My Friend Penny the PonyPosted: October 22, 2013
I’m one lucky dog because I have a pony friend! Her name is Penny, and she lives right here in my neighborhood. Can you believe that? I met Penny about a year ago when I was out for a walk with my human daddy. She was out for a walk with her humans, and my daddy spotted her in the distance. At first he thought she was a giant dog, but then he realized that she most definitely was not a dog. I will admit to you that I was
slightly very intimidated by freaked out by Penny the first time I met her. I had no idea what to think, so I spent most of our visit hiding behind my daddy. When we got home, Daddy said, “Harper Lee, go tell Mommy what you saw on your walk!” For the longest time, my human mommy thought Daddy and I had both imagined Penny, and then one day she met Penny’s human mom who confirmed that yes indeed, Penny does exist, and she lives right around the corner from me. See Mommy!
The next time I met Penny, she was right in my very own front yard, and I was a little more relaxed, but still somewhat in awe. Penny lives with two human girls, nine and 15 years old, a beautiful rescue coon hound who is about a year old, and a human mom and human dad. On this particular day, she was being walked by her two girls. Can you just imagine how popular those girls are at school? I mean, they have a pony! Penny’s family got her when she was about a year old, and on Christmas Day they’ll celebrate her third birthday. Her humans say that she weighs about 100 pounds. (Just between us, I don’t think Penny’s been on a scale lately, but you never question a female’s weight!) She eats horse feed and also enjoys bananas, carrots, grass, animal crackers, and ginger snaps. Her favorite treats are apples. This past spring, Penny had quite a delightful time grazing on the clover during her neighborhood walks. I honestly think she could have hired out in some yards.
Penny doesn’t really do any tricks (that’s ok, Penny; I don’t do tricks either), but she does come when called. Her nicknames are Pen, Pennage, and Crazy. She gets baths about once a week (oh, Penny; I hope my mommy doesn’t get any ideas) and then immediately rolls in the dirt. Does that sound familiar, doggy friends? The last time my humans and I saw Penny on a walk, she smelled so good and she was super soft. I think Penny’s beauty routine is working for her.
Believe it or not, Penny is allowed to go in the house, but apparently she can be a bit of a bull in a china shop . . . or a miniature horse in a house, as the case may be. She likes to put her front feet on the furniture. That must be some super sturdy furniture! When she’s outside in her back yard, Penny has a stall with a fan. The fan keeps her cool in the summer and also helps to keep the mosquitos off of her. Penny and her dog, whose name if Rachel, like to play. Rachel likes to nip at Penny, and Penny likes to nip right back. They also like to talk to each other, Rachel with her coon dog howl and Penny just whinnying away. I’ll bet those two have some pretty interesting conversations. So now you know my miniature pony friend Penny, and I’ll bet you agree that I am one lucky dog to have a pony friend!