Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I ♥ my Jack Russell Terrier, Jesse

What drew me to the Jack Russell Terrier? Their abundant personality, charm, energy level, heart, spirit, zest for life, and their absolute love for adventure. They are just bursting with excitement and spirit. I have been blessed with a little angel on four paws; Jesse. His name fits him perfectly; “Gift from God.” He truly is a gift sent from heaven above.

He has taught me so much, and has been such an inspiration, that I am forever grateful to him. Jesse is my best friend, Heart dog, soul puppy, and truly a member of the family. Any activity is 100% better when he is right there by my side, ready to join in on the fun. I just love his willingness to help out with any activity; whether we are going for a car ride, or doing something as simple as taking out the trash.

Jesse loves to be my little shadow. Wherever I am, you can be sure that Jesse is not far behind. When I am sitting on the sofa, he likes to lay on the back of the couch and knead my shoulders with his paws. He will also poke me with his nose while I am in the kitchen to let me know he is there; then he will proceed to lay on top of my feet.

Jesse is extremely intelligent, and amazes me every day. I love how he listens to what you are saying, and will stare soulfully into your eyes to understand the message being sent. The quizzical look he gives when he hears a word he knows is just the cutest. When I ask him if he wants some goat’s milk, he will then proceed to wag his tail and give me a kiss to let me know that his answer is yes.

I ♥ his inexhaustible supply of energy that he uses to do the things he loves such as running full throttle after a ball or Frisbee, digging to his heart’s content in search of rodents, playing catch with a racquet ball, and showing off his tricks with a smile on his face, and a skip in his step.

I love it when he brings me his Cuz ball, ready for a nice game of fetch. Sometimes he will lose his ball under the couch or television set, and will use his paws to try and get it out; asking for help with a “woof” if it is beyond retrieval. His ability to de-squeak his toys is unmatched; earning himself the nickname Squeaker. =o) Balloons are in peril when Jesse is around, as he will seek out and destroy them; shaking their lifeless bodies to make sure they are dead.

When playing a game of tug-of-war, Jesse will give you a run for your money. Growling cute little puppy growls, he will shake the toy in an effort to get you to lose your grip. Having won, he will then prance around with his prize in his mouth and a huge grin on his face.

Jesse’s love of water provides endless entertainment. He will attack the water squirting out of the hose; jumping and biting in midair aerobics. When swimming in the pool, Jesse will launch himself off of the waterfall; looking just like a little Super Hero.

I absolutely love Jesse’s puppy antics, and his interaction with things that spark his interest. For example, when I am writing with a retractable pen, he will nibble ever so gently on the pen cap with his teeth. If I put the pen on paper, he makes the cutest little Jesse scribbles. =o)

Jesse loves to sleep under the covers, with his head on the pillow. One of my favorite things is to wake up to a little terrier nudging me with his nose. He then puts his ears back into what we affectionately call his hound ears, and wiggles his little tail back and forth; all the while giving cute puppy kisses.

I just ♥ Jesse’s playful spirit and cheerful attitude. His expression just radiates happiness and soulfulness. The way he prances around with an air of confidence and poise is just too cute.

Jack Russell Terriers are extremely intelligent dogs, and I definitely believe they are the world’s smartest dogs. I ♥ my crazy little JRT, and I wouldn’t have it any other way =o)

I love my little Jesse with every beat of my heart. I cannot imagine my life without him; he is absolutely perfect. ♥♥♥


  1. Your blog was beautiful Heather:). Your love and unbreakable bond is evident throughout the entire blog. Thank you for sharing:).

  2. I love You Heather and Jesse so much :)
    Glad that i found your blog. I agreed with you, Jesse is a Gift from heaven.

  3. Hi Heather! I just found a video of Jesse on a friend's blog, and then came and found YOUR blog, and I'm so glad I did! What an inspiration! Jesse is as adorable as can be... We've just recently adopted our second puppy and while our first was very trainable, this one is certainly teaching us the meaning of the word patience! Hoping she'll come around in due time.- Our blog is called "Pooch Tales": http://poochtales.blogspot.com if you'd like to come by and meet us. It's just getting off the ground, but it's a start anyway! Lovely to meet you...I'll be looking forward to more posts/videos of Jesse soon (and will probably be back w/ some training questions for you if you're open to answering them)! Have a lovely day...

  4. All dogs should be so blessed to have an owner and trainer like you!!! You two are a perfect match. You have such a wonderful relationship. I wish you both the best. I hope to see more from both of you!

  5. I just found this site today.It's great to see loving human beings with with their "furry kids"
    Enjoy your Jesse he is amazing.
    He so reinds me of my little one!
    I just lost my little Jack/Fox mix Sweetie 2 months ago. She was 2 weeks short of 15 years!
    There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her and have a tear run down my cheek.
    These guys really are a gift! Hug this little guy everyday and ENJOY!!!

  6. I owe a friend of mine a lot of favors for sending me Jesse's "Useful Chores" video via email because I have been soaking up every bit of information about you two for over an hour now! What an amazing dog and what an amazing trainer you are! I can just imagine how much love little Jesse gives you everyday!
    I am your newest follower and I have also posted a blog about Jesse on my blog and here's the link - http://theteacherspets.blogspot.com/2010/11/have-you-met-jesse-yet.html
    Also, I recommended that my followers follow your blog so be prepared for more fame!

  7. Wow you guys are a great team. We are so happy to meet you.

    We have a blog, www.PetBlogsUnited.com and we would love to interview you for a feature we do called Talkie Tuesday.

    If you're interested you can e-mail us at PBU at comcast dot net.

    Oskar & Pam

  8. Hi! Stopping by from The Teacher's Pets who told us all about you and how talented and famous your are. You're one cutie patootie and a super athlete! We'll stop by again soon to see what you're up to. Nice to meet you!

    The Road Dogs

  9. Hi!
    I saw a clip on the internet and then found this page. I just wanted to say how good you and your dog are! You can really see how happy he is, doing all that tricks. I come from Sweden and I also have a dog (a nova scotia duck tolling retriever), and I really got inspired by you to learn some new stuff. You two are truly amazing!

  10. Hi Jesse!

    I'm one of your newest fans! I am really enjoying all of your videos and stories. You look a lot like my JRT, he even has one ear that is half white. But my Reggie is a couch potato unlike other JRTs. I am so impressed by all your tricks I am going to give Clicker training a try with my couch potato. Keep up the good work!

  11. We watched your tricks video which has inspired us to run a competition on our blog with Jesse as our role model. Awesome little dog. Terriers rock.

  12. Hi Heather, I live Australia but some of my family lives in California. I have been there a few times. I think Jesse is AMAZING! He is so cool and smart. I am getting a Jack Russell Terrier soon. I want to train him to do tricks too!
    Anyway I just wanted to say I really think Jesse is AMAZING and you have trained him really well.

  13. Of course, you love Jesse. Who wouldn't? She's so adorable, charming and funny. I wish I could have one like her. Just watched her tricks and they're great!

    Nicole, jack russell terriers owner

  14. Heather and Jesse:

    Thanks you for posting videos on Jesse on YouTube. I've been watching them for the last few hours.

    On Feb 25, my family had a house fire. Our dog Scamp was saved, but what we didn't know was that he needed oxygen at the time of the fire, and that fire departments have oxygen masks for dogs. We took him to the vet after we found a house to live in (it took a few weeks), and told her that he was in house fire. Everything seemed fine, but 7 months latter he get very sick, and we rushed him into the vet. Tests showed that he had an enlarged heart and fluid in his lungs. He died that night. We were told it was probably a result of the fire. We were so busy trying to put our lives back together, cleaning all of our things from smoke damage, that for the first time in Scamp's live he was left alone by himself for long hours at a time. We didn't notice until it was too late how sick he really was. We thought he was just getting old, because he was 11.

    He did 3 months ago, and I am still dreaming of him, missing him, and sleeping with his toys. I've been longing to have a dog around.

    So tonight typed in "cute puppy" into youtube, and found Jesse and Heather. I've really enjoyed watching the videos. Jesse is so cute, most dogs are. Thanks so much.


    PS - Jesse can you tell me how Heather trains you? You seem so happy to learn. Scamp hated obedience class, and eventually I took him out and taught him the basics myself. (sit, stay, ext). But you seem to love learning Jesse. With our next dog, I am determined that the dog will know how to come in every situation. Scamp was afraid of the dark (he was abandoned in a dark basement before we got him), and would not move in the dark. We all smiled when he did this an accommodated him by picking him up or finding a light source. In the end that's what killed him, because as we were trying to find a way around blocked exits, Scamp didn't follow, and so when we finally found a window that wasn't blocked by the fire, or frozen shut (it was -47 C that night, -52 with windchill), we realised Scamp wasn't with us. So Mom went back to get Scamp. It was this prolonged exposure to the smoke that killed him.

    So how can we train a dog to come in all circumstances, without scaring the crap out of them. (As I said Scamp didn't do well in obedience class, and we don't want to take the next dog to the same classes and scare it as well).


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