Driving for Dogs

When Rusty asked me to guest write a blog for The Intelligent Dog’s Guide to Humans I was very honoured but I had no idea what to write about. I am more of a dog’s dog than Rusty and I am not used to all this blog stuff she goes on about. She told me the other day she had put my picture on a book of faces or maybe a face of books. Anyway I had no idea what she was barking on about. Apparently Rusty and thousands of other corgis are on this website and they appear to spend their time looking at my picture and saying how much they like it. Strange but I suppose it is understandable!

I am much more practical than that and this is why in my first blog post I would like to deal with cars and how an intelligent dog can drive one. When Rusty and I were pups we moved into our house in Warsaw. There was a wonderful Corgi lady living there already called Itek. She was a very beautiful Pembroke Corgi and thought us many things. Rusty has already written about Itek who died last year and Rozsia who died in 2011. http://intelligent-dog.com/dog/photos-2/  One of the things Itek thought me is how to drive a car.

 

Itek giving me a driving lesson in a red car.

Itek giving me a driving lesson in a red car.

The first thing I learnt about cars is that dogs don’t go for any old car. We are not car snobs but a dog has to look good in the car and must be able to stick its nose into the wind. A convertible sports car is ideal for this. I believe that the best models are the red ones. They look very well and never cause problems. Some of my dog friends recommend a type of car called a red Ferrari. I am sure your humans will not mind going out and buying you one.

There is a secret to dogs driving cars and it is very simple. You need more than one dog to drive. One dog will sit where the pedals are and control the gas and brakes while the other does the steering. When you come across a dog driving down your street you will only see the one who is steering. Many humans cannot believe what they are seeing. How can such a small dog drive a car? Well now you know – there are two of us.

 

The author out on a drive

The author out on a drive

As you probably know if you read Rusty’s blog we have a very nice cat in our family called Sasza. She often asks if she could drive the car with us. When it comes to driving there are two problems with cats, they are very light and they sleep a lot. Sasza could get on the pedal and push it gently. When she concentrated she would be able to push it hard enough to get to 10 miles per hour. But next minute she would fall asleep. She would still be pushing against the gas pedal but only gently enough for the car to do 5 mph. I would have to keep driving for half the day waiting for her to wake up so we could stop the car. If your cat suggests she can drive do not fall for it.

Humans have all sort of strange rules for driving. In one country the car turning to the right has the right of way. In others it is the car which arrives at the junction first that has right of way. In our country we drive on the right hand side of the road. In the ancestral home of corgis, Wales, they drive on the left hand side. Traffic lights are a problem for dogs as it is difficult to make out the colours. My advice for all of this is to avoid police vehicles and stick to country lanes.

 

This car is smaller which makes it the right size for a dog.

This car is smaller which makes it the right size for a dog.

Driving is not so difficult for the intelligent dog. I have often been asked what the most difficult thing about it is. Well there is one thing that causes me a particular problem and I know the same is true for other dogs. It is impossible to put the key in and start the engine with your paw. I think this fact alone counts for the excellent canine driving safety record.

Guest Blogger – Bonnie

I would like to introduce Bonnie who will occasionally be joining us a guest blogger.

Our new Blogger, Bonnie

Our new Blogger, Bonnie

Bonnie is Pembroke Welsh Corgi so together we will have the two important world views (Cardigan and Pembroke). I know you will enjoy reading her blog posts.

Rusty,
Chief Blogger,
The Intelligent Dog’s Guide to Humans.

Dog Shows

There are not many problems with being a dog but there are some. As a dog who is also a blogger I need a bit of help with getting my paws around the keyboard as I am sure you will understand. Anyway over the last few months a lot has happened. We all went travelling and Bonnie and I were in Dog Shows in Denmark and Germany. I wanted to tell you about everything. I was waiting at the computer. I had lots to write and guess what Peter wanted to go for a walk. Well, we are dogs and you don’t have to mention walks twice! We also can’t be expected to think about writing a blog when we get back. So that is why it has been so long between posts.

The Danish dog show was on the island of Bornholm. We had to get in the car and travel for ages and ages. Bonnie and I were put in a cage in the back of the car. It was a bit small. Anyway we drove through the night and arrived somewhere at the very top of Germany. From there we got a ferry to Bornholm. They, our people, had been talking about camping for a while but Bonnie and I had no idea what that meant. We found out that night it means sleeping in tents. This was really good and we tried to behave ourselves as best we could at the campsite. We did bark occasionally but not without good reason.

The dog show was the next day in the main town on Bornholm. We all, especially the people, expected great things. When we arrived at the show the owners of the local dogs all looked at us intensely. I think they may have been a bit scarred of us. They needn’t have worried. We did not do well at all. The judge was very expert. I believe he was an important dog breeder who bred corgis and was very influential in the Danish Kennel Club. Myself and another really nice cardigan who was from the local town were described as “very good”. The other cardigans belonged to important Danish breeders and they were all described as “excellent” by the judge. I guess he knew them better than us. Bonnie got an excellent certificate when she was shown which was very good.

Bonnie met her half-brother at the Bornholm Dog show

Bonnie met her half-brother, Mister Conrad Gaucho  at the Bornholm Dog show

The next day they had another dog show in the same place. I thought I might do better as there was a different judge. I was described as “excellent” and awarded second place in my class. Usually at dog shows you have to get first place in order to get a chance to get a CACIB (This is an award for beauty) or for a best of breed award. In Denmark they have a different rule where any dog which is described as excellent can go for this. The problem was that no-one had told us about this and they did not point out that we should be in the ring when the comparison was happening. Our people did not find out about this until they went to collect documents with the Judge’s description. There were told then that we were a no-show. This caused a lot of upset among our people who thought we were cheated.

This dog show ended on Sunday and the next dog show was on the following Saturday and Sunday. We spent the time in between traveling all over the place and camping. We were in Denmark, Sweden, Denmark again and then Germany. Finally we arrived in Leipzig where the second dog show was held.

The Dog show in Leipzig was big, very big. I think it is one of the most important dog shows in Germany. There were a lot of people there and an incredible amount of dogs. One of the things which Bonnie and like to do at these shows is just go around and sniff the butts of some of the other dogs. We did not expect to do so well in this show. We were wrong.

This is me getting ready to be shown at Leipzig

This is me getting ready to be shown at Leipzig

The first day was the international show. I did OK being described by the judge as excellent but Bonnie won “best of breed” for the Pembroke Corgis. Our people were also surprised by how well this show was run and how friendly everyone was. They were also remarking to each other about how ‘fair’ they thought it was.

We had a bit of a celebration in the town of Leipzig that night and the next day was the German show. Bonnie got excellent again, as I am sure you would expect. However, I got best of breed and was given an award which said I was a German champion. I was pleased as punch but I don’t even know how to bark in German.

Bonnie and I watching the final part of the Leipzig Dog Show

Bonnie and I watching the final part of the Leipzig Dog Show