"Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you!"
~ Madeline Bridges
All-Around READing Dogs
Maryland ~ "Stretch"  

Pembroke Welsh Corgi therapy dog visiting at Holy Cross.

Stretch is a welcome visitor
at Holy Cross.

According to the American Kennel Club description, herding dog breeds such as Corgis must have agility, freedom of movement, and endurance. Stretch certainly fulfills those requirements, and then some. Among his accomplishments are titles and medals in Beginner and Novice Musical Freestyle. He also got a 2nd place ribbon for Best Trick at a dog event in Maryland and Pet of the Week at Cinemark Theaters (where his photo was shown for one week before the coming attractions). He also received his AKC Canine Good Citizen award and his AKC Therapy Dog award. He was even the Valedictorian in his Basic Obedience Class in his younger years. He received his CD (Companion Dog) title in 2014. This is the beginner level in obedience. He also passed the herding instinct test, where he herded five sheep.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi ready to walk in a St Patrick's Day Parade.

This picture of Stretch was taken
when he walked in a St. Patrick's Day Parade.

At less than 30 pounds, Stretch may look like a little dog. Don’t be fooled. He is a “big dog” in a small package.

Books about Welsh Corgis include:
Corgis! by Colette Anjou
Cowpie Corgi, by Randi Yocum
Has Anyone Seen Winnie and Jean? by E. B. McHenry

(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)

Sweet Stretch crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on September 24, 2016. He always had a smile on his face and will be greatly missed by many.

Angie wrote this wonderful tribute about Stretch, sharing many of the activities they experienced together. She hopes when you think of him it will bring a smile to your face:

Stretch's Life

Born January 10, 2005, Stretch is a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Because she knew exactly what type of dog she wanted, Angela waited to buy him from a reputable breeder. He joined her life when he was two months old and proved to be a very lovable and outgoing pup, just perfect for her household. 

Pembroke Welsh Corgie resting on a pillow in the library, waiting to hear a story.

Stretch makes himself comfortable
while waiting for the next young reader.

Angela says Stretch wants to be friends with everyone. It seems his “job” in life is to bring joy and smiles to whomever he meets. Starting with Pets on Wheels (now called PAWS, People and Animals Who Serve--Anne Arundel County) when Stretch was just one year old, he later became registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. and then a Reading Education Assistance Dog®.  Stretch was been a welcome visitor at Children’s National Medical Center and the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC, as well as various nursing homes, group homes, schools, and assisted living facilities, He also visited Lifeline LLC, a group home for children with special needs, where all the children were in wheel chairs. Stretch also was part of the R.E.A.D. program, where he attentively listened to children reading stories to him at the library.

Stretch currently (2014) visits Morningside House of Friendship, an assisted living facility in Hanover, Maryland. The residents are very happy when he arrives, especially when he is on his skateboard!

A very good student, Stretch has had classes in obedience, herding, agility, and flyball. Sometimes he and Angela perform demos in obedience, agility, tricks, and canine freestyle (dog dancing) with members of his obedience school.

When he has spare time, he has fun with neighborhood children and his squeaky toys or playing at the dog park. He also likes accompanying Angela to dog-friendly retreats or bed and breakfast inns. Next to playing, his favorite activity is eating—dog food, human food (especially sweet potatoes), even cat food.

2015 Update on Stretch

In recent months, 10-year-old Stretch has become more affected by his diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy (DM), to the point where he needs a cart to get around. However, he is very full of life and eager to attempt most anything. Therapy dog duties? Of course. Canine freestyle dancing? He earned his Beginner title in the handicapped division, which they call the Handi-Dandi class. Tricks? With some modifications, Stretch is the first dog with DM to earn a Champion Trick Dog title through Kyra Sundance's Do More With Your Dog program.

Stretch was a welcome visitor for therapy visits.

Awards for Most Difficult Moves in a Routine

Stretch has done so much with Angie, it's hard to believe he's the first dog she's ever had. Click this link to see more of Stretch, the "super Corgi on wheels" -- the photos and video will have him scooting into your heart:

Stretch of Maryland, Super Corgi on Wheels