Today’s Watercolor: The Fairy and the Dwarf Dog

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When you think you know all there is to know about dogs, it turns out that you are wrong.

I just found out that the Corgi was the gift of fairies. That’s right, this short-legged, feisty, vigorous herder and funny clown, “dwarf dog,” was a gift from Fairies in Wales, way back when.

It turns out there was a war between two fairy tribes, the Tylwyth Teg (a common name for fairies in Wales — it means, “Fair Folk”) and the Gwyllion (creepy fairies). The creepy Gwyllion fairies won the battle and killed two members of the Tylwyth tribe.

During the funeral procession, two human children stumbled upon the ceremony. The generous Tylwyth people gifted them with the two corgis that had belonged to their slain kinfolk.

The humans were encouraged to use the dogs to herd their cattle. The fairies used them for transportation, in daily work as well as in battle, and the feisty Corgi temperament shows why.

As Shakespeare said, “Though he is but little, he is fierce.”


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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