Monte’s new toy looks a lot like… Monte

Monte’s new toy looks a lot like… Monte

Sleeping peacefully under the desk.

Sleeping peacefully under the desk.

Portrait mode: because long corgi is long.

Monte wanted to help me work out, but we couldn’t see eye-to-eye completely. He wouldn’t let me squat him.

I’m sure his squirming would have been problematic.

Monte wanted to help me work out, but we couldn’t see eye-to-eye completely. He wouldn’t let me squat him.

I’m sure his squirming would have been problematic.

Spring has sprung! That means derping from fetch in the yard!

Spring has sprung! That means derping from fetch in the yard!

Who says that corgis can’t have strong eye?
Photo credit: Rachel Ritland

Who says that corgis can’t have strong eye?

Photo credit: Rachel Ritland

Filthy animal.
It’s been so unbelievably muddy outside and we’re trying failing at keeping him from bringing it inside.

Filthy animal.


It’s been so unbelievably muddy outside and we’re trying failing at keeping him from bringing it inside.

Oh god how did I get here I’m not good with heights

Oh god how did I get here I’m not good with heights

Holy cow, it’s been a while

Well here we are, barreling into 2013 and time shows no signs of slowing down. The mohawked wonder is doing great and enjoyed being spoiled over the holidays by his grandparents. Monte has enjoyed his romps in the snow (while it lasted) and now that we’re getting a pretty thorough melt he is more mud than dog.

We had a chance to talk with a pemmie owner who confirmed that while Monte is weird, he is normal for a corgi. Barking at people who get too close to each other, being terrified of plastic bags, and vocal demands for treats when obeying commands were behaviors (and others) confirmed to exist in other corgis. So that’s nice. (Also Pembrokes are generally so adorably tiny.)

He has now decided that he is allowed to sit in our laps no matter where we are sitting. If he gets an opening he will fling himself into your lap like a fish being reeled into a boat. It’s more of a flop. Monte has hops but not on wood floor - his fluffy toes don’t get any traction (even if I try to keep that hair trimmed). So he bounces off your legs a couple times before his third or fourth try when he finally gets enough air to land in your lap. It is very hard to use a desktop computer with a 30 pound fluffernutter all up in your grill. (He is also very wiggly.)

He has a new travel crate that I’m pretty excited about (one of these bad boys). It should fit in the back seat of my Focus and he’s already tried it and seemed good with it. We get to test it out when we go herding on Sunday provided the weather holds up. He hasn’t been herding since the AKC trial so we have to kick off some rust, but I’m looking forward to the herding coma he gets for a day or two afterward.

Monte legit transforms into a bearskin rug after he goes herding… it’s the one activity I’ve found that does it. Monte doesn’t get exhausted unless one or two things happen: it’s over 100 degrees out, or we do something that tires him out both physically and mentally. Fetch has no mental component, obedience doesn’t make him physically tired. If you only tire him out physically, as soon as he catches his breath he’s back to normal. If you tire him out mentally, he gets frustrated, then he gives me attitude. If you do both, he is a very fluffy rug for a while.

Anyway! Happy and healthy 2013 to you all. Hopefully we’ll get some regular programming up in this thing at some point soon.

Sorry for the lack of anything! Life comes at you fast.
Enjoy a previously un-released Monte puppy picture, vintage December 2011.
Edit: I have yet to figure out this rotation thing.
Edit edit: PNG to the rescue!

Sorry for the lack of anything! Life comes at you fast.

Enjoy a previously un-released Monte puppy picture, vintage December 2011.

Edit: I have yet to figure out this rotation thing.

Edit edit: PNG to the rescue!

Out for a swim

Out for a swim

We work as a team.
Photo credit: JaderBug Photography

We work as a team.

Photo credit: JaderBug Photography

Halfway to HT

Well some uncooperative weather and a dog that forgot herding doesn’t just mean chasing meant we only got one of the two legs of the AKC HT this past weekend. The first attempt was in pouring rain, plenty of mud, and had us working sheep that didn’t want to be worked. Monte chased, I couldn’t recall him, and I faceplanted in some mud. The second day went much better - the rain let up, and after we got some chasing out of the way we made some nice passes. My steering was much better and Monte’s pace is slowing a little bit - we’re not going full tilt anymore!

Still a loooooooooooooong way to go, but we had some fun!

Sleeping like a boss

Sleeping like a boss