meet Billie

At 10 pounds, she’s still growing into those ears!

She’s a little sleepy right now, which is the best time to point a camera at her.


Born January 9, 2021, we picked her up on March 13. Just this morning I noticed how she’s becoming less madcap puppy and more surveyor and protector of her home and family. Positioning herself in strategic locations where she can watch two points of entry at once, for instance.


Her ankle-biting, herding instincts are practiced less on us now and channeled more into the big daily event of bringing the cat into the house before sundown. When Billie gets a little too enthusiastic, Banksy the cat has no problem setting her straight with a quick swipe. The cat has been remarkably patient and seems a natural at training rambunctious puppies.

herding cats

Watching the relationship unfold between these two has been pure comedy. And very touching too. Marty still has occasional lapses and calls Billie by our first corgi’s name (“Ein”), but that’s becoming less frequent as her uniquely impish personality develops. I have my own selfish reasons for loving this breed. Compact yet sturdy, both sociable and independent, their acute spatial awareness makes them expert at navigating small spaces (i.e. gardens). Now that she’s current on all her shots, we’ve been getting out for walks at the beach and trying out the local dog parks — which gives the cat a well-earned break from all that herding practice!

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8 Responses to meet Billie

  1. Kris P says:

    I’m glad to see you’ve offered a formal introduction to Billie. I’m also happy to hear that she’s calming down a bit and that she and Banksy have a (mostly) positive relationship.

  2. Cindy Hoover says:

    Welcome Billie. She looks very smart and adorable. I’m having my own adventures with puppydom having acquired a female coton named Molly in January. Lots of fun but exhausting, but she is training me well. But, she Eats Everything outside and I mean Everything….how’s Billie doing with that? I’m frantically pulling or blocking off treacherous poisonous stuff I’d forgotten I owned. I’m getting ready for her cicada tummy indigestion. I look forward to viewing your garden thru Billie’s eyes.
    — Cindy

  3. ks says:

    The nice thing about Corgis is that the cute thing doesn’t wear off with maturity. At least not in my opinion. I’m glad to see Banksy has taken control of the situation.

  4. Denise says:

    @Kris, I wonder how Pipig would react to a puppy?!
    @Cindy, Eats Everything is happening here too. I’ve noticed she chews on whatever I’m sitting near, so I practice frequent relocations and distractions. As you say, we’re being trained well! So glad you and Molly are a team.
    @KS, so true that corgis stay funny looking their whole lives! Banksy has things well in hand/paw…

  5. Sounds like everything is progressing perfectly! What a doll.

  6. Elaine says:

    Billie is adorable and Banksy seems to have adjusted to a younger member of the family just fine.

  7. Joy says:

    She is the cutest thing I have seen in a while .. and what a little beauty she will become.
    I love the nature of the relationship between a cat and a dog (puppy ?) .. it is amazing how well they can get on.

  8. hb says:

    She’s adorable. Happy for you!

    I sometimes call Boris “Hoover”, even though Boris is the anti-Hoover.

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