Jackyl, The Jack Russell Terrier, the Puppy Years
Our first fur baby, Jackyl, the Jack Russell Terrier, became ours at 12 weeks old. 8 pounds of adorable, hyper active puppy. We threw tennis balls for 8 hours a day to keep him busy. But he sure was love-able. If he wasn’t wild after a ball, he was sitting on my lap while I worked.
At 6 months he was still quite the little hellion. But reached 12 pounds quickly.
By 1 year, he was pretty much a full grown JRT. Still very bouncy. He could jump 5 ft straight up from s sitting position.
By two years old, he had two fur brothers to help keep him busy. He still looks so puppy like.
Jackyl, the JRT, Adulthood
At three years old, he still acted like a puppy too. It was nearly impossible to really tire him out. Except for swimming. He loved to swim.
Four years old and balls are still his favorite toys. But he has learned that skunks are no fun to play with.
By five years old he still hasn’t changed too much from his puppy behavior. He might have slowed down to like 19/20 from where he had been as a puppy. But by this time we had foster dogs coming and going all of the time. It helped keep him busy and in line.
At six years old, his love for stuffies replaced his love of balls. But stuffies don’t last long with him. Except for the [amazon_textlink asin=’B005AP3B8S’ text=’Kong Cozies’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thefosterp0bc-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d5c14e14-fb8b-11e6-9ba3-931687aa3e47′]. They last about 6 months for him.
Jackyl, the Jack Russell Terrier, The senior years.
At seven years old, his face is lightening, but his energy is still that of a young, hyper dog.
At eight years old, he did start to slow down a bit more. He prefers naps in the afternoon, instead of chasing whatever small game caught his eye. The cold gets to him quicker too.
At nine years old. He’s a great foster brother to all of the foster dogs that come through. He still has his moments of hyper-ness. Although his speed has dropped considerably, and for the first time since they met, Pantera can out run him.
He just celebrated his tenth birthday, and he is as healthy as can be. He still likes to chase small game, and once in a great while brings me a wild bunny. Although he’s gone a little whiter in the face, he is still going strong.
And as Jack Russell Terriers are relatively long lived breed, averaging around a 15 year life span. We can’t wait to see what the future brings with our bouncy boy.