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    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!

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    What a little hero your JRT is Ratbag, I love the often over the top clever charactor of the little jack russells . Is that Lou (a cavalier) in your pic? Such a lovely little family you have their.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    Hi Cavalierqld

    Yes, I always think it is a toss up as to whether Java should be wearing a superman cape or prison overalls! He is a big character. A lot of my business clients "claim" to be "big dog" people. Many have said they have changed their opinion of jrt's after meeting Java. Lucky for me he is so social my clients offer to mind him (and Lu) when we go away.

    That is the lovely Lulu in my pic. We usually rescue dogs but had always wanted a KKC so 4 years ago we bit the bullet, turned a blind eye to all the millions of dog in pounds and added her to our family. She was 4 when we got her and I think she was past her breeding use by date with the owners. She is an Australian Champion which really means nothing to us particularly as she has become a bit of a Feral Cheryl since changing families! She loves nothing more than a good plunge into a muddy pool of water, a good roll in anything smelly, followed closely by stealing food from the pantry! Since owning Lulu we would never be without a Cav in our family. The new rule is one cav and one rescue! Cav are absolutely divine dogs in every sense (do I sound biased?)

    Java and Lulu couldn't be more mismatched in personalities if we tried - but you know what it works for us. One is hyper, one is lazy, one is bossy, one is placid, one pushes his luck, one follows the rules! But at the end of the day I don't think Lu would every do anything heroic - she is definitely a follower and gets her strength from Java. But we love them both - her for being soooo bloody good, and him for being sooo bloody naughty!

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    Sounds like a perfect combination, they are just so sweet. Poor little LULU, how very sad for her, but its great she now has a lovey kind family.I am also definatley biased when it comes to cavs, and same as you, I dont think they will ever do anything "heroic", but they certainly brighten up my day....every day!

    So I guess that is a little bit heroic in a Robynish kind of way, as opposed to batmanish one....did you understand that? I didnt, anyway, I do adore that over the top charactor of jacK russells, they such tough little buggers, and never take offence, thats what makes them, and their energy ...such great childrens pets.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    I was always a big dog person and knew a jrt would turn my life upside down. I had so many people ring up about jrts thinking they would be little and easy care. I always used to say, "Have you ever had one before, or just normal dogs? Understand that if you grew up with big dogs, a jrt is going to leave you in a state of shock. It will turn your life upside down, find all your buttons in minutes and frequently stand on them all at once, so that you are living in a permanent buzz of excitement and drama. A lot of people just can't cope. HOWEVER, if you had normal dogs, you will not believe how loved you can be. A lot of dogs worship and love with respect and dignity. A jrt just BELLOWS it. While he's jumping 2 metre fences, while he's burying your phone, while he's picking fights with dogs 10 times, 15 times, his size, he's BELLOWING he'd die for you. He will stress you 150% more than you ever imagined and will love you 150% more than you have ever comprehended but can you cope?" Molly never escaped. She was my shadow. She always had bones, so never chewed or buried naughty things - but oh boy!!! She dominated my life, infuriated me, frustrated me, amused me, delighted me and loved me and has become the biggest dog I ever owned.

    I always find that people who grew up with, or owned a lot of jrts, always found normal dogs rather loglike. "It doesn't do much..."

    I don't know how I'd deal with my dog possibly being killed by neighbours. I'd never hurt their dog but I fear I might end up gaoled for something.

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    Bernie saved a Samoyed once. Whilst out walking early am, like before sunrise, he started spinning on spot, his signal which means come here now!. When i arrived, there was a ditch drain, at the bottom of which was a very sad old fella, who had been stuck down the drain for at least 24hrs id say, as dehydrated, covered in his own waste, and weak. This was very rural, the likelihood of anyone finding this trapped dog was slim.
    Bernie helped him get to our house, even walking along whilst samoyed leaned on him. Then gave up his bed and kennel for the day, whilst we waited for samoyed's family to collect him at the end of day.

    He also found a trapped ducking. Showed me, i released it, and Bernie took it down to the water and kept nudging him toward the other ducks. Once duck was with the others, Bernie came back to me.

    And whilst we have adult railings on our deck, our nieces who are small people, can crawl and fall off. Bernie rounds them up and away from edge of deck constantly. Bless.

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