My brother adopted a puppy back in July and I decided I wanted to adopt as well. We live down the street from Northeast Animal Shelter, so on Clear the Shelters Day I headed down to wait in line with my mom & sister, hoping for a new pal. There were lots of people anxiously waiting to adopt and we were in the second group to walk through to see the dogs.

When we entered the third room, we spotted Jasper (formerly Will) in the second kennel chewing on a soft bone toy. He seemed slightly anxious, but eventually walked up to the kennel door, wagging his tail with toy in tow, to say hello. I picked up his card immediately because I knew he was special. We waited a couple of hours before we were able to formerly meet him, but once we did, it was fate and the rest is history.

Jasper has grown a lot since we brought him home that day. He can be a timid dog, but has a lot of energy. He would often run away from unfamiliar objects or people, but now is more willing to explore and interact with other people and dogs. He can be protective and man does he have a big, deep bark! He loves boating in the summer and recently discovered the fun you can have in the snow.

He enjoys his multiple walks in the neighborhood every day and saying hello to all of our neighbors. He’s become somewhat of a celebrity. He is also one heck of a chewer and can pretty much destroy anything he gets within seconds. He is very gentle and playful, though. He also loves to lounge around the house on lazy days and takes a good long nap at least once a day. He has mastered the basic commands like sit, paw and high five.. but still working on roll over!

He may still be a pup, but he is smart; He’s got a nose that can sniff out anything! He has become one of the family and I can’t imagine ever going back to what life was like before him. I am so thankful for Northeast Animal Shelter for bringing Jasper into my life. He is my best buddy!

PS. Jasper (Will) would love to connect with his sister Wendy and brother Wes, if they are near by!