Boy and Dog Go Fishing

by Stefani on 19-May-2010

We’ve had our little Jasper dog for 8 months now. None of us can remember what on earth we did without him.

He’s smart. He’s loveable. He’s funny.

Sometimes when the boys play their instruments he sings along.

He’s great at playing catch and (when it’s time to go in his crate) hide and seek.

He hates dog treats but loves Wheat Thins.

Whenever we hug the boys in the morning and pat their backs or rear ends, he jumps up, runs across the room, and mock bites at our hands as though he’s protecting them from a terrible beating.

He lays under the table at supper time and waits (somewhat) patiently for his turn.

He lays by the front window to warn all passersby that he is here and he means business.

He crawls onto the foot of the bed in the morning and waits, motionless, for my eyes to open.

He stays off the bed at all other times.

He is morally opposed to squirrels, flies and socked feet.

He considers all laps his for the taking.

If ever anyone cries or feels sick, he curls up beside them. It’s like he knows that a little extra lovin’ is needed.

He is, in short, one of us. He’s part of the pack.

So it’s okay really that he’s not such a great fishing partner. It’s alright that he thinks casting is an elaborate game of catch. We’ll forgive him for the fact that he bounds after the bait, thereby scaring off all the fish.

He’s the best catch anyhow…. a real keeper.

A diamond with a flaw is better than
a common stone that is perfect.

Chinese Proverb

Visty May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

What a little treasure he is! What a tiny, little, fiesty, onery treasure!

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

You could not have described him better. We call him Napoleon from time to time. He’s most definitely a big dog in a little dog’s body 🙂

Diahn Ott May 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

Jasper is adorable…a family of boys NEEDS a Jasper to complete it!

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

Well we didn’t know that we needed him, but you’re right. He’s like the cherry on top of this Boy Sundae…. wouldn’t be complete without him.

BOATBABY May 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

This made me so miss our old salty dog who left us about a year and a half ago. Something about boys and dogs, they just go together. Our guinea pig is not exactly filling the void 🙂

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

Yes, I can see how a guinea pig would be wonderful, but not quite dog material 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your pup. We had two labs long before we had kids. They were our babies, so we were devastated when they died just a few months apart a couple of years ago. Sometimes Jasper’s watery brown eyes still make me miss my first dog loves.

Cassandra May 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

Oh the joy of a good pet!

Debi May 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

What a wonderful companion… and he’s cute too! Love your photos… a boy and his dog.

Sarah May 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

What a perfect little sweetie. Sounds like he has quite the personality and fits right in with your wonderful family.

Eren May 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Jasper is the smartest dog EVER! For picking you all as his family. Love that proverb.

Hannah May 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

You make having a dog seem oh-so-very tempting!!

Theresa May 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Oh, my gosh! What kind of dog is he and where did you get him? I ask because he looks just exactly like a dog I had years ago that I loved tremendously! Such a special dog and I would love to have another like her, but I have never seen her like again until now!

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

Well I really do wish he was widely available on the market because he makes a perfect family dog, but unfortunately he’s one of a kind (or at least we believe him to be). The vet thinks he’s a chihuahua mixed with perhaps some sort of terrier. We found him, or rather he found us, while we were vacationing at a nearby lake.

Theresa May 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Oh, it figures. I got my dog Lindy from the pound, so she was also a “one of a kind”.

Dawn Suzette May 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

This is a wonderful tribute to your newest family memeber. There have been some pleas for a dog around here lately. They are such wonderful additions to the family… especially when they match up so well! Yay for Jasper and your crew!

Miko's Girl May 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Stef, I just got back from Lightning’s first agility training session (I’m worn out) to read how well Jasper has found a place in your family. Thanks for your example of being so positive.

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

Go Lightening!!!

Tammy May 20, 2010 at 4:36 am

What a precious blessing for your family.


Susie M May 21, 2010 at 12:48 am

I’ve read with a smile on my face every post you’ve written about that little guy. He’s like the perfect canine companion, one I’ve always wanted. How incredible that he found you guys and you knew when you saw him that he needed to be the fifth member of your family. I’m happy for you all…and a wee bit envious!

Stefani May 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

He really has been such an unexpected gift. I was really hesitant to bring him home. We’ve never had a small dog and I had visions of him nipping at the kids, yapping all the time and tearing up the house. He was really pretty skittish and scrappy when we found him. It was clear that he’d been on his own for a while and perhaps even mistreated, so I was very leery of adding him to the family. He’s turned out to be exactly the dog that we didn’t even know we needed! I hope your find your perfect pup friend too!

Susie M May 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

It’s great that you were able to take the leap of faith, really.

Last night, after posting the comment above, I was telling my husband about your pup and your post about him…and it suddenly hit me…as a child my hubby had a dog, an AWESOME dog about which he speaks in reverential terms, also named JASPER. Isn’t that funny? His Jasper was also a rescue and had been trained but also probably abused or neglected. I’ve heard so many Jasper stories, it was funny I didn’t put them together when I read your story…

Colleen May 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

Oooh, you’re making me want a dog! I grew up with dogs, but have only had cats as an adult (leading friends to consider me a “cat person” — not so, or at least, not exclusively!) My daughter (five next week) and I just moved into a new house, NOT on a busy street corner, and I think it’s about time . . . .

Colleen P. May 24, 2010 at 6:10 am

Hey, it’s great to see another Colleen, and also one that is not exclusively a “cat person”! I too have had only cats as an adult but given my druthers I’d have a farm laminated in critters of all types! LOL!

Jasper the Cute up there is a delightful example of dogness-I’d certainly have to sneak him some Wheat Thins under the table while he waits for his dinner…

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