Besides the fact that I am apparently unable to have any other kind of dog besides a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in spite of having a chance to get a lovely Miniature American Shepherd, it’s probably a good thing we have another Corgi, because much of my decor revolves around Corgis.
For instance, in my office, I have eleven photos or other artwork featuring Corgis. I also have a Corgi calendar, a Corgi doorstop, a small stuffed toy Corgi on my desk, and four Corgi figurines on my bookcase. There’s also a decorative Tasha Tudor tin on a shelf, and several books featuring Corgis.
In our bedroom, there’s a stuffed toy Corgi wearing a crown and a royal purple cape, a large Corgi print on the wall, and a small watercolor on top of my wardrobe. There’s also a framed Corgi trading card. On my dresser is a metal Corgi, possibly used as a stencil. Our bedspread, while not picturing a Corgi, does show the Welsh dragon.
In a smaller room that holds some miscellaneous furniture, including another desk, there is a framed Corgi print, an original pen and ink, a greeting card made by a friend, and a piece of needlepoint done by my mother-in-law, who also did two smaller needlepoint medallions of Corgis. There’s another framed trading card, several photos of our Corgis in a large collage frame, and two smaller photos on the desk.
Our bathroom has a soap dispenser with a Corgi design.
On the laundry room wall is a ceramic tile from the 1989 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America national specialty as well as a framed sheet of a Tasha Tudor paper doll Corgi and her wardrobe. The downstairs half bath has a sign that says, “Beware: Guard Welsh Corgi on duty.” There is a soap dispenser but it’s got a Dachshund on it, because at the time I couldn’t find another Corgi dispenser and since I’d written a book about Dachshunds, I thought it was appropriate. I have two hand towels onto which a friend cross-stitched Corgis.
In the kitchen, there’s another Corgi calendar, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America pencil holder, a blue plate with two Corgis, a framed Christmas card with drawings of our first four Corgis, and ten Corgi magnets on the refrigerator. Also on the refrigerator is a bumper sticker that says, “Real Dogs Don’t Have Tails” and a magnetic cut out of the rear end of a Corgi. There’s another Corgi soap dispenser and on the windowsill is a Corgi salt and pepper shaker set. Hanging near the sink is a plaque drawn by my friend Pat. It features a Corgi and says, “Bendith Ar Y Ty” which is Welsh for “bless this house.”
Moving into the dining room, one shelf holds a lovely porcelain Corgi statue and on another are three framed photos of some of my dogs, as well as ten Corgi figurines, including a bobble head Corgi.
The living room has a Corgi doorstop, three Corgi coasters, a small Corgi bronze statue, and two afghans with a Corgi motif. Full disclosure: there’s a print on the wall of Manchester Terriers, and there are figurines of a Borzoi, Dachshund, German Shepherd Dog, some terriers, Lady and the Tramp, and three sets of Chinese foo dogs.
Obviously, I could keep all of these things and still have another breed of dog, but in fairness, I’d have to start adding pictures, figurines and plates of the other breed, and our house can’t hold much more.
None of this takes into account clothing or jewelry, either. Almost all my sweatshirts have a Corgi design, so I’d have to add more sweatshirts for the other breed, whatever it might be. And, I’ve been collecting assorted Corgi jewelry for 35 years. That’s a lot of pins and necklaces and earrings. I just don’t need any more jewelry of any kind.
On a practical note, I have crates that work for Corgis. The car has two Corgi-sized crates and they fit nicely side by side in our car. Our “bedside tables” are slightly larger crates. They’d be fine for a medium-sized dog but the crates in the car might be too small. Crates are fairly expensive so I’m happy not to have to buy more.
In terms of decor, it works well for us that a Corgi puppy has joined the household. Then, of course, there’s the fact that we fell in love, and that had nothing to do with decor.