In the last year we’ve been blessed to adopt many of our Jack Russells to families with children and young adults. The kindness, love of rescue, and care they show for their rescue dogs give me great hope for the future. Seeing parents raise their children to love animals, to show respect and kindness, and show responsibility for the dog in their care means future success for rescue. One day these young people will also adopt their own dogs, and perhaps raise a family to show the same kindness they were taught when growing up.
It is true that a Jack Russell is often not the best young person dog, and the fact that 80% of Jack Russells are in rescue because of child-related issues makes it
difficult to rehome a rescue with a family with small children or active young people. And it doesn’t always have to be the dog’s family that causes the problems: friends and playmates can come over and perhaps not be familiar with the breed, possibly resulting in the Jack not being on its best behavior. So rescues are always very cautious when adopting out a Jack to a family with very young children. Toddlers pose an even greater problem: those small squeaky things crawling around on the ground just seem like another critter to go after, so rescues are understandably extremely cautious when babies are part of the family looking to adopt this breed.
But it is also true that having a dog in the family allows one to learn how to care for an animal that needs you to provide for it, teaches children respect and concern for not only animals but also those humans less fortunate than we are. Jacks Galore believes that children who are raised with dogs are more tolerant and kinder people as adults. The wonderful updates and stories we receive on our rescue Jacks, the pictures of the dogs being adored by their small people, are always a source of pleasure and pride.
The other day in our local community, Kayla Pravia, a junior in high school was given an English class assignment to write a poem about something she feels very passionate about. She has a great love for dogs and animals in general, and the poem she wrote was so powerful that her mother sent it to our local Berkshire Eagle newspaper as a letter to the editor in hopes they would publish it to share with our community. I was so struck by the depth of what she wrote that I contacted her and asked her permission to print this poem so all of you could enjoy it. Her family has rescue dogs, and she hopes to have a career that involves animals, starting out with a dog day care. She volunteers at our local Berkshire Humane Society, where her love for animals is put to great use helping those critters at the shelter waiting for their forever homes.
So whenever Jacks Galore gets the chance to match up a great little tolerant crazy Russell with a family with young people, it’s always a pleasure to see the joy that both the dog and the humans receive from that friendship. Certainly not all Jacks are meant to be in a family with children, but there are plenty of rescues out there that will be a great asset and teach their young people to be good canine protectors. Thank you to all those families who have adopted from Jacks Galore and who continue to bring us great joy with the pictures we receive!
Man’s Best Betrayal
Defenseless, trapped behind a prison door
A man’s best friend, he is no more.
Loss in trust of the race he knew,
Never understood why He was thrown askew.
He was friendly, loving, and beautifully crazy,
But his caretakers became very lazy.
A walk was a simple pleasure no Longer
So his stress grew much stronger.
Unfortunately there are not enough prison doors for each,
So his life he won’t be able to Keep/
With his paws dragging across the cold floor,
Finally he is let out from behind a prison door.
He is not let out for a home, family, or affection,
He is let out to be given a lethal injection.
Man’s best friend’s life was taken by selfishness.
A human with a caring heart cannot make sense of this.