Thursday, June 30, 2011

House Changes

This past weekend, we did a little rearranging.  Gibson was quite confused.  I think he thought we were leaving or going on vacation or leaving him forever.  Something dramatic ;)    But no, we were just moving furniture around and everything was fine in Gibsonland  in a few hours ;)

So anyways, here WAS our guest room:
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I loved the quilt and euro pillows I bought for this room. They will be missed. Both were pottery barn, but bought on eBay for cheap cheap!


The other wall has these built in cabinets.  I tried to make it look cozy and relaxing for guests ;)

But now.. this stuff has been moved out to make room for our nursery!
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Just the crib and dresser in there now, but it's a start!

I have big plans already swirling in my brain for this room.  One of which is the overall theme, which you can preview in this photo:
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Yep, that's a bunch of fabric I bought to make bedding and other room decor.  I do not sew!  I am crazy! But I'm going to try :)  Stay tuned!

Oh yes, and that guest room?  It is now downstairs in my office (now office/guest room).  I kind of like it here!  I can take naps (ha!) when I am too tired from working so hard..
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So, that's it.  Not sure why I felt like sharing this, but there ya go :)  Have you made any changes to your house lately? Does your dog freak out when you do?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Evenings Outdoors

One of the best things about summer is the long evenings you can spend outside. Gibson thinks so too.  He loves it when we leave the door to our screened in porch open until we go to sleep, so he can just sit out there and watch the world go by...

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And bark and anything and everything that walks onto our property of course.  

But sometimes, that's not enough for the Gibbers.

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I wants some grass, ma!

So, we go out for some fetch!
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Yayz!

Gibson has gotten very good at fetch, but lately he's been calling it quits after about 3 tosses.   Maybe he's losing some of his puppy energy finally? Or it's just too hot out.. Or he has a.d.d. and there's just too much else going on outside!  Whatever it is, he still begs me to play fetch w/him and loves it while he's running around :)

We also love sitting on our patio in the summer and Gibson has been VERY good about keeping close OFF LEASH.    Yep, I decided to let him have a little freedom and see how it went.   He loves to sit near us and keep an eye on the yard...
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When he gets up and looks a little too excited, we just tell him to stay and he does :) Good boy!   When he wanders a little too far off we tell him to come back and he does that too.  Is 3 years of training finally clicking with him??  Could be!

We also love our evening walks to the popcorn stand in the summer.  Gibson especially loves it because he gets to eat popcorn the whole way home :)  

How bout you? Do you and your dog spend a lot of time outdoors in the evenings now that it's summer?

Friday, June 24, 2011

2012 Corgis (with blogs) Calendar Contest!

I've been waiting to announce this.. but I just noticed that I now have over 1000 followers on Facebook!  So, here's a special treat for you all! :)






I am now accepting entries to this years calendar contest! The only requirement is that you have a corgi & a blog (that hopefully is about or features your corgi more often than not). The goal of this project is to show love for our corgis, help promote each others blogs, and to raise money for corgi rescue! We were able to donate $500 last year, which was $200 more than the first year. I'm hoping to follow that trend and am shooting for $750 this year!! :)

The Details
  • Each month will feature a corgi's photo, it's name, your blog name & web address!
  • 100% of the profits will be donated to the Lakeshore Corgi Rescue.
  • Winners will receive a free digital version of the calendar.
  • 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 August 25, 2011.  30 finalists will be chosen at this date and will be put to the public vote.  Winners will be announced on September 1st!
  • You must have a blog that features your corgi.
  • Only 3 entries per person, please!
  • When you submit your entries, please include your dog's name and your blog's name & web address.
  • Please send the original sized version of your photos (high resolution).  They should be at least 11.25" wide and 8.75" high at at least 150dpi to ensure the highest quality calendar.
  • Photos received may be cropped and resized and edited to fit specific calendar sizes and guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Pembrokes, Cardigans AND Corgi Mixes are all acceptable.
  • View our Corgis of the Month so far for tips on submitting great photos geared towards each month!

So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see some awesome photos soon! Please spread the word!! :)  Remember, if you don't have a blog and would like to participate, enter the Corgi Butts & Friends Calendar Contest!!! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Auntie Coaly! + Advice Needed

Gibson's Auntie Coaly (my 4 legged sister) is 7 years old today!!  I hope you are spoiled by the rents today sweet girl! :)

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Gibson & his Aunt

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Advice Needed
I received this message on the Corgi Butts wall today from Miranda asking for advice/help:
Last week, while on a walk it started to thunder, and Bomber was terrified. He started to run towards home, pulling me all the way. When he got inside, he climbed into bed with me and shivered and panted like crazy in my arms for the duration of the storm. Since then, he won't go for walks, which he previously could not get enough of, nor will he willingly go outside, even in the yard, even to pee and poop. I have to coax him outside with treats. I have to leash him and walk him until he goes potty, then he runs for the door. He has no interest in playing with toys. He will eat, however, although not with his usual interest. I spoke with the vet who said it's not all that uncommon to happen, but I'm very worried. Bomber was always such a happy dog, not scared of anything, he loved laying outside for hours on end, playing frisbee and fetch, running and tugging on ropes. You could not ask for a better dog really. He was not even scared of fireworks that we set off at our home on new years eve this year.the vet recommended that I slowly get him outside, coaxing him with treats and reassuring him, which I've been doing. The vet also gave me a sedative for him to use when bad storms are approaching and for the 4th of July. I hate to use it, but I don't think I have any other choice. He's so anxious now, he clings to me all day, never leaving my side. He's not being aggressive or showing distractive behavior, nor is he barking. He's just scared and he trembles if he hears a loud noise (even thunder on tv), but power tools dont seem to bother him (we are renovating our house, almost completed). We haven't had any storms since, but he seems to be getting worse by the day, even with the reassurance. I'm so worried about my little corgi, he's just not himself. He was never abused, or hurt ever at all, we got him as a puppy. And up until last week he was totally normal. I'm a mess seeing him like this. Do any corgi/dog owners have any suggestions on things I can do to bring him out of this slump? He is so anxious all the time, it's almost as if I have a completely different dog, as if I rescued a formerly abused animal. Please help! Any suggestions are welcome! Summer is here and I was hoping to be bringing him to the park for walks, and to the beach, but he's even scared to go into the front yard on a leash with me! Help!

If you have any experience w/this, could you please leave a comment here or directly on her Facebook Post to help Miranda out?  Thanks!! :) 

Friday, June 17, 2011

20 weeks preggers

We interrupt this corgi themed blog for a pregnancy post...  

But first!  A little update on Gibson: Today he is finally done w/his antibiotics and is totally switched back to his normal kibble.  Yay!  He's back to his old stinky self :)

Oh and also, did you see my new calendar contest that is open to everyone??  I'm sure you have some photos of your corgi's butt lying around.  Send them my way and they can be in a calendar!   Here are the submission details  :)  And if you're waiting for the Corgis (with blogs) Calendar announcement, that will be coming by the end of June!


Ok NOW. Back to the off-topic stuff ;)  I am halfway through my pregnancy!   20 weeks.   Look how I grow:


Don't mind my face, it was an emotional day :)

Yesterday, was the exciting 20 week ultrasound, which means we had the opportunity to find out the gender..  and we did :)   So, come November 1st-ish, I will have this little boy...

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AND this little girl :)



Yep, we're having a girl!  I am super excited :)  Everything else looked great.  We seem to have a healthy little one growing inside me :)

Now, it's time to design the nursery and pick out fun girlie stuff!  Who wouldn't like that?!

I've been feeling pretty great the past few weeks. I had a bit of off-and-on nausea going on a few weeks ago, but it has seemed to taper off.  Now I barely feel pregnant.. besides the fact that there is lots of movement going on in there.   Like right now.. thump thump thump :)  I love it.   I have lots more energy than before and even enjoy working out again!  And it is nice to have gotten past that 'is she pregnant or is she just getting fat' stage.. I think I definitely look preggo now!

So that's it. My update.  Now back to your regularly scheduled programing ;)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Calling all Corgi Butts! (calendar contest!)

First off, I want to update you on Gibson's health: He's doing much, much better!  Eating, playing, pooping, peeing.  Normal dog stuff!  He's still getting his antibiotics and eating about half kibble/half bland vet food and is doing fabulously.   I'm trying to just keep his stress level minimal and not letting him eat anything and everything he can get his jaws on.  I think he'll be just fine though!

Now onto the fun stuff.

Last month I asked you all if you'd be interested in a second calendar contest this year that everyone could be involved with..and you seemed quite interested in it!  So, here we go..  Announcing..

The Corgi Butts & Friends Calendar!   



The theme?  Corgi Butts of course!   I am looking for your best shots of your corgi's tushies, rear ends, fluffy pants, nubs, etc!

Here are some examples of what I am looking for...

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Corgi Butt

Ultimate Corgi Butt

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Doesn't seem too hard does it?  Want to participate? Well, here's the scoop:


The Details
  • Each month will feature a corgi's (or multiple corgis) photo (must show it's backside), it's name & location (+website if it has one)
  • $1 per calendar sold  will be donated to Corgi Pals.
  • No prizes for this one, besides having your corgi's photo in a cute calendar for the world to see!
  • I am planning on using the photos posted above and then filling in the rest of the months with your submitted photos.  If there are lots of photos better than mine though, I'd be happy to choose those over my own!
  • I may do a few collages of photos if there are a ton of great entries!
  • The calendar will be ready to go for the holiday shopping season!
  • This is a very casual contest, so there will be no voting, or finalists..  I will just choose the best photos for the calendar and then put it up for sale!
Submission Guidelines
  • ANYONE can submit to this contest.  You do not need a blog/website/etc, but if you do have a blog, you are more than welcome to submit as well!
  • All entries should be emailed to ksteck23(at)gmail.com - replace (at) with the @ symbol - no later than July 31, 2011.
  • Please keep your entries down to 3 per person.
  • When you submit your entries, please include your dog's name and location or web address if you have one.
  • Please send your original high resolution version of the photos  (do not resize or shrink) to ensure the highest quality calendar.
  • Photos received may be cropped and resized/edited to fit specific calendar sizes and guidelines.
  • 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 needs to show your corgi's butt :)  but if their face is in there as well, that is fine!
  • Try to get down on their level (on the ground) to get the best possible photo.  It makes a huge difference! :)
  • Photos should not include humans or any other type of breed/animal.
  • 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.
  • Pembrokes, Cardigans AND Corgi Mixes are all acceptable.

So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see some awesome photos soon! Please spread the word!! :)   And check back in the next few weeks for submission information for the Corgis (with blogs) 2012 Calendar!!!! :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sick Boy Update

I'm happy to report that Gibson seems to be doing better since the vet.  I'm not 100% unworried yet, but I'm a little bit less worried.

The first day was really hard not being able to feed him.  He was just so confused as to why he wasn't getting his dinner and 5 billion treats that he normally does.  I had to cave and give him a tiny bit of the food the vet gave me.  The vet tech told me I could!  I swear!  haha.  She said she knows how hard it can be w/those eyes looking at you, so it'd be ok to give him a couple of meatballs of food... so I did :)  He was definitely not satisfied from it though.  He just begged and begged and begged for more food.  He laid by the trash can in the kitchen for most of the evening because I threw the top of the can of food in there and he wanted to lick it.  Poor dude.  He didn't poop that night, but I figured he wouldn't w/what happened that morning + the lack of food.

Yesterday morning, he was up and ready to go and he wanted FOOD.  I was excited to give him some so we woke up before my alarm went off and I let him out to pee.  I watched to see if he'd go eat some grass (like he does when his tummy is upset), but nope! He SPRINTED back inside to get fed :)   So, I rolled his antibiotic pill in some food and gave it to him then fed him his 1/4 of a can of food... which was gone in .01 seconds flat.  

A little bit later we went for our walk and he pooped.. and it was solid!  Woohoo!  We walked after that and he seemed happy and content the whole time.. if not super duper hot.. seriously... this is how we have been feeling the past few days:



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Anyways.. the rest of the day pretty much went like normal.  Gibson begged and begged for everything I was eating.  I skipped our walk when I got home from lunch since it was 95 degrees and just fed him immediately instead.    After that, I got a little bit worried because he just curled up at laid on the couch next to me instead of wanting to play like normal.  He looked so sad, but I'm not sure if it's just because he was mad because we didn't walk.. or confused why we didn't.. or he was upset cause he wanted more food?  Not sure, but it kind of worried me, so later I tried to get him to play..   He didn't really play much, but he had the most slap-happy look on his face and he was acting super silly...

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Hi Mommy! Why so serious?!

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I'm just a silly guy!


I'm thinking he just doesn't have as much energy, since he is getting less food and has had a rough few days.. plus the ridiculous heat!  Hope that's it at least. We took him for a walk later when it "cooled off" a little and he pooped another solid poop (yay!).

This morning he wanted to get up at 5:30 to eat (joy!) so we did and when I took him for a walk, his poop was solid, but kind of odd looking.  It might just be from the change of food though.  We'll see.  I'm going to let the antibiotics do their thing before I jump to any conclusions :)

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.  Gibson's a lucky guy to have so many supporters :)  I'll keep ya updated.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sick Puppernutter

I had to take Gibson to the vet this morning.  Not fun :(

This morning he went out like usual to pee, but then he sat and ate a bunch of grass before he came inside. This usually means a tummy ache, so I was prepared for him not to want to eat, but he ate his breakfast like normal.  A few minutes later, we went out for our walk and he pooped like normal (twice), but then he just did not want to walk anymore.   I really wanted him to walk because I didn't get a chance to take him for one last night because we had people over, so I got him excited by saying "kitty" and "squirrel" a lot.   He perked up from that and seemed better, but a ways down the road, he pulled over to the side and started to poop again..  but it was diarrhea.. but not normal diarrhea..

 Cover your eyes or skip the next paragraph if you are super squeamish about these things...

It was weirdly colored and then it turned red.  Like raspberry jam red.  And there was a lot of it.   I immediately started crying and almost left it there because it was so gross.. but then realized he'd need to go to the vet and they'd need a sample.  So I scooped it up, and it was the most disgusting consistency ever.  Just mucusy and gross.  I had to seriously concentrate on not puking.  So gross..

After that though, he seemed so much better.  He felt better and wanted to walk his little heart out.  Of course, I am freaking out and want to take him home, but he wanted to keep going so we finished our normal morning walk and I waited until 7:30 for the vet's office to open.   LUCKILY they were able to get us in at 8:30.   I was thinking the worst.  He had a piece of glass or something stuck inside of him or he had cancer.  There was a lot of crying going on if you can imagine.  I've just never seen anything like this.

Well, the vet did a fecal floatation test and a fecal scrape? or something. The floatation came back normal (no parasites), but the scrape showed lots of bad bacteria.  The vet said it could have been something that he ate (we had a party last night and a friend's kid kept feeding him tomato/basil potato chips and fritos) or stress (from having so many people over yesterday? or because I'm pregnant? or the heat? or the loud band we walked by on Saturday night?).. and that blood vessels were just working in overdrive..  He's thinking it's colitis from one of those and I'm hoping he's right.    He gave him a shot of antibiotics and steroids (for his inflamed stomach/intestines) and prescribed him a bland diet and meds.  I am hoping that this will do the trick.  I am still really scared and am not allowed to feed the poor guy til tomorrow morning :(  

Keep him in your thoughts... I'll keep you updated.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Stanley!

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on the wall

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Mr. June

Name: Stanley
Corgi Mom: Jenny


Stanley Cuteness:







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


-Summer
-Pools/Lakes/Water
-Outdoor activities
-Father's Day

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.
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