Monthly Archives: February 2014
It’s that time of year again. The temperature is perfect; the snow is deep. That’s right—it’s time for the Corgi-lympics. This year’s stars, of course: Leia and Yoda!
The first part of the Corgi-lympics is the opening ceremonies. The most important part of these is to get a good spot on the couch. Leia and Yoda scored a comfy seat with lots of blankets to rest up before the games begin:
After the opening ceremonies, it’s important that each corgi understands the rules of the Corgi-lympics. Here are Leia and Yoda listening carefully to an official:
The first competition in the Corgi-lympics is Synchronized Corgiing. Points are awarded for cuteness, level of difficulty, and amount of sync.
This competition awards points for style, level of complexity, and speed. Leia ran into a bit of trouble during this competition when she made a snow corgi instead of a snow angel, but she earned lots of points for speed:
This is the most complicated of the events at the Corgi-lympics. This event can only be held when the course is maintained under optimal conditions. Snow Tiptoeing can only be held when the snow is at least one foot deep with a thin layer of crusty ice on the top. This event is optimal for corgis under 30 pounds, so as you can imagine, Yoda had a harder time than Leia in this event. The goal is for the corgi to prance gracefully atop the crusty layer of snow without falling in. If the corgi falls in, he or she should pull himself up as quickly as possible and continue the rest of the program.
This event requires corgis to remove the remaining snow from a recently-exhumed dog bed. Points are awarded solely for speed.
Human Following is a new event at the Corgi-lympics. The goal of this event is to follow one’s human as closely as possible, almost—but not quite—getting kicked by the human’s boots as they trek through the deep snow. Points are deducted for getting too close to a boot, getting knocked by a boot, or crying as a result of getting knocked by a boot.
Cross Country Corgiing
The goal of this event is simple: cover as much snowy ground as quickly as possible. Yoda has the clear advantage here, as his legs are much taller, and he is bigger and stronger. Leia struggled to keep up, eventually appealing to a coach for help removing herself from the course.
Green Dot Hunting
Green dot hunting can only happen at night. The goal, of course, is to catch the green dot. Neither Yoda nor Leia were able to actually catch the green dot, though not for lack of effort. There was no winner in this year’s competition.
The goal of derping is to look frazzled and, well, derpish, for the camera. Here are Leia and Yoda, earning gold in a first-ever corgi double-derp:
For Corgi Mountain Climbing, corgis must climb snow mounds of at least three feet. Leia performed moderately this year, but she won by default. Yoda was too afraid to attempt this event.
Winners of Corgi Snow Surfing will combine speed, cuteness, stamina, and snow displacement. While Yoda earned top scores for speed, Leia excelled in all other categories.
We hope you enjoyed this year’s Corgi-lympics. This year’s winner, of course, is Leia Corgi. She won more events than her brother, though most were by default (Yoda withdrawing from competition out of fear of various elements of each event). Until next year, stay strong and corgi on!
I’m writing today about a special corgi and a special cause.
This is Denby Dog. In 2005, the corgi lost the ability to eat, drink, or blink. Today, he faces another challenge: degenerative myelopathy, a progressive and incurable disease of the spinal cord. Despite all of his challenges, Denby Dog and his special person are still going strong–Corgi Strong!, as his Facebook page asserts.
You can learn all about Denby Dog in this interview on Babble.com.
As part of this cause, a corgi community on Facebook, led by Iron Corgi Maggie Thatcher, has come together with some great (and mostly dog-related) items up for auction. The money raised in the auction will go right to Denby Dog and his Person to help with vet bills.
As part of this auction, I’ve donated something special: the chance to name one more character in the upcoming Corgi Capers 3: Curtain Calls and Fire Halls. Any and all money raised for this item will go directly to Denby, and I will send the winner an autographed copy of the book. You can find this item in the auction by using the link in the next paragraph.
If you’d like to participate in the auction, check out Iron Corgi Maggie Thatcher’s Facebook page (here), and then go check out her photo album (here) that contains all the goodies up for auction. Bidding is open for the week.