Ponya goes…today

Today Ponya gets lucky. It was to have been last Friday, but the spring snow storm determined otherwise. It is without reservation I send her, grateful Susan has agreed to let Ponya spend her later years with her Gompa relatives in sunny, beautiful California. It is what I wanted for this dear little dog.

Sammy is eagerly awaiting…


Rinchen, perhaps not so…


Her aunt Raji, depicted in this beautiful painting by Katy, is also waiting…


Gone, but lingering in the garden, Champ


Ponya arrived at my house at the tender age of 4 months, along with her dam Irdhi, in the original group of Gompa dogs delivered at my doorstep. Irdhi and Raji are littersisters. She was jet black, a round roly poly little thing. Her daughter Margo looks so much like her! There is so much I’d like to say about Ponya, but she – even more than me – has a time schedule today. Just like Champ (well, not just like! This will be a different story!), we’ll get to follow her integration into her new pack. I can’t wait to see photos of her sunbathing in Susan’s Gardens.


As time goes, I will update her page. I have beautiful photos of Ponya. One of my favorites is Julie, in elaborate Tibetan clothing, holding her during the 2004 presentation in St. Louis. Kathy shared the Hopi meaning of Ponya earlier, did a bit of on-line research regarding the Tibet/Hopi connection and shared this segment from the Hopi creation story:

The Spider Woman spoke to them thus: “The woman of the clan shall build the house, and the family name shall descend through her. She shall be house builder and homemaker. She shall mold the jars for the storing of food and water. She shall grind the grain for food and tenderly rear and teach the young. The man of the clan shall build kivas of stone under the ground. In these kivas the man shall make sand pictures as altars. Of colored sand shall he make them, and they shall be called ‘ponya.’ The man too shall weave the clan blankets with their proper symbols. The man shall fashion himself weapons and furnish his family with game.”

3 Comments on “Ponya goes…today”

  1. katy says:

    We’re all anxiously waiting for Ponya to arrive in her forever home! There could be no finer place for a Gompa Apso to live out her senior years than in Susan’s Garden!
    And talk about Old Soul eyes – just look at the old soul pearing out of Sammy’s eyes!
    My prayers for a safe trip , and good wishes for a happy life, are with you today, Ponya! You’re gonna love it there!

  2. Susan M says:

    She’s here and all she’s got to sayso far is:
    who turned the thermostat up so high????


  3. Kathy says:

    Waiting to hear about your new adventures with Ponya as she becomes a California girl!

    All the very best to you and your wonderful pack of Gompas!

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