I am terrier. Please understand me. Here’s my 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.
- Bark until your (good) work is acknowledged.
Do you have Terrier Logic of your own? Please leave a comment below or click on the comment icon above.
This is so accurate! I have a Brussels Griffon and the other thing I’ve realised is that her ‘territory’ extends as far as she can see and smell, wherever she is staying! She certainly likes to make sure everyone is aware of it too – especially that pesky postman who actually thinks it’s ok to put things INSIDE her house. How very dare he……
how DARE he, indeed! We are blessed and challenged with these dogs with such acute senses and sensibilities. Sensitive, sensitive dogs.
You want me to do what ??? Go get me a treat first.
They sure try that on us, don’t they! We like to ask them to do something fun for us first (sit, paw, roll-over, get in, down, tap/target), lest they get MORE BOSSY! Thanks for your add, Spike!
Love the life and live with passion
Si, Si, Si. Con Brio! With vigor. Thanks Corrado. Please top by again! Toni
The garbage trucks takes away all the good stuff. KILL IT1
Hi kkrpsd! No kidding. My theory is that terriers are just sensitive, sensitive beings and they turn their fear into this proactive response…get it before it gets me. What do you think?
Thanks for adding to our growing list.
House…. not hose! LOL!
Sorry about that! My “boo boo” post didn’t come through…. but my “correction” post did! Whoda thunk??!!
Just remember that I’m the boss but I will let you the human think you’re in charge
Fun, Sara! Thanks for posting.
Investigate every rabbit hole you find ,just in case!
The Earth Dog trial people would LOVE that…’check it out’ they’d say. Appreciate you commenting. –Toni
I have no interest in that rawhide chew until the other terrier in the house has an interest in it. Then it’s mine.
LMCO –Laughing My Cheeks Off ! Thanks for posting. –Toni
You threw the ball, you go get it – I’m going the other way.
They are so cheeky, aren’t they?! The two, squeeky ball strategy works well with Bark. Thanks for posting Andy. –Toni
If the mail person comes to your house try to kill him! Or at least bark and bark and bark until he is gone!!
Great, Dorothy. We call our guys “country doorbells”. 🙂
Thanks for adding to our thread here. Toni
Don’t worry, be happy.
I so agree, Astrid-Merete! Though, if I was a rat, I might have a different perspective 😉
Thanks for commenting.
I reckon instead of “terrier” these like sparks should be called “Terrorists” !
🙂 ….and yet they are really softies. They’re more bluff than anything. I just think they’re super sensitive and like a good ‘offensive’ strategy. Thanks for adding on, Paula!
NEVER walk past a Terrier without acknowledging him.
That is a great one. Bossy and Bark would add: acknowledge him with GUSTO!
Thanks for sharing.
They will not be ignored! We have a Boston terrier, and while not officially classified as a terrier, he sure exhibits all these characteristics, and especially this one!
Right on, Nicole. Our local Boston Terrier has the cutest little bark…like she’s calling from far-far away. Very cute. Thanks for leaving your comment. Great to connect with some many dog lovers. Every breed is special and we’re all lucky to spend time and love them. Toni
I will always “Come” it’s just a matter of when….
Hi Mungo! Thanks for posting. YES, I do like to think it is MY idea.
We have a practice to play often but not all the time when their is zippy, enthusiastic and immediate recall after I wolf whistle. I’m sure Bossy and Bark think they have trained ME to play tug/ball when they come right away. The challenge, of course, is to help them think it was THEIR idea. I suppose it works much the same way for the human species, as well. Thanks for your fun add here!
We Terriers are experts at training our owners!
You’re not kidding, Carol. Bossy has me soooo trained. When she “comes” like a flash when she’s out hunting and I want her inside, I will play with her favourite tug toy. We humans are so simple to fall for that trick. 🙂
Thanks for posting!
Terriers are awesome as a member of a great Terrier Forum I come across some of the most amazing. Terriers that take part in films, terriers that do amazing tricks, do well in almost every dog sport, terriers that have lived to be over 20 (one of our members terriers is 22) and terriers that are just stay at home cuddle bugs.
We are lucky to have ANY dog breed in our lives. And terriers are super cool, aren’t they. Thanks for posting here!
Oh yes…..and don’t forget the…”if it’s on the floor,it’s mine” bit as well…..
No kidding! We love the whispered ‘leave it’ ask in our house. At 8 Bossy has that one down. Took persistence to get there, though. Thanks for following.
I don’t have a terrier, but my little Maltese exhibits many of these behaviors…he might actually have a little terrier in him!
In the end, it seems to be that Canine is Canine :-). There are probably more basic similarities in their instincts than dissimilarities among the breeds. Much like horses. I know one Maltese, Dooley, who’s a pretty intense fellow and reminds me of my Bossy Border. Thanks for commenting!
Maltese were classified as terriers at one time (in UK at least) 🙂
Ah, well, that explains a lot!