Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Posted March 12, 2015
As a family, we owned a couple of dogs when I was young, but when I married, children came along pretty quickly, so dogs were not a high priority. I've always loved dogs, and when I used to go fishing, my friends would bring along their own dogs who, for the most part, were extremely well behaved. It seemed that they all erred on the side of the smaller dog, and as the years passed the most popular breed for the roaming angler seemed to be a Jack Russell.
One reason I declined to buy a dog when the children were young was that, despite all the reassurances about them being 'Great with kids', the occasional heart breaking news story of a young child being mauled by the family dog always left me feeling very wary.
Then, a few years ago, friends Jack Russell bitch gave birth to 4 pups, and when we saw them, both my wife and I knew we had to have one. Although boisterous, Jack (I know, very uninventive) was very clever, and took very little time to become trained and, as the years went on, his training became almost second nature. At the time, our first grand child was two years old and she was totally besotted with him, so it became a case of having to train both the child and the dog and, to be fair, it was Ayla, our grand daughter, who got told off more than Jack.
Now, with five grand children, Jack is as much an old hand at baby sitting as we are. I'm still very wary when I'm out with the children if I see another dog around, but Jack seems just another one of the children, albeit the calm, unflustered one. And he seems to know just how to make our young grandsons roar with laughter, by simply picking up his rag doll and running, helter skelter, around the lounge or the garden.
They are such an intelligent breed of dog, I wonder why anyone chooses anything else!