Two years Jane and her family had to say farewell to Donald, their beloved 16 year-old red and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi. “We knew we’d want another Corgi” says Jane “and contacted rescues to ask that they keep up us in mind, knowing we’d be ready in a few months.
“Having no luck with that, I sent a note to the South Carolina breeder who’d had Donald in rescue back in 2000: ‘Hello. We’re miserable without a critter in the house and are ready to start talking about someone new. Not many available in rescue anywhere that I can find. We are in a situation where a puppy is now more workable than it would have been 10 years ago. Are you expecting to have any in the near future, or can you recommend some breeders you trust to create good companions?‘”
“She replied with good news; a couple of young dogs were available from her first litter in over five years! “They are eight months of age now and I’ve been running them on for show” she wrote. “There is one I think would be perfect for you. He’s a sweet, SWEET boy and my favorite of the bunch. I just don’t think he’s going to be as good for the show ring as his brother. I’ve got a couple of people interested in him for show, but they are in Brazil and I simply don’t want to send him that far away. I would prefer to let him go to someone I know where he’ll have a wonderful life. Here is his photo. Let me know what you think of my boy.”
August 8, 2011 we drove 225 miles to Columbia, South Carolina, and as
with Donald twelve years earlier, we were his the instant we met him.
Little Thomas could see we needed help and supervision. He’s our third
dog. The first, Katie, believed we were prehistoric dogs who needed her
help and guidance. The second, Donald, thought he was the only dog on
earth. He was uninterested in other dogs or in dog things like
“THIS guy Thomas, he’s all dog. Chewing sticks. Chasing balls. Giving the mailman dirty looks. He goes to day camp and runs with a pack. He’s also quite a swimmer. We never had a dog who liked to swim, so when I heard there was a dog pool with an instructor nearby I signed Thomas up for a lesson. He took to it quickly, was invited back to be a swim mentor (for a Portuguese water dog!) and now herds me out of the house for our weekly Sunday group swim with friends. Thomas will rescue you as long as you aren’t in a hurry and likes to fancy that he’s being chased.”
“He’s also quite a player with the ladies. Several days a week he exists happily at the center of a love triangle at Sunny Acres Pet Resort, where redheaded corgi girls Bronwyn and Maggie May vie for his attention.”
“As with our past dogs, Thomas makes us happy every day. He is sweet, cheerful and delightfully well-behaved, although staff at camp report he has something of a Napoleon complex there. He is very brave except for helium balloons and that other Corgi inside the French doors.And if you catch him first thing in the morning he’ll give you a glorious full-press body hug and tell you you’re wonderful.”
At Bark in the Park baseball night with Dad.
Playing stick with Ellie.
Finding mischief when left alone for too long.
Keeping that other Corgi away! One of his many goofy moments.
He is spectacular.
Corgi On, Thomas!