Mike, the six month old Jack Russel Terrier, has come to live at my father’s house under sad circumstances. He’s a perfectly happy and healthy young lad who’s only problem is at my father’s house is he’s the youngest inhabitant by 10 years and all the old fogies look down on him. So how did he come to find himself in such a pickle? This is the sad part.
His previous owners, a caring couple with two young children thought it would be great to have a pet dog around the house. Great! Wonderful! But anyone would tell you that it is inadvisable to have Jack Russels, around small children. For children aged 8+, Jack Russels are their best mates with similar rough behaviour and same stamina. Children 5 and under who have never had a dog just don’t know how to deal with this yappy snappy creature who can leap over their heads.
Also, supposedly mature and wise parents own racing pigeons. Now I have no hard facts, but as anyone who knows Jack Russels can attest to, ANYTHING THAT MOVES IS FUN! I think a flock of fat grey balls with flapping appendages circling the backyard would be a Jack Russell’s idea of heaven. It’s not a hard stretch of the imagination to believe that said wise parents probably came home to feathers in the backyard on more than on occasion.
So wise and responsible adults were going to have the loving bundle of joy put down. A six month old perfectly happy, healthy and well adjusted fellow snuffed out by callous humans. Yes, if we can’t be bothered to make the correct decisions in the first place let’s just kill it and be done with the problem once and for all. It seems the solution to all life’s problems doesn’t it?
Through friend of a friend my father found about Mike’s demise and offered him a home. He knew his geriatric companions would not thank him for the new housemate, but better the arthritis crew get a little well needed exercise getting away from the excitable one, than the thought of dog being killed for no other reason that it’s owners couldn’t be bothered to think.
So, please, please, please those of you planning to get a dog; DO YOUR RESEARCH! There’s heaps of information on the Internet and Animal shelters and Animal Welfare Leagues usually have someone on staff who can tell you how that breed will behave. A well chosen pet is an asset to a family, but a badly chosen one can be a nightmare for human and animal alike.