No, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is NOT Becoming Extinct

Despite what the Internet memes are telling you, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not about to join the Passenger Pigeon and the Stegosaurus as a species lost to history.

There was a burst of panic this week when Britain’s Kennel Club put out a press release declaring that it had put the breed on its “Vulnerable Breed List.” In fact, it wasn’t quite so genteel about it as all that: It declared that since only 274 Pembroke Welsh Corgis had been registered with the Club last year, the breed should be considered “at risk of disappearing from our parks and streets.” The next thing you know, there was a storm of hysteria, as though the Corgi needed to be carefully guarded worldwide.

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It's true that among the Brits, Corgis aren't quite as cool as they used to be. Even the Queen, long known as the world's most famous Corgi fancier, recently announced that she would no longer be getting new dogs to replace her old ones as they die out. In her old age, Queen Elizabeth is afraid of tripping over the stubby-legged little things. So yes, in the streets and parks of England, the Corgi is a little less plentiful than once it was.

But here in America? That's a different story. Business Insider quotes Hillary Prim, the PR Director of the American Kennel Club, as confirming the Corgi's popularity in the U.S. “Its happy, agreeable nature and adaptability have perhaps played a role in the breed staying consistent at the 24th most popular spot in the US over the past decade (plus or minus a spot or two from time to time),” she told the site. There are, in fact, over 5,000 registered Corgis in the United States." If nothing else, there's still a steady population of anime geeks who fell in love with the "data dog" Ein on the series Cowboy Bebop.

So while the Queen may be getting rid of her Corgis, the breed as a whole will be going nowhere. Cancel the mass panic.

Via Business Insider and The Express

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Last night, after going to the vernissage of Roch Chinchila’s beautiful photography, my friend Sylvie and I went to one of our favourite restaurants in Menton, the Volcano, for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. Great pizzas and pastas here, cooked by chef owner, Driss. And very reasonable.

This little love was my neighbour…. well how could I resist! Her name is Naya, she’s nearly 5 and was rescued by her owner – and plainly, they adore each other!

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Surviving Southern California

Most days I feel like I’m a strange man in a strange land especially since I’m a Texan wearing a skirt for the entire length of the west coast.
We’ve made the coastal turn to the SoCal Bight somewhere around Point Conception, it’s an inflection point – a concavity actually, that naturally delineates between central and Southern California.  
But it’s more than that.  It’s the point at which the cold coastal waters start to warm and the tides begin to downwell.  Too warm for the sweet succulent Dungeness crab.  
The mid afternoon fog banks that roll in almost on schedule to cool us down no more.  Where the sun hovers over the Pacific Ocean all day long and days like today which confuses the hell outta me since there’s gotta be shade at some point throughout the day.  I mean – ‘rise in the east set in the west’ thing I once learned.
The turn also marks the final descent to our seventh month west coast walk.  I write this from our tent, technically in Malibu but only a mile or so south of Neptune’s net where I had my thanksgiving meal – a disastrous tale for another time.
Heck I’m just thankful that we made it this far alive. I recently met a cyclist who travelled most of what we just did save 20 to Newport OR, 154 into SB & a few other crazy dangerous stretches & he said what the hell were you thinking?
Well, we just gotta get to LA was my answer.  Isn’t that the crux of the west coast?  The hub of the hubbub out here?  
We’re almost there – mere days away.  Keep hoping Ellen is there to greet us.  Or at least the kardashians aren’t cuz we’re too tired to turn back.

YBD’s Notes:  I put the last paragraph in there to, in my own way, thank everyone who’ve tried to get us on the Ellen Show.  As I have learned along the way ‘Les chiens ne font pas des chats’. 


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Dog Left at Train Station With Suitcase Finds His Forever Home

Last month, we told you about the Shar-Pei mix who was found abandoned at a Scotland train station, tied to a railing. He had a suitcase. In that suitcase was all his stuff: a pillow, a toy, a bowl, and food.

It was heartbreaking. It was cruel. It was maddening. It was also adorable, and it made for an incredible picture:

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Hearts melted, and Kai became a celebrity is short order. People compared him to Paddington Bear, who happened to have a major motion picture in theaters that very moment. 

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But the story of how a dog came to be waiting for the G train like an advertising exec popping off to the country for the weekend was, indeed, a sad one: Kai was the victim of a botched sale. A ne'er-do-well listed a dog on the UK's Gumtree classifieds site, then did a bait and switch when a woman showed up to look at the dog at the train station. Kai wasn't the dog in the ad. The woman, Fin Rayner, still gave the dog a shot and said she would take him for a walk, and the man asked for a deposit. 

Rayner agreed, and the man left, never to be seen again. Rayner didn't want the dog -- so she left, too, though after telling a train worker that she was leaving the dog. 

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Kai ended up at the Scottish SPCA, which released that iconic photo, and that's when Kai's life forever changed. The organization was “overwhelmed” by offers of new homes for Kai, according to Alan Grant, senior animal care assistant, from places as far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain, and the Philippines. The SPCA had a big job on its hands. 

"It was really important for us to select an owner who wanted Kai for all the right reasons and had really thought through their decision to take on a rescue dog," Grant said.  

And that owner, after a lengthy search, is now Ian Russell, 52, a self-employed hydraulic engineer from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire. 

"It feels like fate that I've been able to rehome Kai, and I'm not usually a believer in things like that. I'm over the moon and very shocked that I was chosen out of everyone who wanted him," he said. 

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"My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas, and I was left heartbroken," he said. "I had her for 15 years, and she was the apple of my eye."

Russell was picked, in part, because he wanted what was best for Kai -- he called the SPCA and simply asked if there was any way he could help the dog. He told them that he would like to adopt the dog, but if staff thought another dog would suit him better, he would take their advice. 

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That was what the SPCA wanted to hear. Russell found out he would be Kai's new dad in early February. He hopes Kai will accompany him around Scotland while he works.  

"I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me, and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.”

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"We know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn't be happier for him," said Grant.

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