Meet the Family – Wally – Yasashiikuma Olympic Flame

No you aren’t seeing double – Wally is a litter brother to yesterdays dog Torch from the Olympic Litter.   His story is told below by Mike:

We waited two years after Casey, our 16 year old Siberian Husky, crossed the rainbow bridge before thinking about getting another dog. I did detailed research on breeds taking into consideration my age and our living situation (2 fenced acres in the middle of farmland on Virginia’s Eastern Shore). I took online quizzes, read blogs, etc. trying to find the right breed for us.  Much to my dismay, Corgi kept coming up in the “top three”. Now my only interaction and knowledge of Corgis came from whatever I saw with “the Queen”, who of course has Pembrokes. Seemingly too yappy, too wimpy, for my tastes. That was until I met my future Daughter-in-Law, Danielle, who had Cru, a Cardigan. Cru showed me that a Cardigan was exactly what we were looking for.  Exactly.

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So the search began and we eventually narrowed it down to three breeders and three Cardis. Did I mention that Danielle and Cru are Canadian? The “leader in the club house” was Wally, a 13 month old being offered by Shelley Camm … in Canada! Danielle was very familiar with Shelley and her stellar reputation and gave Shelley her highest recommendation. After passing Shelly’s potential owners test and “Skyping” with Wally (I wanted to see how he acted … all yappy and hyper, or, as he turned out to be; most cool, calm and very collected!) we met in Buffalo, NY for the official “hostage exchange”!

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It has been just over two years now and we cannot imagine our home without Wally.  He fit right in from day one and has been everything we could possibly have hoped for (okay, he sheds some … a lot … no one is perfect!). He puts a smile on my face each morning and he cheers me up each day after work no matter how difficult a day I have had.

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So a quick story … shortly after arriving home I took Wally on his first “of lease” walk next door on a road that ran around 100 plus acres of plowed fields. We were walking along nicely with Wally near my side when he spotted “something black and flapping” in the fields about 100 yards away.  Off he went! I was aghast.  Everything has been going so well. All I could imagine was spending the next three hours chasing my new dog around famer’s fields. <sigh> So I composed myself and yelled “Wally!” just as he was arriving at the black and flapping “thing” which I am sure he thought was a bird but turned out to be a plastic bag. Upon reaching the “black and flapping thing” he seemingly “tagged” it and turned right around and, as fast has his little legs would carry him, beat feet right back to my side as if to say “I am back now and that “black and flapping thing” is of no concern and we are safe”. I knew then that we had found our new, perfect family member.

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Thank you Danielle, for opening my eyes to the world of Cardigans, and to you Shelley, for trusting us with Wally. He is the best.

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Meet the Family – Bunny, Scotch & Bear

We have had a few “two for the price of one” posts but today you are benefiting from a 3 for 1 special!!  Introducing Bunny (Yasashiikuma Diggin Up Daisies – DD Litter), Scotch (Yasashiikuma Olympic Torch – Olympic Litter) and Bear (Yasashiikuma Brown Sugar Bear – Concert Litter) as told by Sabrina!

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Bunny is our little miracle puppy, Shelley and her helpers will tell you the story of keeping “little miss small but mighty” alive in the beginning. She was small, but she was here and you were going to hear her! Bunny came home with us the end of July 2011, she was our first corgi and first canine addition to our family.

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The learning experience with Bunny was effortless she came home to us potty trained and never had an accident in her crate.

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She was endlessly energetic and we learned quickly Bunny’s favourite past-times were RUNNING and meeting every person and dog at the park.

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We lost our 2nd cat early after Bunny came home and she very quickly became best pals with our cat Kairi. To this day they enjoy cuddling for a nap and Bunny always takes care to clean Kairi’s ears.

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Bunny is by far a Daddy’s girl and gets right up close to him in bed or on the couch. She’s amazed us with her intelligence, too. She topped her puppy class albeit with some grievances from the trainer since Bunny wanted you to know she was there and ready to perform. As the trainer would try to instruct treat in hand Bunny would bark, she wanted her to know she was there and she could do the task!

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We’ve gone on to do some great off-leash training with Bunny, and when sleigh bells were hung at the door for Christmas a few years ago she quickly figured out ringing the bells meant going outside so she started ringing them herself to ask to go out…Christmases have past but the bells haven’t come down since. 

 

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My Mom was quickly smitten with her little “grand-puppy” Bunny, we had grown up with a German Shepherd/Black Lab cross who had past away a few years ago and my parents hadn’t yet found the right dog to fill that gap. Once they got to know Bunny and the Cardigan breed they found a lot of the traits they loved about owning Amber, but in a smaller package so Scotch politely came home with them in November 2012.

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We’re a close family so Bunny and Scotch have been together a lot, they speak(bark) on the phone to each other when we’re apart and as soon as there is a whiff they might visit each other their excitement builds. 

 

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Scotch is a sweet, gentle and loving soul. He is a family centred dog and happiest when both my parents and brother are home. He carries a Torch (hah!) for my Mother. Scotch is her doting companion, there are times I would call them soulmates.

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As you can see by the pictures he is an alert watch dog either perching on the chair at the front window or lying across the stairs overlooking the front door so he can protect the family.

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He’s a very silly guy with lots of unique howls and growls we call his “Chewbacca nosies”. Scotch also loves to carry a ball in his mouth when playing, he’s not interested in you throwing it, but play time = ball in mouth, even if that means muffled barks because of it. He’s a great addition to their family and a really loving soul. 

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Bear (16 – 32)

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My husband and I had test run having two dogs around thanks to Scotch and knowing it was the last litter for Dolly we decided we wanted dog number two to be Bunny’s half-sibling.

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Dolly gave me the best birthday present ever bringing Bear into the world one day after my birthday on Dec 25, 2014. I remember talking about Bear coming home and we wondered if he’d be more like Scotch or Bunny, we quickly learned corgis DO NOT come in only two flavours. Bear is entirely his own unique personality.  

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Introductions went very well with Bunny and Bear, she didn’t hold back on him and since day one introduced him to tug-of-war and chasing in the backyard which they continue to enjoy daily. Bunny is the boss of the house and did a great job of deflecting and moving away when Bear’s puppy excitement was too much for her. He caught on quickly and is happy to be her number two, but he gets his licks in by biting her tail and having her drag him around. 

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Bear is a big ham, tail always wagging and he loves every person he meets. We call him “Grizzly Bear” since he is a very unique vocalist and he makes growls and moans whenever you give him an energetic pet.

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He really is a big softy though and loves to have his paws held and pet, and his daily morning routine is to leap on my lap before I can even finish sitting down for his morning massage. He’s a big change from owning Bunny, but together our family feels full and rewarding. 

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Bunny and Bear can look forward to November when we are moving to a new home in London (with a lot more space inside for them to run around), and a great patio door that walks out from my office to the backyard.

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I’m looking forward to watching them get their favourite outside playtime in each day. We’re looking forward to doing some additional obedience training with Bear & Bunny once we move, and we hope to get Bunny into fly-ball one day soon. 

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Meet the Family – Stetson – Yasashiikuma Beaver Scout Law

Today’s puppy is Stetson – another puppy from the Scouting Litter – and his story is told by Greg

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Stetson, from the Scouting litter, is our second corgi but our first Shelley Camm Corgi.  He was our first 8 week old puppy and our first puppy with 6-year-old twin boys.  

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We always get comments about his unique name and it suits him, we chose not to change it as it suited him so well.  The boys are now Cubs and Greg has gone on to become a Cub leader so the name really fits.

 

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Stetson is sweetheart.  He loves people and struts his stuff to attract admiration.  He is great with other dogs though a little reserved.  He is not so sure about cats; he knows the word cat, he will act like he wants to chase a cat but he speaks dog and regularly offends the neighbour cat (he looks very sad when she hisses at him).

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He enjoys walks on the trails around town, snoozing on the couch, spying on the neighbours and running with his boys.  

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He is sensitive (doesn’t like yelling), cuddly (sits on Greg in the big chair) and talkative (Warrroooo, Awwawa, hmmm).  He enjoys a good game of fetch, running in the sand and playing chase with his boys.  

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We are glad to have Stetson in our family with all his furry love.

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Meet the Family – Frodo – Yasashiikuma Enduro

Today’s puppy is another of the Biker Gang – Frodo – Yasashiikuma Enduro – as his story comes from his mother Carolin

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Frodo has been with us for over four years now.  He’s the first dog we’ve had in our family although Ed and I grew up with dogs.  I was nervous about whether I’d be able to properly train a dog.  Frodo has fit right in.  The first few weeks were pretty chaotic and we look back and chuckle.  We avoided salmon for months after he barked endlessly at the countertop where we opened a can around him for the first time.  Luckily that obsession ended quickly. 

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Frodo loves his twice daily walks in the neighborhood.  He’s quite popular and often gets shouts out from neighbors passing in cars.  He visits his girlfriend Annie the cairn terrier almost every day. 

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Frodo is such a joy in our lives.  He’s full of energy and loves to play but easily settles with us when we’re relaxing at night.  He loves routine and reminds us if we are late for meals or to bed by staring intensely.  In the mornings he wakes us with a flapping of his ears.  He never whines but will vocalize if he really wants to tell us something.  I’m amazed at how well he’s able to communicate with us without resorting to barking or jumping.

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