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Dog's Ten Commandments
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15
years. Any separation from you will be painful for
me. Remember that before you buy me.
- Give me time to understand what you
want of me.
- Place your trust in me - it's
crucial to my well-being.
- Don't be angry at me for long, and
don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work,
your entertainment, and your friends. I have only
- Talk to me sometimes. Even if I
don't understand your words. I understand your voice
when it's speaking to me.
- Be aware that however you treat me,
I'll never forget it.
- Remember before you hit me that I
have teeth that could easily crush
the bones of your hand but that I choose not to bite
- Before you scold me for being
uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not
getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun
too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
- Take care of me when I get old;
you, too, will grow old.
- Go with me on difficult journeys.
Never say "I can't bear to watch
it", or "Let it happen in my
absence". Everything is easier for me if you
are there. Remember, I love you.
Cagney is a four
year old Rat Terrier. She had a hard life at
first. She was abused by her first owner for the first
three years of her life. Luckily, a rescue
organization saved her and when I saw her I immediately
fell in love. She can still be shy and skittish, but she
has really come a long way in the year she has been with
me. She knows that she has me wrapped around her little
paw and that all she has to do is give me that little
puppy smile she has, and she gets anything she wants.
She loves to go for long walks and car rides. She
also loves to play chase, wrestle and tug of war.
When she is not playing, she loves to cuddle up on the
couch or on the bed.
would like to see more pictures of Cagney, please go to Cagney's
Learn how a
homeless German Shepherd became an American
Cagney is a four year old Rat Terrier. Rat Terriers
originated in England in the 1820's as a cross between
the smooth-haired Fox Terrier and the black and tan
Manchester Terrier. This produced a ruggedly tenacious
little dog that loved to hunt everything. Because of
this tenacity, they were popularly known as "Feists."
These English bred terriers predominantly showed the
coloring of the Manchester (i.e: black body with tan
lower legs, eyebrows and cheeks). Rat Terriers first
came to America about 1890 and here a change in color
occurred by breeding in more old time smooth Fox Terrier
blood. The usual color then became, and still is, a dog
with a white body having black spots and tan trim.
During this time, some calling this breed Fox Terriers.
However, this shouldn't be confused with the present day
smooth Fox Terrier registered by AKC that you see at dog
shows. The show dog people have, since 1890, bred the
characteristics they want. The temperament, ruggedness,
looks and disposition are very different between the two
breeds today. Probably a much closer title to fit dogs
would be "American Hunting Terrier." Of course
they will kill rats but love to hunt just about
anything. After 1890 the black and tan coloration became
unusual, although black and whites, tan and whites, as
well as black and tans may occur within the same litter.
From the beginning the Rat Terrier has been a popular
companion, watch dog, varmint hunter, and small sporting
and gaming breed. President Teddy Roosevelt loved this
breed, coining the name "Rat Terrier." Through
the years, he always had these dogs with him when
hunting. Their keenness, intelligence, and perfect
self-groomed appearance also made them his favorite
house pet. And to this day they are a great house pets!!
here for breed standards
Bridge - Rainbows Bridge is a virtual interactive memorial
home for your departed fur baby.
more information on Rat Terriers? Learn more
from Linda Hibbard's article "The Rat
not support Puppy Mills. Read this Pet
Toll-free Poison Control Number: The
ASPCA has a new poison control hotline phone number
for pets. If you have reason to suspect that your pet
may have been exposed to something toxic, either
internally or externally, this phone number will
connect you with an ASPCA veterinarian specially
trained to assist pet owners or other vets.
This is the only dedicated animal
poison control hotline in the world manned by
veterinarians, not telephone operators. The number is
(888) 4ANI-HELP or (888) 426-4435
following is a list of different Rat Terrier events across the country.
here for more details
Valley Kennel Club Annual Match October 12, 2003
here for more details
Hairless Rat Terrier Club Match October 12, 2003
here for more details
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Cagney and her friends support responsible
pet ownership, anti-cruelty measurements, and the adoption
of unwanted animals. Please do not get your puppy from
a puppy mill. Never get a puppy from a pet store, make
sure that the breeder you use is reputable and please
consider getting your puppy from a rescue organization.
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