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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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    Anonymous Misty and Yogi said...

    I have an interest in Jack Russell’s I have two Yogi and Misty a boy and girl they are 10 years old and we have had them since pups. I like reading articles about Jack Russell Terriers. I have a blog called A short tail by Yogi and Misty.
    I hope you do not mind me leaving a link

    3:57 PM  

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