Mar. 25, 2017

Kong & Glenda

I had a friend who was well over 450 lbs. Whenever she came over, she always chose to sit in Kong’s favorite chair. The dog, being 6’2” and 185 lbs. got to pick his own furniture. We didn’t mind giving up the recliner. We were just grateful he let us have the sofa.

My husband had trained him to put his paws on our chest or shoulders whenever he wanted something. So anytime Kong wanted water, food, outside, or whatever, he would jump up and place his paws on us. Then, we’d ask, “What do you want?” and he would lead us to whatever he needed.

Glenda, knowing this behavior, was shocked when he did it to her while she sat in his chair. “What do you want?” she asked him.

Kong didn’t move. He would usually jump down and “follow the leader” would begin. This time though, he stayed.

Again, Glenda asked, “What is it, Kong? What do you want?”

This time, he crawled in the chair with this 450 lb. woman and, using his front paws, pushed her out of his chair. Once she stood up, he laid his head on the arm and sighed. He had what he wanted: the recliner.

He was very smart and very funny. This dog made me laugh every single day. I could be in the foulest of moods and this crazy dog would just crack me up. I loved him to death.

My husband came in one day and Kong jumped up on him. “What do you want?” he asked the Dane.

Kong strolled to the kitchen and stood staring intently at the refrigerator.

“He wants something in there,” I said, a cross between a statement and question.

As Reese opens the fridge, he asks, “What did you all have for dinner?”

“Pizza.”

Once the refrigerator door was opened, Kong moved in closer and put his nose against the pizza box. He stood staunch, firmly making eye contact with the box.

“I think he wants pizza,” my husband stated.

“You think?”

Reese took a slice out and cut it up for him and he was happy. He wasn’t a greedy dog like most dogs who will practically swallow their food whole. Kong would slowly chew each bite before swallowing it. We could give him an M&M and that dog would chew it 32 times before swallowing.

Although we really miss him, we still laugh when we think of some of the things Kong did: his behaviors, or misbehaviors, if you will.