“The young girls in the photo are friends of ours from North. Carolina who visited one Fourth of July. Ein won them over.”
After spending the first two years of his life unsupervised in a muddy backyard on a farm, the very handsome Ein went on to bless Mitzi and Barrett’s home for three-and-a-half years.
Although they had to say their final goodbye to him recently, Ein will forever be fixed in their hearts and minds.
“When we got Ein, he was ready to acclimate to life in the city” writes Mitzi. “In spite of a rough start, he was a happy dog. When we got him, he wasn’t potty trained and had never been on a leash.”
Barrett describes Ein as a “California beach boy kind of dog. Laid back, patient, very even temperament. Easy for folks to fall in love with, and I did.”
“Ein stuck close to me when I was home, and stayed by my side while I was getting ready to go to work, or out for a walk, or down to my office. He was my shadow, always at the back door to greet me when I got home. And he’d bark at our other Corgi Lita to get her moving to see me.”
“My favorite time with Ein was at night before bedtime for us. We would lay on the bed and he would put his head in the crook of my arm. We were a close-knit twosome. He was “my dog” — the first dog that I got to spend time with and bond with.”
Mitzi saw watched the remarkable closeness develop between them: “Ein enjoyed bed time by his Papa’s side and usually rolled over onto his back for belly rubs or just to fall asleep. He really trusted Barrett. He and his human Dad really bonded, just two laid back guys.”
“He never growled or got angry with us. On walks, he was always in the lead. Lita had to learn to follow behind, which didn’t really bother her, as she loves to smell. Ein loved to strut and show everyone who was “the dog” in the family.”
One day when Barrett was walking the Corgis, a large white dog on the loose approached, and it wasn’t long before Ein launched himself at the dog. “Luckily I was able to retract the leash before he reached the dog” he recalls. “Ein was very protective of his humans.”
In spite of that valor, Ein was “afraid of the silliest things: the snow shovel outside the back door, the Swiffer, any type of Halloween decoration that was in a neighbor’s yard.”
According to Mitzi, Ein’s favorite speed was in reverse. “He never really learned to play with toys but loved to go backwards through the house. I said that it was his way of always keeping in front of us.”
“Ein loved to wait for us after a shower in the bathroom so he could “help” us dry off. It always tickled to have him lick your feet or your legs. I wondered sometimes if he didn’t like the taste of soap.”
As with most Corgis, squirrels and rabbits were his nemesis.
“He and Lita could spend hours at the front door watching for them.”
Ein liked children. “For the last two years, our middle school church youth group came over to help rake leaves, and he ran and played with them.”
“He easily got his CGC award. He didn’t even need to use the gentle leader to top the class.”
“Most of all Ein was a snuggler. He loved to curl up on the easy chair with his humans or his sister Lita.”
“If you were sitting in the chair and he wanted your attention he would put his nose between your legs to look at you and make you realize that you weren’t paying attention to him. If he wasn’t up on the chair with you he would lay at your feet and put his head on them. We always figured it was so he knew where you were and where you were going.”
“This photo is the four of us, on Ein’s last night at home. You can’t imagine how hard it was to give that little boy back. Even at the end he was a brave and beautiful.”
Isn’t that just like a Corgi?