Pete was a funny little guy. We got Pete at a pet store. We don’t normally get our pets that way, preferring rescue groups. But after looking and looking at dogs, we were ready to give up. Then one night at supper my husband said, “I found a dog and his name is Pete.” So after supper we went off to the mall to see this dog.
He looked like he had escaped the Muppet Show, a black and white ball of curly fluff with a black nose, chocolate brown eyes, and a white fluffy curled tail. Pete was a Cantel, a breed in development by Shiloh Kennels in Iowa. He was also registered with the Cantel Club of America as Crowley’s Pierre. He was half miniature poodle and half Bichon Frisé. He was the most cuddly, fun and gentle dog I’ve ever known.
Pete had special food made for him by my husband ever since he ate something off the ground several years back and had to be rushed to the vet. Pete was playful and funny and serene. He raised our two sister kittens into the fine cats they are today. He slept in the big bed, was hugged and played with a lot and always had family around him even at the end.
One of the funniest things I ever saw Pete do happened when we were walking together. He came upon a chipmunk and barked at it. The chipmunk stood up and squeaked up a storm at Pete for several minutes. Pete backed up and in his wisdom pulled me on my leash. He felt it better to pass this by and I agreed with him. Smiles!
What secret did I learn from Pete? Some battles aren’t worth fighting. From the chipmunk, I learned not to be intimidated. Even though honestly, with Pete, the chipmunk didn’t have anything to worry about. It’s the walk through life that mattered and the fun we had along the way.
We have wonderful, fun memories of Pete.
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