Breed Profile: Welsh Corgi

Since we are pondering on all things to do with the Olympics, here's a very British breed, the Welsh Corgi.

Actually, there are two different kinds of Welsh Corgis: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. What's the difference?

According to the Embrace breed profile for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi:

The Cardigan is the Corgi with the tail but he stands out from his cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in other ways, including his larger, more rounded ears and wide variety of colors. His weight ranges from 25 to 38 pounds, making him a little larger than the Pembroke as well.
Although the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis were both developed in Wales and share the name Corgi, they have different ancestry: twin sons of different mothers, you might say. The Cardigan, nick-named the yard-long dog in his home shire of Cardigan, shares ancestors with another long breed, the Dachshund. Unlike the Dachshund, the Cardi was used to drive cattle by nipping at their heels. Today he’s a companion and show dog, but he still has strong herding instincts.

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Pet loss - recent happenings

Carmel_sleeping My blogging friend, Yvonne DiVita, told me the sad news that her dog and companion Carmel passed away last week. Yvonne guest blogged about Carmel amongst her other pets as part of my Me, My Pet, and I series.

Carmel came down with bloat, also known as gastric tortion, that was just too far gone to recover from.Yvonne blogged about Carmie's death here - it's a very touching read.

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Guest Blogger: Yvonne Divita "Carmel and Wabby and the Fun of Having Pets"

While I was preparing to go away for a couple of weeks, I put a plea out on Facebook to see if any of my friends would be interested in guest posting and a wonderful moment happened - one of them said yes! Yvonne Divita, who writes so many blogs I can hardly keep up, offered to pitch in and here is her post. Enjoy!

I am the lucky owner of a dog and a cat. That’s all, just one dog and one cat. We had two cats once upon a time…but we’re down to one dog and one cat.

Here’s the thing – this dog, Carmel, and this cat, Wabby Wibby (that’s short for baby kitty, in case you wanted to know)…grew up together and sometimes they forget which species they are. Carmel often thinks she must be a cat. And Wabby…well, Wabby never forgets she’s a cat but she tolerates Carmel better than the other cat we had.

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Guest Blogger: Celeste Lindell, Average Jane blog

A continuation of the guest blogger series, Me, My Pet, and I, where I ask bloggers to reveal their pet-loving side... This entry is from Celeste Lindell behind the Average Jane blog.

I met Celeste at th Blogher conference just as I was leaving and remembered afterwards that Yvonne, over at Scratchings and Sniffings and recent guest blogger, had suggested I get in touch with Celeste. So I got in touch and here we are, guest blog entry in hand.

Velcro_2 From the time I was a small child, I have absolutely adored cats. I grew up in a semi-rural area with dogs, barn cats, horses, chickens, peacocks and other miscellaneous pets, but I always loved the cats the most.

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Guest Blogger: Brad Feld, Feld Thoughts

I'm delighted to have Brad Feld guest blogging for my blogging series Me, My Pet, and I.

I've been reading Brad's blog now for well over 2 years and find his perspective on VC investing, angel investing, running marathons, and being happily married a very interesting combination. Whenever I have questions about investing or running a board or just keeping my feet on the ground, Brad's blog is usually the first place I go.

Here's his post.

When I was a kid, I tolerated the dogs we had.  As a teenager, we had a large airdale named Addison that I always found annoying.  In retrospect, I think it was channeling my mom (it was her dog after all) and I was having a normal teenage reaction to it.

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Guest Blogger: Yvonne Divita, Lipsticking, Scratchings and Sniffings blogs, among others

A continuation of the guest blogger series, Me, My Pet, and I, where I ask bloggers to reveal their pet-loving side... This entry is from Yvonne Divita.

I've been a pet lover since I was a child. I think most pet lovers start at an early age. But, I adopted pets (at least in my imagination, my Mom wasn't really into a whole house full of pets, just one cat and dog at a time, thank you) because I was lonely. We moved a lot when I was very young, and I always felt a bit out of place whenever we ended up someplace new. It seemed that the cat and dog were the only ones who cared.

As time went on, I received a dog of my very own, as opposed to being the 'family' pet, when I was 12. For 10 years she went everywhere with me. I do mean everywhere (except school). People knew that if they invited me over, I'd have the dog with me.

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Guest Blogger: Anita Campbell, Small Business Trends

Working Cats Clock In

Kingtut_3After years working long days in the corporate world, I now have the luxury of running my own business from home.  My husband also runs his business from home.

Queenofsheba_4 Because we are at home most of the day, our two fuzzy little pet children, Sparky and Sheba – are closer to us than any of our pets before.  Sparky and are siblings.  Sparky is a red cream Himalayan and Sheba is a blue Himalayan.  Himalayans have gentle and loving personalities and become very attached to their human parents.

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New series: Me, My Pet, and I

There are a number of upstanding and respected bloggers and business people who we know through their captivating articulation of their subject matter expertise - whether that be marketing, entrepreneurship, venture capital, or politics. Whatever your interest, it's out there.

But, behind the scenes when they go home, they are pet parents through and through, rolling around on the floor with their dogs licking their faces or write their blog articles with their cats purring on their laps (or shoulders as the case may be). They are besotted with their pets and that's something we don't get to see all that often.

So, I thought it would be interesting to let these human beings show their pet loving sides in the safe confines of the Embrace blog in this series.

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Video of Punch and Sparkle, the Embrace office hamsters

We don't just embrace cats and dogs around here. The office hamsters have been mentioned in this blog before, but we finally got around to getting some real footage for all of our readers who've been so patiently waiting for the hamster cam.

Punch is a Black Eyed Argente Campbells Russian Dwarf:

His brother Sparkle is an Opal Pearl Campbells Russian Dwarf:

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A change in pace: pets and marketing

Over at the Church of the Customer, Jackie summarizes some marketing ideas on "how to set your brand apart by tapping into people's deep love for their pets." from Andrea Learned's Lisa Johnson who has written an new book, Mind Your X's and Y's.

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