Sunday, April 18, 2010

more yellow flowers and our Corgi rescue saga

All the animals seem to be posing lately near these kerria japonica, or japanese yellow roses. They are generally very stunning when in full bloom, but this year they have gone quite mad with sheer volume of blooms and color.

Some of my weekend work has been postponed due to mower suddenly needing new fuel filter. I spent some time yesterday cleaning the feed/tack room (and ended up sticking pinwheels into a number of my compost mounds in the front field, which made me happier than it probably should have) and today I am going to relax while husband and daughter take kayak and cameras down the nearby river. When they get back, chores will resume!

We found out earlier this morning that what we had suspected is true - the man with the Corgi we were hoping to adopt has decided to keep him. Which is fine, but it has taken us weeks of attempted meetings and one aborted "meet me halfway and I'll give you the dog" episodes, as well as many unreturned calls and emails, to finally get a clear statement. It was my understanding that the dog was spending lots of time alone in a house in a crate, so I hope that the prospect of giving him up prompts the owner to spend more time with what sounds like an amazing Corgi!

Meanwhile the local Corgi rescue has only two dogs (a good thing, don't misunderstand me!) and neither are matches for our household. Kyra is in a very upbeat place right now - I feel the time is ripe for a new canine family member - so we are actively looking again and trust that the right dog will find his way to us soon.

We're having a near-perfect day today - sunshine, with high of 70 degrees F, so I'm heading out to enjoy it right now!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Your yellow roses are beautiful, no wonder everyone wants them as a backdrop to their photos. I've never heard of these particular roses but they seem like they may be a good addition to our farm. I'll have to check them out and see if they're compatible with our weather.

I'm sorry to hear about the Corgi misadventure. Perhaps the owner will change his mind again and he will be yours. If not I'm sure another dog will come along that is a perfect fit for your household.

billie said...

Arlene, they were planted by the people who built our farm, and we have done virtually nothing for these roses - they don't have thorns and are reed-like in the winter, which makes for an interesting look in the winter garden.

I don't know much about where they grow best - but if they fit your zone, I recommend them for ease of care and huge pay-off in the spring. They bloom all summer long.

jme said...

i agree the roses are beautiful and, well, if there's little maintenance involved they're my kind of planting! (i am terrible with plants and manage to kill just about everything :-\ )

that is frustrating about the rescue, and sad the dog missed out on a chance to be part of a wonderful home :-( but i am always amazed at how something comes along when the time is right - sometimes when you aren't even looking. your new family member is out there somewhere :-)

ponymaid said...

Billie, those roses look delicious. Have your donkey lads sampled them? I hope that Corgi's human does the right thing for the dog himself - if he does, I suspect said dog will end up with you. I hope it's just a case of a winding path...

billie said...

j, they remind me of lantana and butterfly bushes - low maintenance, high yield beauty, and butterflies and hummingbirds love them.

billie said...

Sheaffer, I have not seen the donkey boys sampling the roses, although they seem to like what is underneath them quite a lot!

Especially sad about this Corgi is that his current home is his second home (and he is only 3). He was rehomed due to the fact that he was spending so much time alone in his crate, which is what has happened again in the second home. We were told initially (by a third party who had placed the dog from first home to second home) that the current owner was completely on board with the rehoming.

My biggest hope is that the current owner realized a sufficient bond during this process that means he is taking the dog with him on his daily routine. The man is retired, so conceivably it could work well for the Corgi, if the man is willing to do it.

Although we haven't met this young Corgi, he sounds like a wonderful, well-behaved dog who wants to be with people and other dogs. I sincerely hope that's what happens now, even if not with us.

Enchanted Forrest said...

I'm so sorry things didn't work out with this Corgi boy. I share your hope that his current home does right by him and I hope your own special Corgi finds his way to and you family soon. I'll let you know if I hear of any good prospects.
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billie said...

Thanks, Sue. Although I am whining a little about the way this turned out (mainly that we weren't kept in the loop about the change of heart), if the current home changes for the good of this Corgi, that's probably the very best outcome, as I know it is rough on dogs to be re-homed multiple times.

I've kept my eye on a few local shelters too, for dogs that might be good fits other than Corgis, but once you rule out females, and rule out dogs that can't fit through our dog door, there aren't that many left!

We haven't ruled out a puppy. And we're not in a huge rush.