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  • Sunday, September 06, 2009

    Amazing Photos: Jack Russell Terrier Puppies in a Jug!

    Adorable JRT pups playing in a large jug! Amazing photography by Judi Lovell of Welcome Valley Jack Russell Terriers in Tennessee. The puppies are Breezy and Darlin'.

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    Jack Russell Terrier (Caper) Trying to Kill the Water Hose - Judi Lovell's Photo In the Chattanooga News Free Press!

    A great action shot of Caper attacking a water hose, taken by Judi Lovell. Imagine if it were a snake!

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    Look at the Cutest Male Shorty Jack in the World! (BTW Belle is the Cutest Female): Introducing Happy Lovell, Sadie Belle's New Boyfriend!

    Happy Lovell is Judi Lovell's newest puppy, and he is a beauty! Absolutely adorable, and look at that perfect shorty jack russell conformation. Short, stocky, with beautiful ears, face and markings.

    Judi says that she named him Happy because that describes him so well: happy, snuggly, vocal, with lots of personality.

    This is a photo of him as an 8-week old puppy. We fell in love with him, and hope that Sadie Belle can have a litter of puppies with him one of these days.

    Judi Lovell's Welcome Valley Jack Russell Terriers is located in Cleveland, Tennesee, just outside of Chattanooga.

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    Meet Samson, Britain's Largest Dog, and Look at His Size Compared to the Jack Russell in the Photo

    At 50in high from head to paw and still growing, Samson, a Great Dane/Newfoundland cross is Britain's biggest dog.

    Standing 6ft 5in on its hind legs and tipping the scales at 19st 10lb, Samson is a giant in every sense of the word.

    As Britain's biggest dog with a fearsome set of jaws to match, even the slightest growl is enough to make the bravest of postmen think twice before heading up the garden path.

    He boasts a 59in chest and a 29in neck, meaning he has to wear pony coats when it rains and has had to have an extra large collar fitted. The dog's paws are almost the size of dinner plates.

    While Samson's awesome build is impressive enough for a fully grown dog, this huge hound is only three years old and will grow even more.

    Julie Woods, 54 and her husband Ray, 65, whose last dog was a small terrier, spend £60 a month on dried food and turkey legs for Samson and take him on four two-mile walks a day.

    Mrs Woods, from Boston, Lincs, said: "He's a lovely dog whose bark is definitely worse than his bite. People are often intimidated when they first see him because he's about the size of a small horse and very quick.

    "But he is so gentle and wouldn't harm a fly. He loves being patted and is very affectionate.

    "When he jumps up on the garden gate, it's enough to frighten the life out of anyone."

    She added: "To protect him from the rain we bought him a coat meant for ponies. Such a large dog getting soaking wet wouldn't smell very nice.

    "He has also gone through two collars, they have to be specially made. His current one is becoming a bit tight so we'll have to buy yet another one.

    "At the moment he is only three years old and we expect him to carry on growing over the next year or so. If he gets any bigger, we might have to move to a larger house."

    Mrs Woods, who is unable to work after a stroke, and her husband bought Samson from an RSPCA centre when he was six months old. He was already well over 5ft on his hind legs and weighed 16st 2lb.

    Mrs Woods said: "He came bounding over and pinned us both to the wall, even though he was little more than a baby. But we were smitten straight away.

    "The other puppies were big but none of them came close to Samson. The staff at the RSPCA centre said they'd never seen such a large dog. He had been re-homed elsewhere before us but the owners were unable to look after him properly.They took him back when he tore their house apart one day while they were both at work.

    Read the rest of the article here.

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    Saturday, February 07, 2009

    Chanel, the World's Oldest Dog Dies in NY at 21 Years

    A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world’s oldest dog and celebrated its last birthday with a party at a dog hotel and spa has died at age 21 — or 147 in dog years.

    The dog, named Chanel, died Friday of natural causes at her owners’ home in suburban Port Jefferson Station, on Long Island.

    Chanel, as stylish as her legendary namesake, wore tinted goggles for her cataracts in her later years and favored sweaters because she was sensitive to the cold, owners Denice and Karl Shaughnessy said Monday.

    The playful dachshund was only 6 weeks old when Denice Shaughnessy, then serving with the U.S. Army, adopted her from a shelter in Newport News, Va.

    Along with her owner, Chanel spent nine years on assignment in Germany, where she became adept at stealing sticks of butter from kitchen countertops and hiding them in sofa cushions in the living room, Shaughnessy said. She also liked chocolate, usually considered toxic to dogs, Shaughnessy said.

    “She once ate an entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups, and, you see, she lived to be 21, so go figure,” Shaughnessy added.

    Karl Shaughnessy nominated Chanel for the title of world’s oldest dog after noticing the Guinness World Records book had no record.

    Guinness World Records officials presented Chanel with a certificate as the world’s oldest dog at a Manhattan birthday bash hosted by a private pet food company in May.

    Chanel loved the party, especially the cake, which had a peanut butter flavor and had been made for dogs, Denice Shaughnessy said.

    Chanel exercised daily and ate home-cooked chicken with her dog food, but good care wasn’t entirely responsible for her long life, said her owners, who attributed God.

    “Dogs are God’s angels sent here to look out for us,” Denice Shaughnessy said.

    Read the entire article here.

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    And Now There Are Four ... Jack Russells, That Is, Living in Our House, and We Are Now Vastly Outnumbered, Not To Mention Outvoted and Outsmarted!

    Introducing Sophie, our newest Jack Russell Terrier!

    Here are some photos from our first encounter with Winnie, now known as Sophie, at the Pet Supermarket during pet adoption day with Clover Run Rescue:

    We certainly had not planned on adding another Jack Russell, or any dog for that matter, to our household, but it happened anyway. Are we crazy, or what?

    Dan and I had been on our errands, ending up at the grocery store, then remembering we needed some dog food and some more toys from the Pet Supermarket near our grocery store.

    So he stayed in the car to keep the food cold, while I ran into the pet store to quickly pick up the dog food. But it was pet adoption that day, and I noticed a one-eyed shorty Jack Russell over by herself in a cage, looking rather depressed and lonely. I took her out of the cage and petted her a bit, and asked a few questions about what happened to her eye, and played with her some more, and finally put her back in the cage, which she did not like at all.

    I was gone so long for this quick trip for a bag of dog food, that Dan came looking for me, and we met up in the parking lot. His first question was, "Do they have a Jack Russell in there for adoption?" Well, yes, as a matter of fact.

    So he came in and had a look at her, and we learned they called her Winnie, although she had never had a real name and didn't really even answer to Winnie.

    To make a long story short, we both fell in love with Winnie, and adopted her after buying a new cage and bed for her. Since she didn't have a true name that she recognized, we quickly renamed her Sophie, and she in turn learned her new name and began settling into our household.

    There have been problems, however. Since Sophie had come from a breeder and was put in a dog shelter after living her whole life in a kennel, she was suspicious of our dogs and very edgy and aggressive to them, especially late in the evenings. There were many fights. Our dogs became afraid of her, because anything could set her off and cause her to hunt them down, even when they were just walking across the room and not bothering her at all.

    It has gotten better, thankfully, over the 6-8 months we have had Sophie, although we still have rough spots when Sadie Belle gets jealous of Sophie, and they have a big fight. But it is not as bad as it was in the beginning, and we hope things will improve over time.

    We have learned with the five Jack Russells we have had that each one is different, with a completely different personality and view of the world, and it really does take a lot of time for them to work things out. Especially when there are four of them.

    Below are a few photos from Sophie's first couple of days in our home:

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    Sadie Loves Her New Stick Toy

    We have moved on to dog toys that are very durable, such as this hard rubber stick toy that Sadie is enjoying in these photos. Of course, she has now discovered how much fun it is to rush at Maggie and shake the stick toy menacingly in her face, growling and rushing about.

    Sadie eviscerates her soft toys and pulls the squeakers out, every one of them, so we are hoping that these hard toys will last longer than the AKC toys we have been buying for her. Videbimus!

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    Squirrel Raids Our Hummingbird Feeder

    This happens from time to time, especially during the drought conditions when water is scarce. But some squirrels just develop a taste for the sweet nectar in the hummingbird feeders and go through their acrobatics to empty the feeders and quench their sweet tooths.

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    Thursday, January 29, 2009

    What Jack Russell Terrier Owners Have Known All Along: Improve Your Health, Become a Dog Owner

    Owning a dog is good for your mental and physical health, more so even than cats, researchers claim today.

    Dr Deborah Wells, a senior lecturer at the Canine Behaviour Centre of Queens University, Belfast, found that dog owners have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, fewer minor physical ailments, and are less likely to develop serious medical problems.

    In a paper published today by the British Psychological Society, she said "It is possible that dogs can directly promote our well being by buffering us from stress, one of the major risk factors associated with ill health. The ownership of a dog can also lead to increases in physical activity and facilitate the development of social contact, which may enhance both physiological and psychological human health in a more indirect manner."

    She found that people who took cats and dogs from animal rescue shelters noticed a decrease in minor ailments such as headaches, colds and dizziness a month after the rescue visit. But only dog owners maintained the improvements ten months later - cat owners did not.

    The research, published in the Health Psychology Journal, found that dogs could also act as 'early-warning systems' for more serious illnesses including cancer and epilepsy.

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    Poor Spanky Panicks Every Time He Goes to the Vet for a Check-Up

    Bless his heart! Poor Spanky is panicky, and always does his best to make himself invisible in the car when it's time to get out and go into the vet's office for a check-up. He also starts serious hyperventilation when we make the turn onto the road that inexorably (in his mind) leads to the veterinarian's office.

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    This Doesn't Happen Very Often - Maggie and Sadie Belle Sleeping Peacefully Close Together

    I took this photo because it is very rare for Maggie and Belle to sleep this close together, but here they are, side by side, tucked in their blankets and in their cozy beds. Usually, they are too annoyed with each other for this much togetherness, but this night they just put it all aside and fell asleep peacefully.

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    Just an Adorable Photo of Sadie Belle on the Alert in the Woods

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    Sadie Belle Goes for Her Yearly Check-Up

    It's time for Belle's yearly check-up, so off we went to the vet's office.

    But not so fast. Before we went to the office, we had to go for a long walk in the woods because Belle has the unpleasant (for the vet's staff) habit of becoming so nervous that she empties her bowels all over the place when they take her back to the examining area to weigh her and take her vitals.

    So we walk in the woods beforehand to clear her out and make things easier on the staff. This helps, but not always. On this occassion, I asked the technician how Belle did in the back, did she poop on them, and learned that happily, she had not pooped, but, not so happily, did release her anal glands which had almost the same effect. Win some, lose some, we always say.

    Here's Belle in the room waiting for the technician to come take her back to the exam area. She looks fairly calm.

    Getting a little anxious now - notice that her tail is down and her brow is furrowed.

    Belle keeps an eye on the door, anticipating the arrival of the vet and the technician.

    This is the door we go through to get to the waiting room, pay the bill, and then to our car and home. Belle weighs her options for making good her escape to freedom.

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    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Heroic Dog Tries to Save Injured Buddy from Busy Highway by Pulling Him to The Roadside

    Such a touching and sad video of a heroic dog who risks his own life to pull an injured dog, presumably a friend, to the roadside of a busy highway. What an act of love.

    This amazing video is from a traffic cam in Chile.

    Reminds us of George, the Jack Russell Terrier, who saved five children from a pit bull and lost his own life in a supreme act of heroism.

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    Adorable Video: How to Sing Puppies to Sleep - Dog Whisperer Can't Match This

    Watch this video from as man sings lullaby to puppies as they fall asleep. So sweet - enjoy!

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    Three Week Old Jack Russell Terrier Puppies, Barking and Squealing

    Just a fun video of JRT puppies trying out their new-found barking skills!

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    Watch Kate and the Amazing Gin Perform on 'Britain's Got Talent'

    Sixteen year-old college student Kate Nicholas and her six year-old border collie Gin take 'Britain's Got Talent' by storm with their canine freestyle performance. Watch and enjoy as they bring the house down.

    The video above is their first performance on the 'Britain's Got Talent' competition, and which earned them a slot in the semi-finals and ultimately the finals.

    And below is the Kate and Gin semi-final performance which is almost as amazing as their final performance. Watch and enjoy the show!

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    Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    Jack Russell Terrier Play Day! Lots of Fun, Lots of Rain!

    We finally were able to make it to the Jack Russell Terrier Play Day in Jasper, Georgia!

    Play Day was sponsored by Dogwood Jack Russell Terrier Club, and was held at the home of Wanda Dyer. Wanda has a beautiful home with acreage large enough to have a garden and plenty of space left over to lay out the fun and games for the dogs.

    We appreciate Wanda's generosity and hospitality, and also the hard work, time and energy of all the members of the Dogwood JRT Club who were responsible for planning and executing the Play Day. We realize how much is involved in setting up this sort of event, which was made more complicated by the rain. We had so much fun! Plus I was able to meet Faith Letendre in person, after corresponding by email for ages and ages!

    The games were racing, lure coursing and go-to-ground. Unfortunately, the go-to-ground had to be postponed until another day because there were no white rats available from pet stores. Next time, though!

    We left home about 9:30am, and although rain and storms were forecast for our area and also for Jasper, Matt and I decided to take our chances and head up north to Jasper, Georgia with Sadie Belle for our first ever Play Day.

    In the beginning, Sadie Belle thought we were going for a walk in the woods, or to the post office, or on some other errands. She was happy to ride in Matt's lap with a blanket and a good view of the road. Then we passed out of her familiar territory, she became concerned and moved to the floor board of the back seats, on the passenger side where she could keep a watchful eye on me, and pick up clues as to what the day had in store for her.

    This was her first trip on her own, without her support group of Spanky and Maggie. We think she did rather well, all things considered.

    Just as we passed the sign for the city limits of Jasper, it started to rain. And it continued to rain, all the way to the play day site a few miles down the road. We pulled into the driveway, and saw there were quite a few cars, so that was good news. We knew this had to be a group of hard-core JRT owners!

    We waited a few minutes to see if the rain would let up, and then Belle spotted the cows in the pasture and started to growl at them. So we decided to get out and make a break for a building where we saw other people and lots of Jack Russells. We stayed here with everybody else until finally the weather let up enough for us to go out and start racing the dogs.

    Aside from our home and her home kennel in Tennessee, Belle had never seen so many Jack Russells, and unlike her home Jack Russells, she didn't know any of them! Belle was so freaked out. Plus she was wet and cold from the rain. Paper towels to the rescue, and I tried holding her a bit. That helped a little, but I still wondered whether I should put a bag over my head.

    But everyone there was so nice, helpful and friendly, we began to forget about Belle's insecurities, and concentrate on showing her how much fun she could have at Play Day!

    Time for racing!

    Here's how it works: there is a set of wooden boxes, open at the top, each with a window on the front, about 6 or 8 compartments in all. You place your dog in a compartment, head and shoulders first, close the lid with Velcro, and then after all are filled up, some waves the lure in front of all the boxes to get the dogs worked up and ready to race. Then when all the dogs are at a fevered pitch, someone pulls a pole that opens up the fronts of all the boxes at the same time, and the dogs rush out and race after the lure and through the hole at the end of the course.

    Well, that's the way it's supposed to go. I found it incredible that some (only a very few) dogs had no interest in racing (or lure coursing) at all. I don't know if they didn't get the idea, or just didn't think it was fun. Others fought their muzzles instead of racing.

    Belle didn't fight getting into the box or her muzzle (well, not much!), which really surprised me. She sort of got the idea and ran for a while, but by that time the lure and most of the other dogs had long ago run through the hole.

    Next time, I think I will see if she can race by herself with the lure on a slower setting, so she can actually see the lure go down the course and go through the hole. Her legs are so short, and she gives it a good effort, but unfortunately the truth is she will never be a winning racer against the longer-legged dogs. I think she will love the hurdles though.

    And they're off! Here you can see all the dogs starting off, and Belle is actually racing, but she is already far behind.

    In this heat, Belle has actually moved ahead, and is only in third-to-the-last-place. You can see one of the dogs stopping altogether and fighting the muzzle. You can also see that the lure and the other dogs are already through the hole, so there is nothing for Belle and the slower dogs to see.

    Next event! Lure coursing! Here's how it works: there is a motor with a large pulley, and a cord that goes around the large pulley and also a number of smaller pulleys placed in the ground. The shape is sort of an octagonal shape, and the lure is a simple plastic bag from the grocery store. The motor has an on/off switch, and controls for speed and direction.

    Photo of the motor and pulley for lure coursing. Pretty simple setup, I suppose, but things do break down and you have to keep an eye on the motor so that it doesn't overheat. I think that overheating is part of the deal, no matter what you do.

    Here's Belle checking out the mechanical equipment for lure coursing.

    Here is a the lure going around the course on a trial run. The instant Belle saw this, she went nuts! She knew exactly what to do, and could not wait for her turn! She watched intently as each dog went around the course, kept an eye on the motor and the lure at rest, and was electrified by the concept of being able to run around, chase the lure, and no muzzle!

    It's Belle's turn! Her little stubby legs are flying, her deep chest is only inches from the ground, and she is intent on one thing: catching that lure and ripping it to shreds!

    Belle in hot pursuit of the speeding plastic bag! By this time, notice that she has figured out it is more efficient to run inside the cord. Good girl, Belle. Go, Belle.

    There she goes - just a tiny blur of white! But having so much fun!

    Even when Belle is not racing, she keeps an eye on the lure and its progress. Plus she guards it from the other dogs by growling and positioning herself between them and it.

    There's Belle at the bottom of the screen, watching intently as another dog takes his turn.

    Below are some other, more random photos Matt and I took of the play day, to give you and idea of the other dogs and their owners, and a feel for the day. I apologize for not knowing who all these people are.

    Finally, we called it a day around 1:30. Sadie wasn't used to so much running, and I didn't want to risk her getting too sore, or even worse, a torn ACL or badly pulled muscle. She would have stayed all day, of course, but Matt and I were getting hungry, so we headed for the car. Even as tired as she was, Sadie Belle spotted a bull, and had to give him a good blast of what-for before we left.

    Belle settles down for a nap after her Big Day at Play Day!

    We headed to Ball Ground and Two Brother's BBQ, one of our favorite BBA spots in north Georgia, plus I have posted extensively about Ball Ground and the late Oscar "Rock Man" Robertson. We found Two Brothers easily, and it wasn't too crowded that late in the day.

    Matt had the ribs and I had the BBQ sandwich with pulled pork, slaw, beans and french fries. It had been ages and ages since we had had BBQ, and it was delicious. Good hot sauce too.

    Poor Belle! Left in the car when we go eat BBQ. She wants some BBQ too!

    Since it was rainy and cool, we didn't have to worry about Belle being left in the car. Of course, I got up several times during the meal to check on her, and there she was, just watching me back.

    So happy to see us come back to the car!

    Nap time!

    Then we headed for home, and Belle went fast asleep with her blanket in the back seat floor-boards. She was glad to be back home, and Maggie and Spanky sniffed her carefully, trying to figure out where in the world she had been all day. Belle quickly resumed her life at home, starting dust-ups with Maggie at every opportunity. She was not sore or injured in any way the next day, that we could tell.

    One interesting thing that Matt and I noticed as the day went on was how much better socialized Belle had become. In the beginning, after she got over her initial fears, she tried to start a dust-up with the other dogs, but finally she settled down and was not bothered by them at all, nor they by her. This is such a good thing because she doesn't get to interact with many dogs. We all had a wonderful day, and we hope that next time we can bring all the dogs to Play Day.

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