How could you not love them?
Well, except for all that pooping, and peeing, and yipping and biting. I mean besides that they are perfect.
And this little one has been perfect for me.
As most of you know, I was devastated after the loss of my beloved Orlin. He didn't have a lot of flash or bang going for him, he was the kind of dog that was like your favorite pair of jeans.
The whole family/pack went through the grieving process, but then one day you start to get that itch. That even though I was going to wait 6 months, I had the urge to head over to the shelter.
I talked myself out of it, but kept having this urge to go look. Strangely it wasn't to find a replacement for Orlin, but my heart hearkened back to a dog a room mate long ago had. His name was Jasper and he was Chi x Jack Russel. And even though he was a little goofy for me, Chief loved him. Princess loved him. Molly loved him.
I realized I wanted whatever new dog that came in to fill Jasper's place. But how to find a dog so uniquely silly yet restrained (so as not to hurt Chief)?
That night I was outside, looking at the stars, like Orlin used to love to do, and I asked.
I said out loud (thank goodness we don't have close neighbors) "Orlin, you need to give me a sign, buddy. Tell me what to do."
Then of course Princess and Molly got into a little scuffle and I didn't think about it until the next day I went to work and was putting my key into the lock when everyone shouted "Don't!"
"Because I found a Chihuahua puppy and he's running around!"
Um, ya. He was Chief and Princess' color but if he had been a tri color, he would have looked just like that dog, Jasper.
I knew at the very least I had to foster him.
I got home with this new puppy (tentatively named Oliver by the tech that found him) and the other dogs were freaking out, barking, Princess snarling... What to do...
Then I flashed on LJ (the flame point kitten... see blog post here for more info :-)
If we could get Elvira to accept the kitten by calling him "Baby Lance" what about for a puppy?
So there I am, going "Look, it's Jasper!"
All the dogs cocked their heads. But he's the wrong color...
"Jasper got a dye job!"
Um... he's acting kind of weird.
"So did Jasper."
I set him down and he has been little Jasper ever since. He even likes the name (he will kiss you furiously if you say "Jasper, Jasper, Jasper"). He even has a rap name... Jaspy "J"
I have no idea if we will be his forever home right now, but puppies. You can't live without and you sure as heck can't walk around the house in the dark without getting a little 'surprise' with them!