Three-time U.S. Open champion Hollis Stacy grew up with nine siblings, so there was no room for pets. Now that she has a three-bedroom ranch house in Lakewood, Colo., there's plenty of room and plenty of pets. Stacy has four dogs—Lucy (a wire-haired fox terrier), Red (an Airedale), Nootka (a golden retriever) and Bongi (a Portuguese water dog). Stacy's favorite is 10-year-old Bongi. "He fusses over me and follows me everywhere," she says. "It's embarrassing. He means well, but sometimes I have to tell him to get a life."
Bongi likes to sit in Stacy's golf cart while she practices at Denver's Meridian Golf Club. "My other three dogs don't go to the course," she says, "because they are too hyper."
Bongi was first named Bingo, but he was so laid-back that shortly after Stacy bought him (for $800) from a Phoenix-based breeder in 1990 she changed his name. "I've seen him go without barking for a month," she says.
About the only thing that excites Bongi are animal programs on the Discovery Channel. Once when he saw a lion, he crawled behind the tube looking for it And golf on TV? "He never watches," Stacy says. "It's too boring."