This is our 11 week old Corgi affectionately called Gimli. We considered adopting a dog for some time now, more so in the past couple of months. Once we found this fluffy, little pup who could only hold one ear up, we knew he was meant to be ours. He is soft and and sweet and relatively silent.
We’ve had Gimli for just about 2 weeks, and he’s slowly but surely settling in. For now he sleeps throughout the day and overnight in his crate, but when he’s up… he is UP. The Corgi breed are herding dogs. Despite their short stature, they are highly intelligent and require lots of exercise and play. He loves to cuddle, as well as chew toys, blankets, furniture, clothes, rocks, sticks, grass, bugs, food, and anything else under the sun. He is friendly with everyone he meets and other animals.
Gimli follows some basic commands and is getting used to his leash, but he also chooses when to listen to us. If we don’t keep a watchful eye, he gets into trouble and makes a mess. Look at that face! Yesterday, I had a rough morning trying to manage Gimli’s behavior while attempting to get work done. It was like he forgot everything he learned already, and was becoming a totally different dog. I ended up taking him to a trainer for a consultation that afternoon because of how frustrated I was.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
I learned some tips for how to engage with him, and she affirmed that he is a good puppy and well ahead of other dogs. With a young dog, it’s important to keep his experiences positive and focus on rewarding milestones. They don’t know anything about human life, and only have their instincts to rely on. It’s going to be a process for us and him, learning to live together and enjoy each other’s company. He already has brought us so much joy and companionship and a daily reminder of our need for grace! Patience and forgiveness are virtues necessary with pets or other people.