Favorite Walk: Anywhere! She just loves being outside!
Best Tricks: Looking sweet...
Arrival Story: After losing our dog of 14 years in Dec 2006, my husband and I decided to adopt a dog from our local shelter. Originally we adopted a mixed breed female that we named Molly. We adored her from the start. Unfortunately she died from cancer 31/2 weeks later. I felt an instant connection with Pongo. As if I knew she was the dog for me. And although we were not planning on adopting an older dog, we both agree that Pongo is awesome!
My name is Pongo and I am 11 years old. Not a lot is known about my earlier life before I came to live with my new family other than I was dropped off at a shelter where the workers were told that my family was moving and couldn't take me with them and I liked Alpo. That was it, that was all the information.
The shelter didn't think I had much chance at being adopted. I had too many things against me including my age, I was filthy and afraid to let anyone near me to get a bath and I was terrified and spent all of my time huddled in a corner on a cold concrete floor (January 2007).
My Mom had just lost her 2 best friends when they went over the Rainbow Bridge in December 06 and January 07 and was looking on petfinder.com when she saw my picture. She said it was love at first sight for her. My Dad wasn't so easy to convince since he was still upset and sad at losing Sammy and Molly and didn't think it was a good idea to adopt an older dog. He came around though after I came home and turned on the charm.
Anyway, my Mom went to the shelter to adopt me (and this was the same shelter where my Mom had adopted Molly 3 1/2 weeks earlier who crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge from cancer). Mom figured it should go right through since they already had done all the vet refernce checks and the like. Boy was she surprised when the lady there said she couldn't take me until her application was approved.
Before the approval time was up, there was an outbreak of parvo at the shelter and it was placed on quarantine for 15 days. My Mom was frantic! She called everybody she could think of to get me out of there, including my Vet. She was afraid that I wouldn't survive 15 more days there.
My vet intervened but it was still 10 days before my Mom could come and get me. Boy, I was afraid she wouldn't want me then. I was smelly and dirty and terrified of everybody and everything. That lasted all of two hours.
I love my new forever home. My Mom and Dad love me and spoil me rotten (but don't tell :-). I get treats all the time, I'm nice and clean and have a super soft pet bed to sleep on. I'm an inside dog now, so I'm never cold and wet and when it rains when I walk with my Mom, she brings me right in and dries me off with a nice fluffy towel. I sleep right next to my Mom every night (she carries my petbed from the living room to the bedroom when it's time for bed).
My Mom says I'm a great dog and she can't understand how my family could just leave me like that. But then she tells how when they did that, it was the luckiest day of her life. I think she's right. It was the luckiest day of my life too...
This is Pongo's mom, Mishy writing. I wanted to thank all of my wonderful Dogster and Catster friends for sharing their thoughts, wishes, and prayers for us after the loss of my dear husband Ernie. It meant a tremendous amount to us, especially since we have no family in the area and it really made me feel a lot less alone in this world. Thank you again, I will never forget your kindness...
Pongo came through her sugery with flying colors and is doing well. However, we rcently had a tragedy in our home when I lost my sweet husband Ernie. It's a tough time for us, but I want to thank all our dogster friends for their prayers and good wishes.
I have to have surgery tomorrow to have a lump removed from my head. Mommy's so worried that she can't sleep or relax since she learned that I need it. Please keep me in your prayers and good thoughts....