Update – Quincey! (who was Quince, Juno-Shade fluffy black boy)

From Megan, his owner:

“I know you have been getting some updates from Facebook but I saw that owners of Quincey’s siblings were looking for updates and figured I would put together a formal update and add in the stacked photo I am supposed to send you every 6 months.  I finally figured out how to get a decent confo photo by putting him on a low landscaping wall, putting some toys down a few feet away, and letting him stack himself when he reaches them. He gets along well with our cat and gets along really well with the dogs we share the yard with.  He passed obedience level 1 and now knows a wide variety of commands that he may actually do most of the time.

Saturdays he goes to the beach generally where he does not like to swim in the waves but happily plays with other dogs, digs in the sand, and splashes in any puddles he can find while following along as we hike along the beach.  Thankfully the sand does not really stick to his coat so most of it falls off by the time we get to the car.

Sundays we found a corgi play group that has around 10-20 corgi’s at a local dog park.  There is a Pembroke fluff there that is only 2 weeks younger than him and is about the same size (I saw her dad and he is HUGE although maybe the bigger size is popular as he did show at Westminster this year) and the two of them have a lot of fun playing when they are not part of the corgi pack trying to chase down any non corgi’s that come in.  This is where the muddy pictures come from as the footing is bark chips but he always manages to dig under them around where the waterer is and then has a dirt/mud party.

And then one morning a week he and I go to herding class.  I found a trainer who has worked with corgi’s in the past and has had a pembroke finish his herding championship.  The trainer there really likes how he is put together and said that he moves really well and is good at extending his stride out which the trainer said some of the Cardi’s he sees either can’t or won’t.  He has encouraged us to trial him when he gets older as he says it would be a shame not too.  So if Quincey continues to think herding is amazingly fun he can hopefully get some letters at the end of his name.   We are keeping Quincey’s runs very short to about two, 5 minute long runs and keeping the concepts very basic while working in a small paddock with a few trees.  He will naturally gather the sheep and bring them over to me but is very excited about the whole thing and works too fast so we are working along the fenceline to help give a natural set of brakes.  The last lesson we were very successful in getting him to slow down a bit and then magically he was in control of the sheep and got the flock through the HT course.  Since he is still young though the main point is to always make sure he enjoys the work and he comes out of the lessons acting like he is in charge of the world.

As he matures he is becoming less of a cuddly puppy and more of a confident, outgoing dog.  He wants to be near you all the time and loves being petted still but now he will position himself so he can keep an eye on the rest of the world at the same time.  On walks he will stand between me and anything suspicious until I say it’s ok. (Or if it is a person until they say anything involving the word cute and then he is falling all over himself to be petted and sitting on their feet.)  He is amazingly friendly and people love him wherever we go.  I thank you again for doing such a good job at picking his parents and for doing an amazing job at socializing him.  He has been an incredibly easy puppy to raise and we could not love him more.”

From Joanna: First, for everyone – this is EXACTLY what I am asking for when I say stacked eye-level pictures. I don’t expect them in show leads or anything, but I can see so much of his condition and conformation from this – and can tell that his feet are looking good, nails are short, weight looks good, coat is wonderful – all of the things that give me invaluable clues about health.

For Megan – he’s gorgeous. Seriously. He looks a ton like his mom in the face, but he’s got better bone and better feet and his dad’s longer body and lovely rear angles. I am SO pleased to know that he stayed beautifully proportional; you may remember that we put him in a pet home because he was so short-legged and we worried he would get lower than we wanted. But that hasn’t happened, and that lets me make better decisions the next time I’m facing the same choice.

Also, he makes the fifth (?) of his siblings to be tested and showed to be herding talented. That makes me SO DANG PROUD as a breeder I could just burst. Seriously. Hearing that a puppy of mine should be trialed is like handing me a best in show ribbon. I am so incredibly thankful to you for doing such a great job with him and for being such a fantastic, perfect home.

To Quince: Ickle baby woodoo smoochie!

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  • Reply Julie April 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    He is SOOO handsome!! And fluffy. From the pictures it looks like he has very little brindling. Is that accurate?

    • Reply Julie April 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

      And I meant to say I love his feeties!

    • Reply Alison April 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Yea, it looks like Quincey has less brindling, more along the lines of what Corra has. He is so handsome! And that is amazing that he is already excelling at herding :) I want to take Corra and see how we do, but I haven’t really found anywhere local. Anyone know of a good place to get our feet wet in Southern NH?

      • Reply Julie April 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

        Beth Adams in Stratham, NH is supposed to be good. I go to Diane Menard in Sturbridge, MA and love her!

  • Reply A April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    They look so much better with fluff!

  • Reply Amayon April 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Is he a brindle or a trindle? Do cardis not call their trindles trindle?

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