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Wannagoforaride?!

Sitting in Grandpaw’s truck (getting hair everywhere).

Since moving back to the Evergreen State, we have made many trips back home to see my parents and now that my mom’s back is healing from her surgery, they have made a few trips to our new house.  Of course Dayzee (black lab) gets to make the trip too!  Gwen loves playing with her Auntie Dayzee and when those two play you might want to step back and plug your ears…the growling and Gwen’s yipping and the bodies being flung around, knocking into things (i.e. people knees and furniture) really starts to wear on you after awhile.  Thankfully they get tired and have a break or Dayzee will snarl at Gwen saying that she has had enough for now.

Both dogs absolutely love car rides!  Often times Dayzee will just sit in the backseat of my dad’s truck in the afternoon when he is working in the garage or even on their remodeling project inside.  He leaves the door open so she can go in and out but she’ll just sit on the seat and keep an eye on things that happen around her.  (She’s a lazy bum.)

Dayzee sticking her head out the window before I opened the door for her.

Lately, I have been taking Gwen with me in the car when we go to the barn or go run errands and of course when we make the trip home for a couple days.  Gwen is a very good little traveler!  She will curl up on the seat or the floor so she can stretch out.  She even puts her head up on the center hump thing in the floor of my truck.  When she does this she stares at me with her beady little (big) eyes and it gets a little creepy until she finally falls asleep.  But recently she has taken to trying to climb over the floor hump to crawl under my feet which is a big, big no-no!  So far she has tried about 5 times.  One day she tried 3 times before I got to the barn!  Guess who has lost front seat riding privileges and now has to ride in the backseat again.

When Andrew was at sea and a little before he left last time, we let some of Gwen’s “rules” slide a little.  She got to sleep on the bed, stay out of her crate during the day when I’d leave the house for a little while, and got to sleep in the bedroom (on her own purple bed).  We have since seen the error in our ways and have gone back to enforcing our Corgi’s house rules…she may not appreciate it but the structure is doing her well, I think.  We’ve also gone back to bribery reenforcing commands with treats.  She is getting back to where we were before the move and everything.

The next time Andrew goes to sea Gwen will probably end up sleeping in the bedroom again with me, though this time I will probably put her crate in there instead of the kitchen…we shall see I guess.  I just don’t like being woken up at 4:30 in the morning by little claws going click click click click click click as she paces back and forth by the door until I get up to let her outside.  I know she can hold it for another couple hours until I wake up…

Dog Vocab:

Does your dog have a “vocabulary?”  Gwen does.  Last night, we just realized that she understands the word “bully” and what it means…  We were watching cartoons and I laughed at something they had on there (running with the bulls and then right after it was running with the bullies) so I repeated it to Andrew and Gwen, who had been laying down ignoring everything, perked her giant ears up and had the look on her face of ohpleasepleaseplease!!  So I said bully again and she jumped up!  I added her favorite phrase “doyouwanna” and that got her going!  Not to worry, she got to pick a bully out of the treat box for all of our teasing.

If you say “Doyouwanna” you will get her attention and if you use any of her key words then she will let you know what she wants.  Different words invoke different responses too.  For example, doyouwannagoforRIDE or just goforaRIDE she will run and hop around between the front door and the garage door until you pick up a leash and head for the door.  Say wannagoOUTSIDE and she will go to the door and ring the potty bell and let out one or two barks if she really wants to go outside.

Of course Gwen knows her commands and some other words like cookie, treat, dinner, and bed.  All the important ones of course! 😉  On the other hand, she is missing a few important words which we hope she will one day figure out, like “ball.”  Dayzee knows what you want when you tell her to getcherball!  She is supposed to go get one of her toys to be thrown.  She also knows “cookie ball” which is a Kong stuffed with cookies and PB.  How does my food-loving Corgi not know these words?!?!

 

Today’s cute Corgi video:

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Conked out Corgi!

Gwen and I were fortunate enough to be able to go visit my parents for the long weekend.  I slept on an air mattress and Gwen slept wherever she felt like it — mainly in or under my parents’ bed.  She also likes getting into the house plants…meaning pulling leaves off, dragging dirt out, and in one instance getting on top of the coffee table and dragged the moss and dirt out of the pot…  She is such a little pest!

Dayzee & Gwen in their patriotic “scarves”

Gwen played with her Auntie Dayzee all weekend and also went for walks on the beach every morning, needless to say she was one tired Corgi when we headed home earlier today!  While we were riding on the ferry I snapped a couple pictures of my conked out corgi.  🙂

Someone was so tired that they curled up into a ball…I didn’t know that Corgis could scrunch up that small!  After a little while she ended up sprawled out on the floor where she rode the whole way home.  She really makes a good travel buddy. 🙂

 

The Corgpedo!

I said in a brief post the other day that Gwen was going to get “Swimming Lessons.”  Here is the story of that; but first let me back up and tell you how we ended up getting signed up for that in the first place!  Because, to tell you the truth, it was kind of a spur of the moment sort of thing!

Facebook is a glorious thing (sometimes) which allows you to find out about events and things in the area and also lets you stalk  check up on follow what your friends, family, co-workers are doing.  It also allows you to follow different groups or interests in the area.  Along with all the horse stuff that I “follow” are quite a few Corgi and dog pages.  One of the local dogs pages had a flyer for a “Howliday Party and Open House.”  I saw this and knew that we just had to go!  So on Sunday, we plugged the address into our GPS, got Gwen into the car, and headed off to this Howliday Party & Open house.

The place is called Wag-N-Splash and it is an indoor pool for dogs.  It is used for fun, exercise and therapy.  The organization that their event was raising money for is Daisy’s Place Retriever Rescue.  Its mission is to find safe and loving homes for older Retrievers and mixes.  I have a soft spot for Labs, especially Black Labs named Dayzee/Daisy (or any variant of the name).  I knew that I wanted to go to the event and would be perfectly fine donating some money and buying some raffle tickets!

Oh and by the way, I won one of the raffles!!!  I won a penguin toy and an antler!  I haven’t got them yet, will pick up on our next visit. 🙂

We went, I bought some raffle tickets, we got Gwen’s picture taken (I will share that once I scan in the picture — it is adorable!), we bought a fleecy toy, and we talked to the lady about what they do there and ended up signing Gwen up for a “swimming lesson!”  I don’t know what else to call it a “session” maybe?  I like saying swimming lesson best. 🙂

Gwen was signed up for 8 am the next day (Monday).  We rolled out of bed, took puppy out to go potty and then grabbed some cereal bars and loaded up in the truck.  Gwen wasn’t allowed to eat before she went swimming since it was going to be at the time that she normally eats.  Reminded me of the waiting 1 hour to swim after you eat rule.  I think the next part can be told with pictures and video!  Yes, I took some videos and I apologize in advance for the ridiculousness at the ends…I couldn’t figure out how to make it quit recording.

Heading to Gwen’s first swimming lesson! She would make a very intense driver. Can you imagine Corgis driving?? They’d probably ram into the other cars to make them go where they wanted and would certainly use the horn.

All dogs are fitted with life jackets until they are comfortable in the water and can swim without them. Safety first!

The life jacket gave Gwen some buoyancy issues so they switched her out to this floaty collar thing, similar to the floaties that go on your arms but made for dogs. Gwen did MUCH better with this thing! The vest made her kind of list to the side since she doesn’t have legs to counter balance her or a tail to be a rudder.

Such a sleepy puppy once she was all done! She curled up on the floor behind my seat in the car and went to sleep. Then proceeded to sleep aaaaaaall day!

This is the toy we bought to help support the Daisy’s Place. This thing is bigger than Gwen (almost)!

Gwen was all sorts of tuckered out when we got home.  We had so much fun watching Gwen play in the water!  She is signed up to go again this weekend!  I am not sure how much she actually enjoys it but it is good exercise for her and would definitely benefit her health in the long run if we are able to find something similar elsewhere (being military, you know).

The first session is introductory to see if the dog likes the water and to help them to gain confidence in the water.  After the first session the owners are allowed to go into the pool with the dog.  I think the “instructor” is still in the pool for safety reasons and such.  Andrew has plans to get in the pool with Gwen next time, he is looking forward to it immensely!  Next time we are going to take a couple of Gwen’s toys (that are waterproof of course!) to see if she will try to play with them.  They have toys there but she wasn’t interested in them in the water so much as she was when she was on the pool deck.

The pool place is run by a couple of sisters and the swims are by appointment only.  The water is a salt water system so the dogs are not forced into contact with the chlorine which is not very good for them.  I wish that there was something similar to this close to my parents because I think Dayzee would LOVE it!  Dayzee likes to play in the swampy water that is right off the beach at home and I think sometimes she goes into the ocean but I don’t think she likes the surf that much.  I remember going down to the beach for the first time with Dayzee and my Dad.  We took her down to the lagoon part that is right before you get to the Navy section.  Dayzee loved it!  My dad told me that if Dayzee started to drown that I would have to jump into the lagoon and save her…Thank God she can swim!

Happy Corgi!

Gwen is a quick little swimmer!  We didn’t know how she would be since she’s so long and has stubby legs but she sure was quick!  Quick on land and quick in the water!!!  There is another Corgi that swims there too.  She was supposed to come in right after Gwen but we were only there for a short swim so we didn’t get to see the next dog.  The ladies said that their dachshund swims and can’t use the life jacket either since he is built similar to Gwen and he uses the neck ring thing too.  “The Corgpedo” comes form how fast she is…like a torpedo!  Here are a couple little video to finish off this insanely long post!  You don’t have to watch the videos, but I thought I’d share them either way. 🙂

And this last video shows her swimming with the floaty collar:

The End.

Winners!

[NOTE:] This is another post that has taken me ages to write.  Started during my lazy block and finishing it now. 🙂

Gwen must be my lucky charm!  Since we’ve had her, we have won 2 doggie related things!  One was a free visit to one of the local doggie day cares in the area.  The other was our most recent, the TropiClean Fresh Breath giveaway that the Lowcountry Dog Magazine was doing.  Remember, Gwen got her picture in the magazine just recently, too.  So we got all these goodies, but I have one problem:  Gwen doesn’t have stinky breath!

Either way, we won first prize which was pretty much a sampling of all their products.  We got The Fresh Mint Foam, Water Additive, Clean Teeth Gel, Liquid Floss, and a Tri Floss Ball!  Lots of things!

http://www.tropiclean.net/categories/fresh-breath.php

Anyways, I plan on using the flossy spray.  It says if you spray it on their rope toys then it helps them to floss and have good breath.  Worth a try at least.  That and the Tri Floss Ball.  If she doesn’t like it then maybe I’ll just have to give the stuff to my parents for Dayzee who DOES have stinky breath!

Also, Gwen has figured out how to tear open her stuffed animals to get at the stuffing.  She opened up her bat and alligator today.  Sad day. 😦

Labradorables!

The black lab is Dayzee Mae and the yellow lab is Bella.  Bella belongs to my cousins.  When this picture was taken, Dayzee was over at my cousins’ place for a play day.  What lovely labs!

Couch Potato

Gwen is the epitome of couch potato.  She may be a busy and active little Corgi puppy but she is also a big couch potato.

For example, I leave her in the living room while I go to take a shower, I come out to check on her when I’m done and where is she?  On the couch.  Most of the time she is still on the shelf under the coffee table (her usual perch) but as of late it has been curled up between the cushions or a pillow on the couch.  As I write this, guess where she is.  Did you guess the poofiest cushion of our couch, sprawled out on her belly in true Corgi fashion?  Then you guessed correctly!  She is diagonal on the cushion too, I might add.

We’ve been experimenting with Gwen-freedom every now and then to try to see how well she will behave when we leave her.  I feel bad sticking her in her crate all the time when we leave.  If I go to get the mail and don’t take her with me, then I leave her in the living room.  She hates me leaving without her but sits and waits.  I left the other day to run down to the corner store to get some toilet paper and left her out of her crate in the living room.  I was gone for a total of about 20 minutes.  I came back and guess where she was.  Yup, on the couch!

Now I don’t leave her out and about inside alone when I go to the grocery store or something like that because I do not yet trust her enough.  She is still in the puppy-chewy phase.  That right there should be explanation enough!

 

Andrew wants her to only be allowed on the couch when there is a designated Gwen blanket on it.  I tried that but she would get on the couch and root around like a pig until she was laying on the couch and not at all on the blanket.  Also, it was a big surprise when she finally figured out how to get on the couch.  I was laying on the couch reading and the next thing I knew there was a corgi sitting on my stomach!

 

Caught in the Act!

This is Dayzee when she got caught in the act laying on the sofa in my parents’ house…her bed is on the floor right next to the couch as you can see.  Dayzee apparently did not know that there were humans in the house.  (She is not allowed on the couch.)

 

Puppy Class Update:

Gwen graduated her puppy class last night!  She got a stuffed alligator as her big reward. 🙂  …have yet to upload pictures to my computer.