It’s me, Buddy and the Bear…and The Legend of the Blue Merle Corgi

The Legend of the Blue Merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi**

By: The Bear as told to him by his mother

Once upon a time on a tiny farm in Western Wales, Near the Cardiganshire Castle, there lived a sheep farmer, his wife and their small daughter. They raised sheep and made a meager living selling the wool. They were very poor but happy!

The small daughter, when her chores were done, would rush out to dance among the trees and flowers in a small glen. A cool breeze always blew gently around her as she danced and sang!

It just so happened that this glen was home to a Fairy Queen and her band of followers. Now the Fairy folk loved singing and dancing.  When the little girl’s singing filled the glen with happiness and was heard by them, they came to watch. Not wanting to be seen, they stayed hidden among the trees.  Days turn to weeks and the fairies began to look forward to the little girl’s visits.

One day the little girl did not come! That day turned to many days. The fairy queen sent her fairies to find out what had happened to the little girl. It was evening and the cottage had lights in the windows but there was no laughter or singing. They drew closer to the window and peered in. It was a very sad sight. The mother was holding the little girl in her arms. The farmer was telling them that their faithful old sheep dog had crossed over the rainbow bridge. He would not be able to tend the sheep alone. They would have to sell the sheep and the farm before they lost everything and move to the village where he could find work.

When the fairies reported back to the queen she decided they must help! She and the fairy band went to the glen and asked the gentle breeze for help. The wind gathered the wild flowers, golden Gorse, Wood Sage, Pink Bell Heather, bluebells, the rare white bluebell, the reddish-brown soil and the dark from the night sky and the fairy queen added the magic…

 

The next morning the little girl woke to a soft whining sound outside her window. She ran out to see and there he was..
A small, blue-gray spotted puppy with big ears and blue eyes ran to her. He had a white front and a bit of pink on his nose! His legs were short and his fur was thick and he had a magical look in his blue eyes! He licked the little girl and jump and danced and barked! When the farmer and his wife came to see about the noise there was much hugging and laughing and tears of joy!  This dog must be a gift! Because of his low appearance they called him Corgi. Translated from Welsh this means dwarf-dog.

The little Corgi came by herding naturally and the farmer was very pleased! Of course as all good stories end, the family and the little blue corgi lived happily ever after.

It’s the way it was told to me by my mother who was told by her mother, who was told by her mother and so on back to the beginning.

This is the end of the tale and the beginning of human folk being blessed with Blues!

***Personal Assistant Postscript: Yesterday’s post sent me off to find some of the legends that I had discovered over the years about corgis. I finally found the link to the Blue Merle legend but it was no longer there. As I am very careful not to take what should not be taken I didn’t copy it for my story folder. Telling my woes to the boys, the Bear told me he knew that story. His mother had told it to him. So what you see above is pieced together from what I remember and what the Bear remembers. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it!

Buddy wants to find his legend too. We’ll work on that!

If you are interested in the pictures, we photoshopped them. The Puppy, of course, is the Bear. The little girl is my granddaughter when she was younger. The sheep are just sheep. I don’t have any of those.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sammy on 10/23/2011 at 5:29 am

    Buddy and Bear,

    Your PA is sooo creative. What a wonderful story about how Bear and all the blues before him came about. Bear you have a wonderful heritage and I hope you will always live up to it. Can’t wait to hear what Buddy’s (and mine too) legend is all about.

    Your Brother Sammy.

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  2. What a wonderful story! I enjoyed it so much, that I shared it with Nala. 🙂

    Happy almost Monday woofs & hugs! ❤

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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  3. Posted by Kiki on 10/24/2011 at 9:04 am

    Hey guys-
    Love the story and the pictures. If you know a Blue, you know that this story is true. There is something magical in them. From the moment we saw The Bear, a tiny little guy, 5 lbs ? walking on a leash with his ears up, I knew. Something different about that guy. I think when Corgis are honestly loved, the kind of unconditional love only a few people can give, their individuality comes out. That must by why the two of you are so special. I guess it is easy to be yourself when you feel understood. = )

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  4. Lovely story and pictures!

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  5. Posted by laurie rossiter on 10/24/2011 at 4:52 pm

    We agree, we blues are something extra special magical!!!!
    Saiorse, Olwyn and Brychan in Alberta!

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    • Posted by itsmebuddy on 10/26/2011 at 8:30 am

      Hi! Stubbydogs, So nice of you to stop by our blog and leave a comment! We couldn’t find you on the web. Are you corgis? It doesn’t matter. We just love all pets! We’d like to see pictures of you! Do you have a blog?
      Buddy and the Bear

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  6. That is a sweet story with beautiful pictures.

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  7. Absolutely lovely, Becky, er, I mean Bear! The photos and the tale.

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