A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
“I am Mr Jasper Paws.”
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
“I call my humans Mummy and Daddy.”
3] What type of K9 are you? [Breed]
“I am a Border Collie.”
4] How Old Are You?
“I will be 4 years old on 1st May this year.”
5] Do you run your household?
“Me and my humans are a team, I only run in the park.”
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
“I live inside.”
7] Where about in the world do you live?
“I live in the UK, we’ve spent a few months travelling around the UK and IRELAND but I live near Oxford.”
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
“Me and my Frisbee!!”
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“I have at least an hour and a half walking/playing each day, generally spilt into two or three walks a day.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“We have a few set walks, which we vary but then I also have exciting walks, that we try to do as often as possible.”
10] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to talk to other K9’s on your walks or do they huff and puff behind you and urge you to hurry along?
“If I’m off my lead I get to play with dogs but my herding instinct is strong so I try to lie down when I see another dog. This is a pain when I’m on my lead so I don’t usually get to say hello when I’m on my lead, my humans are too busy trying to get me to walk on.”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“I love rolling in wet grass but not smelly things, Mummy lets me get away with a lot more than Daddy does.”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“My herding embarrasses my humans, I am also scared of a lot of things (such as automatic doors and different floors) which is embarrassing when I freak out.”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“I am SO SO SO toy orientated so I would play with toys all day everyday. I love playing with tennis balls and Frisbees on walks, but my favourite toys are my “Bacon” (a bacon flavoured rubber bone) and “Rupert” (a cuddly dinosaur) I am so clever I know all my toys by name and will go and get any on command. I am getting better at putting them away as well.”
14] Are you loved every day?
Made to feel special?
“I am very well loved, I have had to be taught to have quiet time because otherwise I would constantly be bringing my humans toys!”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Yes I generally do go on holiday with them (like our 4 months we’ve been travelling).”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“I like my holidays to be a surprise.”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“I am occasionally given a bit of cheese, ham or pasta as a special treat but during training we use toys rather than treats.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“I am fed Burns Complete dried food, with their chicken and rice wet food mixed in. It is super tasty and healthy.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
“Wet and dry.”
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“I enjoy it. It is tasty and sometimes I get extra carrots or peas to keep it tasty.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“I eat it happily every day.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“If my humans are having cheese/pasta/rice/ham/carrots/peas I will usually get some but never off their plates and I never get any left overs.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“I always let my humans know it is dinner time, I asked at 5.30 even though dinner time is 6.00.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
“I don’t think I have a favourite piece, sometimes my Daddy dresses me up for photos (we did a “first day of school” photo-shoot last September) but I guess I like playing with towels.”
25] Go on be a Devil – tell us what it is ….?
“When I’m soggy from a walk or a bath I’ll play tug with the towel after I’m dry.”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“I do enjoy playing up to wind up my humans and sometimes I will limp just for cuddles.”
27] Do you have a bed?
“Bed with GoaCat sniffing my toy!”
“I have two beds, although I sleep on the sofa.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“Ooops really should read all the questions before I answer haha I sleep on my Mummy and Daddy’s bed whilst they are out, on the sofa at night and in my bed the rest of the time.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“Depends on the day, if Mummy and Daddy have been at work or out or if I’ve been playing up.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“I always have to pose for photos but only occasionally dress up (Mummy says she will find the school photo).”
“Me at Christmas!”
31] Do you actually enjoy it or simply tolerate it because it appears to please them?
“I enjoy all the attention.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“I LOVE going to the vets and try to pull us in there if we walk past on our walks.”
33] What would be your perfect day?
In spite of everything … the manipulations and the training you must subject them to – are they happy that you are there to mentor for them?
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …
“I would love to play on the beach, then play in a forest and then go to a field and play with the tennis ball. Then I would have pasta and cheese for my dinner yum yum!!”
“I am a massive wimp. I can’t walk on laminate or tiled floors (until I get used to the house and floor) I freak out on some paving slabs. I love cats and just want to play with them like I do my best friend GoaCat.”
“A much better picture of me with GoaCat.”
“Have l said l really like toys yet??”
My thanks to Jasper and his Mummy and Daddy for taking the time out to complete my K9 Questionnaire and tell us a little more about his life style, fun times and frolics with not just life, but also deep philosophical conversations with GoaCat.”
Hope you enjoyed reading … Tootle Pip from Doodlepip!
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