Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Introducing...Jasper THE DOG!

How excited are we to finally have our very own dog? I don't think there are words. The kids and I came home with him after weeks of searching and years of talking about including a canine in our family circle. I grew up with dogs, my grandparents and great-grandmother had dogs, and I think one of the loveliest sounds early in the morning or late at night is the scratch of tiny paws on the floor as your friend makes the rounds of his home. The children? Over the moon!

I know his first photo depicts him as a little less than enthusiastic, but you might look that way too if someone tried to take your picture at 5am when you were just barely awake. He's a fun, calm, great with kids, sweet cock-a-poo straight off the city streets, out of the shelter and into loving arms, or mostly.

Did I mention I am married to a non dog-lover? I know, love is blind, but he has so many other redeeming qualities and I was pretty sure I could bring him around to reason after a few years of marriage. Nineteen years later...So, after what seemed like fair warning, ("six of us want a dog,honey," "it is really good for children to grow up with a family dog," " I will be ready for a dog when my last baby is out of diapers," "a poodle mix would be perfect," "did you see our friends finally got a dog?") I brought home our dog and let them sniff each other out. It will be alright. Dominance has been established; Jasper sits when Pierre looks at him though the rest of us have a hard time getting him to listen to much at all, unless he feels like it. Some friendly feelings pass between them, but I will not say any more, lest I jinx the situation by over-enthusiasm. Isn't he cute?


  1. Jasper is simply adorable! I'm a bit jealous. We too have been talking about getting a dog for a while now... but there are many reasons why it just wouldn't be the best idea at the moment for our family...I hope soon though!

  2. Thank you from Jasper, Rachel! We have known it was not the right moment for many years, I know how you feel, regret mixed with realism. That's OK, the day will come, and it will be so joyful when it does!

    I love having my little fuzz-ball all happy to see me and wagging his tail in the morning, but you should see him with the adoration.

    He has been a little snappy on occasion, anyone dealt with this? I am trying to figure out whether we should take classes/hire a trainer. I think I'll start with a book from the library, lol!

  3. Awww, he is so cute! I wish you many years of companionship with this little fella. We jsut lost our oldest pup yesterday (she was over 11), but we have 3 more. I couldn't imagine life without our furry friends! I am sure your husband and the pooch will be inseparable before you know it...


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