Cardigans and kids

When people ask me how Cardigans are with children, I always say that they are good with children as long as the children are good with dogs.   By that I mean I don’t expect any dog to put up with hair pulling or fingers in the eyes, but Cardigans are smart enough to remove themselves from the situation and go to a safe place.  Then it is up to the parents to teach the children to respect the dogs wishes.

But sometimes I place dogs in famiilies where children aren’t there where they first go home, but have arrived later.   What happens then?   Well I’d like to share  some photos of  Cardigans who are totally besotted with their new protegees.

badger-and-hugo-feb-2016I’ve been watching these two grow up together for almost two years now, and the close relationship between Badger and his little brother in every photo from infancy through toddler has given me damp eyes to see.  I love the frequent updates of their kinship.

15033963_10157676690445335_1724957623_oDuke has a new little sister to whom he is slavishly devoted.  He is never far from her according to mom, even sleeping under her high chair.

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And Pepper also has a new baby in the family, and this is where she can be found whenever the baby is accessible.  

So we know that young dogs can definitely adapt to having a new arrival in the house.   But what about an older dog?   One that is used to having its own space and own toys and mom’s complete attention for 7 years.

julies-babyJulie is Dolly’s sister, and her mom reports that Julie has taken on a whole new youthful attitude now that she has a baby brother to look after.   Here she was even bringing him one of her toys to play with.

Aren’t Cardigans just the most wonderful dogs in the world?

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 – Badger – Yasashiikuma Merit Badge

Yesterday I sent out an email to all of my puppy owners.  If you didn’t get it, it is most likely your email has changed from what I have on record, and please send me a note with your new email!

For the next while, I thought it would be nice to do a “Meet the Family” feature and allow my puppy owners to take over the blog with their stories about their dogs.  You all see pictures of the show puppies, but they are far outnumbered by those who are just important members of the family.  Please send some pictures, and tell us all about how your puppy (or senior citizen!!)  If you have more than one, feel free to send them together or separately – whichever you wish!

First up is one of the Scouting Litter – “Badger” owned by Erin

Badger is 3 years old and has been with us since he was 9 weeks old. He is a very special member of our family.

 

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 His biggest motivator is meeting and playing with other dogs. He loves walks and playing chase around the house. As a special treat, he loves to go along on horseback rides and swimming.

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He is very playful but gentle and patient, and takes his role of family guardian seriously. He now has a little human brother, Hugo, who is his best friend and partner in crime.

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Thank you Erin!   I look forward to hearing from more of you!   Tomorrow – one of the Spy Litter!

 

 

Hypothesis, theory or fact?

I’ve gotten a few pictures lately and they bring to mind something that I’ve believed, but never had proof of.

First is Naomi, playing nursemaid to her Daddy Tom, who has just undergone some surgery.

 

The next picture was of Lady, o rather Lady Bug  :), having a nap with her Daddy, Bob.

 

Last weekend, I went down to see Debbie in Michigan, and apparently Libby has decided she is Mike’s dog.  But she does ask Debbie’s permission before abandoning her to go with him the minute he walks in the door.

 

So what I have always believed, is that with exceptions like Chip who is a “mans dog”, it seems that the girls seem to be drawn to the men in the house, and the boys to the women.    I live with both, and have to admit that Dolly is my closest buddy, so it could be that my household is just the exception.    But then of course there IS only me in the house, so they don’t have a choice between people.

So I am really curious – are your Cardigans attracted to the opposite sex, do they gravitate to the people of the same sex in the house, or do they really not seem to care?