My two crazy Jack Russell Terriers (Terrors) are great companions and guard dogs. They protect us from countless squirrels, birds, and joggers. Now that we’re settled in the new house in the woods, they have a whole host of squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks to chase.
Each has a bed in my office, and they help me plot mysteries and listen while I talk through dialogue (if they’re not napping). My writing partners sleep on the job a lot.
They keep us on our toes. When it’s too quiet in the house, the pair of jacks are up to something (usually naughty). These two can hear a cheese or candy wrapper from three rooms away.
Here are some things I’ve learned from them about life.
1. Enjoy what you do. If not, find something else to spend your time on. There are way too many interesting things to see, eat, sniff, or bark at.
2. Don’t waste a beautiful day inside. Go outside and have some fun.
3. Wag and make friends. Relationships are important. This is Disney’s forte. We did a fair amount of remodeling to the new house, and we had a lot of workers in for long periods of time. Each morning, Disney greeted everyone and expected a pat or a hug.
4. Don’t sit at your desk too long. Everybody needs a break.
5. Just go for it. If you want something, grab it. They don’t waste time over-analyzing things.
6. Bark if you really need to, but not too much. (Riley needs to practice what he preaches. He has the best time barking at squirrels, joggers, and anyone who steps on the front porch.)
7. Make sure you nap when you need to. You need to recharge. My pair of jacks excel at this. They take napping to Olympic levels.
8. Live in the moment. Don’t stress about what has happened or what might happen.
9. Play hard. Life shouldn’t be all work. EVERYTHING is a game to a Jack Russell.