October 3, 2011

Tuesdays With Tag - It's Official...

Yes, my friends. It's official. I own a second, bona fide swimming corgi! In the tradition of Fezzik, Taggart loves playing in the pool, and he's worked out some unique and amusing techniques.
I mean, just look at his entry. Impressive, right? Wearing nothing but a corgi smile, parabolic ears and that cute little nub of a tail! Look at how he's tucked in his front legs! Adorable, I tell ya.
I know it looks like he's a little frazzled, but trust me. The whites of his eyes are only showing because he's looking "downstream" to catch up with Handsome. It's a look of determination.
He now knows to turn around to head back to the swim-out. That's where he can safely climb out of the water to rest a bit. He knows right where he's supposed to go for a teeny rest before jumping right back in.
One of the things that makes us laugh is when he does a tight turn. Where Fezzik used to just stop kicking one leg to make his turns, Taggart prefers a little butt roll. This technique causes his back leg to break the surface just enough to splash some water. It resembles a turtle flipper splashing around, and it's so cute. It only slows him down a bit.
He knows that he can trot along the top step (it's an extension of the swim-out) and jump out from there. This shows the beginning of his exit.
If you click on this picture, you can see just how much water he hauls out with him. He's not too interested in shaking off the water, mainly because he's only going to jump right back in!
If he's out of the water, he'll run to whichever end of the pool Handsome is heading toward. That way he can give a little "Hi, Dad!" when Handsome surfaces.

What I really wanted to show you is my six month old corgi's beautiful topline. If it weren't for his boyish, frowsy coat, he'd win Best In Show, don't you think? No. I'm not going to show him in the ring. He's gonna be a working boy true to his breed. Once we get down the basic commands (which, so far, His Little Boldness obeys when he's in the mood), we'll find some tests and trials for him. (Don't tell me about using treats, because he knows when I have them and at those times he's a perfect gentleman. He also knows when I don't. That's a story for another day.)
After a little towel and blow drying from me, it's off to his kennel with a nice dry towel to dream about his next swimming escapade. Or perhaps his dreams involve herding a few wooly, runaway sheep? I'm so proud of my charming, pool-proof, swimming corgi.

So, 'til next time...More wagging and less barking!
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Sharon said...

Great pictures, Donna! I love the one of Tag and Handsome!

Kris said...

Soooooooooooo cute!!! Great post!!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Donna,
Ahhhhhhhh. Very cute and Handsome is not too bad either!
Carol

Carol said...

Aw come on Donna. You trained him to love the pool so you don't have to give him a bath, huh! Well, I'm sending Junior down to learn that trick.

This is a great post! That little pooch has certainly captured your hearts.
xx, Carol

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a little cutie! He looks like he was born knowing how to swim. So sweet snuggled in his kennel. Enjoy your day! Twyla

Sherri said...

Donna, Tag is so cute!! I love to see him in the water! He looks so cute in his kennel resting up for the rest of his day! Have a good one!

Jillayne said...

He's adorable Donna - I can just picture you laughing behind the lens!
I especially liked the picture of him all tucked up in his kennel; like any child, the perfect picture of innocence whilst sleeping!

Charlene said...

How PRECIOUS!!! That Tag is too cute! Elle swims too. Does Tag get ear infections??? Elle seems to really have problems. I think maybe because her ears droop down the water gets "Stuck" down there. Isn't it a relief when they learn how to get out? I always worried until she learned how to get out on her own. It's cooled off enough here we aren't swimming any more. HUGS!
Charelne & Elle

Createology said...

Such a relief to know little Tag can swim and get out of the big pool. How adorable he is with the full bent front leg dive in. Looks like Tag is giving Handsome quite the workout. Happy Tuesday Tag...

Angie said...

Oh. My. Goodness! He is the cutest little thing EVER!!! I've always wanted a Corgi---I'm currently owned by two wienie dogs... *sigh*

Minimiss said...

What a lovely start to my day reading your post. I don't think I can add much more to the comments about that cute little critter of yours. I'm sure he could keep you entertained for hours - in between naps of course.

Mary Ann said...

Great pictures!! I'm jealous of thw sunshine and swimming pool. Here in Ohio, we have been running the furnace!!

Did you get the fabric you needed in your post a week or so ago?

Quiltin' Sandy said...

How Gorgeous is that little guy! Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful pictures, Donna. :)

Lynns Lovelies said...

Donna, he is just precious!! I am so happy for all of you. Looks like he totally loves swimming. I am so happy I stopped by~~thanks so much for sharing him.:)

Hugs,
~Lynn♥

Patty said...

What a little cutie!

MosaicMagpie said...

How handsome Tag is! What a great workout too.
Deb

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh Tag is SOOOOOO cute! I love seeing doggies out for a swim. They truly do seem to love the water. Tag looks so sweet laying down for his after-swim nap. Thanks for sharing such sweet photos!!! :)

Michelle May (Shell) said...

What form and style! hee,hee,hee. He's just too darn cute!
xx, shell

Sharon said...

Oh be still my heart! Such a little love. I am so happy for you.

DeeDee said...

I have missed the Tag stories so much... another swimmer in the family :D

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