You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we think Rhode Islanders deserve a dog that’s just as optimistic as their small but mighty state.

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Rhode Island’s official motto is the shortest of all 50 states: “Hope.” If you’re a Rhode Islander looking to adopt of pup, we suggest getting one that’s just as short and sweet. We suggest a Corgi: a small dog with a big heart, just like Rhode Island.

Rhode Island has a history of sticking to its guns. It was the first state to push for independence from England and and the first to officially declare it in May 1776, and the only state to reject prohibition. Corgis are like Rhode Islanders: intelligent and stubborn. They have a large capacity for learning but can be difficult to train because they have their own agenda. We’re sure Rhode Islanders can appreciate a dog with a strong sense of self.

Rhode Island is the smallest state, but given all its trailblazing should not be underestimated. Same with the Corgi. If you assume Corgis are slow and unathletic based on their short legs and stout bodies, think again. They are actually very fast herding dogs that love exercise. Corgis are happy, loving dogs that are great for families. They are squat little optimists that encapsulate the Rhode Island state motto.

Here are some resources to check out if you’re ready to bring a Corgi into your Rhode Island home.

Rhode Island Corgi Rescue Resources
Rhode Island Corgi Rescue Groups
Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust
Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club Rescue Program


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