Visitor Spotlight – Jack
An occasional series profiling Shaw Dog Park visitors.
Meet Jack, a two-year old mixed breed (likely African Basenji and possibly Australian Shepard). Jack’s guardian, Sarah, explains what makes Jack tick.
HOW DID YOU AND JACK MEET?
In 2011, I was living in Sierra Leone in a house with a gated courtyard. On Christmas Eve, I woke up and found that my courtyard had been broken into and my generator was stolen.
The next morning, I found a 3 week old puppy, Jack, outside my door. My landlord didn’t allow dogs inside the house, so she lived outside until she was injured at 4 months old. Her shoulder and leg were so badly broken, she was unable to move. There’s only one vet in the country, and he has no ability to treat injuries of this type. So, I snuck her into my home and that was the end of that – she was my baby.
DOES JACK HAVE ANY ANIMAL SIBLINGS OR FRIENDS?
She loves cats, especially Skylar, a friend’s cat I’ve taken care of in the past. But if you asked her, I’m sure she would want to be the only animal around.
Any stuffed animal that sounds like prey.
BIGGEST PET PEEVE
Other dogs congregating at entrance to the dog park makes her nervous, as does being sniffed before she’s settled in.
FAVORITE SLEEP SPOT
She spends all day sleeping in the sun on my bed, watching squirrels out the window.
FAVORITE SHAW DOG PARK ACTIVITY
When she was younger, she loved to be chased around the park by other dogs. Now, she spends most of her time watching other dogs or visiting with the their owners.
A GIRL NAMED JACK?
When Jack was left with me, I was told she was a male puppy. Despite having had several dogs when I was younger, I simply accepted that Jack was male until the vet managed to convince me otherwise. I liked the name, so I modified it to Miss Jack.
THE JOURNEY FROM AFRICA
Flying her in from Sierra Leone was surprisingly easy. All you need to enter the US is certification of rabies vaccination or signing an agreement that you will vaccinate within 10 days of arrival. The difficult part is finding the right combination of flights – there are restrictions on flying with a dog when it’s above 80 degrees (every day in Sierra Leone), and bringing dogs on flights longer than 6-8 hours. Royal Air Maroc came to the rescue and got us back to the US safely. The best part? It only cost $150!
mixed breed (boxer/shepherd mix?), 3 years old
Rosie comes to DC from Tennessee by way of Michigan. She was rescued with her 3 siblings in Tennessee and brought to Michigan, where their chances for adoption were greater.
Rosie has been with her human family since she was three months old. She is an only pup, so visits to the park are a great chance to get out and socialize without the style-cramping leash.
Favorite park activity
Wandering around to meet the people; face-licking.
Tennis ball, recent replacement for her previous long-time favorite, the squeaky dinosaur
mixed breed, 14 mos. old
Poppyseed was found on the side of the road in West Virginia with her siblings, mama and another dog companion. She found her way to DC through the efforts of Shenandoah Valley Dog Rescue.
Poppyseed has lived in DC with her humans (Lauren and husband) since she was 8 weeks old. She is an only-pup but can often be found playing with her Beagle best friend and neighbor, Wally.
Favorite Park Activity
Chase/Keep-away. Poppyseed likes mixing it up with the big dogs in the large park area.