My dog's name is Roscoe. He is a Jack Russell Terrier.....he was also the pick of the litter which means he is the most dominant in his pack. My wife and I wanted a dog and when we picked Roscoe. It took us about 1 month of reading different books,talking to different breeders and checking different locations as to where we can find him.
After finding out his breed was what we wanted, we researched about the breed, finding out they were good with children.....he is also friendly and faithful. We also realized he would be a handful as he would need lots of exercise and lots of attention. We were told he was a small dog but in a 8 Ft. tall body....meaning he looks small but was like owning an amazon dog and he always has to be on a higher perch than everyone else. After all the feedback we recieved.... we picked him out of a group of 6 from a reputable breeders in Lyme Conneticut. At the time we were living in NY and we would always fed him the recommended food and we took him to the vet on a regular basis and kept up with all his shots and medicines he needed when we was ill.
This post was updated from back in 2007.
Roscoe is now 17yrs old and still ticking! If you were to look at him he is as vibrant today as he was when he was a puppy,the life expectancy for his breed is around 15yrs. Well Roscoe went over that plateau and will be 18 yrs old in Nov.2009. It amazes me and my family how he still has a bottomless pit and always begging and barking for food. But in the last 2 yrs he has started to have bladder problems and constantly has to go out. He now likes to wake me up out of a sound sleep at anywhere from 4:30 am to 6:00am. When he was younger he would wake us up at 6am......but those days seem to be over.......but we cope with it and I know he cannot help it.
We love him and he still is a terrific pet.
Lately he has started to have problems getting off the high bed we have and seems to be limping....but when it comes to food he doesn't care about the pain and just runs around like a lightning bolt to get some. My wife wants to plan a 1-2 week trip in a few months. In the past we would leave him for a few days at the vet to be boarded but now we are not sure how he will handle the longer time without us and if something happened while we were away then it would upset me if I wasn't there for him to say goodbye in my own way. This morning I started to think how much longer can he can keep this up. I just hope when I wake up one morning or come home from work that he doesn'tpass before I could say my goodbyes and I did get very sad when thinking about this and don't know how I will feel when it does happen..... but this morning I felt like it could happen soon.
I hope I am wrong and we get another 2 yrs .....but I also do not want him to suffer either.
Some people I know think I make too much out of it and that our world always seems revolve around him. Let's face it..... he has been with me longer than my daughter and I already lost a dog when I was younger.
My mother told me our other dog ran away....but years later I found out they put him to sleep because he was out of hand and very old. It was amazing I was running around the neighborhood looking for him for months.... thinking I would find him and not realizing until my wife told me my mother had told her the truth 20 yrs later that they had put him to sleep. That really made me unhappy for a long time.
So this blog goes out to my best friend...."my pet" Roscoe and god bless! If anyone is interested....I updated this blog so that I can share a new group you can join
PETS ARE PEOPLE TOO, if anyone is interested, please feel free to join!