Monthly Archives: March 2013

THANK YOU Corgis in the Snow Sponsors!

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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

Barkenhowells

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!

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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.

ARF!
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.

VROOM!
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.

GOODBYE, CLEAN SWEATER!
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!

CHUBBY CHEEKS
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.

BUSY BODIES
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.

WE’RE ALL INDIVIDUALS
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.

ENOUGH NEGATIVITY!
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!

GET THE SCOOP
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!