The Daily Corgi has become much bigger than I ever dreamed (did I actually underestimate Corgi Power)?
For me, that success — and the general proliferation of Corgis all over the Internet — raises the question of whether I do a good enough job here in educating people about the breed.
It’s a legitimate question.
Naturally, the blog shines a positive light on every Corgi. Part of that is personal: I am drunk with love for them. They are smart, full of life and adorable … but unless you clearly know what you’re getting into, a Welsh Corgi might not be the right dog for you.
(Yes, I just wrote that).
The decision to bring a dog into your home is a serious one, representing as it does years of commitment to the care, feeding and well-being of a creature born to live “in a pack.” Like us, dogs are born with a need to surrounded by others, in addition to regular doses of affection, play and meaningful connection.
Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis are born bright and bossier than many other breeds, because they’ve been bred for centuries to maneuver around animals ten times their size. They’ve got opinions, and you WILL hear about them.
If you already have a Corgi (or have had a Corgi), here’s WHY I want to hear from YOU:
#1 Too many Corgis end up in miserable situations, in rescue (or worse), bounced out of homes unprepared to handle the dog’s needs and temperament. Lots of well-meaning people who didn’t do their homework or bought on a whim have found themselves unable to deal with a Corgi.
#2 Corgis are the dog of the moment on the internet. Earlier this year, CuteOverload (with millions of followers) dubbed them the cutest of all animals. With Corgis — as with most any dog — the cute is not the whole story, as dazzling as said cute may be.
(Oh boy is it ever).
#3 Because they’ve become so popular, more Corgis — particularly Pembrokes — run the risk of living mill dog lives. When lots of people decide they want the same thing, the laws of supply and demand kick in. Ever notice how the Mac store at the mall is perpetually buzzing? Corgis are at risk of becoming the iPhone of dogs. (The iPhone 5, even!)
#4 Because of this, folks who otherwise might adopt a perfectly wonderful blend (mixed breed) — or even another purebred — from a shelter wait instead for a Corgi puppy. They might even pass up a rescued adult Corgi because they’re holding out for a puppy.
Hey, I want that too. I want a whole houseful of Corgi puppies. Going to a legitimate breeder is a perfectly acceptable option, but if you’ve honestly done your homework and know that a Corgi puppy isn’t right for you at this time, there are many options. One of them is to keep coming back here …
… ’cause I got ‘yer puppies! No waiting and no clean-up required.
#5 YOU KNOW CORGIS! I live with a senior cat who won’t let me have a Corgi, so I do The Daily Corgi as a way of keeping a steady supply of low rider love in my life. So YOU know Corgis in a way I don’t yet. (Am I jealous? Only a little).
Please tell me about the challenges of living with a Corgi, the kinds of things people really ought to know before they decide to acquire one.
You can leave a comment here, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment on the facebook page.
If you are a rescuer, your input is also welcomed, even encouraged. Please connect with me!
::::: big sigh ::::
This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while.
I blog about Welsh Corgis because there is inexplicably a Corgi-shaped hole in my soul. Because they make me happy. Seeing photos of them, celebrating their stories, connecting with their people about them, it all just makes my toes curl. Being able to raise funds for them has been a huge bonus and blessing.
Because I can reach so many people (which still amazes me), I know in my heart that I owe it to the Corgis to tell their WHOLE story. To better their chances of finding the homes they deserve, with people who are genuinely prepared to handle their quirks.
Every last dog deserves nothing less.