About this J.P. Dog:
Morgan, AKA “Morg” is a rescued 6 year old Hound / Great Pryrenees mix, according to Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, where he was rescued at the age of 3. “We believe the ‘hound’ part — it’s impossible to walk him without letting him smell every pebble in the pavement.” Also, “They told us he’d been tied up to a barn in West Virginia for his first three years. He was excruciatingly thin at the time.”
(“The photo above is Morgan in his award-winning Halloween costume. Note that he has a small car tied to his back. He went to the party dressed as Mutt Romney — this was about a year after Romney drove off with the family dog on the roof of their car. This was Morgan’s Halloween revenge.”)
About this J.P. Dog’s humans:
Morgan lives with his humans, Tottie and Ross Gelbspan, on Belmore Terrace near Hyde Square, where they’ve lived for four years. Tottie recently retired after 25 years of developing housing for homeless families. Ross was a journalist for 30 years – then spent the next 15 writing and speaking about global climate change. You can check out his very informative website on the topic here, and the Facebook page here.
Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?
He barks when other dogs walk by our first floor apartment — which necessitated us running after him with a water pistol and yelling “Chill!” We’ve since discovered a bark collar which releases a puff of citronella spray when he barks. Works like a charm. After a few weeks of wearing it, we can put the collar on him without turning it on. Just feeling it on his neck works beautifully.
What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?
Truth be told, Morgan’s one slice short of a sandwich — but wonderfully affectionate and trusting with people and young kids.
Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?
Tottie walks Morgan around the pond every morning. Blessedly, we live half way between the public dog park at Angell (where I take him at lunch hour) and the dog park on Beecher street between Paul Gore and Boylston (where he meets his buddies around 4 p.m. each day.)
Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?
Three years ago, our daughter urged us get a dog to “delay the aging process.” (I was 72 and Tottie was 67 at the time.) One of the first times Tottie walked him at Pinebank, Morgan rose up to snarl at another dog. Tottie took a step back without looking, stepped off a curb and broke her hand. A few weeks later, I let Morgan off the lead in our back yard and began walking back toward the house. He decided to play bullfight without telling me, slammed into me from behind, and tore my knee cartilage which required surgery. It was then that we realized our daughter just wants our money!!!
Photography: Morgan’s humans