Pongo is our Rat Terrier. We got him as a puppy, for a two week trial period…four years ago. For our daughter Laura and I, it was pretty much love at first sight.
I got my first pet shortly after Jonathan and I were married. She was a beautiful shade of gray, so I named her Smokey. That was when we found out I have asthma, and that I’m very allergic to cats. After a trip to the ER, and a shot of adrenaline, Smokey became an outside cat.
We’ve had a few dogs in the 25 years that we’ve been married. I still miss my first dog – a Border Collie that would climb trees to fetch her favorite stick, or climb ladders if we were working in the barn loft.
Pongo is the smallest dog we’ve owned, and by far the cuddliest. He is also the first dog that has been allowed in the house for more than an hour at a time. He likes to jump up on my lap when I’m sitting at the computer, which really makes it difficult to type! We trained him early on that barking in the house is not allowed. He will whine and run to the door when he sees a squirrel outside, then start barking as soon as he’s out the door. He’s a very good farm dog as well. True to his breed, he catches and kills mice around the grain bins when he finds them. Fortunately, he doesn’t bring them up to the house like the cats do!
I am thankful that our friends asked us to take Pongo for that two week trial. No matter how bad I think my day may be going, he is always happy to see me in the morning, and he never loses his enthusiasm. Some days it would be nice to forget all your cares, run around the yard at top speed, then take a nap. Sweet is the life of a dog…
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