My name is Percy. I came to live with Laura when I was almost 4 months old. She found me because this nice lady, Marcy, brought me to Massachusetts from where I was born in Florida. I don't remember much of that time. I was supposed to go live with some people who wanted a poodle puppy, but they never called Marcy after I arrived. She said not to worry, that the right person would come along. That they would really like me, and want me, and be the best alpha dog in the pack.
A family came to visit. The dad and son and daughter were great. But, the mom wasn't so sure that she wanted a dog. So, I waited just a little bit longer, and Laura showed up. I was so cute, she couldn't resist me. She had her sister come visit a few days later. Her sister has had many dogs and know how to tell if a dog will be a good one. She told Laura that she would help pay for me, because it was really important that Laura take me home.
I bet you can guess what happened next. You are probably almost as smart as I am. I knew I had it in the bag when Laura brought her sister and her daughter to meet me. I showed her how I could run and fetch and play. And, my stance was as good as any show dog would have. My puppy fur was so soft and fluffy. I only weighed 9 pounds. And, Marcy had given me a bath. (That was 13 years ago. And now, I weigh 25 pounds.)
I am very attached to Laura. I just can't help myself. She walks me and feeds me and throws my ball to play fetch. She took me to puppy school. I know how to sit, shake hands, lay down, and I even ring a bell to tell her I need to go out. I get to sleep snuggled up on her bed at night. I hate being alone. And, since she has her own business, I get to earn my keep by entertaining and greeting her sewing students.
It's a very important job. I don't want anyone to feel left out. I want everyone to know that they are welcome and I am happy to see them. Sometimes, it is so exciting to me, I have to go lay down and rest. I like being around people and want to catch as much attention as I can, so, I often lay in the middle of the floor. That way, people have to take notice of me. They usually step over me. But, sometimes, they stop and scratch my ears, then I offer them my belly and it doesn't get better than that.
I LOVE John, the mailman. He comes in to drop off the mail. I get so excited, I start telling him about my day and how it's been much too long since he's been to see me. He has me sit and he gives me a treat. We have a good conversation and bid each other good-bye until the next day.
I try to pick one person in each class to take me out on walks. My favorites right now are Susi, Maureen, Nancy, Sharon, Netta and some of the kids. They are the bomb! I go wild when any of them come in the door. I know they are coming and I stand there and wait from them to arrive. I can barely contain myself! If one of them takes me for a walk, I give her a gift in return. She bags it up and takes me back to the shop. I am so proud of myself. Don't get me wrong. I simply love everyone. I haven't met a person I don't like.
I had a Middle School Student, Charlotte. She would come early to her class and take me for a walk. Then, she'd take me out again before she went home. She's now graduating from college. But, we still get together. She has me visit her at her folks house, when she's home. She likes to have me sleepover. She plays with me, takes me on walks, brushes me, and feeds me. I whine when she leaves me to take a shower, but her family is OK. In fact, I think they really like having me around. Who wouldn't? And, sometimes, she takes me away for the weekend with them. You can see a picture to the left. She took a selfie with me last year. Don't we look fine together?
The list can go on. If you haven't met me, yet, I would love to meet you. But, if you can only come on Saturdays, I won't be available. I have a standing play date with my Tibetan Terrier friend, Sakhi, and his "younger brother," Bennie. We play together all day long at his house. It's the best. They have a dog door, so we don't need anyone to let us out of the house. They have my food there, and they have this cat I like to chase. Though, he is faster than me and I haven't caught up to him, yet.
You can see me sitting on a rock, in the picture below. It was during one of my trips to New Hampshire with Charlotte. Doesn't it look beautiful there? I thought so.
If you are afraid of dogs, I know you can't help it. And, I am not offended in the least, because I know who I am and your fear does not reflect negatively on me. So, I am happy to stay at home when you come to class. Or, maybe, I will pay an extra visit to my pal, Sakhi. Whatever makes you comfortable while you take sewing classes with Laura.
My paws are tired. I am going to go rest with my head hanging over the side of my dog bed. Or, I'll lay in the chair with my head on the arm. It is so refreshing and relaxing at the same time. I'll be talking to you again, soon.
Percy the poodle.