Thursday, July 16, 2009

Teggie Loves Sunshine!

Teggie is 5 months old...
(Compared to the photo on May 22nd...Wow...)

As busy as we are, we had to share how much we miss everyone, and how happy Teggie is that we are moving beyond the rainy season and into sunny days! After a morning frap, she is wild-eyed and sitting still just long enough to pose for this photo. She knows "Up!" and can jump up on anything... and into the tub! When visitors come over, she is the best puppy ever... Sure, she wants attention, but settles down and makes for pleasant company.

Our petite Tegwen is running with her boy almost a mile several times a week now, which keeps him in shape. Although incredibly active, Teggie loves to just sit on the bank of our pond and stare out at the water sometimes... :) She is a splat at my feet at the moment... but we are about to go out again...

Teg and I will drop in on our friends later. Meanwhile, enjoy a Teggie smile and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Teggie Says, "Yo No Quiero Taco Bell!"

Life is full of lessons. A boy looks at a quesadilla filled with chicken and cheese and sees an excellent opportunity to reward his begging Corgi... Then a mother cleans up after the poor puppy for two days. She's feeling well enough to go to the Corgi meetup tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for photos...

Teggie turned 5 months old this week! She is getting to that fun age in which she sounds and acts like an adult one minute and a puppy the next. So I guess I have TWO young teenagers in the house now...

They look out for one another. But camps have been keeping my son very busy.

Teg stayed for a few days at the local pet hotel while we were out of town on vacation. At Teg's camp, she is never alone, but plays with dogs her size--including an adult Corgi who was not impressed by her greeting, "yap, yap, another Corgi like me!". Teg slept with the onsite family's daughter in the girl's bed. To our surprise, when the Tegster came home, she was very skilled at being still and quiet on the sofa. So now while we catch up on our DVR watching on certain evenings, Teg can stay up a little later with us before retiring to her crate. Teggie learned a lot in Corgi Couch Potato Camp.

In my son's latest musical theatre camp, he wrote a play that combines "Wicked" and "The Phantom of the Opera" characters and songs. Above are three photos from the production. Teg's favorite boy's singing voice is deepening...

These postings during the summer may be sporatic, so feel free to friend me on Facebook, where I upload Teggie photos via iPhone on the go...

Happy 4th!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Teggie Wishes You a Frappy Saturday!

Watch as The Teenager ruins our sweet little Tegwen,
turns her into the ornery gnome, Tomboy Teggie!

After a good romp with her boy,
Teggie is subjected to frustrating sit-stay training...
When does clicker training start?!?

Have a Happy Puppy!
I poached this link, a great one to support those Corgi mom raw foodies like me:
I Eat Raw Meat: Raw Food Diet, Day 495- Chasing the Melatonin Mystery

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Teggie's Two Front Teeth...

are missing! She's growing up so fast...

She was a little restless the night she lost her teeth, so we made this video of her sleepy frap. She plays her hide-and-seek game, in which her ears are always the giveaway... She saved most of her cool Corgi wookie noises for off-camera, of course.

Thank you, A Corgi's Blog, for our award! Teggie loves the attention. :::bouncing:::

Now, you have to see Cathy's New Corgi Painting! It's amazing...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Teggie: Spoiled to Foiled! & Our Acceptance Speech

Teggie, who takes rain personally, has set about finding new ways to play inside these past few days. As a result, the old toilet brush has had it! Our lewd, chewed tool was just brushed aside in lieu of a new, Teggie-proofed version: Voila! The IKEA Lillholmen Toilet Brush!

And now, thank you to ClassyChassy of Expressly Corgi and ocmist of Country Corgi for two Top Ten Blogs That Make My Heart Smile Awards! As you may have discovered, Expressly Corgi and Country Corgi are among the best blogs in the universe, and we would give this award right back to them if we could!

...but the rules for this award are...

1) The winner may put the logo on their blog
2) Put a link to the person who sent you the award
3) Nominate 10 blogs
4) Leave a message for your nominees for: Top Ten Blogs that Makes Me Smile

And Teggie would like to give barks to her Top Ten Blogs that Make Her Smile:

The envelope please... oh, naturally Teg ate it...

en fran├žais...

Un..........Corgi Butts
Trois.......Chantels Fave Things
Quatre....Colorado Lady
Cinq.......The Senakames | Corgi + 2.5
Six.........The Corgi Lounge
Sept.......My Boo Bear
Huit.......My Favorite People Are Dogs
Neuf.......Three Commies and a Corgi

:::bouncing, bouncing, bouncing::: Love you all! :::Corgi Licks:::


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Corgi Noseholder & Teg's Trip to Grandma's House

Teggie fell asleep in the grocery store parking lot waiting with her boy...
She found that the drink holder in the car's console made an excellent Corgi noseholder...

Then she went to Grandma's house to see her cat cousins...who have the best toys!

Playing ball while the kitty boys look on in shock...

Cats have better hiding places, too!

Teg greets her new friend, "Hiss 'n' Spit"

Grandma shows Teggie the windchime...
which she works with her nose

Now Read This
Allele "f" Stands for "faeries": How Do Fluffies Occur?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Teggie Needs Waterproof Pantaloons

Teggie smiles with a sigh,
"I Like the Lanai, it's nice and dry!"

My Corgi is a cross between a fox and a deer:
Her face flaunting doe eyes is angular and foxy,
Her Corgi pantaloons with their nubbin, boxy.
She looks upon wet grass with trepidation and fear,

Her belly will be soggy, her fur will be mussed,
She stands in the St. Augustine in utter disgust.
“I prefer to take my business where it’s nice and dry,
Please leave me to myself back on the lanai

To burrow like a fox, make a thicket like a deer...”
Even in the rain, I can’t complain,
Though she’s driving me quite insane.
How can I be cross with my Corgi so dear?

Christiane, Teggie's mom

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mom, Teggie Keeps Tabbing!

Teg hits the tab key on her boy's laptop,
which is taking up all of
her lap!

"Well, don't do your homework on the way to school (Mom says this is not even safe!) and pay attention to me, your adorable Corgi girl..."

:) Teggie is all better, but will have to spend all day at the vet for observation on her next booster vaccination trip. She had a really yucky digestive reaction all week after the incident. Thank goodness for the doggie yard service. Love entrepreneurs who will do this for almost nothing, what a great idea!

:( Teg ripped her toenail on something in my bedroom and it really bled. Poor girl. After I cleaned her up, we sat down for a nail sanding, and I have to recommend the grinder versus the clipper. I didn't have the batteries for our PediPaws yet, so I used my heel callus remover with the sandpaper attachment and it worked great.

***Please note, Teg usually has her seatbelt from Outbound Hound, and we were still in the neighborhood when this was taken. She helps take Shayne to school every morning... and this is finals week! Yay for summer! Posting Teg vid very soon...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Wonderful Thing About Teggie...

Teggie feels better after a severe reaction to her immunization boosters on Saturday, which landed her in the puppy hospital with red, droopy ears, swollen eyelids and lips and hives on her tummy! Her ears are up now, and she is feeling bouncy again, back to her trouncy Teggie self.

The wonderful thing about Teggies
Is Teggies are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!
But the most wonderful thing about Teggies
Is I'm the only one!
(adapted from "Tigger's Song" written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)

After our move, Teggie enjoyed helping me clean our new home by pushing the toilet brush around the bathroom. (Good thing it's a new brush!)

Thank you to the wonderful Corgi moms who sent Teg baby gifts, such as the Hershey's Bar squeak toy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Joanie Loves Teggie

Saturday at the pet shop my best friend Joanie, who is going to be a service dog when she grows up, played with me really fast!

- Teg

Groovy Cats & Dogs offers holistic pet food and toys, which Teggie loves! We love that they keep the shop scrupulously clean. We were their first customers Saturday morning, so the fur kids were allowed to play together. (Teggie is still too young to walk on the floor at the pet superstores, our vet says be careful until she gets all of her shots.)

sent from my iphone

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Teggie Wanna Go Outside!

The Poochie Bells are driving me crazy! Hard to believe I was worried about whether or not our Teg would get the hang of them. If she were not crated at night, she would ring them at 3am! Since we have a lanai, and know her potty schedule, I can leave the back door open when I am with her and she wanders in and out without bursting my eardrums with her constant, urgent bell-ringing (watch the video below). This satisfies her need to chase lizards and sniff the pungent breeze without actually going into the "dangerous" (and escapable) yard.

We will always have to watch her in the yard, thanks to our living in a preserve. Last night when I took Teggie out for her final potty break, the motion-sensing light illuminated a 2-foot-long snake slithering up the side of the house. We were barefooted at the time, and my imagination immediately began to work on me. Thank goodness she was quick! As we were going inside, I heard a clumsy rustle, and caught the gleem of timid o'possum eyes from the forest's edge. The local raccoons are not timid, however, and have attacked small dogs on late night walks around here.

We love living in a wilderness preserve. For a city girl who was born next to a New Orleans swamp, it suits me to hear the wild things talking at night (it's when the nights are too quiet that I worry...). That's another reason Teggie is such a wonderful family member. She doesn't let those creatures get away with anything! Just ask the fat lizard who lives by the screen door.

PS. I have been asked how Teggie learned to ring the bells when she needs to go potty. She learned this in less than a week (she has been with us at home for 7 days today).

A) We began by lifting her little paws and ringing the bells with them each time we went outside for a potty break.

B) In the first couple of days, we made sure that each time we opened the door, we made the bells ring. By the fourth day, she was ringing them to ask to go outside.

C) Yesterday, I began opening the door for her to go onto the lanai (what a screened back porch is called in Florida) when she rang the bells, if she had recently been outside to potty.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Keep Off the Grass!

Teggie has really gotten the hang of walking with us, and she must be a south paw like her human brother, because she prefers to heel on the wrong side. After her first trip to the holistic DVM, we have confirmed that Teg needs to walk on the sidewalk and stay out of the "poopy" communal grass used by other dogs who have already had all their vaccinations (hopefully)... until she gets all of hers. Incidentally, the vet is wonderful and Teg loves her!

At home, however, grass is the greatest stuff! Potty time, play time, all the time--Teggie could play in the grass all day. She has even learned to ring the bells on the back door to go out for a potty (or play) break.

But we heard a lot of noise in the yard this morning and went to check it out, only to find that little white fertilizer sign that appears about once a month or so, telling us to keep children and pets off the grass "until it is dry." Well, we've just had rain, so when is that? We decided, not today.

So Teggie was forced to use the emergency potty pads. She doesn't like them very much, and usually only takes advantage of one when she is being ignored by the distracted humans who should be letting her out...

By this evening, she was fit to be tied! Every thirty minutes, she furiously pawed at the bells and whined to be let out. She nosed around the lanai, but it just wasn't the same as that soft St. Augustine grass...

We took an extra stroll around the neighborhood before she went to sleep in her crate tonight. As I watch her now, I'm certain she's dreaming about romping through the dewy morning grass. Tomorrow will come soon enough, Tegwen, sweet dreams...

Here is Teggie with her cards and gifts from Cathy and Monica, welcoming her home. There are no friends like Corgi friends! Thank you both so much for the doggie bling and playthings. Teggie loves them!

Teggie plays with her boy. She jumps constantly--her poor back! Good thing she's small and lean...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teggie Takes a Walk--?

We have been playing a fun new game with Teggie...

Teggie has taught us to work on our weight training during our walks. She is planning to gradually increase her weight day by day until we are able to walk 3 miles carrying about 20 pounds. Very clever!

On her plan, my arms should be more toned in a few months. Of course, I may be wearing braces on my wrists...

Little does she know, my personal training plan for Teggie involves gradually increasing her walking time to 1 mile by the time she is 6 months old.

We shall see who wins! Perhaps all of us...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Teggie Sits, Seeks, and Speaks in 3 Minutes

After a bath, a party, and barking good time, Teg naps with her binky chew toy

Teg is napping before her big evening walk, so I thought you may want to see the Corgi girl in action earlier today when she entertained the birthday party with her acts of obedience prowess.

She watched how yummy the treats her mom sent Gibson of Corgi Butts are, and will try some soon (check out his adorable video in which he plays with his food!).

Meanwhile, Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls in Turkey Formula used as training treats inspired Miss Tegwen's utmost in obedience. Watch her learning "come" and "sit" before a live studio (kitchen) audience.

Later, the Tegster found her voice just in time to greet Ricco the Lovebird. It's fun having two giant personalities in two very tiny packages around here... This video marks the first time heard her gnome-like woof.

If you have another minute, check out our tiny genius working to get the squirrel out of the hole... the hard way.

Teggie Trains Her Family

Teggie's Log
In less than 24 hours with her new family, Teg has trained them--using only precious squeaks and broad smiles--to do the following:

1) Throw her toys for a game of fetch (she figured out how to operate the squeakers and does not need help with that anymore)

2) Tear a bit of the humans' chicken dinner into tiny, bite-sized pieces and mix with her Innova

3) Go with her to get a drink from the fountain

4) Rescue her at night once the crate door is closed, and place her on the leather sofa with the down-filled throw, soft pillows, and cuddly humans

5) Walk her around the preserve where she may meet the neighbors, then carry her when she gets tired of walking

6) Take her with them wherever they go

7) Take her outside to potty, even at 1:30am (much easier to convince humans once they've fallen alseep with her on the sofa and she only has to wiggle and lick to get attention)

Only one thing remains to train, and it may be a huge challenge (ideas welcome):

* Get those humans to take off that silly leash and let her run into the alligator-infested preserve to explore!

(Before you judge this an impossible task, let us remember that this is the only Corgi baby in the breeder's 15 years who scaled the stall gate and escaped into the yard...)

For the record, the humans remain quite convinced that Miss Tegwen will never succeed at the escape. They say that they love her too much to ever let her explore the wilderness alone. Instead, she will be treated to daily walks and occasional camping trips.

Tegwen enjoyed playing with her new grandparents, too, who are cat people... but she has already started converting them to Corgi people.

Overall, Day One has been a big success!

In other news, one of the humans has just won 2nd Place in Junior Chemistry at the State Science and Engineering Fair. Hooray!

All Teggie cares is that her boy is skilled at puppy games.
Which, of course, he is.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Only 8 and Almost 9 (Weeks)

Teggie says, "I'm big enough to go home, too, see?"

Teggie's breeder says she will be slender like her Corgi mother. Teg is among the last of her litter to be picked up, and is beginning to look pretty grown up at almost-9 weeks. Time to come home, Teggie girl! She has such cute ears...

Monica at Expressly Corgi has tagged me to participate in the blog game Only Eight. It was a lot of fun!

8 Things I am Looking Forward to
1…..Watching my son become a man
2…..Being able to run with my son again after our necks heal
3…..Running with Teggie the Corgi as she grows up
4…..Succeeding at my new project at work
5…..Flying to Key West with my best friend this summer
6…..Swimming with the dolphins again this summer
7…..Our first Corgi meetup with Teggie the Corgi!
8…..Flying my sister and my 6-year-old niece to Tampa from San Francisco

8 Things I Did Yesterday
1…..Unraveled a scam by consorting with Verizon tech support
2…..Drove a rental car through a tornado-riddled rainstorm
3…..Smelled scorched cypress when lightning hit the preserve
4…..Sent witty text messages during the craziness of myriad appointments
5…..Muted my cell and scarfed a snack during a conference call on the run
6…..Helped my son tweak his science fair project until my brain went numb
7…..Laughed with a girlfriend across the miles
8…..Giggled with my son during dinner at Chili’s

8 Things I Wish I Could do
1…..Sing in a 40s era lounge on Friday nights
2…..Finish my first novel!
3…..Build the home of my dreams
4.....Help Americans build a more ethical country
5.....Volunteer with the dolphins every weekend
6…..Buy my sister a horse ranch
7…..Keep a herd of Corgis on my sister’s horse ranch
8…..Give every child a sense of her own potential

8 Shows I Enjoy (DVR)
2…..The X-Files
3…..Law and Order: Criminal Intent
5…..It’s Me Or the Dog
6…..The Dog Whisperer
8…..Clean House

8 Fur People I tag
1…..Theodore at Corgi Tails
2…..Bryson at Paper Elixer | Corgi +2
3…..Freya at Freya the Corgi
4…..Sully at CorgiPants
5…..Addie & Jake at Corgi Dog News
6…..Moxie & Izzie at The Corgi Lounge
7…..Zippy of Zippyweb
8…..Ocmist & Dott at Country Corgis

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Teg, We Will Come Back For You!

Our Teg comes home next weekend! My son goes to the State Science and Engineering Fair this week (wish him luck!) and we pick up Tegwen the following day.

We have written a filk just for her based on
Steely Dan's


I’ve seen your picture,

Your name is right above ya.
This is your big debut,
For us, a dream come true!
And when you smile for the camera,
I know we’ll always love ya!

We will come back for you.
We will come back for you.
When the breeder calls,
You’ve got us all, our Teg-gie!
It’s our favorite Corgi movie.

(If anyone can come up with that second verse, I will send you a free gift!)

We have decided to feed according to Dr. Shawn’s Simple Holistic Plan to Minimize Disease and Treat Problems. This means shopping at a local pet shop that specializes in holistic goods, such as Nature's Variety Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet. The ingredients look pretty yummy... except for the raw chicken.

We also supplement with flax seed oil from the health food store. This provides Omega 3s. It's excellent for humans, too--I drizzle it over salads as dressing, which adds a nutty flavor. In the past, our pups have loved the stuff--and it helps the medicine go down, if ever that is necessary.

Less than 7 days! We are counting them down...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Teggie Investigates! Almost 8 Weeks Old...

Thank you to my friend for the help with this post while I'm injured.