Jasper, a two year old Jack Russell Terrier mix, was a two time loser before coming to Project POOCH. Jasper first came to the animal control office as a stray in September 2009. He was adopted from the shelter in October but returned in December for being a menace to his adopter’s chickens. The family that returned Jasper thought that he should be euthanized. Jodi, the dog control officer, said that when Jasper re-entered the shelter he was quiet and insecure. She knew he would be a difficult dog to place, but she wasn’t ready to give up on him. She noticed that when Jasper was by himself he exhibited more self confidence. Jasper needed another chance, so Jodi contacted Project POOCH.
Project POOCH Youth, Israel, was paired with Jasper. For the first few days Israel worked on helping to build Jasper’s self confidence. Soon Jasper blossomed and his true personality began to shine. Jasper, the quiet and insecure stray, became a happy, fun loving little dog. Jasper was soon ready for a new home and a new life with someone who would love and care for him the way that Israel did.
Enter Lisa and Beans. Lisa had adopted Beans, a one-year old Border Collie mix, after her 15 year old black lab had died. Beans was a great dog, but one of those guys who really needed a buddy. A friend told Lisa about Project POOCH. Lisa visited the POOCH website and was immediately impressed with the program. Lisa says “I wasn't intending to find a dog to adopt, but then I saw Jasper!” Jasper’s photo drew Lisa in right away. She thought he might be the right guy to help calm Beans down a bit. Lisa and Beans came to visit Jasper at Project POOCH and it was love at first sight. Lisa says, “Jasper has fit right in to our family. He and Beans are the best of friends. They play for hours and then curl up on the couch together. They even like to spoon! Jasper has also made a life long friend in my cat Siler. They are about the same size, so they are the prefect wrestlers. The four of us go for walks around the block together and we are the talk of the neighborhood.”
Jasper's story reminds us that every life if worth saving. Sometimes just demonstrating love and kindness can turn someone life around.
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