About this J.P. Dog:
Jasper is a rescued three year old Zuchon (3/4 Shih-Tzu and 1/4 Bichon Frise) who may or may not also answer to Jas, Jaspy, Jasptastic, Jasptacular. And he also has his own exercise called Jaspercise. (Continue for 7 more adorable photos and Jasper’s rescue story…)
“Jasper was rescued from Angell Memorial in JP when he was 1. He wasn’t in great shape when I adopted him. He’d never been groomed and and was covered in matts. So the best thing to do was shave him down and start over.
He was somewhat traumatized after the shaving and when he’d see me get the leash and my coat he’d run away. Like he was embarrassed without all of his hair. His groomer was at daycare so after the shaving when we went back there he didn’t want to stay. Understandably this was all new to him and he was scared.
He also walked funny for a couple of weeks after the shaving and kept attacking his hind end. I finally figured it out with the help of a friend that his cork screw-like tail kept poking him on his rear end, so he kept attacking it. His hair was so long before he probably never could see or feel his tail. After about 3 weeks, the hair was growing in nicely and he was completely recovered from the trauma of the shaving.
He was also very neglected. Apparently the previous owner left him alone all day. He was very hyper and a bit nippy. With the help of an obedience class, spending time together to bond and putting him in daycare it was a quick turn around into a wonderful loving fun dog! I knew he was in there. As I like to say there are no bad dogs only bad people!”
About this J.P. Dog’s human:
Jasper lives with his devoted human, David B. in the Hyde Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, where David’s lived for nine years.
Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?
Yes…he’s, well, how do I put this…..a bit of a tree pooper! He does downward dog and poops up trees. Not all the time but enough that is a noticable repetitive behavior. Unbeknownst to me some dogs mark with poop just like pee.
Also sometimes when he’s hungry he will sit and paw at his dish, the cupboard, and even the dishwasher for some reason.
What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?
He’s so loving and so much fun. A wonderful companion all around.
Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?
Jamaica Pond, The Arboretum, and the Southwest Corridor
Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?
Jasper is extremely friendly. He’s a little lovebug and likes other dogs, people and children. He is not a fan of puppies which I’ve heard is not that unusual. He’s fun to nap with but usually likes to hide between blankets. He also has what I call going wild….a spontaneous burst of energy. Imagine a doggy triatholon at 100 miles an hour through the house. It’s hilarious to see.
Photography: Jasper’s human