This is Jack Bowser, my sort-of-unplanned foster dog. I guess you could call him an Extra Dog, but I actually already have a couple of those. He’s pretty awesome, so we’ll call him Extraordinary instead!
This little guy ended up at BARC (the city shelter), and managed to get into their adoption program (no small feat), but unfortunately, he did not get adopted fast enough. So, he soon found himself on the Length Of Stay list. This is a list no dog wants to be on. It meant he was in the next group of dogs in line to be “PTS” (Put to Sleep) due to overcrowding in the shelter.
After spotting him on the list for a second week in a row (which doesn’t happen often; they usually either get lucky and a rescue saves them, or… they aren’t one of the lucky ones), and several hours of gnashing my teeth, I finally made a last-minute desperate plea to sponsor him, and Red Collar Rescue agreed to take him into their program. By the time all that happened, and I got in touch with the coordinator at the shelter, Jack Bowser (then called Scooby) was already on the table. He was saved with only seconds to spare! That was a very close call!
This was his kennel card. It’s hard to tell exactly how adorable he really is from that one picture, but there was something in that happy face that captured my heart. And his bio was genius.
I liked the name Scooby, but I think Jack Bowser fits him better, because of his ultra-cool temperament.
At the time, I fully intended to have him go into boarding until we could find him a foster or adopter, and as his sponsor, I would pay the boarding costs. But, I picked him up on a Friday, with no place lined up, and so I brought him home for the weekend. It was not long before I saw that he was SO GOOD! Sure, it’s sometimes crazy here, and it’s a lot of dogs, but how could I justify taking this sweet little guy — who was so happy to be here, and really no trouble at all — to a kennel? I couldn’t.
He’s absolutely adorable… that face! He’s the smallest of my “herd”, coming in under knee-height, and around 40 pounds (and I think most of that is head! LOL!). His back end is a little skinny… hoping to fatten him up a bit, but that sweet head is so impossibly cute! I think he looks like someone stuck a Lab nose on some other head. Not really sure what all he is… it’s anyone’s guess; a probable hodge-podge of dogs. From the back, he walks kind of like a bulldog, so maybe even a little of that in there. I’m infatuated with his brindle coloring.
The most awesome thing about JackJack (as we call him), is this kind of self-possessed calmness that he exudes. There are times when all the other dogs are running through the house, barking their crazy heads off, and he just sits quietly and watches. He’s such a cool little dude. He is playful at times, but not super high energy. He’s pretty happy with a short morning walk, maybe a little wiggle time where he can get some good belly rubs and kisses, and then he’s a master couch potato the rest of the day.
The only “naughty” thing he does is that he’s just discovered that he loves toilet paper! He thinks it’s hilarious to drag it all through my room, or shred the roll right on the holder, so that it’s rendered useless. So, I either need to learn to shut doors, or else start buying in bulk!
Jack Bowser might just be the easiest dog ever. He loves everyone. He deserves an awesome life, and a forever family who is as fun and cool as he is. I know he will find them. Until then, he’s here being adorable and making me laugh.
Jack Bowser is available for adoption through Red Collar Rescue.
Please take a look at all of their great adoptables. There are also many others who could use a foster home to get them out of living at a boarding facility.
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