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The 12 days of Jinjja

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On the first day of Jinjja, he came home in a crate with me, from the Watauga Humane Society.

On the second day of Jinjja, he peed twice in the house, still was very fearful, but otherwise he acted quite friendly.

On the third day of Jinjja, I left him home alone, only for an hour, he didn’t cower, and he didn’t destroy anything.

dsc05557On the fourth day of Jinjja, I gave him his new name. Jinjja’s Korean. It seemed to fit him. That’s where he came from. Translated, it means “Really!”

On the fifth day of Jinjja, he was still shaking his past: Raised on a dog farm, tied up or crated, little human contact, headed for slaughter, and destined to end up as meat.

On the sixth day of Jinjja, he started coming to me, not when I called him, of his own volition, just for affection, maybe a butt scratch, gave me some face licks, and not only when I dangled yummy treats.

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On the seventh day of Jinjja, he faced another test. It was Thanksgiving, I left him for two hours, stuffed myself with turkey, made off with leftovers, came home and found him, despite all my worries, behaving absolutely perfectly.

On the eighth day of Jinjja, I tried once again, to get him in my car. He can’t be lifted, try and he’ll nip ya, bribed him with turkey, made a little headway, he put his front paws there, didn’t make the leap though, still apparently not quite ready.

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On the ninth day of Jinjja, he spent the night in my room. First time he’s done it, not in my bed though, won’t jump there either, or up on sofas, I know he can do it, seen him in in my courtyard, when he thinks I’m not looking, gets up pretty high too, every time he sees or hears a squirrel.

On the tenth day of Jinjja, this Jindo dog of mine, continues to impress me, no inside peeing, tearing up nothing, stopped fearing TV, eating much more neatly, barking somewhat less-ly, mellow for the most part, friendly to strangers, be they dogs or humans, or anything other than squirrels.

On the eleventh day of Jinjja, he’s much better on the leash, much much less tugging, stops when I tell him, still trips me up some, but fewer collisions, and he finally got into my Jeep, with help from a stepstool, and lots more turkey, enjoyed a short ride. It’s a very, very major victory!

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On the twelfth day of Jinjja, as I composed this piece, I realized it goes on … just a little too long … sure the song’s beloved … but the beats a little humdrum … keeps on repeating … makes me quite sleepy … Jinjja, too, I thinky … He’s dozing at my feet, see … Still, there’s a meaning … in this song that I’m singing … about a dog who would’ve been eaten … My point is every day with him’s a gift.

Comments

Comment from Cyndi
Time November 29, 2016 at 7:44 am

Congratulations to you and Jinjja. Wishing you both many happy adventures, together!

Comment from reddawg
Time November 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

Yay Jinjja!
Jinjja Bells, Jinjja Bells,….
Red becomes Jinjja (Jinjjace?)

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time November 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

“Soul mates!” Please keep the stories coming. I daily stroke the precious 4 beagles that I adopted in the past few months and verbally reassure them that no matter what fear and heartbreak they have been through, I GOT them now, trust me and give me a chance, and I will love and protect them forever. Jinjja is slowly hearing the same from you. So happy for you boys!

Comment from Diane
Time November 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

Wonderful! Cool! Thanks for the updates, and may you both have continuing joy and delight in each new day.

Comment from robert
Time November 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Too wonderful for words!

Comment from Ivette
Time November 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Beautiful story!

Comment from Sylvie
Time November 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

John,

I grieved with you when you lost Ace. I am happy that you found a new best friend. Welcome Jinjja.

Comment from Judith Pannebaker
Time December 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Yeah, John and Jinjja, I like your version much better than the original. Merry Christmas!!!