Dog meetup at the beach fills the surf with corgis

Visitors to Vancouver’s Spanish Banks beach last Saturday were likely to come across more than just sand and waves. Anyone out on the shore that day would have difficulty ignoring the fact that the beach was overrun with corgis.

Dozens of corgis — small dogs known for their short legs and big ears — were on the beach with their owners as part of a Corgis of BC meetup, and the atmosphere could only be described as joyous. Some corgis ran and played in the water, while others lay in the sand, but all the corgis attained a level of happiness reserved only for dogs at the beach. There was even a celebrity in attendance — Bentley the corgi of Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, who was available for photo ops with fans.

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This Corgi Was Fat-Shamed and the Internet Could Not Handle it

Dogs are taking over people’s hearts, often calling them funny names like “good boi’s,” “doggos,” and “puppers.” Well here’s one very good boi: a corgi named Pax!

Pax took a trip to PetSmart on last weekend for a haircut and a picture was posted on Instagram to show how behaved he actually was. Just look at that face! So cute.

Unfortunately, some people didn’t pay attention to the happy pupper. Instead, they were focused on the size. Corgis are known for their voluminous back side and fluffy fur, so they seem on the big side. However, people went ham on the comments and fat-shamed Pax!

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Monty The Corgi

Our favorite part  of working with our clients is getting to know them and their families. For us, and some of our clients, dogs are a special part of our family. They enrich our lives, and love us unconditionally. We see the joy they bring to our clients, and we love working with them!

To kick off our monthly dog feature blogs, we’d like to introduce Monty. Monty is a rescued Welsh Pembroke Corgi who became part of our clients family when he was five years old. At the time, he had severe separation anxiety. He was given up by his previous family, an expectant couple. That’s how he came to The Cascade Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club, Inc where fate brought him to the Seiberts.  

Despite his separation anxiety, our clients knew Monty just needed some help coming out of his furry little shell. With training and lots of love and attention, Monty blossomed into the great dog they knew he could be. Now, at the age of 14, he may be an old timer, but he’s still got the wide-eyed wonder of a vivacious pup. His natural curiosity made him a fun jobsite manager. Monty is curious and liked to be where the action was! That made it a challenge when he wanted to be in the master bath when the guys were trying to install the radiant heat wiring. He also got into some of the newly painted trim and had some white “highlights” on his black coat.”

Monty is definitely a people dog and loves playing with our clients’ grandchildren (all children, really). He has lots of personality (or “dogality”, as our client put it). He’s been loving the snow we’ve had here in Oregon lately. (It’s been a nice reprieve from the rain, of which he is not a fan.) Monty and his family live in NW Portland.

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  • AKC recognized in 1934
  • Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 36″ dog crate*

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgis are considered as one of the most adored dogs, especially in the United Kingdom. It was recognized by AKC in 1934. Today, people recognize the dog as a separate type of Cardiganshire Corgi, but both of them are cousins, actually.

A man named Clifford Hubbard said the Pembroke had its origin back in the 12th century. He believed the dog was part of the King of Wales’ reign. Either way, modern people love the dog as it has a distinct appearance with a foxy face and sharp muzzle. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a close relation to the Buhund, Vallhund, and Schipperke. 


Most people are able to differentiate Pembroke Welsh Corgis from Cardigans. The most notable difference is the tail. The Cardigan has a long tail while the Pembroke has a docked tail. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is also known as the Pem or PWC.

Corgis are the smallest of the AKC herding group. The lifespan of this breed is moderate, living up to 14 years. It is common to see them nipping and circling around to gather the other pets at home. The only potential problem that owners may have is the dog’s barking behavior. Proper training and socialization will go a long way at minimizing these behaviors.


The Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a similar appearance when compared to Cardigans. The ears are large and long. Those ears stand atop the flat and broad skull of the dog. At first glance, their head looks like a fox. The eyes are dark and round. The dog also has a black nose and black rims as well.

Even though Pems have a similar appearance to Cardigans, the legs are straighter and they have a wedge-shaped head. The tail is also docked. The puppies are born with quite tiny tails. When it comes to the coat, there are various colors found within the breed. All of the colors are accompanied with white markings.

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Is a Corgi a Good Apartment Dog?


Corgis turn a lot of heads thanks to their loving personalities, foxy ears and fluffy wagging bottoms. It’s easy to see why they are so popular! Two years ago I was living in my downtown studio apartment when I came across a local litter of Pembroke puppies. After reading about their highly social, trainable and adaptable qualities, I was in love. My research and the breeder assured me that they were a fine choice for apartment life. I brought home a sable colored boy that I named Milo. Milo is true to his breed: outgoing, playful and intelligent. He rarely ever meets a person, child, or dog that he isn’t immediate friends with. But his energy level, loud barking, and constant shedding, were a bit more hassle in my tiny apartment than I had hoped for. I would like to address some of these common traits for those of you who are considering sharing your humble abode with a Corgi.


Milo does best with a daily routine that includes at least 1-2 hours of vigorous play at the dog park, and 2 or 3 leashed walks for at least a half hour each. Without this he could get quite loud and destructive. His drive to be involved in as much activity as possible also lead him to develop a bit of separation anxiety. He would sometimes destroy something out of spite if I went somewhere without him, especially if he had not gotten to run off leash yet. Because of this, I keep him crated when I go somewhere without him. I used to spend almost the same amount of time exercising my Australian Cattle Dog who passed away before I got Milo. Milo’s short legs didn’t allow him to cover as much distance during his playtime as my previous dog, but the minimum amount of time he needed to spend playing everyday was almost the same. For this reason, I can’t say that I found my Corgi to be much more well adapted to apartment life than my ACD might have been.


High intelligence and a social personality does make Milo more adaptable in some ways. My parents own a farm an hour outside the city, giving me an opportunity to spend time with Milo in both an urban and rural setting. He definitely prefers farm life, given that it was sort of like never having to leave the park. However, his strong herding instincts required us to use a vibrating collar to stop him from chasing their cats and sheep. Milo was tolerant of city life, but most enjoyed being able to run wild and free and interact with a family.

He adores all my nieces and nephew, and is gentle and patient with babies and children. My ACD had been a velcro dog, but Milo is best friends with everybody. He doesn’t mind being left with my family when I have to travel without him. He is very independent, and enjoys exploring and adventuring on his own regularly. He is often in the yard playing by himself whenever possible and loves being outside. After seeing how much Milo took to the farm, apartment living seemed to be rather difficult for us in comparison. After a year, I moved to a house with a yard. Milo definitely seemed to appreciate this, and it became easier to drain his energy by having games of fetch or puppy play dates in the yard.

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