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Age: 28 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Jesse

Great Grampa, Grumpy, Jess, Jesser, Jess-Jess, Mr. Jesse, Hand Shark, Lil' Buddy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

January 1st 1989

I like going for walks and rides. But I don't like people to mess with me.

Hands off there, buddy. My pet peeve is people trying to mess with me.

Favorite Toy:
Toys are for kids. I like stuff I can eat and stuff I can sleep on.

Favorite Food:
I like Science Diet – softened with a little water. And I love Charlee Bear treats. Good stuff!

Favorite Walk:
I like to walk on my leash on my dad's left side. Wherever he goes, I like going with him.

Best Tricks:
My best trick is being petted and held without biting. (I'm still working on this trick.)

Arrival Story:
Hello! My name is Jesse and I’m old and mean. (They say admitting you have a problem is half the battle.) But I’ve got my reasons for being grumpy. I have been in dog rescue for over two years – probably because I’m old and mean. My life started off in a puppy mill as a breeder stud. I fathered so many puppies that my weenie broke and now it always hangs out. (Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing.) When I was no longer able to perform my “duties,” I was dumped and finally ended up in rescue. They started out calling me “Hand Shark” because I would bite anyone who tried to touch me. Eventually my foster mom renamed me “Jesse” after the outlaw Jesse James. I lived under her bed and bit her for over a year before coming to live with my current foster dad. I don’t know what to make of this guy… I tried scaring him off by biting him too, but he is either dim-witted or actually likes getting bit. He just keeps picking me up and loving on me – regardless of how nasty I act. (And I can act pretty darn nasty.) I finally just gave up. Oh… I’ll bite him every now again, just for old time sake – but usually I don’t bother wasting the energy. Truth be known, he’s pretty good to me. He takes me places on my leash and in the car, feeds me yummy stuff and looks after me real good. He was talking on the phone the other night and I overheard him say he was maybe going to adopt me all official and stuff. That made me very happy, but I have a reputation to live up to so I pretended like I didn’t care. When you’re as little as I am you at least have to ACT tough. Hopefully my foster dad won’t read this. I don’t want him to think I like him or anything. – Little Jesse

If you're in the Kansas City area and are interested in adopting a small breed dog, check out the rescue group that helped save me, LL Dog Rescue. Check out their Web site at

Forums Motto:
Do not touch!

The Groups I'm In:
LL Dog Rescue Alumni, Soul Kitchen- Yum!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Pray for Suzy (of the Fab Five)

People to thank:
Thanks to Pawd'ners Rescue Ranch and LL Dog Rescue for saving my life!

A shout out:
I would like to give a shout out to everyone at the theatre and to Val and Kathy who helped save me. Hey, look at me! I'm doing great and even have my own web page!

Please help:
There are many more dogs born each day than people to take care of them. Please pick an area shelter or rescue group and show your support by donating your time, energy, talents, services, goods or funds. It is very important and they need your help.

Consider adoption:
If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider adoption. You can save a life like mine.

Spay and Neuter:
Please spay and neuter your pets. Having lived in a puppymill and fallen into rescue, I can tell you there are already too many dogs in the world.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 16th 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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In Memory of Jesse:

February 17th 2009 7:41 am
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I thought this tough guy would live forever. Sadly, with the help of Dr, Kraus and me at his side, Jesse passed peacefully this morning. I'm really going to miss this stinky, mean, weird, little, old man. He was the strangest, saddest, funniest dog I've ever met -- and I was lucky to get to spend the last five years with him.


Pet Overpopulation: It's All About the Math

June 24th 2006 5:26 pm
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Are you part of the solution or adding to the problem?

Last year, 2.7 million dogs were eauthanized because there are more dogs in the world than there are people to give them homes. This figure should not be acceptable to any member of the human race. Please make sure that your actions are not inadvertently adding to the number of homeless pets. These animals are destined to be killed simply because there is no where for them to go. Act responsibly.

Understand that any offspring from your dog will fall into one of two catagories; 1.) They, themselves, will eventually be euthanized or 2.) They will be taking a home away from another dog who will be killed due to the pre-existing (and growing) number of homeless pets. It’s all about the math -- and last year alone, that total added up to 2.7 million unfortunate dogs being euthanized.

Every dog that is adopted opens a vacancy in a shelter or rescue group for another animal to come in and be saved. The adoption of one dog actually helps to save two lives. Dogs wind up homeless through no fault of their own. Somewhere along the way, it was a human who let them down. Will you be the human to step in, save them and let them know they count? Can you keep them temporarily or financially support them until they find their forever home?

Buying a dog from a pet store encourages the breeding of more puppies coming into a world already overcrowded with homeless pets. Very likely, your dollars are going to financially support the continued abuse and neglect of the dogs used as breeding stock. These breeder dogs are sentenced to a miserable exsistance (churning out countless liters of pups for human profit) in one of the many deplorable puppy mills scattered across this nation. Do you really want your hard earned dollars lining the pockets of people who make their living by breeding future unwanted pets? Are you willing to be the financial backer for the ongoing neglect and abuse of these breeder dogs terminally stuck in puppy mill hell? Do not buy dogs from pet stores. Period.

The same is true of family breeders. While the conditions of a home environment are plush compared to that of a puppy mill -- family, home or back yard breeders are also contributing to the pet overpopulation problem in a similar way. Again, just based on math alone, these pups will fall into one of the two categories listed above. Why? Because there are more dogs than there are people to give them homes.

Do not support businesses who profit from the sale of puppies and kittens. Most of the major pet store chains no longer sell dogs and cats. Instead, they invite rescue groups into their stores to assist the plight of homeless pets. This type of responsible action deserves to be rewarded and these are the businessses that deserve our financial support. Any money spent with a business who chooses to sell puppies and kittens is money going to help perpetuate the existence of puppy mills and backyard breeders -- and consequently, the inevitable euthanization of future pets.

Understand that getting a pet is a lifelong commitment and it is your resposibility to provide them with humane care for their ENTIRE life. Not just as long as they amuse you or your circumstances allow it. Not just as long as they are well-behaved or their health is good and vet costs low. Every dog that is euthanized or lands in a shelter is there because some human didn’t act responsibly. They didn't make a lifelong commitment to their pet. Any dog you put back into the system is taking a home away from another animal.

These groups are usually not-for-profit, volunteer-run, organizations and they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of pets in need of help. Their resources are limited. Please help them help these dogs who have fallen on hard times at the hand of man. You can foster a dog in your home until they are able to be adopted. You can donate your time, talents or services to the cause. You can help defray operational costs by donating money, pet supplies, cleaning supplies or office supplies. Call a group in your area and ask them for a copy of their wish list. They can provide you a list of the things they need and let you know how you can be of greatest assistance. Please, please do something.

Share your thoughts on breeding facilities, animal neglect and abuse and the insufficient penalties for offenders with your elected public officials. After all, they work for you. And be vocal with your family, coworkers and friends about the items mentioned above. Often times, people are not acting out of cruelty, rather ignorance. Plant a seed and change the way the people in your life view pets and pet ownership. It's all about the math. Be a part of the solution.

Little Jesse -- The Land of the Misfit Dogs


Dog Rescue Picnic:

June 11th 2006 4:05 pm
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Yesterday I attended the alumni picnic for my rescue group. There were sure a lot of dogs there and boy was it ever hot out! I got to see quite a few of my old foster siblings and they are all doing great. DJ, Buster Brown, Daddy Patch, Harley, Madie, Charlie and Frankie were all there.

Dad got bit several times by a little dog named Curious George. He's a 4 lb. Chihuahua with only one eye and a cranky disposition -- cute little guy. Dad loves us cranky dogs and he really wanted to hold him -- so it was his own dang fault he got bit. He said it didn't hurt that bad -- but then he's use to me and Otto. He knows George was just scared. We liked George a lot.

I got to hang out with a cute little ex-puppy mill momma that was just my size and coloring only she is a long hair Chi. Her name is Greta -- after Greta Garbo. She is a looker and very nice. (She is up for adoption.) I also got to see my sister Snappy's little girl, Tinkerbell. She looks so much like her momma. (We all really miss Snappy.)

I was a pretty good boy and had a lot of fun hanging out with the old gang and making new friends -- but I was really glad to get home and nap on my pillow in the air conditioning. Being that nice takes a lot out of me.

-- Little Jesse

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