Here is a lengthier example of the style of play that Jarod and Darwin have adopted. They are so very good together, and Jarod has taken it upon himself to make Darwin 'his' puppy. This video is the first example of Jarod, who is normally a very dominant dog, allowing Darwin to take the upper hand. It may be rough housing, but it sure is sweet.
While Cardigans have a tail so the likening of their keisters to a bunny's is a little less convincing, I believe that you can still see the similarity. They also tend to 'bounce' when they run, strengthening this image.
I would also accept the descriptor 'Aladdin pants,' you know, the puffy kind of pants worn by the character in the Disney movie.
Yes. You are right. That is indeed a small pink blurry nose print on the camera. You can see Darwin's butt in the back. It was supposed to be a nice picture of Darwin, but alas. The cat wanted some airtime on the blog, apparently.
There are multiple reasons why I think that Darwin will be a great agility dog. Here are just a few:
1) While he is going through his slightly rebellious teenage phase, he is a good listener, hard working, and likes to please me. This will make training easier.
2) He is fast. I don't know yet how driven he will be with an agility course, but he is very very fast, and adores running, so I think that aspect of agility will suit him well.
3) He will go around an obstacle when bringing the frisbee back, even if he doesn't have to. He also likes to have his zoomies around the legs of the kitchen table, showing a preference for obstacles. This will also suit us well in agility.
4) He is very agile on his feet. So, not only is he quick, he can also change course without a moments notice.
Overall, I am very excited to begin his agility career next summer, and think that he will do very well with it.
And so you don't feel cheated that I didn't have a picture associated with this post, here you go. One of Darwin in full frisbee fetching mode, which is where these agility characteristics are coming out:
Darwin plays with the big dogs by racing around confusing them with his speed and insanity. This is a little preview of what is known as the 'Corgi zoomies' or the 'corgi 500,' which Darwin performs in our living room on a nightly basis.
I like that Jarod gets up in the middle of this, gives us a look that says, "You want me to deal with this strange little white blur?," then decides to go in after Darwin. Also, note Darwin's tail curled in a loop over his rear. I call this position 'monkey tail,' and it is also observed when cats get the zoomies.
(Or how curiosity can get a puppy in trouble... though not is this case.)
So, Darwin is in full-fledged teenagerdom now. As the trainer explained last week, the dogs his age are at a point where they start to realize things are 'there' and thus, must explore them. Usually with their teeth.
So, it's like teething, but because of curiosity rather than a biological drive to chew.
And Darwin has made full-use of these newfound powers of discovery, picking up and chewing on items I never would have thought he should be interested in (like a bottle of leoapard gecko food) and simply must analyze everything new that is brought into the apartment (like the new magazines my husband brought home today).
My mother-in-law was on speaker phone today, and that was a new experience for Darwin. Below is a photo of him being utterly confused by the noises issuing from the small blue box resting against the cat tree.
So, even though he's a bit of a brat right now, he is occasionally completey adorable with his confuzzled face.
I look at Darwin and sometimes I see the first corgi, herding those cattle/sheep in the Welsh highlands. The instinct is still alive in him, and it is an amazing thing to see awaken. He may be far removed from the place of his breed's birth, but that old herding soul is very much a part of who he is.
(Unfortunately, in Darwin's brain, jumping up is his only way of being 'taller.' He does this often and it is a behavior I am trying to break.)
Speaking of behavior, we had our first intermediate obedience class last Friday and our 'command of the week' to work on is 'wait.' So now Darwin is learning to be polite whenever we reach a doorway. Overall, this is going well. The other two members of our class are a whippet named Jazzi and a Golden retriever named Mojo. Darwin is, so far, the champion of the class.
I'm a second year graduate student working towards a PhD in Microbiology/Molecular biology. In May of last year, my longtime dream of owning a Cardigan Welsh Corgi came true when Darwin came into my life. He has been such an excellent addition to my family, a great canine partner, and I believe that he may be my heart dog. He has certainly fulfilled all my expectations about what amazing dogs corgis are. This blog is a photo detailing of his life, and I hope it shares a snapshot of this wonderful little dog that has so brightened my life.