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Jase Loving Life

“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.”

“Dogs love to go for rides. A dog will happily get into any vehicle going anywhere.”

-Dave Barry


Before I say anything about the picture, I have to note that I in no way recommend that anyone take a picture of their dog in the side view mirror as they drive down the road. That would just be dangerous!!!! With that said, Jase loves riding in cars (as you have read before) and here he is with his tongue flopping in the wind.

Although any ride is a good ride for Jase, this one in particular was an especially satisfying one as he spent just about three hours with us, driving around and doing errands. To say that he loved every minute of it would be an incredible understatement.

Based on the look of bliss on Jase’s face, I will not say anything else. The picture tells the entire story.


A Dog’s Simple Pleasure


My dog Jase knows when he is gong to go for a ride. Don’t ask me how he knows, he just does. We go in and out of our house for any number of reasons many times during the day, but he always seems to know when he will be joining us. For Jase, pleasure is as simple as sitting in the back seat, head out the window, sniffing the air and enjoying life. Today’s ride was a long one and he loved every minute of it. As he lays underneath me, chest rising and falling in quiet even breathes, he is blissfully unaware of anything going on around him. Dreaming only the dreams that he can, he calmly waits for another ride.

A Haiku For You.

The other day we added this adorable 5 month old kitten to our family. As with our dog Jase, we rescued him from the SPCA in Briarcliff. Seeing Jase’s reaction to the introduction of Sirius into the dynamics of our household has been more than a little comical and it inspired this Haiku:

Cute Kitten Comes Home

Jealous Jiggler Is Upset

Whoa is me says he

Truly man’s best friend

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”

-Milan Kundera



A year ago this Friday, we rescued this beautiful Black Lab/Mastiff (we believe) mix from the Briarcliff SPCA. We had originally gone to the shelter to look at another dog that we had seen on their website, but something just didn’t feel right about him. As we waited to look at another dog, this guy here calmly walked up to the front of his cage, sat down and proceeded to lick my hand through the metal bars and I will freely admit that he had me right then and there. We took him for a walk and the decision was an easy one-he was coming home with us.

Little did we know that this had been  his plan from the first minute he saw us. I am convinced that Jase knew that we were the family that should have the honor of adopting him. Only a dog owner can truly  understand what I am saying when I say that he chose us. He has brought a great deal of joy to our lives as well as some trying moments. But that all comes with having an almost 80 pound dog that thinks he is a lap dog and (at the time we adopted him) was only 11 months old.


As his second birthday approaches, I can only imagine the hikes that he will take us on, the rides we will take and the pleasure that he will continue to bring us for many years to come. Truly man’s best friend.