Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Doofus

One of the first corgis I ever saw in person was this adorable tri-color puppy at a car show in our town. It had to be only 10 weeks old, but it was barking it's head off at everything! I had heard that corgis were loud mouths, but I couldn't believe this little thing! So, when we first got Gibson, we marveled at how quiet he was. He didn't make a peep for months! People told me that he must not be a real corgi if he is that quiet. Well, then he realized his corgi job and became security manager for our house, soo he HAD to start barking. But, it wasn't a real bark, it sounded more like a chicken clucking. This was fine with us. Ahh.. our dog isn't annoying, how lovely...

Eventually, the loud bark showed up, of course. Now, he will howl if I ask him where daddy is, or if the doorbell rings on tv. He growls and barks when we play fetch w/my parent's dog, and was an annoying "monkey in the middle", running back and forth and barking when my family was playing 'bags' at the latest get-together (it's like I have that obnoxious kid in the supermarket!). His favorite though, is to bark at animals (the serious intruders of our yard.. and everyone else's yard...). It started off with squirrels..and then he discovered bunnies (ooo bunnies!) and now he's found cats to be his arch-nemesis, as well as this little white dog down the street that has been barking at him since he was little. He gets seriously vicious! It's like a snarl and the loudest yap of a bark ever while he shimmies from side to side. Afterwards, he looks at me and smiles as if to say, "That was fun, mom!" and then he walks with his head held high like a little badass. I really don't know where this came from, but it has been crazy lately!

Which brings me to the reason to the title of this post... Last night, I took Gibson on a longer walk since the weather was so beautiful. Well, we get to this one really nice house and I was admiring their landscaping while Gibson was sniffing a tree. When I went to keep walking, Gibson pulled back and started growling. I looked down and saw that he was standing really still and growling and looking at something. Well, then he started his barking/snarling routine, but I still didn't see anything that he was directing this at. I looked around the tree and finally saw what he saw.... and it was this....




A ceramic freakin' bunny. Funniest thing ever, seriously. I snorted the rest of the walk home lol. I really need to start carrying my video camera w/me at all times!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gibsoniversary

A year ago today, we picked up this fluffy little puppy.


He was so small, so quiet, so well behaved (little did we know....). He was so adorably puffy and wobbly. He checked out our digs and played with his new toys.

Just look at this cute little furball:



He seemed sad to be away from his family, but at the same time excited to experience all these new things. That first day was one to remember; one of the best of my life :)


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We're Barking for Life!

Gibson and I just signed up to "Bark for Life!" to help fight cancer. I am totally excited. It is basically like "Relay for Life", except you walk your dog instead! Fun, huh? My local event is at a dog park and there are tons of fun little games and contests going on too. Including:
  • Charactures with Marlene Goodman from MKG Graphics
  • My Dog is Cuter than your Dog: Bring a picture of your dog to possibly win title of “cutest of them all."
  • Photo Booth: Take a family photo with your pooch
  • Best Costume: Dress your dog up in his/her best personality!
  • Dog/Owner Look-a-Like: You and your dog make a perfect match. Show us and dog-owners of Kane County just how well you match show us you look-a-like best!
  • Musical Sit: Compete with other dogs for a place at a bandanna in a game like musical chairs.
  • A Day at Camp: Enter the play area where you can run, climb, and walk jungle gyms with your dog and Camp Bow Wow.
  • Trick for Treat: Is your dog a trickster? Have your pooch show us his/her best tricks for a chance to win “best trick” and a prize.
  • Doggie Karaoke: Does your pup like to sing? Take the stage and have him/her give us their best performance to be awarded “best singer.”
  • Sit, Speak, Fetch: Is your dog a really good listener? Get him/her to sit, speak, and fetch the fastest for a reward.
It is next Saturday (the 29th) and I am going to be walking with a fellow corgi owner and corgi butts reader, Kerby! I set a goal to raise $100 and am already halfway there, woohoo :)

In less good news, I found a flea on Gibson's head this morning :( Stupid Frontline! I just put a new application on him on Saturday! He had been scratching his head like crazy for the past few days and has had scabs all over.. we just thought he was scratching mosquito bites or something..but nope.. a stupid little flea was biting him :( I searched him all over and didn't find any others, so hopefully his head can heal up and we can stop worrying about it... and so I don't have to take him to the vet AGAIN!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Corgis (with blogs) 2010 Calendar Contest!

I've been dreaming up this project for quite some time now, and it is finally ready! So, *ahem* , without further ado, I'd like to announce the "Corgis (with blogs) 2010 Calendar Contest!"

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I am now accepting entries to the calendar! The only requirement is that you have a corgi & a blog (that hopefully is about or features your corgi from time to time). The goal of this project is to show love for our corgis, help promote each others blogs, and to raise money for corgi rescue!

The Details
  • Each month will feature a corgi's photo, it's name, short bio and it's blog name & web address!
  • 100% of the profits will be donated to the Lakeshore Corgi Rescue.
  • Winners will receive a free Corgis (with blogs) 2010 Calendar or they can choose to have me donate the cost of the calendar to Lakeshore Corgi Rescue instead.
  • I would like to feature a different corgi/blog every month, but the most important thing is to have high quality images, so it is possible that a corgi may be featured more than once.
  • The calendar will be ready to go for the holiday shopping season!
Submission Guidelines
  • All entries should be emailed to ksteck23(at)gmail.com - replace (at) with the @ symbol - no later than September 30, 2009.
  • You may submit as many high quality photos as you like.
  • When you submit your entries, please include your dog's name and your blog's name & web address.
  • You can send low-res versions of your photos as entries, but the original photos should be at least 11.25" wide and 8.75" high at 300dpi to ensure the highest quality calendar.
  • Photos received may be cropped and resized to fit specific calendar sizes.
  • You will retain the rights to your own photos, and can still submit them to any other contest, sell them, or use them however else you like!
Photo Tips
  • Photos w/just corgis (no humans) will be more likely to get accepted.
  • Photos can be from previous years if they are your best photos.
  • Outdoor and season specific shots always work well!
  • There can be multiple corgis per photo submission.

So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see some awesome photos soon! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Laugh

Just had to share... (from his 1st birthday on 7-1-09)

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Corgi Crazy

Maybe it's just because I own a corgi, but it seems like corgi owners are a little different than owners of other breeds. There seems to be more of a camaraderie between owners and excitement for all things corgi. It's almost like you get initiated in some secret club that you never knew existed the moment a short legged little fur-friend enters your life. Any corgi owner you meet becomes your new best friend. I must admit, it's pretty a nice club to be apart of.

I've mentioned before that I get stopped a lot by people who love corgis or own corgis in town...but in the three years I've lived here, I've never actually seen one (besides one teeny tiny puppy at the car show last year). Well, suddenly, I've seen 5 in a week!

It started at the vet last week... As soon as I walk in the door, I see another corgi, going into it's appointment. Both it's owner and I squealed, "corgi!" at the same time, say hi and then the corgi was gone. A quick encounter, but exciting nonetheless..

Last night was the big whopper of a sighting though. I had JUST gotten in from a walk w/Gibson and sat down in our screened in porch when I heared the sound of dog tags coming. I peeked around the bush in our front lawn and saw a red & white face..then another..and to top it off a tricolor too! Three adorable corgis walking right past us! Everyone squealed Corgi! again (Gibson was sitting w/me too), said, 'Awww so cute!', then of course 'hi'. I was so mad that I didn't have Gibson's leash right next to me, cause I probably would've run out w/him to greet everyone. I've heard about this multiple corgi family from others in town, but this was my first sight of them. Hopefully, I'll see them again and be prepared next time!

Then, this morning, I was walking Gibson, and as soon as we turned a corner, I saw an adorable black & white cardigan coming my way! (I suppose there was a man, his kid and another breed of dog too, but the corgi was all I really cared about haha) Again, "corgi!!" and finally a face to face meeting with one! I had a little corgi convo w/the owner, let the the two play a little and then we were on our way.

I don't know if this seems silly to non-corgi people, but it is so much fun! They are such quirky little dogs, but only other owners can truly relate and it's awesome to find one! Just another reason why I love my corgi blogs and corgi forums and websites.. And it makes me so excited to meet others in person! :)
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