guy more and more every day.

He's been doing great w/obedience. He will sit every time we come to an intersection now w/o me telling him too (yay!). Stay has been tough..he can only do it when he's laying down for some reason. If he's sitting, he'll immediately stand up when I walk away from him. Last night in class we tried stay w/a 15 foot lead and he thought the lead was just a huge toy. He kept pouncing at it as it moved *rolls eyes*. So we'll have to work on that this week. Other than that we learned 'down' this week, which Gibson is already a superstar at, so I was excited. It was nice when all I had to say was down and point to the ground and he'd be down, while others had to pull their dogs legs out from under them :) He also got to actually play w/some of the other dogs for a long time before class and they had a blast. Him and a few rat terriers were playing so nicely, no barking or growling.. I was proud :)

This weekend  I took Gibson to a small lake in my town for a walk. I had been there before, but never went pas the parking lot area, and it was really nice! There was a nice open area for him to run, trails that went along the river, and a beach area for him to go in and swim! It's nice having a place like this to take him so close to home.

This week my inlaws are over and then this weekend I'm going home to my parents and Gibson will get to meet my ENTIRE family (including lots of dogs) for my mom's birthday party...so we're excited about that!!

Who am I?


Hey everyone! I'm Kelly and the little guy at the top of your page is Gibson.  This blog was created to tell our tales of how life has changed since we met each other.  

I've been wanting a Corgi puppy for as long as I can remember..falling in love with the breed while watching the Westminster Dog Show as a kid.  My husband and I recently bought our first home, which  gave us the opportunity to finally own a puppy.  I, being a freakish research queen, started researching breeders as soon as we  closed on our house..and exactly one month later we brought Gibson home.  Probably a little too soon, but I would not regret it for the world. 

My next post will  tell about the first 2 months of living w/Gibson (he will be 4 months on Saturday!) to catch you all up, and then I will start posting here regularly w/all things corgi.  

Hope you enjoy it!
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