Jasper has had Remi (Remington) since he was 11 months old. And Jasper turns 11 in August. ELEVEN!
I'll never forget when we went to get Remi. After doing research we had decided on Colorado Puppy Rescue , we knew we wanted to adopt but we didn't want to risk an older dog that maybe didn't like kids, and one that could 'grow up' with Jasper. They used to hold their adoptions at a local petco (not sure if thats still the case?) and all the puppies stayed with foster homes till the event. A few days before the event they put their puppies online, and as soon as we saw him we just knew he had to come home with us! So we got there before the event started, put our names on the list and said which puppy we were interested in. We were number two on the list so I got nervous that the other lady wanted Remi too, but luckily she had her sights on an adorable spaniel pup, which was our number two choice.
They had big pens set up in the store for people to go in and sit with the pups, and Remi was cowering in the corner, absolutely terrified. We went in and sat down, and as soon as Jasper waddled over to him he started wagging his tail, still scared, but climbed into our laps for Jasper to pet him. It was love at first sight for the two of them.
When we got him home, he wouldn't walk, we almost thought something was wrong with him, but if we left the room he would run and hide behind the couch (where he could Barely fit) so we knew he Could walk, he just wouldn't. I had to carry him outside to pee, set him down and then carry him back inside. We couldn't go on walks because he literally would just stand there/sit there, so we would do walks with him and Jasper in the wagon together. It took him weeks to warm up to us all, but he's spent the last 10 years being Jaspers BFF. He waits for him by the door when he's gone. At our 'new' house we have a window seat, he lays up there with his face pressed against the window watching for his boy to come home. If Jasper goes outside to shoot hoops, Remi pushes the door open himself to get out there also. It's heartbreaking to think that one day he won't be here with Jasper. But we sure are grateful that he's here now.