I just returned from Harlee's 8 month old well-puppy check and she weighed in at a whopping 9 kilos or 19.8 pounds. I must say that I was a bit surprised as I thought she weighed even less. Reading through some of the posts on this site, I have noticed discussions about other corgis being much heavier at younger ages. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she has grown so much :)
Harlee is not our first dog. Last summer, our beloved American Pointer Yotee passed away after a difficult (thankfully short) battle with lung cancer. Of course, Harlee can never replace her, but she has indeed been tremendously helpful with the healing process for our entire family and she brings us great joy. However, for me, she is really small! I am used to sharing my life with a 70 pound lap dog, so having this little peanut climb on is a real change.
Choosing a corgi was my decision, and I stand by it, after all, who can resist their adorable appearance and sparkling personalities. Harlee is far easier to travel with (important in our diplomatic lifestyle) and more suited to adapt to a smaller home if necessary. She has plenty of energy for keeping up with the kids, yet doesn't require hours of walking/running each day. She is a wonderful family pet! Admittedly though, I have struggled with accepting her tiny stature. Today's weigh in was an important step in the right direction. I know that in time she will grow more, fill out a bit, and be a "solid" little doggie. Isn't it funny that you never notice how they grow until someone else points it out to you or puts them on the scale? She is indeed no longer the 2,2 kilo pup she was on her first vet visit here in Macedonia! Every day she grows bigger and bigger and fills more space in my heart :)