Lucy is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the older of the two Corgi breeds, the other being a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the type with no tail (see Annie). Cardigan Welsh Corgis have been known in Wales for more than 3,000 years. They were originally used to control cattle before farmers could fence their property. These low-set, powerful, speedy little dogs kept their owner’s land clear of neighboring cattle by nipping at their heels and driving them away.
Lucy loves being petted
listening to stories.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis like Lucy are typically even-tempered, loyal, and affectionate. They are adaptable to city or country life as long as they get regular exercise. They are great companions and love to be with their people. Lucy's owner, Marie Holloway, has found that Lucy is an excellent reading partner to visit with young boys and girls. Having no cattle nearby, and rather than running around chasing and herding children, Lucy quietly visits the Durand Memorial Branch of the Shiawassee District Library on a regular basis and listens to children read to her. Lucy, whose complete name is Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo, is registered with Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
On the days when few children are at the library, Lucy makes sure to visit with all of the staff members and other patrons. She also loves attending story hour and craft programs, especially when the kids have milk and cookies afterward. She can be very helpful by cleaning up the crumbs! Lucy also hopes to expand her activities soon by visiting nearby elementary schools to have children read to her.