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#0: 08-10-2019 @ 04:39:02 pm
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MachVergilMachVergil

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Please behold Percival Willow Clegg de Silva.  We call him Percy.

He is a four month old Corgi Puppy.  He is the son of an American corgi and a Brazilian corgi.  His father actually has American Kenel Club papers as an accepted Corgi, so he's pretty close to official.

We picked the name Percival so we could call him Percy.  Willow is his breeder name, so we picked that as his middle.  Brazilians tend to have four names so we thought we'd give "Clegg" as the third name and then end his name in "de Silva" which is the "Smith" of Brazil in terms of most common last names.

I have a gallery of all the photos I took today from the Breeder's house and the trip home which you can view here.

 

This post was edited by machvergil on August 10, 2019, 7:42 pm


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#1: 08-10-2019 @ 04:59:07 pm
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OMG OMG OMG

PUPPER DOG. HE'S SO CUTE.

Give him some pets for Shieke and I!


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#2: 08-10-2019 @ 06:42:45 pm
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Oh man, what a GOOD BOY! He looks so cautious and curious!


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#3: 08-10-2019 @ 06:47:23 pm
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AAAAAAAGGH!!!  PUPPER DUPPER DOO!!!

 

Well now we HAVE to come and visit.  Congrats!

 

N


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#4: 08-10-2019 @ 07:28:45 pm
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Such a little fluffy guy!  It does not surprise me in the least that you guys ended up with a corgi. ^_^


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#5: 08-10-2019 @ 07:58:21 pm
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PUPPY!!!! I have so many feelings and most of them are high pitched. Eeeeeeeeeeee!


#6: 08-11-2019 @ 07:15:48 pm
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Day 2 took him outside for the first time.  Went out four times.  Got him to eliminate outside on the fourth try.  We are ecstatic. 

So far he loves people more than toys.  I keep trying to play with him but he's way more interested in what I'm doing than any toy. Reminds me of a certain cat I had once.  At least he doesn't bite.  Like.... at all.  We had a struggle force feeding him a pill earlier today and in all his struggling he still never bit.

Good boy.

 


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#7: 09-13-2019 @ 04:41:33 am
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So as of today our Puppy is a month older and we've had him for a little bit over a month. 

As you can see Percy has grown.  He is still small, even for a Corgi, but he also still has months to grow so that's to be expected.  In this time we've:

  • Basically housebroken him.  Once in a great while he'll have something unusual happen but it's clear he doesn't want to go in the the apartment.
  • Trained him to sleep in his crate.  This took some doing - we moved it from the terrace/balcony into the living room and that seemed to help a lot with the separation anxiety part.  I'm also glad we did this before it got hot out because it's basically impossible to keep that terrace cool unless I keep the windows shut and blinds down all day with the sliding door opened to an air conditioned room. 
  • Discovered that he loves playing Soccer.  By this I mean he loves chasing things (herding breed makes sense) but he particularly loves chasing soccer balls in large fields.  If you kick the ball slow enough he will intercept it and try to divert it with his body, which is a lot like playing defense in soccer!
  • Discovered he absolutely a submissive pup.  He feels no shame at rolling on his back for any new person or dog that showers him with attention.  That doesn't mean he won't get right back up and play as soon as he's done with "hello" of course.  Because of this however we've been able to slowly train him off nipping at people, doesn't bark very much, and generally is a friendly, agreeable puppy.
  • Have introduced him to a lot of people and dogs.  He comes with us every Wednesday to "Marine Boot Camp" now where he is basically our mascot, running back and fourth from people trying to do their workouts, sometimes just sitting with them, other times trying to get underfoot during push ups.  I've taken him with me to Kitty's office a few times and everyone loves him I do.  He of course also meets a lot of people just traveling through the apartment or going for walks.  Many of the locals are taken with him because Corgis are not a common breed here but they still find him very cute and fluffy.  "O que lindo!  O que fofo!" I often hear.  With other dogs, Percy always wants to make friends, but large groups of dogs quickly overwhelm him if he doesn't get to spend time with them, and loud growling dogs behind garage doors scare and confuse him, though he's slowly winning some of the regulars over with patience and sniffing. He of course has made at least one friend out of the dog of one of Kitty's coworkers who lives above us.  Now when he sees their dog they both always look forward to playing.

Here's video of him at our local dog park

A big highlight to all of this happened last night.  (I was debating posting this here or in the other topic where I have been talking about living here).  

So as you know seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.  So it's early September and already we're getting days with the highs in the mid to upper 90s.  Yesterday was one such day in which Percy was so hot that he'd come with me to do his business outside, but once out there getting him to move more than a few feet before collapsing and panting was a chore.  So come sundown I took him out for his evening stroll and he was full of life and energy, finally freed from the oppressive heat of the sun.  I wanted to take him to our combination tennis court/basketball court/tiny soccer field but another family was using it, so I decided instead to take him to the dog park near the mall near where we live.  

We've been to the park before.  There are two parks really - one for dogs under 15kg and one for dogs over 15kg (that's about 33lbs which we think Percy might reach when he's done growing), each have benches, a mostly gravel field, and a huge metal bowl attached to a fountain that makes it easy to refill and propped just high enough off the ground so the dogs can't move it, but can still reach it.  There's a couple of regulars who recognized me (and of course their dogs recognized Percy) so once we arrived and I let him lose he went to play with the dogs and I chatted up the owners.  You know, so far so normal dog park.

Then a bucket of Hieniken appeared and I was offered beer.  Turns out we had a larger than normal turn out last night so the regulars went to the one restaurant on the street outside the mall still open at this hour and ordered a bunch of beer, some bbq beef, and bread with toppings for everyone at the park.  They even got the a server to bring us a mini table and kept the beer and food flowing.  What I had intended to be a short walk, short visit, then return home, turned into an hour and a half social call for both me and dog, complete with free beer and food.  I spent the whole time doing my best to speak Portuguese, but there were also multiple Brazilians there looking for English practice so we did a lot of back and fourth.   The beer helped loose my lips so I think I spoke better than I normally do (they were certainly complimentary of me), and every time I looked back at Percy he was at play.  He was often being chased, sniffed, barked at, and he'd often roll over and give each dog their turn, only to roll back and leap at them when he had the chance.   By the time we left Percy was beside himself and I was being asked to teach English classes or give out my resume because "We could find an English speaking Web Designer a job so fast here!" 

When I told Kitty about all of this (she couldn't come she was working late last night) she reminded me  that we live in Sao Paulo, the New York of Brazil and not just because it's economic capital of the country.  SP has a reputation among Brazilians for being cold, distant, and uncultured ("The don't even say 'Good Morning'!" as one joke we heard went).  Again I say if this is "cold and unfriendly" what the heck is the rest of the country like?

Long story short, Percy is well along the way to becoming a very good dog.  I wasn't always sure of this - this phase of puppy-dom often has teenage angst-like rebellion days where Percy suddenly acts like he doesn't understand my commands or doesn't care, but they are often followed up with days where he is well behaved and when it really counts he tends to listen.  He's loved by many and we are often complimented on how calm and friendly he is.  I think we lucked out with him and I'm looking forward to seeing how he turns out as a grown doggo.


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