Today’s story is the happy story of a boy who had a bit of a tumultuous life…but landed safely in the home of Kris and Zach
Recently celebrating his ninth birthday, Jonathan is our beloved household companion and best friend. He came to live with Zach and I in early November of 2012, having been rescued by Shelley from his previous owners who wanted to abandon him on a farm. Knowing the dog that he is, we cannot fathom why any person would have wanted to get rid of him. Jon is a joy to live with and is one of the sweetest, most loyal dogs I have known. Jon is special to us for many reasons, one of which is that he is Zach’s very first dog. He is special to me because his mother was half sister to the very first Cardigan that I had ever met/shown: a beautiful girl named Megan, back in 2000. It is funny how life goes sometimes, how it is really all one giant circle. It is very easy to see that Jon was meant to be ours.
When we first met Jon, he seemed shy and worried. You could tell he was a dog who just wanted someone to love him and that he had been pushed away by people he loved. Within a few minutes though, he was cozying up beside Zach and I. We decided to give it a try and took him home. Zach had hockey that night, so it was just me and Jon home for the first bit. We followed me around like a shadow, looking at me with a questioning gaze, “are you going to let me stay here? I promise I’ll be good!” It wasn’t long before he bonded with us, never leaving our sides.
We lived on a farm when Jon first came to live with us. He loved chasing his red jolly ball in the big fields, giving us hours of free entertainment!
Jon was a good boy through some tumultuous times. We had to move a couple of times before we were able to buy a house, and Jon adjusted to city living with ease. We were impressed by his adaptable nature and easy going attitude.
Jon has become very popular with our family members. When Zach’s Mom was battling breast cancer and undergoing chemo treatments, Jon would go visit her. He would lay beside her on the couch for hours, knowing that his comfort was needed. Now that she has recovered, she still borrows Jon for regular visits. He gets pretty spoiled there! As she says, “what happens at Gramma’s house, stays at Gramma’s house!”
Last year, we welcome a second Cardigan into our home. Jon immediately fell in love with Savannah and they are now best buds! They both enjoy playing in the yard, going for walks and visiting family members.