Here is an Update on Axel’s situation!

So we took off this morning at around 10:00, Axel has always been pretty anxious in the car, but in an oddly excited, but also terrified way. But he did great on this ride:

We stopped to potty once, funnily enough in the parking lot of an adult bookstore (It was the only thing off the exit) But all in all he did great. (Excuse the boo boos on his face, they are from a rubber muzzle the vet told us to use while we waited for the meds to kick in. He had a tendency to ram his face into things while he was wearing it).

We got to the farm and were immediately greeted by the owners. They were friendly, and seemed to enjoy Axel very much. They remarked how sturdy his frame was, as he is on the big side for a corgi (Which was genetic, his dad was pretty built as well) And how he looked like he’d make a great show dog if it weren’t for his colouring.

She introduced us to her male working dogs (They were in a gated off area under the porch while he got settled in) and immediately a group of cats decided to come and see what was going on, and amazingly, Axel had no problem with their presence. (He’s been pretty timid with cats in the past.) 

Leaving was heart wrenching and very hard. But the woman promise she would send pictures updating us on his time there. 

Th first that came through:

Axel’s first friend he made on the farm was this cute little kitty beside him! He got to spend the day relaxing in the shade of a truck listening to a race on the radio, and he seemed perfectly fine with it! 

Next, they introduced him to some of their other dogs, who act as if he has been with them the whole time. 

I’m so happy he’s getting along with the other dogs, I know the only one who really has a problem with this situation is me. I know he knows I love him, and I know this was the right choice for him. He will get to do what he was made for, and I hope he will be very happy there. 

corginaut replied to your post: This is a very hard post for me to wri…

Good luck to you and Axel! Hoping all goes well!

fawkesvonottoman replied to your post: This is a very hard post for me to wri…

My heart goes out to you, your family and sweet Axel. Sometimes, the best thing to do for our dogs is not the easiest. I hope you will still visit Axel and I hope he will be happier on the farm. We’re rooting for you and Axel! :)

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What a kind unselfish person you are. Please try to see if you can go visit occasionally, then wait until you are settled in your own home to get another dog. Just because one puppy didn’t fit your lifestyle doesn’t mean another won’t be perfect.

I can’t express how much I appreciate all of your advice, comments and  support over this year. You all mean so much to me. This is a very sad and hard decision I had to make, but you all warm my heart. Thank you all so much.

This is a very hard post for me to write. I’ve been absent for a while now because of some problems I’ve been having with Axel. He is a very loving corgi, but it is no doubt that he has pretty serious anxiety, and it has made him act aggressively toward my family, and at very rare times, my friends. He’s always been a very anxious puppy, even from day 1, He was afraid of drawers, the ceiling fan, fart noises (even from himself, and let me tell you, he is a gassy puppy) cars/busy streets (Which made walks around the neighborhood nearly impossible). but it started getting pretty serious around May when 1. my brother and I were finished with school and started spending more time at home with him (according to the doctor, dogs need a bit of alone time and about 16 hours of sleep a day) and 2. when they started fixing stuff around the house because of water damage from our hard winter here and Michigan. All this pushed him over the edge and he started hiding, growling and snarling whenever someone did something that scared him, and even snapping on occasion.
We have done everything that we can think of to try and help him, we got calming collars, mental stimulation toys to try and refocus his mind of more calming things, we hired a personal dog trainer who specializes in aggressive behavior and dogs that people believe are too far gone to train (we didn’t believe that about Axel, but that’s their specialty. All that training did was make him worse and stress him out more, because they didn’t do about it the way that he needed them to. but that’s ok, they didn’t know, he was a different case) and we even took him to a vet to get a prescription for Anxiety medication. All this was very straining both financially and emotionally. 
If it were up to me, I would keep trying, I would pay whatever and do whatever to help him be happy here. He was always fine with me, he rarely ever showed any aggression toward me. The main problem was that he was trying to defend me a lot of the time from things that he thought would hurt us both. (i.e. my parents, drawers, fans, etc.) If I were living on my own and I had the say I wouldn’t dream of ever giving him up.
But it’s no my decision, it is straining my parents on all sides, and I can’t do anything to help it (financially since I am currently an unemployed college student, and emotionally, because he can’t seem to stop protecting me.) so a decision had to be made about him.
A year ago, before I got Axel, when I was looking for dogs, after being turned down by several rescue organizations and decided to look for breeders instead, my mother  found a farm in the town where I was born. The woman who owns the farm rescues and breeds working dogs, her specialty being corgis. My grandmother (Who used to own a horse farm near this farm) contacted this woman and told her about Axel. She was very enthusiastic about the idea of training him, she’s seen corgis that have acted the way he has, and believes training him on a farm and letting him use his herding instincts will really help him be happy and calm again. It’s not official yet, and at the moment I’m writing this, we don’t know when it’ll happen. Possibly this weekend. I’m scheduling this to post this weekend, so he may even be there already. And I promise you this is actually a farm and not a euphemism for putting him down like what’s classically told. There is a real farm, and it is a very nice place.
This is all very hard for me, it’s heartbreaking really. I love Axel with all my heart, and I’ve been sobbing for about a week while these decisions were being made. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it, he’s my baby, and it’s likely I’ll never been able to see him again. I love him so much, but I’m not the only one that I can think about in this situation. My family needs peace, and so does he. I really hope he’ll be happy there, and I’m sure he will be….I just wish he could be happy here with me. 
So I just wanted to let all of Axel’s faithful followers know what is going on, and thank you all for joining on this brief journey. Just to clarify, Axel was very loved here, he was never abused, nor neglected, everything that happened had to do with his nature, he wasn’t getting enough calming chemicals in his brain, it’s a natural thing that happens to people, and even animals. We’re hoping that pursuing his natural instincts will help him.
We love you all. Goodbye for now.

This is a very hard post for me to write. I’ve been absent for a while now because of some problems I’ve been having with Axel. He is a very loving corgi, but it is no doubt that he has pretty serious anxiety, and it has made him act aggressively toward my family, and at very rare times, my friends. He’s always been a very anxious puppy, even from day 1, He was afraid of drawers, the ceiling fan, fart noises (even from himself, and let me tell you, he is a gassy puppy) cars/busy streets (Which made walks around the neighborhood nearly impossible). but it started getting pretty serious around May when 1. my brother and I were finished with school and started spending more time at home with him (according to the doctor, dogs need a bit of alone time and about 16 hours of sleep a day) and 2. when they started fixing stuff around the house because of water damage from our hard winter here and Michigan. All this pushed him over the edge and he started hiding, growling and snarling whenever someone did something that scared him, and even snapping on occasion.

We have done everything that we can think of to try and help him, we got calming collars, mental stimulation toys to try and refocus his mind of more calming things, we hired a personal dog trainer who specializes in aggressive behavior and dogs that people believe are too far gone to train (we didn’t believe that about Axel, but that’s their specialty. All that training did was make him worse and stress him out more, because they didn’t do about it the way that he needed them to. but that’s ok, they didn’t know, he was a different case) and we even took him to a vet to get a prescription for Anxiety medication. All this was very straining both financially and emotionally. 

If it were up to me, I would keep trying, I would pay whatever and do whatever to help him be happy here. He was always fine with me, he rarely ever showed any aggression toward me. The main problem was that he was trying to defend me a lot of the time from things that he thought would hurt us both. (i.e. my parents, drawers, fans, etc.) If I were living on my own and I had the say I wouldn’t dream of ever giving him up.

But it’s no my decision, it is straining my parents on all sides, and I can’t do anything to help it (financially since I am currently an unemployed college student, and emotionally, because he can’t seem to stop protecting me.) so a decision had to be made about him.

A year ago, before I got Axel, when I was looking for dogs, after being turned down by several rescue organizations and decided to look for breeders instead, my mother  found a farm in the town where I was born. The woman who owns the farm rescues and breeds working dogs, her specialty being corgis. My grandmother (Who used to own a horse farm near this farm) contacted this woman and told her about Axel. She was very enthusiastic about the idea of training him, she’s seen corgis that have acted the way he has, and believes training him on a farm and letting him use his herding instincts will really help him be happy and calm again. It’s not official yet, and at the moment I’m writing this, we don’t know when it’ll happen. Possibly this weekend. I’m scheduling this to post this weekend, so he may even be there already. And I promise you this is actually a farm and not a euphemism for putting him down like what’s classically told. There is a real farm, and it is a very nice place.

This is all very hard for me, it’s heartbreaking really. I love Axel with all my heart, and I’ve been sobbing for about a week while these decisions were being made. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it, he’s my baby, and it’s likely I’ll never been able to see him again. I love him so much, but I’m not the only one that I can think about in this situation. My family needs peace, and so does he. I really hope he’ll be happy there, and I’m sure he will be….I just wish he could be happy here with me. 

So I just wanted to let all of Axel’s faithful followers know what is going on, and thank you all for joining on this brief journey. Just to clarify, Axel was very loved here, he was never abused, nor neglected, everything that happened had to do with his nature, he wasn’t getting enough calming chemicals in his brain, it’s a natural thing that happens to people, and even animals. We’re hoping that pursuing his natural instincts will help him.

We love you all. Goodbye for now.

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. I’ve been seriously neglecting Axel’s blog, and followers. Not much has happened, we mostly lounge around, play a bit, and then lounge some more. We haven’t gone on many adventures, so I haven’t taken many pictures.

But I have some quick cell phone pictures stored up from the past few months that I think are pretty cute, and those will be popping up over the next week! 

Thanks for following! We really appreciate it! 

Love,

Axel and his mommy.