Hey! Guess what!

The Gulch is getting a new Official Dog.

This is Laddie. He’s a 7-year-old Corgi, formerly belonged to Mama Liberty, has only ever been the only dog in the household and sees no need to change. He’s good with people but (based on recent evidence) compulsively tries to herd other dogs out of his life.

That’s all I know about him, but starting in the next few weeks and for the foreseeable future we’re going to learn more.

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18 Responses to Hey! Guess what!

  1. phred ! says:

    Awesome news! I was really hoping you’d end up with him. It also sounds like he has a suitable attitude for gulch life.

  2. Joel says:

    I’m not completely convinced of that. Not long after he moved in with the guys he’s been living with in Southern Montana, he had a close encounter with a mountain lion of which he remained completely oblivious. He’s very much a townie dog.

  3. coloradohermit says:

    Laddie should provide lots of interesting material to post as the 2 of you get adjusted to each other. 😉

  4. doubletrouble says:


  5. FDD says:

    do not sell Laddie short, he just needs time to understand where he is again.

  6. Zelda says:

    But does he like peanut butter? And there’s still time to revise your plan from steps to a ramp for those little short legs. As he gets older (and you get older) you don’t want to be carrying him up and down steps to get him in the house.

  7. feralfaeIlo says:

    I highly recommend a ramp. We had corgis at the ranch, and before they reached 10 years of age, they were beginning to stumble up and down the steps. We did put in a “temporary” ramp at the back door, and a doggie door there as well. The ramp proved valuable and necessary for dogs and humans: the doggie door was soon discovered by skunks, and some wild incidents ensued until the skunks were sufficiently discouraged. Ramps can be helpful. **

  8. Joel says:

    I’m building the rear stairs such that they can support a porch with a ramp if needed later. Because the ground slopes under it, the front of the cabin is quite a bit higher off the ground. A ramp off the front porch would need to be extremely long or employ switchbacks I don’t know how to build. So a doggie ramp would probably be more of a pain in the ass than just scooping him up and setting him on/off the porch once he gets older.

    The more immediate question is whether he can jump in and out of the Jeep without injury.

  9. terrapod says:

    Heck Joel, I have trouble jumping in and out of CJ’s and HUMVEE’s with much longer legs than yon Corgi.

    At 7 years of age he might be able to scramble in with a lot of rear leg action against the yellow pint, but that is a lot of stress jumping down.

    I can visualize a new product already, a retractable automated Corgi Jeep ramp 😉 but failing that, you need a running board just below the sill, this would allow two stage entry. Some pipe, bolts and lumber would do it, just call it the “Road Kill Monster Garage” special..

  10. terrapod says:

    paint, not pint, urk! fingers are rusty

  11. Zelda says:

    Terrapod, even an aging one legged hermit might could benefit from a running board – are there commercially available metal ones – maybe fold up style for rough driving – for a Jeep that can be ordered? While the tools are out, it’s as easy to install two as it is to install one. But the ramp is needed for getting out.
    Laddie will open up a new set of opportunities in Joel’s life.

  12. Norman says:

    Congrats, Joel. May you and your new roomie prove compatible. Is a ramp the answer, or maybe just a couple of shorter steps to accommodate Laddie’s shorter legs? I suspect breaking the total height into 4-5 parts rather then the existing 2-3 may do the trick, and the steps don’t have to be much wider than Laddie. A few stacked concrete blocks or wooden boxes, perhaps?

  13. mattexian says:

    Congrats on your new roomie! Back when my Sheltie turned 7, he started having trouble getting up and down the stairs to our garage apartment. We went to the pet shoppe, looking for the fancy supplements, when a dealer rep showed us several brands of food which already contained those supplements, so we put him on a new diet of Nutro Senior. In a month or two, he was racing us to the top of the stairs again. He passed a decade ago at 17 years old. Right now my oldest dog is 14, and his diet is Iams Senior Plus Large Breed (since he’s half yellow lab), and he’s as spry as a dog half his age, just grumpier sometimes.

  14. Mark Matis says:

    Nobody seems to make “running boards” for his year/model Jeep. They make side steps, but those are round with a flat footpad on top, but have a gap between the step and the side of the Jeep, where poor ol’ Laddy would most likely slip through and break his leg.

    There are a number of folding vehicle ramps that should drop onto the front passenger floor at the top and let His Highness saunter casually into the cab. And they are either bi-fold or trif-old so they’d stow easily in the back “seat”. You’d want one of those with a carpeted top so His Highness doesn’t slip and slide excessively while ascending into the throne room.

  15. Joel says:

    How much can a full-grown Corgi actually weigh? 40 pounds? Less? I can’t think of any major vehicle modifications or construction projects that won’t be less hassle than just picking him up.

  16. Mark Matis says:

    As long as that works for you and him, that’s great! Do understand that a doggie ramp does NOT require any mod to the vehicle. And depending on the length of said ramp, it might even work over entry stairs. This bi-fold ramp weighs 10 pounds:
    and doesn’t squirm. Nor does it nip, as long as you watch where you place your fingers.

    Plenty of other ramps out there as well, at a range of $$$.

  17. Zelda says:

    Didn’t you just recently go through an extremely painful to the point of non-functional episode of back pain and would that pain affect your ability to lift even 40 pounds? Ramps will keep you and Laddie fully functional and mobile.

  18. jabrwok says:

    @Mark: that bi-fold ramp looks nice. It also looks like it could be duplicated with some plywood, door hinges, and sandpaper. And all that for a lot less than the ~$70 that Petco wants for it:-).

To the stake with the heretic!