Jack Russell: Eddie from Frasier, the Comedy T.V Series (1992-2004)
The Jack Russell named Moose – that played the character of Eddie in the sitcom called Frasier- made his first appearance on the long-running Cheers spin-off in the first episode on 16 September 1993. He retired 10 years later; in 2003. The show finished in 2004. Moose shared the part of Eddie with his son, Enzo. During the height of Frasier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of his human counterparts. Believed to be one of the most disciplined TV/Movie animals in the history of television, he was superbly trained, and was also one of the most lovable dogs as well. He died aged 16, in Los Angeles.
Jack Russells are friendly, alert, playful and very intelligent little dogs.
You can’’t teach an old dog new tricks, or so the saying goes. But, if the story of a pair of English Jack Russell Terriers is anything to go by, it seems an old dog can teach a younger one a thing or two.
For the past five years, a Jack Russell called Freddie, who lives with his owner Patricia Swinley in Gloucestershire, has regularly taken a ride on the back of a friendly Shetland pony called Daisy. When seven year old Freddie recently became friendly with a younger Jack Russell, called Percy, he was determined to share the experience with him.
One day Freddie invited Percy up and the pair went for a ride. Percy quickly got the hang of it and the pair became regular passengers on Daisy’s back, amazing locals in their village, Flaxley. The only problem now is th at the pair often argue over whose turn it is to go first. There is no such squabbling when the pair take an alternative form of transport, in a little cart that Daisy pulls through the village.
Did you ever believe that dogs can surf? Almost 2000 spectators gathered at Imperial Beach in San Diego on the 29th of June to watch 60 dogs battle it out at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition.
To cap it all, the dogs were complete with accessories like Sun Glasses, and life vest! The competition was won by the Jack Russel Terrier Zoey.
We love stories about dogs making great escapes. The latest to catch our eye is the one of the dog that escaped from a rabbit hole by losing weight.
Jake, a Jack Russell, disappeared after scrambling down into a rabbit warren in Pembrokeshire, Wales while out walking with his owners earlier this year. The owners, Jill and Rick Thomas, were distraught when he didn’t reappear. Despite them offering a reward to anyone who might have seen Jake emerging from another part of the rabbit warren, he remained missing for 25 days.
But then one day Jake reappeared – looking a lot slimmer. It turned out that he had been too overweight to squeeze back out of the hole and had remained trapped in the warren. As he lay in the tunnel Jake started to lose weight. When he had shed 2kg he was able to wriggle free.
“We are just so glad to have him home – it’s incredible he survived. He’s a lot thinner but very happy,” his owner Jill Thomas said.
If you only buy and read one dog book this year, make it One dog at a Time.
Well, there are over 150 registered dog breeds. Apart from this, there are those that are purebred and not registered; designer-dogs and so many sizes, colors and temperaments of pavement specials that it is not an easy question to answer. Euro Puppy has done a bit of research. We collected 20 comments and made an analysis at the end of it:
•“It depends on a person who likes the dog…but for me, any breed as long as it makes you feel comfortable and can make it as your best friend.”
•“The Border Collie is a truly great family dog and demonstrably is the most trainable for commands.”
•“The Japanese Akita, besides being fiercely loyal, is definitely the strongest animal to protect your children against stray bears.”
•“A wild mix of a shepherd dog with real wolf, or the coyote with a Keeshond! These wild mixes are truly the most perspicacious (keenly aware) due to their inherent advanced outdoor awareness (with a notably higher neurological brain stem) than any domesticated dog.”
•“If you’re truly an animal lover, it doesn’t matter about which breed is the best.”
•“They are ALL the best.”
•“I have a French bulldog and I love that breed! I am not sure that I will ever have any dog after I lose this one, but if I do, that will be a French bulldog as well.”
•“The best breed of dog for you depends on the distinctive characteristics that are important to you, the amount of time you can dedicate to the dog, the space available for the dog, your patience, type of food you lavish on the dog etc. Always think long-term when looking for a dog. A puppy that you have today will have different needs when it grows up. If you live in a apartment don’t choose a energetic dog like a lab retriever. These dogs need lots of exercise and a decent amount of space to move around.”
•“Golden Retrievers. They have everything Labradors have but are better looking with shinier fur!”
•“Labradors. They’re super friendly, playful, easy to train, and friendly with children. They’re also cute, and are a lot more fun than little Paris Hilton-ish purse dogs.”
•“Weiners! They’re Hilarious.”
•“How big is your house? How big is your family? Do you have children? These and many other questions need to be answered to pick the right dog breed. However, a dog’s personality is not only due to its breed, and mixes are usually better for many reasons. Go by a shelter and ask around. They will help you pick the best dog for your situation.”
It isn’t often that a dog outshines his master – especially when the master is a celebrity in his own right. Yes this was precisely the situation with Christopher Richard (Rick) Stein and his Jack Russell Terrier Chalky.
Rick was a famous chef and TV personality, who had Chalky as part of his show. Due to his hilarious antics, Chalky eventually arrived at a place in the public’s heart that even his master could not reach. When Chalky died, a motion was tabled in parliament honoring his death.
Jack Russell Terriers are extremely intelligent due to the important role they play in hunting where they are required to hold quarry down in it’s hole until it can be excavated. This also explains the fact that they are extremely vocal.
It is commonly accepted that Jack Russells need adequate stimulation in order to be mentally happy. Without this, they can become destructive.
Jack Russell Terriers are also extremely long lived. This is due to careful breeding. Indeed, Chalky – the dog we met at the beginning of this article was almost 18 years of age when he passed away! He continued filming with his owner till the last month of his death.