Unfortunately, some Corgis are turned into rescue or shelters by owners who didn’t understand the responsibilities of caring for a dog or didn’t take into consideration the personality traits and health issues of Corgis. Corgis are herding dogs, meaning they are used to being able to think for themselves and they need to have something to do. If you don’t provide them with an outlet for their energy and drive, they’ll think up something themselves, which may not be something you’d like for them to do! Corgis are generally healthy (but can suffer from eye, joint, spinal cord, and blood disorders), and often live to 12-15 years old and beyond – that’s a long-term commitment! Corgi rescue groups throughout the country foster these Corgis, ensuring all necessary veterinary care is provided, and once health, training, and temperament issues are evaluated and resolved, find appropriate forever homes for them. Rescue is NOT a money-making proposition! Corgi lovers volunteer to feed, house, train, and love (for a little while anyway) the Corgis in their care. Adoption fees go to pay for veterinary care and other necessities.
One more word about adopting a rescue Corgi – please don’t be offended by the questions that rescue people ask. While the questions may seem personal, the rescue people are trying to do their very best to make a perfect match between dog and family!
We do not currently have any rescues in residence, but we can usually refer you to someone who does!
(These dogs have found their forever homes.)
Pretty Annie is a very sweet five year old dark blue merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi. She was found as a stray in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. She offers a lot of eye contact and is eager to please. She loves to crawl in your lap and be petted. She gets along with other dogs as long as they don’t get in her face and she’d rather not play with them. She is a bit timid about new things and sudden noises can be startling, so she would do better in a home without small children. She does bark for a few minutes when she hears human activity and she wants to be a part of it. She is reserved and self-confident, seldom jumps and usually walks at the ”heel” position. She is spayed, current on shots, negative for heartworms, microchipped, and will be a wonderful companion in a calm household. UPDATE! Annie has found her forever home in Florida, lucky girl!
THE NEW BOY IN TOWN! “Sparky” will be looking for a forever home once he’s up-to-date on his health care. Sparky is a senior kind of guy, a beautiful black-headed tri – who was found as a stray. He’s in good weight, but hasn’t been all that well cared for, so he’s got a laundry list of things to take care of. The good news is he has plenty of spark still! He also has round and hook worms, a few old dog lumps that need to be removed, old dog opacity to his eyes that I hope aren’t full on cataracts, a dirty mouth, and most troubling, a hitch in his get-along. Doc says possible old disc issue not treated, spondylosis, or??? X-rays, etc. to come once the other easier stuff gets taken care of. For all that, he’s quite an active and happy guy! Thanks to the good folks at CorgiAidfor helping with the costs of his care! Once Sparky’s issues are diagnosed and treated, he will be available to the perfect home. He’s a happy man, has lots to tell you about, but is quiet and clean in his crate overnight. He’s gets around easily on grass or on carpet, is a little slippy on tile, but can manage a few stairs. He can trot and gallop! He walks nicely on a leash and has a corgi appetite. He’s been perfectly willing to be bathed, blown dry, brushed, nails dremeled, meds administered, etc. Once he’s buggy free he’ll be allowed to meet the home team, but for now he seems unconcerned about them coming and going around him. UPDATE! Sparky is at home with one of Patty’s Peanuts Gang girls!
PATTY AND HER PEANUTS GANG HAVE ALL FOUND THEIR FOREVER HOMES!
Thanks to everyone who helped share their story so that the perfect families found their perfect puppy and to CorgiAid who is helping with Patty’s medical expenses!
About 10:00 on Mother’s Day night, a very sweet and a little worried red and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi girl named Patty and her nine (yes 9!) seven-week-old puppies arrived at KeelMtn. Thanks to the mighty Corgi Nation, and some other helpers too, Patty and her brood made their way first from the shelter where Patty’s owner surrendered them when the puppies were 3 weeks, then to a foster who thought their chances were better with a corgi rescue, and then to us where they will be fostered, medical needs attended to, socialized, and loved for a little bit. Then comes the best part, they all will find wonderful forever homes!
We’ve been told that Patty is 5 years old, although the condition of her teeth make me think she’s actually much younger. At the moment, she’s pretty skinny as most post-partum girls are. She has obviously been a fantastic mother; her puppies are a bundle of silly fun, loving, and happy. They’re all being treated for round and hook worms, a common occurance in puppies raised in less than ideal circumstances, but they are otherwise wonderfully healthy and getting chubbier every day. Unfortunately, Patty is positive for heartworms, also a common occurance for dogs that live outside who are not on heartworm preventative. (On my soapbox now: ALL DOGS NEED TO BE ON HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE ALL YEAR ALL THE TIME! Heartworm is totally preventable. It can be fatal! Treatment for heartworm is VERY expensive and VERY hard on a dog. Heartworm preventative is simple and inexpensive. KEEP YOUR DOGS ON HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE!) Patty has started treatment, which will take several months, and we’re hoping she can be successfully treated. (For those of you who are interested in what treatment for heartworm entails, Patty’s Heartworm Protocol used by my veterinarian is here.)
The puppies will need to be with us and Patty until they’re at least 10 weeks old. They are NOT purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Some of them seem to be a little bit terrier, some a little bit dachshund, all of them totally cute! They are smaller than corgi puppies at this age, and since Patty is only 22 pounds herself, I think it’s fairly safe to say they won’t grow up to be more than 20 pounds. At 10 weeks they will have had 2 in a series of 4 vaccinations, will be microchipped, and dewormed. Whoever is still here beyond 12 weeks will have gotten a rabies vaccine in accordance with Alabama law. Whoever is still here beyond 16 weeks will be spay/neutered. There is an adoption fee and a standards of care contract which includes a speuter requirment and a strict return policy. We will not ship puppies to people unknown to us, unless they can be vouched for, either by a personal relationship or an in person interview and home visit by someone we know. If you would like to be considered as a potential home for Patty or one of her puppies, please use the Rescue Adoption Application to start the process is below. Email is the best way to reach me : leslie @ keelmtn.com
Frankie, a young black and white Cardi boy, was found as a stray in rural SC. With the help of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust, we were able to get Frankie neutered, get his vaccinations up-to-date, and have his heartworms treated. Thanks to all the Cardi lovers across the country, he found his forever home with Lynn and her family in Indiana. The corgi underground got him home in time for Christmas, which includes a brindle Cardi “sister”, Vanessa.
BONNIE AND THE BUSH GIRLS
A Cardigan Welsh Corgi and her 3 nursing puppies were found in a rural neighborhood under some bushes when the babies were not yet old enough to have their eyes open. Bonnie had obviously been someone’s pet; she was very well trained, quiet and sweet, and a fabulous mother, but had no ID tag or microchip. Flyers and newspaper ads did not turn up anyone missing her. She and her 3 girls, Laura, Barbara, and Jenna (what else do you call 3 girls found under the bushes?), were fostered in our home until the puppies were old enough to be adopted. All four girls are now living in wonderful forever homes. Bonnie, now Carmen, lives in northern AL, as does Laura, now Zoe. Barbara lives in middle GA, and Jenna, now Bella, is near Nashville, TN.
Gabi was given up to rescue from a puppy mill. Who knows why they gave her up, perhaps she stopped “producing” for them and so they had no more use for her? We’ll never know. We do know that until she came to us, she had never had her own name in all of her 3.5 years. She is VERY shy, but very sweet and submissive. I’m not sure she’s lived in a house before as she doesn’t seem to know how to go in and out the door. She is more comfortable with other dogs than people. She is submissive and non-threatening to dogs and humans. Gabi has a long way to go – she seems potty trained, but doesn’t know how to walk on a leash and isn’t brave enough yet to take food from your hand. Just making eye contact has been a big leap for her.
UPDATE ON GABI! After 6 months with us, Gabi has found a wonderful forever home in Tennessee that includes a rescue sister, Chloe. After just a short time, she has made incredible strides with new owners, Diane and Chip, who report she is now taking mile long walks, playing with them and Chloe, and “dances” with glee around the kitchen while dinner is prepared! Although there are still some issues to be worked on (her two modes seem to be scared and mischievous), Gabi has come further away from that “empty dog suit” we brought home months ago than we ever thought possible. We look forward to many, many more progress reports about Gabi!
Jazz was found running down a rural highway and had obviously been on her own for a while. Emaciated, covered in mange and road rash, but still that corgi personality shone through. After some recuperation time with us on KeelMtn, Jazz found a WONDERFUL forever home with locals Rick and Dana. Her coat looks great and she has filled out nicely, and she has them both wrapped around her paw. It is so gratifying to know she is safe and warm and loved!
See JAZZ in CorgiAid’s 2010 calendar and help support CorgiAid by buying several for yourself and friends. Many of our rescues have been supported by CorgiAid, a wonderful organization that helps rescue corgis get the care they need to find forever homes.
ENZO AND CHARLIE
These two boys came from an El Paso shelter and were owner turn-ins from a family who had “not enough time” as their reason for relinquishing them. We are happy to announce that both have been adopted and are enjoying their new families.
Charlie is now with Christa in Salt Lake City, UT. He shares the toys and goodies with Sadie, his NADAC performance titled sister. He is now formally known as West Texas Good Ol’ Boy, OAP, OJP, OAC, OJC, OGC, TG-O, TN-N, WV-N, PS1, RS-O, GS-O, JS-O (Titles are AKC, NADAC, USDAA & ASCA.)