||One and one half years old|
||Sumas, Washington, USA|
Bella is my helper, I am disabled and in a wheelchair, and Bella brings
dishes into the kitchen so I can load them into the dishwasher, she picks up
and brings me dirty clothes so I can throw them into the hamper, she picks up
anything that's not supposed to be on the floor, ie: newspapers, towels, and
brings them to me. Everyone gives her pop cans and she takes them to the
kitchen to put into the recycle bin. If my husband or son wants the remote
control for the tv she takes it to them and vise a versa, if I want it she'll
bring it to me. Every evening around 10:30 p.m. Bella takes my socks off my
feet without being told, which is the most amazing thing is that Bella does
not have to be asked to do anything, she always seems to know what needs to
be done. Bella can retrieve the frisbee, catch a ball, with her paws and
mouth, she can jump quite high and can walk a little on her hind legs. She is
something else, everyone who sees her in action, wants one just like her.
(Bella is pregnant in the photo.) Oh, yeah and Bella puts her toys away
before going to bed....
My husband and I taught her everything, and being a Rat Terrier she was even
easier to train, she loves to please.
Rat Terriers are basically like a Jack Russell, but I think a little bit more
friendlier and more of a family dog, whereas a Jack is more of a one person
dog, they are both great hunters, a rat has shorter, cleaner, not so wirey
hair, so they do tend to shed less. A rat has beagle which gives it the
scent qualities and also seems to calm them down and make them not so hyper
whereas the Jack is a little more hyper.
The rat has longer legs (usually) although you will see some shorter legged rats,
once you breed a short rat with a long legged rat you'll never be able to get
the short legged blood out of that rat, the long legged rats are becoming
more and more rare because people who don't know about or care about the
breed, mix the two. The rat gets their long legs from the Italian greyhound
which is were they also get their speed.
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