We went to PetSmart today to get supplies for Morna. We bought a leash (she's arriving with a harness), healthy pet food and snacks as recommended by Kerri (breeder), a bed, food dishes, a few toys that look like they can withstand fierce chewing without coming apart....and for ME... "Puppies for Dummies"!!! It's been a very long time since I've had a puppy, and I thought I should bone up on the routines, etc.

The last pup 31 years ago was a Dalmation and she was VERY stubborn and hard to train. My husband made a crate for her for when we were out, and we came back one day and the crate was in pieces... and Cinder had REALLY enjoyed her time out alone.

I understand that Corgi's can be stubborn (or strong willed... does that sound better?) and so thought I need to be prepared for her, hence the "Dummies" book. Anyone with suggestions to make Morna's life (and her humans lives, as well as our two cats and one old chow/lab mix dog) easier would be greatly appreciated.

Four days from now at around this time is when she should arrive in Charleston. I am so excited! This is almost better than.... well, just about anything right now!

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Comment by Sylvia & Timmy on January 26, 2009 at 12:02am
I second the recommendation of Dr. Ian Dunbar. His website www.dogstardaily.com is full of all kinds of information. He and about three other trainers in the SF bay area started the movement to more positive training. His website is full of information and has columns by well known trainers and behaviorists, such as Patricia McConnell and others. He has written two books, Before You Buy Your Puppy and After You Buy Your Puppy, that are really wonderful........if I remember right, someone here said that his books are available for download from his site.

Anyway, congratulations on the new addition and I'm sure that Marna will be one spoiled pup. Have fun and enjoy the puppy months and feel free to ask away if you need any help or advice. Lots of knowledgeable folks.
Comment by Geri & Sidney on January 25, 2009 at 9:52pm
How exciting, Evie! Congratulations!
I recommend getting into puppy obedience class as soon as she is up on her shots. It helps a lot!

Please let us know how things are going. I'm very happy for you!
Comment by Marion and Vern on January 25, 2009 at 7:01pm
Edie I don't know how you are holding up so well with only 4 more days!!! How very exciting and thrilling. We may be getting a corgi pup in about 3 months. Depends on the breeder having one that will fit us, personality wise. I'm sure she will. We went to Pet Smart today also. I just had to look around at beds, toys, food all that fun stuff my husband said I guess I'm gonna have to put up with this for the next 3 months. Then he proceeds to read every dog food bag in the store saying this one is out, this one is possible when they are an adult. Of course we will keep the baby on the food the breeder uses while its a puppy. Then on the way home he said you know I think I'll rebuild the two side gates so this one can look through better, so who has to put up with what for 3 months LOL. Did find a bed I really liked, looks like a little couch. So what did you get for your new edition to the family. Now I have been going on line looking up all sorts of information on everything from house breaking to leash training. It has been 12 to 13 years since we have had a puppy in the house. Congradulations on your new baby and I hope the days go by quickly for you all.

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