The puppy is wonderful, cute, adorable, and sweet; all those great things. She's intelligent. She's an attention-getter. Everywhere I go, I hear "I don't think I've ever seen a corgi puppy before." (No exaggeration - everywhere). Men and women, boys and girls gather 'round. Even if I appear to be counseling in depth with a person who believes they are dying of cancer, people come up and want to pet her.
She brings tons of joy, lots of frustration, and I'm being tested to the very core. The Queen Mum has corgis (I bet her dogs don't eat poop).
This corgi is Pembroke Welsh Corgi. There are also Cardigan Corgis who have longer fur/hair.
A friend of mine said just the other evening, "I'll bet you attract Mr. Right with Bella!" I said, "That would be okay as long as he's wealthy, and is a dog trainer." Somehow, unless you're first name is Ceasar, those two things are probably mutually exclusive
The big thing now-a-days is crate training so you need a crate, and if the puppy is small you get a small crate but this means eventually you need a larger crate. Then you spend money on chew toys or she chews your leg or your dirty clothes or your couch. Your most prized possessions are held ransom for cheap squeaky toys made in China. Even if you buy the most expensive toy with the loudest squeak, the puppy will still bite into your hand or your arm until she sees a blood pumper. She's not satisfied until she sees you really cry and the bed clothes stained. I use freecycle.org for crates and toys that I don't need, and that I do need. It's a yahoo group. Saves money and stress. Just ask for what you want. Someone is going to respond. You can also give away your old shoes and other useless junk. Sometimes I stare at my belongings and a few moments go by and I've got ten giveaway ads. The only inconvenience is waiting for people to pick up the crap you no longer want. The trade-off is not too bad.
At the beginning of lunch today I drove to Redwood Estates and picked up a free copy of a dog whisperer book that I'll read (for free). A local dog trainer contacted me and sent me literature. Hopefully this literature will give me even more understanding and help with training methods. I have a larger crate for work, a smaller one for home, a leash, a halter for the leash, obedience training classes each Sat. Dogs have to be house-trained. They still poop on your carpet and they will pee standing right next to an open door. I mean, come on!
Yesterday I said to my sister, "This dog is nasty. If she were a stripper, she'd be the kind of stripper who wore no clothes to the strip joint. She'd give it away for free and not even bat an eyelash."
Dogs are gross. You have to be prepared for gross.
If you have a group of dedicated family members, get a corgi. Otherwise, I recommend a stuffed animal and watching Animal Planet on Discovery.