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Dear Sandy and Barry –

A very belated thank you for fostering Jasper. He is a great dog! And we are so happy that he is part of our family - which is my husband Rob, daughter Alexandra, and cats Valentino & Taffy. He is just the best! When we went to the Northeast Animal Shelter we quickly knew he was the right pup for our family - since he easily came out of his cage and sat right in Rob's lap. He just loves being with lots of people, kids, dogs, cats - and gets along well with everyone. Our neighborhood is full of children, and they all just love Jasper.

We live in Jamaica Plain - which is part of Boston - but our house is a 5-minute walk from the Arnold Arboretum, a very large and beautiful park. Jasper takes an hour-long walk there every morning. And if he's lucky, and we have the time, he gets a second in the afternoon. Otherwise he runs around a small little park a block from our house. He is best friends with a year-old dog across the street - and they can play together tumbling around in the yard for hours. I haven't seen a dog yet that Jasper doesn't get along with, and he's just so sweet and cute, and game for anything that most all pups enjoy playing with him. So thank you for socializing him so well with your dogs.

We adopted Jasper just a day after he arrived in the Boston area, so he wasn't at the shelter very long. He quickly learned to get along with our cats, and you'll often find all three of them sleeping together on the couch. Jasper's been a fast learner - and is eager to be loved, and get treats for being a good boy. So most all the time he is. He's been sleeping outside of his cage for a couple of months now. Only thing he likes to do is chew up pillowcases if he's indoors for more than 2 or 3 hours during the day. Pretty funny - he somehow gets the cases off the pillow, leaves the pillow untouched and chews up the case - could be worse, considering all the stuff my daughter leaves lying around the house. And he's only done that two or three times - usually our fault since we leave him without a chew toy, and he is only 8 months old.

Some photos of him are attached -- I'll take some more since he's most all grown up now, and try to send them in the next couple of weeks, so you can see what a handsome dog he's becoming.