|On a cold & windy night, in Jan. of 1993, during an ice storm,
we drove to Newtown, PA to answer a newspaper ad for Yorkie Poo puppies.
We were there because friends & family who had seen the ad had called
the day before - they knew we missed our beloved 6 1/2 year old Yorkie
Poo, Paisley, lost in a tragic accident a month or so earlier.
We saw so many cute little furballs, about 7 weeks old, but none of
them stood a chance against Jasper. She just kept pushing the other puppies
out of the way to get to us. In the end, she chose us with her love and
happiness. When we picked her up, she was a little shy, but as we
drove away with her wrapped in a blankie, she jumped up & gave my husband
a kiss, and we knew it would all be ok. We weren't trying to 'replace'
our Paisley, who was a little black doggie... By giving love to another
little creature, we found a wonderful way to remember the good things about
loving a dog & a way to heal our hearts. Because she came into our
lives to make us happy again, we've always referred to Jasper as our 'Angel
Japser has always been an important part of our family, with all of
us involved... During the first few puppy months, my wonderful mother-in-law
puppy-sat for her while we were at work. Jasper is always part of any family
portrait (or most pictures for that matter!). She's a world-class traveler,
coming along for weekends at the family beach house in Rhode Island, and
to our buddy's house in the Pocono Mountains, to name just a few destinations.
She absolutely loves her family & extended family, & loves to visit
her Grand mommies & Auntie & Uncles...even the times when she's
stayed without us for an overnight visit. She knows she will usually be
She's loves to show off when friends and family come for a visit, especially
when the guests are her big sister Julia, or other kids.
She's earned several nicknames over the years:
'Muppers', or 'Mupp', comes from the little floppy Muppet Show doggie
that used to bop across the stage, since Jasper loves to skip or dance
across the room when she's happy... Her dances usually entail her favorite
treat, pupperonies...which brings us to her 2nd nickname, 'Pupperonie',
a name our friends gave her. Upon receiving her favorite treat, she literally
prances across the room, flips her treat up in the air, checks to see if
anyone's still watching, & rolls all over it on her back! What a riot!
Oh, & then she eats it of course!
The last five years I've been able to work at home full time & Jasper
has been my constant companion - the best coworker I've ever had. She takes
very seriously her job of letting me know when the mail or delivery person
comes. She also makes sure the squirrels at the bird feeder know who's
Jasper is now almost 12 years old, & was diagnosed with Diabetes
in August of 2005. It's been a difficult time for us all, but we're
doing our best to get her regulated & feeling better. It really
shows when she's feeling good.
She hates the injections, but we're trying to work it all out, &
as her Daddy points out, right after the shot, she's looking for her treat!
She's adjusted well to her new diet of chicken chunks or all natural treats,
and she still gets a pupperonie once in a while.
She's also having a little heart trouble, which many older dogs get.
It was found at the same time her diabetes was found. She's being treated
for that as well, & should be fine if we keep a close eye on things.
She's been feeling better & is playing with her favorite toy again,
Squirrel Pony (see pic), & has even taken up kayaking (with a little
doggie life vest on), sitting right in front of Mommy & enjoying the
Thank goodness for all of the help & support from the Rainbowbridge
& Canine Diabetes network of wonderful, caring people, who have been
here for us at a very difficult & scary time...You are all truly Angels
on earth, & I'll never be able to thank you enough...you've helped
us more than you'll ever know.
Tracey, Marc & fuzzy hugs & kisses from Jasper...
(aka Muppers, Pupperonie & Lambchop...her newest nickname!)