Hi Izzy, welcome and thank you for sharing your story / experience with us.
To answer your questions:
1.You are not maudlin or silly. I think it's perfectly fine to "crave" for a corgi, the question is - Can you commit the next 10 years and provide the financial stability and care that a corgi needs. First year of ownership runs about 2K, an emergency vet trip is about 1K, do an honest assessment and go from there.
2. 4 flights of stairs is fine for an adult corgi, John would be best person to share his summit adventures with you :) the key is built up their stamina gradually.
It's okay if you have any doubts right now, when the time is right, a perfect corgi will be waiting for you. Good luck!
When our weather improves you will love Michigan (especially northern) if you like to hike. I am one of those somewhat rare Michiganders that love it here!
I see nothing wrong with wanting another corgi. I would consider it a tribute to your previous one. Sometimes we get them on Petfinder in Michigan. Also sometimes members here have puppies in need. Just be sure you can handle the medical expenses first. Stairs should be no problem as long as there are no back problems. Good luck in your search. By the way Cheryl Lyons (in Illinois on mycorgi had a corgi mix puppy and mom rescue looking for homes.
Here's an article about the subject. Personally, if you can afford it, I see nothing wrong with lots of corgis!! I can't wait to find my next corgi!
No you are not being selfish! You showed you care just by asking the questions! Corgis love adventures...at least mine do. He/she would get plenty of exercise and 1 on 1 ! I think it would be great for you and a rescue but you would want to make sure that the rescue you get is appropriate for your lifestlye (ex. not too shy or scared). You'll both have a great time:)
Thank you all! i am well aware of the costs of dogs (The old man was on U/D food, $60 for 20 lbs! Plus pills!) I do have a full line of care credit as well :) the only credit card I actually love. lol. Ok, maybe when tings settle a bit more I'll start searching petfinder again :)