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Life with a dog named Jasper

January 8, 2014 17 comments

Sometimes God gives us a dog to challenge us,
and sometimes he gives us one to make us laugh.
Sometimes he gives you a dog that is adorably cute,
and he melts your heart.

And sometimes he gives you a dog that is all that and more.

That is Jasper.

He makes me laugh but challenges me more than any dog I know.
He is adorably cute, but also a wonderful nursemaid when I am sick.
He is sensitive and pig-headed and smart as a whip.
And here is why I love him.

Jasper believes that…

All balls are meant to be chewed, thrown, savored and chased.

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Tennis balls taste better when soaked in a pool or rolled in sand and mud.

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Tennis balls can be found everywhere despite the owner’s belief that “there can’t possibly be one here.”

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Joggers and bicyclists must be chased.
People dressed up like joggers must be chased.
Walkers wearing anything that might resemble running gear must be followed closely in case they run. Then they must be chased.
Water is fun but only in moderation.

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Water must be chased.

Sheep, of course, must be chased.

Jasper went sheep herding

Jasper went sheep herding

Anyone in a bathroom is a prisoner and can and will be forced to throw a ball.
Anyone sitting down anywhere, at any time, can be made to play ball.

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Sticks are a nice substitute for a ball, if one is not available. They are also fun to chew.

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One cannot use the outdoor bathroom facilities when family is there to watch. One must wait until everyone goes back inside again and then ask to be let out to use the facilities in private.

Kongs with good things inside them are good. One stolen from a sibling is even better.
Bones were meant to be stolen. What is caring if not sharing?
Food must not be wasted.

Jasper was licking his chops at the prospect of eating Zuke's treats.

Jasper was licking his chops at the prospect of eating Zuke’s treats.

A thorough examination of the food preparation facility must be conducted every morning and evening.
No toy that contains treats inside of it is a deterrent. When all else fails, bang it on the floor. Treats will surely come out.

Costumes provided by the human can be endured if there is food involved.

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When all else fails…

Look cute. It works.

Jasper and his stare

Jasper and his stare

Favorite Video Friday – Coolest Sheep Herding Video Ever

January 26, 2012 7 comments

I came across this video on my friend Johann The Dog’s Facebook page and could barely wait to share it with all of you. In fact, I almost didn’t wait. It’s that cool.

Of course, I may be a bit biased in this respect since Jasper has herded sheep before and I am hoping to get him more involved again soon.

This video was shot with a GoPro (a camera I very much want) and gives you a unique view of sheep herding from both the dog and the sheep’s point of view. In my opinion, it’s the best sheep herding video I have ever seen (the choice of music is awesome too). I hope you like it as much as I did.

Just two words of warning: 1) it’s a rather long video, so watch as much or as little as you want, and 2) the video is best watched in big screen, but in the scenes where the dog is wearing the camera it is very disorienting because of the way the camera moves with the dog.

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