A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, April 25, 2008


Blogging may be light this weekend. Click to enlargeI am on call, plus we have a new member of our family/pack that must be integrated. Vivi is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Like Darla, she is a herding dog, originally bred to herd cattle in Wales. As a youngster, she was selected for conformation, and holds several championships. Darla, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has no tail. By contrast, Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a full, long tail.

Corgis are "droving" herders, driving cattle to market from behind. Often called a big dog in a small package, they are alert for predators, with their big ears rotating like antenna dishes. The Corgi was bred to be short so they could avoid the kicks from cattle which fly harmlessly over the dog's back.

Vivi's owner was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and she could no longer care for Vivi. Click to enlargeThis evening we drove over to pick up Vivi, and she and Little Darling instantly bonded.

Ilsa is overjoyed to have a playmate that will actually play with her. Vivi is determined to try to herd Ilsa. Darla, always the alpha canine in the house, is pissed and aloof. Over the next few days, between cases at the hospital, I will be trying to get all three of them used to each other, and keep the transition to a new home a smooth one for Vivi.

Vivi will be Little Darling's first dog of her own. She has had cats, lizards, fish, and other critters as pets. It's time she learned the wonder of being one with a canine.



Blogger phlegmfatale said...

You are very good to make a place in your home for the lovely Vivi, and the bonus is she'll be great sport for Ilsa. Darla'll get over it. Bless your warm and loving family for taking in this lovely creature in a moment that must have been very stressful for her and her master.

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Blogger Lonestar Gal said...

She's so pretty! I hope she makes an awesome "furrperson" for your daughter.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Bubbafats said...

What nice folks you are. I wish that you were my neighbors! Good luck with Vivi. Vivi's original owner must appreciate what you've done. This must be such a comfort in that person's time of difficulty. Best regards, Ben. (AKA Bubbafats)

9:06 PM  
Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

What a dog!

I've got a mixed breed that shows strong Corgi characteristics. He's the eternal companion; one of those "follow you off a cliff" type dogs. He is ALWAYS happy to see me.

I hope Vivi does the same for your little girl!


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