Monday, December 28, 2009

Back to Reality..

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Mine was, er, tiring. To say the least (I went to bed at 9 last night). LOTS of travel in bad weather conditions, but we made it home safe (Yeah, it's fun to come home to almost a foot of snow in your driveway that you have to shovel before you park your car, let me tell you.. hah), and that's all that matters :)


Gibson had quite the stressful weekend also, but he sure did score a lot of cool Christmas loot!

Christmas Loot

Such a spoiled little brat :) I got him replacements for a lot of his favorite toys (I got to throw away the old carcasses last night) and also one of those 'indestructible' donuts (that red and black thing in black) that I am hoping will actually be indestructible. Everyone else spoiled the heck out of him too. He sure is pleased w/himself for having so many toys now :)

Oh and he sure loves walking into his presents...
Opening Presents

I think we're all glad to be back home and get back to our normal routines. And I'm hoping we don't have to jam two Christmases into 3 days ever again :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Meet Illustrated Finley!

Remember that 100 Followers Giveaway I had last month? Well, I thought I should share the result of that. Sam & Finley won, and if you have been to their blog, you probably have already seen this... but if not, please meet Illustrated Finley!

And for reference, here was the inspiration photo:

Like?? :) Want one of your own dog or other pet? Well, then contact me at ksteck23(at) for more information! Illustrations like this will start at just $20 (more detail, backgrounds, etc. may cost more.. And at the same time, less detail will cost less!). Great, for adding to blogs making t-shirts and mugs, etc :)

No like or want?? That's ok too! :) Maybe I'll have something else up my sleeve that will catch your eye soon....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mr. Grumpy Bugger

Gibson is one moody dog.

He really is.

It's best if you catch him when he first wakes up in the morning or from a nap . That's when he's the most snuggly, kissy, and actually seems to enjoy your presence.

When he's alert and active, he's a good doggy (and I wuv him muchly), but just wants to be fed and be played with.

The opposite of when he wakes up is his mildly grumpy mood - when he's about to fall asleep. This is when he gets really touchy if you want to cuddle and will growl at you. Moms and Dads do not appreciate this....

THEN, there's the worst time..when he's in his "crazy-hyper-i'm really tired but i'm going to be a *bleeping* grumpy pyscho right now" mood.

He's displayed all of these fine moods over the past few days...

Why? Well, because cousin Orson came to visit! On Gibson's home turf, oh boy!

On Tuesday night, they played and played and played until we had to pull them away from each other to go to sleep. Yesterday, started off the same way..until the exhaustion set in... AND crazy-hyper-psycho Gibson made an appearance.

Poor little Orson was done playing and just wanted to chew on Gibson's antlers. Well, Gibson was not going to have any of this..


He was polite enough when Orson had them, but as soon as he turned his head, Gibson would grab it, bark obnoxiously, and then snarl and growl whenever Orson came near him (what a jerk!). Then, he would flaunt them by jumping up w/the antlers on the couch next to where Orson was sitting and then just show his teeth to his cousin if he looked in his direction.. Oh Gibson...

The next morning they were best friends again of course, since happy, kissy, snuggly Gibson was back. What a moody bugger...

The visit was fun though. And Gibson also showed our guests just how big of a fatty he is..


That's Orson's cage he stayed in when we left the house..and his food... and Gibson's nose two inches from it...

He really did not understand why food was left out, and apparently he snarfed it down a few times when I was at work... and also bit through a plastic bag to get to the rest of his food that Orson's mom brought for him... What a fatty little dog :)

"I dun nos, I's just hungry guys!"

Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm So *teeth chattering* Cold.

hehehe, sorry I had to.

It has really felt like that the past two days. Yesterday, it was -1 all day. But Oh! This morning it was all the way up to 5 degrees. Warm!

Poor Gibson has had about 1/16 the amount of walks he normally does. Most of them involved him going out, peeing, and then rolling over onto his back because his feet were so cold. Poor guy. Last night, we made it all the way down to the end of the block so he could poop, but then he immediately rolled over for me to pick him up :(

I've thought of getting him little puppy boots, but I can't imagine him agreeing to walk in them normally. He is not a fan of clothes. Or things touching his feet. I have been throwing his winter coat on him so keep him a little warmer, but he just looks at me like this...


Clothes just aren't made for corgis! The people that make them, must be like, "Um, normal dogs do not have such short legs and big chests. Sorry!"

Well, hopefully we do not have that many freezing days this winter.. It is supposed to be "mild" according to the farmer's almanac! We'll see.....

(P.S. If any of you corgi owners in colder areas do use booties on your dog, which ones do you use and does your corgi tolerate them??)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Crisis solved!

Gibson can now look out his fave window again, thanks to three stacked blankets!

The world can now begin to spin again ;)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


It's Christmas decorating time again, and we got to put up our tree Sunday night :) I kind of forgot about one thing though... Gibson's favorite window bench was going to have to move.
Losing weight!

I felt bad. Poor little guy lives to look out that window and bark his silly head off at anything and everything. So, I improvised, and gave him the ottoman from one of our chairs..

"But it's not the same mom!"

He's not a fan. It's about an inch too short so he can barely see out the small area of the window that it sits under.

"I will pose for your silly photo but I am not happy about this."

So, now I am trying to figure out a way to elevate the stupid ottoman. Gosh, my dog is spoiled.

"No, I'm just the little prince of the household ma, duh."

Oh yeah, and he also saw me opening a package that contained some squeaky tennis balls that I ordered for his auntie Coal for Christmas, so he cried until I gave him one...

Oh and it snowed big time last night so he's just as happy as a clam today...

Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled ;)

Monday, November 30, 2009


30 posts in 30 days! Bam! Ugh, and it was exhausting. :)

I really hope to get some energy back to write a real live, interesting blog post soon! Thanks for putting up with my random photos and meaningless posts in the past month :)

I will be back soon w/a proper recap of the long weekend for you all. It was exhausting too..

And just so THIS post isn't completely meaningless... Happy Cyber Monday!! Here are some free shipping deals for you to enjoy:

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Yay, yay, yay! No more NaBloPoMo!! :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Recovery

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! :)

We're finally home, and Gibson is passed out. He had a great time, but has been soooo sleeeeepy. Yesterday, he spent the entire night doing this:

He sure does love his cousin, Orson :)

I hope to have more energy to write more interesting blog posts soon...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

BFFs Reunited

Tonight, Gibson gets to reunite w/his BFF cousin, Orson, for our second Thanksgiving dinner! :)


I hope everyone's having a good, long weekend!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since I'm out of town, and I HAVE to post today (stupid NaBloPoMo... hehe), here's my Thanksgiving post from last year:

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Great Corgi Clog '09

A little over a week ago, Gibson came home w/fleas. It was awful. We didn't want the fleas jumping off of him and creating little flea cities in our carpet, so we bathed him. And bathed him. And bathed some more. Worked like a charm. Unfortunately for us though, Gibson is shedding. And with the fleas, about 4lbs of hair came off of him in the tub as well.

We knew this was going to be a problem, so Ben made sure to scoop out all the hair he could and pulled out, what he called, a "corgi hair donut" out of the drain. Crisis averted, we thought. Well, a week goes by and the tub is draining slower and slower.... until last weekend when it just stopped draining all together. Great! All of the hair we missed must of suddenly decided to form one impenetrable force that no water could break through.

Taking a page from Young House Love, we tried everything... I mean EVERYTHING, to move this hair clog. Plunging, an auger, vinegar & baking soda, boiling water, drain-o, liquid plumber, liquid plumber gel (we know these are horrible chemicals to add to the environment, but we were desperate people. Desperate!). Sometimes, the water would drain (verrrrrry slowly), and then the next day it would just stop draining at all again. We came *this close* to calling a plumber, when all of a sudden... It UNCLOGGED! We basically threw all of our tricks at the clog at once and it worked!! And it wasn't draining slowly, the water was shooting right down the drain. It was a beautiful sight.

So anyways..

The next time this hairy little bugger needs a bath....

who me???

We are investing in one of these silly things...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giveaway Winner Announced!

The drawing has been held, the winner has been selected, and now it's time for you to find out who it is!

I put everyone's entries into the trusty and made a random numbered list:

Then, I told it to tell me a random number between 1 & 40, with the result of 31.

So, if you scroll back up and squint real hard, you can see that the winner of the giveaway is......

LuLu & Finley of the Corgi Chronicles!

Which means, I get to illustrate this cute little pup!


Congratulations you two! Please email me at ksteck23(at) to claim your prize!! :) (I'll need a few of your best photos of Finley)

To those who didn't win, stay tuned! I may be offering these giveaway items as design services in the near future... ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Day at the Park

I took Gibson to the park near our house yesterday, which is something I try to do every weekend to let him run around and explore and work off energy so Ben and I can go out at night and not feel guilty :) It is a great park. There is a small lake and then a river that you can walk along in back. The best part about it is that hardly anyone goes there, and the ones that do, usually stay up by the lake to fish or let their kids use the jungle gym that is there. Which means, as soon as we get past that point the leash is off. It is wonderful :)

He loves to do this... Get really close to the water, hook his back legs on something so he doesn't fall in, and then sniff, sniff, sniff!



He's such a happy guy when he's here.


They just recently (over the summer) added the paved trail and this deck on the river. It's much nicer than it used to be, where we'd just be walking on dirt/mud.

He feels like a real live dog when he's at the p-a-r-k.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Calendar Update - First donation made!

Just wanted to update you all on the sales of the Calendar!

I just made the first donation to the Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rescue :) With your help, I was able to donate $150! Yay!

I'm hoping that this is just the beginning, and holiday sales will start picking up soon. Wouldn't it be great to give the rescue a HUGE gift this year? :)

If you haven't bought your calendar yet, you can purchase it at one of these locations:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Goodbye, Old Friend..

90% of the time when I come home for lunch or after work, Gibson is usually curled up on a chair or couch and looks like he is in trouble. His ears are all the way down and he looks like he's saying, "I'm sorrrry". We assume it's because he used to get in trouble so much when he was younger, that he expects it? Or maybe he's just that tired.. Well, yesterday, he gave me that look, but after a good cuddle session he was his happy cute self. I ate lunch, took him on a quick walk, then went up stairs and found that there was a reason for the 'down ears' today...



My poor shoe was sitting in the middle of the hallway, completely destroyed. And, you know where it was? In my closet where it should be! With the door half closed. So the little bugger went upstairs while we were gone, into our room, decided to rummage through my closet and pick out one of my last black dress shoes that he had yet to destroy...

He's very lucky that he's cute ;)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

100 Followers Giveaway!! :)

Corgi Butts has 100 followers now, yay! To celebrate, I wanted to do a giveaway, but something a little different this time...

There will be two prizes to choose from:

1. A custom blog header!

Kind of like...


2. A custom illustration of your pet of choice!

Kind of like....

Only a lot more detailed and awesome ;) You can use this on your blog, make a mug or t-shirt, or whatever! :)


1. Leave a comment here stating which of these prizes you'd like to win.
2. For a second entry, post a link to this giveaway on your blog or twitter and come back and post a link to where you did.

That's it!

Drawing will be held November 24th, so get those entries in! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Calendar Sale!

The 2010 Corgis (w/blogs) Calendar is on sale now over at Zazzle! Here is the link to that Calendar:

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Ruff Weekend

My poor guy. He had a bit of a rough weekend.

It started out great though.. We went 'home' to my parents for my grandma's 80th birthday on Saturday and Gibson had a blast playing fetch with the chucker in their backyard w/Coal. He ran so much, it was crazy! And he'll actually fetch and bring the ball back when we play here. Yay Gibson! Little did he know though, that the reason we were running him to death was because the actual party was not at my parents house and he'd be left alone for 8 hrs... *dun dun DUN!*

Ben and I got back from the party around midnight to find our little guy crying his eyes out he was so excited. He just wanted us to stay up and make up for all the lost play time while we were gone. We finally took him to bed after an hour, but he would not go to sleep (and I have a feeling he did not sleep while we were gone either). He was just so nervous or worried that he'd miss something. Every little sound he'd woof. So, I let him out of the room, only to hear him scratching on the door to get in a half hour later. I think I got 3 or 4 hours of sleep, and then woke up to find Gibson sitting up and staring at me. I tried going back to sleep, but then he walked over and stood over Ben's head, so I had to be a good wife and wake up and get Gibson off the bed.

So, we did our normal morning routine, stayed until about noon, then headed home (he passed out as soon as we shifted in reverse, poor guy). Unfortunately though, we brought some more visitors home w/us. My parents have a bit of a flea problem around their home, so we had a few (ok, a lot more than a few.. like the most fleas we've seen on him. Ever.) climb on Gibson for the ride. I knew they'd die eventually if they stayed on him since he's on K9 Advantix, but we still did not want any jumping off and laying eggs in our house :(

So, as soon as we got in, I gave him a bath to get as many fleas off of him as possible w/the normal dog shampoo that we had. It was a lonnnng bath and the poor sleepy guy looked so miserable. After he was rinsed, I took him out to dry him off and inspect for fleas and he was still covered :( So, I ran to the store and bought him actual flea shampoo and headed back for round 2. Poor little guy. And this bath was even worse because he had to sit w/the lather on him for 5 minutes. BUT! It did the trick. No more moving black things all over. They were either in the tub or dead in his hair, so SUCCESS!!

After that ordeal, I gave him cheese to cheer him up (poor guy), took him for his walk and fed him dinner and then let him sleep the rest of the night. Unfortunately for him though, the biggest Colts game of the season was on last night... And Ben and I got a little excited.. especially since they came back and miraculously won it in the final minute! Poor Gibson was so scared and confused. He kept growling whenever we'd cheer and then when they won he was running around howling and growling at us. It was like he didn't know who we were, I felt so bad :( We finally got him calmed down by sitting on the floor and talking calmly to him.. Poor guy :(

He seemed to sleep everything off though, and today is a much more normal day so far. OH and his paw is looking better, yay! Hopefully it will be 100% soon :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pumpkin Cake Pops

I have a new favorite go-to dessert, and I thought I'd share it with you.

May I introduce to you, the Cake Pop:Pumpkin Cake Pops
No, Gibson, it's not for you...

If you've ever been to the blog, Bakerella, you probably already know all about cake pops. She is kind of the inventor of these delicious little things, and makes them WAY cuter and more creatively than I have the patience for :)

I'm telling you though, these are so incredibly delicious and really, pretty easy to make! Basically, you bake a cake (using a boxed mix, nice!), crumble it up, mix in frosting, rolls balls, dip them in the melted coating, and voila! Delicious little cakes on a stick.

When you bite into it, it has a nice hard "chocolately" candy coating w/ yummy soft cake inside.

Pumpkin Cake Pops
(I bit it, not Gibson)

So, how do you make said pops you ask? Well, the basic instructions are here (just switch out the cake & coating flavors to whatever you'd like): but, add the lollipop stick (which you can buy at most craft stores) before refrigerating or freezing the balls.

For the pumpkin cake, I use this recipe:

  • Pumpkin Cake

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan, or two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the spice cake mix, sugar, vegetable oil, pumpkin, water and eggs. Beat until well blended. Transfer to the baking dish or cake pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 40 minutes.

I hope you try this sometime! They really are a huge hit at parties! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Dog Owner's Fashion Sense

One thing I've learned from owning Gibson, is having a dog makes you a lot more practical. At least when it comes to fashion. It's been quite a while since I've splurged on a new cute 'going out' outfit and I've definitely cut back on every day casual wear.. But one thing that really gets me excited, is anything that makes dog walking more comfortable.

I don't know what I'd do without the rain gear my mom got me last spring. Or my FitFlops. Oh man, how I'd die in the summer w/o my FitFlops! And of course, living in Northern Illinois, I've needed to invest in some serious cold weather gear. I bought an awesome long down puffy coat last year, but I was still lacking in the glove and boot department. My Uggs were warm, but not so much water proof... and my mittens were neither (and had holes in them..yikes).

So, this year, I decided to complete my warm weather trio and buy myself some waterproof gloves and boots... and I got them both AND my coat last year on EBay. Here are my finds:


Gibson did not understand why I was not taking a photo of him :)

Aren't the boots super cute? Apparently they are some good brand, but all I care about is that they are cute and warm and waterproof :)


The gloves are from LLBean and have thinsulate, so they should work better than the knit mittens w/holes. And the coat is just super warm. I've already worn it this year when it was cold and rainy.

So, that's it. I am kind of excited for it to snow so I can really try everything out!


Gibson still doesn't understand what I was taking photos of though...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Paw Lickin' Bad

Gibson has picked up a new bad habit: Paw Licking


I'm not sure, but it seems like he does it when he's bored. Like, every morning when he's waiting for me to wake up. I hear, "slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp". At first, it was just annoying, but now it's become a problem..

This only started this week, and he only does it to his right paw (I think it's the right..), and the paw is noticeably more red because of it. It looks painful, and stresses me out.. I've read that grain allergies can cause this, but I just switched him to grain free food! So, it couldn't be that, right? My seasonal allergies have flared up in the past week, so maybe his have too? Or it could just be a boredom thing...

Owning a dog can be so hard sometimes :(

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Eye Candy Thursday

This blog post a day thing is hard! Nothing to say today, so here's a cool picture of Gibson I took:


And here's Gibson playing w/his new buddy Rigby when we were puppy sitting :) (he got a little possessive of his "foxy")

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sneeze War

My dog is a goof. Have I mentioned this?

One of the weirdest things he does is sneeze. And no, sneezing isn't exactly a weird behavior, but it is the way that Gibson does it. I blogged about this a lonnnng time ago, saying it was a weird quirk of his. Sure, he sneezes when he needs to sneeze (something gets up his nose, allergies, etc.), but he also sneezes when he a. is frustrated and b. wants attention. You could catch him doing it a few times in the Gibson Talking video if you wanted to see him in action. If he wants something really bad... say, a treat.. and I'm making him do tricks in order to get it, he sneezes. Whenever he whines about something, he also sneezes. It's weird. I asked my vet about it, and apparently lots of dogs do it..which is also weird.. haha

Which brings me to today...

So, every morning after I get ready I go down and make myself a latte to take to work (powdered, I'm not that fancy). During this time, Gibson gets really antsy for me to get his kong filled w/frozen banana out of the freezer. This morning, he was being a real jerk about it and grumbling and growling at me to get it. So, I decided to be a jerk back to him and repeat all the sounds he was making. He'd grumble, I'd grumble. He'd growl, I'd growl. He'd woof, I'd woof. Then, he sneezed. So, I sneezed. So, he sneezed again... and I sneezed again... and so on for about 6 times in a row until I couldn't take it anymore w/o laughing! It was the most hilarious thing and just proves that he can make himself sneeze on command.

What a weirdo :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Operation Slim Down Gibson

Operation Slim Down Gibson has been in effect for about 3 weeks now, and I am really seeing results! He has a clearly defined waist now, but still looks like a healthy corgi :)

Losing weight!

Starting Weight: 27.3
Goal Weight (what vet wants him to weigh): 25
Current Weight: Not sure, but my scale said 27 last weekend

Here are the changes that I've made to his diet & exercise:


Old food:
Wellness Super5Mix Lamb & Salmon
Protein (min.) 22.0%, Fat (min.) 12.0%, Fiber (max.) 3.0%
First 5 ingredients: Lamb, Menhaden Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice
Amount per day: 1.25 cups + lots of treats

New Food:
Wellness Core Reduced Fat
Protein (min.) 33.0%, Fat (min.) 9.0%, Fat (max.) 10%, Fiber (max.) 8.5%
First 5 Ingredients: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes
Amount per day: 0.9 cups +minimal treats


Previous Routine:
4 walks a day
1.75 mi total
.5 hr of fetch/chase in the house
(more exercise on weekends)

New Routine
3 walks a day (speed walking)
1 run a day
2+ mi total
.5 hr of fetch/chase in the house
(more exercise on weekends)

So, there's Gibson's weight loss plan (uh, and my own haha). Not that drastic of a change, but it is working! And yeah, we are running now! Every night after dinner. It is nice. I used to be a runner in highschool, but just stopped after that. Tried again when I was getting in shape for our wedding, but it was just so boring on a treadmill. Running w/Gibson keeps it interesting, and kills two birds w/1 stone (he gets excercise, I get excercise, yay!). I hope to keep up w/it for both of our sakes :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gibson the Guard Dog

I think I'm going to take advantage of this NaBloPoMo thing, and use it to post some videos that I've never had time to blog about :)

Here's a never before seen (unless you check my youtube channel regularly or are my friend on facebook) video of Gibson doing his guard dog duties. I love his crazy nub wagging :)

It's a very serious job, ya know!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jail Break

Have you ever seen this video?

Well, that was Gibson yesterday... Only it was a lot less cute and way more scary.

I got home from work yesterday and me and Ben were planning on going out for dinner, but thought we'd walk Gibson first. Our lawn is only partially fenced in, so Gibson and I have this routine, where I will walk out first, access the situation (look to see if any animals or people are in front that might 'distract' him), and then let him out to pee before I put his leash on. Well, we do this, but this time I was distracted by my husband.. instead of looking in front we were talking..

It all happened in slow motion then. I turned around and saw a bunny. Looked over my shoulder and saw Gibson peeing, not noticing it. Stupidly, I said, "craaaap, (in super deep slow motion talk) therrrrre's a buuuuunnnny." Gibson eyes light up. I reached down to grab him, but it was too late. Across the street, through 3 neighbors yards he went. At one point, I had no idea where he was and all I can think was, "he got hit by a car". I kept calling and calling, and finally he saw Ben and came out as happy as can be to tell him about his awesome adventure chasing bunnies.


I put his stupid leash on him and we went for a walk. His head was so high and his butt was wiggling so hard. He was on top of the world, and my heart was beating out of my chest..

I don't know what to do, besides be extra cautious and put his leash on while we're still inside.. Luckily we live on a very quiet street, but still. He's been so good, but stupid bunnies and squirrels and kitties are just so tempting :( *Sigh* Can't wait til we can fence in our yard all the way :(

In lighter news...

Have you guys heard about the costume contest at The Daily Corgi?? Well, voting is on now and Gibson is a finalist! :) There are lots of cute corgis in costumes to look at and some great prizes at stake (I even donated a bumper sticker). So, if you can take the time to vote for your favorite, that would be awesome! VOTE HERE

Oh and speaking of bumper stickers... My Corgi Butt Shop's sale has been extended through Monday at midnight!! So hurry on over there (or here or here) if you'd like to get 20% off this weekend :)

Now, back to being grumpy about 'Jerkson'... :(

Friday, November 6, 2009

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