Likes: Stealing toys from Rudy, cuddling, rubbing against your legs like a cat, laying on anything with a cushion
Pet-Peeves: Dogs near him while he eats, people jingling keys outside the door, other dogs barking
Favorite Toy: stuffed animals, anything Rudy has
Favorite Food: anything made from fish
Arrival Story: I had been searching for a lapdog for a few months. I saw his picture on Petfinder and it said he was quiet, very sweet, and affectionate; just what I was looking for in a small dog. We had a trial period and then he was here to stay.
Bio: Kasper was picked up as a stray in Rockport, TX and taken to the city pound. He was completely matted and very streetsmart. A local private rescue pulled him and fostered him for ~4 months. We dont know his life beforehand but his tail is docked so he was obviously a planned puppy. I believe he once lived in a home situation because he was already crate trained, house trained (his foster knew neither), and leash trained. He's very happy-go-lucky and always up for anything. He and Rudy are equal attention whores and therefore a perfect pair.
Forums Motto: Witam!
Rough start: When Kasper (then Parker) came to me, he was covered in fleas and ticks even though he was in a foster situation. His skin was flame-red, his toes were raw and bald, and he had open sores from chewing himself (even on his privates). You can see in some of his pictures the saliva stains on his paws and rear-end. After hours of cleaning him and a couple weeks of good food and flea prevention, the vet believes he has a flea allergy. I truly cannot believe anyone let this 100% sweet and forgiving dog become a stray.
His name was originally going to be Kostya, from one of my favorite books that has a special place in my heart (if you know it, you're awesome ;) ) but one night I looked at him and Kasper came from my lips. I took it as a sign, and hey, at least it's a Polish name!
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We went to the vet to get my rabies shot and were offered to do the bloodtests that day. No HW but...I have Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis. Both from ticks. I have antibiotics for a month and hopefully that will do it. Besides possible back pain, I haven't had any other symptoms so the prognosis should be good. Stupid ticks! Did you know they are out here year-round?! Yes, even in winter. We still got them on us in November.
The ice here is getting annoying. Our whole driveway/yard is a glacier. The only good thing is the drifts have frozen so much I can walk atop them like a mountain goat. Still, we are pacing around waiting for Spring to arrive.
My charms have worn off on mom's parents. They really really want a Bichon. Who'd have thought?! Mom has looked a bit online for them on Petfinder and there are some in the tristate area...so when they are ready, she can point them in the right direction.
And it is less than a week before we move!! Dad's coming to meet the family and see mom's hometown, then they are taking off with me and Rudy to the great North East coast. Driving isn't fun but dad is the bestest so we will be ok. We are going to live out in the country too...so many sniffs waiting to be sniffed.
Finally we went to the new vet (well, Rudy's original vet) here. Got my shots so I can get groomed. Which is this week! Now mom won't call me "ghetto-cut puppy" after the disaster involving her and scissors on my scruffy coat...
Anyway, we found out I'm a whopping 20lbs! Ooops. I was 13lbs when I was adopted by mom but back then I was skin and bones; didn't even want to sit because my bones stuck out so much that it pained me to rest on them. But now mom has gone overboard and I'm a bit tubby. Need to lose 4 or 5 pounds to get back on track. Oh jeez.