About this J.P. Dog:
Pasa is a three year old Chihuahua, or possibly chihuahua-dachshund (or “chiweenie”). We’ve also heard theories that she’s chihuahua-rat terrier and (my personal favorite) chihuahua-Rhodesian ridgeback. Her full name is Pasilla (pronounced Pa-see-yuh), like the pepper commonly used in Oaxacan dishes. But in practice, she’s Pasa, which means “raisin” in Spanish. She also goes by Pasita (“little raisin”) and Squeeta (my mom’s nickname for her). (Continue for Pasa’s rescue story and five more photos of this little one…)
We adopted Pasa from Last Hope K9 Rescue about two years ago. They’re a fabulous rescue that brings dogs up from the high-kill shelters in the South and places them in foster homes in New England until they find their forever homes. Pasa was found as a pregnant, 6 month old stray in Arkansas and we cannot imagine who would have been insane enough to give her up, but we’re so glad that LHK9 brought her to us.
About this J.P. Dog’s humans:
Pasa lives with her humans, Syd Hardin and Eric Herot, on Amory Street near Egleston Square. They’ve lived in JP for more than six non-consecutive years.
Syd is the woman behind The Pop Zoo, one of Boston’s best pet portrait businesses! You might have seen her cards around town. All portraits are lovingly hand-painted by Syd, and are one-of-a-kind. She’d love to paint more JP dogs! So do yourself a favor and go check out her gallery of pet paintings – they are irresistible.
Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?
Does your dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, defining characteristics?
Defining characteristics? Well, she has these ginormous ears… 🙂 Other than The Ears, Pasa is the biggest sweetie with humans and kids and if you see her on the street, she’ll stick her tongue up your nose. That said, since she was a stray, she still feels the need to prove her street cred with other dogs that she meets while on-leash. She loves sunshine, warm weather, piles of blankets, being warm, not being cold, guarding our yard, homemade Halloween costumes and helping out at JP Open Studios.
What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?
We love that people constantly tell us that meeting Pasa changed their minds about chihuahuas – the rescue described her as “8 pounds of pure sweetness” and it’s 100% true. We also love that she can jump 3 feet in the air and has boundless energy to go along with her love.
Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?
Underneath the blanket on our sofa, the homes of friends with fireplaces, Blanchard’s (because they give her treats), Beecher Park (which she thinks she owns) and Tails.
Anything else you’d like us to know about your J.P. Dog?
The last four photos are from our wedding, where Pasa was the ring bearer. And yep, she was wearing a sushi costume because we needed to tie the rings onto her somehow and there was a sale on cat Halloween costumes at a local pet store.
Photography: Pasa’s humans