Hello! Meet Gatsby and Scout. They are brother & sister Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They love playing fetch and tug, In N Out meat patties, squeaky tennis balls, and the occasional frozen yogurt. They are the best of friends.

Gatsby was born on December 10, 2011. He is AKC registered as "Fitzgerald's The Great Blue Jay." He's a happy-go-lucky ham and he loves sleeping in. He is named after "The Great Gatsby."

Scout was born March 4, 2013 and her AKC name is "Jean Louise's Lady Mockingbird." She is named after Jean Louise "Scout" Finch of "To Kill A Mockingbird." She is sassy, bossy, and every bit like her literary namesake.

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I promised both of them an In N Out meat patty because Gatsby did well at the trial and Scout was a good girl and behaved herself. Plus, there was craaaaazy thunder yesterday morning and they both put their brave corgfaces on and were total troopers.

I promised both of them an In N Out meat patty because Gatsby did well at the trial and Scout was a good girl and behaved herself. Plus, there was craaaaazy thunder yesterday morning and they both put their brave corgfaces on and were total troopers.

The results from yesterday’s NADAC trial: out of 6 runs. Gatsby placed in 4 and qualified (!!) in 2. He got first place and a qualifying score (“Q”) in the second round of Jumpers and second place and a Q in Tunnelers. And then he got first place in Touch N Go and second place in the second round of Regular. 
This was our second ever NADAC trial (and our third overall trial). At our first NADAC trial in the beginning of June, we didn’t Q in anything (though he managed to place). I entered him in Novice for that trial, which looking back on it now, I probably shouldn’t have. I should have entered him in Intro instead. We’re still very much a couple of n00bs in the world of competitive agility, so I think Intro is much more fitting for us right now. In CPE, we’re still in Level 1 so I should have thought about that and considered that when I entered the June NADAC trial. 
The courses we run in our classes are much more complex and of course, harder that the Intro courses we ran in yesterday’s trial. Gatsby does very well in class and lately, he’s even been getting his weave pole entries right consistently (he does the full set of 12 in class). But obviously, classes and trials are very different and they feel differently for Gatsby. There’s also of course the adrenaline and excitement that go along with trials (and a bit of nerves on my part), so it’s a very different setting for the newbie team. I’m glad that NADAC is offering the Intro level now. It’s great for trial experience and it happens to be a full titling level. 
Gatsby did MUCH better yesterday. He was a bit more focused and more controlled yesterday. It also helped a LOT that I tried REALLY hard to be as calm as possible. Watching the videos from our first 2 trials, I could tell I was super tense/frantic. I think I was just so nervous and a bit scared that he would get the zoomies (which he did on his very first run at his very first trial — literally  ran right out of the ring). I kept telling myself to be calm and that it’s okay if he corgs or gets the zoomies. I told our trainers that we were going to be competing this weekend and they told me: “Good luck. Always remember fun first. You stress - he stresses. It’s always about playing with your dog and embracing the goofy dog in him.” (Emphasis added)
I think those words really hammered it home for me — that it’s not about the Q’s or the ribbons. I definitely was more relaxed yesterday since I kept those words in mind during our runs. I still had the initial start line nerves — yes. But when I watched the videos, I didn’t think I was as frantic when Gatsby corg’d (because…of course he corg’d). At one point during our Touch N Go run, he decided it would be fun to go grass swimming. Just…right there. In the middle of the ring. Just grass swimming. And I just…laughed. I looked up at corgdad (who was videotaping) and just laughed. Because you should have seen his face. He was so.damn.happy.
And that’s really the point of all this: to have fun and to make sure Gatsby is having fun and is happy.

The results from yesterday’s NADAC trial: out of 6 runs. Gatsby placed in 4 and qualified (!!) in 2. He got first place and a qualifying score (“Q”) in the second round of Jumpers and second place and a Q in Tunnelers. And then he got first place in Touch N Go and second place in the second round of Regular. 

This was our second ever NADAC trial (and our third overall trial). At our first NADAC trial in the beginning of June, we didn’t Q in anything (though he managed to place). I entered him in Novice for that trial, which looking back on it now, I probably shouldn’t have. I should have entered him in Intro instead. We’re still very much a couple of n00bs in the world of competitive agility, so I think Intro is much more fitting for us right now. In CPE, we’re still in Level 1 so I should have thought about that and considered that when I entered the June NADAC trial. 

The courses we run in our classes are much more complex and of course, harder that the Intro courses we ran in yesterday’s trial. Gatsby does very well in class and lately, he’s even been getting his weave pole entries right consistently (he does the full set of 12 in class). But obviously, classes and trials are very different and they feel differently for Gatsby. There’s also of course the adrenaline and excitement that go along with trials (and a bit of nerves on my part), so it’s a very different setting for the newbie team. I’m glad that NADAC is offering the Intro level now. It’s great for trial experience and it happens to be a full titling level. 

Gatsby did MUCH better yesterday. He was a bit more focused and more controlled yesterday. It also helped a LOT that I tried REALLY hard to be as calm as possible. Watching the videos from our first 2 trials, I could tell I was super tense/frantic. I think I was just so nervous and a bit scared that he would get the zoomies (which he did on his very first run at his very first trial — literally  ran right out of the ring). I kept telling myself to be calm and that it’s okay if he corgs or gets the zoomies. I told our trainers that we were going to be competing this weekend and they told me: “Good luck. Always remember fun first. You stress - he stresses. It’s always about playing with your dog and embracing the goofy dog in him.” (Emphasis added)

I think those words really hammered it home for me — that it’s not about the Q’s or the ribbons. I definitely was more relaxed yesterday since I kept those words in mind during our runs. I still had the initial start line nerves — yes. But when I watched the videos, I didn’t think I was as frantic when Gatsby corg’d (because…of course he corg’d). At one point during our Touch N Go run, he decided it would be fun to go grass swimming. Just…right there. In the middle of the ring. Just grass swimming. And I just…laughed. I looked up at corgdad (who was videotaping) and just laughed. Because you should have seen his face. He was so.damn.happy.

And that’s really the point of all this: to have fun and to make sure Gatsby is having fun and is happy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

sawyerthecorgi:

corgiaddict:

Show your love for corgis and support a good cause! The Greater Toronto Area corgi meetup group is raising money for CorgiAid, Inc. with some truly awesome corgi shirts for their upcoming beach day! The t-shirts feature amazing artwork by the talented Amanda Conrad (http://zoeyandstevethecorgi.tumblr.com/) and are available for purchase NOW at http://gtacorgis.storenvy.com/

Don’t delay, order your shirt today (all proceeds go to Corgi Aid)! And if you’re in the Toronto area, check out GTA Corgis (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gtacorgis/)

So proud to be spear heading this project. Please join GTA Corgis in helping raise money for CorgiAid, and get some great swag at the same time! Shirts will be on sale until Monday August 4th.

Even though Scoutsby are not Canadian corgs, I still ordered a GTA corgi shirt. Because corgis. And because Amanda drew the ridiculously cute graphic on the t-shirts and I just can’t resist (more like, I will never resist). PLUS, all proceeds go to helping in corgis in need. WIN-WIN! Go order! Go go go!

Aaaaaand now lightning and thunder.

I gave both corgs a calming chew (double dose for Gatsby) and it seems to be working all right. They’re not trembling or anything, but they’re very very uneasy.

I wanted cooler weather for today’s trial and uh, well. 

It’s raining. And Gatsby hates rain.

I wanted cooler weather for today’s trial and uh, well.

It’s raining. And Gatsby hates rain.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
I haven’t told Gatsby that we have to be out of the house before 6 am tomorrow for the NADAC trial. He’s not gonna be happy…

We haven’t trialed in almost 2 months. I entered him in Intro for all classes tomorrow so we’ll see how we do. I know he’s gonna be so stoked for Tunnelers though.

I haven’t told Gatsby that we have to be out of the house before 6 am tomorrow for the NADAC trial. He’s not gonna be happy…

We haven’t trialed in almost 2 months. I entered him in Intro for all classes tomorrow so we’ll see how we do. I know he’s gonna be so stoked for Tunnelers though.

Scout doing her best Baywatch run. Move over, Pamela Anderson.

Scout doing her best Baywatch run. Move over, Pamela Anderson.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Every single time she’s at the beach — without fail — Scout will get tons of sand all over her face and be very pleased with herself.

When I left for work this morning.

Anonymous:
Does scout immediately run to the window when she sees you walking out the door??

Most of the time, she does. She also does it when Corgdad leaves — even if it’s just to take out the trash or check the mail. I bet she thinks we go somewhere fun without her every time we leave.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Baby Gatsby preferred the “comforts” of a pee pad for napping.

Baby Gatsby preferred the “comforts” of a pee pad for napping.

Gatsby went in for another urinalysis (at our regular vet) last Friday and I got the results yesterday. The urinalysis came back clear! No infection, no blood, and no more crystals!
Per our vet, we can stop feeding him the Royal Canin SO food and go back to feeding him his regular food. Our vet said that sometimes, crystal formation is caused by diet, so he recommends another urinalysis in 3-6 months just to make sure everything is looking good. 
We’ve recently started giving him probiotics, as well as a cranberry supplement, so hopefully that will help. 

Gatsby went in for another urinalysis (at our regular vet) last Friday and I got the results yesterday. The urinalysis came back clear! No infection, no blood, and no more crystals!

Per our vet, we can stop feeding him the Royal Canin SO food and go back to feeding him his regular food. Our vet said that sometimes, crystal formation is caused by diet, so he recommends another urinalysis in 3-6 months just to make sure everything is looking good. 

We’ve recently started giving him probiotics, as well as a cranberry supplement, so hopefully that will help. 

I found TMNT socks at Target for $1.

…Target is a dangerous place.

I found TMNT socks at Target for $1.

…Target is a dangerous place.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I left to go to Target and looked back and saw this.

I left to go to Target and looked back and saw this.

 
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