We’ve gotten a new puppy — Louis.
Louis is 3 1/2 months old and is a blue merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Cardigans are a herding dog from the Wales region of Great Britain and can be traced back to the times that the Romans occupied England. They were bred to be a short stature so when the cattle kicked, the cows hoof would go over the dogs head. Most people are familiar with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi that is a distance relative. The Pems are the dogs that the Queen has and those little guys have no tail, while the Cardigan does. I discovered the breed (or maybe I should say it discovered me) when I was around five years old and a stray Cardigan adopted our family and our neighbors. I still remember when Buster came to our door step and going out to sit with him and having my arm around him. My dad saw us on the front steps came out and said “don’t feed that dog!” and being the obedient child that I was, I fed him. I loved that fellow and Buster was the best dog — loyal and funny and protective of us. I’ve always wanted to get one, but have gotten my heart strings tugged by numerous pound pups. This time I decided to get my Cardigan.
Louis is such a good little dude and just a clown to watch — he sounds like a small herd when he runs across the floor! Sam is warming up to him and they’re starting to play together. Sam just hasn’t been himself without Sophie, so it’s been good to see him start to perk up. Louis is a wonderful addition to our household (can you tell there’s a big smile on my face?).
Sam showing Louis the ropes on how to run along the fence and through my hostas!