OC, or Ornery Cuss, earned her name by the way she treated her brother as a puppy, and she lived up to it her entire life. (She's the one on the left of her Mama, Mist) As a puppy, she was taken to Grammy’s Special Needs class, and showed great potential as a service dog from the way she acted around the kids, so we decided to raise her, and then donate her to a Helper Dog Group that used a Corgi in their Logo. We contacted them, but they only took large breeds, and since, by then she had wormed her way into our lives and hearts, we decided to keep her.
OC loved “road trips” where Papa, Grammy, and her Momma, Misty, would take long trips over the summer in the 18 wheeler that Papa drove going to Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Northern California. She missed these trips after Papa got a local job, but still went everywhere in the car with her people.
Two years ago, she got to go on her last “Big Truck Road Trip,” as Papa’s company built a trailer for overseas, and Papa got to take it to Jacksonville, Florida to be shipped.
She spent 10 days going coast to coast in a Big Rig with a Walk-In sleeper, with Grammy, Papa, her son BG and two grandsons, Gimli and me (Pippin). All her other trips had been in a truck with just a sleeper berth.
She got to “lay over” in Houston, Texas, on the way back, when Grammy and Papa visited with their grandkids.
The Lord knew what He was doing when He allowed us to keep OC, as she did become a Helper/Service dog for Grammy. After Grammy was injured at work and had to retire, OC worked at picking up and fetching when Grammy could not. She also herded the goats for them until an old billy goat crushed her against a wall and hurt her hips.
During her last years, this caused her to be in a “wheelchair” that Grammy’s son, Robert, built out of P V C pipe and Rollers. With this, she could still run around the property with the rest of us doing “squirrel patrol,” which meant checking every place where something could hide and then chasing it if something came out.
Her last months, when she could not even walk in her wheelchair, were spent keeping track of Grammy and the other people she loved, laying on a bed near them, always watching everything with her “bright eyes. “
She also loved going camping in the Travel Trailer, with all the new places to smell and dogs to bark at, while still being with her loved ones.
She really enjoyed her last trip with us when she got to go to her first Corgi Picnic. This was my tribute to you, OC girl. I will miss your head on my leg on trips… Papa (as told to Pippin—Papa’s Pup)
We are very sad around here. Grandma OC went to the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon at about 1:30 p.m. We will miss her...
My Dearest OC,
I love you with all my heart. I was there when you were born, and watched you grow and learn to be the wonderful helper dog you were to me throughout your life. You've been there for me all these years, loving me and helping me when I couldn't do so many things for myself. When you went down into your wheelchair and then into being totally bedridden these past several months, I was happy to be able to give back a little of the care you gave me.
When the Big C made it hard for you to breathe this past week and the Seizure Monster came to call last night, I knew it was time, so today I took you to the Bridge so you can go to your Mama Mist and Daddy Bud and all the other friends that have gone ahead of you.
No more trouble breathing... no more pain. Run and play, chase squirrels and rabbits and enjoy the things you haven't been able to do these past few years. I will see you when I get there, my sweet corgi girl. Love, Mama
Can you BELIEVE it!?! It is January again, and time for Mango Minster, the premier Dog Blog Dog Show, hosted by none other than our HUGE friend, Mango the Mastiff! He and his mom put on the BEST Dog show each year, and put in TONS of work on making it fun for everyone. Even if you don’t enter, there are great adventures, contests and games featured by Mango’s furiends, and he has a TON of them!!!
A couple of years ago, OC even got to be one of the judges, and Grammy provided one of the First Place Prizes… a portrait of the winner, which was Clive, a Golden Doodle Helper Dog to his autistic friend.
We JUST found out about this year’s Mango Minster last night when Grammy FINALLY felt well enough to get online and let us visit some of our old friends. One of the classes is “Too Darn Cute!” and when my Dad found out about that, he said that I HAD to enter! That’s what he’s called me from the time I was born… EVERY DAY… SEVERAL times a DAY!!!
Dad says I am cute when I’m sleeping with my toy squirrel,
And cute when I’m out doing “Squirrel Patrol” for REAL squirrels.
He says I’m cute from the front (I was sneezing).
and cute from the back (I was bowing).
He says both sides of my profile are cute, too!
He laughs and says I’m cute when I’m dirty
and cute when I’m clean…
He snickers and says I’m cute when I’m ANGRY (wouldn’t YOU be!)
And cute when I’m angelic…
He even said I was cute when I was FAT (I was in the family way)
and cute when I am thin!
He says I’m especially cute when I do my tricks… Here I am with my "Hands up..."
And here are a few more on this video.
Do YOU think I’m cute enough to win? Are you “SQUEEEEEing” yet?
Here are the horses of Corgi Country. We've had Cory since he was a little over 3 years old, and Tuffy is my son's AQHA Palomino gelding. He is trained to do both western and dressage work, though he is no longer shown.
Below them is our Border Collie, Sadie...
Cory, my 26 yr. old Peruvian Gelding
Tuff is an AQHA 26 yr. old Palomino
Auntie Sadie (aka Shady Sadie Lady)
Sadie is our black Border Collie. She is a big help to Grammy around the house and property...
Country Corgi Blog:
I am Little Dott, and am now in charge of this blog. Brother BG and I, with my corgi kids, Gimli, Mercy and Pippin share about our life here in Corgi Country. This is where the Corgis tell the Stories! Go to CafePress or Zazzle and search “Country Corgis” to find gifts, etc. featuring us and our parents...
Proverbs – A Bible Study and A Country Grammy’s Walk With God blogs:
Grammy has 6 kids and 16 grandkids. She worked for 18 years with severely handicapped children, but is retired now, and writes a blog to share God’s wisdom as written by the Bible in Proverbs, as well as a blog that shares the things that God is showing her. She draws in pastels and graphite, and has her own a storefront at: http://www.cafepress.com/GrammysCorgiCountry.
She and Papa have 5 acres in a VERY rural setting. The closest town is a couple of miles away and our nearest neighbor is about a quarter of a mile away on one side with no homes on the other three sides for MANY miles. We are surrounded by BLM land which makes it really nice and quiet. We get to listen to, and watch, many kinds of wild critters.
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