Michleen Collins Dog Blog:
Spunky & Jasmine
Jasmine – the one on the right – was the first addition to my sister’s household. (I may or may not be responsible for this.) Her sidekick, Spunky, would tag along later.
As a slender, short-haired, long-legged bundle of motion, the little dog quickly won the approval of everyone in her new pack of friendly humans – bad puppy habits and high-maintenance demands notwithstanding. At first, her newfound friends brainstormed about names. In the end, everyone agreed that Jasmine, sometimes Jazz for short, was a good fit.
What’s in a Name?
Jasmine lived up to her name. Like the flower. Sweet. Sensitive. Pretty. Fragrant? That depends on the day. Like many dogs, she finds compost piles, spilled garbage and other not-so-fragrant discoveries extremely interesting. But she smells better after her hair is shampooed. During this ordeal, she stands dutifully soaked, uncharacteristically silent and still. She seems resigned to her fate as she endures her bathtime ritual. A few moments in an oversized industrial sink in the garage isn’t, at least, as bad as a half-hour visit to the vet.
One good shake, an air dry and a doggie biscuit later, Jasmine smells as sweet as her name, and all is forgotten.
Like the flower, Jasmine is delicate. Speak to her in too stern a voice and she’s visibly crushed. Ears back, tail down, head low. Drive within a few blocks of her veterinarian’s office and she’ll know. The threat will trigger a full-blown panic attack. She’ll drool excessively and may even toss her (doggie-treat) cookies. Her pack leaders learned this the hard way. Now, they habitually take the scenic route. It’s best for everyone involved.
Good (Mostly) Dog!
Sans doggie shampoo, needle-wielding vets and mailmen, Jasmine is a different dog. She’s a remarkably compassionate, fiercely loyal, wildly welcoming, energetically circling, wonderfully sweet friend – and family member – to her pack of pups and peeps.
Spunky joined that pack later and quickly earned her place as a worthy sidekick to Jazz. Simba showed up even later, quickly winning the hearts and attention of his humans, but mostly annoying the other pups with the sheer non-sheltieness of it all.
Results May Vary
This blog is dedicated to and was inspired by Jazz and Spunky. They have moved on to chasing squirrels or whatever they do in doggie-Heaven. Future dog blog entries may feature other especially interesting or inspiring pets and creatures of every sort, inside or outside of the original, extended pack. And yes, although Spunky and Jasmine would not approve, maybe even cats.