Sunday, November 14, 2010

Queen Elizabeth and Her Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II is the most important royal person in Great Britain.  She started being Queen on February 6, 1952, after her father, King George VI died.  So this means that she has been Queen for 58 years.  And ever since she was a little girl, she has really, really loved horses and dogs.


The kinds of dogs that Queen Elizabeth loves most are Welsh Corgis, which are a short-legged type of herding dog.  This breed of dog probably first came to Wales with Flemish weavers in the 1100s.  Then they bred with local herding dogs and got to be really good at herding cattle and other livestock.  The word corgi is Welsh for "small dog," so it kind of fits, even though corgis aren't as small as some other types of dogs.

King George VI brought the first corgi into his family in 1933, and this dog was named Dookie.  Later on, Princess Elizabeth got her very own corgi, who was named Susan.  Most of the corgis in the Queen's family have Susan as their ancestor.


Queen Elizabeth liked to breed her corgis, and she let each female have one litter of puppies.  She kept some of these puppies, but she gave the other ones to friends and relatives.  The Queen also crossed corgis with dachshunds to make a dog she called a "dorgi."  One time a photographer asked her how these two breeds of dog could mate, since one was taller than the other, and the Queen said, "It's very simple.  We have a little brick."


In 2009 the Queen decided that she would stop breeding her dogs.  And the reason for this is because she is now 84 years old, and by the time the last dog she has gets old and dies, she will be in her 90s.  Also two of her dogs died of cancer last year, which made the Queen very, very sad.


So the corgis she has left now are Linnet, Monty, Holly, and Willow.  And her dorgis are Cider, Berry, Candy, and Vulcan.  All of these dogs live like royalty, so to speak.  They have their very own Corgi Room, where they sleep in wicker baskets, but they also can run around the royal apartments wherever they want to.  And in every room there is a big pile of blotting paper, in case someone has an "accident."

The daily menu for the corgis is typed up and posted on the kitchen wall.  Some days the corgis have chuck steak, and other days there is poached chicken or liver or rabbit.  The meat is chopped up and mixed with boiled cabbage and white rice.  Besides fixing this yummy food for the dogs, the royal chefs also bake buttered scones to serve the Queen every day at tea.  Except she never eats these.  She gives them to the dogs instead.


Whenever the Queen travels to one of the other castles, she takes the dogs along.  If they go in a plane, the dogs have to be carried up the steps of the plane.  Usually it is the Queen's footman who gets to do this.  One time, a footman named Paul Burrell, was taking nine corgis on leashes down some steps at Sandringham, and the dogs pulled so hard that he fell down and got knocked out.


Some other people in the royal family don't like corgis as much as Queen Elizabeth does.  This includes Prince Philip, her husband.  One time someone heard him saying, "Bloody dogs!  Why do you have to have so many?"  And Prince Charles prefers labradors to corgis.

Nobody is allowed to discipline the dogs except for the Queen.  And because they are herding dogs, the corgis sometimes nip people on the leg.  And by "nip" I mean "bite."  The royal clock winder got a bad bite one time, and the guard officer had the seat of his trousers torn out.  Even the Queen got a nasty bite on her hand once when she was trying to break up a fight between two corgis.

Anyway, after doing my research on Queen Elizabeth and her corgis, I'm thinking that living in a royal palace might be a very good thing.  I wonder if the Queen would consider adopting a cute little black-and-white basenji girl.  Maybe I'll send her my resume and find out!

16 comments:

  1. Loved today's blog. I've always liked that the royal family likes animals. I can't think of one person I know who has a corgi - so I guess I've only seen them in pictures or on tv watching dog shows. To be a bit "snippy" I'm not surprised Prince Philip doesn't like the corgis....he doesn't seem to like much of anything in the world. :) You must remember that before sending a resume to the royal family....I'd hate to think if you were approved that Pr. Ph. would be your caretaker. I doubt that would be his job, but one never knows. Please tell your mom I'm doing better.
    Love, AP

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  2. Just noticed today's blog and comments are in blue!! Looks nice!
    AP

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  3. Dear Aunt Patty,

    I picked out a whole new look for my blog, so that's why the words are in blue. I'm glad you like it.

    Mom said that Prince Philip probably has more important stuff to do than take care of the Queen's dogs, so I don't think I would have to worry about him. Mom also said that since I don't have a birth certificate, I can't get a passport, so I wouldn't be able to go to the UK anyway, so maybe I should just stay here, even though the food isn't as good as what the royal corgis get.

    I'm glad you are feeling better, and my mom is glad about that, too!

    Love, Piper

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  4. Great post! I LOOOVE CORGIS! they're the cutest thing ever!! i can't wait to get my own!
    Thnks for the info about the queen and her corgis i've always wanted to know more about that..

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  5. I have a Corgi and he is 7 years old and his name is Baxter, he is really a con artist and he is over protective of his swimming pool. No one can go near the pool and if you do he nips at your heels. The Corgi is totally nuts I wonder if I need to see a dog psychologist to determine his nature of the H2o scene.

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  6. Dear thudbreaker,
    Baxter sound like a very funny dog. I wonder why he likes his pool so much. I didn't think corgis were water dogs. Maybe he is part lab! LOL
    Sincerely, Piper

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  7. My two corgi's, Cutter and Scooter, are obsessed with playing soccer. They bounce the ball off their heads, noses and backs. They body block most of the kicks so they would be excellent goalies. They also catch the soccer ball in their mouths; I had to help Cutter get his teeth unstuck from the ball one time.Bob lets some of the air out of the soccer ball because they poke holes in it if he doesn't. We have to get new soccer balls at least every 6 months. I wish I knew how to video and upload as it is hilarious to watch them play.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Your corgis sound like they are a lot of fun. I like the story about how Cutter got his teeth stuck in the ball. I think that's the kind of thing my doggy brothers would do, but I am much too smart for that, of course! Hahahaha! Thanks for writing a comment on my blog!
      Sincerely, Piper

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  8. Hi Piper,
    My name's Tucker, I'm a tri-color corgi who's named after a very smart corgi in books my mom reads. I love to travel all over the country with my mom and dad. I swim in the ocean in Florida and Maine and in Lake Ontario when I'm home fishing with dad. So I really get the water thing with Baxter. I've got to try the soccer with my BFF Cloe, the boxer next door,sounds like a blast. I think your story about my cousins and the Queen is really grrreat. Thanks for sharing their stories.
    Woof Woof Yip, Tucker

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    1. Dear Tucker,
      You sound like a great dog with a lot more energy than I have, now that I'm getting middle-aged. I have never liked water and swimming, but I guess you really to do that kind of thing! You sure have traveled around a lot. I have only been to Missouri and Oklahoma and Texas. Thanks for reading my blog!
      Woof Woof Yip back atcha!
      Piper

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  9. We have a wonderful corgi named Princess Grace, or Gracie who is 8 years old. She is the Princess of the house and heards her younger brother, Prince Charles (Charlie) our carine terrier! She is EXTREMELY picky. When she wants to be petted she speaks to you, and gives a little bark if you stop. When she was younger she could actully jump up on the bed. If she was lying on it, and you got on the bed and moved the mattress! Heaven forbid. She would give you "the look" you have disturbed her and jump down. Charlie can't go anywhere near her bed, or she lets him know that is her bed. She eats very dantliy, in small bites and does not like anything sweet. (Charlie will eat anything) We love her very much and she is has more personality than any dog we have ever had.
    myrainbowpromise, Riverside CA

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  10. I have 10 welsh corgi's i love them to bits they are so cute. they are called Shadow, Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Edingbrugh, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, DJ DOG, NJ, Pepper and Salt they are all brothers an sisters. They have just turned 5 weeks. We named them after some of the royal family because the royal farily are SPETACULAR :)

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    1. Wow, you really have a lot of Welsh Corgis! I'll bet they are very cute, especially since they are still just puppies. I like the royal family names, too!

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  11. Hi - Don't mean to be a nit picker but Corgi comes from the Welsh 'Corach Gi' which literally means Dwarf Dog

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    1. Thanks for the information. The corgi's body proportions do make it look more like a "dwarf" instead of being just "small."

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