Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jasper's Latest Escapades

My dog is odd. Not just odd in the normal quirky way of many other dogs, but downright, beyond-belief, odd. As a puppy, he enjoyed wearing boxes on his head. He got stuck inside of an empty cereal box, a decorative pot, and a boot as a puppy. His favorite toy as a puppy was a plastic spoon. He pulled out his own stitches after getting "fixed". He plays soccer and even fetch by himself - no human assistance necessary. He loves to eat vegetables more than meat. He has staring contests with a stuffed monkey, or with humans. He loves to play with empty water bottles. He climbs inside of open cabinets. He sleeps with a stuffed spider. He uses my recliner as a hiding place for all of his bones. He is ODD!

The other night, I was sitting on the floor studying. I got up to get a cup of tea, and left my books unattended. When I came back, this is what I saw:

Jasper had selected this book as the perfect snuggle buddy. He was rolling back and forth with it, happy as can be. He had no interest in chewing the book, surprisingly. Nevertheless, I took it away after I grabbed the camera and took a few shots. I have to keep my camera in a very easily accessible place owing to the crazy antics of this little boy!

Today, Jasper really topped himself. Ever since I moved in to this new apartment, Jasper has been fascinated by my washer and dryer. He likes to sit and watch the clothes go around and around. I thought that was pretty cute, and snapped a picture of him doing it. Then I set the camera down and took the load of clothes out of the dryer and into the bedroom. When I returned, and went to put the next load into the dryer, look what I found:

Yes, a sock had been inadvertently left behind, and "Jasper the Wonder Pup" had gone to its rescue. Unfortunately, our hero could not figure out how to get himself back out of the dryer, and required assistance. Naturally, I had to photograph him before I could let him go, as I knew people would doubt this story without photographic evidence!

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