THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

6 August 2013

MEET JACK


So much for waiting till after we went away. This is Jack. On Saturday night, I was looking on all the doggy web-sites for puppies that would be ready the week we got back, and happened to see Jack. He was 13 weeks old and his owners had had to make the heartbreaking decision to find him a new home, as he didn't get on with their other dog. We talked about it overnight and, on Sunday morning, I emailed to see if he was still available. I talked to the owner in Somerset a couple of hours later and after some frantic phoning of potential house sitters when we're away, they agreed to stop in on their way to Cornwall to see if he and Snippet got on and to check us out too. I'm so glad they felt like that; some people might have just handed him over to anyone. That evening, they met in the rain and clicked. So Jack stayed. We are keeping in touch by email as they really miss him. I'm not surprised - he's a fantastic little dog: Patterdale with some Jack Russell. We really weren't expecting to have another dog so soon but sometimes that's the best way. Sorry If I haven't been posting or commenting over the last couple of days....it's been a bit frantic. Jack is pretty much house trained already and, thanks to it being summer, we can just leave the door open for him to trot in and out when he pleases. Here are some more pictures.....











A bit scared of the ponies at the moment



Follow my leader



In the stream

Given that he was already called Jack, we've been saved the endless arguments about names. OB would probably have wanted to call him Porsche, given his current obsession with cars and I had a dream some months ago that our next dog would be called Rye. Jack is FAR better and suits him fine. Until next time here he is looking particularly sweet with that curly tail. 


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  1. Ahhhh, he is SO cute. Great that Jack and Snippet get on, but Snippet looks very easy going. By the looks of Jack, I'd reckon you have one intelligent little dog there.

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    1. I hope so or at least that he and Snip are on the same intellectual level!

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  2. HI Em He is adorable and wonderful that he is friends with Snippet. I love his tail.

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  3. Oh he's gorgeous Em. He looks so healthy and he's obviously clicked with Snippet. Sometimes these things are just meant to be, regardless of timing.

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    1. Once our friend said she would house sit, it all fell into place.

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  4. Awwww, adorable! He looks so sweet following Snip on the moor. What a fantastic life he's going to have with you. We were looking for an older rescue Westie when Ted arrived, aged 10 weeks, and we haven't looked back since. He's the best dog in the world for us and I'm sure Jack will be for you too (as well as Snip of course).

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    1. We're SO lucky with the house training.....his previous owner has done a brilliant job.

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  5. He must think he's landed in heaven, all that space and wonderful new things to see and do.How lovely that the 2 dogs get on, Jack's old owners must be very happy to see him in such a smashing new home.

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    1. I hope so Kath. It is doggy heaven here.

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  6. I am not surprised that you couldn't resist him Em - he is absolutely adorable and actually a nice combination. I really like Patterdales - you see them quite often up here of course. And how good that he gets on well with Snippet. I love that photo of him trotting along behind Snippet - they are going to be such good companions for one another. We tend to forget that dogs are a pack animal and that two dogs is always better than one.

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    1. Snippet is being very adult about it and he looks ENORMOUS next to Jack.

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  7. He seems pretty much at home already and looks like a great dog.

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  8. What a lovely dog - so glad he got on well with Snippet and you were able to give him a home :)

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  9. Jack is a very handsome boy. So happy he has settled so quickly with you.

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    1. He's not the hairy Welsh or border type we were expecting but there will be less grooming to do!

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  10. He's a delight
    Wat a handsome fellow

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  11. Isn't Jack darling--in that way that surely causes folks to agree to a puppy in spite of the growing pains involved.
    I've thought of Snippet as quite a small dog, but he's suddenly looking rather large in comparison to the new-comer.
    I think your walks on the moor will be taking on a whole new dimension!

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    1. I thought Snippet was small too but he now seems a bit of a chubster too!

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  12. Em, I am thrilled ! and he gets on so well with Snippet. This is all wonderful for you all. xx

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    1. I knew you would be Cindy! He's an absolute delight.

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  13. Awwww, he is so darling! Glad Snippet has a friend to play with now!

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    1. He feels a little put out but generally, I think he's pleased. We're at the stage where he's wondering why the visitor hasn't left yet!

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  14. So glad Snippet has a friend and it looks like Jack's following in his foot steps. It also looks like Jack is going to be a big dog when fully grown, by the size of his paws.

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    1. We're hoping not bigger than Snippet as we really don't have the room!

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  15. looks like he has all 4 feet under the table already Em! Its lovely news to read this morning, he has a lovely life ahead of him, in a wonderful place, he is one lucky little puppy. really chuffed for you!!

    Leanne x

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  16. What a beautiful coat he has. Jack the Lad!

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    1. So shiny. I do hope it doesn't sprout like a bottle brush in winter like Snippet's did.

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  17. He looks gorgeous, glad he gets on with Snippet....

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  18. It's always so exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. He looks like a bright little fellow and hopefully will be great pals with Snippet.

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    1. I'm so much more relaxed about it this time though. Like a second baby I should imagine. He's very laid back too which is a huge help.

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  19. This is so thrilling and the best thing is that he likes Snippet.
    Patterdales do have lots of energy and character.
    An excellent addition to your family.
    Jack was my father's name. A good solid one!

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    1. And Patterdales are very friendly with humans it seems. We'll have to watch out for next door's cats, although, having just looked out of the window and seen one carrying a dead juvenile Robin in its mouth, I'm not feeling that charitable towards them!

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  20. I'm really looking forward to (stealing) meeting him tomorrow! At least I cannot forget his name! x

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  21. What a cracking pup he is - you can see he has the Patterdale colour and that dab of white on the chest. A neighbour down the hill has a very elderly Patterdale, bred by another neighbour up the valley. Such a relief that he and Snip get on together so well, and now Snip has an Understudy!

    I will try and email you as we may be having a couple of days on the moor and looking at a house or two . . .

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    1. Ooooo - yes do - it would be lovely to see you. Any chance of you looking at next door???

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  22. Jack is gorgeous! I'm glad you've found a companion for Snippet; sometimes everything just falls into place and you have to say 'yes' at a chance. I love the way Snippet is leading Jack out onto the moor to discover his new world!

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    1. It is really sweet how he's having to be the grown up!

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  23. So nice to meet you Jack! You're all going to have so much fun together, enjoy :)

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    1. A bit too much fun this morning....I've just had to chuck them out for too much play fighting. The rug has been spun round 90 degrees!

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  24. How big will he become? One picture suggests Snippet has a little tag along.

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    1. About the same size as Snippet we think, minus the hair.........please!

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  25. Hi em
    I look at these pictures everyday and wish he had got on with miya as I miss him dearly but I know that he is going to have a happy wonderful life with you all thank you for ringing me that day about jack as you were meant to be his next owners he is absolutely wonderful
    Regards
    Martin & family

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    1. We love him too Martin and he's giving us such pleasure. He's a little scamp too!

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  26. awwwwwwwww he looks like a keeper. What a sweet baboo !
    What a beautiful coat he has.

    cheers, parsnip

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  27. Ahhh what a cute pup! It is sad when a family has to give up a dog, but they must be relieved that he has gone to such a good home! I bet Jack and Snippet will have bags of fun together!

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    1. It must have been such a difficult decision for them.

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  28. I`m not sure how I missed this post, but I`m so glad I have caught up on the Story of Jack! He looks a fantastic little dog who has settled in very well since August. Snippet and OB must have such fun with him.

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  29. He's lovely, if a little full on compared with Snippet. I keep having to remind myself how young he is, although he's now 8 months. How time flies.

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