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Jasper Lily's New Life

Jasper Lily at 11 months!

WOW… I simply cannot believe Jasper Lily has been a part of my life for almost an entire year. We are definitely looking forward to a happy celebration for that milestone. Especially considering I wasn’t even sure I was going to keep her for the first couple of months (yes… looking back, it was months).

I simply adore this quirky little dog – for all her “issues”, “expressions” (who knew ears could be so expressive), mannerisms, personality. She also has the weirdest smile I’ve ever seen on a dog … so much so that I almost prefer her signature “resting bitch face” since sometimes it’s just creepy!

How many photos to get a smile?!?

She has definitely come out of her shell and I do believe I see the REAL Jasper Lily most of the time.

She still spooks more than Shelby ever did – at random things. The low growl is less (and I almost miss it). She’s getting better in the car (still not her favorite thing but I think she tolerates it better).

She continues to push limits and boundaries. And it’s hard to punish a submissive dog because I truly believe it kills a part of her spirit. Shelby was fearless when I disciplined her. When Shelby destroyed the trash, she would look at me with such pride and no remorse. Only once have I seen Jasper truly proud of her ‘bad-dog’ tendencies.

What, madre?!? So proud of her mess.

But most of the time, when Jasper does wrong and I catch her, she goes to her bed (or under my bed) and pouts, sulks and looks like I took away ALL her toys and beat her senseless (which of course I would never do).

Jasper has made a single cat friend and I think that is because the cat is dog-friendly. Most of the cats run when we see them and Jasper tries to chase. Her addiction to hunting squirrels is like nothing I have ever seen and further proves she will never be an ‘off-leash’ dog. It isn’t safe for her as she would dart into a street if she saw something she wanted to chase.

Kitty loves!

Taunted by the squirrel

Every. Single. Day. Hunting Squirrels

Jasper is usually so happy to see me whenever I get home – even if it’s only after an hour of being gone. I hear her body-slamming herself against the door as I walk up the stairs to my apt.

She’s adorable, a healthy mixture of hilarious and crazy and cuddles … she is EXACTLY what I needed and the “love of my life” knew what she was doing when she guided me to Jasper.

I am happy I was able to open my heart, embrace love again and know that it in no way diminishes the love I had and will always have for Shelby. Jasper has found her way into my heart and she cuddles up closer each and every day.

And most of all…. I think the frown and sad lines have started to fade from my eyes … the scars have left and the sparkle as come back into my eyes. Do I still miss Shelby? EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. But I know that Shelby wants and NEEDS me to love again. And for that, I am thankful for little Jasper Lily.

Posted by on May 14th, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (4)




4 Responses to “Jasper Lily at 11 months!”

  1.   Michelle Says:

    Amen Amen Amen. Happy 11 month adoptversy. I love the expressions of love in this. I remember those first days well. Jasper Lily has taught you to love again and you have taught her to love. Amazing things happen. 🙂 I agree you look happy. You will always miss and love Shelby but she picked this little love for you.

    Hugs
    Michelle & Angel Sassy.

  2.   penny4weims Says:

    Isn’t it funny how at first we compare the dog we lost to the current one then after awhile we realize we love THEIR uniqueness. So glad you bonded with Jasper Lily, I love her ears!
    Penny

  3.   benny55 Says:

    Im all mush over here Alison! Got the tears wellingnup kiddo!

    As always, you have articulated your experiences with Jasper Lily so well. I love getting to know her through your eyes and through the delightfully detailed stories about her antics.

    And these pictures…I love following her with scrapbook images of her life! The ears, the smiles, the cat friend, the squirrels, the hugs with her madre and the sparkle in her eyes as she sits proudly in front of her “trash”. To see all this,to see how far you’ve come, to see how she has brought joy back into your world just warms my heart.

    I’m so glad you’re here…you, Jasper Lily and Shelby! You brighten our world!

    HAPPY ELEVEN MONTH BEING IN YOUR FOREVER HOME JASPER LILY!

    Much love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  4.   jerry Says:

    It has been such a joy to watch your relationship grow Alison. She truly is a one-of-a-kind and so adorable! Can’t believe it’s been almost a year. Wow.

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