Good morning folks of the internet.
It is currently 23 degrees outside in Oklahoma and drizzling, which means the drizzle is becoming ice the moment it touches anything because it is freaking cold. However, I am sitting on my comfy couch, my Tardis throw blanket wrapped around me, heater on, and a Corgi snuggled next to me.
Ah, I love these days.
Life With A Corgi
During our first year of marriage, Shelby and I were contemplating having a baby, we couldn’t make up our minds (babies are kind of like getting a dog, right?), so I gave him an ultimatum: baby or puppy. He chose the latter, good choice.
My mother had recently acquired a male Corgi named Cowboy, because Cowboy’s previous owners didn’t love him as a Corgi should be loved, so my sweet mother took him in. I loved Cowboy from the first moment I met him. He was all smiles, stub wagging, and couldn’t get enough of my love. Needless to say, it was an easy decision when my mother told me that she knew a lady that had a female Corgi and they could get them together for a… play date. She told me that I could have the first pick of the litter. Several months later, Shelby and I found ourselves driving out to these people’s home in rural Oklahoma to pick up our new furbaby.
I remember seeing all the little furry buns running/waddling toward me as I sat criss-cross-apple sauce on the ground. One puppy in particular didn’t seem to want to leave my lap, had discovered my fingers, and was happily chewing on them with her puppy teeth. It wasn’t a difficult decision and we were soon driving away with a puppy in our backseat (I was back there too and got to watch her fall asleep in her kennel).
We promptly took her to a nearby vet and got her new puppy shots so that we wouldn’t have to worry about her getting anything serious like parvo. We had discussed the name on the drive to the farm but hadn’t told anyone what it was yet, so it was fun to utter her name to the vets when they asked us.
“Her name is Tali,” we said with smiles on our faces, and she was ours.
Four Years Later
We spent the first two years of her life in a small house in NW Oklahoma, then we moved to SW Oklahoma where we finished up college, and now are in OKC. She has made the transitions easy and is the main reason a place feels like home to us.
Tali knows how to sit (especially if there is a treat or toy in your hands), she can lay down (if you tell her to about a dozen times), and can “dance” (if you have a toy or treat in your hands). As per Corgi usual, Tali enjoys food, playing, running around, antagonizing the cat, and sleeping (food is at the top of the list though, that stomach is a never ending hole).
Tali loves, and I do mean loves, strangers and anyone who thinks she is pretty/cute (and she definitely knows what she has going for her).
Her best friend, besides mom and dad, is our friend, Taylor. She has literally known him since the first day we got her, he was the first outside person she met. Taylor has babysat her when we went on vacations, is the reason she sleeps in bed with us (that was inevitable), and just the mention of his name gets her excited (she’s gone to the door before in anticipation of him coming over).
Tali loves giving kisses, hates baths (I have to get in the tub with her to make her stay in there), and loves to play tug-of-war.
Tali is the happiest dog I have ever seen.
She also knows where the dog park is.
On To The Lazy Days
It should come as no surprise that I enjoy lazy days with my Corgi. She is an absolute joy to be around and has the strangest quirks.
A couple weekends ago, I took her outside for a quick tinkle, and soon found myself being led to the apartment complex’s dog park. What I hadn’t realized, at the time, was that she had remembered the direction and location of the dog park, she knew I would take her, and, I am fairly certain, she knew what day of the week it was so she knew she could convince me to go with her. Dogs remember everything.
Today will be a lazy day as we sit and wait for Shelby to get back home from work, he’ll be gone for nine hours, so we will be having lots of play time and snuggles, after we clean the apartment of course.
Speaking of, I have yet to convince her and the cat, Milo, to help me clean the house. They’re home all day, why can’t they wipe down the counters and do the dishes? I am raising a couple of bums.
Bums or not, I wouldn’t want to have any other dog by my side on a lazy day or just a regular day. There is something truly special about coming home to that smiling face every day.
Tali has taught me that no other creature on this planet, humans included, will love you so unconditionally as a dog does. They want nothing more, except treats, but to make you happy. We are their whole entire lives and purpose. I really think we could learn a lot from the way dogs look at us, they forgive easily, love fully, and will do just about anything to get that snack that’s in your hands.
So, pet a dog today.
Do you have any pets? Have you had the pleasure of meeting a Corgi before? Let me know what you think of this post! And, as always, have a fantastic day!