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    Prince Charles Loves Shorty Jacks!

    Queen Elizabeth II raises Welsh Corgis, but Prince Charles loves Jack Russell Terriers. Not just any JRTs, but the English Jack Russell Terriers, which we know as Shorty Jacks. Shorty Jack Russell Terriers have broad chests, a stocky build, short legs, and are longer than they are tall.

    Prince Charles not only raises Jack Russells, but always has them around him. His favorite was named Tigger (Tigga), who lived to be 18 years old. His other favorite is Pooh. Camilla Parker-Bowles has three Jack Russells, Tosca, Rosie and Freddie. Freddie is one of Tigga's pups.

    Prince Charles with Tigga and Pooh.


    Prince Charles in his study with Tigga and Pooh.

    The Prince with Tigga at one of his garden estates.

    Below are some of our favorite Shorty Jacks (of the non-royal variety), who nonetheless expect to be treated like royalty:

    Above is our beloved Lucky, our first Jack Russell, and our first Shorty Jack. Short, stubby legs, stocky build, long body: hallmarks of Shorty Jacks, as compared to the boxy, longer legged Jack Russell usually found in the U.S.

    This is Spanky. Notice the deep chest and stocky build.

    This is Big, Bad Belle, and, for all her Big and Bad ways, is nonetheless a very small Shorty Jack Russell Terrier.

    This is Rosie, who is Belle's mother. Rosie is from Judi Lovell's kennel in Tennessee. Look at the short, stocky build and those powerful muscles, especially on a female.

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    Sadie and Maggie Riding in the Car

    Our Jack Russell Terriers love to ride in the car! Anywhere, any time, they are ready to go. Here are a few photos I snapped of Maggie and Sadie riding in the front seat of our car.

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    Our Rather Tame Walk in the Wild Woods

    The other day the dogs and I went for a walk the Lower Wild Woods of Simpsonwood. This is a flat, wooded area (sort of a flood plain, I guess) along a stream, and is also where a few years ago I found hundreds upon hundreds of Jack-in-the-Pulpits growing wild. It is also a remote area, and I do not regularly go there because of the obvious dangers, but wanted to check on the Jack-in-the-Pulpits. We had a good walk and the dogs had fun exploring a different area. Below are a few photos from the walk.

    Here is the view of the Wild Woods, and if you look closely you will see a large patch of bright green May Apples in the middle of a sea of grey and brown.

    Spanky leading the way (top), and Spanky and Sadie trying to decide which way to go.

    Look at the little apple growing on this May Apple.

    A beautiful field of May Apples!

    Sadie searching for squirrels in the trees.

    Sadie licking her lips, thinking about how tasty it would be to eat a squirrel.

    Now where are those squirrels?

    Around this way?

    Up there! There's one up there! Now how do I catch it?

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