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  • Friday, September 14, 2007

    The Most Beautiful JRT Puppy in the World Loves to Relax in the Sunshine!

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    Sadie Belle is a Busy Girl!

    Sadie Belle is a busy girl, just going nonstop until a nap overtakes her. Here are a few photos showing how she spends her days inside our house.

    Eating is a top priority! She also plays a little game with me, and here is how it goes: I put her food down and walk away. She will not eat it until I come back and pretend that I am trying to take her food away. She growls and carries on, defending her food and scaring me away, and then she will eat. We do this every day.

    Another of her games is Hide and Seek with toys. This is how it works: she brings me a toy to hide, I hide it either in the sofa or under the rug. I tell her to go find it, and she searches and digs for it until she finds it. Then she shakes it to death.

    The first sequence is Find the Toy in the Sofa, the second set is Find the Toy Under The Rug.

    Here is what is left of poor little Mr. Beaver, after fighting a losing battle with The Big Belle.

    An interesting view of Sadie riding on the back ledge, with her reflection in the rear-view mirror.

    A pensive Sadie Belle resting on the ottoman and watching the back door for intruders.

    Sadie sits up on her hind legs and boxes with her front paws to tell us when she wants to go outside, or when she has other things she wants us to do for her.

    "Please, please turn on the vacuum cleaner!"

    Making a selection from her stash of toys. Which will be the lucky one?

    Just hangin' out!

    Sadie at the dinner table, waiting for her handouts.

    Just look at that sweet face!

    Sadie has developed a strange habit of "marking" Maggie's urine with her own, just like a male. Look at the right leg lifted up, like Spanky does. Should we worry that she has a "gender identity" issue?

    A little excitement in anticipation of a ride in the car and a walk in the woods!

    One of her favorite stuffed animals is Mr. Deer, and this series of photos below show him getting a real workout from Sadie Belle.

    And even Sadie Belle needs a nap from time to time!

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    An Ad Featuring a Gorgeous Shorty Jack!

    The ad may say, "Swedish Design Sucks," (which it doesn't, as we all know) but what caught my eye was the shorty Jack Russell terrier who bears a striking resemblance to our Lucky. Uncanny - the same look and markings.

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    Sadie Loves to Dig!

    One of Sadie's favorite pastimes is digging in the yard. She has a number of holes she works on when she is in the mood, and they are a source of great adventure for her.

    Here are a few photos I took of her digging away in pursuit of imaginary quarry:

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    More Photos of Sadie Belle, the Cutest Jack Russell Terrier in the World!

    One of Sadie's favorite toys is her neon green tennis ball. She loves to play games with it, such as tennis-ball-soccer, hide and seek, and catch-me-if-you-can. She never tires of playing her games, and is so smart that she requires variations and twists on them to keep it interesting for her.

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    Sunday, September 02, 2007

    George the Jack Russell Terrier Saves Five Children from Marauding Pit Bulls

    Tiny Terrier Rescues 5 Children From Pit Bulls
    Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — This is a dog story.

    It's about a plucky little Jack Russell terrier named George, who stood like a giant against two marauding pit bulls and gave his own life to save five kids from the steel-trap jaws and razor-sharp teeth of the vicious attack machines.

    Local officials say it's also a story about the people who trained the pit bulls to kill and who may have fed the animals methamphetamines to make them even more deadly.

    The tragedy unfolded Sunday afternoon on New Zealand's North Island, in the town of Manaia, where a group of children — and George — were walking back from a trip to the candy store.

    Out of nowhere, the children told police, the two pit bulls lunged at them.

    One of the kids, Richard Rosewarne, 11, told the local paper that George never backed down against the pit bulls, doggedly refusing to let the them get at his little brother, 4-year-old Darryl.

    "George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they started to bite him — one on the head and the other on the back," Rosewarne said. "We ran off crying and some people saw what was happening and rescued George."

    It was too late, however, to save the little 9-year-old terrier. Steven Hopkinson, the veterinarian who treated George, said the dog's wounds were the worst he'd seen. Putting him down, Hopkinson said, was the only option.

    For Allan Gay, George's owner, the loss is especially devastating. He lives alone and George had been his faithful companion for seven of his nine years, inheriting the pup when neighbors moved away.

    "These two pitbulls rushed up and were going for the little boy," Gay said, choking back tears. "George went for them, it's what he would do. He didn't stand a chance, but I reckon he saved that boy from being chewed up.

    "If it wasn't for George, those kids would have copped it," Gay said.

    Gay said he had been receiving phone calls non-stop from relatives and news media since word got out about George's heroics.

    "The phone has been going since about half past seven this morning. Every time I hang up it rings again. It's worn out; I might have to get a new one," he said.

    The pit bulls, meanwhile, were found Tuesday and turned over to local officials, who said they would be destroyed.

    Officials also are investigating reports that the dogs could have been given methamphetamines to make them more aggressive and very unpredictable.

    "I understand it commonly happens in Rotorua," animal control officer Kiernan Best said.

    "The pitbulls I've had dealings with are naturally aggressive because of the type of people they are with," Best said. "They keep pitbulls around because they don't like visitors, and one can only presume they have something to hide, that they are into crime and drugs.

    "They are paranoid about officials visiting and the dog emulates the owner," Best said.

    Gay, meanwhile, and the kids George saved built a makeshift memorial to their hero.

    "George was brave," Gay said, as each of the kids held a photo of the little pup they'll never forget. "He took them on and he's not even a foot high. ... He jumped in on them, he tried to keep them off."

    And, he gave his life doing so.

    And here is the rest of the story:

    Purple Heart for brave George

    George, the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier that saved five New Zealand children from two marauding pit bulls.May 8, 2007

    A Jack Russell terrier who died from injuries sustained when he saved a group of children from being mauled by two pit bulls in New Zealand is being given two posthumous medals.

    New Zealand's main animal welfare agency, the Society for the Protection of Animals, today awarded George a bravery medal, while an American Vietnam veteran who read news articles about the attack said he would send a Purple Heart to the dog's owner.

    Feisty, 30cm tall George fought with the pit bulls to keep them from attacking the youngest of five children as they returned home from buying sweets at a neighbourhood shop in the small North Island town of Manaia on April 29.

    George, aged 9, was so badly mauled in the melee that owner Alan Gay instructed a veterinarian to put him down.

    "It was an extraordinary act of heroism," said the animal protection society's chief executive, Robyn Kippenberger. "It says a huge amount for the animal-human bond that he actually went in to save them."

    Authorities have euthanised the two pit bulls, and their owner faces prosecution for owning dangerous and uncontrolled dogs.

    Kippenberger said her group's award, normally given to humans for bravery in aiding animals, "has not been awarded to a dog since 1990." The two previous canine recipients were trained police dogs.

    "That he weighed into a couple of dogs considerably larger than himself, clearly to protect a child, is just a most amazing act and needs to be recognised," she told The Associated Press.

    The bravery medal will be presented to George's owner at the children's school.

    Meanwhile, former US Marine Jerrell Hudman told the local Taranaki Herald newspaper that he would honour the terrier's bravery by mailing to New Zealand one of the three Purple Heart medals he was awarded for service in Vietnam in 1967.

    Purple Hearts are given to US troops wounded or killed in combat

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