#69 – Traffic sense?

You can't just walk in front of them cars!

You can’t just walk in front of them cars!

The humans have remindeds me that I started out giving training advice to help people and doggies get along betters and I seem to have got a bit distracteds with talking about myself latelies. I reckons if you followeds all my advice from the beginnings, you should all be super well behaveds and happy doggies and humans by now! But I guess you might still have a few issues I should addresses.

You gotta wait for bicylces too!

You gotta wait for bicycles too!

One thing that the humans say I could do with learning better myself is road sense. They reckon if I ever got out by myself I’d ended up flat like a pancake on the road, ’cause I got none! They have to keep an extra tight hold on my lead just to make sure I don’t decides to walk into the road when the fancy takes me. See, if I decides I want to go a certain way, I’m just going to try it, no matter what!

It's all about the Jasper dog you know!

It’s all about the Jasper dog you know!

I blames the humans really, when I  first came here, I didn’t think I was importants at all, ’cause someone dumpeds me after all and you don’t dumps important stuff. But the humans made me realise I am importants too. So now I think I’m so importants that, if I wants to cross the road, all the cars should stop for me!

I think everyone has to look out for me!

I think everyone has to look out for me!

Just between you and me, I do know in my head that cars are scary and dangerous and one driving into a little doggie like me is not going to end very happilies. But there’s so much lovelies, interesting stuff out there, that I kind of forgets to look out for them. So I relies on the humans do it for me, ’cause I’m always on the lead around cars anyhow.

That’s why I always stops and waits when I’m off lead and the humans tell me to when they need to put the lead back on, ’cause I prefers them to do all of the hard works of looking out for traffic instead of me!

It's easy to get distracted while smellings!

It’s easy to get distracted while smellings!

The humans say some doggies are smarter than me and do keep an eye on traffic, but I think they must still get distracteds, so I don’t think the humans should trust them to be smart all the time either. It only takes one really good smellie or a nice doggie on the other side of the road or stuff like that and the doggie might forget all about cars. Then it’s mega OUCH! at best and bye bye doggie at worst. Plus the humans say it’s always the doggie’s human’s fault if a car hits them, no matter what, and their humans have to pay for all the damage to the car. Not that us doggies would cares about that, but I believes the humans do!

Worrying about cars is borings, so I'm happies to let the humans do it!

Worrying about cars is borings, so I’m happies to let the humans do it!

Anyhow, I thought about it and I don’t think the humans could train me to look out for cars better, unless one hit me to reminds me how dangerous and OUCH! they can be, and that isn’t a good idea at all. ‘Cause I could get really, really badly hurt or dies and we couldn’t risk that! So I reckon I’ll keep on relyings on the humans to keep me safe – they’ve done a pretty good job at it so far! So humans, you got to manage us doggies near cars instead.

Happy to go back on lead and let the humans worries about cars!

Happy to go back on lead and let the humans worries about cars!

Of course, it can’t hurt at all to make sure your doggie has a really, really good STAY and WAIT so they knows when to stop right away when getting too near the road. STAY is better than COME near traffic, especially if the doggie has already run across the road before you could stop them and you has to go over and get them back! (I admits, I did this once a long, long time ago and the humans was not very happies with me at all…)

A nice training lead that you can make shorter is safest when walkings near the road.

A nice training lead that you can make shorter is safest when walkings near the road.

Oh and humans, if you have a doggie like me, who is a bit distracteds around traffic (the humans told me the right word is stupids, but I prefer distracteds!), don’t use one of those flexi leads and forgets to tighten it! Flexi leads should only be for doggies who can’t go off lead and are walking someplace safe where there are no cars. Use a training lead like mine or a short lead near traffic instead. Imagine how bad you would feel if your dog got OUCH! right in front of you. (And the doggie would feel worse!).

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#68 – Your chariot awaits!

This is the life!

This is the life!

This is more likes it!
I guess you all knows that I can’t walk that far ’cause of my ouchy knees.
And that sometimes the humans and I gets frustrateds with each others, ’cause I has my ideas about which way I wants to go and the humans has theirs. This often means that we does the old “Do like a statue” thingie to each others, ’cause I wants to keep on going my way and the humans won’t let me, ’cause they say we has to be able to walk home again too and I’m too heavy to carries! Sometimes the humans even threatens to trade me in for a newer model that actually walks! (I knows they don’t really means it though, they can’t manages without me!)

Me moochings, it drives the humans insanes!

Me moochings, it drives the humans insane!

It also means we has to go the same borings places all of the time, ’cause we don’t have a car to drives new places. And I’ve been getting even ouchier now I’m getting older and the humans say I get slower every week and swimming would really help me.

Hmm, comfies!

Hmm, comfies!

So, the human decideds, now they has a bit of time before workings and to celebrates that horrible studenting thing being finished and them having more time for me again, that they would buy me my very own doggy trailer!

Isn't it lovelies?! As you can see, Jade trieds to steal it right away, but it's all mine!

Isn’t it lovelies?! As you can see, Jade trieds to steal it right away, but it’s all mine! OK, I might lets her borrows it to go to the vet, ’cause she always gets sick on the way!

They read and read review thingies and stuff and finally decideds on this lovely one. It can go on a bike or be pushed and is just the right size for Jasper doggies! It arriveds today and we trieds it out already and it’s really, really lovelies!

The humans gaves me treats for sitting in it, which I thought was a wonderful idea!

The human is too chicken to cycles around Galway with me on the back with all them cars, so we’re sticking to pushings for now.

You can sleeps in it too!

You can sleeps in it too!

It’s a bit like my tent at adoption days actuallies, I can lie down and be comfortables and have  a little rest for the boring bits, or when I’m tireds, and then come out for the interesting bits. The human says it’s really easy to push too, although a brake would have been nice. She improviseds by hooking my lead through the wheel when we stops.

Come on, throw the toy quickly! (The human puts the life jacket on me when I'm rememberings that I can swim, 'cause I kind of forgets every year!)

Come on, throw the toy quickly!
(The human puts the life jacket on me when I’m rememberings that I can swim, ’cause I kind of forgets every year!)

So, guess what we did? Yes, we went to the really, really nice swimming place that’s too far for me to walks! And I had a lovely, lovely long swim, followeds by some playings on land to dry me off and warm me up again. Then I hopped into the trailer and had a nice comfy ride home, getting out for the good bits!

Who cares about laughings when you're having this much fun?!

Who cares about laughings when you’re having this much fun?!

Of course, we passed one or two people who laugheds at us, ’cause some people thinks that doggies in trailers is stupids and they have nothing better to do with their lives than to judges other people. But I don’t cares a bit what other people thinks. The human is a bit embarrasseds, but not enough to stop taking me out, ’cause she says me being happy and healthy is more importants than being embarrassed.

More!

More!

Besides, three different cars drove up to let their dogs out to play when we were near the nice swimmy place and no one laughs if they have a crate in the back of their car!
At least we’re not pollutings AND the human is getting exercises too. She says it’s cheaper than the gym!

I remembereds how to swim now!

I remembereds how to swim now!

I can’t wait to go out in my trailer again, the human mentioneds picnics and the beach or other nice places next!

Don't forgets to shake between swimmings, or you'll sink!

Don’t forgets to shake between swimmings, or you’ll sink!

So, if you sees an embarrassed human pushing a bright yellow trailer with a Jasper doggie in it, don’t forgets to wave!

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#67 – Too much of a good thing!

The human was neglectings me...

The human was neglectings me…

You might remembers that I was complainings the human didn’t have enough time for me before ’cause of all of her end of College stuff. Well, she finally finisheds and I never thought I would say this, but I think she’s got too much time for me now!

I was thinking of moochings all day, not washings me!

I was thinking of moochings all day, not cutting my nails and other horrible stuffs!

I thoughts it would be all nice moochings and playings, but first thing she said was: “I let your nails get too long again Jasper, I’d better cuts them.” She’s already cut them TWICE in the last two weeks ’cause she says they were too long to do all at once!

Hiding in case she thinks of something else unpleasants to do to me…

Next it was: “You’re stinkies and dirties, I’d better give you a bath.” I trieds to hide, but she just carrieds me into the bath tub ’cause she knows you should never call your doggie for bad stuff ’cause they might stop comings altogether if you do.

Someone save me from this annoying human before I has to bites her!

Someone save me from this annoying human before I has to bites her!

So now I’ve had half my  toesies cut off and I’m really shampoo stinkies!
And to add insult to injuries, the human keeps tryings that smoochy stuff ’cause she says that I’m so lovely and clean and handsome and shinies now she just has to cuddles me. I says YEUCH!

Wasting away to nothing 'cause of the mean humans!

Wasting away to nothing ’cause of the mean humans!

Then she  says I’m too fat ’cause I keep stealing the left over cat food and she put the X pen around their food so I can’t get in at all. The big meanie! I’m going to die of starvations now and it’ll be all her fault…

What do you mean, give away my toys?!

What do you mean, give away my toys?!

Now she’s sayings that she needs to bring me to the vet for my boosters ’cause it’s time.
And I even heard her muttering somethings about sorting out all my toys ’cause I have too manies and I don’t need them all. NOOOO! I needs all my toys, even the ones I never plays with anymores, ’cause they’re mine!

Someone finds that human a job quickly! I’m perfectly happies stayings with the nice older human instead, at least that human has better things to do than to annoys me.

Maybe I'll forgive her in another few weeks...

Maybe I’ll forgive her in another few weeks…

OK, I has to admits she’s also played with me and taken me on nice walkies, so she’s not so horribles, but I got a bit upset when I heard her say that bittie about giving away my toys!

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#30 – Spay and Neuter!

It’s Spay and Neuter week again, so I’m postings this again, ’cause it’s importants!

jasper training tips

You'd better listens carefullies to this or I may get mad!You’d better listens carefully to this or I may get annoyeds!

Listen carefullies, cause the humans says this one is IMPORTANTS and they knows about this kind of stuff.OK, OK, this ones not really my idea cause I don’t like operations. (The neutering one wasn’t so bad though and I was running arounds again by the next day.) BUT the human says there’s loads and loads more doggies than homes and we shouldn’t be having puppies unless we can be 100% sure that they will all gets GOOD homes. (And puppies are scary, or at least their mothers are!!!)

This is how many doggies MADRA rescued last year - lots!This is how many doggies MADRA rescued last year – LOTS!

MADRA rehomed lots and lots and lots last year, the humans says it was a BIG number calleds 834 and I can’t even begin to imagines that many dogs all togethers!

They says that if I helped make puppies when I was first ables and then their puppies made puppies too, there could be 76 THOUSAND mini Jasper's runnings around now. That's a lot of Jaspers! They says that if I helped make puppies…

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Please sponsors me for the Dogathon!

Begging bowl

I got the beggings bowl out. (OK, the bowl wasn’t big enough, so I got me a bucket!)

Hello humans, I got the beggings bowl out again, but this time it’s not for me, so it’s OK!
The Dogathon is on in a week from tomorrow (Sunday the 17th of May) and I can’t wait.

Last year I raised lots and lots of lovely monies to help MADRA rescue more doggies so they can be as luckies as me someday when they get their own lovelies forever homes.
I knows all my friends out there agrees that helping MADRA rescue doggies is a wonderful idea, so I’m sure some of you will wants to help me collects more monies again this year.

The human has been neglecting me latelies!

The human has been neglecting me latelies!

I knows I haven’t been writings so much latelies, but that was the human’s fault, not mine. You see she’s been doing this studyings thing since nearly forevers and is finally finished soon. She’s promised me that she’ll be able to spend lots and lots of time making it up to me when it’s overs, but for the last while she’s been so busy that she’s hardly had any time to spend with me at all. I know, it’s awful, but I feel more sorry for her than me really, ’cause I got other humans I can spend time with when she’s annyoings me, but she’s only got one doggie!

The humans have been busy, but so have I!

The humans have been busy, but so have I!

I have been feelings a little bit unhappies and neglecteds though, because us doggies like to feel importants and it’s hard to feel importants if your human is too busy to spend time with you. So helping me raise lots and lots of monies for the Dogathon would make me feel REALLY importants.  I’m counting on you humans!

Time for Jasper, yea!

Time for Jasper, yea!

Anyhow, the Dogathon is going to be an extra special happy day for us, because the human will be finished with studyings for evers after next Friday! That means lots of attention and times for me before she starts worrying about workings and I’ve been promised lots and lots of playings and swimmings and stuff. And I bet I can get her to give me lots of biscuits and treats on the day because she feels guilty for neglecting me.

Helpings with the Dogathon is hard work, but some doggie gottta do it!

Helpings with the Dogathon is hard work, but some doggie gottta do it!

If you wants to help donate to help my fellow doggies (and help make me feel importants!), you can give me money on my iDonate page here: Jasper’s Fundraising Page
All the monies go directlies to MADRA, so you don’t have to worries about me getting greedies and buying biscuits and balls for myself with it!

Thank you lovely humans!

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Happy 8th Gotcha Day to me!

I've had lots and lots of good times in the last 8 years!

I’ve had lots and lots of good times in the last 8 years!

It’s eight years ago today since I came to live with the humans. I know I complains about them sometimes, but I loves them really and they’re the best, nicest humans a doggie could have. I knows they’re luckies to have me, but I’m pretty lucky to have them too.

I told the story of how I came to live with the humans last year, so I don’t have to tell it again, ’cause you can read it from last year here.

Life's still good!

Life’s still good!

So I thought this Gotcha Day I’d share some nice pictures and stuff of all the good times I’ve had over the years with my humans. I’m sure you all wants to see me when I still had all black hair and four properly working legs.

This was me and my best friend Matilda back in 2009, when I was only 2! Matilda was a lovely doggie and we used to have lots and lots of fun playings. She wasn’t very good about coming back when calleds, so she nearly always had to stay on the lead. But she was alloweds off when playings with me because I was such a good doggie and she’d follow me back when the humans called.

We used to do lots and lots of fun stuff to keep me busy when I was youngers, like playings at agility in the garden together. Here the human and I are tryings to do a good job of workings together while avoiding the nosy cats!

This was me showing off my really good stay and come runnings for the whistle when I was 2.

It took me forevers to learn how to swim, because I thought I would drowns if I didn’t have my paws touching the bottom at all times. The human and I were super exciteds when I finally learneds it! Here I am showing off my super new swimming skills!

Them was the good times, but life is still pretty good, if a little slowers, now. Life is always good if you’re lucky enough to have good humans to take you on lovely walks and lets you keep them company all day and buys you nice food and chewies and toys. I’ve never been hungry or cold or scareds or lonelies once since I came to live with the humans (apart from having to go to the vet, but that couldn’t be helpeds!).

So I’m a pretty lucky doggie, ’cause I remembers what it was like to not have any humans. Of course the humans are luckies too, ’cause they tell me all the time that I’m the best doggie evers and they don’t know how I ever managed without me and I believes them!

I wants to say thank you to MADRA yet again this year, because before MADRA starteds, doggies who were found dumpeds like me used to be killed in the pound and didn’t get to have a good life like they deserveds. I was really, really lucky when the nice lady who found me dumpeds called MADRA for help.

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#66 – Sometimes I hates the humans…

I think I'll look for new humans!

I think I’ll look for new humans!

Them humans can be so annoyings. Today they they came home and left again nearly right away without walkings me, saying they had an appointments they had to go to. And it was a really nice, lovelies, perfect for nice moochy walkings, day. OK, they did finally come back and walks me two hours later, but by then the best bit of the day was already overs.

Humans are stupids about smellies...

Humans are stupids about smellies…

So anyhows, I made the best of it once the humans did finally take me out. Since it was such a nice day, the humans decideds to take my harness off and lets me get some fresh air. This gave me a chance to roll properlies in some really, really nice smellies when the humans wasn’t lookings my way for a second.

I just takes myself right home after I rolls in poo.

I just takes myself right home after I rolls in smellies.

I was smelling lovelies and feeling really happies, but then of course the humans saw it and I remembereds that the humans are complete dummies when it comes to smellies and never lets a doggie keep the lovely smellies they finds.

Don't think I'm coming near you and that bath tub!

Don’t think I’m coming near you and that bath tub!

I couldn’t help rememberings because the humans started giving out right away and saying stupid stuffs like: “Disgusting Jasper, bad doggie! It’s bath time for you!”.  I knows there’s no point even talkings to the humans when they get like thats, so I just walked myself home again ignorings them.

What do you mean, I can't come in?!

What do you mean, I can’t come in?!

Then when we got home, the humans said: “Don’t think you’re coming in the house smellings like that!” and made stay out in the garden. I mean me, banished from the house!

Clean and stinkings of shampoo instead of nice smellies...

Clean and stinkings of shampoo instead of nice smellies…

Even worse, they started fillings big buckets of water, which is always a sign to go and hides…

So, of course they batheds me with the horrible stinky shampoo and now all the nice smellies is gone and I stinks again. And then, to add insults to injuries, they put on my horrible towel coat, ’cause they said they didn’t wants me to get cold after my bath.

How come you never has to take a bath?!

How come you never has to take a bath?!

You humans don’t know how luckies you are that I haven’t ever bitten you… yet!

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#65 – THE Voice

I tireds the look, but the humans used THE VOICE

I trieds the look, but the humans used THE VOICE

You might have noticed that my humans are pretty easy goings about most things.
Sure, they starteds out with this crazy idea that they were going to have the best traineds dog ever and I was going to listen to everything they told me like a robot. But they soon learned betters. They realised that if they wanted a really, really obedient doggie, they shouldn’t have got a Terrier, ’cause us Terriers are stubborn and smart and we thinks for ourselves. And then they realised that they didn’t really cares, because they wanted a doggie, not a machine!

So we workeds hard at learning the really importants stuff, like not runnings away and coming back and stayings and leave its. But they don’t much cares about the other stuffs, like sittings forever or not barkings at all and stuff like that.

Older doggies like me needs to be alloweds to do our own thing.

Older doggies like me needs to be alloweds to do our own thing.

Now I’m olders, I admits I’m even more stubborns than I used to be and I likes to sniff even more, because I don’t feel like playings that much. So, just between you and me, I does sometimes ignores the humans on purpose by pretendings I can’t hear them. The humans just tries to spoil your fun sometimes and I just get fed up with it and ignores them. Since the humans are easy goings, they sometimes let me ignores them.

When the human gets annoyeds, I have to hides, so I prefer to listens before that happens!

When the human gets annoyeds, I have to hides, so I prefer to listens before that happens!

BUT.. My number one human has this special voice she only uses when she really, really means it and when she uses that voice, I better listens. My human has never hit me, or even shouteds much (she knows she shouldn’t shout at all, but she’s only a human and they sometimes gets annoyeds just like us doggies!). But when she uses that voice, I know she means it and if I don’t listens she’s not going to be happies. And I really, really don’t likes it when people aren’t happies with me! So when she uses that voice, I has to come or leaves it or whatever she wants. The human doesn’t use it very often, so I know when I hears it that it means whatever she wants me to do is pretty importants and I better listens.

The humans tell me to go to bed when I have been bad, I don't likes that!

The humans tell me to go to bed when I have been bad, I don’t likes that!

The voice often comes out when we’re at adoption days and stuff and I decides I don’t likes a dog I meet and wants to tell him off (it’s nearly always boy dogs I don’t likes!). The human is a meanie and will never let me teach other doggies manners, it’s not fair! She says it’s not nice and I could gets hurt if the other doggie decides to teach me manners back!  (She knows when I’m teaching manners, I only makes a lot of noise, but she says some people and doggies don’t realises that.) So she always uses that voice and makes me go sit in my tent to get me away from the other doggie. The big meanie, but I got to listen ’cause that voice means business.

You got to know when it's safe to do your own thing and when you got to listen.

You got to know when it’s safe to do your own thing and when you got to listen.

She also uses it when I get too far ahead of her and has to stop to wait ’cause we’re coming near places where there might be cars and to stop me rollings or eating stuff. I hates that voice ’cause I always have to listen… But she always tells me that I’m a good doggie afters when I do listens, so it’s not so bad I guess. And I’d rather hear that voice sometimes than never be alloweds to do anything in the first place!

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#64 – Love is in the air

Of course I loves you humans!

Of course I loves you humans!

The humans say tomorrow is some thingie called Valentines day. The humans gives the people they loves presents to show them how much they cares and does nice things for them. Sounds like a nice idea, but I don’t have to do something like that ’cause I shows my human how much I cares all the time. She says I make her smile every day too and that’s about as nice a thingie as you can do for a human!

Keeping the humans entertaineds is a good way of showing them how much you loves them!

Keeping the humans entertaineds is a good way of showing them how much you loves them!

I don’t go in for all of that smoochy romance stuffs ’cause I’m not a cuddle doggie – I’m an action doggie! But I sometimes lets the humans rub my head and I shows them I care by making sure they’re never lonelies and letting them help me eat my chewies. And playings ball with them every day, which is really, really importants to keep your humans happy and feeling loveds! The humans shows me they cares all year too, by taking me out for nice walkies and playings with me and buying me nice food and chewies and toys to play with.

Love is putting up with the humans even when they're annoyings you!

Love is putting up with the humans even when they’re annoyings you!

So remember humans, carings about someone is not just for Valentines day, you got to makes the effort every day. (Even when the person is annoyings you by making you walk faster and not letting you sniff as much as you likes!)

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#63 – Moochings

Let's just mooch today!

Let’s just mooch today!

You humans seem to have this idea that you gots to march along every time we goes out. But sometimes it’s nice just too take your time and mooches along, sniffing one place really, really good and sitting around and smelling the breeze. Especially when you’re an older dog like me. Don’t gets me wrong, I likes going places too, but some days I just likes to take it easy instead.

It's importants to smell all the smellies, even if the humans don't understand.

It’s importants to smell all the smellies, even if the humans don’t understand.

The humans gets boreds easilies, so they don’t likes moochings so much, especially if the weather is rainings, ’cause they say they get cold and wet standing around. So it’s a good idea to brings something along to keep your human entertaineds when you goes moochings, ’cause they says that watching me sniffs the same spot for five minutes is not that much fun.

You see, the poor humans is smellies blind and can hardly smell anythings! So they can’t understands why us doggies finds smellies so interestings and gets bored ’cause they got nothings to do. The poor things can’t help it, so you got to be understanding and humours them a bit.

You got to bring something for the humans to do when moochings, my human gets to take pictures.

You got to bring something for the humans to do when moochings, my human gets to take pictures.

I gets my human to bring her camera, so she can keep herself busy taking nice pictures of me and other stuff. That keeps her amuseds so she won’t complain and say “Come on Jasper, I’m cold and bored!” too much.

Humans never remembers to stop and sniff the breeze enough.

Humans never remembers to stop and sniff the breeze enough.

I got good humans, so they lets me smell on days I feels like it and don’t just drags me along like some people do. I’ve seen dogs being walked along like they were in the army, not even being alloweds to sniff and having to poo as they walk, the poor things! Their humans seem to just wants to tires them out as much as possible without carings what their doggies wants to do. I’m glad I don’t have boring humans like that!

My human is smart and knows that you got to enjoy your doggie while you can.

My human is smart and knows that you got to enjoy your doggie while you can.

Someone said to my human the other day that they didn’t know how she could stand walkings with me when I likes to stop so much nowadays. But my humans said she doesn’t mind, ’cause I’m olders and some day she’ll give anything to be able to stand around watching me sniff again and I won’t be there. So she’s  enjoyings me every day while she has me. I think she’s pretty smart for a human 😉

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