About this J.P. Dog:
Dinosaur is a 9 year old Pomeranian Chihuahua, possibly mixed with a little bit of another mystery breed. He also may answer to Baby D, Dino, Stinky Boy, or Kip.
“I think you could consider Dinosaur’s story a rescue story – an unconventional one, though. Dinosaur did not come from a shelter. He was given to me by a homeless girl who went by the name ‘Butterfly.’ I was at Jackson Square on my way to class when I met Dinosaur, who had a pink mohawk at the time. He came right up to me and rolled onto his back so that I could rub his tummy!
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Butterfly told me that I could pet him and that he was a nice dog, and then told me that she was looking to find him a new home, as she could no longer afford to take care of him. I was taken aback and asked her if she was selling him, or if she was giving him away, to which she replied that she was simply going to give him to the next person she saw.
I was in disbelief but pried a bit more and asked – hypothetically – that if I wanted to take him right then and there if she would let me, and she said yes, that I seemed nice enough. The train to Oak Grove came and we both got on – Dinosaur jumped up onto the seat next to me. She gave me his information – said that his name was Dinosaur, he was four years old (this was in 2010), and that he was a Pomeranian Chihuahua with a bit of x breed mixed in there.
She said he had sensitive skin and was up to date with his shots. I was listening intently when all of a sudden, we arrived at Roxbury Crossing, and she got up and said “Well, this is my stop – Bye Dinosaur, I love you!” and she was gone, just like that!
Everyone on the train was so confused…myself included. I had been on my way to class but ended up skipping school that day – instead I went right to Petco and spent my entire paycheck on dog supplies! We’ve been inseparable ever since, and I’m so grateful that this girl entrusted me with the care of Dinosaur…he’s changed my life.”
About this J.P. Dog’s human:
Dinosaur lives with his human, Leah, his Grandma Joselyn, and his uncle Kenneth, across from the Hennigan Elementary School. Leah grew up in JP and has lived here for 17 plus years!
Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?
Physically, Dinosaur is well known for that underbite – the neighbors always recognize him because of that little tooth that sticks out! An odd behavior of his is that whenever he finds a blanket spread out, he tries to dig through it. He never does this outside with actual dirt – just blankets. Additionally, we believe he mistakes himself for a cat – he loves joining our cats for their cat treat time after dinner! My favorite thing about him might be his most recently developed behavior – he guards my pet hedgehog and barks whenever anyone gets too close to him. I’d like to think its because he knows the hedgehog belongs to me and he’s trying to protect what’s ours!
What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?
It is impossible for me to pick one thing I love the most about Dinosaur – he’s my entire world. But out of all of the things I love, I think I can say that his sweet, laid back demeanor and constant desire to snuggle is the greatest thing and I cherish every moment that I get to have with him.
Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?
Nira Rock and Jefferson Playground are definitely Dinosaurs favorite spots in JP. He also enjoys Jamaica Pond, but is sure to keep his distance from that water – he can’t stand the water!
Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?
Just that he is all around perfect – I couldn’t have been more blessed when we crossed paths. The way he loves our other pets, welcomes any temporary fosters (we tend to foster kittens for brief periods of time), and his sense of wonder whenever we go somewhere new bring me so much joy and I look forward to every day I get to be with him!
Photography: Dinosaur’s human