What is Mocha?

Actually, there are many definitions of Mocha.

Mocha is a fine-quality coffee. Mocha is a dark brown color. Mocha is a city in the Andes.

There is an island in Chile named Mocha. There is a language in Ethiopia identified as Mocha. Mocha is also a moth, a river in Russia, and the name of a Philippine performer.

Well, today, none of this is correct. Mocha is a new canine resident at our home.

Heaven help me. I raised eight children, currently have 18 grandchildren, and served my time with one canine, a cocker named Dallas.

Oh my land, a Pomeranian named Mocha, moved in shortly before Christmas. She is really Josh’s dog but somehow, she became my responsibility.

According to the American Kennel Club, the Pomeranian is a longtime favorite of royals and commoners alike and is called the ideal companion.

“The glorious coat, smiling, foxy face, and vivacious personality have helped make the Pom one of the world's most popular toy breeds.”

No, she is not my favorite. She is wild, flies through the air, and has a hairstyle like Farrah Fawcett. The little wonder keeps me up at night.

Although Mocha has a tiny body, almost four pounds, she thinks she is tough stuff.

The experts say Poms are alert and intelligent. They also state Pomeranians are easy to train and make great watchdogs.

Sure, but I don’t want to be the one she is watching.

One night I was in a deep sleep, and Mocha snuck into my bedroom. I honestly don’t know how she got the door open, but she did.

I was off in la-la land, dreaming about summer weather, dippin’ dots, white sandy beaches and the QVC outlet, when I detected someone, or something, staring at me.

I knew the something was not on my bed but was in my bedroom.

It was Mocha, who was bouncing off the floor as she rounded the circumference of my bed.

That little stinker was indeed, at 3 a.m., trying to get on my bed.

I could see her beady eyes, about every three seconds, peering at me, from beyond the perimeter of my bed.

What a little rascal. I hollered, “Josh, it’s your dog!”

Yes, Mocha is playful and perky, especially in the middle of the night.

Some of her other talents include stealing important papers, chewing on everything in sight, chasing people with any food and barking at the neighbors.

At this point in my life, I have already raised too many kids and a dog to boot. Add to it, I currently have six granddogs, two grandcats and several pet lizards with the desert grandkids.

I don’t need a “Mocha.”

Wait, I hear someone in my bedroom. She is after my sleep mask. I just know it. She loves the taste of plastic.

And there she goes through the kitchen, past the living room, and up the stairs, partly, wearing the mask and partly chewing on the mask.

MOCHA, come back here!

Josh, your dog has my mask!

MOCHA!

Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County's Family Week Foundation. Email her at Director@jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.