I started the New Year by welcoming a new member of the family, Ernest, my ten week old Welsh Corgi Puppy. In the grand Indisputably tradition (thank you Andrea!) I am posting a photo of the world’s cutest Welsh Corgi Puppy.
My new puppy is named in honor of Ernest Shackleton, one of the great explorers of the early 20th century. Shackleton is perhaps best known for his failed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. His ship, the Endurance, was trapped and ultimately crushed by ice. Shackleton led his men to survival over ice and through some the worst seas in the world. Despite the harsh conditions, all of the expedition crew members lived and, perhaps equally impressively, remained on good terms with each other. Shackleton was a natural dispute resolver and trusted his instincts when it came to hiring decisions. He took the view that he could train any man (since they were all men) to do any job they needed to do, so he hired based on personality and whether he thought the man would get along and mix well with the others in the crew. If he were living now we would say he had very high emotional intelligence. Needless to say, I don’t expect my little Ernest to explore anything more harsh than our local park. But, I can already see his emotional intelligence as he charms everyone he meets. Of course, being the Cutest Corgi Puppy on Earth probably helps.