Saturday, November 14, 2009

CorgiAid activities

And how could I forget all of this? CorgiAid is having their annual auction beginning tomorrow. Go to: and bidding also begins tomorrow and ends November 29th. Lots of corgi and non corgi stuff (check out those wonderful "state" baskets people have been donating!). There are cookies, state baskets, toys, grooming items, artwork, jewelry, books, toys, calendars, you name it and one of our creative donors has come up with an idea that will interest you! Every cent goes to CorgiAid!

We have also chosen two of the illustrations from the Watching book to become ornaments. If they aren't up not, they should be, soon. Also the CorgiAid calendar featuring 12 corgis who were helped by CorgiAid, and their stories. Go to: for these items. You can also go to: as they have a calendar featuring the "I CAN!" corgis who must be in a wheelcart because of back injuries or DM. Many of these corgis are in carts provided by CorgiAid's loaned cart program. You can buy from both places and then check out once, which will save you money on the shipping. All profits from the first site goes directly to CorgiAid, the profits from the wheelcorgis site goes to purchase carts for corgis to be loaned out (and are therefore owned by CorgiAid, so they benefit in a round about way....).

And if you have been living somewhere else the last ten years, and don't know about it, Corgiaid is found at where you can read about the dogs who have been helped this year and in previous years.

If you have forgotten to order your book, "The Watching:, this can be ordered off the CorgiAid site, too, look for the tab that is under the banner at the top.

Thank you ALL for making CorgiAid what it is, a huge success for the corgis who need us most......

The Further Adventures of TBBEYTM Aisling

If you have been following Aisling's adventures, you already know she is a kleptomaniac, steals everything she can and then looks at you with big, innocent and kind eyes. I guess stealing is all in one's perception of whether it is actually stealing or not.

About a week after the Ladder Incident, Jerry was sitting in the front room and saw this going on:

Apparently, Jerry put a dog cookie up there one night that he intended to give to someone as an extra incentive at bedtime to get someone to go into their crate. He forgot about it and the next day, I found it and handed it to the nearest corgi. Also apparent is that there are residual molecules that cluster about the last known site of a cookie's life, much as a ghost will hang around some areas. And, Aisling, being ever curious and totally food driven, pushed the fox over on the little table and proceeded to climb up and examine the site for further evidence of the ghostly cookie's previous domain.

Oh, but it get worse. She has two daughters, Goodness and Mercy, who are now about 10 months old. (Shirley, the fluff, is being reared by a brother to Aisling, I expect great things out of her one day, too!) Although they exhibit some sterling qualities passed on by their sire's DNA, we must remember that they are being reared by the Beautiful but Evil yet Terribly Misunderstood Aisling herownself.

This morning, Jerry the Rastafarian, decided to have Justin and Mercy accompany him to work. He works at a small airport here in Northern Michigan. And the pilots and passengers who come in like to see the dogs. Our most famous celebrity so far has been the Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. Our greeting party for that day included Hayley and Topaz, as well as Jerry, myself and Jim, the airport manager. All Republicans, I might add, even though Jen herself claims to be Democrat. :) No one else was here to greet her!

Jerry's habit is to leave here and go get some kind of pastry on the way in, for himself and whoever might stop by the airport. This morning's choice was blueberry muffins. He put them in the back of the vehicle to be sure that they were "safe". Nuh uh. Mercy climbed in the back and claimed she was guarding the muffins from terrorists. So he rescued said muffins and took them in the building, along with the two corgis.

When Jerry went outside to do something, she then ate the food that Jim left behind for his dogs. Then she got into the trash and ate the wrapping that the muffins came in. The trash can is completely empty. What a helpful corgi! Jerry had secreted the muffins safely in the refrigerator. When he called to tell me this, he told me he was putting his lunch and his wallet in there, too. No point in letting her get her paws on his credit card.

By the way, this all happened by 8:30 this morning......

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Watching is coming!

The Watching: A Corgi Christmas Tale

By Millie J. Williams

With original art by Evie Anderson, Kay Folk, Robert Holst, Kim Hundley, Chris Landers, Ginnie Mickelson, Diane Puntenney, Cindy Read, Cathy Santarsiero, John Scarinici, Christian Slade, and Barbie Sonnett

“Christmas was coming, and Princess Cheveu and all the other corgis and animals at the Castle were preparing for a mysterious and magical event called the Watching. A little red and white corgi, Lola, had been abandoned at the Castle doorway because she couldn’t do her job herding farm animals. Like other lucky rescued dogs, she had found safety at last. But would she be able to overcome her fears and journey to the field for the Watching? And what big surprise would await the Watchers?”

The annual version of “The Watching,” usually released for Christmas Eve, has become a tradition in corgidom. Millie Williams wrote the original story in 2002 for the Corgese list on Yahoo Groups, and since then it has been enjoyed each year by thousands of readers on Corgese, Corgi-L, WheelCorgis, and other e-mail lists. Each year, people have looked forward to the new story, and in 2008, “The Watching: Misty” was published, with photos, on the Web. Now the 2009 story―The Watching: A Corgi Christmas Tale―is being immortalized in a more permanent form, published as a beautiful full color paperback book with dazzling artwork.
All net proceeds for these books (after printing and shipping) benefit CorgiAid. The books will be shipped beginning December 1, so pre-order now to guarantee you’ll have your copy before Christmas. Books ordered by November 15 will include a special bookplate, signed by the author herself. The books are only $20 each, which includes shipping, so order extras as gifts for all your animal-loving friends, young and old. International orders are $27 each.

To order, go to:

Coming December 1st: A special two-week only eBay auction of the original artwork, created for The Watching: A Corgi Christmas Tale, by Evie Anderson, Kay Folk, Robert Holst, Kim Hundley, Chris Landers, Ginnie Mickelson, Diane Puntenney, Cindy Read, Cathy Santarsiero, John Scarinici, Christian Slade, and Barbie Sonnett.

Coming Soon: A limited edition series of holiday ornaments featuring original art created for The Watching: A Corgi Christmas Tale.