Sweet Pea 2013 – The Dogwarts Express!

DSC_0011Congratulations, and thanks everyone, for another super fun Sweet Pea Parade day! Special thanks to Michele and Corey for providing and driving the truck/trailer, and to all who helped on costumes and decorations! It was amazing to see the great costumes that everyone showed up with.

Let’s keep in touch and have a play day soon! If you’re just now learning about the Gallatin Corgi Club, let us know if you’d like to be added to our email list.

Our facebook page is at www.facebook.com/GallatinValleyCorgiClub

If you’d like to buy some corgi club goodies, you’ll find them HERE!

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Join the Dogwarts Express in our “Hairy Pawter” themed Sweet Pea Parade Entry!

The Sweet pea Parade is Saturday, August 3! We are very excited to have a Corgi Club marching group and float this year. We would like as many Corgis and their families as possible!

Anyone who has a Corgi can march in the parade with us, and if you are not able to march a mile, please check in with us about riding on the float (in costume as a witch or wizard).

Our Corgi Club float will be a “Hairy Pawter” themed  “Dogwarts Express” since the theme for the parade is “It’s Magical!”

We will begin float decoration at the old Safeway parking lot on 9th and Main at 8am. The parade starts at 10.

Come help decorate! Or just show up before 9:30 to march with us in the parade!

We will have simple costumes on hand for your corgi to wear (ties, glasses, scarves, capes), but please feel free to dress up your corgi in one of the 4 Harry Potter house colors (Green, Maroon, Blue or Black) if you’d like to exercise your own creativity. You can find ideas here.

To give us an organized look, we ask that humans wear white tops (or the white Gallatin Valley Corgi Club gear if you already own some). There will be white Gallatin Valley Corgi Club hats available for sale for $12 each, or Corgi Club buttons for $2 each that you can purchase during float staging, while they last.

Please remember your leashes, poo bags, and water!
Peet’s Hill, behind the library parking lot is an off leash dog park where we can meet for a play date afterward. There’s also a stream where corgis can cool off.

Bring your corgi! We hope to see you there!

Join Corgi Sweet Pea Parade fun! 9am.Aug 3.2013

The Sweet Pea Parade is upon us!

corgi paradeWHEN:  Saturday, August 3rd at 9 am (Parade starts at 10am)
WHERE: Meet between 8th & 11th on Main St. (Look for the corgis!)
THEME: It’s Magical! 
(The majority chimed in on a Hogwart’s Academy theme for our corgi float)
BRING: Water, leash, poop bags, sun protection
(costuming etc. TBA)
POST-PARADE: Peet’s Hill, behind the library parking lot is an off leash dog park where we can meet for a play date afterward! There’s also a stream where corgis can cool off.

ALL CORGIS and their owners are welcome to walk with us as part of the Gallatin Corgi Club contingent, regardless of whether or not they are “club members” (Actually, there is no official club membership – just an email list!)

Seeking Volunteers!

Corgi Parade Creative team and helpers: Meet and execute parade theme for our corgi group and round up volunteers to carry it out. (Last year we had a banner that said “The queen loves her corgis and so do we” and a mini queen of England was our leader. We also gave out dog biscuits to dogs along the parade route which was a big hit. Some ideas for this year have already been gathered on the Facebook page, so it’s just a matter of coming to a consensus on design and getting ‘er done!) If you have any time or energy to devote getting this float put together, please contact us RIGHT AWAY! 
To get involved, email (remove hyphens) g-v-c-o-r-g-i-c-l-u-b-@-gmail.com
We’ll meet early in the week of July 29 to  pinpoint specifics, so please let us know ASAP if you can help!

(For additional general info about the Sweet Pea Parade, go to http://sweetpeafestival.org/sweet-pea-parade/ and download the entry PDF form: Page 2 has parade details and rules.)

Thanks, and hope to see you volunteer or participate in the parade!

Gallatin Corgis go wild in Laurel

Corgis Gone Wild, June 2013 - Steve Hample photo

Lots of GVCC tee shirts were seen at the Corgis Gone Wild event, June 2013 (Steve Hample photo)

Corgis Gone Wild, June 2013 - Steve Hample photo

Corgis Gone Wild, June 2013 – Steve Hample photo

On June 8, a contingent of Gallatin Valley corgis (and their people) headed east to join the fun at the ninth annual Corgis Gone Wild event in Laurel. Each year there are lots of fun games at this event, and several new Gallatin Valley Corgi Club members took home prizes for their enthusiastic participation! (Check out the slide show below to see more of the action.)

Thanks so much to the organizers at the Yellowstone All Corgi Club for making this fun event happen. We had a great time!

gallatin_valley_corgi_club_shirtIf you want to purchase Gallatin Valley Corgi Club Tee shirts and merchandise, click here to visit our Cafepress page.



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Corgis invited to Corgis Gone Wild in Laurel – June 8 2013

A Billings Gazette photo from Corgis Gone Wild 2012

Corgis, Corgi crosses, and their canine housemates are welcome at the June 8, 2013 “Corgis Gone Wild!” in Laurel.

The Yellowstone All Corgi Club will be hosting this annual summer corgi fun fest for its 9th year, this year!

There will be games, prizes, food and fun. Bring your lawn chairs, some cash for the available BBQ lunch, and admission of $10 for groups or $5 for individuals. There’s plenty of parking, green grass and shade trees and a secure fence at Happy Tails Park next to AnimaLodge and Laurel East Vet Clinic in Laurel, Montana.

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 4:00
Place: Happy Tails Park at AnimaLodge, Laurel, MT at Exit 437 off Interstate 90 (Map) (Est. driving time from Bozeman, 1hr 53 mins)
Admission: $10 per group or $5 per individual
Info: Rhonda, 406 – 208 – 5688

BECAUSE the event is in Laurel, MT, Gallatin Valley corgis can connect with others on Facebook or comment on this post and we can put you in touch with other members that want to carpool.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the well-being of all, please remember that owners are responsible for whatever their dogs do at Corgis Gone Wild. Your dogs should be current on shots, and within your control. Females in season should please stay home. Bring a leash in case your pooch needs a time-out.

Billings Gazette photo, 2012

THANK YOU Corgis in the Snow Sponsors!


Greetings Corgi Fans!

We wanted to give one last shout out to our amazing Corgis in the Snow Sponsors.  Quite a range of great local companies helped us put it all together and we want to make sure you know who they are, and that supporting them supports us!

These sponsors, event visitors, and local grocers helped us raise LITERALLY a truckload of dog food for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, $40 for Corgipals, and a few hundred bucks in cash and crates for the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

THANK YOU, and please stop by and say hi if you get a chance to these local businesses:

Hample and Peck Financial Services

Four Corners Saddlery and Boutique


AAA MountainWest

Goodwerks Creative

Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter

And thanks to the Grocery Stores that hosted our dog food drop off bins!

Smiths – Bozeman

Albertson’s – Bozeman

Albertsons – Belgrade

Lee and Dad’s IGA  – Belgrade

And Finally, thanks to KBZK and KTVM for helping us get the word out to make this event so successful!


The good the bad and the hairy: Get the inside scoop on corgi ownership

Pups this cute are hard to resist! They grow into brilliant, active dogs who need plenty of exercise and intellectual stimulation!

Pups this cute are hard to resist! They grow into brilliant, active dogs who need plenty of exercise and intellectual stimulation!

After our well-attended “Corgis in the Snow” play day, we realized all that corgi publicity might have people thinking about adding a corgi to their family. While no corgi lover would discourage someone from providing a wonderful home to a wonderful pet, we all agree on one thing: Corgis—as much as we love them—are not for everyone!

As smart as little whips and incredibly cute, corgis are not just teddy bears. In addition to the safe, healthy, loving home that every pet should have, this hard-working herding breed demands lots of activity and interaction, thorough socialization and appropriate training to be a happy member of the family.

If you are thinking of getting a corgi, you need to know that they can be quite vocal. They tend to bark at play, while herding, to greet arrivals, to protect their territory, and to communicate in general. They don’t tend to yap incessantly just to hear their brains rattle, but they do have a lot to talk about. They can be trained to be quiet on command, but it takes sustained training effort.

Corgis are born to herd, so heel nipping comes instinctively to them. They tend to want to herd people, cats, cars and other moving objects in addition to cows and sheep, so chasing is a behavior you really have to be on top of, especially around children or if you live in a city or around wildlife or stock. They can be trained to curb their herding desires, but it does require attentive and consistent training.

Corgis shed like crazy and they shed year round… More than you could imagine a dog of such short stature could possibly generate! If you love white dog hairs on your black sweaters, this is the dog for you!

Corgis are prone to obesity (being both efficient fuel burners and legendary chow hounds) and there are other breed-specific health risks to know about.

And as with any pet, (but even more so!) if a corgi’s mental, physical and social activity needs are neglected, they can develop behavior problems or put their energy into destructive “projects” of their own.

There are many other questions not covered here (How are corgis with kids? Do they get along with other dogs? …cats? etc.) which can’t be attributed to the breed as much as to the individual, but it would pay to talk to corgi owners (and take a look at the comments on this blog post) to get input on these kinds of questions.

Although I’ve noted negatives here, this post certainly isn’t intended to scare anyone off corgis or even to be a comprehensive list of pros and cons. (Pros include words like smart, furry, friendly, smiling, hilarious, adorable, absolutely FUN best friend). It’s just a note to encourage anyone who is considering buying or rescuing a corgi (or any dog breed) to do your homework first!

When it comes to corgis:
If you love dog hair… If you can cope with a little barking… If you are willing to socialize and train a natural herder… If you have a good home and (preferably fenced) yard… AND you have lots of active time to spend with a humorous, affectionate, alert and brilliant dog… take a look at these resources (and others) to get started on your research!