There are the big kids, Marc and Brock and their wives, Debi and Angela. There is the little kid — one beautiful six-year old granddaughter named Adrienne.
Then there are the furry kids. They are Cardigan Welsh Corgis. Kip is black/white with brindle points. He turned two the end of July. He’s sweet, energetic, has a sense of humor, and believes I’m the boss. His companion is Inca, a lovely, but somewhat stubborn, red/white girl. She’s nearly six years old. She is the goddess and rules the place. The corgis are learning about obedience, rally, tracking, agility and, perhaps before too much longer, herding. They are both registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. Our visits to hospitals and nursing homes are fulfilling to us and to the people we visit. Kip is also a R.E.A.D. dog who works with children to improve their reading levels. Kip’s own reading skills aren’t that great, but his listening skills are terrific.
The baby is Chase — what a cute little brindle guy! He’s taking puppy agility and possibly considering such directions as come, sit, stay, and down. He’s so willing and sweet (usually) that I can’t be too frustrated about him blowing off my commands. He loves Kip (who is soooo happy that I got him a puppy) and Inca (who’d just as soon he went home to Carolyn and Tom). She occasionally plays with him — that’s after two months of curling her lip whenever he walked by. Beautiful Adrienne loves all three dogs — even though the puppy is a little wild, and Kip drags her along when we go to the park. Inca is her first choice as a walking companion.
March 10, 2008