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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Jafari the wonder dog

We were lucky enough to adopt Jafari in April 2006. Even with the life in a puppy mill before he was rescued he is an amazing dog. He has adapted well to his new forever home and is experiencing new things all of the time. He is so smart and so beautiful. Everyone that he meets falls in love with him. We have a list of people that have volunteered to dog sit if we ever need one. Jafari has a favorite park which is in our backyard. He seems to think that he can go there by himself when ever he wants to. He runs and runs around the park as he visits every tree. He is so cute when he runs. When we are at the park and he decides that he has had enough he takes himself home and stands on the deck and waits for us as if saying "what took you so long?"
Jafari has been a wonderful addition to our family. We also call him velcro dog because after only being here a couple of days he was following us everywhere and he still does. We try to give him new experiences all of the time, we call them adventures. We have taken him to softball games, to the bank, he also went to an Iowa Hawkeye football party at a friend's and was a big hit, and I have even taken him to work with me.
We are so glad that he is a member of our family. He is just perfect and does so many cute things.


At 11/12/2006 4:00 AM, Blogger sibtigre2 said...

Awesome!!! It sounds like he is in the perfect home! Thank you for sharing him with us!

At 11/13/2006 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such a great dogmom to Jaf! I love it that you've helped him learn new things and frame them up for him by conveying to him that he is going to have an "adventure".

Folks that have never had hands on a former puppymill dog may not understand that even something like a ride in the car to the bank can be an "adventure" when experienced for the first time (and not necessarily a good one as far as the dog is concerned!). These dogs are so special and can be painfully vulnerable in so many ways.

Jaf had to wait 5 long years to learn what life outside a cage was like. He learned alot while in foster care with us (though it was 4 months of baby steps, teaching him that there was more to life than sitting at the back of a crate facing the wall) and has indeed adapted so well under the caring, patient guidance of you - his forever folks.

I think the best thing ever is when we (as foster folks) and you (as adoptive folks) rejoice and celebrate when we get the first TAIL WAG from dogs like Jafari's like the first time a toddler utters "Momma"!

I sure hope Jafari is getting some Iowa Hawkeye gear to sport since he is now hosting football parties!! Such a social butterfly - hopefully he can make time in his schedule to come over for a play date with Stella : )


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