When we first started thinking about getting a second dog, the hubby and I first considered rescuing a young adult dog. Unfortunately, most people give up older dogs (so sad and age-ist!). Since Coco (our first dog) was only 2, and we really wanted a play companion for her, we kept looking and waiting.
We found Delaware Puppy Rescue, but unfortunately they had restrictions about families adopting a puppy when there’s a child less than 7-yrs at home. They had good reason. Both child and puppy are in their early stages of development. Neither is mature enough to understand restraint. Their past experience with young families is that puppies are returned :(.
Going against DPR’s valid concern, we got a puppy from a breeder anyways. We named his Jasper. Our son (J) was a little over 1-yr at the time.
At first, only Jasper was interested in J. Jasper would sneak up on J, while J was still crawling, and lick J’s face. When J was done eating, Jasper would come around and sniff every inch to find a lone piece of rice.
Well, about a month ago, J started noticing Jasper. J started noticing how fun it was to grab Jasper’s torso and face. J started noticing how fun it was to try to use Jasper as a pillow. J started noticing how fun it was to be chased by Jasper, even if Jasper doesn’t quite get it yet. *Note: We are trying to teach J to be more gentle with Jasper.*
It’s not just J who needs a lesson in gentleness. Jasper needs one too. Jasper’s still nipping. Jasper still gets on his hind legs to come face to face with J. Jasper still plays with J like J is Coco.
See how they torment each other?
But J is absolutely in love with Japser. J loving refers to Jasper as “ba ba” because he means puppy. “Ba ba” might be confused with Chinese for “dad” but luckily J’s got that one figured out. Dad is “dah deeeeeeeee”.
I look forward to seeing them grow up together as best friends.
Maybe Jasper will walk J to the bus stop, and then go back to the bus stop at the end of the school day to meet J.
Maybe Jasper will set up a bed in J’s bedroom (not on the bed though, please).
Maybe Jasper will suddenly gain 10 lbs because J is secretly feeding Jasper scraps under the table! Haha!
P. S. Here’s a random picture of J in his Chinese New Year outfit. Ok, so he’s just wearing the pants because the jacket’s too thick for indoors. Thanks to the hubby’s parents for bringing this outfit back from Hong Kong! Judging by how much I had to roll up the pant leg, J will be able to wear this again next year.
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