Polo PIII, PS, V-AAD, AD,
MX, MXJ, EAC, EJC, OGC (retired...begrudgingly)
Big Jake AD, OA, OAJ, NAC,
NJC, NGC (my mom runs him in agility these days!)
Pollyanna NA, NAC, NJC, NGC
ADCH Fox Creeper TrailBlazer
TM, GCh, JCh-Silver, RCh-Bronze, SCh-Gold, StCh-Bronze, MX, MXJ,
JE, EAC, EJC, OGC "Blazer"
English Breakfast at
Cliveden AD, NA, NAJ "Kipper" (I have master snooker & jumper
Windsor's Fergi (the
I have been doing agility since
1992, when I took my JRT, Polo, to a Jack Russell Trial I read about in
the local paper. The rest, as they say, is history! He enjoyed a long,
happy agility career, retiring two years ago at age 12. He still
doesn't understand why he doesn't get a *turn*, so I have had to start
leaving him home when I travel to trials.
At 14 years old, he can't seem to
make the connection between doing too much and being unable to walk the
When Polo was 4, I bred him and I
fell in love with a puppy, and even though I hadn't planned to, decided
to keep her... Pollyanna. My mother picked a male... Jake. The others
were carefully placed. I still have those two pups (my father wouldn't
let my mom keep Jake, so he ended up with me, too) and they are such
holy terrors, that I learned the ultimate lesson about breeding...so
many people breed a dog because they have a special one and want another
one just like it...good luck! These two couldn't be more different than
their dad. They are JRT through and through...pure evil.
So, I ended up in obedience
classes . I befriended a woman in Jake's class who also had a JRT,
Blazer. One night, she wasn't there and I was told her husband had died
of a heart attack the night before. It was a terrible
tragedy, and she was left with many dogs and horses and was having a
hard time coping. A few months later I was told she had left Blazer
with another friend, and had not picked him up for several weeks. Some
of her friends were urging her to place him, and she said she would
give him to me if I would find him a performance home. I agreed, and so
began my journey in JRT rescue (I have placed over 50 JRT's since). He
was the coolest dog! I couldn't believe she could give him up. I
placed him briefly in a couple of homes, but he didn't work out. I then
placed him in an agility home in the Midwest. After seven months there,
it was determined he wasn't going to work there either, so he was
returned to me at the AKC nationals in Atlanta in 1998. I decided 3
times returned meant I should keep him and I have never regretted it. He
is my first ADCH dog and has taken me places I never would have thought
I could go. We were invited to film 6 of the 25 pilot episodes of Zig &
Zag Alpha Dog Challenge on Animal Planet, we were invited to compete in
the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in 2002, he has made television
commercials and done print ad work (with all his earnings going to pay
the vet bills for the constant flow of rescue dogs I foster), and most
recently made the USDAA Top Ten for 2003 in the 16" Snooker Category.
April 1, 2000, I got married (at a
Sirius USDAA trial...in the ring) and my husband fell in love with
another rescue I took in the next year. He was a pitiful case I
actually paid a rescue fee for to get him out of a horrible foster home.
He had every parasite imaginable (inside & out) and was COMPLETELY
INSANE! He was 2+ years old and had lived his whole life in an 8x8 pen
with 3 other JRT's. They regularly beat him up, and rarely let him eat.
I placed him repeatedly once I had him healthy. He kept coming
back...and one day I came home and my husband announced that he had
"named that little dog". I said oh, no, we don't name foster dogs...to
which he replied, "I named him, cause we're keeping him!"....UGH, no,
not that untrainable little monster! So, enter Kipper, JRT #5. He
tries my patience daily, but has completely stolen my heart. I joke
that I only agreed to keep him because he is little and can jump 12" in
USDAA, giving me a dog in another jump height!
Finally, last July, we had another
unplanned addition to our family. I agreed to help with a BC rescue
from Alabama, and half way home my husband asked if I would like to
have her for my 40th birthday...I had given him a little red MG for his
40th the year before (see the photo above w/all the russells in it), so
he figured I might just want a little red agility sports model for mine.
So, enter Fergi, the kicker was when we found on her papers that her
birthday was January 12, 2003, the same day Blazer finished his ADCH, we
decided it was fate.
Oops...don't look to your right but I
we have an impostor in the group.
ADCH Champion Blazer
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qualified mom, and you
didn't think I could.
Ready for a ride.