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Ollie, The Corgi

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Sunny and Ollie.

“Ollie is probably what most consider a ‘velcro dog.’ Whenever we’re at home, he will not leave our side. He is always wanting to be nearby and will follow us from room to room, even into the bathroom! He is happiest when everyone is in the same room, likely stemming from his herding dog instincts.”

Sunny Tao has a three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi “of the fluffy variety” named Ollie, who she brought home at eight weeks old. Sunny’s always loved corgis, beginning with their cute and darling appearance. But it’s their personality that won her over.

“They are known to be very playful, and they’re one of the most intelligent dog breeds, making them very trainable,” she says. “However, they also can be stubborn! They’re notoriously vocal and express their emotions through a variety of sounds including barking, howling, whining and huffing.”

Sunny’s a physician in sub-specialty training in Pittsburgh. She is a frontline worker during the era of COVID (we thank you, Sunny!). She met her fiancé in medical school while in Pittsburgh and quickly converted him into a corgi lover too.  

“Ollie is loving and silly, and pretty much a bottomless food pit as he is always hungry!” she says. “Ollie never turns down any snacks or foods! I think he likes cheese the most. He is also a big raw broccoli, carrot and celery fan.”

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Sunny, Ollie and her fiance.

We spoke with Sunny about her adorable pup and her love for corgis:

Dog Whisperer HQ: What’s a fun fact about corgis people may not know?

Sunny: People who don’t know too much about corgis are always surprised to learn they are herding dogs; their low center of gravity and short legs allow them to be incredibly agile and surprisingly athletic.

DW: Where did you first meet your pup and bring him home from? 

S: We met Ollie through a veterinarian and her husband, who’s a farmer, in western Ohio. Their family had two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and the two had a litter of both fluffy and normal coat corgi puppies.

DW: What is your relationship with Ollie like? 

S: Ollie is probably what most consider a “velcro dog.” Whenever we’re at home, he will not leave our side. He is always wanting to be nearby and will follow us from room to room, even into the bathroom! He is happiest when everyone is in the same room, likely stemming from his herding dog instincts. Ollie prefers not to spend a minute apart from my fiancé and me, and sleeps in bed with us too.

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DW: What are Ollie’s favorite activities? 

S: Ollie loves hiking new trails and discovering and sniffing new things. He also likes a good round of fetch. However, I think his absolute favorite activity — if given the choice — is to eat. Obviously, we have to keep a regimented diet and make a conscious effort to limit treats and snacks to prevent him from becoming overweight (which corgis are prone to).

DW: Does Ollie have a best friend? 

S: Ollie is always curious about other dogs, but he generally prefers interacting with humans if given the chance! His best friend is anyone new he meets on the street. Bonus points if they have snacks. 😉 

Follow Ollie on IG @olliethecorgipup.

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