Things I Like About Ponyo
Things I like about my chihuahua:
She reminds me to eat. Sometimes, I get
depressed and don't want to eat, but if I haven't eaten
for a couple of hours she gets worried and wanders
from me to the kitchen, pawing my leg and whining.
She loves human food a lot.
She knows she's little and "asks" to be let down off
someplace tall. She rarely jumps off a high object
She's very respectful. Often she will wait on the
sidelines to be invited into play or into cuddling. She
likes it when I come and find her and pick her up to
invite her onto the bed or couch.
She's great with strangers. Although she isn't overly
enthusiastic about people "bending down" at her level,
once I pick her up or she's in her bag she will not
only let strangers pet her (sometimes in a weird way,
some people don't know how to pet dogs, especially one
so tiny) she will offer a paw for a "shake" or a "high
five." She tries very hard, even though she's so small
She loves my other dogs a lot. Often I find her cuddling
very close to my other larger dogs. We're a close
family and cuddling is very important to us. She also
watches them closely and half the commands she knows
simply because she's observed and wanted to be included.
She knows what "settle" means. She's always up for a
lark but when it's dark and we've done our "last potty"
I can say, "It's time to settle" and she will dig a
nest and sleep through the night.
She's the only dog I've ever had that's been genuinely
concerned when I cry. I once took her to my therapist's
office as an experiment, and when I began to cry she
immediately jumped out of her bag, stretched on my chest
and began licking me. I had to tell her "It's alright"
and put her back into her bag so we could continue
with the session, otherwise she would continue to paw
me and lick me in an effort to distract me.
She loves my husband. When I'm not around she will sit
in his lap, beg at his heels and listen to his commands,
off leash outside or when he's eating/cooking.
She makes the cutest, quietest noises that only I can
hear when I'm holding her or moving her. She will sigh,
squeak or groan ever so slightly, and I'm the only one
who can hear those vocalizations because she's so small.
It's like I can hear her little secret noises.
She loves to clean my eyes and ears. My husband makes
the joke, "Let me smell your eyes to see if you are
who you say you are!" because she likes to smell your
When she sleeps, she covers her eyes with her poofy
little tail, like a sleeping mask.
Sometimes she gets so excited about running free in the
backyard she'll trip over a tuft of grass and do an
She also tries to keep up with the bigger dogs running
up the stairs and will flub a step or two, but keeps
right on going.
We don't have a fence in our backyard, and she never
chases bunnies beyond the boundaries. I know she likes
that she can move as fast as them, but she'll stop right
at the concrete walkway and watch them scamper away
with a longing look on her face.
She's very proud she's so fast. She tries to play "catch
me" with our older dogs, but nobody obliges.
She's not afraid of the vaccuum, the giant trash bins
when I take them out, or the doorbell.
When I'll be at the computer for a while, she gets very
excited when I pull out her "blankie" for her to sit
on in my lap. She will sleep for hours while I browse
the net, her whole face buried in the blankets. I don't
know how she breathes.
Whenever I watch dogs on YouTube she is always very
interested. She will perk her ears and watch intently.
She loves her kennel. When I'm obviously busy or there's
a lot of activity around, she will choose to be in her
"safe place." Often when I cannot find her she's in her
"house," sitting contently with the door wide open. It
makes me feel good she likes to be in there, as
I hate leaving her when I have to.
She never lacks for spunk. Although it can be offputting
that I constantly have to set boundaries, I know she
respects me for it. She may push her luck, but that's
part of her opportunistic charm. She always keeps me
on my toes.
She will talk and sing to me in the car when I don't
have the radio on.
When I don't bring her with me on errands, everyone
always asks, "No dog in your purse today?" because she
is so loved by everyone. She shatters the prejudices
about chihuahuas and everyone thinks she's a magical
She dances, shifting from foot to foot with impatience
and excitement every time she obediently stays for a
She lets me cradle her whole head in my giant hand and
clean her eyes.
Every now and again, she has a "backwards sneezing" fit,
or a "quack attack," and she always seems very
embarrassed. She will remove herself and quack in the
corner, drink some water, then ask to be included again,
as if to say, "Alright, I've gotten myself together,
She likes to sit on the table when we play cards. She
sits on my side and smells the dice, the cards and the
game pieces, but never disturbs them.
Wherever she's sitting, she's always looking at me, like
she misses me even though we're in the same room.
She gives "eye hugs." She will look at me and squint her
eyes with her ears back, shaking with love.
Whenever I stretch in a chair after a long sit with her
in my lap, she wakes and stretches with me on my chest.
She fits perfectly in the crook of my neck, and when she
wakes before we do, she finds her way to my head and
nestles herself there, as not to wake everyone else and
wait for all of us to rise together.
She likes walking around on her own four paws with our
other dogs, but she has no qualms about being carried
around in a blanket all day on rainy days.
She's changed the mind of our vet about chihuahuas.
Whenever we go in for a check up, he gets less and less
nervous around her. He once flubbed a shot and had to
re-poke her with a needle... and she didn't say a word.
She taught me to be more "straight forward" and
"outspoken" about her needs (for her safety,) and thusly,
my own. I learned that owning a small dog is a big
responsibility, and I say very clearly, now, to people
when she's uncomfortable and what she needs from a
social interaction. She gave me bravery, because she
has so much to spare.
She taught me that "trying over" isn't the end of the
world, and can actually be more healthy than focusing
on a mistake. There's always another time to get it
She's the only dog in our house with a tail, and sometimes
she chases hers with abandon.
She loves the smell of our stinky socks, and parades
about the house with them triumphantly after we've
worn them through a long day's work. It's like she's
saying she's proud of our sweat and tears, the work
She's small enough to retrieve balls from underneath
furniture and in crevaces for our other larger dogs.
She likes to help.
She's a great "crumb getter." We live in a field where
there are a lot of mice, and she's always cleaning up
our miniscule mess so we don't have little rodents
She does "figure eights" around the living room when
she's feeling sassy.
She knows when we're almost home, and gets very excited
to see her family after errands. It inspires me that
she can't contain herself, something I really relate
These are just a few reasons why I love Ponyo so much. I've owned
many breeds of dogs, but Ponyo, my chihuahua, has really set herself