printed as an article in January 1997 True Grit.
December 13, 1985 Farmcliff Kennel whelped its first litter of Jack
Russell Terriers - six pups (three females and three males). Recently
all six litter mates celebrated thier eleventh birthday with a reunion
party, complete with racing, go-to-ground and an ice cream/dog biscuit
birthday cake. All of these "senior" citizens exhibited typical
Farmcliff loud yowling during racing but got along quite well otherwise
with only "a few rumblings" heard during the cake eating.
still lives at Farmcliff Kennel and just this year was awarded JRTCA's
Bronze Medallion award. She also has a grand old time doing veteran
racing and agility and is a qualified Delta Therapy Dog. Buddy still
hunts pheasants and other game regularly with his owner and Biscuit
goes to the horse barn daily with his owner. Bonnie and Clyde are part
of a boating family and regularly go for two to three month trips on
a sailing yacht. Radar keeps her extended family entertained since a
multitude of grandkids love to throw a tennis ball for her to fetch
or have her play keep-away with a soccer ball.
think an entire Jack Russell litter of six reaching eleven years of
age in good health is quite exceptional. This is a tribute to the hearty
nature of JRs as well as their conscientious owners. From the looks
of them, they may all be around for many more birthdays.
& Genie Franklin, CT