Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gibson's Nicknames

I thought I'd compile a list of Gibson's nicknames. Just incase I forgot or something ;)

Here is my ever-changing list:

Gibby
Gib
Gibs
Gibber
Gibberz
Gibson Head
Buddy
Buddy Boo
Bud
Bub
Bubby
Bubs
Bubber
Bubbles
Butters
Butterball
Dude
Stinky
Stinks
Stinkerson
Stinky McStinkerson
McStinks
McStinkerson
McStinky
McStinker
Stinky Butt
Stinkers
Stink Stank Stunk
Stink Head
Fatty
Fatty McFatterson
Fats
Fatso
Magoo
Mr. Magoogoo
Magoogoo
Monkey
Monkey Butt
Monk
Silly
Goofball
Goof
Goofy
Doofus
Dork
Dorkus
Jerkface
Jerkson
Barkson
Barky Bark
Butt Munch
Butt Head
Poopy Butt
Poop Head
Pooper
Crap Head
(some more that have expletives in them..)
Sweets
Sweetums
Sugar
Sugar Butt
Dog
Goodboy
Guy
Lil' Guy
Man



Yeah, there are a lot :)

Does your dog have tons of nicknames? Are they similar to mine? Do you think it confuses them?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Announcing.. the Corgi Butts OpenSky Shop!

I know you were all wondering what my little, "Something exciting is coming" badge was all about... Well, it was about this!



That's right, on August 10 I will be opening a shop on OpenSky! I am very excited about this. It will be way different from my Cafepress shop. Nothing will be designed by me. What it will feature are products that Gibson and I love and use and want to share with you!

You know how I am always talking about dog products I like on here and then write reviews for them? Well, now, a lot of these will be available in my shop! Fun, right? Plus, you will be buying from someone that you know (me).

What I won't be doing is selling things that I do not like. Everything will be hand picked and tested by Gibson and myself! If we don't like it, I won't sell it! The shop will start off pretty small, but will hopefully continue to grow with your support :)

Here is a little teaser of the type of product you can expect from my shop:

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I won't be selling just any ol' dog toy or treat that you can buy anywhere.. ;)

For an example of what my shop will somewhat look like, Click here (the super awesome Kath Eats!).. Just picture my face and lots of cool and unique dog products being sold instead.. ;)


So, I hope this has made you excited for things to come! And if you're interested in either selling on OpenSky or being a supplier (I am talking to you small businesses and pet companies!!).. click here! :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mr Popularity

Corgi owners/fans are crazy. You know you are, right? :) I've talked about it before. It's like we are part of a secret club of some sort. You notice this especially when you take your corgi to a festival or other social gathering w/thousands of strangers. For example: When we took Gibson to our annual Car Show in town yesterday, he was Mr. Popularity!

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(From last year's show.. I was too lazy to take photos this year!)

We live only a few blocks walk from where they have the car show, so I thought we might as well take Gibson and get him some excitement/exercise. Immediately when we got there we started hearing mumblings of, "Corgi! Corgi? Cor-Gee? Corgi! Cute Corgi. I like your corgi.." etc. as people were walking past us. We then ran into an older couple who had just had to put their 11 year old corgi to sleep and just HAD to say hi to Gibson. It was sweet, and they marveled at how thin he is (as did everyone else there, that made me feel good!)!

Next, I heard a woman saying, "Honey? Honey??", which I thought was directed towards a child..but was apparently meant for me. She told me she loved corgis and had never seen one before in person and asked if she could take a photo. I made Gibson pose and he took the cutest photo for her! She was completely giddy :)

Right after that, another man came up to us, and I thought he was going to ask us to not let Gibson so close to his car... but he was another corgi owner who had just had to put his corgi to sleep (and she was only a year old! :( ). He asked if he could please say hi to Gibson and then proceeded to get down on his knees and hug Gibson and play with him! It was really sweet, he was so excited :)

Soon again, after that, a couple came up to us while we were giving Gibson water and told us that they had 7 corgis at home. 7!! Could you imagine? She then asked me if Gibson was in agility and when I said no she seemed upset at me :)

We were only at the show 20-30 minutes and had all of these encounters. Isn't that crazy? There were a few others who had to say hi to him too. It definitely seemed like we were walking around w/a celebrity!

Do you have corgi encounters like this??

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Skinneez!

This past week, we were sent a Skinneez Stuffing Free Dog Toy to review! I've talked briefly about how much I love stuffingless long toys before, but this review shall be more in depth ;)

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Skinneez are really a dog owner's dream toy. Dogs love them because they are soft (think a baby's stuffed animal), they squeak (on both ends!) and they are long and tuggable!

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I love them because they have NO stuffing. NO mess to clean up. NO dead soldiers to dispose of! Plus, you can screw with your dog with them...

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Haha, it's like he doesn't even know it's there! You can do anything!!! :)

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The longness is what's fun..

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They are pretty tough as well. I can play tug w/Gibson at the same strength I would w/a rope!
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This is the kung fu grip of death!!
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Needless to say, Gibson loves his Skinneez!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pool Day

This past Saturday, I had a pool day with my family and our dogs. It was much needed in the super hot and humid weather. The pool water was actually 90 degrees, but it felt good! Oh and yes, I was in the pool w/a big DSLR camera in my hand. I am a risk taker! ;)

So, this is what Gibson does to Coal every time she jumps in to get the ball... he waits for her on the stairs...
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...and then Barks his face off until she gets out. Hence his nickname, "Barkson" (or "Jerkson").
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Luckily for him, Coal is very polite and patient...
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They both love to fetch for the ball...
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...But Coal is the only one that will go in the pool after it.
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That's ok w/Gibson though...
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He's happy as long as he can just sit on the sidelines and chill...Until...
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..Oh crap! They got me!
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Sometimes, he just needs a little cooling off.
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Sorry, buddy! You can do it! :)
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See? He survived :)
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ANNNNNND repeat :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to BEAT the summer HEAT

It's HOT. Remember last summer? At least here in the midwest, it was awesome. Although, people who LOVE summer, hated it. But I loved it because it was MILD. Yummy mildness. 70 degrees. Breezy. Perfect for a girl who does not have central air conditioning in her 120+ year old house :) This summer, however, is disgustingly, unbearably hot and humid. Yuck.

I am sure it is yucky for the pups in our lives as well. Especially corgis, with their ├╝ber thick coats! Keeping them cool is so important, but can be tricky. I asked you for your tips to keep your dogs cool and you came through like a bunch of champs! I've been compiling my own list as well, so, without further ado.. here is my complete guide to keeping your four-legged friends cool this disgustingly, unbearably hot and humid summer! ;)

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Avoid the Sun
My number 1 tip to beat the heat. Sun = hot, so we avoid it as much as possible. I try to keep our longer walks before 7am and after 7pm. And any fetch that is played is done so at least 7:30pm or later. At these times the sun is just rising and starting to set, which means less direct sun and more shady areas. We also choose naturally shadier areas to walk during sunnier parts of the day. This is great rule to have for humans too, since too much sun on your skin is BAD (it's also bad on your dog's skin, which I will discuss later).

Another great tip is to go walking in the rain! No umbrellas or rain gear needed! It feels good! And is kind of fun to get rained on :)

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Hydrate
Humidity means that I will be drinking about a pitcher of brita every day, so I assume that Gibson will need an increase of water as well. Make sure your dog's water bowl is always full of clean, cool water! And if you keep your dog in a cooler room during the day, keep a bowl in there as well. We only have wall AC units in 2 rooms, so we try to keep Gibson in one of them if it is super hot in the house. He gets a big bowl of water in there! I think he thinks it's fun to have water in different rooms of the house :)
New "Slow Down" Bowls


Have Fun with Water
When we can, I take Gibson places where he can take a dip. My parents have a pool, which is tons of fun for the pups to play in (make sure the pool owner is OK w/dogs swimming in their pool!). Gibson is still a little wary of swimming..but he'll do it and seems happy afterwards! lol. I normally will just carry him in with me and then let go and he takes off for the stairs. Or else, I will just dunk him in to get him cooled off.
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It is also a good idea, if you take your dog to parks or trails, to make sure that there is a lake or creek where you are going. We have a park near our house that has a small lake and river, so I know that if I take him for a walk there, he'll have a spot to cool off if he gets over heated. Likewise, we avoid going to the dog park during the summer because it has no water source!

If you don't have a pool or lake nearby, there are always kiddie pools! I think they should maybe rename them 'doggy pools' though :) I think most people use them for their dogs nowadays!

Last resort for water fun, is just a good ol' hose! I will hose Gibson down after walks if he seems really hot or pre-hose him off before the walk!


Frozen Treats
What's better than a frozen treat in the summer? I think dogs think the same way! I don't do this often, but Gibson loves getting doggie ice cream (click for recipe). Easy, yummy and healthy!

He's not that into ice cubes (they normally end up melting on the floor), but that is a great idea as well, so I will throw one in his water bowl from time to time. You could also make a frozen treat inside of a Kong! I normally stuff a banana chunk in Gibson's Kong every morning and let it freeze in there until I leave for work. He loves it!


Hair Removal
As it gets hotter and hotter, Gibson sheds more and more. And more. Does it ever stop?? Look at how much fur is falling off his butt after a swim!
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The undercoat has got to go when the weather warms up, so make sure to furminate at least once a week! I've heard of people getting a 'summer' cut done to their corgis as well, but we have never done that. I'm guessing it could help though! One thing to remember though, NEVER EVER SHAVE YOUR DOG! Dogs have their fur for a reason, it's to keep them warm in the winter AND cool in the summer! It protects them from the harmful sun and keeps the heat off of their skin. If they are shaved they could get sun burnt if you do not slather them w/sun screen. No fun for anyone involved! Plus their fur could grow back weird or not grow back in time for winter :( So, please. Don't shave! :)


And Obviously....
Please don't leave your dog in the car when you go to the store! Poor little babies can fry in there!



So those are my tips, but I'd like to share yours as well since they are great! Thanks blog readers and facebook followers! :)


Jenn B Said...
I took Zoee to a festival a few weeks ago. They were selling these cloth tubes with waterballs in it, soaked in cool water. I bought her one and she sported that for the festival. It helped a little and I was able to pour water on it every so often to recool her.

Which I think might be something like this??? Pretty cool!


Jan C said...
We stay inside and when they do go out I put ice in the water bowl. In florida, they don't stay out long...



My mom (hehe) said..
We basically stay inside except for short walks and then swim, swim, swim.



Julie said..
I grit my teeth and turn on the AC. Both Caleb and Boyfriend wilt like delicate flowers if it gets above 75. Oh, and we walk very early in the morning and later in the evening after it's cooled down slightly.

(Check out Julie's blog, Julie & Caleb!)


Suz W said..
-keep her brushed out & furminated...a little less hair.
-keep a hard plastic baby pool full of water & filled with toys.
-stay inside in ac during hottest part of day & evening/night walks
-lots a water.


AJ said...
‎1. I give ice cubes every few hours.
2. I keep them inside and take them outside only to go potty.
3. I go for walks in the evening.
4. I keep their water bowl full.
5. I take a wet rag and rub them down, focusing on their circulation areas: armpits, stomach area, & neck.

6. I keep the fan on (works for me!)
(Check out AJ's blog, The Ein & Brian Chronicles!)


Julo said...
1. ice cubes in the water bowl, or a frozen water bottle for them to snuggle
2. a fan blowing directly on a dog bed or crate or other area they like to hang out (I have a large vornado, serious stuff!)
3. Find a cool creek to walk around and let Gibson lay in the cool crisp water.
4. Find a shady place to walk like a trail to stay off of the hot asphalt.

For number 3 I just got back from a walk with Theo, and we did just that! He's usually sluggish when it's hot, but we walked all along this creek that he could just pop into for a dip whenever he wanted, so he actually stayed very energetic and happy the whole time. It was awesome!

(Check out Julo's blog, Corgi Tails!)


Hannah C said...
First off, I know that my corgi's thick coat not only keeps them warm in the winter but it keeps them cool in the summer by trapping in cool air. So I dont ever shave my dogs :) Second, if we go out, we go to places like the lake or somewhere with water.



Laurie said...
Frosty Paws! Sadie loves them. We also have a dog beach and a dog park with a lake, for her to cool down. And currently, we're housesitting where there is a pool, so she enjoyed that today :)

(Check out Laurie's blog, Sadie the Rescued Corgi!


Robyn H said...
Boomer stays inside in the AC and plays with his toys, till it's time to water the flowers (Then watch out garden hose!).



Vicki D said...
A Saratoga Horseworks Cool Coat when we're out in the sun. Fun & games with a garden hose/sprinkler & and a kiddie pool. And when it's real bad...a trip to the river or the creek for swimming!



Meg B. said...
We use a kiddie pool. It's been about 106F around these parts lately, so not much helps any of us. We make sure that the water is changed regularly, not just for cleanliness but because it heats up. Our dog just LOVES to lay in it. She'll be running around playing, then takes a break in the pool.



Mary said...
We just moved to Phoenix where it's way too hot! To beat the heat, Ginger and I take VERY early morning walks, and if she's panting quite a bit, I give her an ice cube. She loves gnawing on one after a walk.



Karen said...
hmmm keys to staying cool ... usually ill rub water all over baileys coat to keep cool, or if, it were hot enough, im sure id buy him a kiddy pool to swim in. and and ice cubes are great and.. a good brushing im sure would make any corgi feel better in the hotness!
(Check out Karen's blog,
Bailey the Corgi!)


Lynsey said...
I second the ice cube thing. My Corgi puppy Penny loves to push them around on the floor and then gnaw on them. :) Also, pups with long hair should be taken to the groomer to get a cool summer style.
(Check out Lynsey's blog, Adventures in Education!)


Katie said...
I saw that a lot of people use ice cubes. whiskey isnt to fond of just a plain old ice cube, so i make little "pup ice pops" There are a lot of varities: basic ingredients: plain yogurt, 2 fruits (bananas, stawberries, blue berries, watermelon), and honey. Other things that work good are pumpkin if i hav it on hand (but that will dye the carpet).or peanut butter.

I will also cube up some watermelon and freeze them, or halve stawberries and freeze those. (simple and quick)

i actually have from when I was a kid little ice pop makers so I use those, but ice cube trays work great or plasic disposable cups (the ones you would use the bathroom) about half full.


Using the kiddie pool has been great too!!!
(Check out Katie's blog, All That Jazz!)


Thanks everyone for the awesome tips!! You guys rule!!
With all of these, we should be able to keep our puppers nice and cool the rest of the summer!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

We won! And an assignment!

Gibson's photo won a contest!

I want my presents!

Freshpet was having a summer photo contest, judged by a professional photography team, and I just had to submit a few photos of the Gibberz. I was pretty stoked to see that he was one of the three winners chosen! Here's what they said about the pic:
The Corgi was cropped in a fashionable “edgy” manner – the light coming from behind was very artistic and the expression on the dog’s face just made us smile. An excellent photo of capturing a quirky moment of a great dog.

Yay! I will be sure to show you the loot I won when I receive it :)


And now on to your assignment..

I will be writing a post for next week about beating the heat and keeping your dog cool this summer. I'd love to hear your tips for doing this! Just leave a comment here or email me at ksteck23(at)gmail.com.

Thanks!! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Look at this little tub of lard...

I posted this movie a few days ago...



Well, after watching it, you may notice that 'related videos' pop up on youtube.. I clicked on one of these. It was a video of Gibson playing w/a treat a little over a year ago... Only it looked more like a walrus on a beach playing with it's food....



haha! Is he not the fattest ever?? It's amazing how much he has thinned out in a year. 'Operation Slim Down Gibson' has apparently been a complete success. I'm actually thinking of switching him back to non reduced fat food!! :)

Something exciting is coming...




Stay tuned! And click the link above for your chance to win a prize!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co.!

If you are a reader of Bender's Adventure Dog Blog, you may have already heard about blogger Rachel's new treat company that she is starting up called Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. She asked for some taste testers, so I, of course, took advantage of the opportunity!

A big 'ol package of treat was shipped to us containing the following:


Bark n Banana Biscotti
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: mashed banana, wheat flour, baking soda, vanilla, egg, vegetable oil.


Apple & Sweet Potato Snackums
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: wheat flour, natural apple sauce, mashed sweet potato, egg, vegetable oil, flax seeds, water.


Oatmeal Crunchies
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: Wheat flour, oatmeal, milk, chicken stock.


Apple Snackums
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: wheat flour, gala apple, natural apple sauce, egg, vegetable oil, flax seeds, water


Peanut Butter Bones
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: peanut butter, vegetable oil, wheat flour, water.


Snickerpoodle
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: Wheat flour, cinnamon, water, oats ...


Beef & Barley Bones
Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co. Treats
Ingredients: wheat flour, beef stock, cooked barley,water, ...



So, yes, Gibson loved them. He goes gaga for them still and we are halfway through all of them :) I love that they are made w/simple ingredients and I know what are in them! They are cute and have cute names too :) I love the snickerpoodles. Aren't they the cutest? And they smell really good too.

Here is Gibson eating a Banana Biscotti. Be sure to catch him throwing the treat over his back and wagging his nub like crazy! The Gibson dance is a sure sign of approval of any treat :)



Rachel will be opening up an Etsy shop soon, and I encourage you to check it out and order some treats for your pup! :) Until then, check out her blog to stay updated! Bender's Adventure Dog Blog

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Henry!

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Mr. July

Name: Henry
Corgi Mom: jenfuj


Henry Cuteness:








July Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

- Summer
- 4th of July
- Picnics
- Pools/Swimming
- Beaches


Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birthday Gifts

Gibson thanks you all for the birthday wishes! He really had a nice day :)

I want my presents!
Give me the presents, ma!!

Yes, he was giving me that huge grin because he wanted me to give him what I was torturing him with taking a photo of..

Birthday Loot

His presents! Little guy received a HUGE antler chew from his grandma and some Kong SqueakAir balls and a new classic Kong from me (and his dad I suppose ;) ). Now that he is a fetching machine I figured he should stock up on balls (since he loves destroying them) and he needed a new Kong. His other one was the puppy version that I got for him when he was 8 weeks old! It was nasty!! :)

We also took some nice walks, played fetch, and I even let him eat some kitty poop that he discovered *rolls eyes*. He was definitely spoiled for a day :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Gibson!!

2 years ago today, Gibson was born!

To celebrate, I made him a special dessert after he ate his breakfast..

Gibson's Birthday Dessert!

Gibson's Birthday Dessert!

Looks yummy, no? I thought I'd make him something healthy out of things he eats all the time anyways (I share). His little dessert contained:
  • a smear of all natural peanut butter
  • blueberries
  • a spoonful of greek yogurt
  • a strawberry
  • and a topping of flax seed!
Needless to say, he enjoyed himself..

Gibson's Birthday Dessert!

So today, I am going to spoil my buddy twice as much as usual (since he's 2 and all). He already received one gift in the mail yesterday (a huge antler chew from his grandma!) and will be receiving a few more from me today :)

I love this guy..
Hi!

And his butt..
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Even when he pouts..
My cute guy.

Happy Birthday, Dude :)
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