I’m borrowing a page from Stephany’s book today and featuring my Friday Five on my awesome dog, Jack.
1. I adopted Jack my final semester in college; he was a Humane Society pup and the moment I saw his tiny little self and his adorable eyes looking up at me, I was hooked. I had to beg my landlords to let me have a dog (it was in the lease I signed, yet they said it wasn’t allowed….) but after a dog security deposit I was able to bring him home. As a puppy he loved to sleep under my bed, he quieted down when he heard rap music, and loved to cuddle. He’s always been a fan of his toys, carrying them around from room to room and proudly showing them off to any visitors and guests that we have.
2. Jack will turn ten this year; hard to believe he’s been around for all my moves (3 apartments, 3 houses!), sleeping by my feet when I studied for my MBA, and every single night when I get home from work. It’s impossible to avoid smiling when Jack greets you at the door, his tail hitting the door (Knight calls him the “Jack Hammer”).
3. Some of Jack’s favorite things: Long walks (preferably in the spring or fall), any one of his several beds (yes, he has more than one), new squeaky toys, biscuits before bed, and snoozes in the sun. And of course, cuddles and chest rubs from his mom and dad. (Don’t tell Knight, but sometimes when he’s out, I let Jack jump on the “forbidden” couch for some extra snuggles.)
4. Late last year Jack was diagnosed with retinal degeneration, a hereditary condition. Since he’s a mutt, it’s impossible to tell where he inherited it from and unfortunately it’s not reversible or something that can be fixed with surgery. Thankfully Jack is a smart boy and knows the number of steps from room to room, and around the furniture. Bonus: as long as he lots of lights on, he can see just fine. The docs said he’s not in pain, thank goodness. Just hate that he has to deal with this!
5. When my bonus kidlets are here Jack is incredibly devoted to them. He follows them around, he plays with them (and even tugs lightly so that they can play with him), and when it’s their bedtime? He lies near their beds during reading, hugs and prayers. The moment the prayers are done, he exits their room. One of my vets thinks that Jack has some border collie in him so maybe that’s partially why he herds and tracks the girls as much as he does. Or he’s just hopelessly devoted to them. Either way.
What’s your favorite pet (current or former)?