Enter Dallas and Jim Hayes of Corgi Connection of Kansas. In March of 2012, they changed Big Foot’s destiny. He’d been owned by a senior couple, and when the husband passed and his wife went to a nursing home, Big Foot (yes, that was his name!) was headed for the shelter. At eleven, this senior Corgi weighed 41 pounds and had teeth so rotten thirteen of them were eventually pulled. Thanks to Corgi Connection, Big Foot landed a foster home and a new name: Ceasar.
A year later, Ceasar found his forever home with the Peg M. and her family, including the widely known (among Corgi Nation) and loved Benny Corgipants. What began as a favor to the foster family — ten days of dog sitting while they vacationed — turned into the beginning of a serious Love Connection. Four days in, they knew they’d fallen for Ceasar and had to adopt him. (Could it be that Corgi Connection honcho Jeanette DeMars had a hunch this might happen?)
“We renamed him Biggie.” says Peg. “It was closer to his original name and Benny and Biggie Corgipants sounded like a good brotherly duo. With the help of a CorgiAid grant (go CorgiAid!), Biggie went back for more dental extractions and surgery.”When we first got Biggie, he could hardly shuffle 300 feet. We honestly thought our mission was to make this sweet, senior doggie comfortable in living out the final months of his life. Were we ever wrong! Minus a mouth full of rotting teeth, several pounds, a few months on arthritis medication, regular diet, exercise and plenty of love, Biggie’s true character began to emerge — and it was 100% Corgi!
“Now, a year later and still in his second childhood, he is healthy, weighs 28 pounds and goes for a ¼ mile walk every day. He sometimes still shuffles along to gather sympathy from his humans, only to drag us in pursuit of an errant bike, jogger or motorcycle a few seconds later. At the dog park, Biggie Corgipants spends his time barking at the dogs on the big dog side, from his place on the small dog side. In his mind, he IS a big dog!”
“Even though he only has 11 teeth left, Biggie Corgipants relishes the use of them, chewing up egg cartons, paper towel rolls and anything left on the floor. All trashcans and floor surfaces must be monitored for potential Biggie destruction.”
He likes to bark at Benny when he thinks he should share in his excitement . Coming from a traumatic background, timid Benny HATES Biggie’s loud barks. Even though Benny is aloof with him, Biggie knows just how to comfort Benny when it’s thunderstorming.”
“Biggie Corgipants is like a feisty, ornery grandpa wearing a perpetually goofy grin. Everyday at the “House of Pants” he makes us laugh with his crazy antics. He cuddles and loves with the same fierceness, and we love him back just as fiercely.”