Java is the hero in our family. Cut a long story short we came to adopt a teacup poodle. Her name was Poppy, she was 15, weighed a wee 1.8kg and had a mass growing in her chest and was blind in one eye. She became homeless after her owner was admitted to hospital dying, the owners son was placed into psych care and the daughter of the owner wanted the dog put down. I took one look at that little dog and she had me. I would have broken the law to protect and keep that little dog safe.
Java was wonderful with this little creature and he used to push doors open for her and protect her from other dogs knocking her over. For a dog who thinks he is the grand master of the universe it was nice to see he had a sweet and caring side without the usual over-assertiveness that jrt's can display.
One day our neighbours could here Java frantically barking and it was going on and on. After deciding it was unlike him and being concerned the neighbour jumped the locked gate to investigate. Poppy had fallen off the back verandah into a bin with several inches of water in it. I believe Java saved her life by alerting people to her plight. The neighbours scooped Poppy up with the intention of taking her into their home to dry her off and warm her up. When they went to climb over the fence with the Poppy Java went ballistic and they had to heave him also over the fence and take him with them.
The neighbours said he was pacing around them and was watching Poppy the whole time. He wouldn't even accept treats and was on high alert and quite distressed. When I got home the neighbour grabbed me and I went into their house. Java was beside himself to see me and literally wet himself on their floor!
Java also alerted us to our little KKC dislocating her hip in the backyard. She has been debarked by the previous owners and we could not here her yelping/barking. He caused a storm in the backyard and I nearly passed out when I saw poor Lou in extreme pain, unable to walk. God knows how long she would have been in the back yard before I noticed her missing.
Jrt's may be a handful at times but by god they are clever!