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Friday, April 2, 2010

fridays with asa: the introduction

hello, my fellow furry friends.

i, asa, shall be blogging today.  it occurred to me the other day that i have been making cameos throughout my little brother's blog, yet i have not had the opportunity to formally introduce myself.  therefore, i made the recommendation to booker that he allow me to post.  now my little brother is a kind boy, albeit a bit slow on the intellectual side of things, and he suggested that i take command of the friday posts.  i deemed this to be a stellar idea, and, thus, "fridays with asa" is making its grand debut!
with the introduction out of the way,  allow me to share with you a bit more about myself.  i am of the english pointer and pit bull ancestry.  i am 7 years of age, and i was born in october of 2002 here in south carolina.
i spent my formative days on a secluded farm with a menagerie of other animals but little socialization.  it was a respectable life, but sadly, my human decided to take her life when i was about 1.5 years of age.  as if that was not terrible in and of itself, what proceeded was even more disheartening.  my human's parents ransacked her house and left us animals to starve.  furthermore, most of us were chained up and kicked.  i was one of the fortunate ones to be free of chains.  i did what i could to survive and help my fellow animals survive; i had to slay the chickens on the farm for food.  thankfully, i and my surviving friends were eventually rescued.  i went to live with my foster mom and her 2 canines.  my foster mom was wonderful.  she was a vet technician, so she knew just what to do to help me gain weight and heal all my injuries.  after a few months of my foster mom's superb care, my mom and dad found me on  they arrived to visit me, and i knew from that moment that i wished them to take me home forever.  my mom and dad needed to ponder it for a bit longer, but when they returned for a second visit, they realized that i was indeed the right match for them.  my mom and dad brought me home for good on may 21, 2004, and this was the most special day of my life thus far.
my mom calls me her "special needs" dog.  i believe this to be an accurate assessment.  since the beginning of my life was spent on a secluded farm, i was not properly socialized.  when i came to live in a suburban home, there were many things of which i was frightened.  for instance, i was terrified of cars, especially moving cars.  my first walk was a disaster.  also, i was very wary of new people and places.  furthermore, due to the abuse that i endured, i was very fearful of any movement towards my head and any kicking action, such as the kicking of a ball.  my mom and dad have been very good about helping me through most of my fears and insecurities, and i love them very much.  i am still wary of new people and dogs, but if i like you, you will be my friend forever.  i am quite loyal.
i am, without a doubt, the alpha dog in my pack.  my little brother booker was brought home for me last christmas.  mom and dad thought he would be good for me in that he would bring out my mothering tendencies and my more relaxed side since he was so laid back.  i have to say that this has been proven true.  though booker is completely goofy, he is a quality playmate.  i am thankful for his addition to the pack.
my best qualities would be my piercing gold eyes, my baby soft speckly skin, and my velvety ears.  my mom loves to give me gentle ear pulls, which i absolutely adore; it puts me to sleep instantaneously.
things at which i exceed: detecting food stuffs and eating them
                                     napping (especially under the covers)
                                     chewing on bones
things at which i am fair: chasing squirrels and bunnies
                                       wrestling with booker (his long legs always give
                                       him the advantage.  *sigh*)
things that i steadfastly refuse: playing fetch
                                               approaching the vacuum cleaner
so, in a nutshell, that would describe me.  it has been a pleasure to blog this friday, and i look forward to my next friday session.
good day!

addendum:  my mom couldn't restrain herself from furtively adding the above inopportune napping picture when i wasn't looking.  sheesh.


Ben said...

The nappin' picture ROCKS!!! Just think you use to be on your own outside and now you snugglin' in the hoomans bed.

Your peeps rock - you are a very special and lucky pup to have found them.

PS - Thanks for the blogature.

Frankie Furter said...

Hi Asa!!! I will be looking forward to all your Friday posts. You have a scary butt grrreat adoption story. I hope you will post it for my second annual Thanksgiving Adoption story thingy in November.
Have you been around to the GABE blogs to get in the pressie giveaway thingys? I want to win EVERYTHING!!

houndstooth said...

I love napping under the covers, too! I think you look lovely in all the pictures! I'll look forward to your next Friday post!


Dory and the Mama said...

Hi Asa! Very nice to meet you. What a challenging life you have led and I am so glad that you found a good home!!

I am also glad that Booker is letting you post on Fridays!!

Happy Friday Smileys!

3 doxies said...

OMG...I live in SC too. Email me through my profile.
Hangs on, my mum has to wipe her eyeballs afters reading your story. What a heartbreaking, traumatical time for you. I'm just thankful you have founds a loving, happy home. I goings to gives you a cyber hug ok, ready...awwe, you feel betters now? Good!

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

It's nice to meet you Asa! We love your beautiful spots. Booker is such a nice brother to let you blog today. Hopefully he'll let you blog more often.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Dog Foster Mom said...

Asa, its very nice to meet you. I'm sorry about your first human and the things that you missed out on as a puppy, but I'm glad that a foster mom saved you and that your parents found you and gave you such a wonderful home. You are a very beautiful doggie and it was very nice to learn about you. I look forward to your future Friday posts!

Princess said...

Asa, thanks for sharing your story with us, mom said she got a little teary eyed as she doesn't like to remember where I came from either, but that it makes us who we are.
You surely are a lucky and pretty girl, but I just can't get over you not playing fetch, do you realize that's the best game ever?!
Can't wait to follow your "Friday's with Asa"

Anonymous said...

Hello, Asa! Ohmidogness, it is SO Most Wonderful to meet you! You and me have a whole lot in common, you know. Aren't you ever so grateful to your parents for giving you the Best Home That Ever Was after your hard start in life? I know it's hard to learn to trust again but it sure is nice to wake up every morningtime and know that you're safe and warm.

Oh! And guess what! We have some people-friends that have a dog of pointer-pit bull ancestry, too? His name is Mickey and you guys look quite a lot alike!

Can't wait to gets to know you better!

Wiggles & Wags,

scotsmad said...

Always great to make a new mate. Look forward to your blog on Friday.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

K9friend said...

Asa, I'm so glad you've found a wonderful forever home!

Lola said...

Oh, Asa, what a difficult start you had. You really come from the school of hard knocks. I'm so glad you got a happy ending with humans who understand you. Looking forward to reading more about you.

wags, Lola

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh my...

Thanks Asa fur sharing your story -

It is khwite something -

Please thank your furever mom and dad fur kharing so much!

PeeEssWoo: Great pikhs!

LUCKY LUKE said...

O the Asa...

I am so glad the Booker has given you the Fridays. I can tell that you have lots to say.

I just love a pretty girl who knows how to relish a good nap!

wif love from the Luke

p.s. One sure way of knowin you got your perfect the Forever Mom... is the pictorial evidence of you doin all manner of ever day fings. I know you found yours!

Schwang said...

Wow, what an amazing story! It seems like you have come so far. It's good to hear more about you on the blog; you have such beautiful coloring and markings. Do we get any feet close ups?

JD and Max said...

Hi Asa - it is a pleasure to make the aquaintance of such a pretty and obviously intelligent doggie. We're thrilled that you're going to be blogging on a weekly basis and will be tuning in regularly to find out what you're up to!

Your humans sound wonderful - you had a hard start in life but with the love and attention of your foster mom plus your new family and now your little bro' you're obviously loving life.

Hey, we feel for your re the humans sneaking up with those infernal flashy boxes - sigh! What is it with their obsession? Ours are hooked and are always creeping up on us - what does a pup have to do to get some personal space eh?!

So, lovely Asa, until next Friday....! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Nice to meet you Asa! You are such a pretty doggy!


1000 Goldens said...

Asa, we are so sorry your life started out so hard but are very grateful you finally found a perfect forever home! We will look forward to Asa Fridays :)

Mango said...

That was such a scary story that if I didn't know it had a happy ending I don't think I could have gotten through it. Phew! What a journey you have had.

It is great to hear your voice! I am super happy you have your own day now.

Yeah, you know labradorks really are all around happy little sports. I didn't have a bad experience like you, but I am kind of shy and stuff, but PeeWee has really changed my life (shhh.. don't tell him).

You look so cute and happy all sleeping and everything.


Deborah said...

Hey Asa, WOW, you are lucky to have found each other. What an incredible start to your life. Very sad.
I am so glad you are doing well and loved.
Have a super day and please tell your Mom you should get an extra treat today and give one to your little brother too!
Have a pawesome day!