I’ve covered Pofi’s origin story previously, but would be remiss if I did not share the story of how he came to be the best canine big brother our Mia could ever have hoped for.
As discussed previously, he grew like a proverbial weed…
At any age, Pofi was a social pup – loved people loved the company of other dogs. His very first friend was our tenants’ dog, Summit, a Beagle x Dachshund and a bit if a cranky old man (per his people), but our boy was a sufficiently respectful youngster, so peace prevailed.
Over his first winter, he also became even better BFFs with Igby, a Lhasa Apso neighbor who is just one year older. Pofi really has always been good at scaling his play style to size as appropriate and watching these two wrestle was great fun for all of us.
And we discovered the dog parks in Minneapolis as he got a bit older. We started at the small one in our neighborhood and I can remember the mounting excitement reflected in his expressions as he looked up at me in wonder hearing the sounds of dogs playing as we first entered the first of the gates. His gait got so animated as if he could hardly believe we were headed to a gathering of his kind. We went often and he loved running in a big elliptical orbit around the park with all the other dogs chasing him. A few of the other dog parents took to calling him “Our Dog Park Athlete” and appreciated the work out he gave their dogs. He would look as if he never broke a sweat leading them around and around. It was poetry and effortless grace.
And when our upstairs tenants moved out with Summit, the time was right for us to take over the whole house and also the yard and find a friend for our social butterfly dog. He was 18 months old when we found 6 month old Mia through PetFinder. We met her at an adoption event and walked them together in the parking lot. We left with each in our separate cars and met up again at a dog park where he was doubtless surprised to run into her again. We played with some of his friends and then again left in separate vehicles. And then when he got home, low and behold, she was there again. He was pretty instantly delighted and presented her with all his favorite toys and played with her patiently and endlessly those first few days. March 4 of 2006, we became a two dog family and Pofi became the best canine big brother Mia could ever have had.
The beginning of a (mostly) beautiful friendship and happy adventures for us all!