Jasper flew safely to Boston to become joyfully
adopted by Elisabeth and Fritz Nelson of Rowley, MA.
- 24 December 2007
- "Hi, Mel--
"Here's a recent picture of Jasper with his new best buddy, our 1- year-old cat, Figaro. The two of them play, share a food dish, and sometimes a pillow, as you see."
"I still am filled with wonder at the beauty of this dog, both physically and in his personality (unless you are a husky or a boxer, for some reason)."
- 23 May 2006
is doing well. We passed the six-month mark of my working full-time,
and we've established our routine, although Jasper would still much
rather have me home all day. I try to make a point to spend a lot
of time with him on the weekends. But we take a walk every morning
(I have to get up extra early to allow time--the things we do for
our dogs), and play in the back yard every evening, and after supper,
we snuggle on the couch. If I'm late for the couch time, he gets very
upset with me and doesn't hesitate to remind me of what I'm supposed
to be doing. 'What do you mean you have to balance the checkbook,
Mom? It's TV time--that's much more important! Come on! Now!!'"
"Vivi, the whippet who got lost at the airport after Westminster,
is still sighted in an area not too far from here, but it's an area
I'm not familiar with and my schedule is such that I haven't been
able to help in the search. I keep hoping she will make her way this
direction--drawn by some whippet magnetism or something--and find
a happy Jasper and safe haven, but I know that's not going to happen."
"My love to all the "family." Your newest children are all beautiful."
- 8 June 2004
- "Jasper is, of course, doing well. His favorite
outside toy is a mostly deflated half-size basketball. I throw it,
he grabs it and races around the yard with it in his mouth. We've
also started playing soccer with it. I get a point every time I get
the ball to the end of the yard, and he gets one every time he grabs
it from me. I think over the last week I've managed to accumulate
three points by making my move while he's distracted by other things.
:-) I'm beginning to wonder if the whole "couch potato, 10 minutes
of running is enough" characteristic of whippets is just a marketing
ploy, though--I'm exhausted! I'm thinking that he'd probably really
enjoy coursing, so I might see if I can find a group around here and
maybe try him out. I'm not particularly interested in the competition--just
in letting Jasper enjoy the experience."
"He makes me laugh every day, particularly on our walks. He'll pick
up sticks that are twice as long as he is and trot along with them
in his mouth, so proud of his magnificent find; or chase butterflies;
or just decide that it's time to rest and flop down on a shady patch
of grass. Wherever I am, he wants to be, too. Particularly if I'm
in the uphostered chair or on the couch. His favorite position is
to push me out to the edge of my seat and squeeze in behind me. I
almost never get to watch TV leaning back in my chair."
- 6 March 2004
- "Jasper wants to say "Happy Birthday!" to all his
siblings. He got an extra goodie for breakfast this morning and a
good long walk in the woods after breakfast to celebrate (although
he usually gets a good long walk in the woods on Saturdays).
Elisabeth adds, "I've decided that if I ever have a girl whippet (which
I expect will happen :-) ), I'm going to name her "Joyous," since
there's no other word to describe a running whippet, especially after
a long winter of hampering snow and bone-freezing cold."
- December 2003
- Elisabeth writes, "Jasper just graduated from Intermediate
Obedience class. We didn't do so hot on the stand-for-exam part (who
ever heard of a whippet standing still?), but were perfect on down-stay
(who ever heard of a whippet getting up when he didn't have to?)."
"We've reached yet another milestone in Jasper's life: his first snowfall.
Apparently, snow is yummier than I ever realized, judging by how much
of it he's eaten in the last day and a half. We'll never need to shovel
again! (OK, that's an exaggeration, but he does like eating it.) He's
not so pleased with it falling from the sky, however. :-)"