Today we've had Ein for one month! The breeder we bought her from gave us a 30 day trial period (money back if we decided to return her), but there was never any doubt we'd be keeping her. I emailed the breeder a couple days ago and said, yep! She's ours! She's such a sweet girl. We wanted an adult from the beginning---puppies are wonderful, but we really just wanted a calm, adult dog. We tried for a year to adopt a rescue. They were in short supply to begin with, and the rescue organizations that were willing to even consider us were not able to find a corgi that had a good history with cats. We finally decided to just get a puppy. When I emailed a breeder to inquire about a litter, I told her our whole story, including the fact that we had wanted an adult dog. And wouldn't you know it?---She had a 3 year old tricolor for sale! They said she was mellow, sweet, and good with cats! As soon as I met her I knew she'd fit right in with our family.
The first week or so we had her was hard on us both--I was upset because our cats were terrified and I felt so guilty about it, and obviously she was pretty anxious about being in a new home. But we've gotten over that---she settled in pretty fast, and the cats are getting used to her :)
She really is just the dog we were looking for: sweet, calm, affectionate, and no bad habits! She walks great, is good with strangers, rides well in the car, doesn't pick fights with other dogs...she's just a good girl! And all we've had to do is welcome her into our home! She really seems bonded to us and happy here.
She doesn't know any commands though, not even sit, so we'll be doing obedience classes probably at the end of August. I tried teaching her to sit and she just seemed totally confused so hopefully formal training will help us out! She at least will come to us when we call her name or cluck at her and fortunately we've not been in a situation where recall was very important, but still. I'd like her to know basic commands.
Her only other little quirks are that she still won't potty with any regularity in the yard---still have to walk her to let her use the bathroom...and she doesn't play. She doesn't seem to have any idea of what to do with toys. I wonder if she will ever want to play with toys or if this is how she'll always be. The breeder said she liked stuffed animals---so I bought a few stuffed dog toys, and she could care less. Once or twice I've caught her grabbing a cat toy and flipping it up with her nose---so cute!--but she stops playing with it after a few seconds.
Everywhere we go we get stopped because people want to tell us how cute she is or want to know what breed of dog she is. And they're right! She is pretty darned cute! Having wanted a corgi for years, I'm so glad she's our girl.