Friday, February 11, 2011

Russell, the Colorado Pooch

Remember Russell?

I got Russell shortly after I lost Eddie. I thought since Charlie was getting on in years, I'd go ahead and get another male dog for Sophie to play with. Come to find out, a third dog was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back. With terriers, one is definitely enough.

Lucky for me, my brother and sister-in-law fell in love with him the first time I went out to Colorado. I hadn't even considered adopting out Russell--I've always kept dogs their entire lives, so I assumed we'd just work through the issues. When we came back home, though, it became clear that an alternative might just be the best thing for all of us. Russell was having a hard time with housebreaking because there was just too much going on, and I was having a hard time giving three dogs the attention that they all needed, on top of working full time, working with the horses, working on the house...well, you know...working!

So I thought long and hard about what would be best. My sister-in-law grew up with a Jack Russell and I've never seen my brother go nuts over an animal like he did Russell. So, I asked them if they'd like to take a test run with him. They thought long and hard over the responsiblity, and I offered to take Russell back if things didn't go well. If I did take him back, he would have stayed here--this was an in-the-family adoption only. He's just too good of a dog to not have a good home.

Well, it all worked out great!

Russell has been with them for almost five months now already. I get pictures and reports and they seem to really enjoy him. His "issues" disappeared when he had the attention he needed (with TWO people to pay attention to him now!), and he even has a feline friend--Syd the kitty.

I love this picture that they sent me. I think Russell looks like he's doing "blue steel:"

I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.

You is talk'n loco and I like it,


Alan T Hainkel said...

Russell's a cute puppy... but then I say that about just about all of 'em... until they start barking at me and won't shut up... ;)

Glad it's working out...

Grey Horse Matters said...

I think you made a good decision. Russell sounds like he found the perfect home.

I got this Jack Russell video in an e mail the other day I think you'll really like it and can send it along to your brother and sister in law:

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Russel's a cutie! I like his Blue Steel look!

smazourek said...

ZOMG I love that movie! Which is weird since the first time I saw it I absolutely hated it. What can I say, it grew on me.

How nice of you to buy the perfect dog for your brother. You planned it that way from the start, right?

Jessie McCandless said...

Thanks for all the compliments about Russell! I really did adore him, but do think he's in the perfect situation now.

I'll check out that video, Arlene! Thanks!

Ah yes, Shannon, I planned it that way--after $200 at the vet for shots and neutering, then a month later he was theres! Such a good sister I am ROFL!!

Nicole said...

He so looks like he's happy! That's good! And it worked out for the best :) besides, let them house break him and if you ever take him back that headache will be out of the way... LOL