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Spike’s getting a drink at the water bucket:

Then Rhodie shows up. What do you think happens next? Look at Spike’s eyes:

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Here are the puppy photos!  These were taken in front of my grandpa’s sliding glass door.

Rhodie is on the left. She has a patch over her left eye. She has long legs and will probably be a broken coat. Cammie is short-legged, and she will be a smooth coat. Their full names are Cammie Louise Westfall and Rhododendron Elizabeth Westfall.

Rhodie has some legs on her. You can see the beginnings of her little beard. She will be living with Willie in North Carolina. She's a very good-natured dog. She loves to play with Miley-- even though Miley is ten times her size!

Cammie will be living with my cousin Catie in Blacksburg, Virginia for Virginia Tech's spring semester. Cammie took up part of the carpet this week. It's old cheap carpet anyway.

There were seven dogs in this house this week.

No one was hurt.

There were turds on the carpet a few times.

And Willie did quite a bit of growling. But he does that anyway- especially when the puppies interrupt his game of fetch. Both puppies retrieve, but Willie’s game cannot be interrupted by such rank amateurs.

The puppies are prone to charging around and play fighting like small gremlins. They also make gremlin sounds, and just to be careful, no one can feed them after midnight.

This is what one gets when puddin’ JRT’s are bred with long-legged JRT’s.  The short-legged dogs are dominant to the long-legged ones, but the short-legged dogs often will produce long-legged puppies. Rhodie is very long-legged. She is already taller than Willie at the shoulder, and she will probably be a slightly heavier dog than he is.  Her long legs make her quite fast, and seeing as she is only three months old, she can run pretty darn fast– which is really bad because she is prone to running off when you’re not looking.

Rhodie will also try to surf the web. If she is on a lap and a laptop is up, the cursor on the screen will have her transfixed. She has figured how that the cursor moves when a finger is placed over the sensor pad– so she is now putting her paw on the the pad to make the sensor move. This is not necessarily a good thing!

Cammie is going to be a total diva.  In just a few weeks’ time, she will be living with the ultimate dog spoiler.

She doesn’t much like other dogs around her, and she playfights much more roughly than Rhodie, who will sometimes run and ask to be picked up in order to avoid those teeth. Cammie likes to hide under the couches and ambush her longer-legged sister, who normally outruns her when they play fetch. If Cammie gets the toy first, she will try to take it under the couch the couch.

I’ve never seen anything as creative as two Jack Russell puppies. They figure out how to get into the weirdest situations, and they find the most banal objects amazing.

It was a big mistake to try to use a Cool Whip bowl as a water dish.

They drank out most of the water, and then Rhodie decided that it would make a fun toy. And the two of them tore it to pieces– after spending several days having very fierce sounding play-fights over it.

The only thing this week needed was for us to buy some lab rats and let the puppies kill them.

Then they’d be “sporting terriers.”










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New dogs

Two new Jack Russells have been added to the extended family. They are both female, and they are both litter mates. (Names subject to change.)

This one is named Cammy. She will be living with Catie at Virginia Tech for the spring semester.

This one is named Rhodie (right now). Rhodie was my grandpa's favorite foxhound. She will be living with Willie.

Willie just converted to the nineteenth century LDS Church. So he could marry both of them.

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JRTCA Jack Russell terriers get a lot of attention.

They have a unique registry system. They are almost entirely bred for their working characteristics, and they have really strong protocols against inbreeding.

However, that type of Jack Russell isn’t really the whole story.

There a whole host of other Jack Russells that aren’t like the JRTCA dogs at all.

They are not necessarily useful as working terriers.

But they are still Jack Russells.

Bruce Fogle, in The Encyclopedia of the Dog, actually categorized these dogs as being different from the standard, long-legged and mostly white dogs.

Now, here I’m alos not talking about the AKC Parson Russell terrier.

I’m talking about dogs that really vary in appearance and show the characteristics of both Jack Russells as we know them and also some traits of other dogs.

The first JRT’s that I ever knew were black and tan tricolors named Chloe and Cabbage. Chloe was out of registered JRTCA stock and could have been registered herself. Cabbage was mostly JRTCA breeding, but she could not be registered.

Both of those dogs were very game.  Even as puppies, I never saw dogs that so relished a good fight.  They were very quick to arouse.

If they weighed forty pounds when fully grown, they would have been absolute terrors. Cabbage wasn’t very big at all. She probably weighed 12 pounds. She could lived to grapple with groundhogs underground.

Cabbage was bred to a short-legged Jack Russell, and she produced three puppies. One of which became the much celebrated Timmy.

Timmy was mostly white with brown around his ears and the base of  his tail.

When he matured, he was short-legged like his father. His legs were a bit crooked and his ears were more like a greyhound’s than a Jack Russell’s. He was big– maybe 18 pounds when fully grown.

In many ways, he resembled a Sealyham terrier, except for his ears and smooth coat.

He was very soft and gentle in temperament.

His littermate named Chester was very different. Chester was about the same size, but he had long legs. He had much of his mother’s looks and temperament as he matured.

He didn’t trust most people, but for some reason, he and I hit it off.

Timmy was used at stud a few times. A female JRT was purchased to be his mate.

She was very different from the JRT dogs.

She came from a breeder in Arizona, and she was mostly sable brown in color. She had black markings around her lips, and she reminded me of a smooth-coated border terrier.

This dog is still alive. Her name is Maddy. She had an eye removed from glaucoma recently:


When Timmy died of kidney failure, another JRT of this type entered the picture. This would be the famous (or infamous) Willie:


Willie is more like a bantamized JRTCA dog.

He’s a mixture of German JRT and South African JRT lines.

He’s actually super biddable for JRT. He pays very close attention to your voice, almost in the same way that retrievers and border collies do.

Now, none of these dogs are real Jack Russells according the JRTCA.

In fact, they may have other terriers crossed into their gene pools at some point.

I’m sure that Timmy had Sealyham in him somewhere, just as much as I’m sure Maddy has a touch of border terrier. These are odds and ends terriers that get to have a more heterozygosity than other strains of dog. Because people expect JRT’s to vary greatly in appearance and type, they can get away with it. You can sell odds-and-ends terriers as JRT’s with no problem at all.

And that’s fine.

Temperament-wise all of these dogs are far more appropriate house pets that the really super game dogs that common in the JRTCA type.

I don’t know for sure if any of these odds-and-ends dogs are really derived from Parson John Russell’s fox terriers.

I’d like to know who actually cares.

Because I’m pretty sure in the grand scheme of things, these odds-and-ends JRT’s are going to be around a lot longer than the super game dogs.

And a dog like Willie, who has obvious aptitudes in the sports of fly-ball and maybe agility, is more in keeping with the way these dogs are going to evolve.




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