Twice in the last month I’ve heard of people who found a dog and just kept it. So kudos to this kind soul who’s working to reunite a terrier with his human companion. And kudos to this fine blogger for helping out. Do unto others. And remember Terrier Logic # 9: Persistence usually pays off. “Lost and Found Dog” doesn’t mean “Finder’s Keepers”.
Service dogs are often trained to alert others if their person gets into trouble. Sometimes they run circles around a wheelchair and other times they bark until help comes. A good job for a vocal breed group.
Terriers are good working dogs. For many, ‘service work’ is great casting for their skills, sensitivities and loyal natures.
Read more about Bingo, the Jack Russell Terrier, who has lived his life according to Terrier Logic:
3. Love your human companion with all your heart.
9. Remember persistence pays off.
11. Tune into every thought and feeling your human companion has.
13. Bark until your (good) work is acknowledged.
About Bingo, reblogged from: BUCKET LIST FOR DYING SERVICE DOG « Booksforever1blog. BarkUpToday!.
The Parkour Terrier video reminded me of this rocking, old classic YouTube video of two Border Terriers having such a good time playing to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now“. You’ll feel happy just watching them.
Nothing makes me belly laugh as much as watching my Bossy and Bark (both Borders)tear through the woods, run around and jump over the bushes, ducking, diving and rolling. Stopping long enough to lap some water. Two dogs, one bowl. Ear to ear. Two sets of tags raining on the side of the dish. Then off again they go for more laps around the yard before they finally flop down, sides-heaving, with the most satisfied grins on their sweet faces. Now that’s all-out Terrier Play.
Watch it now: Don’t stop me now… – YouTube. And laugh with me.
This video also might answer a question just asked online:
“Why does my Border Terrier bark and pull me when he sees other dogs on his walk?” Wouldn’t you, if you had so much fun with your friends? Too bad people don’t work so hard to get more joy into their lives. Another reminder from our precious canine friends to Live with passion. That’s Terrier Logic # 12.
Parkour dog. This astonishing Staffordshire Terrier makes most terriers look comatose. Watch this RIVETING video (follows a short commercial not of my doing–sorry–it’s worth the wait).
This boy understands Terrier Logic # 12: Live with Passion. You’ll never look at a standard agility course the same way. And you’ll probably join me in never whining about your high-energy terrier ever again.
We should all Live With the Spirit of Parkour.
Credits: Found on http://bitemecharlie.wordpress.com/
Some might say Bark, my second Border Terrier, acts like a cat.
Others would say he has visions of grandeur. That he’s a dominant dog who thinks he’s the King of the Castle. But Bark isn’t dominant and the longer I live with dogs the more I think the Dominance Model is…irrelevant. And sometimes dangerous–especially when there are terriers involved. Coming to this realization has helped me solve a host of issues with my pups, too. [The more we can change, the more our dogs can change.]
Bark is just happier up high. As are many cats.
When Bark goes to Grammy’s house to visit, he climbs the tall staircase and sleeps on the sunny patch of carpet atop the landing. There he can hang off the edge and can gaze out the little port window at the neighbouring roof-tops. At home, he favours the back of the sofa even though windowed doors come right to the ground. A boy up high can see the rabbits and birds and other critters that a ground floor dog never can. And he can stay out of the way of a bossy sister. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Where does your Terrier like to hang out?
My next post will be other behaviours shared between Border Terriers and cats.
Hunting is a terrier’s real purpose. “Hunt until you drop.” That’s Terrier Logic # 2. Before we ‘own’ a terrier we read all about these cute, non-shedding dogs and how independent, persistent and plucky they are. How endearing, we think. So feisty. We think we ‘get it’. But I don’t think we really do. Then some of us struggle mightily against these personality traits.
We really need to come to our senses and embrace the emotional make-up of our dogs–especially terriers. When we do, life with them just makes more sense. For everyone involved.
Many animals are ’empathic’. Don’t believe me? Watch this amazing video presentation by Frans de Waal, acclaimed Dutch primatologist and ethologist, that aired originally on the TED network. He provides evidence of empathy and compassion, reciprocity and fairness in the animal kingdom. Turns out there’s proof empathy isn’t just for people. Now that’s an “idea worth spreading”, though good ‘dog people’ know it instinctively.
If you own any kind of terrier–a Cairn, a Border or a Pit Bull, for instance–you’ve seen empathy and plenty of it. All dogs have it. But terriers seem to have more of it than most. (See Terrier Logic # 12).
Terriers are emotional beings and can recognize, respond to and mirror our emotions.
When someone coughs or sneezes at my house, Bossy is right there checking on her person. You OK? Good. Now rub my belly. When a golfer on TV rims a putt, both of my dogs console my husband after confirming he didn’t have a heart attack. More kisses. And like most people, my dogs will snuggle in close when they know someone isn’t feeling well. I’m not leaving your side; I’ll stay here as long as you need me.
How does two-way empathy help us in handling our feisty terriers? If we can change, our dogs can change. And change usually starts in our hearts.
Is your terrier empathetic? Do you think terriers are more empathetic than other breeds you’ve lived with? Share your story about a terrier that’s touched your heart and shown you his. Click on the comment bubble on the top right or write your story below.
People will tell you who they think you are. A good dog will prove it.
And a terrier will test it.
Why did you pick your terrier puppy?
Because it won’t make you sneeze or wheeze? Because it had a rep for being smart and feisty? Or because you didn’t want to fix your broken doorbell?
If you got a terrier mainly because it’s a small, hypoallergenic breed you may have gotten more than you bargained for. I, for one, got great “value-added” for my dog investment dollar.
When most people meet me with my Border Terriers they comment on their size and ask if they shed. They definitely don’t ask about their intense hunting natures. All except for Hamish’s Dad–a young Scottish transplant to Canada–who spotted my Borders hundreds of yards away as we walked towards him. [He “knew all their Border tricks”.]
If you’re considering a terrier puppy, consider Terrier Logic:
- Respect yourself and respect others who respect themselves. Terrorize everyone else.
- Hunt until you drop.
- Love your human companion with all your heart, but…
- Keep the Terrier “You’re-Not-The-Boss-of-Me” Motto in mind.
- If it moves, get it.
- If it scares you, GET IT.
- If it scares your human companion, GET IT.
- Get it before it gets you.
- Remember that persistence usually pays off. And that…
- Your desires are directly proportional to your human’s. The more your human wants something, the more you should want it.
- Tune into every thought and feeling your human companion has.
- Live with passion.
Terriers are way more than small, cute and hypoallergenic dogs. They’re empathetic and intense dogs with strong prey drives. They can be reactive, determined and indefatigable.
So, before you get a terrier puppy know what you’re really getting into. Prioritize your needs and theirs. Terriers respond best to self-respecting, calm human companions who honour their independent, hunting natures. Be realistic about how your personality will mesh with–or fuel–theirs.
If you chose a terrier puppy and are having some challenges, be optimistic. If you can change, they can change. Match your dog’s persistence. And consider these 12 Rules of Terrier Logic and how they might be playing out in your relationship. Doing so might help get you through The Rough.
If you “own” a terrier and have him all figured out, congratulations. Please add your Rules of Terrier Logic so we can share in your success.
Burrs happen. Suffering is (usually) optional.
I’ve had lots of practice with burrs. I get into a lot of things. Bossy and Bark find them all the time and my mare grazed a paddock laden with burrs a few summers ago. Every day, until I trudged out with a wheel barrow and the will to tear every last of those dang plants out, she came in with a unicorn horn and a dreadlocked tail. It took ages to get them out. Never to be cut out. Like a terrier’s beard.
Day after day. What to do?
Do the opposite of what comes naturally. Don’t hold the hair and pull the burrs out. Hold the burrs and pull the hair out. It’s counter-intuitive. Yet it works for beards and manes and tails. And life.
When you’re on the hunt, burrs–and other sticky or prickly things–come with the terrain. Take hold of the problem and tease the good stuff out.
Just tease the good stuff out.