One and Done

For those of you keeping score at home, it takes approximately sixty seconds for a Jack Russell Terrier, once tied outside, to knock over the mums, knock over the pumpkin, and then get hopelessly tangled in a yard sign and then start yelping like you are being beaten.

Atta girl, Rosie.

61 replies
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    JPL says:

    No luck on finding Rosie a new home? I hope you consider boarding Rosie while you are gone because it sounds like she’s a handful.

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    I know this is bad of me, but I find it hilarious that Rosie is at war with an Oliverio(sp?) sign. Sounds like she knows how to sniff out Blue Dogs.

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    Feh. She’s an underachiever in the JRT world. She could have used the garden hose to get on the roof.

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    Well, duh. It isn’t just a JR trait, it’s a dog thing. Dogs that aren’t used to being tied up go nuts when you tie them to something. If you tie them to a pole with nothing else near they’ll run around it until they run out of rope or chain and damn near strangle themselves. That’s if they don’t slip the collar first.

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    Jules says:

    Don’t worry Cole, my dogs iz stoopid too.

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    Mino says:

    Uh, a smart dog should have bitten through the leash. That’s what pyrs do when you leave them for a minute to get the bath towel.

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    lacp says:

    Yeah my fox terrier/retriever mix wasn’t as wild as a JRT, but she couldn’t stand being tied up.

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    morzer says:

    hmmm.. the campaign to get Rosie adopted seems to be developing not necessarily to Cole’s advantage. Perhaps some positive marketing with glossy pictures of an obedient Rosie fetching the pipe and slippers would be a good idea?

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    Rosalita says:

    Huh. I have a friend with TWO JRT’s. They are in separate pens. Now I see why. That’s not a dog, that’s a tornado on a leash.

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Jeez, what are you feeding it? Most JRT can do that inside 40 seconds flat. At 60 seconds, they’re usually on their way to felony charges…

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    stuckinred says:

    Oh, Rosie, oh, girl
    Oh, Rosie, oh, girl
    Steal away, now, steal away
    Steal away, baby, steal away
    Little Robert Anthony wants to come and play
    A-why don’tcha come with me, baby, steal away
    All right, all right

    How Many More Times


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    quaint irene says:

    Feh. The pumpkin had it coming!

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    geg6 says:

    Oh hell, John. This is nothing. If this is any indication of the “destruction” wreaked by JRTs, then all I can say is JRTs are pussies.

    My John’s Henry, a 12-year-old, 150 lb. yellow Lab with arthritic hips that leave him unable to get up in the morning, does shit like this on a coffee break. This is a dog that needs to be double clipped on his run, despite his geriatric suffering. Otherwise, he’s off like a shot, killing the neighbor’s chickens, eating the koi in the pond, pooping in the middle of the main thruway, barking at and attacking any and all mail persons, and generally creating havoc within a 3 mile radius.

    And then when we finally get him home and bring him inside, it’s back to him limping around and having to have his treats brought to him.

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    Face says:

    The leaves aren’t raked, the grass looks like an abortion, and for some reason it’s almost November and your garden hose is still attached.

    That JRT is the least of your worries.

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    Violet says:

    That made me laugh out loud. What a handful she is. How’s that adoption campaign going?

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    Suck It Up! says:

    this is the only laugh I’ve had all day. all this pre-election wrist slitting has been making me depressed and right before this I was pissed about a tweet from that degenerate Palin and a silly post on DU that Obama dissed FDR. I am through with politics for the day. Have a great day all!!

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    Michael says:

    Have you considered powering your house by fabricating a large hamster wheel with a JRT sized harness?

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    Michael says:

    PS – Next time, film it.

    Onto the next dog subject, I’ve got a very large (120 lb+) indeterminate breed shepherd who is 11 years old. He’s getting pretty weak in the hindquarters, and I’m looking to make him at least a little more comfortable without overmedicating him or giving him diet supplements that give him the runs (because of his peculiar long hair status, it would be intolerable for him to live in the house with crap tangled hindquarter hair).

    Can they take aspirin or ibuprofen for their arthritis?

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    Cliff says:


    Doh’ thanks for the reminder, I need to bring my hose in too.

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    RSA says:

    Holy crap. She trashes the place and then pretends she’s the victim? Who knew Rosie was a member of the Tea Party?

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    TuiMel says:

    I’d say it is clear who is the “one” who is “done.” Dogs on a lead get tangled up unless they are dead or comatose or the equivalent.

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    quaint irene says:

    Can they take aspirin or ibuprofen for their arthritis?

    Yes, but definitely run it by your Vet first. Long term aspirin use can cause unexpected bleeding. That happened to my Clemmie, who had a tooth abcess noone was aware of. That was ugly.

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    quaint irene says:

    And meant to add. There might be better meds for dogs out there.

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    stuckinred says:

    @jeffreyw: You get the best damn looking bread out there in the middle of nowhere!

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    South of I-10 says:

    One of the more interesting moments from the Vitter/Melancon debate last night. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, skip ahead to about 2:15. It’s worth it to watch Vitter squirm.

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    jacy says:

    I dunno, maybe those mums were plotting something. I say you can’t trust plants. She saved you!

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    fes says:

    Thats nothing my wire fox terrier could do that and chew the end of the hose off in 60. We are on hose number 6 in 2 years

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:


    The image that came to my mind was from a Warner Bros cartoon. People fleeing in droves all screaming

    “The Tasmanian Devil is on the loose!!!!!!!!!”


    Well, she is white and on disbilty.

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    cbear says:

    For those of you keeping score at home, it takes approximately sixty seconds for a Jack Russell Terrier John Cole, tied outside, to knock over the mums, knock over the pumpkin, and then get hopelessly tangled in a yard sign and then confronted with the normal behavior of an average dog in response to being tied outside, to start yelping like he is being beaten.

    Atta girl, JC.


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    JGabriel says:

    I don’t remember if NPR’s AZ Immigrant Prison story was already covered here at BJ, but this seems worth highlighting:

    “The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”
    What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.
    “They talk [about] how positive this was going to be for the community,” Nichols said, “the amount of money that we would realize from each prisoner on a daily rate.”
    But Nichols wasn’t buying. He asked them how would they possibly keep a prison full for years — decades even — with illegal immigrants?
    “They talked like they didn’t have any doubt they could fill it,” Nichols said.
    That’s because prison companies like this one had a plan — a new business model to lock up illegal immigrants. And the plan became Arizona’s immigration law.

    Instead of sending undocumented aliens back to their home country, the prison corporations want to lock them up here, housing and feeding them at taxpayer expense plus profit. Even if you believe the GOTeaP lies about the undocumented all being on welfare, this program makes the problem MORE EXPENSIVE.

    And the prison corporations wrote the legislation they profit from:

    Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the legislators, Hough said, “Yeah, that’s the way it’s set up. It’s a public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and lawmakers should be at the same table, together.”

    Yep, that pretty much sums up the Republican Party,


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    Chat Noir says:

    Love the alt-title on the picture; it’s always fun to hover my cursor to see the title. Also love the aftermath of Hurricane Rosie in the Cole front yard.

    @South of I-10: Wow. Too bad one of the moderator guys didn’t say, “I take that as a ‘yes’ that you violated the law.” Slimy God-squaders like Vitter make me sick.

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    Pat says:

    Never tie a dog up unattended. It’s becoming illegal to do in most major cities, thank Dog.

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    JPL says:

    @geg6: I had a dog born with hip dysplasia and the vet said not to walk him. Of course I teared up because that would mean he wouldn’t live long. He said retrievers and labs get enough exercise just because. lol I chose to give him bufferin for pain but only as needed. The aspirin should be buffered so it doesn’t hurt their stomach lining. The dog lived until he was sixteen.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    Our terrier/poodle mix is a rescue dog and he’s accustomed to having one of us in sight almost all of the time. My wife and son were both out one day and I found that I needed to run a quick errand. I put the dog’s harness on him, clipped on his leash and loaded him and me into the Miata. It was a nice, cool morning and he loves riding with the top down so off we went. When we arrived at the store I wrapped a couple of turns of his leash around the steering wheel and then secured it a good sailor-type knot.

    As I walked toward the store, Leland (The dog) immediately started yelping and I turned around just in time to see him jump over the car door and come to a stop with just his hind feet on the ground. The harness and good luck kept him from being injured. I went back, soothed him and we went home. I ran the errand after my wife returned.

    Leland has curly, gold-running-to-apricot fur, a terrier face and build, feathery tail, and the brains of a rutabaga. We adore him.

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    Sue says:

    @Michael: Michael, acupuncture worked very well for my dog, unfortunately only for a short time. Might be worth a try though, it was quite a remarkable change.

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    geg6 says:


    LOL! Yes, Henry’s hips are, I’m sure, painful. But that never stops him from running if he sets his mind to it.

    We give him buffered aspirin, but it doesn’t help much. Motivation, in the form of treats/food or mischief, works much better.

    I also think your vet is nuts. Henry would be very, very, very pissed if he didn’t have his walk every day. If it’s even just LATE coming, he gets pissed.

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    Jules says:


    Great story.

    We went to my parents one day and the lab got accidentally shut into my son’s room.
    She had a sad.
    We got home and she had pulled all the framing from around the door, dug through the carpet and was working on the pad underneath and chewed off the bottom of the door.

    Yes we still have her….

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    Cat Lady says:

    This is why I am a cat lady.

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    daveX99 says:

    Hmmm. I wonder if your troubles with Rosie aren’t political. Maybe she’s a republican?

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    Legalize says:

    The optics of this Rosie marketing campaign are dreadful.

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    Terrier says:

    My terriers could do worse in 10 seconds. You must have a calm one.

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    Irony Abounds says:

    After reading all the Rosie stories, and other stories from owners of JRT, my only thought is why in the world would anyone own a JRT. Sounds like a breed where ADD is the norm, they don’t play well with others and are a general pain in the ass. Then again, my wife has a Maltese and its a pain in the ass as well.

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    geg6 says:


    Yup, that’s a Lab for ya. These people who think JRTs are terrors really have NO IDEA.

    That Marley and Me movie wasn’t fiction or overblown, at all. Which is why it had both John and I blubbering and hugging and petting Henry for days afterward.

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    trollhattan says:


    My John’s Henry

    A phrase rife with punssibilities…

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    Nick says:

    Can you let her loose on the side of the Southern State Parkway on Long Island? If I see one more Paladino sign, blood will pour

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    JGabriel says:

    Gawker is defending its piece on an alleged O’Donnell one-night stand. I’m not gonna comment on that, because … I don’t really care who O’Donnell sleeps with, I’m happy that she’s losing because she’s incompetent nutjob.

    But this quote from the defense is pretty funny:

    … [Gawker Media chief Nick] Denton said, “Writers are successful to the extent that they can sublimate their egotism and get out of the way of the story.”

    Yes, that’s Nick Denton praising ego sublimation. Nick Denton.


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    Lurked says:

    Please never give an animal any medication without consulting a veterinarian, especially not over-the-counter meds. Many medications that are fine for humans are quite toxic to animals (cats more so than dogs, typically).

    NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER give a cat or dog acetaminophen (Tylenol and its many generic competitors). That stuff is bad for human livers but we have efficient detoxing livers and carnivores do not. Even a tiny dose of Tylenol will kill a cat. I don’t think it’s as toxic to dogs but it still should not be given to them.

    That said, aspirin is normally moderately safe for dogs if you are very careful not to overdose them. Consult your vet, but you can buy canine aspirin tablets at pet supply stores.

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    Randy P says:

    No first hand experience with JRTs, but a friend described how you could often hear theirs rearranging his toys all night.

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    Dennis SGMM says:


    Nick Denton.

    Didn’t he have a TV show back in the early Sixties? I think it was Nick Denton, Private Eye.

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    meepmeep09 says:

    @Dennis SGMM:
    There was Nick Danger, Third Eye (mp3, 1:11); but maybe not the same thing.

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    stuckinred says:

    @Michael: Try ascriptin, it’s aspirin cut with malox for his tummy. Also the Senior Dogs project has tons of great info.

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    CynDee says:

    Here’s how our JRT had a happy life.

    We kind of learned by experience that, luckily, we happened to have a good setup for raising one.

    First of all, he wasn’t a fullblood JRT. His momma was a JRT type like Rosie. His daddy was a beagle, and we think that made a lot of difference. It softened his personality, but he was still a relentless terrier.

    He was two and a half years old when he decided to move in with us. We have about an acre. We got a second dog, and when the two of them got into trouble harrassing the neighbor’s cat, we put in an underground electronic fence.

    However, Doggie still found lots to do around our place. JRT’s need a lot of activity and they need to be able to pursue small prey. Fortunately we have a large permanent small-lizard population here in Florida, so Doggie was always “checking traps” every day and chasing lizards in his favorite spots, especially the garage porch. He had a place to be On Duty all the time. Once in awhile he would catch a lizard, though not often.

    Also, we have plenty of squirrels, and good trees to chase them up, so he was kept really busy at that every day. When not after other critters, he would go after large bugs. He had a different bark for every critter, so when we would hear him, we pretty much knew what was going on. The Snake bark was the big one we paid a lot of attention to.

    He had a rat bark, too. (A JRT can keep you well informed on how things really are on your property.) He caught a rat in the attic and proudly took it outside. He also warned us that a rat had gotten inside the lawnmower casing. Unfortunately we didn’t pay attention to what he was telling us. Major disastrous cleanup, all because we didn’t listen to the dog.

    I don’t see how a JRT could ever be happy as a mostly indoor dog who just goes for walks with his person. They have to have plenty of room, critters to stalk and chase, and preferably a place to excavate.

    Fortunately we had a shed, which he dug under and out of all the time. He had lots of room in the huge yard to run and chase, which he did with his doggie sister. Even after we put in the electric fence and he couldn’t roam the neighborhood, he had enough stimulating jobs to keep him contented and busy all day. Not sure what would have been the case if he had been full JRT, but you get the idea. Jacks MUST have stuff to do all the time. ALL.THE.TIME.

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    CynDee says:

    @ John Cole: Don’t tie up a dog, darlin’ — no good future in that for anybody involved.

    As for tying up a JRT, you are lucky it wasn’t 120 seconds, or your house would now be just a pile of bricks with some iron sticking out.

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    2th&nayle says:

    @Dennis SGMM: Maybe your thinking of “Johnny Diamond, Private Detective” with David Janssen. Ran from about ’57-60.

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    Citizen_X says:

    We are insufficiently amused by your canine misfortunes, Cole. Video or GTFO.

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    JCT says:

    Hmmm, well beagles aren’t exactly a walk in the park either.

    Husband and I just walked in the door, looked at each other and said “hey, do you smell peanut butter?” Yah, like our entire downstairs. Uh, where’s Kaleigh? (That would be the much naughtier beagle, natch).

    Well, Kaleigh was under the dining room table with her nose jammed down an open jar (plastic) of peanut butter. The level of the peanut butter perfectly matched the length of her tongue. What a surprise. My teenager left the jar too close to the edge of the counter and the dog got ahold of it — chewed off the top and had a p-nut butter party. Sigh.

    Wonder how long this smell will last….

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    Bill Murray says:

    @RSA: or a Clinton as viewed by David Broder. She trashed the place and it wasn’t even her place

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    TrishB says:

    @Michael: Some vets will allow baby aspirin. Ibuprofen is a big no. Depending on the severity of pain, there are a few doggie specific arthritis meds. Rimadyl is pretty common, but should be strictly avoided in certain breeds. Deramaxx is one that has worked well for my dog’s back pain. Shorter: Discuss with your vet.

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    wes g says:

    is she IN the bush??

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    Church Lady says:

    A couple of Christmases ago, I was going to make peppermint bark and had bought two one pound bags of white chocolate meltaways and some crushed pepperment, which I set on the bottom shelf of the pantry until I could find the time to make the candy. Later in the week, we went out to dinner. When we got home, we found piles of white puke from one end of the house to the other and Lola, our Golden, hiding under a bed.

    One of the kids had left the pantry door open and Lola helped herself to the meltaways. All two pounds. The only thing left were the remnants of the plastic bags and a few white chocolate crumbs. The vet said we didn’t need to do anything since it appeared that the dog had already puked it all up.

    I haven’t even tried to make peppermint bark since then.

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