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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Unknown

OTCH, MACH, U-OCH JACK RUSSELL, UDX 8, MX, MXJ, AXP, OJP, ASCA-CD, HIC, TT, CGC

Really Gonna Miss You 
~Smokey Robinson~

Really gonna miss you
It's really gonna be different without you
Time is gonna be hard and slow
For the rest of my life
Gonna be thinking about you (yes I am)
Time came when you had to go

I'll miss you my buddy
I'll miss you my friend
I promise my love for you will never end

In your finest hour I was there with you
And without you, things won't be the same
But there's a higher power that we answer to
And you heard Him calling your name

Really gonna miss you
Everything about you, your smiling face
I know you want us all to be strong

Really gonna miss you
I know you're going to that magic place
Singing you a brand new song

I'll miss you my buddy
I'll miss you my friend
I promise my love for you will never end

Really Gonna Miss You

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Every once in a while, someone or something happens that causes a profound change in your life.  Growing up, I always wanted a dog, but was never allowed to have a pet.  At this particular time in my adulthood, I was married, and we had a bichon that decided he would rather stay on the couch.  I, however, wanted a dog that was somewhat more active than couch cuddling.  Enter Russell.  Little did I know that my life would forever be changed, and I would find a place in my heart that would never have been touched if it wasn't for him.

March, 1993, I saw an ad in our newspaper; someone had border collie puppies for sale.  I bought a dog book, read a little about the breed and called.  I selected my first border collie puppy out of the back of a pick-up truck.  *(See note)  I chose the one little male with "freckles" on his face, and I named him "Jack Russell".  I liked the name "Jack" and the name "Russell", but couldn't make up my mind which to choose, so I kept both, thinking that it had a good ring to it; "Jack Russell, Jack Russell" (sounded like one name).  I decided to call him "Russell".  You must know that I had no idea there was already another breed of dog that was called a "Jack Russell Terrier", now known in AKC as a "Parson Russell Terrier"

*Note:  Please keep in mind that this is NOT a good method to pick a puppy.  Parents should have had any health clearance checks made, and I should have asked to see certification of such.  I also should have asked to see either or both parents, and made sure I had a chance to evaluate each puppy.

Russell and I started in a pet manners obedience class, because I wanted a mannerly dog that I wouldn't be afraid to take out and about.  It became apparent, after the first 8-week class, that I had a most intelligent partner on the end of the leash.  I had been introduced to the idea of training for competitive obedience trials, and off Russell and I went, for the next 6 years, competing in obedience.  

We started in our first obedience trial in August of 1994 in the Novice A class.  On June 19, 1999, Russell completed the requirements needed for the AKC Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) in Columbus, Ohio.  Russell attained the highest titles in AKC and UKC obedience, with numerous High In Trial and High Combined awards, and in the year 2000, he was ranked as the #9 All-Breed Obedience dog nationally.  He was also in a position to have earned an invitation to participate in the AKC's National Obedience Invitational tournament in St. Louis, MO.  We competed head-to-head against 111 of the best obedience dogs in the country and placed 22nd.

In April of 2005, I noticed that Russell needed one more open/utility combination to finish his UDX8.  At the age of 12 years, after not having competed in obedience for more than 4 years, he completed his last obedience title, qualifying in open and utility on the same day.

During the campaign toward his OTCH (AKC Obedience Trial Champion), and U-OCH (UKC Obedience Trial Champion), we discovered the joys of agility.  As a break from the formal rigors of obedience, I gave him agility, and he LOVED it.  This, to him, was finally an arena where he could run, jump, AND bark for joy, which, much to my disconcern, he did quite well!  We had many a comical shouting match on course, with each of us trying to out scream the other!  When Russell was 12 years old, we finally achieved that moment in agility that most agility people aspire to...on May 27, 2005, Russell attained his MACH (Master Agility Champion).  The picture below was that moment, caught in time, when Russell cleared the last jump to become a MACH dog.

After his MACH, we still competed in agility, but I moved him to lower jump heights, and he competed in the "Preferred" classes.  He was still a formidable contender, and always seemed to have "blue" on his mind, because faster is always better.  He completed 5 agility titles in less than one year in the Preferred class.  All I could ever do throughout our competitive career together was to learn to drive from the back seat and hold on.

One week after he completed his last agility title, Russell decided it was time to go, so, quite suddenly, he moved on to the Rainbow Bridge. On April 9, 2006, with me holding onto him for dear life, I had to say good-bye to the best friend and partner I will ever have.  I had imagined us growing old together, with me helping him whenever he needed help.  However, in hindsight, that just wasn't Russell.  He probably thought that needing any kind of help or assistance was a sign of weakness, and would have been very insulted. 

Russell took me from not knowing squat about dogs, to falling in love with the Border Collie breed.  It is because of him that I devoted most of my time raising and training 4 more since, and instructing other people and their dogs in obedience and agility.  At some early point in our career together, some people in my dog circle thought my name was Karen Russell.  I always felt we were one...together.  I swear there were times when I thought he could read my mind.  How does one let go of such a friend?  I still miss him, very much, and will always be grateful that I was the person chosen to have shared his life.  Everything I am dogwise about today, Russell taught me; some things he took the time to patiently work out with me, and some things I literally had to pick up on the fly...because, well, faster is always better.

Here's to you, BUDDY!  Thanks for the ride!

OTCH, MACH, U-OCH JACK RUSSELL, UDX8, MX, MXJ, AXP, OJP, ASCA-CD, HIC, CGC, TT

January 27, 1993 - April 9, 2006 


Sketch drawn by Amy Gibel

*June 19, 1999 OTCH
*2000 AKC Obedience Invitational Invitee (Placed 22nd out of 111 dogs)
*2000 First & Foremost #9 All-Breed Obedience Dog
*2000 BCSA #2 Border Collie - Obedience
*2002 #1 UKC All-Breed Open Obedience Dog
*2002 U-OCH (UKC)
*2005 UDX8
*2005 MACH
*2005 NAP, NJP
*2006 OAP, AXP, OJP

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U-CDX KARUSEL RUDY, CDX, ASCA-CD


 
Photo courtesy Amy Gibel

THIS IS RUDY!!!  THERE ARE NO WORDS TO ACCURATELY DESCRIBE RUDY!!!.  TYPING RUDY'S STORY IN UPPER CASE LETTERS, AND ADDING EXCLAMATION MARKS AFTER HIS NAME IS THE BEST WAY I CAN PORTRAY RUDY!!! TO YOU.  ONE WOULD HAVE TO MEET HIM IN PERSON TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE COMPLETE "RUDY!!! EXPERIENCE".  RUDY!!! IS MY SPECIAL BOY.  HE WOULD BE THE ONE TO RUN THROUGH A RIVER OF FIRE IN ORDER TO DO AS I ASK, AND HE WOULD HAVE DONE IT BEFORE I ASKED HIM. 

RUDY!!! WAS MY SECOND BORDER COLLIE, AND IT DIDN'T TAKE ME LONG TO REALIZE THAT IF HE HAD BEEN MY FIRST, THERE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE.  I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ALL BORDER COLLIES AND THEIR PEOPLE WERE NUTS!

RUDY!!! WAS VERY REACTIVE TO SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.  ANY LITTLE DISTURBANCE PUT HIM INTO OVERDRIVE AND HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO ADJUST HIMSELF.  HE WOULD LOSE CONTROL OF HIMSELF AND REACT WILDLY BY WHINING AND BARKING, PANTING, PACING, AND RUNNING IN CIRCLES.  WHEN HE REACTED, HE LOST HIS ABILITY TO THINK, AND SOMETIMES PUT HIMSELF IN DANGER.  DOG SHOWS WERE THE WORST PLACES TO TAKE HIM BECAUSE OF ALL THE ACTIVITY GOING ON THAT HE HAD NO CONTROL OVER.

I STUCK IT OUT LONG ENOUGH TO PUT A CDX IN BOTH AKC AND UKC ON HIM, THEN RETIRED HIM.  I PICKED LOW-KEY SHOWS, AND IT TOOK US 7 YEARS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT NORMALLY WOULD HAVE TAKEN UNDER A YEAR.  I TRIED AGILITY WITH HIM, BUT THE SAME SCENARIO WAS DEVELOPING; HE WOULD LOSE HIS ABILITY TO THINK, AND WOULD CRASH INTO OBSTACLES.  LET ME TELL YOU, THOUGH, WHILE IN THE OBEDIENCE RINGS, DURING THE RECALL OR RETRIEVING EXERCISES, IF YOU BLINKED, YOU WOULD HAVE MISSED SEEING HIM.  HE WAS KNOWN TO RIPPLE RING MATS, AND KNOCK DOWN RING GATES IN HIS EXHUBERANCE.  THERE WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT WITH THAT BOY!  HE TAUGHT ME HUMILITY, AND PATIENCE, AND ALWAYS GAVE THE JUDGES AND SPECTATORS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT! 

RUDY!!! IS A WONDERFUL DOG TO HAVE AT HOME.  HE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PUT ON ANY DRUGS, AND HE DOES NOT BOUNCE OFF THE WALLS.  HOME IS WHERE A MORE STABLE, PREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT HELPS HIM STAY SAFE.  HE CAN HANDLE THAT, AND HE IS HAPPY.  HIS NICK-NAME IS ROOTIN' TOOTIN', OR JUST "TOOT" FOR SHORT.  WHEN HIS TIME COMES, IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE WHEN HE IS IN MID-FLIGHT, FOR THE ONLY TIME HIS FEET ARE ON THE GROUND IS WHEN HE'S TAKING OFF TO BE AIRBORNE AGAIN!  HIS CLAIM TO FAME IS THE ABILITY TO "DRIBBLE".  YES, I CAN DRIBBLE HIM JUST LIKE I CAN A BASKETBALL...AROUND MY BACK, THROUGH MY LEGS, LEFT-HAND, SWITCH TO RIGHTHAND, AND VICE-A-VERSA.      click here to see his video

THAT'S MY TOOTERS, AND I LOVE HIM.

RUDY CELEBRATED HIS 14TH BIRTHDAY WITH CAKE AND SPECIAL TREATS.  SADLY, JUST A WEEK LATER, HE PASSED AWAY IN OUR LOVING ARMS ON JULY 3, 2010.  IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE HIM GROUNDED, BUT HE IS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR ONCE MORE, WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.

U-CDX KARUSEL RUDY, CDX, ASCA-CD
JUNE 27, 1996 - JULY 3, 2010

A rare picture of Rudy asleep

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