Sunday, December 13, 2009


Well, the snow has finally arrived in all its white, fluffy glory (and in time for Christmas too!). It started yesterday afternoon and has continued unrelentingly until sometime this afternoon, covering the ground in about a half-foot of powder. It looks like it has finally decided to stay! (Though, unfortunately, it is not quite sticky enough for snowballs).

Darwin, naturally, was ecstatic. He had his first introduction to the concept of snow a month back, but there wasn't enough for him to truly get the 'powder experience.' Today changed all of that. I could describe how he took to this metamorphosis of his world, but I think it's better to show you. He had a multitude of varied, and highly entertaining, reactions...

So, I present to you, 'Cardi in Snow,' or 'Is that a white blur I see before me?"

"Mom, what am I supposed to do with this? I like that it's cold and that it's wet. It tastes rather good. But, it's up to my chest, Mom..."

"Oh, now I see, I'm supposed to run through it!"

**Note: He kind of has to bounce through snow. This is highly adorable and entertaining.

"Okay, that was fun. Is there anything else we can do with this stuff?"

Darwin ventures forth into the great white unknown.

Investigating (I love his curious face).

"Maybe I'll just take a break for a moment."

Old man snow beard.

Fire Hydrant In Winter.

Having a good shake to get the snow off his whiskers.

Leash blooper.

Eating his first snow ball.

The adventure continues (I love this photo).

We both returned back to the apartment soaking wet. But it was well worth it.

Unfortunately, Darwin has not yet discovered the joy of rolling in the snow. But I'm sure that will come in time.

-Mel, Corgi-keeper

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

So I apologize for the absence of Darwin on the blog over the last month and a half, but that will be changing soon. This semester of graduate school was something else, and as I near the end of the semester, the challenges keep building (but it is all over next Friday, thankfully, and essentially finished with classes altogether so will have more time in my evenings to post long-term). There have also been a smattering of holidays and other events that have kept me from sharing the highlights of my little corgi's life.

Rest assured, he has been having adventures, getting in copious amounts of frisbee chasing and cat bothering, and, most recently, helping to decorate our apartment for his first Christmas. He was quite the little helper and even managed to fall asleep on a pile of tinsel in the process. As soon as I can fenegle these photos off my husband's phone, they will be posted here.

I'm rather excited for the winter break, for while I will be busy working in my lab, I am planning on intensifying Darwin's trick training. I have recently started working on teaching him the concept of the target stick, which is a first for me as well, so we are learning this together.

I would also like to refine his formal obedience (heeling, etc.) as we have been rather lax in this of late :P.

He's nearly 10.5 months old now and is such an integral part of our family it's difficult to comprehend the fact that there was once life without him. We have now had him for almost seven months, and I am looking forward to what the next year will bring.

In conclusion, I leave you with a photo of Darwin from this summer to represent the fact that the blog has merely been 'sleeping' the last month and a half, though Darwin rarely does during the day, as he is a busy little guy:

-Mel, Corgi-keeper

**Photo by Diane Hargreaves