He may think he is a grasshopper but he is a dog. A feisty dog, a dumped dog. John's daughter lives on a dead end road but another road runs near by with no houses so it is the perfect place to dump unwanted animals without being seen. They have some dogs and cats in the house so they have resorted to pens in the front to give a home to these poor unwanted dogs. It isn't an ideal arrangement but she does provide a house for each animal and plenty of food and water and bedding in the houses. This little grasshopper dog and John have an ongoing love/hate relationship. When we go out John stops beside his pen to talk to him and he barks and growls and stands on his water bucket. I think grasshopper would be disappointed if John didn't stop to talk to him and the only way he knows how to respond is to growl and bark. We don't have a fenced yard for a dog and it would upset Susie but John can be a dog's best friend when we visit there.