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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

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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!

Corgis in the Snow Slated for Feb 23, 2013

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photo by Tiffany Feisthamel at Cabo Studios. Thanks Tiffany!

We’ve set a date for our Corgis in the Snow event!

Fun-loving corgis and people are invited to join the Gallatin Valley Corgi Club at the first annual Corgis in the Snow play day, Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 3 pm. Corgi owners and spectators need not be club members to come and enjoy this special all-corgi romp with games, treats and the thrilling spectacle of the Gallatin Valley’s first-ever winter corgi races.

Here’s what we know so far:

The event will benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s pet food supply. If anybody knows that dogs get hungry, it’s corgis! (Especially after a hard day of playing in the snow!)

We decided to hold the play day at the dog park at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter (West Paw Park) at 1549 Cameron East Bridge Road, between Bozeman and Belgrade. Their facility will be perfect for easy parking, and they have a safe, fenced area for corgi related snow romping.

Participants and spectators are urged to bring pet food donations to enrich the food bank’s pet food larder during these chilly winter months. All corgis, and people, are welcome!

We’ll be posting updates on our GVCC Facebook page, and on this blog, so tell your corgi to look forward to some fun in February and stay tuned!

PS – if you want to outfit yourself or your corgi with Gallatin Valley Corgi Club clothing or merchandise, you can order from the cafe press site here – or corgi snow patrol merchandise here.

Happy Holidays!

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Winter is upon us and aside from the local skiers, no one loves the snow quite like our Corgis. If it weren’t for those ears, they’d be lost forever in any powder over a foot deep!  I can barely get mine to come inside at night this time of year (well, except for dinner of course) because he is FINALLY not hot and panting.

In honor of our Corgis love of snow, we do plan on organizing a ‘Corgis in the Snow’ play date sometime in late January or early February. Please feel free to email us at gvcorgiclub@gmail.com if you have any fun ideas for this event.

We leave you with a lovely Holiday poem, peace, good tidings and hope for lint rollers in your stockings.

Happy Holidays from the Gallatin Valley Corgi Club!

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The Corgis’ Christmas

by Maggi Payne, Florida

‘Twas Christmas Eve, and the corgis were dressed
in red and green collars – their holiday best.
So intent on guarding the cookies and milk;
their lovely coats shone like finest silk.
The lights on the tree made the room all aglow
and sparkled like crystalline new fallen snow.

The corgis had romped and played all afternoon.
Their eyelids were heavy, and soon – very soon –
they nodded their foxy and beautiful heads,
and then settled down in their soft feather beds.

They awoke with a start at the first light of dawn
and saw that the cookies and milk were all gone.
Instead they found frisbees and plush squeaky toys,
wrapped in pink for the girls and blue for the boys.

They ripped off the wrappings, arooing with glee,
and raced out the door, all excited and free.
Round the yard they went running with each Christmas toy
and played and frapped with unbridled joy.

Was it Santa, or one of the fairies of yore,
who had slid down the chimney, eschewing the door?
The tale continues – the fairy steed mystique
still delights and enchants and continues to speak
of the magic of each corgi girl and boy
who brings us so much unfettered joy.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Checking corgi herding instincts with Nancy Creel

After a little encouragement, Buddy started to take his job to heart.

Nine corgis spent a sunny October afternoon at Saddle Peak Equestrian Center trying out their herding instincts. Trainer Nancy Creel brought four of her own lambs and her Border Collie, Nero, to assist with an introduction to herding, just for low-riders.

The dogs had an opportunity to circle lambs from outside the confines of a pen, and then later, they got to try their paw at herding them. Most of the corgis were herding newbies, but that didn’t prevent them from getting down to business and circling the sheep to keep them in a bunch. It was pretty amazing to see them at work.

It took a little bit of encouragement to assure some of the corgis that they were actually allowed to bark and chase livestock. If needed, Nero was willing to help out by getting the lambs moving, and in more than one case that was all it took for the herding instinct to go “ding!” in the corgi’s head. Away they went!

Only one or two dogs in the bunch didn’t seem to have any interest in lamb domination, preferring to cozy up to their handlers, or enjoy a bounty of ready-made snacks in the form of sheep manure. Their handlers were happy enough just to see how their corgis reacted and let them stick with their day jobs.

The youngest dog of the group was Kipper, barely over a year old. She took to herding like a duck to water. Before long, her handler, Grace, was exclaiming triumphantly, “Kipper penned the lambs!”

But Nancy chimed in, “You get to take some credit too. You and Kipper worked as a team. You can say we penned them.”

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Most of the photos in this post were taken by Steve Hample. Marla Goodman took the photos of Cabo, Bella, and Buddy.

First meeting of the Gallatin Valley Corgi Club

Gallatin Valley Corgi Club First Meeting - photo by Tiffany Feisthamel

Gallatin Valley Corgi Club First Meeting – photo by Tiffany Feisthamel

Notes from our First Meeting on August 22, 2012
We met at Mandy Messman’s place west of Belgrade with their fenced yard and nice lawn.  Steve passed out a membership list and a rough agenda that we followed:

1.  Socialize:  About a dozen corgis seemed to have a good time running around and socializing (once they figured out they were all about equal and all herders rather than herdees).  The humans also had a good time getting to meet each other.

2.  Thanks Mandy for inviting us.

3.  Steve introduced Barbara Van’t Hul who organized the corgi entry in the Sweet Pea Parade from which this group has sprung.

4.  Marla, Mandy and Tiffany were recognized for their work on the handout and graphics for this meeting.

5.  Self introductions by everyone.

6.  Steve read some suggestions from the Yellowstone Corgi Club and invited discussion of how the club should function: Formal with officers and bylaws?  Dues? Meetings? Events?   Consensus was:
– Informal – no officers and bylaws unless needed.   Do keep in mind liability concerns.
– No dues, at least not now.  Pot luck seems to work and if a few dollars are needed, people can chip in.  No need for a checking account.
– Events: Lots of ideas:
Group classes on such things as obedience (for dogs, not owners), agility courses.  Several variations on possible charity functions / community service events such as visiting retirement homes or a Christmas food drive for the food bank (including dog food for families that cannot feed their dogs).
Group outings such as the Snowfill dog park north of town (fenced and free) or maybe a bbq at the group picnic area near the entrance to Hyalite Canyon.  Perhaps have an event at the Animal Shelter and make donations that would cover an otherwise cost.  Perhaps we can use a park with a pond in the 4-Dot subdivision where Mandy lives (Mandy will check on this).
Corgis in the snow.
Corgi rescue – finding homes for corgis that need them
Belgrade Parade on September 22nd (verify).  Peggy will look into this.
– Meetings: Not regular monthly meetings.  Instead maybe two or three per year to plan things.
– Communications:   Mandy will take over the mailing list from Steve.  Marla will transform her new Facebook page into a club page.  (Marla also started a blog page.)

Having discussed all that we adjourned to enjoy pot luck appetizers and continue socializing.

-Steve Hample