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PNW Corgi Picnic 2014: The Waterlogged Corgi

Last year we missed the corgi picnic but we made it this year! There were over 150+ people who RSVP’d and brought their corgis.  Can you even imagine what it is like to have 150+ corgis in one spot at one time?!  Corgi chaos and it is amazing!  Think of all the little low rider, herding critters bark-a-larking (that’s what we call it in our house) around a huge fenced area while their humans mull about trying to capture photos and converse over the loud barking of their little beloved Corgis.  That is what it was like in a nutshell. 🙂

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The picnic is held every year at a private home in Woodinville, WA.  It is a get-together for Corgis and their corgi-fanatic uprights (humans) as well as a fundraiser for CorgiAid, Inc., a financial organization that raises money to help out corgis in need.  Over $2000 was raised in donations alone! This year was the first year of the event being catered by the Dogfather Catering out of Woodinville.  What a perfect name!

This beauty is Dagmar and belongs to the hosts. I suppose this would be one of the hosting corgis! ;)

This beauty is Dagmar and belongs to the hosts. I suppose this would be one of the hosting corgis! 😉

This was Fitz’s first official corgi outing and he had a blast!  Gwen mingled and made friends but Fitz, he gathered a following!  Fitzy is OBSESSED with water.  I can’t water the flowers, let alone turn on a hose, with him around.  He goes nuts and barks and bites at the water.  When the pool is full he goes in and won’t jump out til you make him.  It was no different at the picnic since there were two little kiddie pools set up for corgi enjoyment.

Gwen in the pool before "little brudder" took over...

Gwen in the pool before “little brudder” took over…

 

Photo by Elizabeth Roth. Fitz in the pool.  I love this shot!

Photo by Elizabeth Roth. Fitz in the pool. I love this shot!

Fitzy and his water buddy

Fitzy and his water buddy

The "ferocious" water corgi-beast!

The “ferocious” water corgi-beast!

Every bit the gentleman!

Every bit the gentleman!

 

Fitz likes to try to steal the show.  While he was being a goof in the pool Gwen was schmoozing the humans with her Pink Lady friends.  I tried to pick a fabric that was bright and pretty so I could find her in the pack and it turned out some others had similar ideas!  I thought the fluffy to Gwen’s right was one of the prettiest there.  Look at that fluff!

The Pink Ladies

The Pink Ladies

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Fluffy corgi pants!

Fluffy corgi pants!

And lest we forget the Corgi Jail!  Yes, there were a couple of pens set up in case any corgis were naughty or needed a time out.  At one point there were over 10 corgs in jail!  A few were youngsters that were in there just taking a nap, but it did offer them a nice little refuge from all the mayhem.  Though there were some who refused to stay in the pokey…I witnessed a Cardi hop out of jail!

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Gwen and Fitz made a bunch of friends!  We even met some of the local celebreties, Sherlock for example!

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We also met Devyn but did not realize it was her until afterwards!  Devyn, if you recall, is the Corgi that I think looks like Gwen’s twin!

Gwen, Bella, and Cappy

Gwen, Bella, and Cappy

Fitz

Fitz

The event was so big that it even received coverage from the local news station!  Here is the link to that! Try to find Gwen and Fitz, they’re there! 🙂

I also recommend checking out the write up on Devyn the Corgi’s blog page about the Picnic!  She did an awesome write up with some awesome pictures.  Of course there is an absolutely adorable one of Fitzy in there that you should check out. 🙂  Here is the link to that one.

And last but not least is the “Official” page detailing the picnic and how you can get on the email list to be reminded of next year’s picnic if you are looking to attend!  Here is the link for the 2014 Picnic aftermath (photos, etc.).  I am also including the link to the Corgwyn website as I believe you should check out that for the full low-down (pun indended!) on the picnics, past and future. 🙂

If you are in the Seattle area or Western Washington and are looking for a great way to meet up with other corgi owners or looking for other fun events like this one, you may want to checkout and join the Corgis-R-Us meet up group on meetup.com.  There may even be meet up groups in your area, who knows!

Cappy

Cappy

Best of all, we made new friends!  We are looking forward to next year and are so very grateful to Leo and Kathy and their Corgis to opening up their home for such a great event!

 

All photos are property of Elizabeth Roth.  You may share these but please give credit to the photographer.
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AKC Canine Good Citizen CERTIFIED!!!

One might think that since I have had a husband-free summer that I would have been blogging more so he could read all the fun things that Gwen, Owen, and I did while he was away but of course that would just make too much sense.

Back at the end of August there was a Corgi meet up in Renton, WA (about an hour and a half from where we live) that Gwen and I went to.  The plan had been that Andrew would be able to go with us but this last deployment having received so many unexpected changes he was unable to go, let alone come home!  Gwen and I packed up the car and headed to the Corgi event!

We had so much fun there!  They had some raffles (two of which we won!), I bought a bunch of corgi paraphernalia (obviously!), we ate hot dogs and cookies, there were games to play, a costume contest (I wasn’t paying attention so I missed entering Gwen), an agility course demonstration, a rally demonstration, and a tent where you could to the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test!  We watched the demonstrations, got to run through the agility course (she went thru the tunnel!!), played some games (hot dog toss was Gwen’s favorite), talked to other Corgi owners, and best of all:  Gwen took her CGC test and PASSED!!!! 😀

This is definitely old news since it is now October and we have since received Gwen’s certificate — she is now titled! — and the little dog tag that I ordered after sending in the paperwork, but since I had yet to post it to the blog, here it is! 🙂

Before I go any farther, here are some links explaining what the Canine Good Citizen test is and also what it means to be a Canine Good Citizen.

There is also a program for dogs under 1 year old called the STARR Puppy Program.  Check out the link for more info on that.

Enough educational info!  Time for pictures! 😉

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Gwen’s certificate and the CGC ID Tag.

We won that awesome Corgi cookie jar! Also the three items on the left. I bought the magnets and corgi print.

Some people and corgis. There were so many and they were everywhere!!!

Puppy!

Sitting pretty!

A couple of Cardis.

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Cuties in costume!

Concentration. The hot dog toss game is intense! These two were the finalists!

Bang! Corgi dead. Corgi had too much fun!

 

One more thing that I almost forgot!  Cascade Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club was responsible for putting on this fun and educational event for Corgis and Corgi owners/lovers in the area.  Cardigans, Pembrokes, and corgi-mixes were all welcome to come and participate.  The Corgi meet up page where I find different events to go to said there were over 100 people and their dogs that RSVP’d to the event! 

 

Welcome, Abbey!

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Another Corgi has been added to the family!  You may remember that back at Thanksgiving we went to visit my cousins and their Corgi.  Well, they just added another 4-legged friend to their family!  Her name is Abbey!  We just want to bid her welcome to the family!  We hope we get to meet her before we inevitably head back West.

Congratulations J&A&J!  

We are excited for y’all!

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

We all had a great time this Thanksgiving weekend!  Andrew had a 4 day weekend and we were able to spend it with family.  We left early on Thursday morning since it was over a 5 hour drive to get to Atlanta.  We (mostly Andrew) wrestled Gwen’s crate into the backseat of the Challenger, put our bags and cooler containing pies in the back of the car, loaded up the dog and off we went!  We showed up about an hour earlier than we were told to be there since Andrew had counted on there being traffic, but surprisingly there was none!  I think everyone was home cooking turkeys already.

Gwen got car sick in her crate about an hour and a half into the car ride.  She would not do good on roller coasters since it was through an exit/on ramp curve that was much too sharp and taken a wee bit fast for her taste.  So we had to pull over at a gas station to clean it up.  It made me sick.

We got to my cousins’ house and they brought out their Corgi so that the dogs could meet.  They hit it off right away!  Rio is a 9 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a retired show dog.  They romped and played and then we took them into the house and Gwen got to investigate the backyard and deck!  Neither of those things has she seen before.  After awhile we took Gwen on a walk around the neighborhood.  The houses there are so pretty!  It makes me hate living in apartment-land so much!

Gwen got relegated to the backyard during dinner since I did not want her to beg or learn the art of begging.  Normally she is good when we eat and will not bother us but I did not know how well she would be with so many people eating (eleven!).  We had not brought her crate inside yet at that point.  We had so much good food over the weekend that coming back home makes eating miserable.

Rio and Gwen had so much fun!  They played and played until Rio got put in his crate so he would not be too stiff and sore.  Gwen has a limp (had it before we left — more on that to follow later) so them being separated was a good thing every once in awhile.  It gave her a chance to cool off too.  I kept trying to get pictures of them together and it took me FOREVER to get a good one!  They were both tired by the time I got a good picture.

Tired pooches!

We slept in the basement and every time we’d go downstairs they would stand at the top of the stairs and stare. Gwen would also bark. I think she liked hearing her shrill barks echo..

Gwen got to go on so many nice long walks since my cousins live in a very nice, quiet neighborhood and they were also not very far from a park where we went hiking.  It was Gwen’s first hiking trip and she did well.  She only made us stop to rest once.  She just kept trucking along doing her little corgi trot!  There were a bunch of big rocks that she navigated really well.  We met a couple dogs on the trail and only one was not very nice.  The owner and Andrew let the dogs sniff and some snarling and yelping ensued.  I’m not sure which party was to blame.  Some guy said “your little dog will be eaten by a bear” and Andrew told me later that he almost punched the guy.  I didn’t hear the guy right because I thought he just said “watch out for bears” which is what one of our friends always says (not sure why) so I wasn’t offended at the time.  Little corgis can go hiking too!!!

We had so much fun at my cousins’ house this weekend!  We stayed a little extra than we had originally planned.  I learned that I should ALWAYS pack an extra pair of jeans even if I intend/don’t care about wearing jeans for more than one day.  I always pack extras of the essentials but I only packed 1 pair of jeans and 1 sweatshirt and was ready for a change of clothes by the time we got home Sunday.  I am glad that they invited us to Thanksgiving!  It was such a good thing to be able to get out of town and be with family for the holiday!  Andrew was glad to be away from work people and all the stupid people that live around us and I was so glad to be with people!  I live the life of a hermit most days…

While we were there we went to the Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  It was very cool to walk around and see all the lights!  I got some pictures with my phone of some of the things.  I’ve got a pretty good phone-camera compared to my old one!!!

I am quite proud of how well Gwen behaved!!  She told us when she wanted to go out, she did not bite anyone, she was not obnoxious with her barking, and she did not destroy anything!!!  She would bark when her humans would leave her at the top of the stairs and if someone would come around the corner from upstairs while she was unawares.   Most of the time she just did her soft “hurf” sound.  She would go outside and bark at the dog next door but then again that dog would bark at her so you can’t fault her too much for that, right?  Gwen also did not get on the furniture which was a major sigh of relief!  There is hope yet for teaching her not to jump onto the couch!! (it will be our next couch most likely since this one is too low to really enforce keeping her off it.)

By the end of the weekend Gwen was pretty well tuckered out.  When Rio would go outside to the yard, she would stay inside and lay sprawled out on the floor.  She even claimed the rug in front of the door as her own little bed. 🙂

Gwyndolyn was very good on the car ride home.  She “slept” most of the way but really I don’t think she slept at all.  She just laid there.  I stepped in dog poop at one of the rest stops because people today apparently are not capable of cleaning up after their dogs! I was so mad.  Luckily we were only about an hour or so away from home by that point.  We got stuck in a little traffic at one point which Gwen did NOT like since the car is a manual (and a muscle car) it would growl when we would move.  Puppy thought it was growling at her…she would whimper every time we would move.  I felt so sorry for her!

Gwen learned how to play frisbee by watching Rio!  He would get excited and hop around and wag his tail (Cardigan) and catch the frisbee.  Something that Gwen has never been interested in unless they were floppy.  Yesterday we received a package with some Christmas ornaments and stuff in it from my parents and there was a frisbee too.  Gwen loves playing with her new toy.  She also likes gnawing on the side of it.

Oh and one last thing!  Gwen finally figured out how to navigate stairs!  Out of necessity of course.  I couldn’t get her to go up the stairs next to our apartment but at the cousins’ house there were stairs everywhere for her to climb.  She ate it coming down the carpeted stairs once but that didn’t seem to bother her.  She refused the basement stairs since they were slippery and steep.  The deck stairs were nice since they were wooden and wider and also had a landing in the middle do halt the corgi slinky-momentum temporarily.

All in all, we had a terrific Thanksgiving weekend!!!

Extra bonus points for figuring out why this post is titled the way it is!! 😉