Friday, January 28, 2011

Window Cling Giveaway WINNERS!!!

This morning I made a random list of all the entries and then picked 4 random numbers from the list.. and (drumroll please...)   the winners are:


JuLuzzy who said, "I would put one cling on the Corgimobile, i.e. my hubby's Jeep, that has been taken over by our 2 Corgis...in fact, there is enough fur in there to make a third Corgi! The three of us (the 2 Corgis and I) always have to fight over the passenger seat(and you know how it ends...I end up with 2 Corgis on my lap!). And the other one I would stick on the window at work (I am sure the boss wouldn't object: he's a dog lover too)."


Rachel who said, "Where would I put my cling? It's a toss up between on my car and on the window of my classroom door so all my students could see it. (My students know I love corgis, they've bought me a corgi calendar and keychain!)

What would I do with the second one? I would either give it to my husfriend's mom with the extra corgis with blogs calendar I have or I would give it to my mentor teacher who has 2 corgis of her own."



Paige who said, "I would put one on my car and give one to my Japanese teacher to put on his car. He has a Corgi too, and she's bilingual. Knows commands in both English and Japanese!"


JuLo who said, "That's easy. I will put one in my car, and give the other to my very good friend, who just happens to be the mom of Theo's bestest Corgi friend, Sidney! Her car has every Corgi bumper sticker you could think of, and she would love to add this to her back window, I know."



Congrats, winners!!!  Please email at ksteck23(at)gmail.com with your name and address to claim your prize!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

200 Followers GIVEAWAY!!

I wanted to thank everyone who follows this blog by having a super fun giveaway!

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No, I'm not giving away free (much needed) car washes...  Look closer...

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Bam!  An "I Love My Corgi" Window Cling!!  

So, a few weeks ago, the good people at Buildasign.com, contacted me asking if I'd like to sample a few of their products.  I said, "Heck yeah!" of course.. but then I found out that you can custom design any of their products to look exactly how you want it to..  which made it so much cooler!  (You can see what I came up with above ;)) I asked for a few extras to giveaway, and they sent me 10!  Isn't that crazy?    I've decided to have 4 winners, who will all get 2 window clings: 1 to keep and one to giveaway.   You can give it to a family member, friend or give it away on your blog!  Cool, right?  :)



TO ENTER: 
Leave a comment on this post telling me where you would put your window cling and what you will do with the extra one.

That's it!

4 winners will be chosen randomly on Friday, January 28th, so get your entries in soon!! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

How to KILL the winter CHILL

This has been a long time coming, but here we go!

Today it is -7 degrees outside w/a -22 degree wind chill.  Lots of fun, and it has inspired me to sit down and actually write this thing ;)    It's about this time of year when the winters in the midwest seem like they are never going to end.  Everyone is depressed and wanting to escape to a nice sunny spot (we're cruising in a little over 2 weeks!!).  But, it's like this every year, so we've learned to adapt (sort of) and deal with what we've been given.  Dog owners have the especially fun task of figuring out how to get their dog enough exercise w/o freezing to death.  This is my third winter with Gibson, so I thought I'd share what I've learned with you...

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I don't like the cold, but I LOVE the snows!!


Embrace the sun

This is the complete opposite of my number one rule for the summer.  Instead of avoiding the sun at all costs, embrace it.  Only go outside when it is light outside if possible.  I know that this is hard, since there is a point in the year when it is only light out from 7:30-4pm, but if you could walk your dog a little bit later in the morning or a little bit earlier in the evening, it can make a big difference temperature wise!

Know your limits
The first few years of owning Gibson, I would try to walk Gibson no matter how cold it was outside.  But that would result in my bundling up for 10 minutes, finally getting outside, and then having Gibson roll over into the fetal position because he was so cold.  Now, I have learned that if the WINDCHILL is below zero, that it is too cold for Gibson.

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Pick me up, mommy! I'm tooo coooold!


Bundle Up!
This goes for you AND your dog.   You've all seen my winter wardrobe...
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I also always wear a pair of wind breaker pants over whatever pants I am wearing and a hat and a scarf.  The scarf is crucial.  It can make a 10 degree walk feel like a 30 degree walk.  I just wrap it around my face and my breath heats the whole thing up.  I couldn't live without it.

For Gibson, I throw a coat on him when it is below 8 degrees.
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I look stoops moms...

I'm not sure if it does anything, but it makes me feel better about him being out in the cold.  Plus I think he looks pretty darn cute :)  This is the coat I bought for Gibson:


 It was cheap and works pretty well for his body type!


Protect those paws!
Jenna Z said...



We wouldn't be able to walk anywhere but the backyard without Musher's Secret paw wax. It protects dog feet from the ice and most importantly in the city, from the corrosive salt! Sully starts goose stepping and will just STOP walking if there is salt getting into his pads.
I totally agree with Jenna!!  Using a wax like Musher's Secret really helps. It's like invisible booties that never fall off :)


In addition to this,  I always make sure to be aware whenever Gibson shows any sign that his feet are cold or he stepped on salt.  The first sign of a limp, I stop, pick him up and rub his paws/run my fingers through his toes to get any snow or salt out from in-between them.  I try to make him stay on the sidewalks if it is too cold (snow is colder than concrete) and pick him up whenever I see salt to avoid this :)


Keep 'em dry
When we get in from walks, I ALWAYS dry Gibson completely off with a towel, concentrating on his feet.  I use a regular old bath towel at the moment, but I SO want to get one of these adorable towels that Lisa Marie told me about:


How cute is that???? I also cut back his baths during the winter to once a month or less.  It makes for a stinky dog, but at least he doesn't have be a cold, wet dog that often! Of course when you do give them a bath, make sure to dry them off as much as possible.. and snugggggle with them to warm them up :)


Exercise Indoors
Chelsea and Wilson said...
We do a lot of running in the house, like insane running. I chase him, he chases me, sometimes a few object like to fall off tables etc. It surprising how much navigating a house and running at full speed tires one self and ones dog.

Us, too, Chelsea!

This is, of course, the most important thing for dogs in the winter.  Dogs need exercise or else they get really obnoxious.  Sad, but true.  We do a lot of "chase", "tug-of-war" and "fetch/catch" inside the house.  In fact, this morning we played all three instead of freezing to death on a walk outside.  Here is Gibson and I playing "fetch", which really is more like a game of "catch"...



Don't mind the booger not knowing how to bring the ball back... ;)


Get creative!
Chelsea and Wilson (they had good ideas) said...
Outside walks have become limited to when its not windy and really cold out, but indoor walkies at petstores have increased. So have the amount of dog toys and treats. Straaaannnge. New toys also helps beat down the boring winter blues.
Isn't that a good idea?!

Not only is exercise important, dogs also need some brain stimulation!  We've been working on our Rally Obedience lately indoors (and then I break it out randomly on walks).   It's something different to do and Gibson likes it because he always gets a treat at the end.  Basically, we work on him walking in the 'heel' position and then work on sit, down and stay while walking in circles..  That's not a great way to explain it..but that's all I got lol.

If Rally isn't your thing, you can always get creative like this...
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Or Gibson will just entertain himself, like this:
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When all else fails, snuggle
Rachel said...
To beat the cold, Bender and I lie on the couch together and share a blanket. I love my wintertime corgi cuddles.

 So true!  If there is one good thing about Winter, it's that Gibson will actually want to cuddle with us! When it is hot, he wants nothing to do with us, but now he'll cuddle on the couch with us all the time. He especially loves to lay on my lap with his head between my knees :)  We even used Gibson as our space heater when our boiler died last year!
Cuddle Time



So there you have it.  My tips to survive the cold weather with your pup!   Do you do any of these things?  Do you have any other tips to share?? Let's hear it! :)




Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bye Bye Opensky.. Hellooooo Digital Calendars!

So, that title doesn't really make sense, but anways.. :)

Last week, I received an email telling me that OpenSky will be changing things, and you now have to have 4000 followers and only sell merchandise geared towards  women interested in health & fitness.  Well, THAT is not happening anytime soon..

I am bummed. I really liked being able to select fun dog products that I thought were interesting and that you all would like :(  And Gibson LOVED getting new stuff in the mail all the time.

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Why, mommy? Whyyyyyyy???

I just wanted to let you all know in case you wanted to buy anything from my shop before it closes.  They told me March, so I guess you have about a month.   I don't make very much money from this, so don't feel bad about that.. I just liked being able to share these things with you.   OHHHH WELL..

Here's a link to my dying shop: http://shopopensky.com/corgibutts


IN BETTER NEWS....

I was asked if I could remind everyone how to buy the digital version of the calendar!
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Click the calendar link above in the navigation, or click here!   I think that is all the info you need :) hehe

Have a great day!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hill Frappin'

On Saturday, I decided to take Gibson to the park and thought I might as well take my flip camera along as well.  It was cold, so I figured it'd be a good time to go since we'd be the only ones there... and we were! I unhooked Gibson's leash and let him be a 'real live dog'.  He had tons of fun sniffing things and then running like crazy to catch back up with me.  He gets soo happy when he is in nature and can run around :)  

One of his favorite parts of this particular park is this BIG hill that wraps around a playground.  I'm not sure what the deal is with this hill.. it might just be a big dirt pile from when they first built the park...  but Gibson loves it.  He runs up it and then does crazy figure 8 fraps all over the 'mountain'.  I've been meaning to get a video of this for awhile now, so I finally remembered my camera and was able to catch him in action!   Don't mind my out of breath breathing and shakiness.. I was seriously afraid of falling and breaking my neck!  Probably not the best time to climb a big hill when there is snow in the ground lol.  Anyway, here's the video!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dog Couch

Do you have a dog couch?  No, not a couch where your dog spends all of his/her lazy time.. A couch where you keep all your dog walking crap!  Mine looks pretty much like this...


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Lovely, no?

This is in our 'mud room/back porch/3 season room', which is right next to the door where I let Gibson out and where I take him out for walks.  That's a lot of stuff.. and  I have a problem keeping it tidy.  Although,  some of it is actually Gibson's travel stuff, and then some running gear thrown in as well... So, yeah.  Lots of  stuff on one little couch.



And then there is also the pile of outside shoes on the floor and my coat, scarf and snow/rain pants hanging on the banister... oh and some random travel bowls and water bottles thrown in for good measure on the table.    I guess that would actually make it a "Dog Room" rather than just a "Dog Couch".  Yeesh.  

Do you have this problem? Or am I the only dog slob?? :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Glove Collector

Gibson is a scavenger on walks.  It is his goal in life to find something. ANYTHING.  Preferably edible (yeah, THAT gets annoying), but other items are fun for him as well, as has been well documented by Puggie.  If he finds something, he'll usually pick it up and bring it home with him (or as far as he can until he finds something new).  Well, every winter Gibson picks up the same thing... gloves:

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Yes, that is my new glove collection in my back yard.  Apparently they are super easy to lose because they are everywhere.  These are only the ones that have made it all the way home.  There are lots more that Gibson has dropped a block or two from our house (too much of a burdon to carry all the way? Not sure..).

Now, I will ask you all what I ask Ben... What am I supposed to do with these things?? Every once in awhile Gibson will pick one up and shake it like it's his prey that he just killed...  But other than that they just sit there. Piling up...  Is it ok to throw them away??  Or maybe I should make some dog toys out of them? What would you do??  Do your dogs 'collect' anything weird?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Twenty Eleven Resolutions

1. Start calling it Twenty Eleven. I am stuck on saying Two-Thousand-Eleven and apparently that is wrong. Time to join the crowd.. Even if the crowd is wrong... ;)

2. Do the dishes every day. Yeah, I used to let them go for a few days. I'm disgusting. But, I've been doing them every day for the past week and it makes it way less painful and annoying. P.S. We don't have a dishwasher :(

3. Work on my posture. I slouch. A lot. Sometimes I catch myself in the mirror and can't believe how ridiculous my back looks. So, I'm trying to stand and sit up straighter! :)

And for some that Gibson may not like..

4. Rework obedience with Gibson. He has been a pain in my butt lately. I think part of it has been the winter and not being able to walk with him as much. He just does not listen to me unless I have a treat or he thinks he's going to get a treat. So, I'm going to be more stearn with him and see how it goes..

5. Get Gibson to bark less.. I don't know how, but I'm going to try. He's ridiculous. I would especially like it if he didn't bark while we are watching sports or while playing games.

6. Keep up with the blog better. I have been lazy lately. I'm sorry. I know, I've been promising a 'winter weather survival' post for months! Sheesh. I suck. I will get to that asap ;)

I'll start my 'keeping up' with some new Gibson photos! Yay :)

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Have you made any resolutions that involve your corgi/dog/pet??

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Ty!

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on the wall

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on my screen

Mr. January

Name: Ty
Corgi Mom: Carleen


Ty Cuteness:










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

- Outdoor, snowy
- Indoor, warm and cozy
- Cold weather gear (corgis w/scarves, hats, coats)
- New Years Day, celebration
- Football


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.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Buh Bye 2010...

Helloooo 2011!!

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Time to hang your  2011 Corgis (with blogs) Calendars up! Stay tuned for a special post on our calendar boy of the month, Ty!! :)

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Doesn't he look great on the wall?? :)


2010 Resolutions Update...
So, last year, I made some pretty good resolutions, and I'm proud to say that I stuck to them the whole year!  Yep!  I took care of myself like I said I would.  I totally changed my diet.  I eat a full breakfast every morning,  eat greens every day, eat less meat, and eat way less junk food w/preservatives.  I gave up pop AND coffee.  And I've never felt better :)   Oh yeah, and exercise.  I do that now :)  In fact, I even trained for and ran a 5k in November!  Look!



I'd love to say that I was way out in front of everyone, and that's why I am all alone, but I was pretty far back in the pack (couldn't believe how fast some people were!).   But I didn't come in last!  I came in at 32 min 11 sec, which I guess isn't bad for your first 5k.  My goal was to finish and to run the entire time, which I did, so yay!  

Training for this race made me fall in love with running.  I haven't been able to run for about 3 weeks because of the weather, and I now have dreams about it!  I miss it so much :(  Exercising indoors is just sooo boring.

If you are at all interested, here is my totes awesome (although, Ben may beg to differ) ipod playlist for running ;)  It makes running so fun!




So that is it or my resolutions for myself..  I also said I'd do some things for Gibson! I think I did a pretty good job spoiling him!  I took him to the dog park like I said, and he got to play on agility equipment (the class didn't work out.. :( ).   And he got tons and tons of hugs and kisses and butt loads of treats!  Resolutions: accomplished!
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thanks mama!

I haven't come up with any resolutions for this year yet, but maybe soon..

I hope everyone has the best year ever!!!!
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